04/23/2014SINGAPORE - CHINA Singapore archbishop: With Benedict XVI's words pray for the Church in China by William Goh Seng Chye* Citing the Prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan, the bishop calls on the faithful to "reach out" to Chinese migrants living in the city-state, and show "them our genuine love and concern." On 23 May, a special prayer is set for St Bernadette Church. Dear Brothers
and Sisters in Christ,
In May 2007,
Pope Benedict XVI released a Letter
to Chinese Catholics, in which he asked that May 24 each year be
celebrated as a World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. He chose May 24
because it is the Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians,...
04/18/2014CHINA Beijing: four more New Citizens Movement activists convicted All wanted government officials to declare their economic and financial assets. A court in Haidian found them guilty of disturbing "public order" and sentenced them to prison terms ranging from three and half to two years in prison. Defence lawyer slams the decision, calling it flawed. Now "calling on officials to disclose their assets is a crime."
04/17/2014CHINA Beijing blogger sentenced to 3 years for "spreading rumors" online Qin Zhihui is the first victim of the law passed in September 2013 against micro-blogs, increasingly active in denouncing corruption and scandals . The courts have handed down the sentence without investigating allegations of defamation brought against the blogger .
04/16/2014CHINA Dongguan: 40,000 workers down tools again Strike hits Yue Yuen, a company that works for giants such as Nike, Adidas and Timberland. Workers complain about the level of payments for pensions, want higher wages, better medical insurance, and injury compensation.
04/14/2014CHINA Beijing: two more Zhou Yongkang cronies arrested For experts and analysts, the government is trying to rid itself of former powerful "national security czar." Zhao Miao and Yan Cunzhang, two of his associates, are the latest victims, both accused of corruption. For one observer, a "power struggle" is underway.
04/11/2014CHINA Beijing, Xu Zhiyong sentence confirmed on appeal The activist, founder of New Citizens Movement, has long called for the government to publicly disclose the leadership’s personal assets. An increasing number of anti-corruption activists end up in court. In Hong Kong, his autobiography published: "To Be a Citizen."
04/10/2014CHINA - ISRAEL After two centuries, Henan Jews prepare to celebrate Passover The first presence of Jews in Kaifeng, China's former imperial capital, dates back to the 10th century AD. The last recognised rabbi died in 1810, and since then the community has lived without knowing the faith of their ancestors. Increasingly, the historical void has been reduced in recent years. Now, a local young man prepares to return home as a rabbi after studying in Israel.
04/09/2014CHINA Beijing, trial begins of two more anti-corruption activists Ding Jiaxi and Li Wei are both members of the New Citizens Movement, which has asked government officials to disclose their assets. They are accused of "having summoned a mob to disturb public order". Lawyer: "They are innocent, but a nuisance to leaders".
04/08/2014KOREA Number of North Korean refugees in South Korea up this year Despite rising risks, statistics show that in the first quarter of this year show, 360 North Koreans fled Kim's regime seeking refuge in the southern part of the peninsula. However, it is impossible to know how many have decided to stay in China.