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    06/12/2016 - CHINA

    Women’s Rights in China Director Jing Zhang was invited to give a speech at the conference “The Prospects for Democratization in China” organized by The China Democracy Forum, New York University (NYU) and Beijing Spring magazine. The theme of the conference was “The Match between Righteousness and Evil, The Responsibility and Choice of International Society” (see picture 1).


    by Jing Zhang

    05/12/2016 - CHINA-HONG KONG

    Hong Kong - Shenzhen stock connect launched


    A new step towards integrating China and world markets. But this morning’s results have not met expectations. The Shenzhen technology companies are coveted by global investors. But the Chinese - with the yuan that has lost 10% in value in two years – are  looking towards foreign investments.

     


    03/12/2016 - CHINA – UNITED STATES – TAIWAN

    Tsai Ing-wen’s call to Trump irritates Beijing


    The two presidents congratulate each other, talk about close economic, political and security relations between Taiwan and the United States. This has not happened in almost 40 years. The “US sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call," wonders Trump. Speculation is ripe about possible shifts in US policy towards Beijing.


    02/12/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    A "quiet" ordination with an illegitimate bishop in Xichang

    by Wang Xiang

    Again in Xichang, as in Chengdu, police deployed to ensure the participation of the excommunicated Bishop Lei Shiyin. Comment: "Chinese bishops are spineless." The Diocese of Xichang is formed by 35 thousand faithful and 10 priests. Its sisters run a leper colony.


    02/12/2016 - CHINA

    Peng Ming, Christian ecologist and activist, dies in prison. Three other disappeared "at the risk of torture"

    by Wang Zhicheng

    Peng Ming was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2005. In the past he had a brilliant managerial career. Later he wrote books on democracy and environmental protection against the violent industrialization in the country. He was convicted of "terrorism." Still no word on Christian lawyer Jiang Tianyong. Dissident Xie Yang beaten by prison officers. Lawyer Huang Qi and reporter Liu Fei detained by police.

     


    01/12/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Ankang and Chengdu ordinations: "Faith is not dead”. “Kowtow diplomacy" a failure

    by Shan Ren Shen Fu - Bo Duo Shen Fu

    Initial reactions to the episcopal ordinations which took place yesterday. Ankang ceremony took place in a calm manner, with many bishops present, with older women who were photographed next to their new pastor. In Chengdu, the presence of an illegitimate bishop - criticized by the faithful - has turned the sacrament into a battlefield with controls and police imposing the presence of an excommunicated bishop.

     


    30/11/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Chengdu, excommunicated bishop, defended by police, took part in Episcopal ordination of Msgr. Joseph Tang Yuange

    by Wang Xiang

    A banner - then taken away by police - condemned the presence of Msgr. Lei Shiyin, the excommunicated bishop. A sister tried to stop him before he entered the church, but the bishop was defended by police. The ceremony took place in the Ping'an Qiao church (Bridge of Peace). A demonstration of "who controls the Church in China".


    30/11/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Msgr. J.B. Wang Xiaoxun ordained coadjutor bishop of Ankang

    by Maria Yuan

    The ceremony was attended by six bishops of the dioceses of Shaanxi, all in communion with the Pope and recognized by the government. The papal mandate read "in private" in a gathering with all the priests, before the ordination Mass.

     


    29/11/2016 - CHINA

    Dozens of activists beaten by police during UN secretary general visit


    Antonio Guterrez spoke yesterday about respecting human rights. Petitioners wanted to file complaints against the Party. Interceptors “escort” petitioners back home, but also abuse them. Two petitioners died suspiciously in the past few months whilst being “escorted” home.


    28/11/2016 - CUBA – VATICAN – ASIA

    World reactions to Fidel Castro’s death


    A few days after Fidel Castro’s death, many political leaders have reacted to his passing, expressing their condolences to the family. Pope Francis offered “prayers to the Lord for his repose” and hope for the Cuban people.


    27/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Advent, the contrast between our daily routine and the sudden coming of the Lord


    In the first Angelus of Advent, Pope Francis said that "the Lord’s visit with humanity", at Christmas, also takes place "every day" and will occur when "He will come in glory to judge the living and the dead." "The Gospel does not want to frighten us, but for us to widen our horizons". "... Our Lady help us to not consider ourselves owners of our lives, not to resist when the Lord comes to change it".


