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08/04/2015 CHINA – VATICAN
Ordained with a papal mandate, Fr Joseph Zhang Yinlin becomes the new coadjutor bishop of Anyang (Henan)
by Joseph Yuan
The ceremony was quiet. All ordaining bishops are in communion with the pope and recognised by the government. At least 1,300 faithful took part in the service. PIME missionaries served the diocese until 1949.
Beijing (AsiaNews) – Vicar general Father Joseph Zhang Yinlin of Anyang (Henan), 44, was ordained Coadjutor Bishop of his diocese today, 4 August at the Cathedral of Anyang. This was the first ordination after that of...

For Filipino bishop, Mary Jane Veloso is innocent; those who took advantage of her should be punished
The Filipino woman is in jail in Indonesia, convicted of drug trafficking. The death sentence still hangs over her. The president of the Episcopal Commission for the care of migrants told AsiaNews, “They used her, and robbed her of her innocence.” The Church will pray for her and protect her children. “We hope and we are convinced that Mary Jane will be spared the death sentence.”
08/04/2015 INDIA
Tamil Nadu inaugurates seven milk banks
by Nirmala Carvalho
The initiative coincides with World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August). Its goal is to safeguard the health of newborns and reduce infant mortality.
08/04/2015 TIBET – CHINA
China’s Communist Party will pick the “next Dalai Lama, period!”
The party’s politburo met in Beijing chaired by President Xi Jinping to settle the “Tibetan question” once and for all. No unauthorised reincarnations will be allowed. China’s Communist government wants to interfere in purely religious matters, exploiting traditions that precede the People’s Republic by centuries. For Tibetan lawmaker, this “is ridiculous at best”.
08/04/2015 VIETNAM
As Vietnam hits a record level of abortions, the Church leads the fight to defend life
by Paul N. Hung
The country has the fifth highest level of abortion in the world, the highest in Southeast Asia. More than 300,000 cases per year involve women and teenagers between 15 and 19 years. Many private and illegal abortion clinics have popped up with serious consequences for the health of young people. Church groups and movements are at work to support life, in the Diocese of Bắc Ninh, for example.

08/04/2015 PAKISTAN
Another hanging in Pakistan: almost 200 executions so far in 2015
Appeals useless for Shafqat Hussain, convicted of murder when he was 14. According to his lawyers, his confession was obtained by torture. After lifting its moratorium on the death penalty, Pakistan is set to have the highest rate of executions worldwide
08/03/2015 PAKISTAN
Faisalabad bishop tells religious that their work is a model of spiritual and temporal well-being
by Skafique Khokhar
At a meeting that is part of the celebrations of the Year of the Consecrated Life, the prelate tells religious orders that they perform great work at the local level despite ongoing acts of terrorism and violence, and the poverty of the Christian community. Mgr Arshad warns them however to watch out for self-proclaimed pastors who sow “divisions among Christians." The Catholic Church must act “before it is too late", but with patience and kindness for those who "shut their ears to the truth and turn to myths."
08/03/2015 RUSSIA
Moscow's decision to destroy embargoed food causes controversy
by Nina Achmatova
The Kremlin recently approved a decision to seize and destroy goods, including food under embargo. The latter was imposed last year in response to Western sanctions. Civil society groups and religious leaders suggest they be given to charities.
08/03/2015 IRAQ
For Erbil archbishop, education will save Christians from the barbarity of the Islamic State
A year after the invasion of the Nineveh plain, Mgr Bashar Warda spoke the situation of Christian refugees. The Kurdish region is "safe" haven but "we are waiting for the liberation" of our lands. Housing, health care, and education remain the priority. To ensure a Christian future in Iraq, education and literacy are the right response to Jihadi violence.
08/03/2015 INDIA
“Clear-cut murder” of Christian couple by Kandhamal security forces
by Nirmala Carvalho
The conclusion of the initial report by the fact-finding team, accessed by AsiaNews. The police speak of an "accident", but witnesses confirm the willful murder. Perhaps an attempted rape gone wrong.
Israel outlines new measures against Jewish extremists, but some see only hypocrisy
by Joshua Lapide
Steps include administrative detention without charges. The man who stabbed a teenage girl at Jerusalem’s Gay Pride had been released a few weeks before. Those responsible for the death of a Palestinian child burnt alive are still on the run. For Abbas, Israel’s policy of protecting illegal settlements has led to violence. In ten years, 11,000 attacks against Palestinians have been recorded. Only 1.9 per cent of complaints end in conviction. Israel’s democracy is at risk.
08/03/2015 INDONESIA
Indonesian Muslim women fighting back: woman divorces husband and asks US$ 10,000 for her lost virginity
The case occurred in Najarmasin, southern Sulawesi. The husband had first sued his wife demanding US$ 5,000 for the love he showed her during the marriage. The wife has refused to pay. The parties have so far failed to reach an agreement.
08/03/2015 NEPAL
Nepalese companies reject "socialist" Constitution, claim free market only way to guarantee prosperity
by Christopher Sharma
The draft of the new Constitution contains the term "socialism" instead of "free market". Entrepreneurs believe that "developed countries have become such thanks to the involvement of their nationals in production and sale". They fear a return to planned economy of the 1990s.
08/03/2015 CHINA
Chinese economy shrinks again, Beijing uncertain of future
The manufacturing index in July stood at the lowest level since 2013, the industrial downturn continues and Asian markets cede points. The government divided between injecting more liquidity into market, or biting the bullet and waiting for a natural settling. Investors doubtful.
08/03/2015 PAKISTAN
Asia Bibi’s lawyer speaks out: Pakistani government is solely responsible for situation
by Silent Thinker
AsiaNews interviews Saiful Malook, who is defending the Christian woman on death row on blasphemy charges. The lawyer, a Muslim, says: "People, even judges, say I am crazy to have taken on this case. They say I am an enemy of my own daughters".

