06/29/2015VATICAN Pope: Rome’s "affection and gratitude" for witness of Peter and Paul At the Angelus Pope Francis remembers the mission of the Church of Rome, that preserves the legacy of Peter and Paul: faith and charity. The " Romans centuries long devotion to the Virgin, especially invoked as Salus Populi Romani". The bond of communion of metropolitan archbishops with "the See of Peter" and "brotherly ties" with the Sister Church of Constantinople. The announcement of the trip to Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay 5 to 12 July. Vatican City (AsiaNews) - The city of "Rome nourishes special affection and gratitude" to the apostles Peter and Paul, "who came from a far off country to announce, at the cost of their life, the Gospel of Christ to which they were totally dedicated" .
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06/29/2015VATICAN Pope to new metropolitan archbishops: The Church wants men of faith, prayer, witness On the Feasts of St. Peter and Paul, Pope Francis blesses the pallium for 46 metropolitan archbishops appointed this year. These include six Asian archbishops. The pallium will be imposed by the nuncios in the countries of origin. Orthodox delegation sent by Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople also present. The apostles and the first Christian communities with “courage carried forward the work of evangelisation, free of fear of death and martyrdom, within the social context of a pagan empire”. “Many forces in the course of history have tried, and still do, to destroy the Church, from without as well as within, but they themselves are destroyed and the Church remains alive and fruitful". " the Church does not belong to Popes, bishops, priests, nor the lay faithful; the Church in every moment belongs solely to Christ." " A Church or a Christian who does not give witness is sterile; like a dead person who thinks they are alive; like a dried up tree that produces no fruit; an empty well that offers no water! The Church has overcome evil thanks to the courageous, concrete and humble witness of her children".
06/28/2015VATICAN Pope: Believe that Jesus can heal us and awaken us from death? At the Angelus in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis speaks of today's Gospel - of healing and resurrection - that "have a single center: the faith." A "tarnished or uncertain" faith tends to confuse "resurrection with reincarnation." "Faith ... promotes life in every situation."
06/27/2015ISLAM - MIDDLE EAST Al Azhar and Vatican against terrorism. The ambiguity of the international community by Bernardo Cervellera The influential Sunni university denounces " heinous" violence of the Islamic state and demands the world defeat this group “through every possible means". Vatican: terrorism is a threat to all humanity. France claims to fight terrorism, but then sells weapons, aircraft, helicopter gunships to Saudi Arabia, which supports Islamic fundamentalism. Kuwait tolerates Salafis who support the Nusra Front and the Islamic state. Turkey against the Kurds; the United States against Iran, Russia and China.
06/26/2015HONG KONG – CHINA Mainland representative offers tea and an olive branch to HK lawmakers The head of Beijing’s liaison office in the former British colony has tea with LegCo members at a meeting open to journalists. For the official, "the lesson” from the vote “is worth learning” because “the concerted efforts from all sides have yielded generally positive and conducive effects”.
06/26/2015CHINA China, increase in number of judges who attack defense lawyers In the past three months there have been four serious cases of attacks on lawyers defending of civil society. Violence the result of ill-prepared judges, often former police officers who undertake a career in the judiciary without any qualifications.
06/25/2015CHINA China seizes more than 100,000 tonnes of bad meat, some of it more than 40 years old Originally from Brazil and India, the meat was smuggled in through Hong Kong to avoid import restrictions. Some of it was sold in Hong Kong as well. Police targeted 21 criminal gangs, with 20 arrests in Hunan alone. Meanwhile, ordinary Chinese become increasingly despondent at the country’s escalating food safety scandals.
06/24/2015CHINA Zhejiang’s new regulations on crosses and churches are little more than a bad “joke" As the anti-cross campaign continues, a Protestant clergyman challenges Zhejiang authorities with six questions about their proposed ‘Religious Building Regulations’. Some “provisions are extremely vague, leaving many of the rights open to interpretation by law enforcement officials.” Other rules are silly. Who decides what is harmonious? “Does someone who is trained in aesthetics or some other specialized team get to decide?” The clergyman calls on the authorities to stop and start over because the draft “fails to reflect the positive spirit of guiding the religious community to become a builder of a harmonious society.”
06/24/2015CHINA Zhejiang: cross taken down in Hangzhou, another set for removal in Jinhua by John Ai The Panshi Church belongs to the Three-Self Patriotic Movement, a government-controlled Protestant organisation, and had all the permits. In a single night, police removed the cross as the members of the congregation prayed, helpless and cordoned off from the building. In 2012, when the building was inaugurated, it had received glowing reviews in the local media, as it was “delicate in shape, beautiful in design, complete in religious functions”. The decision to remove the cross is part of the ‘Three Rectifications and One Demolition’ campaign, which has already “rectified” 425 churches.
06/24/2015TAIWAN Nancy Wang, a major star who gives voice to those who have none by Xin Yage The "brave woman" in the world of the Taiwanese jet set has a career spanning more than 30 years, during which she has won the most prestigious awards in the advertising field and has established friendly relations with all the major players in the Chinese world. But his world "needs values, and I want to give voice to minorities. The Lord, together with many friends, has always supported me. "
06/23/2015CHINA Arsenic, fluoride, iodine: more than 100 million Chinese drink poisoned water Data presented by a state-run newspaper: about 21 million people already suffering from serious illnesses. Other 87 million are at risk. The numbers are roughly the same as 10 years ago. The government spends billions of yuan, but state bureaucracy and inefficiency make this provision unnecessary.
06/23/2015CHINA Beijing, industrial production falls for a fourth consecutive month The data is still unofficial, but the sector is still below 50 PMI points and therefore technically in contraction. Experts speak of "stabilization" of the national economy, but imports and exports do not seem capable of returning to pace of recent years. The government stimulus ends up in equities and has not reached the real economy.
06/22/2015CHINA Bao Tong: Zhou Yongkang’s trial is a step backward for the rule of law in China by Bao Tong The great political analyst, under house arrest for trying to prevent the Tiananmen massacre, speaks about the case against the former security czar. Despite a pledge by the Supreme Court to hold a trial “in open court,” the case was tried in camera. The anti-corruption campaign needs popular legitimacy. It is ridiculous to pick out “which tigers should be hunted” after launching the chase.
06/22/2015TIBET – CHINA – INDIA Tibet: China detains five Buddhist monks, but “opens” the door to Hindu pilgrims The monks were taken into custody at Karma Monastery, scene of anti-Chinese demonstrations in recent years. Three of them were later released, one remains under house arrest and one is in jail. Beijing opens a privileged route for Indians to Mount Kailash, a sacred place for Buddhism and Hinduism.