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    29/09/2016 - HONG KONG - CHINA

    A Mass in front of Hong Kong parliament to commemorate the pro-democracy demonstrations two years ago. In the city and in particular in Admiralty (where hundreds of thousands of people gathered) another moment with Benny Tai. All demonstrations were conducted at 6 pm, when two years ago the police first launched tear gas. Hopes for the future.

     


    by Lucia Leung

    28/09/2016 - CHINA

    Discipline and management to dominate the next Communist Party plenum


    The most important political meeting of the CCP will be held October 24 to 27. Premier Li Keqiang did not take part  in decision because "traveling": according to some analysts, gap with President Xi Jinping widening. Reshuffle ready ahead of the XIX Party Congress. The central leader wants to further consolidate his personal power.

     


    28/09/2016 - GEORGIA - CHINA

    Free trade between Georgia and China will change Central Asian axis

    by Giorgi Menabde

    The two governments signed an agreement in record time that virtually eliminates duties and import and export tariffs and are preparing, again in record time, to enact it. Big benefits for the small Georgian export market, especially for the wine makers, and little risk of "invasion" by Chinese goods. Beijing’s aim is to garner Georgian support and block Russian access to routes of New Silk Road. Courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.

     


    27/09/2016 - CHINA - ITALY

    Fr Gheddo: I saw the Church’s resurrection in China


    He visited China during the Cultural Revolution and after Deng Xiaoping modernisations. Catholic communities that seemed destroyed blossomed again. Ties with old PIME missionaries expelled by Mao Zedong were renewed. The mission has now new frontiers. Here is Fr Piero Gheddo’s autobiography.


    27/09/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Priests and faithful in China critical of new regulations on religious activities

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    On October 7, the Regulations will be implemented. Criticism of contradiction between the emphasis on Constitution, which claims religious freedom in China and the Regulations which place numerous limitations on its expression. The State Council’s intervention on religions is "illegal”.  Requests for a law that would recognize the right also to the domestic churches (underground) and all religions, not only the 5 recognized by the Beijing government.


    27/09/2016 - CHINA

    Guangzhou: three trade unionists sentenced for causing social problems

    by John Ai

    The sentence includes jail time and probation. The accused were members of an NGO working on behalf of workers’ rights. They were charged with causing damage with strikes and negotiations with companies. All three pleaded guilty and decided not to appeal. The leader, Zeng Feiyang, was accused of receiving foreign funds to harm the Chinese government.


    26/09/2016 - ASIA – UNITED STATES

    US presidential election is an "unavoidable challenge" for East Asia


    Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo will follow very carefully the first US presidential debate. Clinton and Trump have different positions that find different echoes in various Asian countries. Given trade ties, the US-China relationship is not questioned, but how that might evolve raises questions. Islam and Islamic terrorism remain an unknown factor.


    26/09/2016 - CHINA – VATICAN

    Taizhou bishop dies, he had been recognised by the pope and Beijing

    by Zhen Yuan

    Mgr Antony Xu Jiwei, 81, died of illness. He had entered the seminary in 1948 but was not ordained due to China’s "political events" until 1985. He spent several years in prison and hard labour. "The period of imprisonment has strengthened my faith,” Bishop Xu once said, “every day.” Since the diocese was founded, it has had only two bishops. Xu’s predecessor, Mgr Jou Hou-shan, was one of the first six Chinese bishops ordained by Pius XI.


    24/09/2016 - CHINA

    FAST: China inaugurates the world’s biggest telescope


    With a 500-metre diameter, the new facility will help study the structure of galaxies and the formation of stars. There is no competition with the United States.


    23/09/2016 - ASIANEWS SYMPOSIUM

    Mother Teresa, Mercy for Asia and for the world (VIDEO)


    We publish the video recordings of the presentations made at the international symposium organised by AsiaNews on 2 September. In order of appearance: Fr Ferruccio Brambillasca, PIME Superior General; Card Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation of Propaganda Fide; Sr Mary Prema, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity; Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, postulator of the Cause of Mother Teresa; Card Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai; Fr John A. Worthley, on the influence of Mother Teresa in China; a witness to the influence of Mother Teresa in the Islamic world; and Mgr Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia.


    23/09/2016 - CHINA-VATICAN

    Beijing issues new, harsh draft regulations on religious activities

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    Fines of up to 200 thousand yuan (27 thousand euro) for "illegal religious activities" by Catholic or other members of underground communities. "Illegal activities" include "dependence from abroad" (such as the relationship with the Vatican). The regulations preach non-discrimination, but party members are forbidden to practice their religion, even in private. Strict control of buildings, statues, crosses. Clampdown on the internet. It could be the end of the underground community.
     


