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    24/10/2016 - VATICAN - CHINA

    The ordination will take place on November 10 in the Cathedral. The bishop had been appointed by the Holy See at least two years ago. But he was waiting for the green light from Beijing. Similar situation in Chengdu. Fears for the presence of excommunicated bishops. Reconciliation between illegitimate and official bishops is not brought about by political gestures, but depends on personal and canonical procedures. A meeting between the Chinese delegation and the Vatican is not "imminent".


    by Bernardo Cervellera

    24/10/2016 - RUSSIA – VATICAN

    Vatican and the Orthodox Church neutral in the conflict in Ukraine

    by Nina Achmatova

    The Patriarchate of Moscow makes this point after a meeting between the new apostolic nuncio to Russia and Metropolitan Hilarion. For years, the Russian Orthodox Church has accused Greek Catholics of promoting anti-Russian positions and supporting the Maidan protests in Kyiv.

    24/10/2016 - FRANCE

    Evacuation of migrants from Calais 'Jungle' begins

    Over a thousand police deployed to remove between 6-8 thousand refugees. Most of them are from Afghanistan, Sudan and Eritrea. Calais residents complain of lack of security and failing businesses. It's the fourth time that the campsite near the port has been evacuated.


    24/10/2016 - INDIA

    March for Life ends symposium in defence of the family

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The National Symposium ‘A call to freedom and justice in the family and society: ethical concerns and pastoral approaches’ ends with a march for life in Bandra, from St Andrew’s Church to Our Lady of the Mount Basilica. For Card Gracias, “Today, human life is threatened on many fronts.”

    24/10/2016 - CHINA

    Sixth Plenum of the Chinese Communist Party opens

    by Wang Zhicheng

    The focus is on the issue of "strictly governing the party”. Corruption remains the main concern with economic and political reforms at a standstill. New members prepare to enter the Central Committee. Wang Qishan’s retirement is a question as is Xi’s.

    24/10/2016 - VIETNAM – CHINA

    Vietnamese against the threat of Chinese nuclear power plants

    by Joseph Tran

    China completed three new nuclear plants not far from the Vietnamese border. IAEA warns that, in case of nuclear disaster, Vietnam would certainly be affected. China is also planning small mobile nuclear power stations for the South China Sea where they could cause unprecedented harm to the marine environment.

    24/10/2016 - INDONESIA

    East Nusa Tenggara: prayer, games and mercy for World Mission Day

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Activities for young people and adults were organised in the month of October. The president of the Pontifical Missionary Works celebrated the final Mass yesterday. Free health care was provided to the poor, and young people visited hospices.

    24/10/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Do not live by the rigidity of the law, but meekness, kindness, and forgiveness which are gifts from God

    "There is always something hidden behind the rigidity, in many cases a double life; but there is also some sort  of illness. How the rigid suffer: when they are sincere and they realize this, they suffer! Because they fail to have the freedom of God's children. They do not know how to walk according to the law of the Lord and they are not blessed."

    24/10/2016 - INDIA

    Vijayawada: Missionary mandate and vows for Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate

    by Benigna Menezes*

    In October five received their Missionary assignment: two will go to Papua New Guinea; the other three respectively to Guinea Bissau, Bangladesh and Hong Kong. Two other religious have perpetual vows. The crucifix, the symbol of the mission; the Bible, to spread the Good News.


    24/10/2016 - SYRIA

    As ceasefire expires, fighting renewed in Aleppo. US accuses Damascus of using chemical weapons

    The Syrian army has hit the rebel-controlled eastern sector. In response militants they have launched rockets and missiles against the western district. At least 20 militants died in the clashes. According to Washington, "the Damascus regime" is still "combatant" and violates the provisions of the UN Security Council.


    23/10/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: the cruelty of those who kill children in Iraq “makes us weep”

    "Our hearts are shocked by the heinous acts of violence that have been committed for far too long against innocent citizens, be they Muslim, Christian or members of other ethnic groups and religions."  World Mission Day “is time of courage”.

