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  • 27/05/2017 - VATICAN - ITALY

    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.

    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 - INDIA

    Sister Annmary helps "untouchable" women find work in Odisha

    by Santosh Digal

    The nun belongs to the Congregation of the Union of Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In 2014 she was the first Catholic to arrive in Boudh district. Since then, she has taught children, and helped women learn to sew. For the first time, 30 women went to a government office.

    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 - 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.

    25/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Vatican: States should include planning for religious organizations involved in health care

    Speech by the Holy See's representative at the 70th World Health Assembly, in Geneva. "Just as much as 1% of all funding for research and health care is devoted to diseases that mainly affect developing countries."

    25/05/2017 - INDONESIA

    President Widodo: The East Jakarta terrorist attack will not undermine national unity

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    In recent months, Indonesia has been alerted to the presence of militants inspired by the Islamic State. Identified one of the two terrorists who coordinated the attack. Two low cots rudimentary devices used. Man hunt for the network of terrorist sleeper cells.

    25/05/2017 - NEPAL

    Prime Minister Prachanda resigns

    by Christopher Sharma

    Announced yesterday in a televised speech. He says he wants to respect agreements with the Nepalese Congress. Some believe that this change could "confuse" politics in Nepal.

    25/05/2017 - CHINA

    Chinese Finance Ministry: The problems of Chinese debt are overestimated

    Beijing in defensive mode after Moody's downgrades its credit rating. The problems are falling growth and rising state debt to 260%. Economic reforms needed, but impeded by Party’s fear of losing power and increasing social tensions. China maybe set for economic disaster.  

    25/05/2017 - SOUTH KOREA

    Moon Jae-in cuts presidential spending and launches a campaign on respect for human rights

    The new president will pay his own expenses for his family. The money saved will be used to create jobs and help marginalized people. Meanwhile, a campaign on respect for human rights has started, which will focus on the form of police bodies.

    25/05/2017 - CHINA - USA

    US warships in contested waters of the South China Sea. The wrath of Beijing

    The USS Dewey passed through the 12 nautical miles in the Mischief Reef area in the Spratlys. It is the first case of "intrusion" in an area under Chinese control since the beginning of the Trump presidency. Washington claims the right to "freedom of navigation" in the area. The region is becoming a hub of conflict.

    24/05/2017 - VATICAN – CHINA

    AsiaNews Symposium: The Church in China between witness and the danger of corruption

    "The Holy See is working for the Church in China," said Card Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of the Holy See, in his greetings at the AsiaNews symposium ‘China: The Cross is Red’. For Mgr Savio Hon, secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, “gray pragmatism” is "a great threat to faith" since it is based on the principle that “what works is true”.

    24/05/2017 - VATICAN - CHINA

    AsiaNews Symposium: Fr Gianni Criveller on evangelisation through charity and martyrdom

    Fr Gianni Criveller gave his take on a book centred to the history of PIME in China. For him, the most significant issues are the evangelical value of charity and the continuity of 'Christianity' in China after the rise of communism and the expulsion of missionaries.

    24/05/2017 - VATICAN – CHINA

    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.

    24/05/2017 - VATICAN – CHINA

    AsiaNews Symposium: We entrust the evangelisation of China to Our Lady of Sheshan, says Fr Cervellera

    AsiaNews editor welcomes participants to the Symposium ‘China: the Cross is the Red." The Patriotic Association shows off its power, claiming for example the right to appoint bishops. Sometimes underground Christians turn inward. Perhaps, diplomatic agreements and relations are not so important. Despite its atheist government, 85 per cent of China’s population adheres to some kind of faith.

    24/05/2017 - VATICAN – CHINA

    AsiaNews Symposium: the problems and Challenges of the Church in China in the stories of priests

    Many unresolved issues exist in today's Chinese Church. In their account, read by an actor because Beijing prevented them from attending the symposium, four priests talked about their activities under military control, of being taken into custody, placed under house-arrest, detained, forced to face internal scandals and attacks, as well as ‘dual identity’ bishops, confused relations between China and the Vatican, not to mention a lack of religious freedom.

    Editor's choices

    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.

    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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