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    10/12/2016 - CHINA

    Signatories include: Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, JM Coetzee. The memory of Liu Xiaobo, sentenced to 11 years in prison; his wife Liu Xia, under house arrest; Academician Ilham Tohti, sentenced to life imprisonment for his criticism of Beijing's policy towards the Uighurs.

    by Paul Wang

    10/12/2016 - JAPAN

    The Kansai University says no to the government: We will not do research for military purposes

    The private institution has allowed its researchers to be part of the Ministry of Defense Program which provides technological studies in peaceful and military context: "This could be used against humanity without the approval of the scientists."

    10/12/2016 - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

    Apostolic Vicar of Arabia: the Jubilee of mercy has brought people closer to faith

    Msgr. Hinder speaks of the Holy Year as an occasion for "reconciliation and forgiveness." In an atmosphere of war and violence "forgiveness become increasingly important." A gesture that must also embrace those who "deny rights and inflict suffering." Thousands of faithful attend Advent Masses. Immigration "contaminates" the very life of the Church.

    10/12/2016 - RUSSIA

    Krasnodar: flurry of convictions for high treason and espionage

    Komanda-29 association for legal protection denounces situation. The case of Oksana Sevastadi, sentenced to seven years in prison for a text message sent to a Georgian acquaintance.

    09/12/2016 - MYANMAR

    Lashio bishop speaks about his diocese, wounded by war and drugs

    by Phillip Za Hawng*

    Mgr Philip Za Hawng describes the tragic situation in the northern region of Shan State, where fighting rages between the government army and rebel forces. Civilians have fled to China to escape the fighting. In the meantime, illiteracy and the drug trade grow. The prelate offers a proposal for lasting peace.

    09/12/2016 - BANGLADESH – VATICAN

    Prime Minister Hasina to invite Pope Francis for a visit to Bangladesh (photos)

    by Sumon Corraya

    Card D'Rozario met the prime minister in her office. The apostolic nuncio, Archbishop George Kocherry, was present at the meeting. "On behalf of the 600,000 members of the Christian community that I represent, I express my loyalty to the prime minister and the nation,” the cardinal said.

    09/12/2016 - GULF

    Washington and London rake up billion-dollar contracts to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and UAE

    The United States plans to sell military helicopters and hardware worth billions of dollars despite criticism from activists and NGOs that the weapons kill innocent civilians in Yemen. UK and Gulf nations enter a strategic partnership against Iran, a "threat" to the region.

    09/12/2016 - INDIA – UNITED STATES

    After placing US Christian NGO under supervision, which puts thousands of poor children at risk, India has second thoughts

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Compassion International operates in India with 580 partners, providing US$ 50 million a year. In February, the Indian government placed it under its supervision. The group has gone before the US Congress. Radical Hindu group criticises the explicit goal of evangelising children.

    09/12/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Priests should not be "officials", or worldly or "intermediaries" of God's love

    The authentic priest "is a mediator very close to his people," an official instead just does his job, but then moves onto another "always as an official", "he does not know what it means to get his hands dirty" be in the midst of reality. And that is why when "the priest changes from official to intermediary he is not happy, he is sad." And looks for a little bit of happiness "in being seen, making his authority felt".

    09/12/2016 - SYRIA

    An interview with Assad: Yes to inter-Syrian dialogue, no to terrorism and foreign interference

    The Syrian president distinguishes between the opposition forces in the country. Not all are collaborators and talks are not possible with those who are "serving foreign agendas". He attacks Saudi Arabia and Qatar responsible for Israeli superiority in the region. The fight against corruption and the commitment to improving the living conditions of citizens. A truce in the fighting in Aleppo.

    09/12/2016 - INDONESIA

    Muslim extremists slam Christian university for “false” advertising

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    A banner at Duta Wacana University, a Protestant institution, shows a female student wearing a hijab. According to Islamic radicals, a Muslim should not be shown in an ad for a Christian institution. However, for one Muslim student, “no political agenda should interfere with academic studies”.

