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12/21/2014 VATICAN
Pope: At Christmas, once more, Christ comes by and knocks on the doors of our hearts, and we should not let him get away
On the fourth Sunday of Advent, Francis emphasises two aspects in Mary's life, "a model to prepare for Christmas," namely her faith and her capacity to recognise God's time. "The example of Mary and that of her husband Joseph are an invitation to accept with total openness of mind Jesus, who became our brother out of love." What is more, "If you feel the desire to improve, Christ will come by and knock at your door: open it!"
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - As he began the Marian prayer for the Angelus on the fourth Sunday of Advent, Pope Francis said that at Christmas, Christ "passes by and knocks at our heart. Let us not let him get away; let us throw open our doors before him." Likewise, Mary "is an example of how to...

12/20/2014 CHINA
Mongolian rights activist Hada released after 20 years
Considered a prisoner of conscience by major human rights groups, he slams Chinese authorities for torturing him and for persecuting his family. He said he would "continue to fight against the oppression of the Mongolian nationality". Like Tibet and Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia has suffered for decades from the arrival of Han Chinese settlers, whose immigration is undermining local traditions and beliefs.
12/19/2014 MACAU - HONG KONG - CHINA
Occupy effect: umbrellas banned during Xi Jinping's visit to Macau (despite the rain)
by Paul Wang
Hong Kong activists were expelled from the former Portuguese colony. At the Macau Ferry Pier, people opened their umbrellas to demand freedom for all Chinese political prisoners. Opponents to Occupy are up (plus 9 per cent, to 38). Some 43.1 per cent are opposed to China's electoral reform. At least 1.2 million people took part in the Occupy protest.
12/18/2014 CHINA - KENYA
Illegal ivory trade 'out of control' due to Chinese demand, elephants could disappear
During a news conference in Nairobi, Iain Hamilton, founder of the organization Save The Elephants, estimated that 100,000 wild elephants had been killed in Africa over the past three years for their ivory. China remains the "key" to the future of elephants.
12/17/2014 CHINA
China's anti-corruption campaign claims more victims
China Resources' vice-president Jiang Wei is in the spotlight for lending US$ 320 million to a businessman "friend". In Jiangxi, a former senior official gets life imprisonment for getting banks to lend him money to buy 248 properties. Hu Jintao aide pledges loyalty to Xi Jinping, as does the military.

12/16/2014 CHINA
China loses US$ 1.25 trillion to tax evasion and corruption
According to a report by Global Financial Integrity, illicit outflows from the mainland grew exponentially over a ten-year period. Tax evasion and corruption are the main reason. This makes China the biggest loser among 151 developing nations.
12/16/2014 IRAQ - VATICAN
As 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' continues, Mosul bishop notes that Jesus is born amid refugee containers
by Amel Nona
Persecuted by the Islamic state, refugees have lost everything: belongings, home, jobs, school, and their future. Yet, their faith and mission remain strong. For them, almost 900,000 euros have been raised and sent. Pope Francis sends a message of closeness. The campaign continues according to the Patriarch of Baghdad's proposal of fasting and moderation at Christmas and New Year, with the money saved offered to the Christians of Mosul.
12/16/2014 HONG KONG
Christmas in Hong Kong: discovering Jesus Christ "increases the desire for a real life"
Fr Luigi Bonalumi, a missionary at the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, heads the Parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the New Territories. "Here it is all lights and celebrations, but not many people know what it all means. That is why, amid the Christmas carols and charity work in hospices and hospitals, we try as much as possible to bring attention to the birth of the Saviour." After the holiday, some 90 new catechumens will enrol in the parish. "Occupy has shown that values ​​are changing, and people are looking for the truth."
12/15/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Hong Kong, no more occupied site. Catholics "will keep the fight for democracy"
by Victoria Ma
The Occupy Movement's last occupied site of Causeway Bay, a business and shopping district, was cleared by police today. Yesterday PIME fr. Franco Mella presided the Mass: "Don't be upset. We should have hope, like John the Baptist, who prepared the way for Jesus Christ".
12/14/2014 VATICAN
On the "Sunday of Joy", pope gives a prayer booklet, telling the faithful to "always carry it"
After the Angelus prayer, Pope Francis gave the crowd a pocketbook of prayers "for the various times of the day and for different situations in life". Earlier, he had blessed the "Baby Jesus" figurines for Nativity scenes brought by the children from Roman oratories. He also said, "With Jesus, joy dwells in us". He also shared the Christmas candle in solidarity with Polish faithful.
12/13/2014 CHINA - JAPAN
Xi Jinping solemnly commemorates Nanjing massacre
About 10,000 people attended the state ceremony, which marked three new holidays associated with Japan's invasion and the end of World War Two. For Xi, the commemoration will serve peace, not hatred, between the two peoples. However, governments foster patriotism as a weapon.
12/12/2014 CHINA
Xinjiang want to ban burqa: Could spark unrest
The burqa, a garment worn by Muslim woman to cover themselves from head-to-toe, is considered a symbol of religious extremism by the local authorities. Authorities already said they would ban the practice of religion in government workplaces, public schools and state-owned enterprises from next year.
12/12/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Police arrest and later release 247 Occupy protesters who pledge to continue the struggle
by Victoria Ma
After a night in jail, pan-democrat legislators and Student Federation secretary are released. Although they refused to post bail, they were freed unconditionally. A few diehard remain in in Causeway Bay; for them, "The clearance of occupied areas cannot extinguish the fire of democracy."
12/12/2014 ASIA - OPEC
Oil falls below 60 US dollar a barrel
Since last June, the price per barrel has almost halved. The price war caused by high US production and the crisis in Europe, Japan and China.
12/11/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Police clear the Occupy Movement sit-in. Students: "We will return"
by Victoria Ma
Cardinal Tong's appeal to police and students to renounce violence and return to dialogue on democratic reforms. Student leaders, parliamentarians, sit-in supporters in the area prepare to undergo arrest. University professors oversee the use of force by police. Some students cry. Others say that they will find new ways to fight for democracy.

