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    25/07/2016 - POLAND – VATICAN – WYD

    A small informal delegation from Taiwan came to Poland to meet with mainland Chinese Catholics.  For its members, “it is very difficult for us to show our love and support to our brothers and sisters” in the mainland. Teresa Wang, from Kaohsiung’s Rosary Cathedral wants to work with disabled people in the mainland, “But political tensions between Beijing and Taipei make this wish almost impossible." An appeal is made to bishops not to forget religious freedom in Asia.


    by Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi

    24/07/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Appeals and prayer for Munich and Kabul massacres. The prayer of Our Father


    At the Angelus, Pope Francis makes the pilgrims pray for the victims of terrorist attacks in Germany and Afghanistan, against the "dark security and peace prospects." "The word 'Father' is the 'secret' of the prayer of Jesus, is the key that He gives to us so we too can enter into that confidential relationship of dialogue with the Father who accompanied and supported all his life”. The Pope’s upcoming trip for World Youth Day in Krakow, from 27 July.


    22/07/2016 - CHINA - TIBET

    Chinese authorities bring demolition of Buddhist Larung Gar center forward


    The center houses up to 10 thousand Tibetan and Chinese people. The authorities want to reduce the number of monks and nuns. They suspect that the monastery has ties with "separatist forces in exile". Religious freedom shrinking since Xi Jinping became president. Similar to case of Zhejiang’s crosses and churches.


    22/07/2016 - CHINA

    Former village chief of Wukan arrested for corruption. But people support him


    Lin Zuluan has "confessed" his misdeeds on television, but people continue to demonstrate for his release, waving red flags.


    21/07/2016 - HONG KONG - CHINA

    Occupy Central: Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow convicted of unlawful assembly

    by Paul Wang

    The three young people who gave rise to the protest of the "umbrellas" will likely face a few years in prison. Occupy Central was born to demand full democracy in the territory. Wong: "We do not regret what we have done." The threat to freedom of expression.


    20/07/2016 - CHINA

    Xi Jinping’s new "Long March"

    by Wang Zhicheng

    The party’s secretary laid a wreath at the monument that marks the end of the Long March, which brought Mao Zedong to power. At the meeting in Beidaihe, there are concerns about clashes among various factions.


    19/07/2016 - CHINA – VATICAN

    Chinese youth and priests prevented from attending World Youth Day

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    Some 2,000 young people from mainland China are expected in Krakow. However, many would-be participants have no money or sponsors. The authorities have banned official and underground priests from going because they are too friendly with the pope. Police have stopped young people at airports minutes before embarkation. Some fear that once home participants will be subjected to interrogation.


    19/07/2016 - PHILIPPINES -CHINA

    Manila rejects Beijing proposal to "ignore" the Hague ruling on South China Sea


    Perfecto Yasay says government rejected an offer of talks "outside, and [in] contempt" of the International Court verdict. A proposal, he adds, that "is not in line" with "our national interests". The Philippines priority is to negotiate the return of fishermen to Scarborough Shoal. Beijing wants to continue its expansionist policy in the area.


    18/07/2016 - CHINA

    Party ready to expel those who do not make decisions or create divisions


    The Central Committee will punish those who tarnish the image of the Party with their behavior, and even those who seek to divide it with different factions. A fierce battle between Xi Jinping, the Shanghai gang and the Communist Youth League.

     


    18/07/2016 - VIETNAM - CHINA

    Hanoi arrests dozens of activists for protesting against Chinese imperialism on the seas

    by Thanh Nhan

    Patriots and nationalists demonstrated in the capital and in Ho Chi Minh City. The protest  Beijing’s failure to respect the ruling on the disputed territories in the South China Sea. Hanoi fears that the demonstrations may turn against government. Vietnamese broadcaster cancels Chinese TV series: the actors signed a pro-Beijing petition.


    18/07/2016 - HONG KONG – CHINA

    More candidates in Hong Kong refuse to swear allegiance to China


    Demosisto president Nathan Law says he would not sign any confirmation, but would instead take legal action in favour of those excluded from the vote for refusing to sign.