    26/11/2016 - CHINA - MONGOLIA

    Beijing cancels bilateral meetings with Mongolia following Dalai Lama visit


    Biannual parliamentarians advisory summit also cancelled; Mongolian Prime Minister’s visit to Beijing also in question. A blow to the economy of Mongolia, which counts on Chinese loans and investment. Ulaan Baatar: the visit of the Tibetan spiritual leader of "religious nature", the government "did not have any role."


    26/11/2016 - CUBA - VATICAN

    Fidel Castro, father of the Cuban revolution, has died


    His body will be cremated today. He led the island for 50 years. In 2008 he passed the presidency to his brother Raul. He attempted to export the Marxist revolution to Latin America and Africa. Some economic and social achievements at home, along with a heavy oppression of human rights. The disappearance of myth after the fall of the USSR. The Catholic Church and the Popes, catalysts of a transformation on the island nation.


    25/11/2016 - CHINA

    No fresh or live fish in Beijing might signal fresh food safety scandals


    Supermarket fish tanks are emptied. The China Food and Drug Administration plans inspections to check food safety. Food poisoning and safety issues boost fears among ordinary Chinese.


    25/11/2016 - CHINA

    Xinjiang: Passports confiscated "against terrorism"


    In some cases the passport is only issued in conjunction with a DNA sample. The World Uyghur Congress denounces the move as another sign of marginalization of the Muslim population.

     


    24/11/2016 - CHINA

    Missing for days, Christian lawyer Jiang Tianyong is feared held by authorities


    His whereabouts are unknown since Monday after he visited families of detained human rights lawyers. Jailed and tortured in the past, he said last June that he feared he might be arrested. The Ministry of Public Security remains silent.


    23/11/2016 - TAIWAN

    Su Kaiyi, music is fascination and mission

    by Su Kaiyi

    Born into a poor family, the famous composer has been Catholic since childhood. John Wu, who later became a cardinal in Hong Kong, was her parish priest. She blends classical and Aboriginal music, which is very useful for prayer. A cappella music is riding a new wave in Asia.


    23/11/2016 - IRAQ

    "Adopt a Christian from Mosul": A Christmas gift to survive winter

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    As Iraqi troops advance in the Nineveh Plain and Mosul, a new wave of refugees could overshadow the fate of other refugees who found hospitality in Kurdistan. People need kerosene, winter clothes, aid for children, and money for rent. The campaign AsiaNews launched two years ago is more urgent than ever. Give up a superfluous gift to offer refugees an essential gift for life.


    23/11/2016 - IRAQ

    Pastor of Amadiya: Mosul’s Christian refugees, torn between emergency aid and the longing to return home

    by P. Samir Youssef

    In a letter Fr. Samir Youssef describes the situation of refugees, exiled from their home for more than two years. They are closely following the offensive to retake Mosul, although their homes and churches "are for the most part" burned or destroyed. With the arrival of winter there is a serve lack of heating oil, clothes, food and money to pay for their children’s school bus. An appeal to continue to support the AsiaNews campaign.


    22/11/2016 - ASIA-USA

    Trump wants the US out of the TPP. Space for China, defender of free trade


    The newly-elected president reiterates his defense for the American economy. The fears of Asian economies, that have boomed thanks to exports to the US. At the APEC gathering China offers itself as the new center for continental economy. But there are countries which fear its supremacy.

     


    21/11/2016 - VATICAN

    The everyday time of Mercy

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    The apostolic letter "Misericordia et miserable" shows how to pour out the "extraordinary" Jubilee into  everyday life. The need to energize the world with the experience of mercy in order to heal grief and despair. No mention of illegal Chinese bishops. Everything comes back to the "center" of Christianity, which is the mercy of God in Jesus Christ. A turning point to relaunch society and dialogue between the conservatives and progressives within the Church.


    21/11/2016 - CHINA

    Jubilee closes in Handan with the participation of 10,000 people and the ordination of five priests


    Mgr Sun Jigen celebrated the Mass in Our Lady of the Graces Church in Daming. The bishop emeritus led the ordination. In addition to the large crowd of faithful, some 110 priests, 10 seminarians and 10 nuns were present at the moving ceremony for the faithful. The profile of the new priests is included.


