23 May 2017
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  • 22/05/2017 - INDIA

    The crowd was composed by 100 attackers. The religious site inaugurated on May 13, on the centenary of the apparitions. The assault dictated by a land dispute. Archbishop Thumma Bala: "Deeply painful".


    by Nirmala Carvalho

    22/05/2017 - IRAN-SAUDI ARABIA

    Zarif: Trump 'pumping' Saudi Arabian money


    Teheran's first reaction to the speech by the US President in Riyadh, in front of 35 heads of state. For Trump and King Salman Iran "supports, arms and trains terrorists, militias." Contracts signed between US and Saudi for about $ 400 billion in arms supplies and security.


    22/05/2017 - INDONESIA

    Denpasar: Young Indonesian Catholics celebrate Diocesan Day

    by Emiliana Saptaningsih

    The meeting, which was held last Saturday in preparation for the seventh Asian Youth Day, included Mass and celebrations. Young Indonesians are enthusiastic and committed to bear witness among Muslims.


    22/05/2017 - NEPAL

    Everest's Hillary Step collapses


    British climber Tim Mosedale confirms the destruction, caused perhaps by the April 2015 quake. The outcrop was named after the first climber who reached the top of the world’s tallest mountain in 1953.


    22/05/2017 - RUSSIA

    St Nicholas relic in Moscow for the first time (video)


    The saint’s sacred remains have never left Italy since 1087. In February 2016, Pope Francis and Russian Patriarch Kirill agreed to move a relic to Russia for a certain period of time. At 6 pm yesterday, all the churches of the capital ran their bells in jubilation. A grand procession accompanied the sacred relic to Moscow’s Christ the Saviour where Patriarch Kirill led a solemn liturgical celebration.


    22/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Only the Holy Spirit can lead us to testify that Jesus is the Lord


    The Holy Spirit is "a gift, the great gift of Jesus,” who does not lead us astray. “It is precisely within our hearts that we carry the Holy Spirit. The Church calls the Spirit ‘the sweet guest of the heart’: He is there. But He cannot enter a closed heart. ‘Ah, but where can one buy the keys to open the heart?’ No! That too is a gift.”


    22/05/2017 - TAIWAN – CHINA

    China gets Taiwan excluded from WHO


    Taiwan’s Health Minister was excluded today from the World Health Assembly in Geneva, despite support from many states, because of its refusal to endorse the One-China principle. The World Health Organisation’s travel budget is greater than some public health emergencies.


    22/05/2017 - IRAN

    Rouhani: Economy, Riyadh and Washington, the internal and global challenges of the confirmed president


    Thousands of people celebrated the victory of the moderate candidate, confirmed for a second term. The reformed program for economic success and the fight against corruption. Voting of Municipalities rewards reformist and moderate candidates.


    22/05/2017 - INDONESIA

    Semarang: 15,000 celebrate new Archbishop Robertus Rubiyatmoko

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    The celebrations lasted from noon to midnight. Congratulations from representatives of Indonesian civil society and those of all religions. Great joy and participation. Indonesian Catholics pray for unity of the country against radicalism.


    22/05/2017 - KOREA

    Seoul claims Kim missiles cannot reach Guam


    The target is the Pacific island that serves as a US military base for operations in Asia. It is 3500 kilometers away from North Korea. South Korea also cautions about North Korean missile’s ability to re-enter the atmosphere. Kim Jong-un publishes photographs of Earth taken from the missile tested Sunday to prove possession of the technology needed for intercontinental missiles


    22/05/2017 - EGYPT

    Cairo, 48 jihadists on trial for attacks on Coptic churches


    Defendants to appear before a military court. Of these, 31 are in prison under custody. The rest are still loose. Prosecutor says some of those detained include prominent members of the Islamic State in the country. The militants also responsible for the deaths of some policemen.