    09/12/2016 - INDIA

    Sister Meena Barwa: Handmaids of Mary mark Feast of the Immaculate with renewal of vows

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Seven nuns operate in Madhya Pradesh. Yesterday 19 new sisters made their profession in Orissa. About 500 sisters in India and Germany. With particular preference for the poor, women and children, working in the field of social work, education and healthcare.

    09/12/2016 - VIETNAM - CHINA

    South China Sea: Hanoi continues to build on disputed islands

    Satellite images taken on November 30 show Vietnamese ships near the Ladd Reef, a small island in the Spratly. The military purpose of the new base is still unconfirmed, but it could trigger Beijing’s ire.

    09/12/2016 - TIBET - CHINA

    Gansu, Tibetan self immolates invoking the Dalai Lama

    The 146th  immolation since 2009. Police have taken the victim's body. The scene was filmed. The Dalai Lama: "Safeguarding life as the highest" value.

    09/12/2016 - ISRAEL - PALESTINE

    UN: Israeli settlements norm violates international law

    The UN Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein invites parliamentarians to "reconsider" support for the norm. It "harms the reputation" of Israel in the world. The Knesset approves the first reading with 57 votes in favor and 51 against. Two more votes scheduled before final approval.

    09/12/2016 - SOUTH KOREA

    South Korean parliament votes to impeach President Park Geun-hye

    Members of her own party voted against her. Decision now rests with Constitutional Court. If ousted, Park would be the first South Korean president to undergo such a fate.

    08/12/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope’s prayer for the Immaculate in Piazza di Spagna

    by Papa Francesco

    08/12/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: God comes to dwell among us by means of a great Yes, that of Mary

    On the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis compares man’s ‘No’ before God to Mary’s ‘great Yes", "the most important in history”. We are "experts in half Yeses" or ‘missed Yeses’. He also mentioned the victims of the earthquake in Aceh (Indonesia), and invited the faithful to attend the homage to Mary in Piazza di Spagna this afternoon. The pope will also visit S. Maria Maggiore.

    07/12/2016 - PHILIPPINES

    Ozamiz archbishop calls for a stop to child soldier recruitment in Mindanao

    Mgr Martin Jumoad wants the government to " double their efforts to win the sympathy of our young (people) [on] the side of goodness.” Poverty and lack of education are the main causes of the problem. Rebel groups fighting government forces take hundreds of children.

    07/12/2016 - YEMEN

    Aden: authorities uncover Islamic State cell, arrest eight Jihadis

    Security forces detain militants blamed for recent deadly attacks, seizing silenced pistols and letters from IS leaders in Syria and Iraq. Government troops find four tonnes of explosives in Shihr and arrest five suspects planning “terrorist attacks”.

    07/12/2016 - INDIA

    In Andhra Pradesh, believers from every religion give thanks to Mary for miracles received

    The Gunadala shrine it is one of the most important Marian sites in all of India. It was founded by PIME missionaries who brought a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes in 1928. A non-Catholic family thanked the Virgin for healing their child’s heart condition. Offering facial and head hair is a gesture of humility in praying to God.

    07/12/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: the secular state is a good thing, but laicism is old-fashioned

    In an interview with a Belgian weekly, Francis criticises laicism that “closes the doors to transcendence”, which instead is part of the human essence. "[N]o religion as such can foment war. Because in this case it would be proclaiming a god of destruction, a god of hatred." Synodality does not mean “descend[ing] from high to low”; it means instead “listen[ing] to the Churches, harmonis[ing] them, discern[ing]."

    07/12/2016 - JAPAN

    Fukushima: fish and shellfish no longer radioactive

    Over the past five and a half years, the Fukushima fisheries experimental station analysed fish and shellfish samples. For the first time in years, radioactive cesium levels are within the safety limit.

