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  • 25/05/2017 - VATICAN - CHINA

    The story of a priest from the official Church is presented at the AsiaNews Symposium, with the Church’s internal and external problems included. Up to 21 bishops bless a small factory for US$ 500 each. Priest asks for a prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan.




    25/05/2017 - CHINA - USA

    US warships in contested waters of the South China Sea. The wrath of Beijing


    The USS Dewey passed through the 12 nautical miles in the Mischief Reef area in the Spratlys. It is the first case of "intrusion" in an area under Chinese control since the beginning of the Trump presidency. Washington claims the right to "freedom of navigation" in the area. The region is becoming a hub of conflict.


    25/05/2017 - INDONESIA

    Ahok drops appeal for the “sake of our people,” wife says

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    In a letter from prison, Jakarta’s former governor says he accepts the verdict and does not plan to appeal it, calling on his supporters to stop protesting, fearful of possible Islamist infiltration.


    25/05/2017 - ISRAEL – PALESTINE

    On its day of reunification, Jerusalem is more divided than ever


    Israelis march to mark the conquest of the city’s eastern section during the Six Day War. Police stopped Israeli activists and Palestinians who tried to stop the march. Clashes break out in and around the Esplanade of the Mosques. For Peace Now, using the Temple Mount for political reasons is another form of colonisation. Most Israelis oppose these celebrations.


    25/05/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Fifteen attacks against Muslims in Sri Lanka in just over a month

    by Melani Manel Perera

    The Secretariat for Muslims reported 538 acts of violence between 2013 and 2015 by Buddhist extremist groups like the Bodu Bala Sena. For US, Sri Lanka will take immediate action, but Muslims think otherwise.


    25/05/2017 - SYRIA – UNITED NATIONS

    As UN pushes for a new constitution, US and Russia boost contacts


    For UN Special envoy for Syria, the Syrian government and the opposition are ready for talks to draft a new constitution. UN confirms a “significant drop” in violence in some areas. A seventh round of meetings is set for June in Geneva. Washington and Moscow set up “deconfliction zones" to avoid clashes between their militaries.


    25/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Vatican: States should include planning for religious organizations involved in health care


    Speech by the Holy See's representative at the 70th World Health Assembly, in Geneva. "Just as much as 1% of all funding for research and health care is devoted to diseases that mainly affect developing countries."


    25/05/2017 - INDONESIA

    President Widodo: The East Jakarta terrorist attack will not undermine national unity

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    In recent months, Indonesia has been alerted to the presence of militants inspired by the Islamic State. Identified one of the two terrorists who coordinated the attack. Two low cots rudimentary devices used. Man hunt for the network of terrorist sleeper cells.


    25/05/2017 - NEPAL

    Prime Minister Prachanda resigns

    by Christopher Sharma

    Announced yesterday in a televised speech. He says he wants to respect agreements with the Nepalese Congress. Some believe that this change could "confuse" politics in Nepal.


    25/05/2017 - CHINA

    Chinese Finance Ministry: The problems of Chinese debt are overestimated


    Beijing in defensive mode after Moody's downgrades its credit rating. The problems are falling growth and rising state debt to 260%. Economic reforms needed, but impeded by Party’s fear of losing power and increasing social tensions. China maybe set for economic disaster.  


    25/05/2017 - SOUTH KOREA

    Moon Jae-in cuts presidential spending and launches a campaign on respect for human rights


    The new president will pay his own expenses for his family. The money saved will be used to create jobs and help marginalized people. Meanwhile, a campaign on respect for human rights has started, which will focus on the form of police bodies.


    24/05/2017 - VATICAN – CHINA

    AsiaNews Symposium: The Church in China between witness and the danger of corruption


    "The Holy See is working for the Church in China," said Card Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of the Holy See, in his greetings at the AsiaNews symposium ‘China: The Cross is Red’. For Mgr Savio Hon, secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, “gray pragmatism” is "a great threat to faith" since it is based on the principle that “what works is true”.


