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08/19/2014 UKRAINE - RUSSIA
Moscow-linked Ukrainian Orthodox Church calls for Crimea's return to Kyiv
by Nina Achmatova
A Church spokesman spoke out to this effect days after Onufry's enthronement as the new metropolitan. Meanwhile the Russian patriarch continues his silence on Russia's takeover of the Crimea, but is loud in his attacks against the '"aggressiveness" of the Uniate Church.
Moscow (AsiaNews) - The Ukrainian Orthodox Church faithful to the Moscow Patriarchate has spoken out in favour of the territorial integrity of the former Soviet republic and against the annexation of the Crimea to Russia, which took place in March after a controversial referendum. This comes a few days after the enthronement on Sunday of Onufry (pictured) as the new Metropolitan of...

08/19/2014 CHINA
To stop corruption, the party must act within the limits of the constitution
by Bao Tong
Popular sovereignty, public opinion, and an independent judiciary as brakes on the absolute power of the Party are dreams "worth having", the great statesman writes. The charter is legitimate on paper but its spirit died in the Tiananmen Square bloodbath. Courtesy of Radio Free Asia.
08/19/2014 SRI LANKA
Jaffna: rising suicide rate among civil war victims
by Melani Manel Perera
After the war, the loss of social cohesion, economic deprivation and the lack of government rehabilitation policies have prevented people from recovering from their trauma.
08/19/2014 INDIA
For ultranationalists, India is Hindu and its people cannot be secular
by Nirmala Carvalho
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) officials issue new statements to that effect. The head of the paramilitary group says he wants "equality" for the people. For the leader of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), "it is ironic that the RSS should speak of equality, when it has always opposed the struggle for minority rights".
08/19/2014 IRAQ
As the liberation of the Nineveh Plains gets underway, Kurdistan bishop waits for Pope Francis
For Mgr Rabban Al-Qas, bishop of Amadiyah, bomb disposal experts are needed to clear mines. The terrorists of the Islamic State have laid scores of them, slowing down the push by peshmerga and regular Iraqi troops. The Kurdish government allocates US$ 12 million for Christian refugees. A possible papal visit is raising hope.

08/19/2014 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Gaza war: Truce prolonged for another 24 hours
Israel wants guarantees for the demilitarization of the Strip; Hamas wants an end to the blockade and the openings of border crossings. Sense of détente between the two sides. At least 100 thousand Palestinian left homeless by airraids. The death toll: 2016 Palestinians, mostly civilians; 67 Israelis, mostly soldiers.
08/19/2014 TIBET - CHINA
Lochung, two Tibetans die in Chinese police custody
One of the victims committed suicide in protest against the denial of medical care to inmates. The second died from his injuries. The two men were arrested following a peaceful demonstration, which police fired upon to halt.
08/19/2014 MYANMAR
Kachin Bishops urge "sustainable" solution to conflict, "peace is possible" in Myanmar
by Francis Khoo Thwe
The bishops of Banmaw, Myitkyina and Lashio revived the project of a "true federalism" that respects "ethnic groups, cultures and resources." They denounce human trafficking and the drug problem that has affected young people. Glimmers of a national ceasefire talks between the government and ethnic militias.
08/19/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
The Pope, example of compassion and consolation for Korean society
by Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi
Not just Catholics, but all South Koreans are carefully analyzing the messages of Francis in his four-day visit to the peninsula. Closeness to those who suffer, reunification through the conversion of hearts, the power of the Cross of Christ are arousing debate on the front pages the day after the pontiff’s departure. The only public protest, small in size, was staged by Protestants who "now fear to losing importance and faithful".
08/18/2014 VATICAN
For pope, in Iraq "It is lawful" to halt an "unjust aggressor", but the decision belongs to the UN
During the flight that brought him back to Rome, Francis spoke of his "respect" for the Chinese people, reiterating the importance of the Letter by Pope Benedict XVI. "If I felt I could not go on, I would resign," he said. As preparations for the encyclical on safeguarding creation continue, the pope plans future trips, including one to Albania, which has "important reasons".
08/18/2014 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka's 'people of the forest' want help to preserve their cultural identity
by Melani Manel Perera
The Vedda people want the government to respect their traditions and grant them part of the forest to hunt. They are the oldest indigenous group in Sri Lanka, direct descendants of communities that already lived on the island during the Neolithic.
08/18/2014 IRAQ
As Iraqi forces retake Mosul dam, a claim Islamists deny, Chaldean Church makes an appeal for the displaced
Peshmerga and Iraqi forces retake strategic facility with US air support. The dam provides power to northern Iraq. Islamic State militias claim to have repelled the attack. Some reports say fighting in the area continues. Germany opposes an independent Kurdish state. Patriarch Mar Sako and Card Filoni meet refugees.
08/18/2014 VATICAN-CHINA
Pope Francis and Xi Jinping’s "new line" and the Chinese young people in Korea
by Bernardo Cervellera
Pope Francis sends another telegram to China. Still no answer, but Xinhua today published an article on the trip. The pontiff’s "olive branch" in line with missionary work of Matteo Ricci, missionaries in China, of previous popes. No emphasis on diplomatic relations. Beijing’s hampering Chinese youth in attending Asian Youth Day. An overview of the "new line" for China, in the hope that the young people are not arrested or persecuted.
08/18/2014 NEPAL
Catholics celebrate Kathmandu cathedral
by Christopher Sharma
For two days, the community celebrated the liturgical festivity and the 19th anniversary of the Cathedral of the Assumption. On each of these days, hundreds of foreigner Catholics visited the church and attended Mass.
08/18/2014 HONK KONG - CHINA
Pro-Beijing activists take to Hong Kong streets to protest against the pro-democracy Occupy Central movement
Tens of thousands of people march to denounce the "threat" posed by democracy activists. Among the demonstrators, there were many "tourists" from mainland China and people paid to protest. For others, employers' pressures "convinced" them to take part in the event. For the leaders of the pro-democracy Occupy Central movement, the struggle continues.

