23 May 2017
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  • 22/05/2017 - VATICAN

    The Holy Spirit is "a gift, the great gift of Jesus,” who does not lead us astray. “It is precisely within our hearts that we carry the Holy Spirit. The Church calls the Spirit ‘the sweet guest of the heart’: He is there. But He cannot enter a closed heart. ‘Ah, but where can one buy the keys to open the heart?’ No! That too is a gift.”




    22/05/2017 - KOREA

    Seoul claims Kim missiles cannot reach Guam


    The target is the Pacific island that serves as a US military base for operations in Asia. It is 3500 kilometers away from North Korea. South Korea also cautions about North Korean missile’s ability to re-enter the atmosphere. Kim Jong-un publishes photographs of Earth taken from the missile tested Sunday to prove possession of the technology needed for intercontinental missiles


    21/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: together with the faithful in China on 24 May to celebrate Our Lady of Sheshan


    During the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis speaks about the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, instituted by Benedict XVI. Chinese Catholics must make a “personal contribution to communion among believers and to harmony in the whole society." AsiaNews Symposium on the Church in China is set for this week. Francis appeals for peace in the Central African Republic, and for loving “one another following the example of the Lord”. For him, “Sometimes conflicts, pride, envy, and divisions leave a blotch on the beautiful face of the Church.” Five new cardinals will be named, including a bishop from Laos.


    20/05/2017 - TIBET – CHINA

    Tibetan monk sets himself on fire in Qinghai, bringing the number of self-immolations to 150


    Jamyang Losal, 22, torched himself near the People’s Hospital in Kangtsa County. Police refused to hand over the body to his family.


    20/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope on Centesimus Annus calls for alternative ways to deal with economics, poverty, and unemployment


    Pope Francis praised the Centesimus Annus Foundation for its work inspired by the Church's social doctrine. In economics and business, " things can change," the pope said. For him, poverty is “a human and not merely economic phenomenon.” Unemployment has "reached truly dramatic proportions in both developed and developing countries”.


    19/05/2017 - TAIWAN – CHINA

    World Health Organisation to exclude Taiwan (under Chinese pressure)


    Taiwan students slam WHO for breaching its principles, organise an online petition to have Taiwan represented at the World Health Assembly in Geneva on 22-31 May. Beijing continues its battle to isolate Taipei from the international community after Tsai Ing-wen won Taiwan’s presidential election.


    19/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: True doctrine unites, but when it becomes ideology it divides


    "There has always been those people who, without any commission, set out to disturb the Christian community with discourses that upbraid souls: 'Eh, no. What he said is heretical, that cannot be said, that no, the doctrine of the Church says this ... ".


    19/05/2017 - CHINA

    Corruption and human rights abuses cast a shadow over OBOR, Xi Jinping’s mega project

    by Chang Ping*

    Corruption is not just the result of a money exchange; it also comes from a lack of transparency when agreements are implemented. One cannot expect a new Gospel from a government that promotes repression and abuse. An exiled Chinese scholar looks at the issue. Courtesy of ChinaChange.


    19/05/2017 - JAPAN

    Government approves law for the abdication of Emperor Akihito


    The law can only be used for this emperor. In all probability it will be approved by parliament by the end of June. Naruhito's new era is expected to begin with 2019. The imperial family has few members and few male children.     


    18/05/2017 - CHINA

    Collecting DNA samples in Xinjiang to keep nationwide “stability”


    China’s authorities have collected genetic information on some 44 million people since 1989 without oversight, transparency, or privacy protection. Of these, only 1.5 million were linked to crime scenes. Since November 2016, passport applicants in Xinjiang must provide their DNA. Local authorities have bought around US billion in gene sequencing equipment as part of China's nationwide "stability maintenance" regime.


    18/05/2017 - JAPAN

    Princess Mako to lose royal title for Komuro's love


    Both are 25 years old. She is the first of Emperor Akihito’s four grandchildren to marry. Her groom-to-be is a young lawyer who went to the International Christian University in Tokyo. The Japanese prime minister will chair a committee to decide the future former princess’s endowment. The Japanese public is keenly following the story.