    24/05/2017 - VATICAN - CHINA

    AsiaNews Symposium: Fr Gianni Criveller on evangelisation through charity and martyrdom


    Fr Gianni Criveller gave his take on a book centred to the history of PIME in China. For him, the most significant issues are the evangelical value of charity and the continuity of 'Christianity' in China after the rise of communism and the expulsion of missionaries.


    24/05/2017 - VATICAN – CHINA

    AsiaNews Symposium: gray pragmatism must be dissipated, says Mgr Savio Hon


    Gray pragmatism is rooted in Deng Xia Ping’s maxim ‘It doesn't matter whether a cat is white or black, as long as it catches mice’. Today this means it is impossible to distinguish white from black, what is true from what is false. Heroes of the faith are thus challenged by wolves in sheep’s clothing.


    24/05/2017 - VATICAN – CHINA

    AsiaNews Symposium: We entrust the evangelisation of China to Our Lady of Sheshan, says Fr Cervellera


    AsiaNews editor welcomes participants to the Symposium ‘China: the Cross is the Red." The Patriotic Association shows off its power, claiming for example the right to appoint bishops. Sometimes underground Christians turn inward. Perhaps, diplomatic agreements and relations are not so important. Despite its atheist government, 85 per cent of China’s population adheres to some kind of faith.


    24/05/2017 - VATICAN – CHINA

    AsiaNews Symposium: the problems and Challenges of the Church in China in the stories of priests


    Many unresolved issues exist in today's Chinese Church. In their account, read by an actor because Beijing prevented them from attending the symposium, four priests talked about their activities under military control, of being taken into custody, placed under house-arrest, detained, forced to face internal scandals and attacks, as well as ‘dual identity’ bishops, confused relations between China and the Vatican, not to mention a lack of religious freedom.


    24/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: God will walk with us always, always, even in times of defeat


    The episode of the disciples at Emmaus shows that ours is not an "invasive God", but he is always next to us. "It is a quick encounter, that of Jesus with the two disciples of Emmaus. But in it there is all the fate of the Church. He tells us that the Christian community is not locked up in a fortified citadel but walks in its most vital environment, on the road. And there it meets people, with their hopes and their disappointments, sometimes heavy. "


    24/05/2017 - VATICAN - USA

    Pope receives Trump: Middle East talks and protection of Christians, but also immigrants


    Private interview lasts 30 minutes. Francis gifts Trump the message for the World Peace Day this year, titled "Nonviolence, a style of politics for peace", pointing out some of its themes to the president. "This, he said, is for you so you can be an instrument of peace." "We can use peace," replied the president.


    24/05/2017 - CHINA- VATICAN

    Day of Prayer for China: Msgr. Peter Shao still in the hands of the police. Prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan

    by Victoria Ma

    The Bishop of Wenzhou (Zhejiang) had been kidnapped even before Easter. Pilgrimages continue to Sheshan: at least 80 groups - about 17,000 people - have arrived so far. Penance, prayer and recitation of the Rosary for the Church in China. Readings of Benedict XVI’s Letter  to Chinese Catholics.


    24/05/2017 - NEPAL

    Christians in Nepal enter politics. First Christian woman elected

    by Christopher Sharma

    Previously they could not take part in the elections. Christian parties and Christian representation in other parties grow, winning in some local units. Angela Tamang, Christian Indigenous, was elected municipal vice-president.


    24/05/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Faisalabad to have first university chapel in Pakistan

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The place of worshipp will be built at the Faisalabad University of Agriculture. The project was approved after three years of discussion. The founding stone lain on May 18th. The structure will cost about 65 thousand euros, of which more than 25,000 donated by the diocese. Catholic professor: "It is not a favor of the administration. In all universities there should be churches, temples and gurdwara. " 


    24/05/2017 - BAHRAIN

    Bahrain, police raid on a Shiite village: five dead, several arrests


    The clashes took place in Diraz, near Manama, home of Shiite leader Sheikh Isa Qassim. Police opened fire on demonstrators, who responded with rockets and Molotov cocktails. Analysts and experts point out the coincidence between the raid against Shiite opponents and the meeting between King Hamad and Trump in Riyadh.


