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  • 29/05/2017 - CHINA-VATICAN

    The Letter expresses "the love of the Holy Father for our Church". The "tragedy" for the Church in China: bishops who become "state officials", "do not listen to the Letter" and are afraid of "giving their life to the flock". But there are "bishops and priests [who] safeguard the true faith of the Catholic Church." Profound thanks to the universal Church.

    by Fr Peter

    29/05/2017 - NORTH KOREA

    Another Pyongyang missile crashes into Sea of Japan

    Strong reactions from South Korea, Japan and the United States. The test aims to undermine the President Moon Jae-in’s push for inter-Korean dialogue. And it is a provocation to the G7's conclusions in Italy demanding Pyongyang’s immediate disarmament.

    29/05/2017 - INDIA

    Archbishop of Hyderabad carries out rituals to rites of reparation in church attacked by fundamentalists

    The archdiocese comes up a programme of spiritual activities ending on 9 June with a ritual of purification of the vandalised place. "We got to know from the concerned officials that [. . .] some religious fundamentalists and anti-social elements [. . .] instigated the people,” said Archbishop Bala.

    29/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: We must learn to listen to what the Holy Spirit says to us, to our community, to the Church

    A person who does not "disturb" the Spirit "is a person who has a cold faith, an ideological faith. His faith is an ideology, that’s it. " "Why do I ask for the grace to distinguish the lesser good? Because the good from evil is immediately distinguished. But there is the hidden evil that is the lesser good, but it has hidden evil. "

    29/05/2017 - BANGLADESH

    Bangladesh has ten new deacons, ready “to serve" (photos)

    by Sumon Corraya

    Mgr Gervas Rozario, bishop of Rajshahi, led the ordination Mass. Probal Rozario and Ashis Runia, attracted to priests and nuns from childhood, tell their stories. Overall male vocations are up but female vocations are down.

    29/05/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Radio Pakistan: The world needs the pope's message of hope

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Syed Khalid Waqar praised Pope Francis, reiterating the need to "spread positivity". Terrorism reporting in the media brings profit but destroys social values. On World Communications Day, Catholics took part in various events. For Radio Veritas Asia, many Muslims in Pakistan follow the pope's message of hope.

    29/05/2017 - CHINA - UNITED STATES

    Beijing sets up submarine monitoring system for the "science and security" of the Chinese Sea

    A nearly $ 300 million project that will affect the waters of the South and East China Sea. For China it will favor "advanced scientific research" and will help experts in natural disaster prevention. For experts it is a control system that will cause additional alarms between the governments of the area. High tension between Beijing and Washington on the seas.

    29/05/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Sri Lanka: 166 dies in floods

    by Melani Manel Perera

    At least 500,000 displaced, many more missing and 88 injured. Heavy rainfall is expected over next few hours. Alert for crocodiles as Nilwala River breaks its banks. The president allocates over 263,000 euros for relief operations.

    28/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope expresses solidarity with families of victims in Egypt and Manchester

    At Regina Caeli Pope Francis recalls Minya's martyrs "killed after they refused to deny their Christian faith." A prayer for the "many young broken lives" in the attack in Manchester. The Ascension "reveals to us why the Church exists: it exists to proclaim the Gospel! And the joy of the Church is to proclaim the Gospel ". The World Day of Social Communications.


    27/05/2017 - VATICAN - ITALY

    Pope in Genoa: The illness of the economy and the dignity of work. Prayer for Minya Coptic Martyrs

    The first stage of Pope Francis' visit to Genoa is in the Ilva steel plant, marked by economic difficulties and unemployment. The virtues of a good entrepreneur and good worker. The "speculator" is a "mercenary" who sells everything, including his dignity. Work for everyone and not "social security". At the meeting with priests and religious, Francis recalls the martyrdom of Coptic Christians in Minya and his "Brother Tawadros".

    27/05/2017 - EGYPT

    Egypt mourns more Christian victims. Caught between anger and prayer, citizens cry out for security

    by Loula Lahham

    The testimony of a survivor: "They asked us to proclaim the Muslim faith. We refused. Then they opened fire. " Protests mount across the nation accusing authorities and the government of [timid] fight against terrorism. Muslims and Christians queue to donate blood. The first funeral celebrated yesterday.

