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    27/06/2016 - ASIA-UNITED KINGDOM

    Analysts speak of "economic chaos" worse than the 2008 crisis. This morning the Pound fell more than 2%. Financial stocks linked to London still negative. At the China's central bank think that it will take 5-10 years to get over the bumps. Indian Manager: Just a temporary reaction.




    25/06/2016 - CHINA - TAIWAN

    Beijing suspends communication with Taipei over "one China" and Taiwanese fraud


    Displeasure at silence on one China principal during the inauguration ceremony of President Tsai Ing-wen on 20 May. Yesterday Cambodia deported to China a Taiwanese accused of telecommunications fraud. This year Kenya and Malaysia also deported to China dozens of Taiwanese suspects to be tried by Beijing.

     


    25/06/2016 - VATICAN -ARMENIA

    The Pope at the Armenian Genocide Memorial: flowers and prayers for the victims


    Francis visits the "Hill of the Swallows," the Tzitzernakaberd Memorial Complex to commemorate those who died during the "Great Evil." A long silent prayer before the entrance of the building, then the Psalms and the Gospel in Armenian and Italian in the Flame Room of perpetual memory. Immediately after, a meeting with the descendants of those who were housed by Pope Benedict XV in Castel Gandolfo during the persecutions.


    24/06/2016 - ASIA - GREAT BRITAIN

    Asian markets panic over the victory of Brexit


    "Leave" campaign wins with 52% of the votes. Stock markets plummet. The pound loses 10% of its value. Jump in price of gold and oil drops below $ 50 again. The UK might lose a lot of investment from Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore. The British move goes against projects of a Euro-Asian market and communications network.


    23/06/2016 - VATICAN – CHINA

    Pope is praying for Mgr Ma Daqin, the Vatican had no "role" in his statement


    Vatican Press Office Fr Federico Lombardi dispels all doubts and suspicions among Chinese Catholics with respect to Mgr Daqin’s “volte face” vis-à-vis the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association.


    23/06/2016 - CHINA

    Faith among Chinese youth growing amid the temptations of materialism and atheism

    by Jin Yan

    A young woman talks about her experience. Born in a Christian family, she had no friends who shared her religious values. Seen as a stranger by society, when she moved to the big city, things got worse, with God and her mother on one side, and propaganda and difficulties of everyday life on the other. A prayer group helped her along the way. Now she is involved in pastoral youth outreach in her diocese. Her story appeared in Tripod, the quarterly magazine of the Diocese of Hong Kong.


    23/06/2016 - CHINA

    Wukan, CPC to press: Erase all reports on "democracy village"


    Protests of the small Guangdong village against abuse of authority show no signs of stopping. The Department of Propaganda orders the removal of any news reports on the issue. Citizens continue protest against the arrest of their leader. Human Rights activists: "It’s like Nazi Germany."

     


    22/06/2016 - RUSSIA – CHINA

    Vladimir Putin in Beijing to discuss energy, transport and trade

    by Nina Achmatova

    Russia’s president will meet his Chinese counterpart next Saturday. Although the meeting’s agenda has not yet been made public, some 30 deals are expected to be signed. China would like to share in Rosneft’s privatisation.


    22/06/2016 - CHINA

    Not just Wukan: an "epidemic of legality" invades Guangdong


    The fight against corruption and the expropriation of land led by the "symbol" village in the rich southern province pushes the bordering areas to report the same abuses. But funds are lacking for protests as well as "clean and capable" leaders to confront the government. Lin Zuluan, village chief and Communist Secretary of Wukan, "confesses" to have taken bribes. And on the Global Times website users ask: "Have you tortured him?".


    21/06/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Vatican silence over Shanghai’s Mgr Ma Daqin causing confusion and controversy

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    For some, Mgr Ma’s blog post praising the Patriotic Association and acknowledging his mistakes is nothing but “dirt”. For others, he chose humiliation for the “sake of his diocese”. Many wonder why the Holy See has remained silent about the article’s content and the bishop’s persecution. Some suspect the Vatican views the episode in positive terms. Yet, the Ma Daqin affair raises a major question. Has Benedict XVI’s Letter to Chinese Catholics (which describes the Patriotic Association as “incompatible with Catholic doctrine”) been abolished? If it has, who did it? A journey of compromises without truth is full of risks.


