07/22/2014CHINA Wenzhou: Christian pastor goes on hunger strike to stop church demolition Zhan Yingsheng, head of the Salvation Church, locked himself inside the tower to prevent the destruction of the cross that stands on the roof of his church. On a hunger strike since 16 July, he does not fear death. "I have changed: I was a coward and found courage. [. . .] I do not seek publicity; I took this decision because I do not have alternatives." Resistance to religious repression is growing as exemplified by the case of seminarians in Beijing and the example of heroic Bishop Ma Daqin. The full text of the clergyman's testament follows. Wenzhou
- The love of Christ and his
sacrifice on the cross, "have
changed me. I was a coward and found courage. If my sacrifice can
stop the storm that is fallin
on Chinese churches and crosses, then it will
not be in vain. I do not seek publicity; I took this
decision because I have no alternatives,"
wrote Zhan Yingsheng, a Christian pastor from the Salvation church in Wenzhou, in a will-like letter sent to...
07/22/2014INDIA Peace and religious harmony in India, "the goal" of Christians and Jains by Nirmala Carvalho Archbishop Felix Anthony Machado of Vasai, met for the first time Swasti Shri Bhattaraka Charukeerti Swamiji, leader of the Jain institutions Digambaras tradition in Moodabidri. The city is a place of pilgrimage for Jains, but it is very much appreciated by the other religions because of its historical and architectural importance.
07/22/2014VIETNAM - KOREA - VATICAN Young Vietnamese Catholics "in Korea to welcome the Pope, our father in faith" by J. B. Vu Msgr. Joseph Thiên Vũ Văn, president of the Commission for Pastoral Youth Care of the national bishops: "Our delegation to the Asian Youth Day will consist of about 30 young people. Like the Church of Vietnam, the Korean also shed blood for the faith. And this blood proves our loyalty, we hope that they are worthy descendants of the martyrs". The challenges of youth ministry and the opportunity to share experiences and issues with peers from across Asia.
07/22/2014BANGLADESH Bangladesh, 2,500 Catholics protest attack on Boldipukur church by Sumon Corraya The demonstration was held in Mithapukur: Bishop Sebastian Tudu of the Dinajpur Diocese was also present. Meanwhile in Dhaka, 600 Catholics form a human chain to protest against the attack. Christian leader: "We are also members of this nation."
07/22/2014SOUTH KOREA Korea: lifeless body of the Sewol ferry owner found The authorities have confirmed this morning that the body of a man, found on June 12, but ignored by the police, belongs to Yoo Byung-eun. The man, the owner of the ship that sank in April, was being sought throughout the country. Indignation of the population at investigators failure to identify the corpse because it was considered "a homeless man".
07/21/2014LEBANON - IRAQ Patriarch Rahi: "What do moderate Muslims say" about what is happening to Christians in Mosul? by Fady Noun "We hear no one cry out" against the brutal behavior that contradicts 1,400 years of history of the Islamic world. The Syriac-Catholic patriarch calls on the Vatican to organise a meeting to deal with the situation with the apostolic nuncios from the countries involved, and consider joining forces with the diplomatic efforts of the Patriarch of Moscow.
07/21/2014SRI LANKA Sri Lankan human rights activists tell government: Hands off NGOs by Melani Manel Perera More than 500 people demonstrated against a Ministry of Defence-issued notice to all non-governmental organisations. The warning prohibits associations from engaging in activities that transcend their specific tasks. Specifically, it bans activities related to freedom of the press, expression and assembly.
07/21/2014IRAQ Patriarch of Baghdad: Christians are part of Iraq, this storm will pass by Mar Louis Raphael I Sako In an open letter addressed to "all men of good will and those who care for the Iraqi nation", Mar Sako reminds Muslim brothers that the actions of the self-styled Islamic State are contrary to the Koran and greatly damage the shared history all Iraqis of commitment for the nation. "We shared good memories and bad memories, mixing our blood for our land." The invitation to Christians to "calculate their options well, come together in love gathering around their church, being patient, enduring and praying until the storm passes".
07/21/2014SOUTH KOREA K-Pop idol, Rain, converts to Catholicism: For the faith, not for love The famous South Korean actor and singer, received the sacrament of Christian initiation in recent days in a small parish on the outskirts of Seoul. His girlfriend is a Catholic actress but wanted to emphasize that his choice has nothing to do with a possible future marriage. A growing number of celebrities are converting: the "Queen of Pop", BoA, will be having lunch with Pope Francis during his visit to the peninsula.
07/21/2014INDIA - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES Emirates: Hike in suicides among Indian migrants Among the leading factors, economic problems and the fear of humiliation because of social debts to loan sharks. In the first half of 2014 at least 37 people killed themselves. They are usually members of the middle class who live above their means.