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  • 23/05/2017 - VATICAN - CHINA

    Mother Teresa made several requests to open a nursing home in China, but was always denied permission. Fr. Alberico Crescitelli of Pime was martyred in 1900 and canonized by John Paul II in 2000. The Prayer for China accompanied by the choir of the Chinese community of Rome and Augustin Zhang, of the Giotto Cooperative from Padua prison.




    23/05/2017 - INDIA

    Catholics are discouraged their church is vandalised, but will rally for peace, says vicar of Hyderabad


    Bishop Bernard Swarna speaks about the attack against Our Lady of Fatima church. Police have provided protection to the diocese, and arrested 22 people. The Archdiocese plans a prayer meeting open to all. “We are not so far from” the persecution described in “the Acts of the Apostles.” For some, the incident has “political-religious motives”.


    23/05/2017 - IRAQ

    Christian refugees from Nineveh caught between waiting to return and call for a papal visit


    In Karamlesh, as in other towns in the Nineveh Plain, reconstruction work has begun, but return is still far away, which feeds the desire to go back. Radicalism "has increased distrust,” but living alongside Muslims will have to be dealt with. Francis has been invited so that his presence can "strengthen the Church" in Iraq and “make us not feel forgotten”.


    23/05/2017 - VIETNAM

    The Rosary, a moment of prayer that unites Vietnamese Catholics

    by Thanh Thuy

    Believers meet in many prayer groups. The Dominican Congregation in Vietnam has set up Rosary Associations. Many people are actively involved in promoting and supporting such groups. Several pilgrimages to Vietnam's shrines devoted to the Virgin are organised. Some young Catholics set up the Vinh Fatima prayer group. Celebrations are held throughout May, the Marian Month of Flowers.


    23/05/2017 - INDIA

    For clergymen arrested in Uttar Pradesh, time in prison was a ‘God-given gift’


    Six clergymen spent ten days in jail after Hindu nationalists accused them of inciting hatred between religions and causing a riot. Inside, they were abused by police and other inmates, but their "cool and composed attitude” led some inmates to listen to “the message of Christ's love."


    22/05/2017 - INDONESIA

    Denpasar: Young Indonesian Catholics celebrate Diocesan Day

    by Emiliana Saptaningsih

    The meeting, which was held last Saturday in preparation for the seventh Asian Youth Day, included Mass and celebrations. Young Indonesians are enthusiastic and committed to bear witness among Muslims.


    22/05/2017 - RUSSIA

    St Nicholas relic in Moscow for the first time (video)


    The saint’s sacred remains have never left Italy since 1087. In February 2016, Pope Francis and Russian Patriarch Kirill agreed to move a relic to Russia for a certain period of time. At 6 pm yesterday, all the churches of the capital ran their bells in jubilation. A grand procession accompanied the sacred relic to Moscow’s Christ the Saviour where Patriarch Kirill led a solemn liturgical celebration.


    22/05/2017 - INDIA

    Hyderabad, Our Lady of Fatima Church destroyed (Photos and Video)

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The crowd was composed by 100 attackers. The religious site inaugurated on May 13, on the centenary of the apparitions. The assault dictated by a land dispute. Archbishop Thumma Bala: "Deeply painful".


    22/05/2017 - INDONESIA

    Semarang: 15,000 celebrate new Archbishop Robertus Rubiyatmoko

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    The celebrations lasted from noon to midnight. Congratulations from representatives of Indonesian civil society and those of all religions. Great joy and participation. Indonesian Catholics pray for unity of the country against radicalism.


    22/05/2017 - EGYPT

    Cairo, 48 jihadists on trial for attacks on Coptic churches


    Defendants to appear before a military court. Of these, 31 are in prison under custody. The rest are still loose. Prosecutor says some of those detained include prominent members of the Islamic State in the country. The militants also responsible for the deaths of some policemen.


    21/05/2017 - 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.