    21/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: together with the faithful in China on 24 May to celebrate Our Lady of Sheshan


    During the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis speaks about the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, instituted by Benedict XVI. Chinese Catholics must make a “personal contribution to communion among believers and to harmony in the whole society." AsiaNews Symposium on the Church in China is set for this week. Francis appeals for peace in the Central African Republic, and for loving “one another following the example of the Lord”. For him, “Sometimes conflicts, pride, envy, and divisions leave a blotch on the beautiful face of the Church.” Five new cardinals will be named, including a bishop from Laos.


    20/05/2017 - BANGLADESH

    Some 27 college students arrested in Dhaka on suspicion of homosexuality

    by Sumon Corraya

    Police surround a community centre over night, holding those arrested for drug possession. For the secretary of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Bishops’ Conference, they should not be prosecuted.


    20/05/2017 - JORDAN – MIDDLE EAST

    Advance research centre in Amman stronger than Mideast wars and divisions


    Sesame is the result of cooperation between the region’s governments and scientists, including Iran, Israel, and Egypt. The facility hosts a synchrotron that can help understand cancerous tissue, ancient scrolls, seeds, and plants. This might be the start of a new era in collaborative science. For an Iranian scientist, “Science is different from politics.”


    20/05/2017 - IRAN

    Hassan Rouhani wins a second term in Iran’s election


    The president gets 57 per cent of the vote to defeat right-wing candidate Ebrahim Raisi. At 70 per cent, turnout was unexpectedly high.


    20/05/2017 - TIBET – CHINA

    Tibetan monk sets himself on fire in Qinghai, bringing the number of self-immolations to 150


    Jamyang Losal, 22, torched himself near the People’s Hospital in Kangtsa County. Police refused to hand over the body to his family.


    20/05/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Caritas warns of a humanitarian crisis in Sindh where drought has killed 1,340 children

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Local authorities admit the death toll before province’s high court with Tharparkar as the most affected district. Rain is the only source of water. The Church’s main charity set up a food security programme in 2014.


    19/05/2017 - INDONESIA

    Card Darmaatmaja: forgive to stop the spiral of revenge in Indonesia

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    In Indonesia hostility and intolerance towards religious minorities is growing. Still, for the prelate, "We all have to forgive radical and intolerant groups". Instead, “Love for God is manifested through the love for one’s neighbours”. Mideast East extremists find welcome Indonesia. For Prof. Syafi'I Maarif, such hospitality "makes no sense".


    19/05/2017 - INDIA

    For Indian Nun, prayers and closeness can change prisoners

    by Santosh Digal

    Sister Inigo Joachim works as a volunteer for Prison Ministry India, a Catholic Association involved with prisoners across India for the past 30 years. The biggest problem is the solitude of prisoners. Abandoned by their familiesthey need our presence, emotional support and a shoulder to cry". In turn, they "are our benefactors” since they “give meaning to our lives, vocation and mission."


    19/05/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Tribute for Sri Lanka’s civil war victims despite barriers (photos)

    by Melani Manel Perera

    For Tamils, 18 May is Mullivaikkal Remembrance Day; for the military, it is War Heroes Day. Various interfaith and multiethnic ceremonies are held across the country. A court bans commemorations in Mullivaikkal for two weeks.


    19/05/2017 - TAIWAN – CHINA

    World Health Organisation to exclude Taiwan (under Chinese pressure)


    Taiwan students slam WHO for breaching its principles, organise an online petition to have Taiwan represented at the World Health Assembly in Geneva on 22-31 May. Beijing continues its battle to isolate Taipei from the international community after Tsai Ing-wen won Taiwan’s presidential election.


    19/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: True doctrine unites, but when it becomes ideology it divides


    "There has always been those people who, without any commission, set out to disturb the Christian community with discourses that upbraid souls: 'Eh, no. What he said is heretical, that cannot be said, that no, the doctrine of the Church says this ... ".


