05/28/2015VATICAN Pope: selfish, worldly or rigorous Christians, draw people away from Jesus There are three groups of Christians: those who instead of responding to the cry of the people asking for salvation distance them from Jesus because they only think about their "selfish" relationship with God, or because they worldly people or rigorists. And then there are Christians who really listen to the cry and live in accordance with their faith and help draw people closer to Jesus. Vatican City (AsiaNews) - There are three groups of Christians: those who instead of responding to the cry of the people asking for salvation distance them from Jesus because they only think about their "selfish" relationship with God, or because they worldly...
05/28/2015IRAQ - IRAN Patriarch of Baghdad: Iran’s Chaldeans, "light, salt and leaven" in the Church of Persia by Louis Raphael I Sako* From May 12 to 24 last, Mar Sako made a pastoral visit to Tehran and Urmia, in Iran, meeting Christian and Muslim political and religious figures. His Beatitude stressed the historic presence of Christians in Iran, a presence that precedes Islam. He invited the faithful to "stay close to your country" and reminds them "strength is in quality and not in number."
05/28/2015CHINA China celebrates one million millionaires According to figures from Bain & Company, China had 1.04 million millionaires at the 2014, an increase of 330,000 compared to 2012. Another study predicts that Asia will become the centre of billionaire growth.
05/28/2015CHINA - RUSSIA Moscow wants to "restore" Russian sites and monuments in Northeast China by Nina Achmatova The Coordination Council of Russian Compatriots in the People's Republic has prepared a program which identifies seven objects of historical and artistic significance; these include churches and a cross on the site where a battle was fought in the Russo-Japanese War.
05/27/2015KYRGYZSTAN – UNITED NATIONS UN calls on Kyrgyz authorities to revise bill that labels NGOs as "foreign agents" The bill would affect foreign-funded organisations involved in political activities to register as foreign agents. For UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the bill fails to define “political activities” and could jeopardise human rights and freedom of association. Human Rights Watch warns that the bill will “only stigmatize” NGOs working in the country.
05/27/2015CHINA – VATICAN As the parish priest at Baoding’s Mary Queen of China Church is arrested, another Catholic altar is demolished Fr Liu Honggeng has been missing since 7 May. His mobile phone is off and his parishioners have hit a wall of silence by local police. The underground priest was getting ready for the Marian month. He has already spent eight years in prison for refusing to join the Patriotic Association. The authorities have also detained Mgr Julius Jia Zhiguo of Zhengding for 12 days without explanation. In Baoding, agents demolished an "illegal" Catholic altar. Two women were wounded trying to protect it.
05/27/2015HONG KONG – CHINA Beijing picks Tiananmen anniversary for meeting on Hong Kong’s political future The Chinese government wants to meet with Hong Kong legislators on the day the territory holds its traditional pro-democracy rally. Hong Kong’s chief executive calls on 27 pro-democracy legislators to choose between the future and an anniversary. Pro-democracy iconic figure Lee Cheuk-yan calls for a boycott of the Shenzhen meeting.