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07/07/2015 HONG KONG – ASIA
Evangelisation "can also take place on the Internet,” especially in Asia
Participants in a major international conference in Hong Kong reflected upon the use of cyberspace in proclaiming the Word. Organised by the Online School of Evangelisation led by Fr Giampietro, a missionary with the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, the event was a success. For him, the Internet is a powerful “tool” for the mission, and priests must realise this. Whenever “two or three people gather in His name, then Christ is with them. This also applies online.”
Hong Kong (AsiaNews) – Evangelisation "can also take place on the Internet, the cyberspace that not everyone knows or understands. For this reason, the Church, especially in Asia, must reflect on the best use of the Net in proclaiming the Word. Pastors must...

07/07/2015 JAPAN
Japan, "patriarch of mankind" dies at 112
Sakari Momoi, born a few months before the experimental flight of the Wright brothers, died in a nursing home in Tokyo from kidney failure. His crown now passes to another Japanese, Yasutaro Koide, a month younger. In America Susannah Mushatt Jones yesterday celebrated 116th birthday.
07/06/2015 VATICAN – ECUADOR
Pope in Ecuador: Synod; for what we offend or frighten us so that God “can turn into a miracle"
During Mass in Guayaquil, Francis says society’s help for the family is not “alms, but rather a genuine ‘social debt’ with respect to the institution” where love, service, help and faith are taught. As Mary did, “let us ‘do what he tells us’”.
07/06/2015 ASIA – GREECE
Asian stock markets fall after Greek No vote and Shanghai’s share plunge
The Greek referendum hits Asia-Pacific financial markets. The greatest looser is mainland China where shares have been steadily declining for weeks. In view of the situation, Japan is ready to do its part. In Seoul, blue-chip shares drop by 2.5 per cent. Wall Street’s holiday on Friday for Independence Day adds to the uncertainties.
07/06/2015 VIETNAM - JAPAN
Tokyo consolidates relations with Hanoi and cooperation with Mekong nations
by Paul N. Hung
Japan, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam are launching a three-year plan for sustainable development, environmental protection and strengthening of infrastructure. The Land of the Rising Sun will invest 6.1 billion in development aid. Spotlight also the safety at sea. Tokyo-Hanoi axis gains strength.

07/06/2015 HONG KONG - CHINA
Hong Kong, Occupy movement "will not be punished by national security"
The Territory’s former "Minister of Justice", now head of Basic Law Committee for the National People’s Congress, said that the democratic movement does not threaten the internal security of the Chinese mainland and therefore does not fall within the parameters of the new, repressive law passed by Beijing. Also exempt those who march to demand the end of communist rule: "Just people chanting slogans".
07/06/2015 HONG KONG - VATICAN
Card. Tong: "Laudato sì" moves us to speak less and do more for the environment
The bishop of Hong Kong says the Papal encyclical is an invitation to be part of the solution, and not only of the problem of the care of creation. The local Church has created an ad hoc committee with the task of identifying the most pressing environmental problems and proposing solutions.
07/05/2015 ECUADOR – VATICAN
In Ecuador, pope says that the Gospel holds the key to solving current challenges, excluding no one
Francis began his pastoral visit to Latin America in Quito. After Ecuador, he will travel to Bolivia and Paraguay. At the airport, Ecuadorian President Correa, the country’s bishops and a group of faithful met him. “I thank God for having allowed me to return to Latin America [. . .] the point closest to outer space” is in Ecuador. “No one, save Jesus Christ, possesses his or her own light”. If the Church turns away from Christ, it no longer bears witness.
07/04/2015 CHINA
Shanghai shares hit historical low, losing US$ 2.4 trillion in three weeks
Stocks ended the week with a six per cent loss. The government has tried to breathe new life into the market by broadening collateral, but traders remain sceptical.
07/04/2015 TIBET
Tibetans around the world mark the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday
The Buddhist leader was born on 6 July, but the event was marked in late June following the traditional calendar. Top officials from Arunachal Pradesh, the Tibetan government in exile and the four traditions of Tibetan Buddhism were present. The Dalai Lama received a statue of the Buddha and a traditional Mandala. “The more you care for the happiness of others,” he said, “the greater your own sense of wellbeing becomes and without a doubt, cultivating this sense will help everyone”.
07/03/2015 VATICAN
“It is preferable that every service, even in the Church, come to an end,” says pope
More than 30,000 people gathered in St Peter's Square for the Convocation of the Renewal in the Holy Spirit. “Jesus, for all of us you asked the Lord the grace of unity in this Church of yours, not ours. History has divided us,” the pope said. "If the enemy unites us in death who are we not to be united in life."
07/03/2015 NORTH KOREA - IRAN
Pyongyang seeks Iranian Red Crescent aid to battle drought
A long conversation between the North Korean ambassador to Tehran and the head of the Muslim humanitarian organization concludes with assurances of "unremitting efforts" to help North Korea overcome the crisis. The regime has refused the help offered by Beijing and Seoul. Catholic source tells AsiaNews: "The relations are good and the North has long been suffering from drought. But the diplomacy of the peninsula is not changing".
07/03/2015 ASIA
2015, young people celebrate anniversaries of Taize and Brother Roger
by Frère Ghislain*
Over 100 years since birth, 10 years after his death and 75 years after the foundation of the experience of Taizé, Brother Roger's charism is still alive. Gestures of prayer and solidarity across Asia: Philippines, Singapore, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam. In Calcutta, prayer around the tomb of Mother Teresa, who Frere Roger visited in 1976 and 1997. In Japan and throughout the continent an experience of the Church united "in God’s heart".
07/03/2015 CHINA
Chinese firm planned to punish employees who had unscheduled children
A credit union in Jiaozou (Henan) told its female employees to get pregnant according to schedule to avoid too many taking maternity leave. If they did not they could be fined as well as lose their end of year bonuses and chances of promotion. After the issue made it on social media, the company backed off. For the local family planning commission, which enforces similar practices, the company’s draft policy “violates a female employee’s reproductive rights”.
07/03/2015 JAPAN
Japan’s population drops to historic lows: a quarter over 65
The last national census data confirms fall births compared to deaths for the sixth year in a row. 126,160,000 Japanese, down 271,058 in sharpest decline ever recorded in modern times. 25,90% over 65, a quarter of total population, for first time since 1968.

