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08/04/2015 VATICAN
Pope to altar servers: The joy of friendship with Jesus makes us all missionaries
Meeting thousands of participants in the international pilgrimage "Here I am Lord. Send me!", involving children and young people from about 20 countries, Francis thanks the altar servers and recalls that "it was God who made the first move. God’s actions were not impeded by his imperfections; it was God’s goodness alone that enables us to take up the mission, transforming us nto a totally new person and therefore one able to respond to the call of the Lord"
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - The joy of friendship with Jesus Christ "makes us all naturally missionaries. Like the prophet Isaiah, we too are astonished to discover that it was God who made the first move; God is the one drawing close. He noticed that God’s actions were not impeded by his imperfections; it was God’s goodness alone that enabled him to take...

08/04/2015 CHINA – VATICAN
Ordained with a papal mandate, Fr Joseph Zhang Yinlin becomes the new coadjutor bishop of Anyang (Henan)
by Joseph Yuan
The ceremony was quiet. All ordaining bishops are in communion with the pope and recognised by the government. At least 1,300 faithful took part in the service. PIME missionaries served the diocese until 1949.
08/04/2015 CHINA – VATICAN
Calm episcopal ordination in Anyang, a model for the mission in China
by Bernardo Cervellera
The ordination took place today with three bishops loyal to the pope. The bishop and the diocese have always engaged the government in dialogue, but have always set the religious mission as their priority, and rejected the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association. The local Church is closely involved in catechesis, health care, and education, building on the tradition of PIME missionaries, who served the diocese for decades.
08/04/2015 TIBET – CHINA
China’s Communist Party will pick the “next Dalai Lama, period!”
The party’s politburo met in Beijing chaired by President Xi Jinping to settle the “Tibetan question” once and for all. No unauthorised reincarnations will be allowed. China’s Communist government wants to interfere in purely religious matters, exploiting traditions that precede the People’s Republic by centuries. For Tibetan lawmaker, this “is ridiculous at best”.
08/03/2015 PAKISTAN
Faisalabad bishop tells religious that their work is a model of spiritual and temporal well-being
by Skafique Khokhar
At a meeting that is part of the celebrations of the Year of the Consecrated Life, the prelate tells religious orders that they perform great work at the local level despite ongoing acts of terrorism and violence, and the poverty of the Christian community. Mgr Arshad warns them however to watch out for self-proclaimed pastors who sow “divisions among Christians." The Catholic Church must act “before it is too late", but with patience and kindness for those who "shut their ears to the truth and turn to myths."

08/03/2015 IRAQ
For Erbil archbishop, education will save Christians from the barbarity of the Islamic State
A year after the invasion of the Nineveh plain, Mgr Bashar Warda spoke the situation of Christian refugees. The Kurdish region is "safe" haven but "we are waiting for the liberation" of our lands. Housing, health care, and education remain the priority. To ensure a Christian future in Iraq, education and literacy are the right response to Jihadi violence.
08/03/2015 ISRAEL – PALESTINE
Israel outlines new measures against Jewish extremists, but some see only hypocrisy
by Joshua Lapide
Steps include administrative detention without charges. The man who stabbed a teenage girl at Jerusalem’s Gay Pride had been released a few weeks before. Those responsible for the death of a Palestinian child burnt alive are still on the run. For Abbas, Israel’s policy of protecting illegal settlements has led to violence. In ten years, 11,000 attacks against Palestinians have been recorded. Only 1.9 per cent of complaints end in conviction. Israel’s democracy is at risk.
08/03/2015 PAKISTAN
Asia Bibi’s lawyer speaks out: Pakistani government is solely responsible for situation
by Silent Thinker
AsiaNews interviews Saiful Malook, who is defending the Christian woman on death row on blasphemy charges. The lawyer, a Muslim, says: "People, even judges, say I am crazy to have taken on this case. They say I am an enemy of my own daughters".
08/02/2015 VATICAN
For pope, Jesus urges us to look for the "bread of life", which expresses His love
During the Angelus, Francis commented the Gospel of John. The crowds that followed Jesus for material bread did not understand their own "spiritual blindness". Christ "is gift and the one who gives it.” In light of the encounter with Him, the sufferings of human life “will be illuminated." Remembering the Pardon of Assisi, the “Father forgives everyone,” he “always forgives everything”.
08/01/2015 IRAQ
Baghdad Patriarch calls for prayer of peace one year after Nineveh’s fall
by Louis Raphael I Sako*
Overnight on 6-7 August 2014, Islamic State terrorists seized Christian the villages in the Nineveh Plain and forced out hundreds of thousands of people. A year later, Mar Sako addresses a prayer to the pope and the bishops of the world "to join with us in this sad anniversary."
07/31/2015 NEPAL
Petition in favour of the rhino as Nepal’s symbol in lieu of the cow
by Christopher Sharma
Some members of the constituent assembly have come out against the cow as the nation’s symbol as suggested in the draft constitution currently under discussion. The cow is a Hindu symbol of prosperity, and the monetary value of a cow’s life is the same as that of a human being.
07/31/2015 NORTH KOREA – CANADA
Pyongyang holds a Protestant missionary for planning a theocracy in North Korea
Local authorities confirmed that they are holding Hyeon-Soo Lim, 60, who heads Toronto’s Light Korean Presbyterian Church. The pastor was detained on charges of planning to overthrow the regime to establish a religious state. North Korea’s official news agency reported his "confession".
07/30/2015 CHINA
Zhejiang: 16 Protestants opposed to cross demolition detained
Believers and clergymen are held “on suspicion of ‘running an illegal business,’ ‘obstructing official duty,’ and ‘running secret accounting procedures’”. For their lawyer, the charges are “random stuff” when the real reason is “they refused to allow the cross to be taken down”.
07/30/2015 PAKISTAN
Faisalabad diocese celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Parish of St Pius X
by Shafique Khokhar
Fr Pius Corbelini inaugurated the church in 1940. The current bishop, who led the anniversary celebrations, explained the role he and his priests play, as well as the religious path the faithful must follow, and the importance of children education. He also talked about spreading the Gospel and helping the local community.
07/30/2015 INDIA
India executes Yakub Memom, plotter of the 1993 Mumbai bomb attacks
by Nirmala Carvalho
He was hanged in Nagpur prison a few hours after India’s Supreme Court dismissed his final plea. For a social activist, this is “very sad day for me. Death punishment is not an option; it is nothing but state murder."

