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    31/08/2016 - ASIA - VATICAN

    On the eve of the canonization and the AsiaNews symposium on Mother Teresa of Calcutta, learning from her message and experience. She overcomes the "globalization of indifference"; her work has redefined poverty: poverty is not just material, but also human, lives devoid of love. The memory of Princess Diana. Her "haste" to respond to the poor. Her work as a response to the love of Jesus Christ. Mother Teresa is the icon of mission in the twenty-first century and the example of how to be Church after Vatican II: She united contemplation of Christ, and action in the world, tradition and development. The program of our International Symposium.


    by Bernardo Cervellera

    31/08/2016 - IRAQ – VATICAN

    Mar Sako: Islamic State’s threat against the pope is propaganda, moderate Islam is the real target


    The Caliphate’s official magazine attacks Popes Francis and Benedict XVI, calls to break the Vatican’s cross. For Mar Sako, this is an attempt to "put pressure" on the West. Muslims who seek dialogue and reconciliation are at risk. Islam cannot know Christianity from the Qur’an. The Chaldean primate writes an open letter to Muslims to turn against the Islamic State “cancer”.


    31/08/2016 - CHINA-VATICAN

    Global Times: Obstacles and pessimism in China-Vatican relations


    A signed article in the online international magazine of the People's Daily, the newspaper linked to the Beijing government, points out that there are still two main stubling blocks that hinder diplomatic relations: the appointment of bishops and the Taiwan question. According to analysts, China "is not in any hurry" to establishing relations with the Vatican.


    31/08/2016 - CHINA

    Zhang Kai’s criticism of jailed activists was “forced out of fear”


    The Christian lawyer, known for his fight against cross demolitions in Zhejiang, had accused his colleagues on trial of going "too far" and praised the court’s fairness. In a statement, he retracted everything and asked for forgiveness from God and the victims, says he is sorry for being “powerless to resist the pressure imposed by a strong regime”.


    31/08/2016 - SRI LANKA

    Tamil mother regains faith in God through Mother Teresa

    by Melani Manel Perera

    Patricia converted to Hinduism to marry the man she loved. But because of this "self-imposed love” she “denied God’s love". After her husband’s death, she was left alone with three children. Welcomed by the Missionaries of Charity, she recently went to confession and received the sacrament of the Eucharist.


    31/08/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Muslims ask forgiveness for attack on Christians in Faisalabad

    by Shafique Khokhar

    On 19 August, a group of Muslims stormed Faisalabad’s Christian Quarter of Khusal Town for trivial reasons, and beat up residents, landing four in hospital. After two weeks of meetings and negotiations, the two communities reconciled. For human rights activist, this “is the first time something like this happens in the city."


    31/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: The Lord tells us: Come, come, you're not discarded to me, but my son, my daughter


    At the hearing, Pope Francis says the dell'emorroissa miracle, as an example of the "salvation" of the dignity of women brought by the Gospel. And the mercy that Christ is ready to give anyone who is excluded or a sinner. It is not the garment, touched by the woman suffering from a hemorrhage, but "Jesus is the only source of blessing from which flows the salvation of all mankind".  


    31/08/2016 - BANGLADESH

    Mastermind in Fr Parolari’s attack killed in Bangladesh

    by Sumon Corraya

    Khaled Hasan organised the attempted murder of Italian missionary. Fr Piero survived bullets that entered his neck and a bad fall that broke several ribs. Guns, hand-made bombs and bomb-making material were found in the terrorist hideout. PIME missionaries still live under police protection.


    31/08/2016 - ASIA

    Oil prices drop again


    The Iranian oil minister wants to bring Tehran's production to 4 million barrels a day. Neither OPEC nor Russia appear eager to decrease production. The dollar strengthened after President of the Federal Reserve's statement.


    31/08/2016 - MYANMAR

    XXI Century Panglong Conference for peace underway


    The most important talks since 1947. 17 ethnic groups who agreed to government's conditions attending. Today the inaugural speech of Ban Ki Monn, UN Secretary. Rohingya issue will also be addressed by a commission headed by Kofi Annan. The Catholic Church: "Let's ensure collaboration to all those who seek justice and peace".


