09/02/2014CHINA - HONG KONG - VATICAN Shanghai bishop prays for new Hong Kong prelates, as well as peace for them and China by Victoria Ma From the Marian shrine of Sheshan where he is confined, Mgr Thaddeus Ma Daqin sends a prayer for the three new episcopal brothers ordained by Card Tong in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. He asked "the almighty God to bless them, and under the leadership of Cardinal Tong the new bishops will serve in charity, help pastoral work and evangelization work to grow, and bring blessings to Hong Kong". Bishop Ma also "wished peace in Hong Kong and peace in their motherland China". Hong Kong
(AsiaNews) - Auxiliary Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin of Shanghai, who is confined
at Sheshan seminary, offered his blessings on Aug. 31 for the three new
auxiliary bishops of Hong Kong ordained the previous day.
auxiliary bishops are Shanghai-born Michael Yeung...
09/02/2014VATICAN Pope: Christian identity is not "academic degrees", but being moved by the Holy Spirit "If we Christians do not fully understand the things of the Spirit, if we do not give or offer witness then we no identity". "Often, so often, we find among our faithful, simple old women who perhaps didn’t even finish elementary school, but who can speak to us of things better than any theologian, because they have the Spirit of Christ".
09/02/2014JAPAN - INDIA Modi-Abe meeting "opens a new phase for Asia and the world" The two leaders, both nationalist and hostile to China, sign strategic agreements in every sector, including defence and high-speed trains. Both praise the new, stronger bilateral relationship that could become the greatest ever.
09/02/2014NORTH KOREA - USA Pyongyang puts three American prisoners on show to pressure US The Kim regime allows CNN to interview and broadcast appeals from Kenneth Bae, Jeffrey Fowle and Matthew Miller: the first was sentenced to 15 years hard labor, the other two are awaiting trial. The North has always used foreign prisoners as a bargaining chip for material aid and cash.
09/01/2014HONG KONG - CHINA For Occupy Central, a new era of civil disobedience begins in favour of democracy in Hong Kong The local pro-democracy movement is dismayed by Beijing's intransigence on the issue of universal suffrage for the former British colony. The Chinese proposal turns the existing Election Committee, whose members and size remain the same, into a nominating committee to pick "two or three" candidates for the election to the post of chief executive. Under the new rules, "The chief executive must be a person who loves the country and loves Hong Kong" whilst Hong Kong will continue to enjoy a "high degree" but not "full autonomy". By contrast, critics insist that Hong Kongers are "more than ready to have democracy. We are not living in North Korea."
09/01/2014MACAU - CHINA Macau's Fernando Chui re-elected uncontested, without popular vote The chief executive won a new mandate with 96 per cent of the vote, cast by a group of 400 people chosen by Beijing. After the election, he refused to comment on the landslide victory, thanked his supporters "for the chance to serve the Macau public". Pro-democracy activists call on the "government to [. . .] launch political reform".
09/01/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Hong Kong, Beijing excludes democracy: Senior Chinese official heckled MPs and activists interrupt the speech of Li Fei, deputy Secretary General of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China, and accuse the government of the territory of having "broken their promises." Mainland China excludes "a political future" for those who want freedom in the Territory.
08/31/2014VATICAN Pope: Conform to Christ and not this world, and follow His path At the Sunday Angelus Pope Francis warns against becoming "worldly" and "tasteless salt”. "Watered down Christians" are like watered down wine, "you do not know whether it is wine or water". Read the Gospel every day. Gospel, Eucharist, prayer help us to safeguard the newness of Jesus. Tomorrow World Day for Safeguarding Creation.
08/30/2014VIETNAM - KOREA - VATICAN Archbishop of Saigon: Pope Francis in Korea, a source of joy for mission The president of the Vietnamese Bishops' Conference was a delegate at the Pope’s Asian visit. He emphasizes the Pope’s openness, dialogue and attention to reality of the Church in Vietnam. The bishop praises the dynamism of the Church in Korea and the strong presence of the laity and young people in missionary work.
08/29/2014SOUTH KOREA Hundreds of people on hunger strike in Seoul over Sewol disaster After 46 days, Kim Young-oh ends his protest in hospital, asks for "help". The response was immediate: in a few hours, 250 people went on a hunger strike in his place. Meanwhile, political leaders seem unable to act. A meeting between political parties and victims' families produced nothing. Card Yeom is criticised for his appeal to stop wasting energy.
08/29/2014TAIWAN Taipei's largest Taoist temple bans incense: it pollutes too much Hsing Tian Kong welcomes around 6 million faithful per year. Some studies show that, in the place of worship, the partical levels are too high and threaten the health of residents. Many believe that the real fault lies with the contrary winds, which carry industrial smog over temple. Bronze braziers also removed.