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  • 23/05/2017 - SOUTH KOREA

    Geun-hye Park arrived in a handcuffed court. This is the third former president to be overwhelmed by corruption scandals. The sentence is expected within six months. A separate trial for the Samsung leaders.




    23/05/2017 - ASIA-G.BRITAIN

    Manchester attack. Condolences of Xi Jinping, Modi and Card. Gracias


    At least 22 dead and 50 injured. Suspicion of a lone bomber. Solidarity with British people expressed by th Chinese president and the Indian premier. The Archbishop of Mumbai: The Church in Asia is mourning for the loss of lives, our heart suffers with families and we pray to God to console them. May Our Lady of Fatima touch the hearts of those who have perpetrated the massacre.


    22/05/2017 - NEPAL

    Everest's Hillary Step collapses


    British climber Tim Mosedale confirms the destruction, caused perhaps by the April 2015 quake. The outcrop was named after the first climber who reached the top of the world’s tallest mountain in 1953.


    22/05/2017 - TAIWAN – CHINA

    China gets Taiwan excluded from WHO


    Taiwan’s Health Minister was excluded today from the World Health Assembly in Geneva, despite support from many states, because of its refusal to endorse the One-China principle. The World Health Organisation’s travel budget is greater than some public health emergencies.


    22/05/2017 - KOREA

    Seoul claims Kim missiles cannot reach Guam


    The target is the Pacific island that serves as a US military base for operations in Asia. It is 3500 kilometers away from North Korea. South Korea also cautions about North Korean missile’s ability to re-enter the atmosphere. Kim Jong-un publishes photographs of Earth taken from the missile tested Sunday to prove possession of the technology needed for intercontinental missiles


    22/05/2017 - IRAN-SAUDI ARABIA

    Zarif: Trump 'pumping' Saudi Arabian money


    Teheran's first reaction to the speech by the US President in Riyadh, in front of 35 heads of state. For Trump and King Salman Iran "supports, arms and trains terrorists, militias." Contracts signed between US and Saudi for about $ 400 billion in arms supplies and security.


    20/05/2017 - JORDAN – MIDDLE EAST

    Advance research centre in Amman stronger than Mideast wars and divisions


    Sesame is the result of cooperation between the region’s governments and scientists, including Iran, Israel, and Egypt. The facility hosts a synchrotron that can help understand cancerous tissue, ancient scrolls, seeds, and plants. This might be the start of a new era in collaborative science. For an Iranian scientist, “Science is different from politics.”


    20/05/2017 - IRAN

    Hassan Rouhani wins a second term in Iran’s election


    The president gets 57 per cent of the vote to defeat right-wing candidate Ebrahim Raisi. At 70 per cent, turnout was unexpectedly high.


    20/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope on Centesimus Annus calls for alternative ways to deal with economics, poverty, and unemployment


    Pope Francis praised the Centesimus Annus Foundation for its work inspired by the Church's social doctrine. In economics and business, " things can change," the pope said. For him, poverty is “a human and not merely economic phenomenon.” Unemployment has "reached truly dramatic proportions in both developed and developing countries”.


    20/05/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Caritas warns of a humanitarian crisis in Sindh where drought has killed 1,340 children

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Local authorities admit the death toll before province’s high court with Tharparkar as the most affected district. Rain is the only source of water. The Church’s main charity set up a food security programme in 2014.


    19/05/2017 - INDONESIA

    Card Darmaatmaja: forgive to stop the spiral of revenge in Indonesia

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    In Indonesia hostility and intolerance towards religious minorities is growing. Still, for the prelate, "We all have to forgive radical and intolerant groups". Instead, “Love for God is manifested through the love for one’s neighbours”. Mideast East extremists find welcome Indonesia. For Prof. Syafi'I Maarif, such hospitality "makes no sense".


    19/05/2017 - INDIA

    For Indian Nun, prayers and closeness can change prisoners

    by Santosh Digal

    Sister Inigo Joachim works as a volunteer for Prison Ministry India, a Catholic Association involved with prisoners across India for the past 30 years. The biggest problem is the solitude of prisoners. Abandoned by their familiesthey need our presence, emotional support and a shoulder to cry". In turn, they "are our benefactors” since they “give meaning to our lives, vocation and mission."


