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  • 22/03/2018 - CHINA-VATICAN

    The reform, wanted by the Party’s Central Committee, was voted by the National People’s Congress and made public yesterday. Some Christians see no change: the repression continues. A Protestant professor: It's an important change since the Mao era. What it reveals is the unlimited expansion of Party power. Doubts about the dialogue between China and the Vatican: The Catholic Church will become an instrument of support for the Party. The promotion of Xia Baolong, the destroyer of Zhejiang crosses.

    by Wang Zhicheng

    22/03/2018 - SYRIA

    Caritas Syria: In abyss of conflict, glimmers of hope and solidarity

    Eight years since the beginning of the war, at least 12 million people are living in conditions of extreme need. Victims are not numbers, but faces. A young man who lost his legs in the explosion of a missile can now walk again thanks to prostheses. A mother can buy powdered milk for her malnourished twins. A decent home and medicines for an elderly couple.

    22/03/2018 - PAKISTAN

    Archbishop Arshad: Pakistan’s Christians, 'a small flock strong in faith'

    by Anna Chiara Filice

    The Pakistani bishops met Pope Francis as part of their Ad limina visit. "A friendly meeting, like a family". The Pakistani Church works for everyone and is appreciated in the field of education and medical care. Dialogue with religious leaders; hopes for young people.


    World Water Day: EU to build plant in Gaza where 97 per cent of the water is polluted

    In Gaza, 80 per cent of children under three years suffer from diarrhoea. Various countries and agencies discussed plans in Brussels. Israel promised not to hinder the project, which will cost around 563 million euros. For Israeli NGO, the plan is welcome, but not enough. Israel’s blockade must stop.

    22/03/2018 - INDONESIA

    A special unit set up to capture a Sumatran tiger that has killed

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Two people, a 32-year-old plantation worker and a 34-year-old worker, have been killed. A special team is trying to capture the animal alive to move it to a nature reserve. The tiger has already escaped two attempts to capture it; it has also killed many domestic animals.

    22/03/2018 - ASIA

    Following the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica affair, Asian political parties deny reports

    The London-based company might have violated the sensitive data of more than 50 million Facebook users in an attempt to anticipate and influence voters’ choice. SCL India, which is part of the same parent company, has reported that it has both of India’s main parties as clients. The affair has touched Malaysia. Seven of the top ten countries for social media penetration are in Asia.

    22/03/2018 - YEMEN

    Negotiations between Saudis and Houthi a good basis for peace in Yemen

    An exclusive source talks to AsiaNews. As the conflict continues to reap innocent lives, the humanitarian situation remains "tragic", especially in health and education. Meetings in Oman are a starting point for a stable and lasting ceasefire, but an agreement between the parties requires patience and saving appearances.

    22/03/2018 - JAPAN

    Japanese dioceses celebrate new priestly ordinations (photos)

    Seminarians and deacons were consecrated yesterday across Japan: Sapporo, Saitama, Osaka, Hiroshima, and Fukuoka. The number of foreign priests is growing.

    22/03/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: God is faithful and loves 'viscerally', like a father and a mother

    "Our faithful Lord cannot deny Himself, He cannot deny us, He cannot deny His love, He cannot deny His people, He cannot deny because He loves us". "When we approach the Sacrament of Penance, please: do not think of it as if we were taking a trip to the dry cleaner to remove stains. No. We are going to receive the embrace of love of this faithful God, who is always waiting for us. Always".

    22/03/2018 - ISRAEL-PALESTINE

    Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi, sentenced to eight months in prison over slap

    The video of her slapping an Israeli soldier has made her symbol of resistance. The sentence comes with a plea agreement. B'tselem denounces the violation of the rights of minors, forced to accept agreements to return to their normal lives.

    21/03/2018 - KOREA

    Pyongyang positive on dialogue with Seoul with confidence based on strength

    State media deny North Korea is acting under the pressure of sanctions. “Such rubbish” like from “a dog barking at the moon”. An intra-Korean summit is set for next month. US President Donald Trump will meet Kim in late May.