    21/06/2016 - CHINA

    Inculturating theology, key to religious freedom in China


    The Chinese Catholic Church has suffered decades of enforced immobility under Communist rule. As it started up again in the 1980s, the paucity of pastors and administrators became apparent. Now scholars and theologians are needed to inculturate the faith to local conditions and engage Chinese society in dialogue despite some fears vis-à-vis the spread of Christianity. Here is an article by Tripod, a publication of the Diocese of Hong Kong.


    21/06/2016 - CHINA

    Wukan local government warns press: You will be punished if you incite population


    The southern China village protesting for the release of the leader Lin Zuluan, who fought for the recovery of unlawfully expropriated land. The authorities at an impasse: the man is also the local Communist leader, and has always acted in accordance with national law. The Global Times warns: "The land protests cannot be resolved by democratic means".


    20/06/2016 - INDONESIA – CHINA

    Indonesia’s Navy fires on Chinese fishing boat as tensions rise in the South China Sea


    The incident occurred near the Natuna Islands. China claims that one fisherman was wounded and others were arrested. Indonesia promises to protect the area. China continues to militarise a maritime region that is subject of a dispute with Southeast Asian countries. The US and the Philippines conduct military exercises. Vietnam reports attacks on its fishing boats.


    20/06/2016 - TAIWAN

    From China to Compostela, growing enthusiasm for the Camino de Santiago

    by Xin Yage

    The tradition is ancient, but has made a comeback in recent decades thanks to the enthusiasm of young Catholics from around the world. Asia is no exception: Korea leads statistical record with more than 4 thousand participants a year, but mainland China advances. A meeting in Taipei prepares pilgrimage of Taiwanese youth.


    18/06/2016 - CHINA

    Wukan villagers subject to police “iron fist” like five years ago


    Residents accuse the authorities of land grab and failure to bring justice. Village chief is arrested just before he could speak publicly about the matter. Other activists are under de facto house arrest. About 63 per cent of all social disputes are caused by land grabs and farmers’ protests.


    17/06/2016 - CHINA – VATICAN

    Mgr Ma Daqin: the text of his “confession”

    by Mons. Taddeo Ma Daqin

    Four years after quitting the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, the bishop of Shanghai “admits” his faults on his blog, praising the organisation that controls the Church. We publish his article, almost in its entirety. Translation by AsiaNews.


    16/06/2016 - USA - TIBET - CHINA

    Obama meets Dalai Lama: More dialogue with Beijing


    The US president received the Buddhist leader in private. The White House points out: "Tibet is part of China, our policy is clear." But China replies: "This visit will damage mutual trust and cooperation with Washington."

     


    15/06/2016 - CHINA

    74 arrested in Inner Mongolia for killing miners in fake accidents

    by John Ai

    The authorities have charged a large gang, originally from Yunnan, with having deliberately killed miners in small illegal quarries, by simulating accidents to demand compensation from the owners. After beating the victims, they threw mining carts on them to simulate collapsed shafts or explosions; then, disguised as relatives, negotiated the compensation and cremated the bodies. The ashes were thrown into the water. At least 17 confirmed dead.


    13/06/2016 - CHINA

    School sports track causing dermatitis and leukemia in Beijing


    The city authorities inspect running tracks. Preliminary findings indicate the presence of toxic materials. Angry parents accuse the authorities of a cover-up. Similar cases have occurred in other Chinese cities.


    12/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: The true meaning of life also involves acceptance of suffering


    Francis celebrates the Jubilee of Disabled and Sick People: "We are in an age when care for one’s body has become an obsession and a big business. anything imperfect has to be hidden away, since it threatens the happiness and serenity of the privileged few and endangers the dominant model". Jesus is "the doctor who treats with the medicine of love ". An Angelus an appeal against child slavery: "We must renew efforts to remove the causes of this phenomenon."

     


    11/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Diversity is a resource. The Church must welcome all or close its doors


    Francis holds audience with participants in the Convention "... and you will always eat at my table!", Promoted by the Italian national catechetical office disabled persons’ section. He responds to questions posed by two girls with disabilities: "Shaking hands is communion, but many think it is more convenient to ignore diversity". To the priests who do not welcome he proposes "a pastoral ear". The full text of this unscripted speech.


    10/06/2016 - CHINA

    40 days of hunger strike, dissident Guo Feixiong’s conditions worsen


    The Chinese activist was sentenced in December 2015 to six years in prison for "disturbing social order”.  He had already spent time in jail for membership of democratic movement. The hunger strike was launched to protest torture and humiliating treatment for political prisoners in Chinese prisons. He has lost a third of his weight.