    19/05/2017 - BANGLADESH - SAUDI ARABIA

    Prime Minister Hasina attends Riyadh summit between Saudi and US, to counter Iran

    by Sumon Corraya

    From May 20 to 23, the Saudi capital hosts a summit involving 55 Muslim-majority nations. President Trump will also attend on his first official trip abroad. Dhaka evaluates sending military to the kingdom to protect the holy places of Islam. The summit reinforces designs of Arab-Sunni alliance against Shiite Iran.


    19/05/2017 - IRAN

    Iran’s municipal elections, the road to politics for women


    Women are about 6.2 per cent of all municipal candidates, most from ordinary walks of life. In Tehran, where women are 21 per cent of all candidates, conservatives and reformers are in a tough fight. The latter want to unseat the city’s incumbent conservative governor.


    19/05/2017 - CHINA

    Corruption and human rights abuses cast a shadow over OBOR, Xi Jinping’s mega project

    by Chang Ping*

    Corruption is not just the result of a money exchange; it also comes from a lack of transparency when agreements are implemented. One cannot expect a new Gospel from a government that promotes repression and abuse. An exiled Chinese scholar looks at the issue. Courtesy of ChinaChange.


    19/05/2017 - SYRIA - UN

    Syrian government and rebels open to a constitutional review mediated by the UN


    A study group of bipartisan experts called to discuss "constitutional issues". The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria speaks of the first tangible result of the talks. But the two fronts dampen the enthusiasm. US air raid strikes pro-Syrian government forces near the Jordan border: eight dead.


    19/05/2017 - CAMBODIA

    Memorial Day. Cambodians remember the victims of the Khmer Rouge


    Almost no Cambodian family spared from the genocide. The day of memory is held early due to the election campaign. Strong tensions spread throughout the country. Prime Minister Hun Sen threatens civil war in the event of a defeat.


    19/05/2017 - NEPAL

    Elections in Kathmandu: secular parties conquer extremism

    by Christopher Sharma

    The Hindu pro-monarchy party won in only one local unit. The Nepalese, majority Hindu, chose peace and coexistence with other religions.


    19/05/2017 - JAPAN

    Government approves law for the abdication of Emperor Akihito


    The law can only be used for this emperor. In all probability it will be approved by parliament by the end of June. Naruhito's new era is expected to begin with 2019. The imperial family has few members and few male children.     


    18/05/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Duterte says no to “foreign interference”, rejects 250 million euros in EU aid


    The Philippines “reserves the right to respectfully decline grants with provisions that allows foreigners to interfere with our conduct and internal affairs,” government spokesman Abella said. The EU delegation was informed yesterday during a meeting where "human rights have been mentioned," Franz Jessen, EU ambassador said. The move by the Filipino government is aimed at blocking European criticism of its controversial policies. China is the Philippines’ new ally.






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    VATICAN
    Pope: together with the faithful in China on 24 May to celebrate Our Lady of Sheshan



    During the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis speaks about the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, instituted by Benedict XVI. Chinese Catholics must make a “personal contribution to communion among believers and to harmony in the whole society." AsiaNews Symposium on the Church in China is set for this week. Francis appeals for peace in the Central African Republic, and for loving “one another following the example of the Lord”. For him, “Sometimes conflicts, pride, envy, and divisions leave a blotch on the beautiful face of the Church.” Five new cardinals will be named, including a bishop from Laos.


    VATICAN-CHINA
    May 24, 2017: 'China, the Cross is Red', AsiaNews Symposium

    Bernardo Cervellera

    The event will be held to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. A title with many meanings: the Cross is red from the blood of the martyrs; From attempts to suffocate the faith with state control; Bceause of the contribution of hope that Christianity gives to a population tired of materialism and consumerism that is seeking new moral criteria. The theme is also about the great and unexpected religious rebirth in the country. Guests to include: Card. Pietro Parolin, Msgr. Savio Hon, the sociologist of religions Richard Madsen, the testimonies of Chinese priests and laity.


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