    17/07/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: More important than serving are listening and welcoming guests


    Francis spoke today about Jesus’s visit to two sisters, Martha and Mary, one of whom was “busy” and the other was “contemplative”. The right attitude belongs to those who "value the most important thing, i.e. the presence of the guest, Jesus." After the Marian prayer, the pope turned his thoughts to the Nice massacre. “May God, the good Father, welcome all the victims into his peace, support the wounded and comfort the families. May he dissolve every project of terror and death, so that no one dares to spill his brother's blood.” He also greeted “the great Chinese brothers and sisters” in the square.


    16/07/2016 - CHINA

    China vs Huaqiu Church: authorities threaten parents, force children to stay away from church


    Communist officials launch a campaign of intimidation against a community in Central Guizhou Province. The aim is to force its members to join the Three-Self Patriotic Movement, the mainland’s state-controlled Protestant Church. Taking one’s children to church can lead to a law suit.


    15/07/2016 - HONG KONG - CHINA

    Parliamentary candidates "must swear allegiance to China"


    In September, vote for the renewal of the Legislative Council, the executive body of the former British colony. In surprise move the government, close to Beijing, imposes a "formal act of acceptance" of Hong Kong "as an inalienable part of the Chinese mainland." Those who refuse will not be admitted. Democrats protest, amid  fear of the new push for independence, led by young people.


    14/07/2016 - VIETNAM - CHINA

    South China Sea: Hanoi satisfied with ruling against Beijing

    by Nguyen Dinh

    The Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs "welcomes" the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration. Hanoi claims sovereignty over part of the disputed area and an exclusive economic zone. The majority of citizens in favor of territorial claims. But disputes must be resolved peacefully and according to international law.

     


    14/07/2016 - CHINA

    China: Eight strikes a day for the first six months of the year


    The China Labour Bulletin publishes data on protests and social unrest in the world of work: an increase of 18.6% over last year, despite government attempts to stabilize the economy.

     


    13/07/2016 - CHINA

    Chinese steel mills start to close following government orders


    Steel giant Baosteel is set to cut overcapacity by more than 9 million tonnes in the next two years. It might merge with Wuhan Iron & Steel as part of industry’s “restructuring”. China wants drastic cuts to coal-powered heavy industry to boost new activities and limit export losses.


    13/07/2016 - ASIA – POLAND

    WYD: young Asians preparing to leave for Krakow


    More young Asians are expected in Krakow than in Rio in 2013. Catholic Philippines will provide the largest contingent, some 1,500, followed by South Korea’s 800, which will include eight Laotians met during Asian Youth Day 2014.


    13/07/2016 - CHINA - PHILIPPINES

    South China Sea, Beijing's anger at Hague ruling: "This is a failed court"


    Chinese leadership publishes document criticizing yesterday's ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration on the Law of the Sea. Beijing reaffirms its sovereignty and attacks judges "incompetent and paid by the Philippines." Meanwhile, China calls for renewed bilateral talks with Manila - and the new president Duterte - to "resolve the dispute".

     


    12/07/2016 - PHILIPPINES – CHINA

    Tribunal rules that Beijing has no claim over disputed islands in South China Sea


    The Permanent Court of Arbitration rules on a case brought by Philippines. According to the judges China has no claim over the disputed waters. The legal decision has great political significance, but Beijing does not feel bound by it. For the Philippines’ legal representative, the ruling was "clear and unanimous".


    11/07/2016 - CHINA

    Museum praises murderers of a Catholic saint, “enemy of the people”


    A life-size diorama showing Saint Auguste Chapdelaine is on display in a tourist area in Guangxi. It shows the martyr kneeling before the magistrate who sentenced him to death. A six-metre bronze mural shows the cage in which he suffocated to death. A poetry contest gives prize money to those who praise “iron-willed” magistrate Zhang.


    10/07/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: May good works grow within us, for we will be judged by our mercy


    Francis comments on the parable of the Good Samaritan: "Let us ask ourselves: Is our faith fruitful? Does it produce good works? Or is it rather sterile, and therefore more dead than alive? Do I stop to help others or simply pass by?". After the Angelus prayer he recalls Sea Sunday: "May Mary, Star of the Sea, watch over you."