    22/10/2016 - VATICAN

    For pope, dialogue is "an expression of the great need for God's love"

    About 100,000 people gathered today for Pope Francis’ jubilee audience on how dialogue “breaks down the walls of divisions and misunderstandings, builds bridges of communication, and does not allow anyone to turn inward into his or her own world” but “invites us to stand before others seeing them as a gift of God”. “The Church too lives of dialogue with the men and women of every age, to understand the needs that are at the heart of every person and contribute to achieving the common good.”

    22/10/2016 - INDIA

    Card Gracias: together with Saint John Paul II in the defence of life

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The archbishop of Mumbai opened a national symposium titled ‘A call to freedom and justice in the family and society: ethical concerns and pastoral approaches’ on the liturgical feast day of the Polish saint, the "pope of the family, the basis for the Church and its work.”

    22/10/2016 - VIETNAM

    Vietnamese bishops appeal for help for central provinces hammered by flooding

    A week of heavy rains in Hà Tĩnh and Quảng Bình pounded residents already crushed by a pollution emergency. At least 29 people are missing, and thousands of homes have been destroyed. “We appeal to all men and women of good will [. . .] to help our compatriots in difficulty,” the bishops said in a statement.

    22/10/2016 - SAUDI ARABIA

    Young female music students need male guardians in Jeddah

    Girls and young women who want to attend one of the city's music clubs require the approval of their father or legal guardian. This comes after some parents protested. More and more girls enrol to learn to play the piano, organ or guitar without their parents’ knowledge.

    22/10/2016 - TAIWAN

    Fr Andrés Díaz de Rábago, a great missionary, celebrates his first 100 years

    by Xin Yage

    The secret of his longevity lies in talking with everyone and thanking God every day. Every day, Fr Andrés, a Jesuit, visits the sick at Cardinal Tian Hospital in Taipei. Some 5,000 people, including Taiwan’s Vice President Chen Chien-jen, came to his birthday party.

    22/10/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Lahore’s drama festival promotes religious harmony

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Lahore’s Interfaith Harmony, Peace & Tolerance festival ends today. Performances by 250 students from 23 schools are meant to spread justice and tolerance among religions through the arts. " We respect the religious sensitivities of all our students,” director said.

    21/10/2016 - YEMEN - UN

    Riyadh accuses the Houthis of violations of the ceasefire in Yemen

    The Shiite rebels reported to have carried out "at least 43" violations of the truce in force since yesterday. Houthi response: a Saudi air raid killed three civilians in Saada. Despite violence, UN diplomacy is hoping for an extension of the ceasefire. 80% of the population need humanitarian aid.

    21/10/2016 - NEPAL - AFGHANISTAN

    Kathmandu withdraws ban on work permits in Afghanistan

    Permits withdrawn following an attack in Kabul, in which 13 Nepalese died. The workers can only be employed in diplomatic missions or international companies. The ban remains in force for war zones. The migrants send money home contributing to 30% of the national GDP.  

    21/10/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Humility, gentleness and patience to build unity in the Church

    "A large heart, there is room for everybody. And this creates the bond of peace; this is the worthy manner in which to behave to create the bond of peace which is the creator of unity."

    21/10/2016 - CHINA

    China has 61 million children left behind in rural areas by parents working in cities

    Poverty and red tape in cities deny children schooling and health care. This has generated high risks of accidents and juvenile delinquency. In 2015, China had 247 million migrant workers.

    21/10/2016 - INDONESIA

    Economy, infrastructure, and human rights dominate Widodo’s first two years in office

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Sworn in on 20 October 2014, Indonesia’s president has been praised for his economic policy, tax amnesty, and infrastructure development in remote areas. However, he has been criticised for human rights violations, capital punishment, and castration of paedophiles.

    21/10/2016 - INDIA

    Gujarat: 14 defendants acquitted in Muslim massacre

    The court granted 11 defendants the benefit of the doubt, and found no clear evidence in the case of the three others. In all, 31 people had been convicted in connection with the death of 33 Muslims burnt to death in a house where they had sought shelter during a riot by Hindus.