     


    09/06/2016 - JAPAN - CHINA

    China Sea, Beijing warship in "adjacent waters" to disputed islands


    A nearly 4 thousand ton "Jiankai" class war ship touches territorial limits surrounding the Senkaku / Diaoyu and is sighted by a Japanese destroyer. Tokyo calls the ambassador in Beijing to protest, the Ministry of Defence stresses "concern" about the act.


    09/06/2016 - HONG KONG

    "In Hong Kong’s frail disabled I see the face of Jesus"


    Fr. Giosuè Bonzi, a missionary of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, celebrates 50 years of priesthood of which 49 spent in the former British colony: "When I arrived I could not imagine how I could ever help". Over time, and through even physical suffering, he built up a project designed to leave a great mark: the Fu Hong Society, which today cares for and reintegrates thousands of people with disabilities into society.


    08/06/2016 - INDIA - UNITED STATES

    Modi in the US: Increasingly strong friendship with Obama causes discontent in China and Pakistan


    The heads of state of India and the US have signed a broad package of agreements. Cooperation on economy, climate and energy, maritime safety and counter-terrorism. Obama has supported India's candidature in the group of nuclear powers that control atomic energy. China and Pakistan react with fury. Defenders of minorities: " Modi’s silence on the violence against Christians is criminal."

     


    07/06/2016 - CHINA

    Ramadan in China, ritual fasting banned in Xinjiang


    About nine million ethnic Uighur Muslims live in the northwestern province, targeted by authorities who use the fight against terrorism to curtail their activities. Party members, civil servants, students and minors "should not refrain from eating and cannot enter the mosque" during the holy month, which began yesterday across the Islamic world.


    06/06/2016 - HONG KONG - CHINA

    Card Zen: justice for the victims of June 4, vigils to keep the memory alive

    by Victoria Ma

    Before the gathering in Victoria Park, the retired bishop led a moment of prayer for those killed in Tiananmen Square. “The June 4 incident has not passed,” he said. “History has to be passed onto the younger generations. Until today, many people in mainland China still suffer from suppression, forced disappearance or ‘forced suicide’.” Pictures from the vigil.


    06/06/2016 - SOUTH KOREA

    For S Korean ophthalmologist fighting Third World blindness, Card Kim’s gift changed him


    Joo Choun-ki is one of South Korea’s leading ophthalmologists. Dean of the University of Korea College of Medicine, he studied cataracts for decades. After the archbishop of Seoul died, he transplanted his corneas to restore sight in others. This “gesture of love changed my life." Now he is helping children in Kenya, China, Haiti and Nepal.


    06/06/2016 - CHINA

    After hosts and tabernacle desecrated in Handan, police ban reparation ceremonies and novenas

    by Eugenia Zhang

    After someone broke into three tabernacles and desecrated the Eucharist, the bishop launched a novena of prayer. Police and public security stopped it, possibly for fear of the 4 June anniversary. The village where the incident occurred was surrounded and priests told not to leave home.


    06/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope calls for return to "mystical" in mission, for young Churches to help revive older ones

    by Papa Francesco

    Pope Francis receives the Assembly of the Pontifical Mission Societies marking one hundred years since foundation of the Pontifical Union. "The missionary fervor that consumed the Blessed Paolo Manna still continues today to burn, excite, renew, rethink and reform the service that this work is called to offer to the whole Church ". Mission "belongs to all: the faithful and pastors, married and consecrated virgins, the universal Church and the particular Churches." The full text of the speech.

     






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    CHINA - VATICAN
    Vatican silence over Shanghai’s Mgr Ma Daqin causing confusion and controversy

    Bernardo Cervellera

    For some, Mgr Ma’s blog post praising the Patriotic Association and acknowledging his mistakes is nothing but “dirt”. For others, he chose humiliation for the “sake of his diocese”. Many wonder why the Holy See has remained silent about the article’s content and the bishop’s persecution. Some suspect the Vatican views the episode in positive terms. Yet, the Ma Daqin affair raises a major question. Has Benedict XVI’s Letter to Chinese Catholics (which describes the Patriotic Association as “incompatible with Catholic doctrine”) been abolished? If it has, who did it? A journey of compromises without truth is full of risks.


    CHINA – VATICAN
    Mgr Ma Daqin: the text of his “confession”

    Mons. Taddeo Ma Daqin

    Four years after quitting the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, the bishop of Shanghai “admits” his faults on his blog, praising the organisation that controls the Church. We publish his article, almost in its entirety. Translation by AsiaNews.


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