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05/26/2015 CHINA
China’s ruling Communist Party warns its members that harbouring religious beliefs will be punished
In an article published, the newsletter of the party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection acknowledges the presence of religious believers in the party. This is “attracting serious concern” because whilst “Chinese citizens have the freedom of religious belief, [. . .] Communist Party members aren't the same as regular citizens; they are fighters in the vanguard for a communist consciousness”. Hence, anyone who strays away will become the target of disciplinary action.
Beijing (AsiaNews) – In an opinion piece published last weekend, the newsletter of the party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) warned that "a small number of party members have forsaken the party's world view of dialectical materialism and have turned to...

05/26/2015 INDIA
Bosco’s story or “the gift of sobriety through the mantle of Mary’s love”
by Bosco Pereira
Son of good Catholic parents, he started drinking at the age of 17. Alcohol took away his family, work, friends, and a girlfriend until he met Brother Cyril, who ran the Mary’s Clan rehab centre at the Basilica of Our Lady of Mount (Bandra) directed the "." Bosco is now married, with two children and taken over the centre from the clergyman. "God doesn’t always promise you the things that you have lost, but definitely promises you all things new and beautiful."
05/26/2015 ASIA
Southeast Asia: billions of dollars in weapons to counter the threat from China
Over the past 15 years, defence spending by ASEAN nations has gone up more than three folds. By 2020, it should reach US$ 52 billion, especially in naval procurement. As tensions in the South China Sea rise, Southeast Asian nations buy submarines, amphibious craft and corvettes.
05/26/2015 TURKMENISTAN
Turkmen president gets a gilded equestrian statue paid with wages "donated" by the people
The 21-metre monument includes a gilded statue of the president on horseback on top of a marble pedestal. It is on the same site where a monument to his predecessor once stood. The latter has been moved to the outskirts of the capital.
05/26/2015 MYANMAR - ASIA
Tints Swe: international lobby and Burmese military regime behind Rohingya crisis
by Francis Khoo Thwe
Activist maintains there are "invisible hands" complicating the plight of modern-day boat-people. Naypyidaw is only interested in maintaining power and exploiting the nationalist element ahead of elections. The international community exerts undue pressure and pursues its own interests. The real challenge is "to stop human trafficking."

05/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Christianity is a radical choice: you cannot have "heaven and earth"
"It's sad to see a Christian, whether it’s a lay person, consecrated, priest, or bishop - it’s sad when you see he wants two things: to follow Jesus and worldly things, to follow Jesus and worldliness." Jesus does not promise riches to his apostles, but the legacy of the Kingdom of heaven "but with persecution, with the cross."
05/26/2015 EGYPT - LIBYA
Egypt seeks anti –jihadist allies among Libyan tribes
Hundreds of Libyan tribal leaders met yesterday in Cairo. Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri: " Egypt will not hesitate to support her brother Libyans until they achieve security and reconciliation among themselves." Egyptian President ponders Arab States intervention in Libya, modeled on Yemen.
05/26/2015 NEPAL
Nepalese authorities ban entry to the Hindu and Buddhist religious sites for fear of collapse
by Christopher Sharma
Concerns about the continuing aftershocks. Ban focuses on Hindu and Buddhist temples, located on hills and mountains at risk of landslides. The roads leading to the temples will be washed away by monsoon rains, coming in a few weeks. Temples are surrounded by crowded shacks and houses that could collapse along with the religious places.
05/26/2015 YEMEN - IRAN - S. ARABIA
Yemen, Sunni militias and Saudi raids against Houthi rebels, dozens of dead and wounded
Shiite militias have lost control of some strategic military sites in the south. Dozens dead and at least 70 wounded in the battle. Coalition air raids on the capital continue. Tehran complains to Riyadh over an attack that hit the embassy in Sanaa. Prospects of peace and dialogue increasingly remote.
05/25/2015 BANGLADESH
All religious groups condemn the rape of a Catholic tribal woman
by Sumon Corraya
The 21-year old ethnic Garo is currently recuperating at the Tejgaon's Victim Support Centre. Five rapists are still at large. The attack took place on minibus in the capital. The Bishop of Mymensingh, where the young woman hails from, calls for "exemplary punishment” for the attackers.
05/25/2015 VIETNAM
Beijing bans fishing in the South China Sea, a step Hanoi calls arrogant and illegitimate
by Nguyen Hung
The ban covers disputed maritime areas and most of Vietnam’s and Philippines’ coastal waters. Hundreds of thousands of people who depend on fishing could lose their jobs. For Vietnam, China “does not have the right to ban fishing in our waters.”
05/25/2015 INDIA
Odisha: Christian minister imprisoned on (false) accusations of forced conversions
by Nirmala Carvalho
Rev Timothy Chaitanya Murmu, from the Pentecostal community in the village of Manohar, has been in jail for four days. He is "guilty" of baptising 16 tribal people. For the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), he was arrested because of a “legal technicality”.
05/25/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "Attachment to riches is the beginning of all kinds of corruption"
"Riches are for the common good, for everyone. And if the Lord gives them to one person it is so that they are used for the good of all, not for oneself, not so they are closed in one’s heart, which then becomes corrupt and sad."
05/25/2015 CHINA
To please millionaires, Beijing to lower taxes on luxury goods
The government plans to lower import taxes by an average of 50 per cent in order to bolster domestic demand in high-end consumer goods like Nike sports shoes and L’Oreal cosmetics.
05/25/2015 YEMEN
UN talks over Yemen postponed
A UN official made the announcement. Getting the parties to meet for peace talks is the main reason. The conflict has has left some 2,000 people dead and displaced more than half a million people.

