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    25/06/2016 - CHINA - TAIWAN

    Displeasure at silence on one China principal during the inauguration ceremony of President Tsai Ing-wen on 20 May. Yesterday Cambodia deported to China a Taiwanese accused of telecommunications fraud. This year Kenya and Malaysia also deported to China dozens of Taiwanese suspects to be tried by Beijing.

     




    25/06/2016 - VATICAN -ARMENIA

    The Pope at the Armenian Genocide Memorial: flowers and prayers for the victims


    Francis visits the "Hill of the Swallows," the Tzitzernakaberd Memorial Complex to commemorate those who died during the "Great Evil." A long silent prayer before the entrance of the building, then the Psalms and the Gospel in Armenian and Italian in the Flame Room of perpetual memory. Immediately after, a meeting with the descendants of those who were housed by Pope Benedict XV in Castel Gandolfo during the persecutions.


    24/06/2016 - INDIA

    Woman killed for her ovule. Catholic doctor: Surogacy is about business, not about life

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Maharashtra police uncover a racket in trafficking of human eggs. Poor women persuaded to donate theirs on the back of promises they will be richly compensated. But one of them rebelled and was killed. Dr. Pascoal Carvalho: "The child is never seen as a gift, but as an article to be bought and sold".

     


    24/06/2016 - ASIA - GREAT BRITAIN

    Asian markets panic over the victory of Brexit


    "Leave" campaign wins with 52% of the votes. Stock markets plummet. The pound loses 10% of its value. Jump in price of gold and oil drops below $ 50 again. The UK might lose a lot of investment from Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore. The British move goes against projects of a Euro-Asian market and communications network.


    23/06/2016 - SRI LANKA

    Villagers in Paanama pray and demonstrate for their lands (photos)

    by Melani Manel Perera

    Paanama is a Buddhist village in south-eastern Sri Lanka. In 2011, the government decided that certain lands belonged to residents, a decision overturned by a district court. For months, villagers have camped out in protest. This week, they marched and broke a coconut in a Buddhist ritual.


    23/06/2016 - CHINA

    Wukan, CPC to press: Erase all reports on "democracy village"


    Protests of the small Guangdong village against abuse of authority show no signs of stopping. The Department of Propaganda orders the removal of any news reports on the issue. Citizens continue protest against the arrest of their leader. Human Rights activists: "It’s like Nazi Germany."

     


    23/06/2016 - ASIA - GREAT BRITAIN

    Asia looks with interest to Brexit economy


    Most in favor of "remain" campaign because it gives more stability to general situation. For China, an exit would lead to a loss of Great Britain’s influence. Fears of multinationals that have their headquarters in London. The problems of goods and the common market.

     


    22/06/2016 - VIETNAM

    Caritas Vietnam brings rice and donations to people affected by marine disaster


    Mgr Joseph Nguyen Van Yen led a delegation on 6 June that brought rice and donations to the people of the diocese of Vinh. Over two months, pollution has devastated fishermen’s livelihood, who now find themselves jobless and hungry. About five million people live in the affected area.  On 12 June, residents in Vinh took to the streets to demand justice from the government.


    22/06/2016 - RUSSIA – CHINA

    Vladimir Putin in Beijing to discuss energy, transport and trade

    by Nina Achmatova

    Russia’s president will meet his Chinese counterpart next Saturday. Although the meeting’s agenda has not yet been made public, some 30 deals are expected to be signed. China would like to share in Rosneft’s privatisation.


    22/06/2016 - CHINA

    Not just Wukan: an "epidemic of legality" invades Guangdong


    The fight against corruption and the expropriation of land led by the "symbol" village in the rich southern province pushes the bordering areas to report the same abuses. But funds are lacking for protests as well as "clean and capable" leaders to confront the government. Lin Zuluan, village chief and Communist Secretary of Wukan, "confesses" to have taken bribes. And on the Global Times website users ask: "Have you tortured him?".


    22/06/2016 - INDIA

    India set to conquer space: 20 satellites sent into orbit in a single day


    The rocket left this morning from Andhra Pradesh space station, carrying three satellites manufactured in India and 17 other foreign-made, from the United States, Germany, Canada and Indonesia. India asserts itself as ambitious economic and technological power.


