11/21/2014CHINA - VATICAN For Global Times, Beijing open on Vatican choosing bishops, closed on Patriotic Association by Bernardo Cervellera Anonymous sources suggest Beijing could propose two names with the Vatican choosing one. Even Pope Benedict XVI called for an agreement with the government on episcopal appointments. The CCPA is however considered an important, untouchable "historic legacy". It is also a one of China's most Maoist and corrupt agencies involved in business dealings worth billions, spared so far, from Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign. Rome
(AsiaNews) - Beijing is prepared to give the Vatican a voice and share in
episcopal appointments. Indeed, the Holy See would be granted the right choose
between two candidates proposed by the State Administration for Religious
however is adamant about...
11/20/2014CHINA Occupy Central supporters arrested in mainland China The Chinese government detained almost a hundred activists and citizens last month for expressing support for Hong Kong's democratic struggle. Now it is putting them on trial for "creating a disturbance" or "inciting subversion of state power". The "guilty" face up to five years in prison.
11/19/2014CHINA - VATICAN Yujiang's underground bishop released but under police surveillance The prelate cannot leave Jiangxi province or exercise his episcopal ministry. The government might be trying to favour the official bishop, who toes the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association line. For now, the bishops of Shanghai, Baoding, and Yixian are still imprisoned.
11/19/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Occupy Central condemns attack on Hong Kong's parliament by Paul Wang Four of the protesters, some of whom used metal barriers and bricks to break LegCo windows, have been arrested. This is the first violent incident in almost 50 days of peaceful and calm protest. The action was apparently prompted by rumours concerning a new law cracking down on the Internet. Occupy Central reiterates the non-violent nature of the pro-democracy movement.
11/19/2014SINGAPORE - MYANMAR - CHINA Singapore overtakes Beijing as biggest investor in Myanmar. With the "help" of US companies Behind the boom of the city-state are US companies which, in order to circumvent the embargo, are registered in Singapore. Revelation of Washington tries to down play the revelation made by Burmese Vice-Minister of Finance. In 2014 registers more than 5 billion in foreign investment in the former Burma, with further growth prospects for next year.
11/18/2014VATICAN - SYMPOSIUM Pope, hopeful that the AsiaNews Symposium will encourage evangelical zeal in Asia A telegram from the pope blesses the 2014 international meeting by the PIME agency, its speakers, organisers and all those in attendance. The pontiff is "hopeful that this blessed occasion can be an intense experience of reflection and communion, promoting a renewed apostolic zeal in favour of proclaiming the Gospel in Asia."
11/18/2014HONG KONG-CHINA-SYMPOSIUM Card. Zen: Ready to go to jail for Democracy in Hong Kong Speaking at the AsiaNews International Symposium 2014, the bishop emeritus of the Territory tells of how Beijing banned any Papal visit: " John Paul II was not even allowed to enter the Territory for the conclusion of the Synod on Asia”. In conclusion, the bishop announces: "I hope to have time to hand myself over to police along with other Democrats for occupying public space. I will pray for you all".
11/18/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Hong Kong, police removed the barricades from Occupy Admiralty High Court injunction requiring the release of some areas occupied by students and members of the Occupy Central. The protesters "do not want to protest" against this move, but protest leaders ask the government for a political solution "without hiding behind the courts."
11/17/2014CHINA - VATICAN Is Pope Francis optimistic about the Church in China? by card. Joseph Zen Ze-kiun
Whilst open to acts of good will, the pontiff reiterated the relevance of Benedict XVI's Letter to Chinese Catholics. He also deplored the bishops' lack of freedom, making it clear that dialogue requires openness as well as coherent values. Christians are never pessimistic because they know that everything is in the hands of Providence. It would also be wrong to give up fidelity for immediate results.
11/16/2014VATICAN Pope: Nurture your God given talents, don’t disappoint Him! At the Angelus, Francis invites the faithful to "go home, pick up the Gospel and read the passage from Matthew on talents. Meditate on what you do with them: do we share them, nurture them or keep them locked up?. After the Marian prayer, an appeal to Rome: "Tensions are too high, both sides should meet - even in the parish - to discuss and help dialogue win out".
11/15/2014CHINA China, the Party warns: Chinese Communists cannot follow a religion An editorial appeared in the international version of the People's Daily carrying the Maoist Communist Party line: "State atheism is an immovable principle, which is important at both an ideological and organizational level, which is the basis of our system." The example of Cuba, Vietnam and Russia "does not concern us, we have other policies in this regard."
11/14/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Occupy students to travel to Beijing in "political protest" by Paul Wang Students want to meet with Premier Li Keqiang and members of the National People's Congress, which curbed Hong Kong's freedom. Protesters are concerned that police might move in to clear protest sites and end sit-ins. About 31 people arrested in October are released.