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    01/10/2016 - LAOS - CHINA

    Total ban on timber exports: the country is unable to cover the domestic needs. In two decades, Chinese and Vietnamese smugglers have reduced the Laotian forests by almost half. Local truck driver: "With the closing of the largest customs, traffickers use other methods with the help of corrupt government". 




    01/10/2016 - GEORGIA - VATICAN

    Pope: Small beloved flock of Georgia, receive the consolation of the Good Shepherd


    At Mass in Meskhi Stadium, Pope Francis points to the mothers and grandmothers, who transmitted the faith and consolation to their children. "There is, however, an underlying condition to receiving God’s consolation… to become little like children". "The Church is the house of consolation." An invitation to all Christians: "Receiving and bringing God’s consolation: this mission of the Church is urgent”.


    30/09/2016 - VATICAN - GEORGIA

    Pope in Georgia: a world "thirsty for peace," calls for "new momentum" in relations between Catholics and Orthodox


    Francis visits the Orthodox Patriarchate, which has distanced itself from groups who question the papal visit. "Let us allow the Lord Jesus to look upon us anew, let us once again experience the attraction of his call to leave everything that prevents us from proclaiming together his presence.”


    30/09/2016 - VATICAN - GEORGIA

    Pope in Georgia: dialogue and discussion in a world of violent extremism


    Francis is in Tbilisi, the first leg of his visit to the Caucasus. "Far from being exploited as grounds for turning discord into conflict and conflict into interminable tragedy, distinctions along ethnic, linguistic, political or religious lines can and must be for everyone a source of mutual enrichment in favour of the common good".


    30/09/2016 - TIBET – CHINA

    In Tibet, the party’s “highest priority” is to stop the Dalai Lama


    “First, we must deepen the struggle against the Dalai Lama clique, make it the highest priority in carrying out our ethnic affairs, and the long-term mission of strengthening ethnic unity,” party boss Wu Yingjie told the Tibet Daily. The ultimate goal is to influence the recognition of Tibetan Buddhism’s next leader. Beijing’s phoney Panchen Lama is back in the limelight.


    29/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Day of Social Communications, "Fear not, for I am with you"


    The theme for the next Day is an invitation to tell the story of the world and the stories of the men and women, based on the logic of 'good news' that reminds us that God never gives up being the Father, in any situation and with respect to every human being. Let us learn to communicate confidence and hope for history.


    29/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: the logic of weapons and oppression, dark interests and violence continue to devastate Syria and Iraq


    If we have "the impression of being wrapped in a spiral of arrogance and inertia from which there seems to be no escape" it is the experience of the evil that is in man and in history. Francis receives the members of the Catholic charitable agencies operating in Syria and Iraq gathered for their fifth meeting organized by Cor Unum.

     


    29/09/2016 - HONG KONG - CHINA

    Card. Zen to Umbrellas Movement: The Church must denounce injustice. Undeterred

    by Lucia Leung

    A Mass in front of Hong Kong parliament to commemorate the pro-democracy demonstrations two years ago. In the city and in particular in Admiralty (where hundreds of thousands of people gathered) another moment with Benny Tai. All demonstrations were conducted at 6 pm, when two years ago the police first launched tear gas. Hopes for the future.

     


    28/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "The Church is for everyone, especially for the bad"


    "God’s salvation can reach any man in any condition, even the most negative and painful. God's salvation is for everyone: for all! Without exception. And it is offered to all. This is why the Jubilee is a time of grace and mercy for all, good and bad. " "Jesus saved us staying on the Cross. And we all know it is not easy to stay on the cross on our little crosses of every day. "

     


    28/09/2016 - VATICAN - SYRIA

    Pope: Aleppo, "the perpetrators of the bombings, will be accountable before God."


    Francis appeals "to everyone to commit themselves with all their strength to the protection of civilians as an imperative and urgent obligation". Tomorrow "Cor Unum" to meet on Syrian and Iraqi crisis.

     


    28/09/2016 - CHINA

    Discipline and management to dominate the next Communist Party plenum


    The most important political meeting of the CCP will be held October 24 to 27. Premier Li Keqiang did not take part  in decision because "traveling": according to some analysts, gap with President Xi Jinping widening. Reshuffle ready ahead of the XIX Party Congress. The central leader wants to further consolidate his personal power.