    21/06/2016 - CHINA

    Wukan local government warns press: You will be punished if you incite population


    The southern China village protesting for the release of the leader Lin Zuluan, who fought for the recovery of unlawfully expropriated land. The authorities at an impasse: the man is also the local Communist leader, and has always acted in accordance with national law. The Global Times warns: "The land protests cannot be resolved by democratic means".


    20/06/2016 - INDONESIA – CHINA

    Indonesia’s Navy fires on Chinese fishing boat as tensions rise in the South China Sea


    The incident occurred near the Natuna Islands. China claims that one fisherman was wounded and others were arrested. Indonesia promises to protect the area. China continues to militarise a maritime region that is subject of a dispute with Southeast Asian countries. The US and the Philippines conduct military exercises. Vietnam reports attacks on its fishing boats.


    20/06/2016 - UN

    More than 65 million refugees worldwide


    It is the highest ever recorded figure. The data published on the occasion of World Refugee Day. 50% come from Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia. 80% are housed in poor countries. Europe's divisions. The positive example of Iran. Pope Francis’s admonition.


    18/06/2016 - IRAN

    As embargo ends, urban architecture is reborn


    For architects and urban designers, Iran is "on the verge of a new era for architecture”. Things are changing as the economy picks up, lifestyles evolve, a new generation comes of age, and investments are made. However, developers’ quick money goals and Iran’s infrastructural shortcomings are limiting factors.


    18/06/2016 - CHINA

    Wukan villagers subject to police “iron fist” like five years ago


    Residents accuse the authorities of land grab and failure to bring justice. Village chief is arrested just before he could speak publicly about the matter. Other activists are under de facto house arrest. About 63 per cent of all social disputes are caused by land grabs and farmers’ protests.


    16/06/2016 - NEPAL

    Five Dalits arrested for slaughtering an ox

    by Christopher Sharma

    The cow is a sacred animal in Hinduism. Although a secular country, Nepal’s old Civil Code remains in effect. Cow slaughter can mean up to 20 years in jail. The carcass was found in the jungle and a public complaint led to the Dalits’ arrest. For activists, "They are an easy target because the poor and illiterate."


    15/06/2016 - INDONESIA

    Jakarta scraps 3,143 by-laws to streamline the public administration

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    President Joko Widodo took the step to speed up public administration, which was a drag on the country’s development. Corrupt administrators use by-laws to line their pockets.


    15/06/2016 - CHINA

    74 arrested in Inner Mongolia for killing miners in fake accidents

    by John Ai

    The authorities have charged a large gang, originally from Yunnan, with having deliberately killed miners in small illegal quarries, by simulating accidents to demand compensation from the owners. After beating the victims, they threw mining carts on them to simulate collapsed shafts or explosions; then, disguised as relatives, negotiated the compensation and cremated the bodies. The ashes were thrown into the water. At least 17 confirmed dead.


    13/06/2016 - KOREA

    Pyongyang using soldiers as labourers in the Middle East


    Kim Jong-un’s regime needs foreign remittances from its workers abroad, but fears they might “disappear” and show up in South Korea. Sources note that hundreds of N Korean soldiers are working on constructions sites in Kuwait and Qatar. They tend to be more loyal and more easily controlled than civilians.


    13/06/2016 - SRI LANKA

    Exhibition on environmental protection comes a year after Laudato si’ (Video)

    by Melani Manel Perera

    Sri Lanka’s largest Catholic movement of renewal in the Holy Spirit organised the event. Thousands of kids visited the three-day exhibit. Copies of the encyclical in the local languages were handed out.


    13/06/2016 - SINGAPORE

    Education and Integration: Jesuit Refugee Service’s recipe in Singapore


    World Refugee Day will be celebrated on 20 June. Migrants from Southeast Asia and the Middle East live in a limbo in the city-state. The Jesuit Refugee Service is active in the country and sends volunteers to refugees’ countries of origin.