    19/05/2017 - TAIWAN – CHINA

    World Health Organisation to exclude Taiwan (under Chinese pressure)


    Taiwan students slam WHO for breaching its principles, organise an online petition to have Taiwan represented at the World Health Assembly in Geneva on 22-31 May. Beijing continues its battle to isolate Taipei from the international community after Tsai Ing-wen won Taiwan’s presidential election.


    19/05/2017 - IRAN

    Iran’s municipal elections, the road to politics for women


    Women are about 6.2 per cent of all municipal candidates, most from ordinary walks of life. In Tehran, where women are 21 per cent of all candidates, conservatives and reformers are in a tough fight. The latter want to unseat the city’s incumbent conservative governor.


    19/05/2017 - CHINA

    Corruption and human rights abuses cast a shadow over OBOR, Xi Jinping’s mega project

    by Chang Ping*

    Corruption is not just the result of a money exchange; it also comes from a lack of transparency when agreements are implemented. One cannot expect a new Gospel from a government that promotes repression and abuse. An exiled Chinese scholar looks at the issue. Courtesy of ChinaChange.


    19/05/2017 - SYRIA - UN

    Syrian government and rebels open to a constitutional review mediated by the UN


    A study group of bipartisan experts called to discuss "constitutional issues". The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria speaks of the first tangible result of the talks. But the two fronts dampen the enthusiasm. US air raid strikes pro-Syrian government forces near the Jordan border: eight dead.


    19/05/2017 - NEPAL

    Elections in Kathmandu: secular parties conquer extremism

    by Christopher Sharma

    The Hindu pro-monarchy party won in only one local unit. The Nepalese, majority Hindu, chose peace and coexistence with other religions.


    19/05/2017 - JAPAN

    Government approves law for the abdication of Emperor Akihito


    The law can only be used for this emperor. In all probability it will be approved by parliament by the end of June. Naruhito's new era is expected to begin with 2019. The imperial family has few members and few male children.     


    18/05/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Duterte says no to “foreign interference”, rejects 250 million euros in EU aid


    The Philippines “reserves the right to respectfully decline grants with provisions that allows foreigners to interfere with our conduct and internal affairs,” government spokesman Abella said. The EU delegation was informed yesterday during a meeting where "human rights have been mentioned," Franz Jessen, EU ambassador said. The move by the Filipino government is aimed at blocking European criticism of its controversial policies. China is the Philippines’ new ally.


    18/05/2017 - INDIA

    Bishop of Chingleput: Catholic schools to offer discounts to Dalits

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Archbishop Anthonisamy Neethinathan heads the Office on Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes. He issued a circular to all Catholic schools in his diocese, offering an example that "should be applied by all dioceses". Fee reductions apply to first generation and poor pupils.


    18/05/2017 - HOLY LAND

    Catholic ordinaries in the Holy Land say Israel-Palestine is an open and festering wound, reject injustice as 'normal'


    The Justice and Peace Commission of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land slam the "normalisation" of the Israeli-Palestinian situation. The conflict affects everyday life in Palestine and Israel. Palestinians endure discrimination and occupation. Ignoring the "abnormal" situation is to accept injustice and the absence of peace. The Universal Church has a natural duty to denounce injustice.


    18/05/2017 - JAPAN

    Princess Mako to lose royal title for Komuro's love


    Both are 25 years old. She is the first of Emperor Akihito’s four grandchildren to marry. Her groom-to-be is a young lawyer who went to the International Christian University in Tokyo. The Japanese prime minister will chair a committee to decide the future former princess’s endowment. The Japanese public is keenly following the story.


    18/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: peace built In dialogue, putting man at the center of the economy and isolating fundamentalists


    Francis receives ambassadors from Mauritania, Nepal, Trinidad and Tobago, Sudan, Kazakhstan and Niger during the presentation of Credentials Letters. Crisis of fundamentalism also aggravated by "the abuse of religion to justify a thirst for power, the manipulation of God’s holy name to advance by any means possible one’s own plans to gain power."

