Christians are forced to choose between faith and work or enlisting. Universities ban students from Sunday Mass. Party members cannot absolutely practise any religion. These are ways the Party defends itself from the growth of Christianity in China. Fr Domenico, a priest from the north of the country, describes the situation. AsiaNews's investigation into the situation of the Church in China continues two years after the signing of the provisional agreement.
Parliamentary elections postponed for one year because of the coronavirus emergency. Democratic Front: An excuse to avoid a crushing defeat. Jurists question the legitimacy of the postponement. The crackdown continues: the police accuse six activists of violating the national security law. They include Nathan Law.
The myth of the country with zero victims collapses after months of targeted pandemic management. The epicenter of the disease is the tourist and commercial heart in the center of the country with 93 infections. The sick are aged between 27 and 87. Identified, and isolated, over 6,000 people who have had contact with the infected.
The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to the Holy See invites condolences to be expressed on August 3 and 4 from 10am to 3pm. In the Taipei Guest House, a memorial will be open from August 1 to 14. Lee Teng-hui's body will be cremated and the ashes buried in Wuzhi military cemetery, among those who have made significant contributions to the nation.
Last night 53-year-old taxi driver, Vatchè Ohanian, committed suicide. His business decimated by Covid-19. In July there were a dozen suicides. The economic crisis has worsened since demonstrations against government corruption last October. Unemployment, inflation (a US dollar is now worth 8 thousand Lebanese pounds), an embargo - on Syria and Iran - which also affects Lebanon. And it is the people who are paying the toll.
Mukaluvilayil Sameul Sunil dreams of building 1,000 of them in the coming years. House prices in the country have tripled. The academy, rewarded by the government for its initiatives, also helps the disabled, students and orphans. It also runs programs of food support and distribution of drinking water to poor families.
The 47-year-old Conventual Franciscan belongs to the first cohort of students who entered the major seminary after it reopened in 1993. His appointment is a sign of the spiritual and social renaissance of the small Catholic community of the Russian Federation.
Fr Reid Shelton Fernando released a statement and an ‘election prayer’ to underscore the great responsibility Christians have, as voters, to pick people who possess the qualities that will keep the people united and the country free.
The Philippines leads in the Asia-Pacific region. Yesterday a record 3,954 new cases were reported. For the Bishop of Kidapawan, the president’s “pride, prejudice and power prevailed over better judgment and people’s welfare”. Duterte calls on the poor to disinfect protective masks with petrol.
Some 31 districts are affected. Food and drinking water are in short supply. Many residents have had to leave their flooded homes for makeshift shelters. Many have not received the 10 kilos of rice promised by the government. The Catholic Church is active in handing out supplies. Flood victims take on debt to eat.
Following an outcry against the proposal, the State’s Education Department issued a statement on Thursday, saying that “the decision to drop certain chapters has been put on hold. A review will be done, following which the deleted chapters will be uploaded to the website”.
All the excluded were hostile to new security law. For the Hong Kong government, there is no "political censorship". For Beijing, the excluded are "unscrupulous delinquents ". Chris Patten calls the action "An outrageous political purge. [. . .] In Hong Kong, it is obviously now illegal to believe in democracy”.
The island’s first democratically elected president, he started the democratic transition in 1990, after the Tiananmen massacre. A supporter of Taiwan’ identity, he was disliked by the Communist leadership in Beijing. in Chinese media he was described as the “Godfather of Taiwan secessionism.”
Saudi authorities remain on maximum alert for possible health emergencies. It is "reassuring" that no cases have emerged, Ministry of Health said. Participants were provided with masks, accommodation and medical coverage. “Allah fulfilled my desire to do the Hajj without any financial cost,” says Chinese Muslim.
Chinese boats are fishing between the protected islands and the Ecuadorian coast, endangering the local marine life. The Chinese Embassy has expressed respect for the environment, but one expert slams China for repeatedly violating the sovereignty of coastal nations. Argentina stopped the same fleet in the South Atlantic. One problem is China fishing subsidies. One scholar calls for join efforts to save the oceans.