    23/09/2016 - CHINA

    China, 12 years in prison for Ai Weiwei’s lawyer: He fought for human rights


    Xia Lin defended some of the most important dissidents in the country. A court found him guilty of tax fraud for about 500 thousand Euros. Leaving the courtroom he shouted: "This is revenge for the cases that I defended in court." The "battle against lawyers" launched by the leadership led by Xi Jinping continues and grows harsher.

     


    22/09/2016 - HONG KONG

    Eddie Chu attacks town planning, says Hong Kong should stand with the weak


    The youngest lawmaker elected to Hong Kong’s Legislative Council has not yet been sworn in, but he has already said that he will stand with the poor, not with the lobbies for the rich. The bone of contention is the Wang Chau housing project, which would come at the expense of three villages. He warns Hong Kongers not to be distracted by the chief executive’s “tears”.


    22/09/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Wenzhou underground priests pay homage to the late (official) bishop

    by Victoria Ma

    A group of 16 priests from the underground Church held a "simple but solemn" ceremony of prayer in memory of the late Mgr Vincent Zhu Weifang. Fr Paul Jiang, who led the group, was given “a vacation" this morning. Bishop Shao Zhumin, who succeeds the late prelate as ordinary, is still outside the diocese. Wenzhou Catholics thank the Holy See for this decision.


    22/09/2016 - CHINA

    Party slams "stronghold of the one-child law": Procreate now


    For decades Yichang in the central Hubei province was praised for its strict observance of the "one child policy". Today the communist authorities are retracting everything and calling on young comrades to "work on themselves" to have at least a second child. The elderly comrades must "guide them on the socialist road of education of young people".

     


    22/09/2016 - CHINA - HONG KONG

    Permanent deacons: a novelty for the Chinese Church

    by Lucia Leung

    A seminar in Beijing "plants a seed" to begin the implementation of this service. The help of the diocese of Hong Kong, where the permanent diaconate began in 1993, for the first time in Asia.

     


    19/09/2016 - CHINA - EUROPEAN UNION

    Uighur academic, Ilham Tohti, nominated Sakharov Prize


    The European Parliament confirms that the professor, known for his criticism of Chinese policy in Xinjiang Province, is among the five finalists. In September 2014 he was sentenced to life in prison by Beijing for "terrorism" and "inciting subversion": his supporters believe the allegations are "completely false".


     


    17/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Nuncios are "three way" missionaries


    Francis celebrates Mass in Santa Marta in the presence of the papal representatives from around the world, in Rome for the Jubilee. Their’s "is a vagabond’s life , constantly on the move. But you must remember three ways of going out: physically, culturally and spiritually. Never forget this ."


    17/09/2016 - NEPAL - INDIA

    Buddhist nuns pedal for 4 thousand kilometers against human trafficking


    The sisters belong to the Drukpa order and are experts in martial arts. This is why they are called "Kung Fu nuns". They crossed the Himalayas cycling and arrived in India. After the earthquake of 2015, the exploitation of women and children has increased. On their journey the nuns distributed food and medical care. 


    16/09/2016 - CHINA

    Lawyers trial wrecks Xi Jinping’s pledge of ‘rule of law’

    by Willy Lam

    Show trials, televised confessions extorted under duress, and facile patriotism are a throwback to the Cultural Revolution. The United States and the West are accused of using human rights to "bring chaos" to China. Lawyers, activists, liberal editors are fired and arrested. Xi Jinping goes back on his promises and factional war in the party continues. Courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.


    15/09/2016 - TAIWAN - TIBET - CHINA

    Taiwan invites Dalai Lama and Beijing explodes warning of very serious consequences


    A Taipei deputy asks the Tibetan Buddhist leader to visit the island for a series of religious conferences. China reacts promising "disasters" over the Strait and warns: "Anyone who claims the 'from monaco wolf dressed' and its separatist is our enemy."

     


    14/09/2016 - TAIWAN

    Taiwan prepares for Meranti, the most powerful super typhoon of the year


    The category five storm unleashes winds of over 216 km / h and today will reach the maximum power. Schools, shops and airports closed in the southern and eastern provinces of the island. About 200 thousand homes without electricity. Southern China also on alert for arrival of Meranti in the coming days.


