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    27/06/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    The auxiliary bishop of Shanghai holds dear the welfare of his diocese and intends to carry alone the burden of his statements of four years ago. Fr Lombardi’s clarification on the role of the Holy See dispels any doubt: the Letter of Benedict XVI to the Chinese Church is still valid; thus the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association's position is not accepted by the Vatican. A Chinese priest comments. Translation by AsiaNews.


    by p. Pietro dalla Cina

    27/06/2016 - ASIA-UNITED KINGDOM

    Hong Kong and Asia are still suffering from Brexit: "a new era of great uncertainty"


    Analysts speak of "economic chaos" worse than the 2008 crisis. This morning the Pound fell more than 2%. Financial stocks linked to London still negative. At the China's central bank think that it will take 5-10 years to get over the bumps. Indian Manager: Just a temporary reaction.


    27/06/2016 - PHILIPPINES

    Manila, an ‘Oratio Imperata’ for the next government’s good behaviour


    Card Tagle has called for a special novena to be recited at every Mass in the Archdiocese for the future of the country’s new political leaders. The new administration takes over this Thursday. “No one or group can claim that they were able to solve everything,” Tagle said.


    27/06/2016 - VIETNAM – VATICAN

    "I met the true faith" of Vietnamese Christians, Mgr Girelli said

    by Thanh Thuy

    Since January 2011, the non-resident papal representative has visited each of Vietnam’s 26 dioceses at least twice. The prelate highlighted the work of bishops, priests, religious and laity. He met with Communist authorities and paid attention to the poor and marginalised. He stressed the importance of seminars in the training of future priests.


    27/06/2016 - INDIA

    For Card Gracias, there are no restrictions on the mercy of Mary, the mother of us all

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The archbishop of Mumbai celebrated the feast day of Our Lady of Perpetual Help at the shrine in St Michael in Mahim, one of India’s most venerated sites. " people of every faith come to venerate Our Lady of Perpetual Help”, who is “the largest recipient of mercy”.


    27/06/2016 - LEBANON - SYRIA

    Lebanon: Series of Suicide Bombings near Syrian border, Kill Nine and Wound 15


    The attacks hit the the predominantly Christian village of al-Qaa. Four suicide explosions struck at 10 minute intervals. Some of the wounded are in critical condition. Health Minister ordered all hospitals to receive people wounded in the bombings and treat them at the ministry's expense. Sectarian tensions in Lebanon have been stoked by the civil war in Syria.

     


    26/06/2016 - VATICAN - ARMENIA

    Pope in Armenia: religious freedom essential to the victory of peace


    At the conclusion of his visit Francis signed a joint declaration with Catholicos Karenin II. The "constant conflicts based on ethnicity, political and religious in the Middle East and other parts of the world." The willingness of the Catholic Church and the Armenian Apostolic Church to continue on the path towards full unity.

     


    26/06/2016 - VATICAN - ARMENIA

    The Pope in Armenia asks the Catholicos to bless "this our path towards full unity"


    Pope Francis attends the Armenian Apostolic divine liturgy. The program does not include a Catholic mass today, to emphasize the unique Eucharistic mystery. The "common wealth" of the two traditions; the intercession of the Spirit, the Mother of God, the saints, the Armenian martyrs to "re-found unity". "Let us pay heed to the younger generation, who seek a future free of past divisions" and the end of the "scandal" of division among Christians.


    25/06/2016 - BANGLADESH

    Dhaka, Buddhist monks help Muslims celebrate Ramadan "thanks to Mother Teresa"


    For the past six years monks from the Dharmarajika temple have donated food to the Muslim poor to enable them to interrupt the ritual fasting. Every day they distribute 500 boxes for the iftar, filled with typical foods. One monk: "Mother Teresa said that you meet God by serving man. We were inspired by this. "


    25/06/2016 - VATICAN - ARMENIA

    Pope in Armenia: Memory, faith, mercy, the foundation for rebuilding Church and society


    In the city of Gyumri, marked by the genocide and by the earthquake, Pope Francis offers the "three stable foundations" to rebuild the person, the population, society. The invitation to young people to consecrate their lives to merciful love for the Church and the world "this is something that is needed in these troubled times, which is also a time of mercy".

     


    25/06/2016 - CHINA - TAIWAN

    Beijing suspends communication with Taipei over "one China" and Taiwanese fraud


    Displeasure at silence on one China principal during the inauguration ceremony of President Tsai Ing-wen on 20 May. Yesterday Cambodia deported to China a Taiwanese accused of telecommunications fraud. This year Kenya and Malaysia also deported to China dozens of Taiwanese suspects to be tried by Beijing.