    31/08/2016 - SYRIA

    Islamic State spokesman and "lone wolves" architect Al-Adnani, killed in Aleppo


    The death comes at a time of military difficulty for the jihadist movement. He was killed during a "reconnaissance mission" in the province. Pentagon spokesman: "principal architect" of IS foreign operations. Among the founders of the "Caliphate", he had a bounty of five million dollars.


    30/08/2016 - PHILIPPINES

    Card. Tagle: extrajudicial killings and abortion, two faces of the same plague


    The Archbishop of Manila condemns the "unpunished massacre" taking place in the country, but widens the field: "Life must be defended in all its forms. We must be concerned for what is happening on the streets, but also of abortion! These are also the forms of murder ".


    30/08/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Lahore: Christian family forced to flee because of religious hatred

    by Shafique Khokhar

    AsiaNews heard the history of Victoria’s family, forced to abandon their hometowns because they are Christian. They moved to Lahore, but here too, Christians endure attitudes of intolerance and hatred against minorities, a far cry from what is said in political proclamations.


    30/08/2016 - SYRIA – TURKEY

    Kurdish Ambassador: My people have been used and abandoned by the US


    Turkey’s offensive in Syrian territory continues with more than 50 tanks still across the border. Ankara announces the killing of "25 Kurdish terrorists". Human rights activists say those killed were civilians. Erdogan and Obama are set to meet in China on the sidelines of the G20 Summit. For Saywan S. Barzani, "proxy wars" are fought in the Middle East "between different countries, behind whom one finds the Americans and the Russians".


    30/08/2016 - TAIWAN – VATICAN – CHINA

    Taipei in favour of talks between China and the Vatican, fears nothing


    Taiwan’s deputy foreign minister dismisses rumours that his government is concerned about an alleged rapprochement between Beijing and the Holy See. Due to the Vatican’s mission to promote universal values, which would be good for China, Taiwan is not only not opposed to, but also thinks it is positive. Taiwan’s vice president will attend Mother Teresa’s canonisation.


    30/08/2016 - VIETNAM

    Vietnamese government speeds up approval of new religious law


    A new bill was drafted in mid-August, but has not yet been released. The authorities want to approve it this year. A Buddhist leader and a Catholic praised the law at a Patriotic Front meeting. However, critics continue to slam the draft for its restrictions on the activities of religious communities.


    30/08/2016 - CHINA

    China, the Party's new crusade against "Western lifestyles"


    The government had ordered all news organizations to avoid references to the private lives of celebrities, to their earnings or their reputation. The "entertainment" industry must follow the moral lines of the Communists. Law on the cinema sector being drafted.


    30/08/2016 - KYRGYZSTAN -CHINA

    Bishkek, car bombing at Chinese embassy: one dead and three wounded


    The vehicle broke through the gate and exploded in the courtyard. The victim is the driver of the car. The head of Chinese embassy security said that there are no injuries on the staff. According to local authorities it is a terrorist attack.


    30/08/2016 - IRAN

    Tehran and Seoul launch trade in euro

    by Darius Karimian

    Thereby circumventing US sanctions that prohibit the use of the dollar in transactions with Iran. A tip for other nations. Three Korean banks have opened an office in Tehran.


    30/08/2016 - YEMEN

    Aden, Islamic State suicide bombers target army recruits: 71 dead and 98 wounded


    The jihadist attack hit a training center for new soldiers. Yemeni authorities speak of "massacre" with "the highest number of victims" ever recorded. Analysts and experts point out that the attack shows the difficulties of the government to restore security. Government and rebels ready for a new peace initiative.

     


    30/08/2016 - INDIA - VATICAN

    Director of Caritas India: Mother Teresa, the compassionate face of the Church

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    For Fr. Frederick D'Souza the nun who will be canonized next September 4, has transformed the experience of the Church. The diaconate is not only service, but sacrifice and gift of self.


    29/08/2016 - EGYPT

    Cairo frees human rights lawyer Malek Adly


    He had supported the protests in April against ceding two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. He was arrested on 5 May on charges of "spreading false news" and “attempting to topple the ruling system”.