    07/12/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "I hope God is with me", walking beside me

    Francis began a series of catechesis dedicated to Christian hope, "that never disappoints." Appeals for days against corruption and human rights, "two realities closely linked: corruption is the downside to fight"; "Human rights are the positive aspect, to promote."


    07/12/2016 - UAE - IRAQ

    Chaldean Patriarch: Save Iraq's cultural heritage threatened by war

    by Louis Raphael Sako*

    In Abu Dhabi the international conference dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage in conflict areas. The goal is to collect 100 million to finance projects and initiatives. Unesco: Protection of heritage as "global strategy against hatred and extremism." Mar Sako: "Urgent need for decisive action by the international community" in cooperation with the Iraqi government.


    07/12/2016 - INDONESIA

    West Java: Islamic radicals disrupt a Christian Christmas celebration

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    The faithful of the Evangelical Reformed Church were gathered in a hall in Bandung, when dozens of people stormed interrupting the choir and dispersing the crowd: "You cannot celebrate in a place that is not a church."


    07/12/2016 - CHINA

    Workers of multinationals pulling out of China go on strike

    by Wang Zhicheng

    Clashes with police and arrests in the Danone and Sony factories. Also problems with Coca Cola. The workers fear that the new masters (Chinese) will cut jobs, lower their wages, impoverish working conditions. Apple, McDonald's, KFC and many other moving elsewhere because the cost of Chinese labor has grown and sales fall.

    07/12/2016 - LEBANON

    Patriarch Rai: A government by Christmas, as a gift to revive country's future

    The Maronite leader urges political forces to reach an agreement, as was the case for the election of the president. The common consensus and reconciliation between Maronites and Sunnis will be complete "with the formation of a new government." But there are internal divisions and power struggles. And the "obstacles" of a "regional dimension" working to "weaken" the mandate of Aoun.

    07/12/2016 - INDONESIA

    6.4 earthquake in Aceh: At least 52 dead, search for missing

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    The earthquake struck at 5:03 am local time. Many residents were preparing for morning Muslim prayers. Homes destroyed and thousands displaced. It is the worst natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami.


    06/12/2016 - CHINA

    China's second child law has not improved its demographics nor its economy

    by Jing Zhang

    Women’s Rights in China Director Jing Zhang was invited to give a speech at the conference “The Prospects for Democratization in China” organized by The China Democracy Forum, New York University (NYU) and Beijing Spring magazine. The theme of the conference was “The Match between Righteousness and Evil, The Responsibility and Choice of International Society” (see picture 1).

    06/12/2016 - ITALY – ORTHODOXY

    For Bartholomew, Christians cannot be indifferent to migrants and fundamentalism

    The Ecumenical Patriarch attended Mass in Bari’s Basilica of St Nicholas. We “cannot be silent before the scandal of the commodification of people, of religious fundamentalism that claims to act in the God’s name, of man's exploitation of man, of the depletion of natural resources for the benefit of a few to the detriment of the many, especially the poorest.”

    Editor's choices

    "Adopt a Christian from Mosul": A Christmas gift to survive winter

    Bernardo Cervellera

    As Iraqi troops advance in the Nineveh Plain and Mosul, a new wave of refugees could overshadow the fate of other refugees who found hospitality in Kurdistan. People need kerosene, winter clothes, aid for children, and money for rent. The campaign AsiaNews launched two years ago is more urgent than ever. Give up a superfluous gift to offer refugees an essential gift for life.

    Pastor of Amadiya: Mosul’s Christian refugees, torn between emergency aid and the longing to return home

    P. Samir Youssef

    In a letter Fr. Samir Youssef describes the situation of refugees, exiled from their home for more than two years. They are closely following the offensive to retake Mosul, although their homes and churches "are for the most part" burned or destroyed. With the arrival of winter there is a serve lack of heating oil, clothes, food and money to pay for their children’s school bus. An appeal to continue to support the AsiaNews campaign.


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