09/03/2015ASIA – EUROPEAN UNION Aylan’s death and that of the Middle East by Bernardo Cervellera The death of a child from a sinking boat off the Turkish coast has moved the whole world, but lest we forget, thousands more have already died in Syria’s war. The refugee problem must be addressed but so do the causes that have led to this tragedy, namely Mideast wars, funding the Islamic State group, and proxies acting on behalf of regional and world powers. ROME (AsiaNews) – Like others, we too mourn the death of the three-year-old boy who drown with his younger brother during an attempt to cross from Turkey into Greece, his body stranded on a beach in Bodrum, where other people normally play, swim and...
09/03/2015CHINA Beijing parade as a display of Xi Jinping’s power The impressive military exercise shows off China’s power but also and especially that of Xi Jinping who is president, party secretary and head of the Central Military Commission. In a sign of praise and in a renewed show of political unity, all of his predecessors are present. Some foreign heads of state and government attend the event as well. Despite purges and cuts (300,000 troops) to the military, the People’s Liberation Army Liberation remains loyal and ready to protect the peace.
09/03/2015VATICAN Pope: Wonder of encountering Jesus opens hearts, calculations close them At Mass in Santa Marta Francis speaks of the Gospel of the miraculous catch and invites participants to recognize themselves as sinners "not in theory, in practice" and to recognize the Savior. The Lord "forgives even those who deny him, if they have the grace of this double confession: You are God, I am a sinner."
09/02/2015CHINA – HONG KONG China and the Cross, a history of miracles that conquer demolitions The symbol of the Christian religion appeared in the sky over China many times in past centuries. Official documents held at the Roman College contain the stories of those who saw the bright cross. Given these facts, even if the government takes down the crosses, what prevents them from reappearing?
09/02/2015CHINA Xi Jinping’s military shows off muscles to hide economic troubles The parade in central Beijing will include some 12,000 troops, 200 fighter jets and new weapons systems. Putin, Park Geun-hye and Ban Ki-moon will be present; Western leaders will not. President Xi is expected to make a major announcement concerning the military. Monkeys, falcons and dogs have been deployed to scare birds from the planes’ flight path.
09/01/2015VATICAN Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in St Peter's Basilica Pope Francis leads the Liturgy of the Word on the day he instituted in unity with the Orthodox Church. Representatives of all Christian churches attend the service. Without the conversion of heart to God, “ecology has not chance of succeeding." Saint Francis of Assisi is the model of caring for creation.
09/01/2015HONG KONG – CHINA Hong Kong Kuomintang exhibit reopens the debate on the war with Japan Organised by a collector son of a KMT official, the event highlights the role of China’s Nationalists in the fight against Japan. For the former, the untold stories of the anti-colonial struggle “aren’t told now because the Communist Party claims that they won the war when in fact they were attacking Nationalist soldiers.” The venue is set to open in a few days to mark the end of the war in Asia.
09/01/2015VATICAN Pope stresses Jubilee, God’s tenderness for women who had an abortion, Lefebvrians, prisoners, the sick In a letter to Mgr Rino Fisichella, Pope Francis adds new criteria to traditional ones to receive indulgence. All priests can forgive the sin of abortion by preparing themselves to welcome sincerely the sinners. The sick and the lonely can accept “suffering as an experience of closeness to the Lord”. The Jubilee year might bring amnesty, whilst a cell’s door might become a Holy Door. Through works of mercy, one can obtain plenary indulgence. The pontiff seeks reconciliation with the Society of St Pius X.
09/01/2015INDIA India feels China crisis, as growth halts at 7% The figure refers to the last quarter. The crisis in the Chinese market offers new opportunities for expansion for India. Expert says: "China will not disappear from investors radar". Lack of private investment in India, amid need for an increase public spending. Infusion of capital announced by New Delhi will not remedy the difference of money required by state banks.
09/01/2015VATICAN Pope: Our final embrace with Christ and the idleness "of chatter" As public Masses begin again in Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis calls Christians to witness to hope (and fear) of the definitive encounter with Jesus Christ. "He will come to see me so that I may see him with my own eyes, embrace him and be with him always." "Let us comfort one another through good deeds and good words, on this road."
08/31/2015CHINA Zhang Kai, a courageous lawyer who defended Zhejiang crosses with law books Arrested on 25 August, Zhang has not been heard ever since. He was the main defence lawyer in the case involving Churches and Christians in the province of Zhejiang. A devout Christian, he was able to get charges against Protestant Churches and clergymen overturned. “Just by going by the book,” he was able to save many churches and open a new path for defending people’s rights and religious freedom in China. What is more, “I have God as my backer,” he said.
08/31/2015TIBET Mother of four dies after setting herself on fire against village demolitions Tashi Kyi also leaves behind her husband and her elderly father. She is the seventh victim since the beginning of 2015. Her nephew: "She was a generous believer and devoted to her family, she lived in good conditions". The woman was protesting against the repressive policies of Beijing. The police have seized her body. International Film Festival in Dharamsala, India, screens documentary film about self-immolations of Tibetan dissidents.