     


    25/06/2016 - IRAQ

    The Islamic State in Mosul: the slow genocide of Christian women and yazide


    Duraid Hikmat Tobiya, advisor for minorities in the governorate of Nineveh, confirms the abuse and rapes of Christian women. Unlike mass abuse of Yazide there are "individual victims" and "individual cases". The UN's decision to declare the genocide. And confirmation of Christian families hostage to the militants.


    25/06/2016 - VATICAN - ARMENIA

    Pope in Armenia: reconciliation with Turkey and peace in Nagorno Karabakh


    At the ecumenical encounter and prayer for peace Francis says "we are walking together on a journey that has already taken us far". In the Middle East, "where so many of our brothers and sisters suffer violence and persecution on account of hatred and interminable conflicts.  Those conflicts are fueled by the proliferation of weapons and by the arms trade".

     


    25/06/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Lack of hospitals and female doctors in Kashmir: every second child dies at birth


    In the valley of Neelum there is only one medical clinic without specialist equipment. Only one doctor visits 17 thousand patients, but can not touch women. Pregnant women are forced to travel hours to give birth at the nearest hospital. They are often exhausted by pain and die. The territory is impassable, the doctors have no incentive to pursue the profession in the area.


    25/06/2016 - VATICAN -ARMENIA

    The Pope at the Armenian Genocide Memorial: flowers and prayers for the victims


    Francis visits the "Hill of the Swallows," the Tzitzernakaberd Memorial Complex to commemorate those who died during the "Great Evil." A long silent prayer before the entrance of the building, then the Psalms and the Gospel in Armenian and Italian in the Flame Room of perpetual memory. Immediately after, a meeting with the descendants of those who were housed by Pope Benedict XV in Castel Gandolfo during the persecutions.


    24/06/2016 - VATICAN – ARMENIA

    Pope in Armenia condemns genocide, calls for action against those who use God to commit violence


    The ‘Great Evil’, the genocide that struck the Armenian people "was the first of the deplorable series of catastrophes of the past century, made possible by twisted racial, ideological or religious aims”. Hence, “it is vitally important that all those who declare their faith in God join forces to isolate those who use religion to promote war, oppression and violent persecution, exploiting and manipulating the holy name of God.”


    24/06/2016 - ORTHODOXY

    Pan-Orthodox Synod continues its proceedings

    by NAT da Polis

    24/06/2016 - BANGLADESH

    “God has called me to this task,” says Caritas’s new director; for him it is “the vocation of my life”

    by Sumon Corraya

    Francis Atul Sarkar yesterday replaced Benedict Alo D'Rozario who led the Church’s social arm for 29 years. The new director wants to bring the Church’s help to as many people as possible. Caritas has 92 projects to its credit.


    24/06/2016 - VATICAN - ARMENIA

    Pope in Armenia: Ecumenism, collaboration, is also of value outside of Churches


    On arriving in Yerevan, Francis went to Etchmiadzin Cathedral. "For Armenia, faith in Christ has not been like a garment to be donned or doffed as circumstances or convenience dictate, but an essential part of its identity, a gift of immense significance, to be accepted with joy, preserved with great effort and strength, even at the cost of life itself".


     


    24/06/2016 - MALAYSIA

    On refugees, Malaysian authorities should “learn from the world’s religious communities"

    by Joseph Masilamany

    Rev Harman Shasri, secretary general of the Council of Churches of Malaysia, makes the suggestion as immigration becomes a hot topic in the Southeast Asian country. Interior Minister complains about UN’s attempt to “blackmail” Malaysia into accepting 150,000 people living in refugee camps.


    24/06/2016 - ISRAEL-PALESTINE-HOLY LAND

    Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem


    On the same day, the Holy See accepts the resignation of Fouad Twal, the Latin Patriarch, and appoints the former custodian of the Holy Land as apostolic administrator of the patriarchate. Facing new challenges, addressing the geopolitical and socio-religious changes taking place in the Middle East.

     


    24/06/2016 - PHILIPPINES

    Trafficking in human beings "is the cruelest of crimes. But it should not be punished with execution"


    The president of the Filipino bishops' Commission for Migrants and Itinerant People, Msgr. Ruperto Santos, responds to the new government that wants to include human trafficking in the list of crimes punishable with death. Trafficking "is a barbaric act that violates the very nature of man. But it is fought with serious investigation and severe punishment, up to life imprisonment. No man can kill another man in the name of the law".