    29/08/2016 - ASIA – ITALY

    From Iraq to Prato’s Chinese, Asia helping Italian earthquake victims


    Chinese communities in Prato and Florence deliver five vans with basic supplies sent to the affected areas, whilst Rome’s Filipino community is collecting money and medicines. In a letter to President Mattarella, the Tibetan Parliament expresses thanks for "Italy’s ever-strong support for the Tibetan issue”, says will try to do its best. In Erbil, displaced Iraqis in refugee camps raise money.


    29/08/2016 - CHINA – CENTRAL ASIA

    China’s "quiet expansion" into Central Asia

    by Paul Goble

    Beijing has replaced both Russia and the United States in the strategically important region. Taking advantage of these countries’ internal weaknesses, China is seizing control of local businesses and farmland. "Chinese nationals living and working in Tajikistan have increased by 30 percent since 2015,” notes a Tajikistan expert. “Tajiks have ceased to be masters in their own country”. Courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.


    29/08/2016 - LIBYA

    Sirte freed from Daesh


    A spokesperson for Bunyan El Marsus, the western Libyan militias allied with the government of national unity, made the announcement. Daesh forces fled south. Overestimated, the strength of the Islamic state is a media-constructed myth. Now the el Sharara oil fields must be saved from possible reprisals.


    29/08/2016 - NEPAL

    A new Indian priest for the Nepali Church: I chose to serve God here

    by Christopher Sharma

    Fr. B. Rajasekaran is a Jesuit who has worked for 14 years in the Himalayan country. He was ordained in the presence of many faithful, including more than 200 Hindus. The latter lined up to receive the blessing of the new priest. Apostolic Vicar: "It is my hope that vocations will grow in Nepal".


    29/08/2016 - BANGLADESH

    "I, a Muslim who converted to Christianity, rejected by family and society"

    by Ismail Jaffar

    Speaking to AsiaNews, Anil Gomes (not his real name for security reasons) explains that he converted to Christianity after reading a passage from the New Testament. Since then he has lost every job. His body shows the wounds from assaults and murder attempts. "I cannot maintain my family. Pray for me".


    29/08/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Rethinking China-Vatican accords (with a touch of irony)

    by Il prete eremita del Nord (华北的山人神父)

    There are various discrepancies in discussions on relations between China and the Holy See. Despite the fact that there is still no public agreement, many commentators hotly discuss it as if it were common gossip. Even the bishops are often reduced to mere puppets; the lack of mutual trust between the two parties; the Taiwan issue: these are some of the problems outlined by the informed author, who calls himself "the hermit priest of the North" and is a very famous priest-blogger in China.


    29/08/2016 - MONGOLIA

    Fr. Joseph Enkh-Baatar's first Mass: A gift from God (PHOTOS)


    Ordained yesterday, the first Mongolian priest celebrated his first Mass today. His mother;s joy and the pride of his faithful. Buddhist leader: "We have excellent relations with Catholics, we learn from them as they learn from us." Over 1,500 faithful and guests celebrate the event.


    29/08/2016 - SYRIA - TURKEY

    Turkey continues offensive against "terrorists" and Kurds


    At least 25 people killed yesterday. According to Turkey, they were all "Kurdish militants" and "terrorists." Ankara and Washington increasingly distant.






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    BANGLADESH
    "I, a Muslim who converted to Christianity, rejected by family and society"

    Ismail Jaffar

    Speaking to AsiaNews, Anil Gomes (not his real name for security reasons) explains that he converted to Christianity after reading a passage from the New Testament. Since then he has lost every job. His body shows the wounds from assaults and murder attempts. "I cannot maintain my family. Pray for me".


    CHINA - VATICAN
    Rethinking China-Vatican accords (with a touch of irony)

    Il prete eremita del Nord (华北的山人神父)

    There are various discrepancies in discussions on relations between China and the Holy See. Despite the fact that there is still no public agreement, many commentators hotly discuss it as if it were common gossip. Even the bishops are often reduced to mere puppets; the lack of mutual trust between the two parties; the Taiwan issue: these are some of the problems outlined by the informed author, who calls himself "the hermit priest of the North" and is a very famous priest-blogger in China.


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