    13/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: poverty and hunger, neither "natural" or abstract, but people who suffer


    Visiting the World Food Programme, Francis denounces that while aid is hampered by ideology and bureaucracy, weapons "circulate with brazen and virtually absolute freedom in many parts of the world.  As a result, wars are fed, not persons.  In some cases, hunger itself is used as a weapon of war".


    12/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: The true meaning of life also involves acceptance of suffering


    Francis celebrates the Jubilee of Disabled and Sick People: "We are in an age when care for one’s body has become an obsession and a big business. anything imperfect has to be hidden away, since it threatens the happiness and serenity of the privileged few and endangers the dominant model". Jesus is "the doctor who treats with the medicine of love ". An Angelus an appeal against child slavery: "We must renew efforts to remove the causes of this phenomenon."

     


    11/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Diversity is a resource. The Church must welcome all or close its doors


    Francis holds audience with participants in the Convention "... and you will always eat at my table!", Promoted by the Italian national catechetical office disabled persons’ section. He responds to questions posed by two girls with disabilities: "Shaking hands is communion, but many think it is more convenient to ignore diversity". To the priests who do not welcome he proposes "a pastoral ear". The full text of this unscripted speech.


    10/06/2016 - SYRIA - IRAQ

    Daesh “Islamic Caliphate” splits. Kurds and Syrian army step up pressure


    Fundamentalist militias continue to pour into Menbej ahead of a Syrian army attack. Communications between Raqqa, the north-east of Aleppo and the Turkish border, Daesh’s supply line for weapons, new recruits, money, oil and other contraband, under threat. US in support of rebels.


    08/06/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Lahore: Caritas teaching Christian women to read and write

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Free courses are part of a project launched in 2014. Since then, at least 175 students have completed the six-month programme, which is offered in five locations in the city’s slums. Education means helping “female leaders to think about the development of the community."


    08/06/2016 - INDIA - UNITED STATES

    Modi in the US: Increasingly strong friendship with Obama causes discontent in China and Pakistan


    The heads of state of India and the US have signed a broad package of agreements. Cooperation on economy, climate and energy, maritime safety and counter-terrorism. Obama has supported India's candidature in the group of nuclear powers that control atomic energy. China and Pakistan react with fury. Defenders of minorities: " Modi’s silence on the violence against Christians is criminal."

     


    07/06/2016 - SRI LANKA

    Sri Lankan Catholic mother wants to know who killed her son

    by Melani Manel Perera

    Roshen Shanaka was killed by police in 2011 during a protest against welfare reform. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa set up a special commission of inquiry, but the results of its investigation have never been made public. Relatives of those wounded in police repression want justice and compensation.


    06/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope calls for return to "mystical" in mission, for young Churches to help revive older ones

    by Papa Francesco

    Pope Francis receives the Assembly of the Pontifical Mission Societies marking one hundred years since foundation of the Pontifical Union. "The missionary fervor that consumed the Blessed Paolo Manna still continues today to burn, excite, renew, rethink and reform the service that this work is called to offer to the whole Church ". Mission "belongs to all: the faithful and pastors, married and consecrated virgins, the universal Church and the particular Churches." The full text of the speech.

     






    Editor's choices

    CHINA - VATICAN
    Vatican silence over Shanghai’s Mgr Ma Daqin causing confusion and controversy

    Bernardo Cervellera

    For some, Mgr Ma’s blog post praising the Patriotic Association and acknowledging his mistakes is nothing but “dirt”. For others, he chose humiliation for the “sake of his diocese”. Many wonder why the Holy See has remained silent about the article’s content and the bishop’s persecution. Some suspect the Vatican views the episode in positive terms. Yet, the Ma Daqin affair raises a major question. Has Benedict XVI’s Letter to Chinese Catholics (which describes the Patriotic Association as “incompatible with Catholic doctrine”) been abolished? If it has, who did it? A journey of compromises without truth is full of risks.


    CHINA – VATICAN
    Mgr Ma Daqin: the text of his “confession”

    Mons. Taddeo Ma Daqin

    Four years after quitting the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, the bishop of Shanghai “admits” his faults on his blog, praising the organisation that controls the Church. We publish his article, almost in its entirety. Translation by AsiaNews.


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