Altri articoli
King Salman leaves France, beach "reserved" for Saudi monarch reopened amid controversy
08/03/2015 MYANMAR
46 dead and 200 thousand displaced in Myanmar floods
08/02/2015 VATICAN
For pope, Jesus urges us to look for the "bread of life", which expresses His love
08/01/2015 CHINA
Li Ka-shing selling everything to invest even more in Europe
08/01/2015 CHINA – TIBET – IOC
Awarding Beijing the Winter Games is an “honour” China does not deserve
08/01/2015 SRI LANKA
Paanama residents betrayed by the government by Melani Manel Perera
08/01/2015 PHILIPPINES
‘From the Vatican to Tacloban – With Love, Pope Francis,’ a play about the pope for typhoon survivors
08/01/2015 IRAQ
Baghdad Patriarch calls for prayer of peace one year after Nineveh’s fall by Louis Raphael I Sako*
07/31/2015 MYANMAR
Floods kill scores, displace hundreds of thousand
07/31/2015 NEPAL
Petition in favour of the rhino as Nepal’s symbol in lieu of the cow by Christopher Sharma
07/31/2015 THAILAND
Law banning commercial surrogacy takes effect
07/31/2015 PHILIPPINES
Artists, donors and activists among 2015 Asia’s “Nobel Prize” winners
07/31/2015 CHINA
Beijing to host 2022 Winter Olympics
07/31/2015 INDIA
Following rape, abortion allowed for six-month pregnant girl, but the child “is innocent" by Dominic Savio Fernandes
Editor's choices
Unofficial catholic community of Wenzhou speak out against forced demolition of Crosses, whole diocese fasting
by Joseph YuanAfter 90-year-old Bishop Vincent Zhu Weifang of Wenzhou led 26 priests of the open Church community to protest against the government’s act to demolish Crosses, Coadjutor Bishop James Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou also led his priests to issue an open statement “Strongly demand a halt to demolish Crosses on all churches.
Wenzhou: 90-year-old bishop and 26 priests protest against cross demolitions
by Joseph YuanThis is not the first time that the old bishop and his priests speak out against the demolition campaign against crosses and churches, which has touched more than 400 buildings. During the protest, police tried to disperse the group, which sought to submit a petition. The faithful recite a Crown of the Divine Mercy is in support of the Chinese Church. In Lishui, churches are expected to be torn down by 31 August.
Top 10
07/28/2015 CAMBODIA
Cambodia’s new NGO law is an opportunity to “promote clarity”
07/28/2015 CHINA
Christians respond to demolitions in Zhejiang with a ‘Make and carry the cross" campaign
07/31/2015 PHILIPPINES
Artists, donors and activists among 2015 Asia’s “Nobel Prize” winners
07/28/2015 INDIA
The cold-blooded killing of a Christian “Maoist” couple brings back fears of pogrom in Kandhamal
by Nirmala Carvalho
07/30/2015 SRI LANKA
The civil war did not stop Dilakshini’s yearning to study
by Melani Manel Perera
07/28/2015 SRI LANKA
Injustice is still the lot of many of Sri Lanka’s war widows
by Melani Manel Perera
07/29/2015 RUSSIA
The dispute between Russia and Ukraine also involves the prince who Christianised Rus
by Nina Achmatova
07/30/2015 ISRAEL - VATICAN
Two young Jewish extremists arrested over Church of Loaves and fishes arson in Tabgha
by Joshua Lapide
07/30/2015 CHINA
Unofficial catholic community of Wenzhou speak out against forced demolition of Crosses, whole diocese fasting
by Joseph Yuan
07/29/2015 KAZAKHSTAN
Nuclear fuel bank in Kazakh site under international control


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