Altri articoli
07/30/2015 CHINA
Unofficial catholic community of Wenzhou speak out against forced demolition of Crosses, whole diocese fasting by Joseph Yuan
07/30/2015 ISRAEL - VATICAN
Two young Jewish extremists arrested over Church of Loaves and fishes arson in Tabgha by Joshua Lapide
07/29/2015 NEPAL
Animal slaughter banned at Hindu feast of Gadhimai, goddess of power
07/28/2015 SRI LANKA
Injustice is still the lot of many of Sri Lanka’s war widows by Melani Manel Perera
07/28/2015 INDONESIA
Christians and Buddhists celebrate the end of Ramadan to fight violence with peace
07/28/2015 INDIA
The cold-blooded killing of a Christian “Maoist” couple brings back fears of pogrom in Kandhamal by Nirmala Carvalho
07/28/2015 CHINA
Christians respond to demolitions in Zhejiang with a ‘Make and carry the cross" campaign
07/27/2015 NEPAL
Four arrests in a case involving a 10-year-old child killed in a witchcraft sacrifice by Christopher Sharma
07/26/2015 VATICAN-SYRIA
Pope: urgent appeal for the release of Fr. Dall'Oglio, kidnapped two years ago in Syria
07/25/2015 CHINA
Chinese acitivists appeal to Olympic Committee not to award 2022 Winter Olympics to Beijing
07/25/2015 BANGLADESH
Mymensingh: Christian and Muslim students mourn Fr. Bakul, a missionary and "life master" by Sumon Corraya
07/25/2015 INDIA
Vijayawada, rediscovering the beauty of the liturgy in the Year of Consecrated Life by Benigna Menezes*
07/24/2015 CHINA
Wenzhou: 90-year-old bishop and 26 priests protest against cross demolitions by Joseph Yuan
07/24/2015 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – ISLAM
A new anti-discrimination law is a step forward in terms of religious freedom by Samir Khalil Samir
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CHINA
Unofficial catholic community of Wenzhou speak out against forced demolition of Crosses, whole diocese fasting
by Joseph YuanAfter 90-year-old Bishop Vincent Zhu Weifang of Wenzhou led 26 priests of the open Church community to protest against the government’s act to demolish Crosses, Coadjutor Bishop James Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou also led his priests to issue an open statement “Strongly demand a halt to demolish Crosses on all churches.
CHINA
Wenzhou: 90-year-old bishop and 26 priests protest against cross demolitions
by Joseph YuanThis is not the first time that the old bishop and his priests speak out against the demolition campaign against crosses and churches, which has touched more than 400 buildings. During the protest, police tried to disperse the group, which sought to submit a petition. The faithful recite a Crown of the Divine Mercy is in support of the Chinese Church. In Lishui, churches are expected to be torn down by 31 August.
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07/28/2015 CAMBODIA
Cambodia’s new NGO law is an opportunity to “promote clarity”
07/28/2015 CHINA
Christians respond to demolitions in Zhejiang with a ‘Make and carry the cross" campaign
07/31/2015 PHILIPPINES
Artists, donors and activists among 2015 Asia’s “Nobel Prize” winners
07/28/2015 INDIA
The cold-blooded killing of a Christian “Maoist” couple brings back fears of pogrom in Kandhamal
by Nirmala Carvalho
07/30/2015 SRI LANKA
The civil war did not stop Dilakshini’s yearning to study
by Melani Manel Perera
07/28/2015 SRI LANKA
Injustice is still the lot of many of Sri Lanka’s war widows
by Melani Manel Perera
07/29/2015 RUSSIA
The dispute between Russia and Ukraine also involves the prince who Christianised Rus
by Nina Achmatova
07/30/2015 ISRAEL - VATICAN
Two young Jewish extremists arrested over Church of Loaves and fishes arson in Tabgha
by Joshua Lapide
07/30/2015 CHINA
Unofficial catholic community of Wenzhou speak out against forced demolition of Crosses, whole diocese fasting
by Joseph Yuan
07/29/2015 KAZAKHSTAN
Nuclear fuel bank in Kazakh site under international control

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