23/05/2016 - HONG KONG – CHINA
For the first time in 27 years, the Student Federation plans to stay away from the memorial vigil for the martyrs of Tiananmen Square. Hong Kong’s bishop emeritus told AsiaNews that the kids have great courage but they want to do “their own thing”. Regrettably, “they lack the maturity to understand that today more than ever we need unity and cooperation”. Hong Kong "is a part of China, and this brooks no discussion”.
23/05/2016 - VATICAN - ISLAM
Pope receives grand imam of Al-Azhar, dialogue and not violence between Catholicism and Islam
The meeting focused “on the shared commitment of the authorities and the faithful of the great religions for peace in the world, the rejection of violence and terrorism, the situation of Christians in the context of conflicts and tensions in the Middle East and their protection" .
23/05/2016 - JAPAN – UNITED STATES
For Bishop of Niigata, Obama should listen to the voices of Hiroshima survivorsby Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi*
The US president and the world must understand that when we talk about an atomic holocaust we are not talking about numbers, but human lives, stories, and tears. The president should be praised for his commitment to disarmament, but “Out of respect for human life and human dignity granted to us by the Creator, we should aim for a nuclear weapon-free world”.
23/05/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: one cannot be Christian without "the wonder of joy"
"When in our parishes, in our communities, in our institutions we find people who say they are Christians and want to be Christian but are sad, there is something wrong. And we must help them to find Jesus, to take away that sadness, so they may rejoice in the Gospel, so they may have this joy which is proper to the Gospel".
23/05/2016 - VATICAN - ISLAM
Meeting between Pope Francis and the Imam of Al Azhar "for dialogue and peace in the world"by Bernardo Cervellera
Egyptian Catholic Church spokesman: "Happy for this meeting." Vicar of Al Azhar: "A message of tolerance." The highs and lows of the Al Azhar-Vatican relationship. The breakthrough with Al Sisi and his project to modernize Egypt and the teaching of Islam.
22/05/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: May Chinese Catholics become concrete sign of love and reconciliation
After the Angelus, Francis remembers the Day of Prayer for the Church in China, which falls on May 24: "Let us ask Mary to give to his children in China the ability to discern at all times the signs of the loving presence of God, that always welcomes and forgives. " Before the Marian prayer, a reflection on the Holy Trinity: "This feast invites us to engage in the daily events to be leaven of communion, of consolation and of mercy."
21/05/2016 - CHINA
125 people arrested for trafficking toxic vaccines
The system was operating in 22 provinces, with a total turnover amounted to half a billion yuan. Health officials also among those arrested. They bought adulterated vaccines, distributing them to unsuspecting citizens. The incident came after the arrest of a doctor who sold millions of doses that had expired or stored incorrectly.
20/05/2016 - CHINA
China’s online propaganda generates 488 million “positive” comments a year
A study by Gary King and his research team found that China has invested in generating favourable online comments. In addition to government employees, anti-change volunteers do their part. Currently, a nationwide drive is underway to get 10.5 million youth volunteers to banish Western influence from social media.
20/05/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Understanding for human weakness, but no "negotiating" on the truth
"May Jesus teach us to have at heart a great adhesion to the truth, and also at heart a great understanding and accompaniment for all our brothers who are in difficulty."
20/05/2016 - TAIWAN
Tsai Ing-wen sworn in: I respect history, but Taiwan comes first
The new president, the first woman to lead the Republic of China, delivers a long speech in front of 20 thousand supporters. The five points of her program start from the transformation of the economic structure of the island and call for a return of "social justice". The relationship with Beijing comes toward the end: no direct mention of the "1992 Consensus", but a commitment to the maintenance of "stable and peaceful relations" across the Strait.
19/05/2016 - HONG KONG – CHINA
Beijing realising that its iron fist might lose it Hong Kong
For Lee Cheuk-yan, pan-democratic lawmaker and pro-democracy activist, the mainland seems to have realised that hardline confrontation can only spark an independence movement. During a meeting with China’s third ranking leader, four pan-democratic lawmakers called for the ouster of Hong Kong’s chief executive. A Communist Party paper calls it “a sharp demand”, but “that is part of their rights to ask”.
19/05/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: "fear and misunderstanding" should not hamper action in favour of those forced to emigrate
In his meeting with new ambassadors, Francis insisted that international action should help people stay at home and “remove weapons” from those who perpetrate violence and engage in human and drug trafficking. The pontiff also expressed solidarity with persecuted Christian communities.
19/05/2016 - SOUTH KOREA
Gwangju massacre an "open wound for all Korean society"
The president of the Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace, Msgr. Lazzaro You Heung-sik, speaks to AsiaNews about the importance of commemorating the victims of 1980: "They represented a turning point for the country, and remembering their sacrifice is a must for those who love democracy. But peace is the only way forward, and only dialogue can build it". The government forbids to singing of the symbolic anthem of protest, that set the stage for the end of military dictatorship in South Korea.
19/05/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: The exploitation of labour is a mortal sin
"We consider this drama of today: the exploitation of the people, the blood of these people who become slaves, the traffickers of people—and not just those who deal in prostitutes and children for child labour, but that trafficking we might call “civilized”: “I’ll pay you this much, without vacation, without health care, without… everything under the table… But I will become rich!”'.
19/05/2016 - CHINA - UNITED STATES
South China Sea, risk of collision between Chinese and US planes
Pentagon says Beijing’s jets involved in "insecure" operation. US aircraft dropped to a bare 60 meters above the ground to avoid collision. The incident occurred on May 17 in international airspace, during US patrol operations. Exchanges of accusations between China and the United States over their military activities in the area.