    24/06/2016 - INDIA

    Woman killed for her ovule. Catholic doctor: Surogacy is about business, not about life

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Maharashtra police uncover a racket in trafficking of human eggs. Poor women persuaded to donate theirs on the back of promises they will be richly compensated. But one of them rebelled and was killed. Dr. Pascoal Carvalho: "The child is never seen as a gift, but as an article to be bought and sold".

     


    24/06/2016 - MYANMAR - THAILAND

    Muslim minority living in fear, after 200 Buddhists attack mosque in Bago


    An angry mob destroyed part of the building and damaged the Islamic cemetery, forcing Muslim families to take refuge at a police station. Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in Thailand yesterday to discuss, among other things, the situation of Muslim Rohingya in refugee camps.


    24/06/2016 - INDONESIA -PHILIPPINES

    Abu Sayyaf kidnaps seven Indonesian sailors

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    The attack took place on June 20 last year in the waters of Sulu (Philippines), a stronghold of the jihadists. The "Charles 001" ship was attacked by two militia groups. Indonesian Foreign Minister: "intolerable gesture, we will do everything to free our fellow countrymen."


    24/06/2016 - ASIA - GREAT BRITAIN

    Asian markets panic over the victory of Brexit


    "Leave" campaign wins with 52% of the votes. Stock markets plummet. The pound loses 10% of its value. Jump in price of gold and oil drops below $ 50 again. The UK might lose a lot of investment from Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore. The British move goes against projects of a Euro-Asian market and communications network.


    23/06/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Christians and Muslims mourn Sufi singer killed by the Taliban for blasphemy

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Amjad Sabri was killed yesterday with three gunshots in his car in Karachi. A Taliban group claimed responsibility for the murder. He had been sued for blasphemy because one of his songs mentioned Muhammad’s relatives. For Christian activist, “He had fans of all religions”.


    23/06/2016 - ARMENIA – VATICAN

    Pope Francis in Armenia, a pilgrim in the land of Christian martyrs

    by Pierre Balanian

    This visit is first and foremost a way of sharing with the first Christian people in history, marked by the genocide. There is also the ecumenical value of fraternity with the Armenian Apostolic Church, and the prophetic quality for peace in the Caucasus, a crossroad between Asia and Europe. Here are the views of a Diaspora Armenian.


    23/06/2016 - VATICAN – CHINA

    Pope is praying for Mgr Ma Daqin, the Vatican had no "role" in his statement


    Vatican Press Office Fr Federico Lombardi dispels all doubts and suspicions among Chinese Catholics with respect to Mgr Daqin’s “volte face” vis-à-vis the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association.


    23/06/2016 - SRI LANKA

    Villagers in Paanama pray and demonstrate for their lands (photos)

    by Melani Manel Perera

    Paanama is a Buddhist village in south-eastern Sri Lanka. In 2011, the government decided that certain lands belonged to residents, a decision overturned by a district court. For months, villagers have camped out in protest. This week, they marched and broke a coconut in a Buddhist ritual.


    23/06/2016 - CHINA

    Faith among Chinese youth growing amid the temptations of materialism and atheism

    by Jin Yan

    A young woman talks about her experience. Born in a Christian family, she had no friends who shared her religious values. Seen as a stranger by society, when she moved to the big city, things got worse, with God and her mother on one side, and propaganda and difficulties of everyday life on the other. A prayer group helped her along the way. Now she is involved in pastoral youth outreach in her diocese. Her story appeared in Tripod, the quarterly magazine of the Diocese of Hong Kong.






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    CHINA - VATICAN
    Vatican silence over Shanghai’s Mgr Ma Daqin causing confusion and controversy

    Bernardo Cervellera

    For some, Mgr Ma’s blog post praising the Patriotic Association and acknowledging his mistakes is nothing but “dirt”. For others, he chose humiliation for the “sake of his diocese”. Many wonder why the Holy See has remained silent about the article’s content and the bishop’s persecution. Some suspect the Vatican views the episode in positive terms. Yet, the Ma Daqin affair raises a major question. Has Benedict XVI’s Letter to Chinese Catholics (which describes the Patriotic Association as “incompatible with Catholic doctrine”) been abolished? If it has, who did it? A journey of compromises without truth is full of risks.


    CHINA – VATICAN
    Mgr Ma Daqin: the text of his “confession”

    Mons. Taddeo Ma Daqin

    Four years after quitting the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, the bishop of Shanghai “admits” his faults on his blog, praising the organisation that controls the Church. We publish his article, almost in its entirety. Translation by AsiaNews.


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