    27/05/2017 - INDIA

    Caritas India: a network of religious organizations to intervene in disasters

    by Santosh Digal

    The social arm of the Catholic Church has rescued nearly a million people. It has expertise in reducing disaster risk and connecting rescue and rehabilitation to development. The guiding principle must be "readiness", that is to know how to respond promptly and appropriately.

    27/05/2017 - MYANMAR

    Ultranationalist Ma Ba Tha movement banned for spreading ethnic-religious hatred

    The decision was made by Myanmar’s Buddhist authority the Sangha Maha Nayaka,. The movement forced to remove its flags and banners by July 15th. Wirathu, a prominent monk in the organization, was banned from giving sermons for a year. The army rejects the allegations of ethnic cleansing launched by the United Nations.

    27/05/2017 - ISRAEL - PALESTINE

    After 20 hours of negotiations, Palestinian prisoners suspend hunger strike

    It is not yet clear which requests have been granted, as well as an additional monthly family visits. Marwan Barghouti participated in the negotiations. Issa Qaraqe, president of the Palestinian Commitment to Prisoners Affairs, says, "The prisoners have suspended the strike after their demands were met."


    27/05/2017 - VATICAN - ITALY

    Pope in Genoa: Jesus has tasked every Christian to "go out" and proclaim the Gospel to the World

    70 thousand attend the Mass celebrated by Francis in Genoa. In the Ascension Jesus "connects" heaven and earth. "As Jesus always intercedes for us with the Father, so we His disciples never tire of praying." "Christian prayer is not a way to be a little more at peace with oneself or to find some inner harmony; We pray to bring everything to God, to entrust Him with the world: prayer is intercession. It is not peace, it is charity. "


    26/05/2017 - ISRAEL

    Interfaith dialogue in southern Israel pushes towards others, not hatred, says Fr Piotr Zelazko

    The "Interreligious Initiative in the Negev" was launched by representatives of the three monotheistic religions, inspired by two women who called for dialogue as a tool of peace. The group works with young people, schools, libraries and universities. Religions are a "solution" to, not a "cause" of conflict.

    26/05/2017 - IRAQ - UNITED STATES

    Mosul, at least 105 civilians killed in US air raid

    The objective was two Islamic State snipers. The attack dates to March last. Raid ammunition  triggered explosives hidden in the building, causing it to collapse. In the lower floors were dozens of people dragged from their homes earlier.  Hidden bombs amplified blast damage at least four times. In the war, the US, like the Russians and the Syrians, kills civilians.

    26/05/2017 - MIDDLE EAST – ISLAM

    Islam’s sacred month of Ramadan to begin with prayers for serenity and security

    Fasting and praying start tomorrow in Saudi Arabia, UAE and Lebanon. Other Mideast and North African countries are still waiting. Iran is waiting for Khamenei's announcement. Lebanon’s grand mufti expressed wishes of renewed peace and serenity. In the UAE, working hours are cut and advice given to drivers.

    26/05/2017 - EGYPT

    Terrorists kill dozens in an attack targeting Christians

    According to Fr Greiche, a spokesman for the Egyptian Catholic Church, militants want to "purify Egypt and the Middle East of the Christian presence." The attack on the eve of Ramadan is the "the worst advertisement". It is a sad moment for Egypt and “Muslims who want to live peace". Tonight, prayers and services will be held in memory of the victims.

    26/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Memory, prayer, and mission are the "topography" of Christian life

    A Christian must "ask for the grace of memory: 'Do not forget the moment that you have chosen me, do not forget the moments we have met'". "Then, pray, look at Heaven because He is to intercede, there. He intercedes for us. " And going on a mission: "It does not mean that everyone must go abroad; it is to live and bear witness to the Gospel ".

    26/05/2017 - RUSSIA - UKRAINE

    Moscow and Kiev, a war waged with 'anti-Orthodox' laws

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    The Ukrainian parliament approve laws that humiliate the Patriarchate of Moscow and favor the Kiev Patriarchate. The fight also involves the Vatican and Catholics. Ukraine, like Russia, back tracks on laws guaranteeing religious freedom.

