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10/01/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
The "umbrella revolution": students turn their backs on flag raising for China’s National Day
by Paul Wang
The students boycotted the raising of the flag to mark the founding of the People's Republic of China. Some demand the release of political prisoners and recall Tiananmen. Leung Chun-ying keeps silent. China censors images and news reports on the demands of democracy. 13 Chinese who support Occupy Central arrested. Beijing warns embassies and consulates: do not interfere with the protesters. Support from Canada, Britain, Australia.
Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - Thousands of demonstrators  continue to block the main roads of the territory on the fourth day of Occupy Central, demanding full democracy for the people of Hong Kong. Yesterday...

09/30/2014 VATICAN - UNITED NATIONS
It is "licit and urgent" to stop the aggression of terrorism, Card Parolin says at UN
The Holy See's top diplomat calls for "multilateral action and a proportionate use of force" to ensure "the defence of unarmed citizens." The theory of the "clash of civilizations" ignores "longstanding and profound experiences of good relations between cultures, ethnic groups and religions". The path to follow is to "promote dialogue and understanding among cultures," as well as a sense of "responsibility to protect".
09/30/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Prepare and pray: the "things" to do ahead of our "dark times”
"Our life is too easy, our complaints are overdramatized". Think of the great tragedies, of "these Christian brothers and sisters of ours who are driven from their home and left with nothing: 'But, Lord, I have believed in you. Why? Is believing in You a curse, Lord?'".
09/30/2014 CHINA
Need a driver's license, donate a pint of blood to the state
In the city of Baoji, new regulations impose a "voluntary donation" of blood for municipal services. Soldiers and university students are urged to donate at least once a year. People react online. For one netizen, "donations should be voluntary". Others tell the authorities to remember country's health scandals.
09/30/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Hong Kong Chief Executive calls for immediate end to protests. Occupy Central calls for his resignation
by Paul Wang
Day three of Occupy Central. Sit-ins extend to Yau Ma Tei and Des Voeux Road. Schools are still closed; 37 banks are closed. There is growing solidarity among population towards the demonstrators. Yesterday evening, tens of thousands of people were in the street. Last night in Mong Kok, a speeding car tried to crash into some of the demonstrators. Many commuters accept transport difficulties because they share the ideals of democracy. "Proud" to be Hong Kongers.

09/29/2014 JAPAN
Death toll rises to 36 following Mount Ontake's eruption
Saturday's event was the first fatal one in modern times. At least 63 people suffered injuries and more than 230 climbers had to seek overnight refuge in local lodges. It is still unclear how many may be missing.
09/29/2014 VATICAN
Pope: "Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love"
The topic Pope Francis chose for the next World Day of Social Communications has been announced. The "Church must learn again how to show that the family is a great gift, something good and beautiful. The Church is called to show more vividly that the gift of love, which the bride and groom offer each other, draws all people to God. It is an exciting task".
09/29/2014 PHILIPPINES - UNITED STATES -
South China Sea: Manila and Washington play war games against Beijing
Thousands of US and Filipino soldiers begin 12-day joint military exercises today near Palawan Island, where Manila is involved in a bitter territorial dispute with Beijing. Recently, the Philippines boosted its military presence in the area.
09/29/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Hong Kong protests: police violence "a boomerang against the government"
A Catholic source in the city tells AsiaNews that "police behaviour shocked people". Increasingly, Hongkongers want democracy. "Now the only way out is for Leung to resign" and open channels of communication." Protest turnout is increasing. Kowloon Peninsula is blocked.
09/29/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Satan is cunning, presenting things as if they were good, but they go against man, against humanity and against God
" So many projects, except for one's own sins, but many, many projects for mankind’s dehumanization are his work, simply because he hates mankind." He invents "humanistic explanations”. "This struggle is a daily reality in Christian life, in our hearts, in our lives, in our families, in our people, in our churches ... If we do not struggle, we will be defeated. But the Lord has given this task mainly to the angels: to do battle and win".
09/29/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Card. Tong: Enough violence in Central, government must put the people first
An "Urgent Appeal" from the bishop of the Territory to the executive: "Exercise restraint in deployment of force with a view to listening to the voice of the younger generation and of citizens from all walks of life”. Card. Joseph Zen, is on the streets with Occupy Central.
09/29/2014 SOUTH KOREA
Korea, the Catholic Church "is the most reliable religion" in the country
This was revealed in a national survey conducted by the Buddhist Jogye Order. Second place went to Buddhism, followed by Protestants and Won Buddhists. Catholics also have "the most social influence."
09/29/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Day two of Occupy Central. Police violence comes under fire
by Paul Wang
The downtown streets are closed: Admiralty, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay. In Kowloon, Nathan Road, Mong Kok and Argyle Street closed. Schools and banks closed. The teachers union joins the strike. Overnight police used batons, spray, tear gas to disperse protesters, who are demanding the resignation of Leung Chun-ying. Beijing slams the movement as "illegal".
09/28/2014 VATICAN
Pope: "There is no future for people" without inter-generational encounter, when elderly are “discarded”
Pope Benedict XVI, "the wise grandfather in the home” attends "The blessing of long life" event. "How often we discard the elderly with an attitude of abandonment that is real and concrete euthanasia". "Homes for the elderly are great ... as long as they are truly homes, not prisons!" The testimony of two elderly people who fled Iraqi Kurdistan: "abuse of the elderly is inhuman, just as it is of children."
09/28/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Occupy Central launches civil disobedience. Solidarity with arrested students
by Paul Wang
The announcement was made at 1.45am by Benny Lai, one of the leaders. Supporters present include Card. Joseph Zen, the Catholic politician Martin Lee, the entrepreneur Jimmy Lai. Three students, one 17 years old, remain in detention without aby charge. The governor Leung Chun-ying refuses to meet with students. Fears of police raids. Demonstrations in nine cities in support of democracy in Hong Kong. Silence of Xinhua news agency.