    21/03/2018 - CHINA – EUROPE

    Dolkun Isa: Beijing also persecutes the Uyghurs abroad

    Students and activists are targeted. The relatives of Uyghurs in exile are sent to "re-education camps". The families in China are hostage to blackmail students abroad. The world’s silence favours the Chinese government.

    21/03/2018 - SRI LANKA

    Sri Lankan groups want UN Convention on the elimination of women’s discrimination implemented

    by Melani Manel Perera

    Sri Lanka ratified the Convention in 1981 but women still have to struggle for their fundamental rights. They are still paid less than men. The Human Rights Commission wants improved conditions for women working in the informal sector.

    21/03/2018 - AFGHANISTAN

    Kabul, hope and blood on Nowruz

    The ancient Zoroastrian festival marks the start of a new year. Ahead of Christian preparations for Easter, Kabul’s parish priest expresses best wishes that spring may come to society. “We can all – Christians and Muslims – benefit from the life that blooms from the death of Jesus!” he said. Likewise, there is hope for negotiations with the Taliban.

    21/03/2018 - VIETNAM

    Saigon seminarians on a pastoral visit in the footsteps of Pope Francis

    by Joseph Nguyen Truc

    Seminarians "can support the hồn tông đồ, the apostolic soul of the consecrated life, in order to become future priests capable of carrying out pastoral and social activities in the service of parish communities.” Helping the poor and migrants is one of the many challenges in the parishes of Thới Hòa and Hội Nghĩa, Phú Cường diocese. In Mỹ Tho, the healing of a woman converts 30 people to the Catholic faith.

    21/03/2018 - INDIA

    Indian bishops invite the faithful to celebrate April as ‘Dalit history month'

    by Purushottam Nayak

    The Office for Scheduled Castes/Backward Classes wants to commemorate the people who struggle for the emancipation of the former "untouchables". Applications can be submitted until 25 March.

    21/03/2018 - CHINA - UN

    Beijing diplomat tries to silence dissident Yang Jianli at the UN

    The UN Human Rights Council discussed the need for NGOs to do their work for human rights without interference. Diplomat Chen Cheng tried to block the dissident's speech.

    21/03/2018 - MYANMAR

    Naypyitaw, President Htin Kyaw resigns

    He was the first civilian elected by the parliament to hold the office since the 1962 coup. He is a close confidant of Aung San Suu Kyi, to whom he is linked by a deep friendship. In January, Htin Kyaw launched an appeal for the modification of the militarist Constitution and for justice to all ethnic minorities.

    21/03/2018 - SAUDI ARABIA - INDONESIA

    Saudi executions continue as Indonesian migrant beheaded for (alleged) homicide

    The 53-year-old Zaini Misrin was sentenced to death. He was accused of killing his employer in 2004. During the trial, the right to defence was denied and the confession was extorted with deception. Since the rise to power of Mohammed bin Salman the number of executions have doubled.

    21/03/2018 - SYRIA

    Damascus, Ghouta East rebels hit central market: 37 dead and 35 wounded

    Attacks by anti-government militias intensify. Rockets and missiles mostly affect civilians, even children. Yesterday a market capital, crowded with people busy shopping for Mother's Day was hit. Witness: "terrifying" explosion. The evacuation of civilians from Ghouta east continues.

    20/03/2018 - RUSSIA

    Putin's victory seen from West and East

    Xi Jinping sent a highly congratulatory message. Japan and Germany issued polite words. The Observatory for Security and Cooperation in Europe criticised restrictions on fundamental freedoms. Tensions with Britain remain over the ex-spy poisoning. For Chinese scholar, as the West continues to attack Russia and China, the two will move closer.