Altri articoli
07/02/2015 VATICAN
Tourism offers "a billion opportunities" for sustainable development on Earth
07/02/2015 CHINA
Beijing, the new National Security Act gives enormous powers to the army
07/02/2015 JAPAN-CHINA
Diaoyu-Senkaku: Tokyo doubles ships around disputed islands
07/01/2015 Hong Kong – China
Hong Kong Catholics join march to demand genuine universal suffrage by Victoria Ma
07/01/2015 CHINA
Beijing, a new law on national security to "protect" sovereignty
06/30/2015 SOUTH KOREA
As S Korea marks three days without new infections, the latest fatality brings the death toll to 33
06/30/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Nostra Aetate a definitive 'yes' to the Jewish roots of Christianity and irrevocable no to anti-Semitism"
06/29/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Rome’s "affection and gratitude" for witness of Peter and Paul
06/29/2015 CHINA
Signing ceremony launches Asia’s newest investment bank with China holding a 30 per cent stake
06/29/2015 VATICAN
Pope to new metropolitan archbishops: The Church wants men of faith, prayer, witness
06/28/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Believe that Jesus can heal us and awaken us from death?
06/27/2015 VATICAN-ORTHODOX
Pope: Increase opportunities for meetings and collaboration between the Churches of Rome and Constantinople
06/27/2015 ISLAM - MIDDLE EAST
Al Azhar and Vatican against terrorism. The ambiguity of the international community by Bernardo Cervellera
06/26/2015 HONG KONG – CHINA
Mainland representative offers tea and an olive branch to HK lawmakers
Editor's choices
ISLAM - MIDDLE EAST
Al Azhar and Vatican against terrorism. The ambiguity of the international community
by Bernardo CervelleraThe influential Sunni university denounces " heinous" violence of the Islamic state and demands the world defeat this group “through every possible means". Vatican: terrorism is a threat to all humanity. France claims to fight terrorism, but then sells weapons, aircraft, helicopter gunships to Saudi Arabia, which supports Islamic fundamentalism. Kuwait tolerates Salafis who support the Nusra Front and the Islamic state. Turkey against the Kurds; the United States against Iran, Russia and China.
VATICAN – ITALY
Pope in Turin tells young people to be chaste in love, go against the flow and not retire at 20In his last meeting on the first day of his visit to Turin, Francis met young people in Vittorio Square. In a Question and Answer exchange, he talked about love, friendship and loss of trust towards life. "I understand you. How many hypocrites speak of peace and sell weapons. How can one trust? By following Christ, whose act of extreme love, i.e. the Cross, saved humanity." The pontiff also looked at the horrors of the 20th century as evidence of the loss of trust towards world powers. He urged young people “not to retire at 20,” but “live, don’t just exist.”
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07/03/2015 VATICAN
“It is preferable that every service, even in the Church, come to an end,” says pope
07/03/2015 INDONESIA
Yogyakarta: Islamists expel thousands of Christians from a scout camp because it is Ramadan
by Mathias Hariyadi
06/30/2015 LEBANON – MIDDLE EAST
The ecumenism of blood and Orthodox divisions
by Fady Noun
07/02/2015 SRI LANKA
Sri Lankan activists, Tamils ​​and Buddhists together against all forms of torture
by Melani Manel Perera
06/30/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Nostra Aetate a definitive 'yes' to the Jewish roots of Christianity and irrevocable no to anti-Semitism"
07/01/2015 VIETNAM
Released from prison, Vietnamese Catholic lawyer to continue human rights fight
07/01/2015 BANGLADESH
Mgr Rozario tells Bangladesh’s Catholic physicians to care for patients’ spiritual needs
by Sumon Corraya
07/01/2015 PALESTINE
IS threatens to uproot Hamas and impose Sharia in Gaza
07/01/2015 Hong Kong – China
Hong Kong Catholics join march to demand genuine universal suffrage
by Victoria Ma
07/02/2015 PAKISTAN
Lahore: Christian NGO helping Gypsy women entrepreneurs
by Kamran Chaudhry

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