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05/27/2015 CHINA – VATICAN
As the parish priest at Baoding’s Mary Queen of China Church is arrested, another Catholic altar is demolished
Fr Liu Honggeng has been missing since 7 May. His mobile phone is off and his parishioners have hit a wall of silence by local police. The underground priest was getting ready for the Marian month. He has already spent eight years in prison for refusing to join the Patriotic Association. The authorities have also detained Mgr Julius Jia Zhiguo of Zhengding for 12 days without explanation. In Baoding, agents demolished an "illegal" Catholic altar. Two women were wounded trying to protect it.
Rome (AsiaNews) – Fr Liu Honggeng Liu, vice rector of Our Lady Queen of China shrine and parish in Baoding (central province of Hebei), "was arrested by local authorities, who took him into custody on 7 May to prevent pilgrimages to his church,” a...

05/27/2015 HONG KONG
The Missionaries of Charity see the poor as benefactors, thanks to them they can serve Jesus
Present in Hong Kong since 1983, the Sisters of Mother Teresa operate two centres where they provide food and shelter to those in need. “The more we give to our poor, the more we receive in abundance,” and “the poorest of the poor often challenge us to live our vocation”.
05/27/2015 BANGLADESH
Bangladesh, two men arrested for the rape of tribal Catholic girl
by Sumon Corraya
The accused have confessed to having planned the violent attack. The High Court in Dhaka puts the police under investigation for negligence.
05/27/2015 SRI LANKA
Less repression but still forbidden to "disagree" with government in Sri Lanka
This was revealed in a report by Human Rights group, Inform. The report documents an improvement of the situation in the first three months of the presidency Sirisena compared to the regime of Rajapaksa. But cases of critical voices being "silenced" persist.
05/27/2015 VATICAN
Pope: engagement is "a journey", people who want “everything at once, also give up on everything – at once – at the first problem”
"There is no express marriage: we need to work on love, you have to journey. The alliance of the love of man and woman is learned and refined. I dare say, it is an alliance of craftsmanship. Making of two lives, one life, it is also a miracle, a miracle of freedom and of the heart, given in faith". Pre-marriage courses are often the only opportunity to really get to know each other for "couples who have been together a long time" to "reflect on their experience in a non-trivial terms".

05/27/2015 THAILAND - MYANMAR - ASIA
Thai army to the rescue of the Rohingya migrants with emergency operation on the seas
by Weena Kowitwanij
Army and Air Force launch a two-week operation patrolling the waters and offering emergency services. Food, water, medicine and fuel to reach their final goal will be given to the desperate migrants. Prime Minister calls for a common solution in the Asean summit, on the 29. In Yangon nationalists and Buddhists take to the streets against the repatriation of the Rohingya.
05/27/2015 VIETNAM
Human rights blogger is freed and promises renewed battle
Hanoi authorities have released the 51 year old Truong Duy Nhat, who was sentenced in March 2014 to two years in prison. He was charged under Article 258 of the penal code, applied to target dissidents. He promises to continue his fight for rights and civil liberties in Vietnam.
05/27/2015 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Israeli air raids in the Gaza Strip strike Hamas targets
The operation in response to a rocket launch yesterday on the port city of Ashdod. So far, no official news of deaths or injuries. Four training camps targeted. International activists accuse Hamas (after Israel) of war crimes.
05/26/2015 PAKISTAN
Punjab school textbooks that incite hatred against minorities should be reviewed, says NCJP
by Shafique Khokhar
The National Commission for Justice and Peace (MCJP) of the Catholic Church of Pakistan has surveyed many textbooks used in Punjab provincial schools. In order to stop religious extremism and promote peace, schools must be the starting point.
05/26/2015 CHINA
China’s ruling Communist Party warns its members that harbouring religious beliefs will be punished
In an article published, the newsletter of the party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection acknowledges the presence of religious believers in the party. This is “attracting serious concern” because whilst “Chinese citizens have the freedom of religious belief, [. . .] Communist Party members aren't the same as regular citizens; they are fighters in the vanguard for a communist consciousness”. Hence, anyone who strays away will become the target of disciplinary action.
05/26/2015 INDONESIA
Widowo relaxes security measures in Papua, announces pardon for political prisoners
by Mathias Hariyadi
Journalists, especially foreign ones, will be able to visit Indonesia’s easternmost provinces, a decision initially opposed by the country’s military and police. The Indonesian president also expressed his intention to pardon political prisoners. However, most are refusing, calling instead for an amnesty.
05/26/2015 INDIA
Bosco’s story or “the gift of sobriety through the mantle of Mary’s love”
by Bosco Pereira
Son of good Catholic parents, he started drinking at the age of 17. Alcohol took away his family, work, friends, and a girlfriend until he met Brother Cyril, who ran the Mary’s Clan rehab centre at the Basilica of Our Lady of Mount (Bandra). Bosco is now married, with two children and taken over the centre. "God doesn’t always promise you the things that you have lost, but definitely promises you all things new and beautiful."
05/26/2015 ASIA
Southeast Asia: billions of dollars in weapons to counter the threat from China
Over the past 15 years, defence spending by ASEAN nations has gone up more than three folds. By 2020, it should reach US$ 52 billion, especially in naval procurement. As tensions in the South China Sea rise, Southeast Asian nations buy submarines, amphibious craft and corvettes.
05/26/2015 TURKMENISTAN
Turkmen president gets a gilded equestrian statue paid with wages "donated" by the people
The 21-metre monument includes a gilded statue of the president on horseback on top of a marble pedestal. It is on the same site where a monument to his predecessor once stood. The latter has been moved to the outskirts of the capital.
05/26/2015 MYANMAR - ASIA
Tints Swe: international lobby and Burmese military regime behind Rohingya crisis
by Francis Khoo Thwe
Activist maintains there are "invisible hands" complicating the plight of modern-day boat-people. Naypyidaw is only interested in maintaining power and exploiting the nationalist element ahead of elections. The international community exerts undue pressure and pursues its own interests. The real challenge is "to stop human trafficking."