     


    28/09/2016 - GEORGIA - CHINA

    Free trade between Georgia and China will change Central Asian axis

    by Giorgi Menabde

    The two governments signed an agreement in record time that virtually eliminates duties and import and export tariffs and are preparing, again in record time, to enact it. Big benefits for the small Georgian export market, especially for the wine makers, and little risk of "invasion" by Chinese goods. Beijing’s aim is to garner Georgian support and block Russian access to routes of New Silk Road. Courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.

     


    27/09/2016 - CHINA - ITALY

    Fr Gheddo: I saw the Church’s resurrection in China


    He visited China during the Cultural Revolution and after Deng Xiaoping modernisations. Catholic communities that seemed destroyed blossomed again. Ties with old PIME missionaries expelled by Mao Zedong were renewed. The mission has now new frontiers. Here is Fr Piero Gheddo’s autobiography.


    27/09/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Priests and faithful in China critical of new regulations on religious activities

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    On October 7, the Regulations will be implemented. Criticism of contradiction between the emphasis on Constitution, which claims religious freedom in China and the Regulations which place numerous limitations on its expression. The State Council’s intervention on religions is "illegal”.  Requests for a law that would recognize the right also to the domestic churches (underground) and all religions, not only the 5 recognized by the Beijing government.


    27/09/2016 - CHINA

    Guangzhou: three trade unionists sentenced for causing social problems

    by John Ai

    The sentence includes jail time and probation. The accused were members of an NGO working on behalf of workers’ rights. They were charged with causing damage with strikes and negotiations with companies. All three pleaded guilty and decided not to appeal. The leader, Zeng Feiyang, was accused of receiving foreign funds to harm the Chinese government.


    27/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "Strong prayers” to overcome “spiritual desolation"



    "We need to figure out when our spirit is in this state of all-encompassing sadness, when it has almost no breathing space: This happens to us all". We must pray, pray strenuously, just like Job, cry out day and night for God to incline His ear. "It is a prayer of knocking on the door, but forcefully."

     


    26/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: from Friday on a "journey of peace" to Georgia and Azerbaijan


    A difficult journey to two countries where Catholics are a small minority. In Tbilisi, for the first time a delegation from the "intransigent" Georgian Orthodox Church will participate in a Papal liturgy. In Baku the meeting with the Sheikh of Caucasus Muslims.


    26/09/2016 - CHINA – VATICAN

    Taizhou bishop dies, he had been recognised by the pope and Beijing

    by Zhen Yuan

    Mgr Antony Xu Jiwei, 81, died of illness. He had entered the seminary in 1948 but was not ordained due to China’s "political events" until 1985. He spent several years in prison and hard labour. "The period of imprisonment has strengthened my faith,” Bishop Xu once said, “every day.” Since the diocese was founded, it has had only two bishops. Xu’s predecessor, Mgr Jou Hou-shan, was one of the first six Chinese bishops ordained by Pius XI.


    25/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope at the Jubilee of catechists says that it is by loving that God-who-is-Love is proclaimed


    Speaking before thousands of catechists from around the world during the Jubilee Mass, Pope Francis highlighted "the centre" of the faith that is to be proclaimed: "the Lord Jesus is risen, [. . .] and he has given his life for you”. He also focused on the quality of the messenger, who proclaims “not by the power of convincing, never by imposing the truth, no less by growing fixated on some religious or moral obligation.” The rich man is blind because he does not see the poor. He squints because “he looks with adulation at famous people, of high rank, admired by the world, yet turns his gaze away from the many Lazaruses of today”. Nowadays, “we have fallen into this abyss of indifference, worldliness, selfishness". Francis expressed solidarity with Mexican bishops committed to the family against gender ideology. He mentioned the beatification of Fr Engelmar Unzeitig, killed in Dachau as well as the Day of the Deaf.


    24/09/2016 - VATICAN – FRANCE

    For pope, interreligious relations can alleviate the wounds of the Nice attack


    In his meeting victims of the terrorist attack in Nice on 14 July and their relatives, Pope Francis encouraged religious groups to entertain fraternal relations and refuse hatred. As a token of the who were killed, the pope received the gift of 86 flowers. Some secularists and environmentalists criticised the meeting. Muslim and Jewish leaders express their appreciation.


    24/09/2016 - CHINA

    FAST: China inaugurates the world’s biggest telescope


    With a 500-metre diameter, the new facility will help study the structure of galaxies and the formation of stars. There is no competition with the United States.


    23/09/2016 - CUBA – JAPAN

    Shinzo Abe in Cuba to open new markets and stop Pyongyang’s nuclear plans


    This is the first state visit to Havana by a Japanese head of government. Medical aid, debt relief, and investments dominate talks. In return, Castro will use his good offices to curb North Korea, Cuba’s old ally. China’s Li Keqiang will follow Abe, a sign that East Asia is increasingly interested in the Caribbean.


