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07/22/2014 CHINA
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 (AsiaNews) - 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...

07/22/2014 INDIA
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.
07/22/2014 VIETNAM - 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.
07/22/2014 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
UN, U.S., Arab League meet to stop the war in Gaza. Number of victims climbs
Nearly 600 Palestinians dead; over 3 thousand injured. Among Israelis there are 29 dead and hundreds injured. A hospital in Gaza, some doctors killed. One Palestinian killed in West Bank. Clashes in East Jerusalem.
07/22/2014 BANGLADESH
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."

07/22/2014 SOUTH 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".
07/21/2014 LEBANON - 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.
07/21/2014 CHINA
Bad meat: KFC and McDonald's "duped" by Chinese supplier
World food giants, including Pizza Hut and Yum Brands, discard the Shanghai Husi Food Company. A TV report shows green, unpleasantly odoriferous meat as it goes through reprocessing to be made "anew".
07/21/2014 SRI 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.
07/21/2014 UKRAINE - RUSSIA
As more accusations are levelled against Russia, 247 bodies are recovered from downed MH17 flight
Bodies have been loaded onto refrigerated train cars in Torez. Malaysian and Dutch experts have only been allowed at the crash site today after days of looting. Only military experts can operate ground-to-air missiles.
07/21/2014 INDONESIA
Jakarta: high tensions a day before the results of the presidential election are announced
by Mathias Hariyadi
Tens of thousands of police and military have been deployed on the streets of the capital. Sino-Indonesians fear uncertainty, remembering the 1998 riots. Outgoing president calls on contenders to respect the verdict the Electoral Commission will announce tomorrow morning. Otherwise, "we will have a huge price to pay."
07/21/2014 BANGLADESH
Bangladesh: Catholic appointed personal secretary to the Prime Minister
by Sumon Corraya
Her name is Namita Halder and she is a native of the diocese of Khulna. This is the first time a government official belonging to the Christian community has held such a role.
07/21/2014 IRAQ
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".
07/21/2014 SOUTH 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.
07/21/2014 INDIA - 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.

Altri articoli
07/21/2014 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Ban Ki-moon: Israel in Gaza, "an atrocious action". So far 502 Palestinians and 18 Israeli soldiers killed
07/21/2014 IRAQ
Baghdad’s Muslims show solidarity with Christians by Thomas Tammo
07/20/2014 VATICAN
Pope: I am with the persecuted Christians of Mosul and the Middle East
07/19/2014 UKRAINE - RUSSIA
Ukraine, inquiry into downed flight hindered
07/19/2014 CHINA
China hit by Rammasun, the strongest typhoon in 40 years
07/19/2014 INDIA
Uttar Pradesh, Church of the Nazarene attacked: Pastor and faithful beaten by Nirmala Carvalho
07/19/2014 ITALY - ASIA
2013 sees jump in death penalty, with China, Iran and Iraq in the lead
07/19/2014 SRI LANKA
Jaffna: government erodes freedom and dignity of Tamil people by Melani Manel Perera
07/18/2014 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
As Israeli tanks enter Gaza, Netanyahu says he is prepared to "significantly widen" the operations
07/18/2014 VATICAN - ISLAM
Christians and Muslims should work fraternally for "justice, peace and respect for the rights and dignity of every person"
07/18/2014 LEBANON
With its independence and very existence at stake, Lebanon needs a new president by Fady Noun
07/18/2014 IRAQ
Baghdad patriarch: as the time for dialogue is no more, Christians flee Mosul
07/18/2014 NORTH KOREA - CHINA
Pyongyang furious over viral Chinese video of Kim Jong-un dancing, singing and kung fu fighting
07/18/2014 INDIA
For Catholic doctor, violence against women can destroy India
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VATICAN
Pope: I am with the persecuted Christians of Mosul and the Middle East "May the God of peace inspire in all a genuine desire for dialogue and reconciliation. Violence is never defeated with violence. Violence is defeated with peace." At the Sunday Angelus Francis comments on the parable of the wheat and the weeds. God is "patient" He knows "the same weeds in the end, may become good wheat". But "at the time of the harvest, that is, of judgment, the reapers will execute the order of the master separating the weeds to be burned".
CHINA - VATICAN
Beijing, seminarians desert graduation ceremony: We will not celebrate Mass with illegitimate bishops The rector of the seminary is the illegitimate bishop Joseph Ma Yinglin: Students refuse to concelebrate with him and reject Msgr. Fang Xingyao, who has participated in several illegal episcopal ordinations. The directors close the year without awarding diplomas and send students home: rumors of some courses being "suspended" in September. The precedent of 2000, when 130 young students chose fidelity to the Pope over compromise with the government.
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07/20/2014 VATICAN
Pope: I am with the persecuted Christians of Mosul and the Middle East
07/18/2014 NORTH KOREA - CHINA
Pyongyang furious over viral Chinese video of Kim Jong-un dancing, singing and kung fu fighting
07/18/2014 CHINA - VATICAN
Beijing, seminarians desert graduation ceremony: We will not celebrate Mass with illegitimate bishops
07/18/2014 IRAQ
Baghdad patriarch: as the time for dialogue is no more, Christians flee Mosul
07/15/2014 IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch overjoyed at release of nuns and children, “they are well"
07/18/2014 INDIA
Bangalore, 17 year old novice gang raped
by Nirmala Carvalho
07/16/2014 TIBET - CHINA
Dalai Lama: Beijing should learn from the Middle East, only dialogue will save Tibet
07/16/2014 INDONESIA
As Indonesian Church calls for unity, tensions and charges divide Widodo and Subianto supporters
by Mathias Hariyadi
07/21/2014 SOUTH KOREA
K-Pop idol, Rain, converts to Catholicism: For the faith, not for love
07/21/2014 IRAQ
Baghdad’s Muslims show solidarity with Christians
by Thomas Tammo

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