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08/05/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "No closed doors" to divorced and remarried, they are part of the life of the Church
At the general audience, returning to his catechesies on the Family, Pope Francis asks all Christians to behave like the Good Shepherd, welcoming couples who are divorced and remarried and their children because they "are not excommunicated." They "can develop their belonging to Christ" through prayer, listening to the word of God and service to the poor, “participating in the liturgy." The Pope did not, however, mention participation in the Eucharist. A group of pilgrims from mainland China greet the Pope and sing the "Our Father" in Chinese.
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Divorced and remarried couples "are not excommunicated" and "should never be treated as such: they are always part of the Church." This was thewarm and heartfelt appeal that Pope Francis...

08/05/2015 ISRAEL
New appeal by Mordechai Vanunu: Lift restrictions, I just want to see my wife
Eighth High Court appeal by the engineer convert to Christianity who revealed the existence of Israel's nuclear arsenal. Vacant since 2004, he can not travel abroad. He has to give 48 hour notice if he wants to leave his house.
08/05/2015 CHINA
Guizhou: two children die stabbed in another left-behind tragedy
​​Bijie is sadly known in China for the number of left-behind children who have died. Neighbours reported nothing unusual to investigators. In 2012, five children died from carbon monoxide poisoning sheltering in a rubbish container. In 2015, four died from drinking pesticide.
08/05/2015 CHINA - KAZAKHSTAN
Winter Games, Almaty's disappointment and an online "funeral” for the Chinese mountain
The International Olympic Committee has chosen Beijing for the 2022 Games. Mountaineers complain that skiing will cause irreparable environmental damage. Haituo mountain is a natural barrier against pollution and dust storms affecting Beijing. The competition area is located near a nature reserve. Almaty residents and the Kazakhstan authorities disappointed by defeat of only four votes.
08/05/2015 MYANMAR
For Yangon cardinal, Myanmar’s flood victims need immediate food and aid
by Francis Khoo Thwe
Floods so far have killed 69 people, displacing another 260,000, but the final figure is expected to get much worse. The situation is critical in Rakhine state, already torn by sectarian violence. For Card Bo, aid is needed right away because of the massive devastation. The Church is playing a leading role in terms of aid and volunteers.

08/05/2015 INDIA
India, two trains derailed by floods: 24 dead
The vehicles were crossing a bridge. The river flooded the tracks, which gave in. According to a government report of 2012, at least 15 thousand people die each year in rail accidents.
08/05/2015 JAPAN
Emergecny in Japan as heatwave leaves 55 dead and 35 thousand hospitalized
The data, collected from April to today, is the most worrisome since 2008. In Tokyo, the temperature has stabilized at 35 degrees for five consecutive days. 48% of people over 65 years. The authorities distribute leaflets to prevent attacks of heat exhaustion.
08/05/2015 VIETNAM
Two Christians arrested for "anti-government activities" released after 4 years in prison
They are Catholic blogger Paulus Le Van Son, and of the Protestant leader Nguyen Van Oai. The pair were arrested without a warrant, and during the trial their legal assistance was restricted. In recent months they were pressured by the authorities to extort a confession. Other dissidents still in prison.
08/04/2015 VATICAN
Pope to altar servers: The joy of friendship with Jesus makes us all missionaries
Meeting thousands of participants in the international pilgrimage "Here I am Lord. Send me!", involving children and young people from about 20 countries, Francis thanks the altar servers and recalls that "it was God who made the first move. God’s actions were not impeded by his imperfections; it was God’s goodness alone that enables us to take up the mission, transforming us nto a totally new person and therefore one able to respond to the call of the Lord"
08/04/2015 CHINA – VATICAN
Ordained with a papal mandate, Fr Joseph Zhang Yinlin becomes the new coadjutor bishop of Anyang (Henan). The photo gallery
by Joseph Yuan
The ceremony was quiet. All ordaining bishops are in communion with the pope and recognised by the government. At least 1,300 faithful took part in the service. PIME missionaries served the diocese until 1949.
08/04/2015 CHINA – VATICAN
Calm episcopal ordination in Anyang, a model for the mission in China
by Bernardo Cervellera
The ordination took place today with three bishops loyal to the pope. The bishop and the diocese have always engaged the government in dialogue, but have always set the religious mission as their priority, and rejected the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association. The local Church is closely involved in catechesis, health care, and education, building on the tradition of PIME missionaries, who served the diocese for decades.
08/04/2015 PHILIPPINES – INDONESIA
For Filipino bishop, Mary Jane Veloso is innocent; those who took advantage of her should be punished
The Filipino woman is in jail in Indonesia, convicted of drug trafficking. The death sentence still hangs over her. The president of the Episcopal Commission for the care of migrants told AsiaNews, “They used her, and robbed her of her innocence.” The Church will pray for her and protect her children. “We hope and we are convinced that Mary Jane will be spared the death sentence.”
08/04/2015 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Jewish extremist arrested, suspected of attacks in Douma and the church in the Galilee
Israeli security services have arrested Meir Ettinger, accused of "nationalist crimes ." He faces up to a year of "administrative detention", a measure so far applied to Palestinian militants. On his blog he defended the attacks on churches and mosques. Police investigating threats to President Rivlin.
08/04/2015 INDIA
Tamil Nadu inaugurates seven milk banks
by Nirmala Carvalho
The initiative coincides with World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August). Its goal is to safeguard the health of newborns and reduce infant mortality.
08/04/2015 TIBET – CHINA
China’s Communist Party will pick the “next Dalai Lama, period!”
The party’s politburo met in Beijing chaired by President Xi Jinping to settle the “Tibetan question” once and for all. No unauthorised reincarnations will be allowed. China’s Communist government wants to interfere in purely religious matters, exploiting traditions that precede the People’s Republic by centuries. For Tibetan lawmaker, this “is ridiculous at best”.