    18/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: peace built In dialogue, putting man at the center of the economy and isolating fundamentalists


    Francis receives ambassadors from Mauritania, Nepal, Trinidad and Tobago, Sudan, Kazakhstan and Niger during the presentation of Credentials Letters. Crisis of fundamentalism also aggravated by "the abuse of religion to justify a thirst for power, the manipulation of God’s holy name to advance by any means possible one’s own plans to gain power."

     


    18/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Abiding in the love of Jesus which, like that of the Father, is boundless


    "The Ten Commandments are the basis, the foundation but we must follow" all the things Jesus taught us, these commandments of daily life," which represent "a Christian way of living." We Christians "must give joy to people", love, without any interest. "Our Christian mission is to give joy to people."


    18/05/2017 - ASIA - VATICAN

    In Asia, the Rosary is also recited by non-Christians

    by Piero Gheddo

    In Fatima, where Pope Francis went on a pilgrimage, Mary exhorted us to recite the rosary. Card. Martini’s devotion to Mary. In South Korea, Catholic buildings are called "the Church of the Mother." The statue of Mary in the Brunei church. The Shrine of Gunadala (India), which has shaped friendship between Hindus and Muslims even during period partition.


    17/05/2017 - KOREA

    Moon Jae-in in favour of dialogue with Kim Jong-un


    South Korea’s new president differs from Donald Trump, who wants tighter sanctions. Seoul does not want to pay for the US THAAD anti-missile radar system. Since the latter can monitor Chinese territory, China has imposed economic sanctions on South Korean companies.


    17/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: God knows each of us "by name"


    "Jesus is not one who adapts Himself to the world, tolerating that in it death, sadness, hatred, the moral destruction of persons should endure … Our God is not inert, But our God – I permit myself the word – is a dreamer. He dreams of the transformation of the world, and He realized it in the mystery of the Resurrection".


    17/05/2017 - CHINA

    Protestant Home Church banned for “collaborating with Korea”


    It is the Church of Berea "River of Life" in Fujian. They reportedly opened a theological research institute and various places of worship. Pressure for greater openness in regulations governing religious freedom. Domestic churches do not "disturb the social order". Repression towards Christians is leading many faithful to choose the "outlawed" path of underground practice outside official channels.


    16/05/2017 - China

    Beijing OBOR summit, a partial success


    President Xi Jinping says China will not differentiate among countries that want to participate, stressing the initiative’s economic and financial aspects. But this is not enough for a new globalisation. On people-to-people relations, China still has to catch up. Wanda City, China’s Disneyland, will play a role.


    16/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: "Peace without the Cross is not the peace of Jesus"


    "God's peace is real peace, that enters the reality of life, that does not deny life; that is life. There is suffering, there are the sick people, there are many bad things, there are wars." "The peace that the world offers us," "is a peace without tribulations. It offers us an artificial peace "reduced to "tranquility".


    16/05/2017 - CHINA-NORTH KOREA

    Beijing, schools and government offices hit by Ransomware ... of North Korean origin (maybe)


    Over 10,000 schools and colleges hit. License distribution and credit card payment at service stations blocked. Suspicions settle on Lazarus group who work in China are under North Korea.


    16/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Vatican: With international cooperation and controls, suspicious economic activities have declined


    The Financial Information Authority presents its annual report on financial and supervisory activities both in the regulatory framework and in the prevention and combating of money laundering and financing of terrorism


    15/05/2017 - CHINA – INDIA

    New Silk Road praised by 27 countries, suspected by many others, boycotted by India


    India did not attend the Beijing summit because it is against the US$ 57 billion Kashmir corridor project between China and Pakistan. President Xi Jinping got 27 countries to sign up to fund the ambitious Chinese infrastructure plan. He says China will “share” and not interfere in the social models of the countries concerned, renewing China’s push for globalisation.


    15/05/2017 - NORTH KOREA

    Pyongyang extols success of new missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead


    Kim Jong-un shows that his rockets can leave and re-enter the atmosphere. The dictator continues to carry out his tests taking advantage of Trump's distraction with the FBI scandal and Xi Jinping’s world trade summits.