18/05/2016 - SOUTH KOREA
Korean literature and cinema taking the West by storm
Writer Han Kang won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize, a first for a South Korean. South Korean literature in translation has carved a major niche in the British market. South Korean feature films, screenwriters and directors are also playing a leading role. K-culture reaches out to the West whilst sticking to its values.
18/05/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: "to ignore the poor is to show contempt for God"
18/05/2016 - CHINA - USA
Price war: Washington increases taxes on Chinese steel by 500%
The steel industry in China is over-producing and domestic demand is low due to the economic crisis. Tax cuts and a devalued yuan facilitate exports. The US steel industry has lost 12 thousand jobs. Calls for a ban of Chinese imports of steel to International Trade Commission.
17/05/2016 - HONG KONG – CHINA
"I want universal suffrage" banner welcomes Zhang Dejiang to Hong Kong
The chairman of the National People’s Congress, who also heads the party's leading group on Hong Kong and Macau affairs, arrived in the former British colony today. He is the highest ranking mainland official to visit Hong Kong since 2012. Pro-democracy advocates welcome him with a huge banner calling for universal suffrage. A former Guangdong governor, Zhang said he came to see, listen, and talk. Security seize journalists’ umbrellas, symbol of the 2014 protests.
17/05/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Love of power and money, the "worldly temptation" of the Church
"On the path that Jesus points us to move forward, service is the rule. The greatest is the one who serves, those who are at the service of others, not those who boast, that seek power, money ... vanity, pride ... No, these are not great”.
17/05/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN
The persecution of Catholics during the Cultural Revolutionby Sergio Ticozzi
The documentation of that violent period was burned or buried in archives. Only a few survivors speak. The persecutors are silent in fear. The burning of religious objects and furnishings in Hebei. Bishops humiliated and arrested in Henan; nuns beaten with sticks and killed, or buried alive. A persecution that "is not over yet"; Today it is perhaps only more subtle.
16/05/2016 - SOUTH KOREA – IRAN – SAUDI ARABIA
Closer South Korean-Iranian relations threaten to unleash Riyadh’s wrath
MOUs worth US$ 45 billion were signed during President Park Geun-hye’s visit to Iran. Some analysts are concerned about skewed relations at a time when sanctions have not been completely lifted. Saudi oil is at stake. Saudis would like to see a Seoul street named after the Saudi capital.
16/05/2016 - CHINA
Silence shrouds 50th anniversary of Cultural Revolution in China and in the Westby Bernardo Cervellera
The bloody campaign launched by Mao Zedong killed nearly 2 million people and sent a further 4 million to concentration camps. Every Chinese has been marked by fear. But today, no memorial service has been planned and no newspaper article has appeared. The Party’s internal struggles and Xi Jinping’s fear of ending up like the USSR. Even today, as then, there are those in Europe who keep quiet and laud the myth of China. Many are predicting a return to the "great chaos".
16/05/2016 - CHINA
Fewer college places for locals in 14 provinces spark protests by parents and studentsby John Ai
Admission to China’s higher education leads to fierce competition. Educational authorities boost the number of places for students from the country’s less developed central and western regions. Protesters complain in front of government buildings against the decision’s timing, absurd and stressful coming less than a month before entrance exams.
16/05/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: priests belong to God, are poor to the poor, and must not have ambitions or seek material goods
Francis presided over the opening of the General Assembly of Italian bishops whose main topic is the renewal of the clergy. “Belonging to the Lord, to the Church, [and] to the Kingdom” is what characterises the priestly life. It is a "treasure" that bishops must safeguard and promote "with patience and willingness of time, hands and heart."
15/05/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Mission is a "great work of spiritual and material mercy “
"Missionary Church, witness of mercy" is the title of Francis' message for the 90th World Mission Sunday, which will be celebrated Sunday, October 23, 2016, published today. The growing presence of women and families.
15/05/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: "essential purpose" of Jesus' mission to free us from condition of "orphans"
" In our own day also, we see various signs of our being orphans: in the interior loneliness which we feel even when we are surrounded by people, a loneliness which can become an existential sadness; in the attempt to be free of God, even if accompanied by a desire for his presence; in the all-too-common spiritual illiteracy which renders us incapable of prayer; in the difficulty in grasping the truth and reality of eternal life".
14/05/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Pity is not pietism, it is an aspect of God's mercy
"Often the Gospels speaks of the spontaneous cry that people who were sick, possessed, poor or afflicted addressed to Jesus: ‘Have pity on me." And "how often do we see people so attached to cats to dogs, and then they leave their hungry neighbor without help".
14/05/2016 - ASIA
WHO: Asia home to world’s most polluted cities
Foremost Peshawar, Pakistan, which has a concentration of fine particles of 540 micrograms / m3. The threshold established by WHO is 20 mg / m3. In India there are four of the five most polluted cities in the world. Each year 7 million people die of causes related air pollution.
13/05/2016 - TIBET - CHINA
Dalai Lama challenges CPC: Find Mao’s reincarnation and you can choose my successor
The Buddhist leader jokes about the Chinese government's continued interference in the religious sphere: "They are atheists and materialists by their very definition, but want to choose the next head of Tibetan Buddhism. I have a proposal: first announce the reincarnation of Mao Zedong and other great Communist leaders and then we'll talk". On the future of his role, speaking seriously, he states: "The Tibetan people will decide".
13/05/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: migrant crisis and the fight against poverty a moral rather than economic issue
Beyond the immediate and practical aspect of providing material support to our brothers and sisters, the international community is called upon to identify political, social and economic responses long-term matters that cross national and continental borders and involve the whole human family".
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