    20/05/2017 - TIBET – CHINA

    Tibetan monk sets himself on fire in Qinghai, bringing the number of self-immolations to 150


    Jamyang Losal, 22, torched himself near the People’s Hospital in Kangtsa County. Police refused to hand over the body to his family.


    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 - SRI LANKA

    Tribute for Sri Lanka’s civil war victims despite barriers (photos)

    by Melani Manel Perera

    For Tamils, 18 May is Mullivaikkal Remembrance Day; for the military, it is War Heroes Day. Various interfaith and multiethnic ceremonies are held across the country. A court bans commemorations in Mullivaikkal for two weeks.


    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.


    18/05/2017 - RUSSIA

    Sokolovskij's conviction and the crime of atheism

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    A court sentences the young man to three and a half years in prison for offending religious feelings. He had played Pokemon Go in a church and said he was atheist. Famous TV personality Vladimir Pozner reacts to the controversy. After the of Pussy Riots incident, a 2013 law criminalises offending religious beliefs. The case has embarrassed the Orthodox Church.


    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 - 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.


    18/05/2017 - ASIA - VATICAN

    In Asia, the Rosary is also recited by non-Christians

    by Piero Gheddo

    In Fatima, where Pope Francis went on a pilgrimage, Mary exhorted us to recite the rosary. Card. Martini’s devotion to Mary. In South Korea, Catholic buildings are called "the Church of the Mother." The statue of Mary in the Brunei church. The Shrine of Gunadala (India), which has shaped friendship between Hindus and Muslims even during period partition.


    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 - IRAQ

    Niniveh: reconstruction increases Christian unity and communion, says nuncio to Iraq

    by Alberto Ortega Martín

    In a letter to Patriarch Sako, Mgr Ortega Martín says that cooperation between Churches is a "strong show of communion” in the face of persecution and violence. The prelate notes that it is everyone's responsibility to favour the return of refugees to their homes. He praises refugees who "after losing everything, held on to their faith." Christ "is your strength", he tells them.


    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 - 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”.


    17/05/2017 - CHINA

    Protestant Home Church banned for “collaborating with Korea”


    It is the Church of Berea "River of Life" in Fujian. They reportedly opened a theological research institute and various places of worship. Pressure for greater openness in regulations governing religious freedom. Domestic churches do not "disturb the social order". Repression towards Christians is leading many faithful to choose the "outlawed" path of underground practice outside official channels.


    16/05/2017 - IRAQ

    Chaldean patriarchate against Christian enclave in Nineveh Plain proposed by Syriac bishops


    A Syriac Catholic and two Syriac Orthodox prelates demand again a protected area for Christians in northern Iraq, with administrative autonomy and international protection. This position does not represent the view of Patriarch Sako. Chaldeans and the Iraqi Church call for upholding Iraq’s territorial unity against the ghetto trap.


    16/05/2017 - VIETNAM

    Authorities crack down on activists fighting for Formosa victims


    Hoàng Đức Bình will be detained for 90 days. He was with Fr Nguyễn Đình Thục, one of the two priests denounced by the government. Hundreds of people gathered to demand Bình’s release. The Catholic Church supports local grievances and is the victim of government reprisals. Catholic activist Thái Văn Dung is wanted by the authorities.


    16/05/2017 - INDIA

    Four nuns of the Cross act as ‘messengers of Christ’ among Hindus and Muslims in Uttar Pradesh

    by Santosh Digal

    The state, which is the most populous in India with more than 200 million people, is now ruled by a Hindu nationalist cleric. The missionaries work in social and educational fields, including help to students, visit remote villages and listen to people's requests. Despite challenges and problems, they “do no lose heart," said one.


    16/05/2017 - RUSSIA

    Vandalism and marginalisation against Jehovah's Witnesses and their children


    Jehovah’s Witnesses have their windows broken, and insults scribbled near their places of worship in many provinces. Their children are threatened with expulsion if they take part in the religion’s “terrorist meetings”.






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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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