    20/03/2018 - PAKISTAN

    Christian leaders and civil society groups have had enough with the abuses of the blasphemy law

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    A petition is sent to the prime minister to intervene in favour of two Christian cousins ​​accused of blasphemy. The plea calls for effective measures to ensure their and their families’ safety and security. An ecumenical group is created to help persecuted Christians.

    20/03/2018 - CHINA

    NPC: silence on constitutional amendment, scripted media coverage

    by John Ai

    Spokespeople provide scripted answers to scripted questions. Various “foreign” media are funded by China as propaganda tools. The end of term limits for Xi Jinping is the will of the people even though the people did not know about it.

    20/03/2018 - PHILIPPINES

    Ahead of Synod on youth, young Filipinos call for understanding of young people to preach the Gospel

    "It’s very important to be accepting and to be a listening church,” says one young person. The Synod of Bishops will focus on “faith and vocational discernment” in young people next October. Church leaders should understand the “questions, hopes, fears and wounds of young people”. A study for the Bishops’ Conference notes that 99 per cent of young Catholics consider religion important.

    20/03/2018 - INDIA

    Delhi Methodist church façade and entrance destroyed

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    According to the authorities, the cemented part was not authorized. Priest denounces not having received any notification. It had been built with church funds to facilitate the entry of elderly people. Sajan K George: "This demolition, during this holy period for the Christian community, hurts the religious feelings of the community and reinforces the growing anti-Christian sentiments and propaganda".

    20/03/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: 'Look to the crucifix' especially when we are tired of life’s journey

    "Such are the illusions the devil proposes. Once we begin to feel the heat of the day on the journey of conversion, the devil makes us see everything we left behind in a beautiful light, when you have not yet reached the promise of the Lord. It is a bit like the journey of Lent ":" there are always trials and the Lord’s consolation".

    20/03/2018 - SRI LANKA

    Nine years after the end of the civil war, the Vanni area is still under military occupation

    by Melani Manel Perera

    Many families are still displaced, without access to their livelihoods. The military are using illegally held land and taking advantage of women. A report by two civil society organisations calls on the government to respect UN recommendations.

    20/03/2018 - CHINA

    Xi Jinping to NPC: socialism with Chinese characteristics alone can save the country

    by Wang Zhicheng

    Closing the National People's Congress, the president's address, full of rhetoric, speaks of a "great struggle, great project, great cause, and great dream" as a way to achieve progress and stability, development and attention to the person. Just one condition: to submit and obey the Party leadership. Li Keqiang asks the US not to act "emotionally" in launching a possible trade war. The promotion of Xia Baolong, the mastermind behind the campaign to destroy crosses and churches in Zhejiang.

    20/03/2018 - THAILAND-LAOS

    Bangkok, life imprisonment for Laotian drug lord 'Mr. X'

    He was the head of a smuggling network that produced the drug in the "Golden Triangle", where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet. The Laotian route to the south is increasingly used by traffickers trying to reach Thailand, Malaysia and even Australia and Japan, where profits soar.

    20/03/2018 - SYRIA - TURKEY

    Hundreds of thousands flee Afrin as rebels sack the city

    Shops, homes, military and government facilities subject to raids and expropriations. The Turkish president announces the continuation of the offensive, Kobane is the final goal. At least 200 thousand civilians have left the area in recent weeks; nearly 300 victims, including 43 children. The deafening silence of the United States and Europe.

    Editor's choices

    Putin's victory seen from West and East

    Xi Jinping sent a highly congratulatory message. Japan and Germany issued polite words. The Observatory for Security and Cooperation in Europe criticised restrictions on fundamental freedoms. Tensions with Britain remain over the ex-spy poisoning. For Chinese scholar, as the West continues to attack Russia and China, the two will move closer.

    NPC: silence on constitutional amendment, scripted media coverage

    John Ai

    Spokespeople provide scripted answers to scripted questions. Various “foreign” media are funded by China as propaganda tools. The end of term limits for Xi Jinping is the will of the people even though the people did not know about it.


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