    24/05/2017 - GREAT BRITAIN - ISLAM

    Manchester Police: Salman Abedi, 22, Libyan parents, likely author of the attack


    He had abandoned university, and according to some, had become radicalized. His father and brother were well-known in the mosque for their service and volunteerism. Great gathering places appear increasingly "vulnerable".


    23/05/2017 - THAILAND

    Fr Daniele Mazza, first missionary graduate in Buddhism, witness to the ‘dialogue of friendship’ (photos)


    “Too often people of different religions have too little time to talk,” but “Studying for two years with monks gave me” a chance to “ask topical questions without fear of being misunderstood.” "Those who are in contact with Buddhism should not emphasise theory or theoretical concepts, but rather communicating the Christian experience [. . .] and the ways to reach it." Interfaith dialogue is fundamental to the life of the Church in Thailand. The challenges of the future include the call “to grow freer from influences and be more and more the clear voice and image of its Lord."


    23/05/2017 - VATICAN - CHINA

    Prayer for China at AsiaNews Symposium: the relics of Mother Teresa and a martyr of PIME


    Mother Teresa made several requests to open a nursing home in China, but was always denied permission. Fr. Alberico Crescitelli of Pime was martyred in 1900 and canonized by John Paul II in 2000. The Prayer for China accompanied by the choir of the Chinese community of Rome and Augustin Zhang, of the Giotto Cooperative from Padua prison.


    23/05/2017 - INDIA

    Catholics are discouraged their church is vandalised, but will rally for peace, says vicar of Hyderabad


    Father Bernard Swarna speaks about the attack against Our Lady of Fatima church. Police have provided protection to the diocese, and arrested 22 people. The Archdiocese plans a prayer meeting open to all. “We are not so far from” the persecution described in “the Acts of the Apostles.” For some, the incident has “political-religious motives”.


    23/05/2017 - ISRAEL – PALESTINE – UNITED STATES

    For Mahmoud Abbas, “the conflict is not between religions” but about the “occupation”


    Today, Abbas and US President Donald Trump met. The president of the Palestinian Authority calls for the end to the occupation and settlements. For Trump, the problem is terrorism. In the West Bank strikes are held in support of prisoners on hunger strike for more than a month. Leadership, not weapons, is needed, according to Bernard Sabella. Understanding the causes of terrorism is needed to defeat terrorism.


    23/05/2017 - IRAQ

    Christian refugees from Nineveh caught between waiting to return and call for a papal visit


    In Karamlesh, as in other towns in the Nineveh Plain, reconstruction work has begun, but return is still far away, which feeds the desire to go back. Radicalism "has increased distrust,” but living alongside Muslims will have to be dealt with. Francis has been invited so that his presence can "strengthen the Church" in Iraq and “make us not feel forgotten”.


    23/05/2017 - VATICAN - GREAT BRITAIN

    Pope denounces Manchester attack as "barbaric," and "meaningless violence"


    In a telegram, Francis expresses a special thought to “those children and young people who have lost their lives, and of their grieving families," invoking God's blessings for peace, healing, and strength across the nation. Isis claims the attack.


    23/05/2017 - VIETNAM

    The Rosary, a moment of prayer that unites Vietnamese Catholics

    by Thanh Thuy

    Believers meet in many prayer groups. The Dominican Congregation in Vietnam has set up Rosary Associations. Many people are actively involved in promoting and supporting such groups. Several pilgrimages to Vietnam's shrines devoted to the Virgin are organised. Some young Catholics set up the Vinh Fatima prayer group. Celebrations are held throughout May, the Marian Month of Flowers.






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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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