    15/05/2017 - JAPAN

    Japanese university sets up first ninja study centre


    Interest in ninjas is resurging. The famous mercenaries are now used to promote tourism in the country. The facility will be located in Iga, a city once home to many ninja. The goal, says Japanese historian Yuji Yamada, is “to apply the wisdom of ninja to modern society”.


    15/05/2017 - VIETNAM – VATICAN

    For the Vietnamese, Card Văn Thuận’s sainthood also includes his commitment to the Church's social doctrine

    by Joseph Nguyen Hung

    The future Blessed laid the bases for the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church when he was president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. A club in Hanoi inspired by him spreads the doctrine and collects books through a ‘Bookcase of hope’ to encourage young people to read in every parish and engage in charity and mission.


    15/05/2017 - ASIA

    Ransomware cyberattack due to governments carelessness


    Microsoft warns national security agencies not to "store up" viruses – to only let them leak- but to make them known. South Korea, almost untouched. Russia, Britain, Germany, France hit as well as universities in China, Italy and Greece.


    14/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: After Fatima, I entrust people in the Middle East to Mary, Queen of Peace


    At the Regina Caeli Pope Francis remembers the violence suffered by Christians, Muslims and yazides, and asks all involved to follow "the path of dialogue and reconciliation." In Fatima "immersed in the prayers of the holy faithful people". Sainthood of Francisco and Jacinta "is not a consequence of the apparitions, but of the fidelity and they have paid for the privilege of being able to see the Virgin Mary." "Even today there is a great need for prayer and penance." Greetings sent to  "Empty Prams" protesters and calls for" a concrete attention to life and maternity needs". On the Mother's Day, "let's remember with gratitude and affection all the mothers, trusting them to Mary, the mother of Jesus.


    13/05/2017 - PORTUGAL - VATICAN

    Pope at Fatima: Saints the two shepherds Mary "introduced into the immense sea of the Light of God"


    Nearly a million people witness the canonization of the two children, the youngest in Church history to climb to the glory of the altars without being martyrs. “Our Lady foretold, and warned us about, a way of life that is godless and indeed profanes God in his creatures.  Such a life – frequently proposed and imposed – risks leading to hell.  Mary came to remind us that God’s light dwells within us and protects us".


    13/05/2017 - JAPAN

    Jikido Hall of the Nara Yakushi-ji Temple restored to ancient splendor


    It was the dining hall of the Buddhist temple devoted to medicine. Destroyed by a fire around the year 1000, it will be opened to the public in July.


    13/05/2017 - CHINA

    With 'One belt, One road', the New Silk Road, China shows its strength. But is it really capable?

    by Willy Wo-Lap Lam

    Xi Jinping makes "a show of strength" at an economic and military level, but many doubt that China can sustain such a financial burden. For many countries, major projects in Central Asia, South Asia, and the South and East China Sea hide very dangerous ghostly dreams. Europe is distrustful. Only Italy is participating in the "One belt, One road" meeting in Beijing this weekend. The analysis of scholar Willy Lam. Courtesy of The Jamestown Foundation. 






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    VATICAN
    Pope: together with the faithful in China on 24 May to celebrate Our Lady of Sheshan



    During the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis speaks about the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, instituted by Benedict XVI. Chinese Catholics must make a “personal contribution to communion among believers and to harmony in the whole society." AsiaNews Symposium on the Church in China is set for this week. Francis appeals for peace in the Central African Republic, and for loving “one another following the example of the Lord”. For him, “Sometimes conflicts, pride, envy, and divisions leave a blotch on the beautiful face of the Church.” Five new cardinals will be named, including a bishop from Laos.


    VATICAN-CHINA
    May 24, 2017: 'China, the Cross is Red', AsiaNews Symposium

    Bernardo Cervellera

    The event will be held to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. A title with many meanings: the Cross is red from the blood of the martyrs; From attempts to suffocate the faith with state control; Bceause of the contribution of hope that Christianity gives to a population tired of materialism and consumerism that is seeking new moral criteria. The theme is also about the great and unexpected religious rebirth in the country. Guests to include: Card. Pietro Parolin, Msgr. Savio Hon, the sociologist of religions Richard Madsen, the testimonies of Chinese priests and laity.


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