Altri articoli
09/27/2014 VATICAN
Pope says Jesuits must be expert rowers because today, even the boat of Peter can be tossed about
09/27/2014 HONG KONG – CHINA
Hong Kong police arrest 50 students
09/26/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
High school students join Occupy protest, demand democracy for Hong Kong
09/26/2014 VATICAN
Pope: we cannot understand Jesus without the Cross, and you cannot be a Christian without being ready to help Him carry it
09/26/2014 NORTH KOREA
Pyongyang: Kim Jong-un's absence from Supreme People's Assembly due to gout
09/26/2014 TIBET - CHINA
Dalai Lama: A Conclave to choose my successor
09/26/2014 CHINA
Death toll in Xinjiang attacks jumps to 50
09/25/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA - TAIWAN
Occupy Central issues 'manual of disobedience" to avoid provoking authorities in Hong Kong
09/25/2014 VATICAN
Pope: vain Christians are like a soap bubble, pretty, "but it lasts a second and then what?"
09/25/2014 CHINA
New attacks in Xinjiang, 12 dead and over 100 injured
09/24/2014 VATICAN - UNITED NATIONS
UN Climate Summit: for Card Parolin, defence of creation is a moral imperative
09/24/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Occupy Central calls on Hongkongers to join in its "democracy banquet" on 1 October
09/24/2014 VATICAN
Pope: coexistence between people and communities of different religions "possible and practicable"
09/24/2014 KOREA
North Korea, people forced to live with 250 grams of food per day
Editor's choices
IRAQ-ITALY
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul," the thanks of the Patriarch Louis Sako; the concerns of the Bishop of Kurdistan
by Bernardo CervelleraThe head of the Chaldean Church is grateful for the AsiaNews campaign and hopes that "this chain of solidarity will reach far and wide”. Helping refugees to remain in Iraq. But many want to flee abroad. The bishop of Amadiyah where thousands of displaced people have found haven in churches and homes: We also help the Arabs (Muslims), and Yazidis, for free and without looking at our confessional differences.
CHINA - VATICAN
Wenzhou bishop and priests slam government's campaign against crosses and churches in Zhejiang
by Eugenia ZhangFor Mgr Vincent Zhu Weifang, from the official Church, the campaign of destruction is increasing social instability. It is real persecution against the Christian faith. The bishop apologises for failing to intervene sooner. He was hoping that the campaign would end quickly. Catholics and Protestants suffer injuries as they attempt to defend their sacred buildings. For priests in Wenzhou, the campaign is unfair and touches buildings that have all the right papers. Such "stupid acts" by the government are undermining social harmony.
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09/29/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Satan is cunning, presenting things as if they were good, but they go against man, against humanity and against God
09/30/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Prepare and pray: the "things" to do ahead of our "dark times”
09/26/2014 TIBET - CHINA
Dalai Lama: A Conclave to choose my successor
09/25/2014 PAKISTAN - ISLAM
Rawalpindi, Christian leader accused of blasphemy murdered in prison
by Jibran Khan
09/24/2014 KOREA
North Korea, people forced to live with 250 grams of food per day
09/27/2014 VATICAN
Pope says Jesuits must be expert rowers because today, even the boat of Peter can be tossed about
09/25/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA - TAIWAN
Occupy Central issues 'manual of disobedience" to avoid provoking authorities in Hong Kong
09/25/2014 ISLAM
Relying on the Koran, 120 Muslim scholars refute Islamic State ideology
09/24/2014 INDONESIA - ISLAM
Aceh: Sharia to be applied to non-Muslims
by Mathias Hariyadi
09/25/2014 INDIA
Radical Hindus against Muslims participating in traditional dances to seduce Hindu women
by Nirmala Carvalho

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