10/12/2016 - JAPAN
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 - CHINA
Human Rights: letter to Xi Jinping for arrested Chinese writersby Paul Wang
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.
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 - 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 - 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 Spagnaby Papa Francesco
In homage to Mary in Piazza di Spagna, Pope Francis ideally brings the entire city of Rome and the world. He calls for an “immaculate heart” to love without" masks and ruses”. He asserts the certainty of grace that wins over "discouragement". Afterwards, he visited S. Maria Maggiore.
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 - 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 - CHINA
Workers of multinationals pulling out of China go on strikeby 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.
06/12/2016 - CHINA
China's second child law has not improved its demographics nor its economyby 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 - VATICAN
Pope: Judas, the "perfect lost sheep" who did not understand the tenderness of God
"May the Lord give us this grace, to wait for Christmas with our wounds, with our sins, sincerely recognized, to wait for the power of this God who comes to console, who comes with power, but his power is tenderness, caresses born from his heart, which was so good that he have his life for us. "
06/12/2016 - CHINA
It's official: China holds world record for pollution
The highly industrialized Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region is also the most polluted. The problem stems from development model and the few investments in the environment sector. The government’s broken promises.
05/12/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: "Give” our sins to God, so that he can transform us, "re-create us"
"God created the world; man fell into sin; Jesus comes to re-create the world. " The Lord "help us to prepare for Christmas with great faith", "because the healing of the soul, for the existential healing, the re-creation that Jesus brings takes great faith."
05/12/2016 - CHINA-HONG KONG
Hong Kong - Shenzhen stock connect launched
A new step towards integrating China and world markets. But this morning’s results have not met expectations. The Shenzhen technology companies are coveted by global investors. But the Chinese - with the yuan that has lost 10% in value in two years – are looking towards foreign investments.
04/12/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: the kingdom of heaven is at hand, "in some way, it is already present" and asks for conversion
03/12/2016 - CHINA – UNITED STATES – TAIWAN
Tsai Ing-wen’s call to Trump irritates Beijing
The two presidents congratulate each other, talk about close economic, political and security relations between Taiwan and the United States. This has not happened in almost 40 years. The “US sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call," wonders Trump. Speculation is ripe about possible shifts in US policy towards Beijing.
02/12/2016 - NORTH KOREA
Pyongyang slams new UN sanctions, whose effective application is doubted
The UN hopes to deprive North Korea of about US$ 700 million a year in export revenues. For North Korean authorities, this is another violation by the US-controlled United Nations. Pyongyang tells Trump that it is a nuclear power.
02/12/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN
A "quiet" ordination with an illegitimate bishop in Xichangby Wang Xiang
Again in Xichang, as in Chengdu, police deployed to ensure the participation of the excommunicated Bishop Lei Shiyin. Comment: "Chinese bishops are spineless." The Diocese of Xichang is formed by 35 thousand faithful and 10 priests. Its sisters run a leper colony.
02/12/2016 - HOLY SEE – ISRAEL
Vatican and Israel criticise UNESCO: no one can deny biblical history
The Joint Vatican-Rabbinate Committee slams decision to use only the Arabic name of the holy sites in East Jerusalem, denying the relationship between Jews and Temple Mount.
02/12/2016 - SRI LANKA - ASIA
Papal envoy to the Asian Bishops: The tribal families authentic Gospel schools (Photo)by Santosh Digal
Card. Toppo spoke at the Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences. "Faith in the family educates its members to be followers of Jesus in spite of the challenges." The example of the family of Nazareth. The tribal families have traditions and culture that reflect the values of Christianity.
02/12/2016 - CHINA
Peng Ming, Christian ecologist and activist, dies in prison. Three other disappeared "at the risk of torture"by Wang Zhicheng
Peng Ming was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2005. In the past he had a brilliant managerial career. Later he wrote books on democracy and environmental protection against the violent industrialization in the country. He was convicted of "terrorism." Still no word on Christian lawyer Jiang Tianyong. Dissident Xie Yang beaten by prison officers. Lawyer Huang Qi and reporter Liu Fei detained by police.
01/12/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: we are all "resistant" to grace, resistant to the Cross, which leads to redemption
Today marks the hundredth anniversary of the assassination of Blessed Charles de Foucauld, which took place in Algeria on December 1, 1916. He was "a man who overcame so much resistance and gave a witness that has done so much good for the Church. We ask you to bless us from heaven and help us to walk in your footsteps of poverty, contemplation and service to the poor ".
01/12/2016 - VATICAN
Pope asks young people to be builders of a more healthy and caring society
"Those who have the gift of being able to study also have a responsibility to serve for the good of humanity. Knowledge is an easy path to the integral development of society". "In the modern concept of the intellectual, working for the realization of self and in search of personal recognition, often without care for their neighbor, it is necessary to counter with a model built on solidarity, which works for the common good and for peace". Through "viable employment opportunities" in society, you can avoid the so-called 'brain drain'.
01/12/2016 - KOREA - SRI LANKA - ASIA
Card. Yeom to Asian Bishops: Preach the Gospel with dedicationby Santosh Digal
The Archbishop of Seoul speaks at the Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences. This year's theme is the family and its challenges. Open the doors of the Church, the sacraments and affection; reflect on children, youth and seniors; the consequences of the weakening of family relationships.
01/12/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN
Ankang and Chengdu ordinations: "Faith is not dead”. “Kowtow diplomacy" a failureby Shan Ren Shen Fu - Bo Duo Shen Fu
Initial reactions to the episcopal ordinations which took place yesterday. Ankang ceremony took place in a calm manner, with many bishops present, with older women who were photographed next to their new pastor. In Chengdu, the presence of an illegitimate bishop - criticized by the faithful - has turned the sacrament into a battlefield with controls and police imposing the presence of an excommunicated bishop.
30/11/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN
Chengdu, excommunicated bishop, defended by police, took part in Episcopal ordination of Msgr. Joseph Tang Yuangeby Wang Xiang
A banner - then taken away by police - condemned the presence of Msgr. Lei Shiyin, the excommunicated bishop. A sister tried to stop him before he entered the church, but the bishop was defended by police. The ceremony took place in the Ping'an Qiao church (Bridge of Peace). A demonstration of "who controls the Church in China".
30/11/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: those who found Jesus have an “irrepressible desire” to bring him to others
‘Led by the Spirit for Mission’ is Francis’s message for the 54th World Day of Prayer for Vocations. “Commitment to mission is not something added on to the Christian life as a kind of decoration, but is instead an essential element of faith itself. A relationship with the Lord entails being sent out into the world as prophets of his word and witnesses of his love.”
30/11/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: pray for others and bury the dead, works of mercy in everyday life
At the conclusion of the cycle of catechesis dedicated to the works of mercy, Francis reminds people to pray for the living and for the dead. "Even today there are those who risk their lives to bury the poor victims of war". Best wishes to the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Saint Andrew. Appeals for AIDS sufferers and to protect the cultural heritage in war zones.
30/11/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN
Msgr. J.B. Wang Xiaoxun ordained coadjutor bishop of Ankangby Maria Yuan
The ceremony was attended by six bishops of the dioceses of Shaanxi, all in communion with the Pope and recognized by the government. The papal mandate read "in private" in a gathering with all the priests, before the ordination Mass.
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