| SOUTH KOREA

Societal discrimination is pushing single mothers to give their children up for adoption, starting with their family. South Korean single parents are the poorest among OECD countries. International adoptions have been a lucrative business for years; only recently is the situation changing.

by Dario Salvi

Donor countries meet to discuss Syria, but the country's ‘forgotten war’ continues to provoke suffering and the flight of its population (about 500 a day). Speaking to AsiaNews, the apostolic nuncio in Damascus describes a ‘stagnant political process’ while ‘the only progress is in terms of poverty’. The exodus of Christians ‘another great wound that bleeds’. 

| 28/05/2024
| GATEWAY TO THE EAST
by Vladimir Rozanskij

After the clashes of the past few days many students are leaving the Kyrgyz capital to return home, with a series of charter flights organised directly from Islamabad. The rector of the diplomatic academy, Kurmanov, is harshly critical: ‘We risk becoming a rogue country, where everything is shared out among the local clans’.

| 28/05/2024
| KYRGYZSTAN

A Thai delegation was received in the Vatican. The pontiff reiterated the willingness to work together to bring hope. Meditation and prayer are ways to purify hearts and minds by generating mercy.

| 27/05/2024
| VATICAN

The Thai government has been criticised for the decision, forcing Commerce Minister Phumtham Wechayachai to show the rice is still edible in the presence of officials and journalists. However, according to expert opinion, old rice loses much of its nutritional value. A dozen African countries import thousands of tonnes of rice from Thailand every year.

| 27/05/2024
| THAILAND
by Shafique Khokhar

The victim, 72-year-old Nazir Masih, was beaten by an angry mob. His business and home were set on fire, as police failed to intervene. His family is on the run, while he lays in hospital in critical condition. Nine months after violence in Jaranwala, the Christian community in Punjab province continues to be the victim of the same hostility.

| 27/05/2024
| PAKISTAN
by Sumon Corraya

The Bangladeshi prime minister claims that Christians want to "carve out a Christian state” on the border with Myanmar. Archbishop Bejoy N. D'Cruze, head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Bangladesh, calls the idea absurd. In a statement, he defends “the sovereignty of Bangladesh”.

| 27/05/2024
| BANGLADESH
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by Gianni Criveller
AsiaNews’s editorial director looks at the conferences that marked a hundred years since the Council of Shanghai. While acknowledging past mistakes, he insists that most missionaries were committed to the good of the Chinese people. The nationalism ...
| 23/05/2024
| RED LANTERNS
 
by Giorgio Bernardelli
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 ...
| 21/05/2024
| VATICANO-CHINA
 
Three people have died and hundreds have been injured in recent clashes between police and pro-independence protesters in the French Overseas Territory. For the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC), “It cannot be ignored that eruption of violence ...
| 17/05/2024
| OCEANIA
 
by Silvia Torriti
Cranes and excavators are back at work after they were halted in June 2020 following local opposition and academic criticism, social media in China report. Ostensibly, the goal is to modernise rural life by merging a fifth of 70,000 villages, forcing ...
| 16/05/2024
| RED LANTERNS
 
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| 15/05/2024
| ASIA TODAY
 
Zhang Zhan, 40, was a leading human rights advocate in Shanghai. The Christian woman was supposed to be freed today after four years in prison, but her fate remains unknown while her family has been forced into silence. Activist groups following her ...
| 13/05/2024
| CHINA
 
Receiving in audience a delegation led by the new Major Archbishop Raphael Thattil, the pontiff publicly expressed his assent to a request made for years by the Churches of the East, especially for their faithful in the Persian Gulf. A new harsh warning ...
| 13/05/2024
| VATICAN - INDIA
 
by Nirmala Carvalho
The 38-year-old member of the Congregation of the Holy Cross graduated from college in Mumbai before embracing the religious life. The new priest told AsiaNews: “My vocation and mission as a priest are to provide all the Sacraments in the Indian ...
| 07/05/2024
| INDIA
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