Altri articoli
08/04/2015 VIETNAM
As Vietnam hits a record level of abortions, the Church leads the fight to defend life by Paul N. Hung
08/04/2015 SYRIA-TURKEY - UNITED STATES
First US air raid in Syria, to "defend" rebels fighting against jihadists (and Assad)
08/04/2015 QATAR-US-IRAN
US "accelerates" arms sales to Gulf monarchies, after "landmark deal" with Iran
08/04/2015 PAKISTAN
Another hanging in Pakistan: almost 200 executions so far in 2015
08/03/2015 PAKISTAN
Faisalabad bishop tells religious that their work is a model of spiritual and temporal well-being by Skafique Khokhar
08/03/2015 RUSSIA
Moscow's decision to destroy embargoed food causes controversy by Nina Achmatova
08/03/2015 IRAQ
For Erbil archbishop, education will save Christians from the barbarity of the Islamic State
08/03/2015 INDIA
“Clear-cut murder” of Christian couple by Kandhamal security forces by Nirmala Carvalho
08/03/2015 ISRAEL – PALESTINE
Israel outlines new measures against Jewish extremists, but some see only hypocrisy by Joshua Lapide
08/03/2015 INDONESIA
Indonesian Muslim women fighting back: woman divorces husband and asks US$ 10,000 for her lost virginity
08/03/2015 NEPAL
Nepalese companies reject "socialist" Constitution, claim free market only way to guarantee prosperity by Christopher Sharma
08/03/2015 CHINA
Chinese economy shrinks again, Beijing uncertain of future
08/03/2015 PAKISTAN
Asia Bibi’s lawyer speaks out: Pakistani government is solely responsible for situation by Silent Thinker
08/03/2015 FRANCE - SAUDI ARABIA
King Salman leaves France, beach "reserved" for Saudi monarch reopened amid controversy
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CHINA
Unofficial catholic community of Wenzhou speak out against forced demolition of Crosses, whole diocese fasting
by Joseph YuanAfter 90-year-old Bishop Vincent Zhu Weifang of Wenzhou led 26 priests of the open Church community to protest against the government’s act to demolish Crosses, Coadjutor Bishop James Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou also led his priests to issue an open statement “Strongly demand a halt to demolish Crosses on all churches.
CHINA
Wenzhou: 90-year-old bishop and 26 priests protest against cross demolitions
by Joseph YuanThis is not the first time that the old bishop and his priests speak out against the demolition campaign against crosses and churches, which has touched more than 400 buildings. During the protest, police tried to disperse the group, which sought to submit a petition. The faithful recite a Crown of the Divine Mercy is in support of the Chinese Church. In Lishui, churches are expected to be torn down by 31 August.
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08/04/2015 TIBET – CHINA
China’s Communist Party will pick the “next Dalai Lama, period!”
07/30/2015 SRI LANKA
The civil war did not stop Dilakshini’s yearning to study
by Melani Manel Perera
08/04/2015 CHINA – VATICAN
Ordained with a papal mandate, Fr Joseph Zhang Yinlin becomes the new coadjutor bishop of Anyang (Henan). The photo gallery
by Joseph Yuan
07/29/2015 RUSSIA
The dispute between Russia and Ukraine also involves the prince who Christianised Rus
by Nina Achmatova
07/30/2015 CHINA
Unofficial catholic community of Wenzhou speak out against forced demolition of Crosses, whole diocese fasting
by Joseph Yuan
07/30/2015 ISRAEL - VATICAN
Two young Jewish extremists arrested over Church of Loaves and fishes arson in Tabgha
by Joshua Lapide
07/29/2015 KAZAKHSTAN
Nuclear fuel bank in Kazakh site under international control
08/03/2015 PAKISTAN
Asia Bibi’s lawyer speaks out: Pakistani government is solely responsible for situation
by Silent Thinker
07/30/2015 TURKEY – SYRIA – IRAQ
Erdogan’s ambiguous policy and the beginning of the Turkish (and Kurdish) tragedy
by NAT da Polis

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