    26/05/2017 - SAUDI ARABIA – RUSSIA

    OPEC and non-OPEC countries close to a new nine-month deal

    ​Saudi Arabia and Russia get all 24 countries to agree. Production cuts will stay on until next March to boost prices. However, no long-term strategy appears to be in place to stabilise the market. Meanwhile, high cost US producers are grateful for higher prices that allow them back into the game.

    26/05/2017 - INDONESIA

    The Islamic State claims responsibility for the East Jakarta attack

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Wednesday’s was the group’s second attack in Indonesia. Indonesian police have been subjected to numerous Islamist attacks in recent years. The authorities are on high alert for more attacks. Three people are arrested on suspicion of having ties with the attackers.

    26/05/2017 - TAIWAN

    Sister Ida Porrino: sent to Pakistan after 45 years in Taiwan

    by Ida Porrino

    The personal story of her vocation among the Daughters of Saint Paul, her family’s resistance and the discovery of God among Buddhists. Youn people's hunger for forgiveness, abortion, and families who have been crushed. A new missionary horizon in Lahore (Pakistan).

    26/05/2017 - BANGLADESH

    Dhaka removes statue of Justice. Catholics worried about the fate of Christian statues

    by Sumon Corraya

    The sculpture of the Lady of Justice was considered pagan and bearer of secular values. She was facing the supreme court. The statute had drawn criticism from radical Islamic groups and terrorists. University students contest the removal.

    25/05/2017 - INDONESIA

    Ahok drops appeal for the “sake of our people,” wife says

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    In a letter from prison, Jakarta’s former governor says he accepts the verdict and does not plan to appeal it, calling on his supporters to stop protesting, fearful of possible Islamist infiltration.

    25/05/2017 - ISRAEL – PALESTINE

    On its day of reunification, Jerusalem is more divided than ever

    Israelis march to mark the conquest of the city’s eastern section during the Six Day War. Police stopped Israeli activists and Palestinians who tried to stop the march. Clashes break out in and around the Esplanade of the Mosques. For Peace Now, using the Temple Mount for political reasons is another form of colonisation. Most Israelis oppose these celebrations.

    25/05/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Fifteen attacks against Muslims in Sri Lanka in just over a month

    by Melani Manel Perera

    The Secretariat for Muslims reported 538 acts of violence between 2013 and 2015 by Buddhist extremist groups like the Bodu Bala Sena. For US, Sri Lanka will take immediate action, but Muslims think otherwise.

    25/05/2017 - SYRIA – UNITED NATIONS

    As UN pushes for a new constitution, US and Russia boost contacts

    For UN Special envoy for Syria, the Syrian government and the opposition are ready for talks to draft a new constitution. UN confirms a “significant drop” in violence in some areas. A seventh round of meetings is set for June in Geneva. Washington and Moscow set up “deconfliction zones" to avoid clashes between their militaries.

    25/05/2017 - VATICAN - CHINA

    AsiaNews symposium: our faith caught between police dogs and careerism, says Chinese priest

    The story of a priest from the official Church is presented at the AsiaNews Symposium, with the Church’s internal and external problems included. Up to 21 bishops bless a small factory for US$ 500 each. Priest asks for a prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan.

    Editor's choices

    The 10th anniversary of the Letter from Benedict XVI to the Church in China. The weakness of some bishops

    Fr Peter

    The Letter expresses "the love of the Holy Father for our Church". The "tragedy" for the Church in China: bishops who become "state officials", "do not listen to the Letter" and are afraid of "giving their life to the flock". But there are "bishops and priests [who] safeguard the true faith of the Catholic Church." Profound thanks to the universal Church.

    AsiaNews Symposium: gray pragmatism must be dissipated, says Mgr Savio Hon

    Gray pragmatism is rooted in Deng Xia Ping’s maxim ‘It doesn't matter whether a cat is white or black, as long as it catches mice’. Today this means it is impossible to distinguish white from black, what is true from what is false. Heroes of the faith are thus challenged by wolves in sheep’s clothing.


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