by Giorgio Bernardelli | VATICANO-CINA

The bishop of Shanghai is in Rome for the conference marking the centennial of the first meeting of all Chinese bishops. The Church is one, but its development in China must "be in line" with the "great rebirth of the Chinese nation”. Communion with the pontiff is “the best guarantee of a faith freed from external political interests,” said Card Parolin. “There may be misunderstandings, but [they are] never half-hearted with respect to the Church's journey in China.”


In a video message to a conference being held in Rome at the Urbaniana University with participants from the People's Republic of China the history and present of the Church in China on the centenary of the Shanghai Council. ‘Those who follow Jesus love peace, and stand together with all those who work for peace’.

| 21/05/2024
| VATICAN - CHINA
by Dario Salvi

Yonatan Zeigen to AsiaNews: impossible to ‘destroy’ Hamas, which is an ‘idea’, the ‘mentality’ must be changed. Continuing the occupation ‘will always return to 6 October’. To commemorate his mother's battles, each year a prize will be awarded to an Arab and a Jewish woman working for coexistence. The embrace between Maoz Inon and Azia Abu Sarah in front of Pope Francis is an example ‘of what we all aspire to’. 

 

| 21/05/2024
| GATEWAY TO THE EAST
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Unlike the post-Soviet 'converted' politicians Andrej Belousov is one of the patrons of the Diveevo Monastery, the historical seat of St Seraphim of Sarov. Since the early 2000s, the influence of "presidential orthodoxy" has been concentrated here in the place that symbolises a spirituality that in the early 20th century was considered too close to the heresy of the Old Believers, convinced of the superiority of Russian Christianity over Byzantine Christianity. 

| 21/05/2024
| RUSSIA

Former President Rouhani recently slammed the exclusion of pro-reform candidates from the country’s latest elections, raising questions about the system’s representativeness. In Tehran only 8 per cent of voters took part in the run-off election to parliament. After Raisi's death in a helicopter crash, the issue will likely resurface during the upcoming presidential election, which must take place within a delay of 50 days in accordance with the constitution.

| 20/05/2024
| IRAN

The new facility, which is expected to be completed in 2026, will house about 120,000 literary artifacts, with a focus on past and future, a place symbolising the “hallyu”, the South Korean cultural wave that has made Korean literature, along with K-pop music and K-dramas, known the world over.

| 20/05/2024
| SOUTH KOREA
by Steve Suwannarat

Since 2016, Tô serves as public security minister. With him, the top leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam takes on a new face; now the National Assembly has to rubberstamp the party’s choice.

| 20/05/2024
| VIETNAM
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