Altri articoli
05/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Christianity is a radical choice: you cannot have "heaven and earth"
05/26/2015 EGYPT - LIBYA
Egypt seeks anti –jihadist allies among Libyan tribes
05/26/2015 NEPAL
Nepalese authorities ban entry to the Hindu and Buddhist religious sites for fear of collapse by Christopher Sharma
05/26/2015 YEMEN - IRAN - S. ARABIA
Yemen, Sunni militias and Saudi raids against Houthi rebels, dozens of dead and wounded
05/25/2015 BANGLADESH
All religious groups condemn the rape of a Catholic tribal woman by Sumon Corraya
05/25/2015 VIETNAM
Beijing bans fishing in the South China Sea, a step Hanoi calls arrogant and illegitimate by Nguyen Hung
05/25/2015 INDIA
Odisha: Christian minister imprisoned on (false) accusations of forced conversions by Nirmala Carvalho
05/25/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "Attachment to riches is the beginning of all kinds of corruption"
05/25/2015 CHINA
To please millionaires, Beijing to lower taxes on luxury goods
05/25/2015 YEMEN
UN talks over Yemen postponed
05/25/2015 MYANMAR - ASIA
Yangon Cardinal: Myanmar has a moral duty to resolve the Rohingya crisis by Charles Maung Bo*
05/25/2015 RUSSIA
Russia faces debate on the legalization of polygamy
05/25/2015 PAKISTAN
Lahore, Muslims set Christian colony ablaze: new charges of blasphemy by Jibran Khan
05/25/2015 SOUTH KOREA
Seoul, government "is liable for lepers castrated by force"
Editor's choices
ASIA
Vigil for persecuted Christians, our teachers in the mission in the West
by Bernardo CervelleraThe "wall of indifference and cynicism" and the silence and apathy so often denounced by Pope Francis have become almost a fortress. Such persecution reflects confessional manipulation, which slams Islam as such, and ideological manipulation, which forgets what is happening in North Korea or China. An increasingly post-Christian Europe seems disinterested in Christians.
RUSSIA – CHINA
Moscow Patriarchate: China authorises the ordination of Chinese Orthodox priests on its territory
by Marta AllevatoMetropolitan Hilarion, the Moscow Patriarchate’s ‘foreign minister’, made the announcement after a visit to China where he met the leaders of the State Administration for Religious Affairs. The first priest should serve in Harbin. Two more ordinations are expected. With a new Cold War as the background, the Moscow-Beijing strategic alliance also has a Church connection with the People's Republic recognising the latter’s 'political' role in Russia.
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Top 10
05/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Christianity is a radical choice: you cannot have "heaven and earth"
05/25/2015 PAKISTAN
Lahore, Muslims set Christian colony ablaze: new charges of blasphemy
by Jibran Khan
05/25/2015 MYANMAR - ASIA
Yangon Cardinal: Myanmar has a moral duty to resolve the Rohingya crisis
by Charles Maung Bo*
05/23/2015 VATICAN
For pope, labour must be "free, creative, participatory and mutually-supportive"
05/21/2015 BANGLADESH
Islamic extremists claim the right to kill ten intellectuals and bloggers
by Sumon Corraya
05/24/2015 VATICAN
For pope, “The world needs men and women who are not closed in on themselves, but filled with the Holy Spirit”
05/22/2015 THAILAND - ASIA
Beatings, rapes and abuse: the Rohingya in Thailand recount their journey of despair
by Weena Kowitwanij
05/22/2015 SYRIA - IRAQ
Islamic State takes entire border between Syria and Iraq
05/21/2015 CHINA – VATICAN
For Xi Jinping, religions must be "Chinese" and without "foreign influences"
by Wang Zhicheng
05/22/2015 PAKISTAN
Pakistan: 106 people on trial for the lynching of a Christian couple, accused of blasphemy

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