    21/10/2016 - LEBANON

    Saad Hariri to back Michel Aoun for presidency

    This is a last resort “to protect Lebanon, the political system, the State and people” on the condition of dissociating Lebanon “from the Syrian crisis”. Some Sunni lawmakers are against the deal, but Nabih Berri (Amal) is the most critical. Still, chances are good for an election on 31 October.

    21/10/2016 - INDIA – JAPAN

    Japanese nun leaves India after 40 years of service to the disabled

    by Sr.Bindu Michael

    Born into a Buddhist family, she converted when she was 12. Drawn to the monastic life and the adoration of the Eucharist, she became a nun. During her 40 years in India she taught children with intellectual disabilities, “seeing Christ” in them.

    21/10/2016 - SYRIA – IRAQ

    Jihadi leaders flee Aleppo as well as Mosul towards strongholds of Raqqa and Idlib

    Despite truce, ex al-Nusra Front shells western Aleppo, killing a girl. Turkish air force strikes north of the city, killing 150 civilians, an "unjustified massacre" for Syrian media. Islamic State leaders flee Aleppo, raising questions and doubts about how they are escaping. Some reports indicate that US and Russia have agreed on splitting Aleppo and Mosul.

    21/10/2016 - PHILIPPINES – CHINA

    Duterte in Beijing announces separation: “America has lost"

    During his visit to Beijing, the Filipino president told Chinese business executives in the Great Hall of the People, “I will be dependent on you for all time.” Manila and Beijing sign US$ 13.5 billion worth of deals, including 13 agreements and memoranda of understanding. US official describes the US as “baffled” by Duterte’s comments, whilst Filipino trade secretary says “we are not stopping trade, investment with America”.

    21/10/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Pakistan vetting two bills in favour of minorities and against forced conversions

    by Peter Jacob

    One bill would establish a ‘Pakistan Minority Rights Commission’; the other, the ‘Protection of Minorities Bill 2016’, would make forced conversion an offence. Promoters are aware of social problems like the conversions of Hindu and Christian women abducted, raped and enslaved by Muslims.

    20/10/2016 - ISRAEL – PALESTINE

    For B'Tselem spokesman, Israeli occupation and international inertia are obstacles to peace

    The Israeli government and pacifist and anti-occupation NGOs are currently at loggerheads because of a controversial intervention by B’tselem at the UN. Gilutz calls for action by the international community to stop the expansion of Israeli settlements. Israel’s current government does not view the occupation as temporary and shows no inkling to stop it.

    20/10/2016 - THAILAND

    Military junta reassures Thais that they would soon have a new king

    by Weena Kowitwanij

    Parliament will shortly invoke Article 23 of the Constitution, which regulates the royal succession. Prince Vajiralongkorn will be crowned after the cremation of his father, Bhumibol Adulyadej. Prime Minister Chan-o-cha tells Thais they “should not be afraid or worried”.

    Editor's choices

    On “Hong Kong sectors” supposedly "against Francis"

    John Mok Chit Wai

    A scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, who collaborates with AsiaNews, responds to accusations against the agency and people in Hong Kong with respect to criticism of the Vatican’s diplomatic approach towards China. Religious freedom is a fundamental human right and a universal value, whether in China, Russia or the Middle East. Between "Right" and "Left", China defines itself as left, yet it practices state capitalism and unfettered capitalism just as "right-wing governments" do. Gaudium et Spes calls on the faithful to engage in politics against the "arbitrary domination by [. . .] a political party,” like in China.

    The "enemies" of Pope Francis

    Bernardo Cervellera

    The charge made against AsiaNews that we are against the Pope and in favor of Putin, is an opportunity to outline what motivates our commitment to evangelization. And also to ask for greater professionalism from those who write about the Pope. The Pope does not need public defenders. Facilitating dialogue between "conservatives" and "progressives" to realize the Council and concern ourselves with the world so that it encounters Jesus Christ. Christ’s “enemies” were also his "friends."


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