Altri articoli
05/25/2015 MYANMAR - ASIA
Yangon Cardinal: Myanmar has a moral duty to resolve the Rohingya crisis by Charles Maung Bo*
05/25/2015 RUSSIA
Russia faces debate on the legalization of polygamy
05/25/2015 PAKISTAN
Lahore, Muslims set Christian colony ablaze: new charges of blasphemy by Jibran Khan
05/25/2015 SOUTH KOREA
Seoul, government "is liable for lepers castrated by force"
05/25/2015 BANGLADESH
Bangladesh: Catholic Church promotes interreligious dialogue against extremism by Sumon Corraya
05/24/2015 VATICAN
For pope, the missionary dimension is in the Church’s very nature and is "intrinsic to all forms of consecrated life"
05/24/2015 VATICAN
For pope, Mgr Romero, “following the example of Jesus, chose to be among his people” even at the cost of his life
05/24/2015 VATICAN
For pope, “The world needs men and women who are not closed in on themselves, but filled with the Holy Spirit”
05/23/2015 VATICAN
For pope, labour must be "free, creative, participatory and mutually-supportive"
05/23/2015 SYRIA
Nuncio in Damascus: no news about Fr Mourad, not even about who abducted him
05/23/2015 NEPAL – VATICAN
Apostolic Nuncio says pope is praying for peace, security and prosperity in quake-hit Nepal by Christopher Sharma
05/23/2015 CHINA
Beijing plans the first landing on the "dark side" of the Moon
05/23/2015 INDONESIA – ASIA
Migrant crisis: Indonesian religious leaders call on government to sign the Geneva Convention
05/23/2015 TAJIKISTAN – CHINA
Dushanbe and Beijing sign extradition deal with Uighurs in mind
Editor's choices
ASIA
Vigil for persecuted Christians, our teachers in the mission in the West
by Bernardo CervelleraThe "wall of indifference and cynicism" and the silence and apathy so often denounced by Pope Francis have become almost a fortress. Such persecution reflects confessional manipulation, which slams Islam as such, and ideological manipulation, which forgets what is happening in North Korea or China. An increasingly post-Christian Europe seems disinterested in Christians.
RUSSIA – CHINA
Moscow Patriarchate: China authorises the ordination of Chinese Orthodox priests on its territory
by Marta AllevatoMetropolitan Hilarion, the Moscow Patriarchate’s ‘foreign minister’, made the announcement after a visit to China where he met the leaders of the State Administration for Religious Affairs. The first priest should serve in Harbin. Two more ordinations are expected. With a new Cold War as the background, the Moscow-Beijing strategic alliance also has a Church connection with the People's Republic recognising the latter’s 'political' role in Russia.
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05/19/2015 RUSSIA – CHINA
Moscow Patriarchate: China authorises the ordination of Chinese Orthodox priests on its territory
by Marta Allevato
05/25/2015 PAKISTAN
Lahore, Muslims set Christian colony ablaze: new charges of blasphemy
by Jibran Khan
05/19/2015 ASIA
Vigil for persecuted Christians, our teachers in the mission in the West
by Bernardo Cervellera
05/21/2015 BANGLADESH
Islamic extremists claim the right to kill ten intellectuals and bloggers
by Sumon Corraya
05/23/2015 VATICAN
For pope, labour must be "free, creative, participatory and mutually-supportive"
05/25/2015 MYANMAR - ASIA
Yangon Cardinal: Myanmar has a moral duty to resolve the Rohingya crisis
by Charles Maung Bo*
05/22/2015 THAILAND - ASIA
Beatings, rapes and abuse: the Rohingya in Thailand recount their journey of despair
by Weena Kowitwanij
05/24/2015 VATICAN
For pope, “The world needs men and women who are not closed in on themselves, but filled with the Holy Spirit”
05/22/2015 SYRIA - IRAQ
Islamic State takes entire border between Syria and Iraq
05/21/2015 CHINA – VATICAN
For Xi Jinping, religions must be "Chinese" and without "foreign influences"
by Wang Zhicheng

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