Altri articoli
12/11/2014 CHINA
In Shandong, people arrested for having a child outside of State control
12/10/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - PEACE 2015
Korean priest rescues N Korean women sold as slaves in China
12/10/2014 RUSSIA - INDIA
Putin, between Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping by Nina Achmatova
12/10/2014 CHINA
China, top economist Liu Tienan jailed for life over bribery
12/09/2014 CHINA
China, flurry of convictions - death and jail - for "separatism" in Xinjiang
12/07/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Be witnesses of God's love, to rekindle the hope of the world
12/06/2014 TIBET - CHINA
Tibetan political prisoner dies from torture inflicted by Chinese police by Nirmala Carvalho
12/06/2014 CHINA
Corruption "tiger" Zhou Yongkang expelled from party and arrested by Wang Zhicheng
12/05/2014 CHINA
Party newspaper sends reporters to catch university lecturers 'scorning China'
12/05/2014 VIETNAM - CHINA
Gagging law and jail: China, Vietnam among ‘Worst Abusers’ of Internet Freedom
12/04/2014 CHINA
For the umpteenth time, Beijing announces the end of organ harvesting from prisoners
12/03/2014 CHINA - TAIWAN
A group of mainlanders travels to Taiwan to study democracy
12/03/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Card Zen and Occupy Central leaders released by police by Paul Wang
12/02/2014 TAIWAN
Political earthquake hits Taiwan, forcing KMT leaders to quit
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IRAQ - VATICAN
As 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' continues, Mosul bishop notes that Jesus is born amid refugee containers
by Amel NonaPersecuted by the Islamic state, refugees have lost everything: belongings, home, jobs, school, and their future. Yet, their faith and mission remain strong. For them, almost 900,000 euros have been raised and sent. Pope Francis sends a message of closeness. The campaign continues according to the Patriarch of Baghdad's proposal of fasting and moderation at Christmas and New Year, with the money saved offered to the Christians of Mosul.
IRAQ - ITALY
Almost 700,000 euros raised as the 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' campaign continues
by Bernardo CervelleraA second instalment is sent with funds raised in September. The fate of East-West relations is being played out in the Middle East and Iraq. Pope Francis and the Synod issue an appeal. Governments are lukewarm. Aid is coming from around the world. A new international community is defeating the "globalisation of indifference."
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12/17/2014 INDIA
Radical Hindus attack Christians singing Christmas carols
by Nirmala Carvalho
12/16/2014 IRAQ - VATICAN
As 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' continues, Mosul bishop notes that Jesus is born amid refugee containers
by Amel Nona
12/20/2014 VATICAN
Pope: the most dangerous misery is "the presumption that we can do without God"
12/17/2014 INDONESIA
Central Java, Islamist threat: Scrap Christmas symbols and no celebrations
by Mathias Hariyadi
12/15/2014 CAMBODIA
Christmas for Vuon, a Cambodian who converted and beat illness thanks to Jesus
by Luca Bolelli
12/17/2014 MIDDLE EAST - ISLAM
Secularism, Sunni-Shia divide, and the Islamic state are wiping out Christians from the Middle East
by Fady Noun
12/15/2014 VATICAN
Pope: the heart of Christians "is built on the rock" and not "plastered over" in a "cast" of discipline"
12/18/2014 VATICAN
Pope: God walks with us in history, and when we go wrong he correct history and brings it forward
12/15/2014 VIETNAM - VATICAN
The soon to be Saint Father Diep, Vietnamese priest and martyr honored even by non-Christians
12/16/2014 INDIA
Catholic activist against handing education over to Hindu fundamentalists
by Santosh Digal

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