    23/09/2016 - ASIANEWS SYMPOSIUM

    Mother Teresa, Mercy for Asia and for the world (VIDEO)


    We publish the video recordings of the presentations made at the international symposium organised by AsiaNews on 2 September. In order of appearance: Fr Ferruccio Brambillasca, PIME Superior General; Card Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation of Propaganda Fide; Sr Mary Prema, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity; Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, postulator of the Cause of Mother Teresa; Card Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai; Fr John A. Worthley, on the influence of Mother Teresa in China; a witness to the influence of Mother Teresa in the Islamic world; and Mgr Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia.


    23/09/2016 - CHINA-VATICAN

    Beijing issues new, harsh draft regulations on religious activities

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    Fines of up to 200 thousand yuan (27 thousand euro) for "illegal religious activities" by Catholic or other members of underground communities. "Illegal activities" include "dependence from abroad" (such as the relationship with the Vatican). The regulations preach non-discrimination, but party members are forbidden to practice their religion, even in private. Strict control of buildings, statues, crosses. Clampdown on the internet. It could be the end of the underground community.
     


    23/09/2016 - CHINA

    China, 12 years in prison for Ai Weiwei’s lawyer: He fought for human rights


    Xia Lin defended some of the most important dissidents in the country. A court found him guilty of tax fraud for about 500 thousand Euros. Leaving the courtroom he shouted: "This is revenge for the cases that I defended in court." The "battle against lawyers" launched by the leadership led by Xi Jinping continues and grows harsher.

     


    22/09/2016 - HONG KONG

    Eddie Chu attacks town planning, says Hong Kong should stand with the weak


    The youngest lawmaker elected to Hong Kong’s Legislative Council has not yet been sworn in, but he has already said that he will stand with the poor, not with the lobbies for the rich. The bone of contention is the Wang Chau housing project, which would come at the expense of three villages. He warns Hong Kongers not to be distracted by the chief executive’s “tears”.


    22/09/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Wenzhou underground priests pay homage to the late (official) bishop

    by Victoria Ma

    A group of 16 priests from the underground Church held a "simple but solemn" ceremony of prayer in memory of the late Mgr Vincent Zhu Weifang. Fr Paul Jiang, who led the group, was given “a vacation" this morning. Bishop Shao Zhumin, who succeeds the late prelate as ordinary, is still outside the diocese. Wenzhou Catholics thank the Holy See for this decision.


    22/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "greed, vanity and pride are the root of all evil"


    "Our soul can be consumed by two types of worry: a good one gifted us by the Holy Spirit, that spurs an anxious soul to do good things" and a "bad worry, one that is born of a guilty conscience".

     


    22/09/2016 - CHINA

    Party slams "stronghold of the one-child law": Procreate now


    For decades Yichang in the central Hubei province was praised for its strict observance of the "one child policy". Today the communist authorities are retracting everything and calling on young comrades to "work on themselves" to have at least a second child. The elderly comrades must "guide them on the socialist road of education of young people".

     


    22/09/2016 - RUSSIA - VATICAN

    The Catholic-Orthodox Joint Commission reaches agreement on synodality and primacy

    by Nina Achmatova

    The announcement on website of Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations, on the eve of the closing of the Plenary Session in Chieti. Orthodox Russians hope that focus of dialogue will now turn to Uniate question.






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    ASIANEWS SYMPOSIUM
    Mother Teresa, Mercy for Asia and for the world (VIDEO)



    We publish the video recordings of the presentations made at the international symposium organised by AsiaNews on 2 September. In order of appearance: Fr Ferruccio Brambillasca, PIME Superior General; Card Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation of Propaganda Fide; Sr Mary Prema, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity; Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, postulator of the Cause of Mother Teresa; Card Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai; Fr John A. Worthley, on the influence of Mother Teresa in China; a witness to the influence of Mother Teresa in the Islamic world; and Mgr Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia.


    CHINA-VATICAN
    Beijing issues new, harsh draft regulations on religious activities

    Bernardo Cervellera

    Fines of up to 200 thousand yuan (27 thousand euro) for "illegal religious activities" by Catholic or other members of underground communities. "Illegal activities" include "dependence from abroad" (such as the relationship with the Vatican). The regulations preach non-discrimination, but party members are forbidden to practice their religion, even in private. Strict control of buildings, statues, crosses. Clampdown on the internet. It could be the end of the underground community.
     


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