Altri articoli
08/18/2014 INDIA - IRAQ
Indian bishop invokes Mary Queen of Heaven to bring peace to Iraq by Felix Machado*
08/18/2014 CHINA
New quake in Yunnan, dozens injured and hundreds of homes destroyed
08/18/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
President of the Korean bishops: Francis gave wake up call to Korea and Asia
08/18/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
A "Joseon-style" portrait to celebrate the Pope's visit to Korea
08/18/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Pope: Reconciliation and peace in Korea and world need conversion of hearts by Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi
08/17/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Pope tells Asia's young people to wake up and not to be afraid to bring faith to society
08/17/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Card Gracias: the Church's "small engine" in Asia can generate huge changes
08/17/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Card Tagle: pope urges us to be more and more missionary, engage non-believers in dialogue by Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi
08/17/2014 KOREA - CHINA - VATICAN - AYD
Some 300 young Chinese Catholics attend gathering with Francis
08/17/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Pope ready to talk to countries that do not have diplomatic relations with Vatican
08/16/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Baptised by the pope, father of a Sewol victim chooses Francis as his name
08/16/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Disabled, men and women religious and lay people in the pope's "ministry of compassion"
08/16/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Pope beatifies Korean martyrs who encourage us to ask ourselves if we are ready to die for the faith
08/16/2014 KOREA - CHINA - VATICAN - AYD
Luca Chang, from Nanjing to Seoul to say "thank you" to the Pope, and that the Chinese Church "loves you" by Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi
Editor's choices
IRAQ-ITALY
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul," the thanks of the Patriarch Louis Sako; the concerns of the Bishop of Kurdistan
by Bernardo CervelleraThe head of the Chaldean Church is grateful for the AsiaNews campaign and hopes that "this chain of solidarity will reach far and wide”. Helping refugees to remain in Iraq. But many want to flee abroad. The bishop of Amadiyah where thousands of displaced people have found haven in churches and homes: We also help the Arabs (Muslims), and Yazidis, for free and without looking at our confessional differences.
ITALY - IRAQ
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul" to respond directly to Iraq's emergencyAsiaNews is launching a fundraiser to support Christians targeted by the Islamic State, thus responding to a request by the Patriarch of Baghdad and Pope Francis's urgent appeal "to guarantee all necessary assistance - especially the most urgently needed aid - to the great multitude of people who have been driven from their homes, whose fate depends entirely on the solidarity of others." More than 100,000 people have been forced to flee their homes leaving everything behind and now have nothing to live on. To help them, five euros a day are enough. The funds raised will be sent to the Patriarchate of Baghdad, which will distribute them according to the needs of each family.
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08/14/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - CHINA - AYD
Beijing "recalls" Chinese priests from Seoul and blocks 80 young people from travelling for the AYD
08/14/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Seoul, Francis’ first immersion among crowd. To the bishops: "May we be saved from spiritual worldliness"
by Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi
08/15/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Pope calls on Korean Catholics to reject inhumane economics and the culture of death
by Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi
08/13/2014 IRAQ
Patriarch of Baghdad: USA, EU and the Arab League must clear Nineveh plain of Jihadists
by Louis Raphael I Sako *
08/13/2014 KOREA - VATICAN
Gu-Won Lee, with Pope Francis I will proclaim the Gospel of life with no legs or arms
by Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi
08/15/2014 IRAQ
For Mosul Archbishop, Islamist violence has led to new "unity" among Christians and the Church of Iraq
08/15/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Pope tells young people in Asia to pray for Korea's reunification, that God never tires of forgiving
08/13/2014 EGYPT - ISLAM
For Catholic Church spokesman, Egyptian Muslims show solidarity with Iraq's persecuted Christians
08/16/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Disabled, men and women religious and lay people in the pope's "ministry of compassion"
08/14/2014 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
For Gaza parish priest, Israel's offensive on the Palestinians was like an "atomic bomb"

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