    13/09/2016 - HONG KONG – CHINA

    Hong Kong elections: new generation, new political agenda

    by Mary Mee-Yin Yuen*

    The vote for the Legislative Council has provided needed data to show that, after the umbrella movement, Hong Kong society is changing. Traditional pan-democrats are losing ground to separatists and localists, but this is not necessarily a bad thing. The "old" politics must find new ways of communicating with young people and with the people who have the common good at heart. The edifying examples of some leaders bode well for the future.


    13/09/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    More than 5,000 faithful attend the funeral of the bishop of Wenzhou. Mgr Peter Shao is still "on vacation" with the police (Photos)

    by Victoria Ma

    Even three abducted priests have not reappeared. Underground priests were not allowed to attend the funeral. Mgr Shao, appointed by the Holy See, is welcome by the official community, but no one knows whether the government will give its approval.


    13/09/2016 - CHINA

    Police raid "democratic" village of Wukan: arrests and injuries


    Tensions continue in the area, after village leader Lin Zuluan sentenced to three years in prison. The police used tear gas and rubber bullets to "hold off the protesters" while they search the houses. A resident: "But the government serves the people or itself?".

     


    11/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: God has open arms, treats sinners with tenderness and compassion


    Before the Angelus, Francis commented the "Chapter of mercy", the 15th in Luke's Gospel, which presents us with parables with which Christ responds to the whispers of the scribes and the Pharisees: the lost sheep, the coin, and the prodigal son. There is no sin in which we have fallen, the pope said, " from which, by the grace of God, we cannot rise again; there is no individual beyond redemption because God never ceases to want our good, even when we sin!” After the Marian prayer, he dedicates a prayer for Gabon and speaks about the beatification of Ladislaus Bukowinski, in Kazakhstan.


    10/09/2016 - VATICAN

    For Pope, man's freedom is not enough, God’s redemption is needed


    In today’s jubilee audience, Francis looked at the "illusion" of those who think they are free. How many illusions are being sold under the pretext of freedom, and how many new forms of slavery are being created in our time in the name of a false freedom!” Only the liberation that comes from God is needed. After the catechesis, the pontiff turned his thoughts to the members of Italy’s Civil Protection Service, “who were supposed to be present, but cancelled to continue the valuable work of aid and assistance to people affected by the 24 August earthquake. I thank them for their dedication and the generous help offered these days! Thank you, brothers and sisters!”


    09/09/2016 - VATICAN – TIBET – ITALY

    The Dalai Lama "was not invited" to the Assisi meeting


    The personal secretary of the leader of Tibetan Buddhism confirmed this to AsiaNews. Pope Francis is also not scheduled to meet a representative of Hinduism. Instead meetings are planned with the Ecumenical Patriarch, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, a representative of the Muslim world and one of the Jewish world.


    08/09/2016 - CHINA

    Wukan’s elected leader gets three years in prison


    Lin Zuluan led protests in 2011 against land grabs by the authorities. Violence broke out again in June when local officials arrested him, failing to honour the commitment they made to end demonstrations. Lin has to pay a 200,000 yuan fine. Riot police surround the courthouse where the sentence was pronounced.


    08/09/2016 - CHINA – INDIA – VATICAN

    For bishop of Shanghai, Mother Teresa is the love that defeats religious parochialism


    From the seminary next to the Marian shrine of Sheshan, where he is still confined, Mgr Thaddeus Ma Daqin celebrates the canonisation of the saint of Calcutta. She looked at the world for what it is and defeated the “ossification” of the faith. “Inside the barrier mutual love, forgiveness, acceptance, trust, or hope no longer matter. What is important is only the law." She defeated this way of thinking. The bishop remembers the Mass at Sheshan.






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    ASIANEWS SYMPOSIUM
    Mother Teresa, Mercy for Asia and for the world (VIDEO)



    We publish the video recordings of the presentations made at the international symposium organised by AsiaNews on 2 September. In order of appearance: Fr Ferruccio Brambillasca, PIME Superior General; Card Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation of Propaganda Fide; Sr Mary Prema, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity; Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, postulator of the Cause of Mother Teresa; Card Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai; Fr John A. Worthley, on the influence of Mother Teresa in China; a witness to the influence of Mother Teresa in the Islamic world; and Mgr Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia.


    CHINA-VATICAN
    Beijing issues new, harsh draft regulations on religious activities

    Bernardo Cervellera

    Fines of up to 200 thousand yuan (27 thousand euro) for "illegal religious activities" by Catholic or other members of underground communities. "Illegal activities" include "dependence from abroad" (such as the relationship with the Vatican). The regulations preach non-discrimination, but party members are forbidden to practice their religion, even in private. Strict control of buildings, statues, crosses. Clampdown on the internet. It could be the end of the underground community.
     


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