    09/07/2016 - CHINA

    Beijing attacks Paracels: military maneuvers "with real missiles"


    A few days before the international arbitration on the disputed islands, the Chinese government launches massive exercises in the area and blocks access to civilians. Tension mounts among nations that claim the same territories.


    08/07/2016 - TAIWAN

    Super typhoon Nepartak hits Taiwan: 66 injured and thousands displaced


    The tropical storm reached the island this morning at six am. Winds over 230 kilometers per hour and torrential rains. At least 270 thousand homes without power and 35 thousand soldiers deployed in rescue operations. The typhoon is moving northwestward, headed toward the Chinese mainland.


    07/07/2016 - TIBET - NEPAL - CHINA

    30 Tibetans arrested for celebrating Dalai Lama’s birthday


    The Kathmandu authorities interrupted an event - scheduled for months and already authorized - to celebrate the Tibetan Buddhist leader, who turns 81. About 20 thousand members of the diaspora who fled the communist persecution live in the Himalayan country. China presses on Nepal to curb their freedom.


    07/07/2016 - CHINA – UNITED STATES

    Beijing warns Washignton: The South China Sea is ours


    In a phone call with Secretary of State John Kerry, Foreign Minister Wang Yi calls on US to take “prudent behaviour” in the disputed waters. On July 12, the Hague Tribunal will issue the sentence that will condemn China. Beijing calls the trial “a farce”. The US prepare patrols to ensure freedom of navigation.


    06/07/2016 - CHINA

    Government demands church donations, institutes stricter regulations


    Since last year, the Chinese government has been pressuring churches to implement the “five transformations,” which consist of “localizing religion (through adopting local architectural styles for church buildings), standardizing management, indigenizing theology (by contextualizing sermons), financial transparency and adapting Christian teachings,” in order to mold Christianity into an institution that reflects the objectives of the Communist Party.


    06/07/2016 - CHINA – PHILIPPINES

    Beijing: UN ruling on the South China Sea is just “a piece of trash paper”


    Dai Bingguo, China's representative to the US, spoke yesterday at a forum in Washington denouncing the illegality of the Hague tribunal which on July 12 will publish the decision. It’s likely the UN will condemn the action of Beijing in the disputed waters, but China “will not be intimidated and won’t just stand sit and watch.”

     


    05/07/2016 - BANGLADESH – ISLAM

    Dhaka massacre and the half understood Regensburg lecture

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    After years of the good life, “derailed youth” converted to radical Islam. Moderate Islam must condemn fundamentalist Islam. Muslims blame uncultured imams who sow hatred and contempt. The West should read again Benedict XVI’s lecture and rethink its marginalisation of religion as irrational. Fundamentalist Islam and the godless West mirror each other.


    04/07/2016 - CHINA

    China launches crackdown against spreading of fake news from social media


    The Chinese government already exercises widespread controls over the internet and has sought to codify that policy in law. Officials say internet restrictions, including the blocking of popular foreign sites like Google and Facebook, are needed to ensure security in the face of rising threats, such as terrorism, and stop the spread of damaging rumors.






    Editor's choices

    ASIA – WYD
    Card Gracias: young Asians bring Asian values to World Youth Day in Krakow

    Nirmala Carvalho

    "Our Asian pilgrims not only bring the grandeur, the vitality and beauty of Asia, but also the multi-cultural diversity, pluralism as well as Asian values of hospitality and family and, of course, the Church of the young.” Asia youth come to discover Krakow and the charisma of John Paul II, founder of the WYD.


    SYRIA
    Horror in Aleppo: "moderate" rebel group beheads Palestinian child



    The Nour al-Din al-Zenki movement beheads 11-year old Abdallah Issa shouting "Allah Akbar". The child was executed for collaborating with government forces. Before he died he was tortured. The group’s leaders try to back away from the barbaric killing. The group is supported by Turkey, the US, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.


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