    21/11/2016 - VATICAN - CHINA

    Pilgrims from Beijing and Shanxi at mass with Pope Francis for the conclusion of the Jubilee


    The group consists of about 80 people, including nine priests. It is their first time in Italy and at the Vatican. They made the journey to the Holy Door in St. Peter’s. They have visited and celebrated Mass at St. Mary Major. Next they will go to: Assisi, Florence, Venice, Lourdes.


    20/11/2016 - VATICAN – SYRIA

    Card Zenari addresses Pope: Church of Mercy where millions are "left dead or half-dead"

    by Card. Mario Zenari

    In his greetings to the pontiff, the new cardinal, the apostolic nuncio to Syria, highlights some elements in Pope Francis’s pontificate and the Church's commitment to being "Good Samaritan" in many parts of the earth, experiencing the joy of faith and martyrdom.


    20/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: even if the Holy Door closes, the true door of mercy always remains open wide for us


    Francis Pope celebrated the Mass ending the Jubilee of Mercy. He also handed the Apostolic Letter ‘Misericordia et misera’ to a delegation of bishops, priests and laity, including Card Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, a nun from South Korea, a young engaged couple, a disabled person and a sick person. “The lure of power and success seem an easy, quick way to spread the Gospel,” he said. “God has no memory of sin, but only of us, of each of us, we who are his beloved children.  And he believes that it is always possible to start anew, to raise ourselves up.” The pontiff thanked the sick and cloistered nuns for the prayers they offered for the success of the Jubilee.


    19/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope tells new cardinals to say no to the virus of polarization, yes to concerns for our brothers without faith


    In the public consistory creating 17 new cardinals, Pope Francis urged new cardinals to love one’s "enemies" and not “demonize them” in order to “have a ‘sacred’ justification for dismissing them.” The College of Cardinals reflects the geographic, linguistic, liturgical and ethnic diversity that "is one of our greatest riches." Three new cardinals are from or based in Asia. Card Zenari, apostolic nuncio to Syria, presented the initial greeting and expression of gratitude. Afterwards, pope and cardinals paid a visit to Benedict XVI.


    18/11/2016 - TAJIKISTAN – CHINA – RUSSIA

    China encroaching on Russia’s military dominance in Tajikistan

    by Umed Partov

    Moscow’s traditional dominance in Central Asia appears increasingly marginalised as Beijing builds closer military ties with Tajikistan, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Chinese government is spending tens of millions of dollars to fight terrorism. Courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.


    18/11/2016 - JAPAN – UNITED STATES

    Shinzo Abe is the first foreign leader to meet Donald Trump, as China’s shadow looms


    Held in New York, the meeting included a “candid talk” in a “warm atmosphere”. The 12-nation Asia-Pacific minus China trade deal is in trouble. Japan's contribution to the US military presence is an issue.


    17/11/2016 - VIETNAM – UNITED STATES – CHINA

    Caught between the US and China, Vietnam shelves TPP ratification


    Promoted by Obama, the agreement was signed by 12 countries in October 2015. Washington is paying the price for the climate of insecurity caused by Trump’s election. During the election campaign, the president-elect called the PPT a "disaster" and promised to scrap it.


    17/11/2016 - CHINA

    About 150 million Bibles printed in China in 30 years


    The Holy Scriptures are now available in more than 100 languages ​​and distributed in more than 70 countries. The Amity Printing Co., a joint venture between the Amity Foundation and the United Bible Societies, turns 30.






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    IRAQ
    "Adopt a Christian from Mosul": A Christmas gift to survive winter

    Bernardo Cervellera

    As Iraqi troops advance in the Nineveh Plain and Mosul, a new wave of refugees could overshadow the fate of other refugees who found hospitality in Kurdistan. People need kerosene, winter clothes, aid for children, and money for rent. The campaign AsiaNews launched two years ago is more urgent than ever. Give up a superfluous gift to offer refugees an essential gift for life.


    IRAQ
    Pastor of Amadiya: Mosul’s Christian refugees, torn between emergency aid and the longing to return home

    P. Samir Youssef

    In a letter Fr. Samir Youssef describes the situation of refugees, exiled from their home for more than two years. They are closely following the offensive to retake Mosul, although their homes and churches "are for the most part" burned or destroyed. With the arrival of winter there is a serve lack of heating oil, clothes, food and money to pay for their children’s school bus. An appeal to continue to support the AsiaNews campaign.


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