     


    18/05/2017 - IRAN-US

    Strong powers, even the United States, against Rouhani

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    The outgoing president has relaxed relations with the international community, improving the economy, but unemployment is still high. His main challenger Ebrahim Raisi, a religious conservative, is backed by Khamenei and the pasdaran. Young people in the cities are for Rouhani. Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia, a support from outside to conservatives.


    17/05/2017 - INDONESIA

    Pro-Ahok rallies, signs of an Indonesian 'new nationalism'

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Spontaneous rallies occur in Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Surakarta, Semarang, Surabaya and other cities. Torchlight processions are an opportunity to show political support for justice and pluralism. Great sympathy comes from all parties, regardless of religion and ethnicity. The Church reiterates its commitment to a tolerant society.


    17/05/2017 - UZBEKISTAN

    Activists remember the Andijan massacre. For the first time in 12 years, police do not intervene


    On 13 May 2005, at least 700 people died. The government described them as armed terrorists, persecuting witnesses in subsequent years. On the anniversary each year, police held back the participants. This year, the new President Shavkat Mirzyaev sends a signal of openness.


    17/05/2017 - INDIA

    Christ drives Odisha nun to save women from human trafficking

    by Santosh Digal

    Sister Manjula Bars belongs to the Congregation of the Servants of Mary. Sundargargh District has become a regular place for human trafficking. Tribal women and girls lured with promises of jobs end up sold as brides or into the human flesh market. For the nun, "Our biggest challenge and task is to network with” government, Church and society.


    17/05/2017 - KOREA

    Moon Jae-in in favour of dialogue with Kim Jong-un


    South Korea’s new president differs from Donald Trump, who wants tighter sanctions. Seoul does not want to pay for the US THAAD anti-missile radar system. Since the latter can monitor Chinese territory, China has imposed economic sanctions on South Korean companies.


    17/05/2017 - CHINA - ASIA

    'One belt one road': the problems in international relations of the New Silk Road

    by Luca Galantini

    The project’s pharaonic prospects reveal China’s desire to redefine the entire international geopolitical framework, to become the economic and political center of the Eurasian industry and trade sectors. Indian opposition;  Russian fears; European skepticism. And the problems of the Uighurs, Central Asia, Iran and the South China Sea. China caught between national interests and the desire to distribute wealth.


    17/05/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Fines and jail for those who smoke, drink, or eat during Ramadan in Pakistan


    The Senate’s Standing Committee on Religious Affairs passes the Ehtram-e-Ramazan (Amendment) Bill 2017. Hotel owners who break the law could get fines of up to US$ 240. Cinemas and TV stations could get fines up to US$ 4,800. For the daughter of the late Benazir Bhutto, the law is “ridiculous”.






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    VATICAN
    Pope: together with the faithful in China on 24 May to celebrate Our Lady of Sheshan



    During the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis speaks about the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, instituted by Benedict XVI. Chinese Catholics must make a “personal contribution to communion among believers and to harmony in the whole society." AsiaNews Symposium on the Church in China is set for this week. Francis appeals for peace in the Central African Republic, and for loving “one another following the example of the Lord”. For him, “Sometimes conflicts, pride, envy, and divisions leave a blotch on the beautiful face of the Church.” Five new cardinals will be named, including a bishop from Laos.


    VATICAN-CHINA
    May 24, 2017: 'China, the Cross is Red', AsiaNews Symposium

    Bernardo Cervellera

    The event will be held to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. A title with many meanings: the Cross is red from the blood of the martyrs; From attempts to suffocate the faith with state control; Bceause of the contribution of hope that Christianity gives to a population tired of materialism and consumerism that is seeking new moral criteria. The theme is also about the great and unexpected religious rebirth in the country. Guests to include: Card. Pietro Parolin, Msgr. Savio Hon, the sociologist of religions Richard Madsen, the testimonies of Chinese priests and laity.


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