07/28/2015CHINA Christians respond to demolitions in Zhejiang with a ‘Make and carry the cross" campaign In a joint online campaign, Catholics and Protestants call on the faithful to make crosses at home and carry them everywhere. This is a "peaceful and non-violent" response to the authorities’ campaign against the religious symbol. For Catholic priest, "Tomorrow you will see crosses everywhere in Zhejiang." Beijing (AsiaNews) – Catholics and Protestants in the eastern province of Zhejiang have launched an ‘ecumenical’ campaign to make crosses – the Christian symbol par excellence – and carry them everywhere.
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07/28/2015INDIA The cold-blooded killing of a Christian “Maoist” couple brings back fears of pogrom in Kandhamal by Nirmala Carvalho The bodies have not been found. Bloodstains and pieces of clothing were found at the site where they were last seen. Two members of the country’s largest paramilitary group are suspected. The victims come from the same village as seven Christians sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, which sparked the anti-Christian pogrom of 2008.
07/28/2015LIBYA Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam sentenced to death in absentia A court in Tripoli sentenced the son of the former dictator. The latter was not present because he is held by a militia group in the city of Zintan that does not recognize the authorities in Tripoli and has refused to hand him over. With Saif al-Islam, the death penalty was also imposed on the former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senousi, and former Prime Minister Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi.
07/28/2015CHINA-HONG KONG China shares continue to fall, despite the assurances of the government After the big crash yesterday (-8.5%), the Shanghai stock market lost 1% today; Shenzhen 1.3%. At least 900 companies have withdrawn from trading after losing 10%. The central bank of China promised to inject 50 billion yuan in the money market, but the production figures do not favour optimism.
07/27/2015JAPAN Battle over peace “reopens old wounds that never healed” Fr Domenico Vitali, a Jesuit, has been in Japan for more than half a century. He spoke to AsiaNews about Japan’s ongoing debate over constitutional reform. For him,” It is not about being in favour or against war, but about arguments heard before the Second World War” based on nationalist rhetoric and honour. Even within the Church, “various groups have split to take different positions”.
07/27/2015TURKEY – SYRIA – IRAQ Ankara changing strategy vis-à-vis the Islamic state and the Kurds at NATO meeting by Sami Osman Tomorrow’ "emergency meeting" is set for Ankara with all NATO representatives. Yesterday Turkish jets carried out air strikes against PKK bases north of Dohuk and Arbil in Iraqi Kurdistan. Turkey wants to ensure that no autonomous Kurdish region emerges in Syria. Clashes occur in Istanbul and Diyarbakir.
07/27/2015RUSSIA For Patriarch Kirill, the Church can help the state fight corruption by Nina Achmatova The Patriarchate and the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation signed an agreement that formalises cooperation between Church and State. According to the Orthodox primate, society’s woes stem from the destruction of values and the economic collapse that occurred in the 1990s. Corruption costs the state more than US$ 600 million.
07/27/2015INDIA Karnataka: thousands of pupils join Pope Francis’ ‘Green crusade" by Nirmala Carvalho More than 6,000 boys and girls took part in the ‘Clean and green Ballari’ as a practical response to the Laudato Si’ encyclical. The initiative is a joint effort by local Catholic schools and state officials. For the local bishop, “Teaching ecology must become an integral part of formal education.”
07/27/2015NEPAL Four arrests in a case involving a 10-year-old child killed in a witchcraft sacrifice by Christopher Sharma The child’s name was Jeevan Kohar. He was playing near home and was tricked into following his murderers with a box of biscuits and the equivalent of 50 cents. His body was offered in sacrifice to Hindu gods in order to cure an 18-year-old man. The latter’s father said he feels guilty for his action. Lawyers staged a protest in front of parliament against Hindu superstitious practices, which are used to justify the murder of innocent people.
07/27/2015ISRAEL – PALESTINE After yesterday's clashes in Jerusalem, Palestinian dies today trying to escape arrest The young man, 18, was wounded in the leg, and fell as he tried to leap from one roof to another. Yesterday's clashes were caused by an attempt by ultra-Orthodox Jews to commemorate Tisha B'av, a day of remembrance for the destruction of both the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem, on the Esplanade of the Mosques, where, according to Jewish tradition the temples once stood.