|06/13/2012 CHINA - VATICAN|
Harbin Catholics pray and fast against ordaining of bishops without Papal mandate
by Bernardo Cervellera
Sources tell AsiaNews that no one wants this order - not the official Catholic or dungeons and even the candidate - but the PA has decided this show of force against the Holy See. P. Joseph Yue Fusheng is considered a 'weak' in 2010 was elected vice president of the Association.
Rome (AsiaNews) - Catholics in Harbin (Heilongjiang), in far north-east China, are praying and fasting to avert an episcopal ordination without papal mandate. Sources tell AsiaNews that "no one wants this ordination: neither official nor underground Catholics not...
Children divided between school and work vs politicians' indifference
by Joseph Laldin
AsiaNews tells the story of two Muslim brothers, who are at school with their books in the morning, and sells toys and trinkets in the afternoon. Both the government and politicians are criticised for showing little interest in street kids' welfare. Despite their hardships, the boys are studying and building a better future.
New 100-member constituent assembly announced
The first assembly was dissolved on 10 April because it was under too much Islamist influence (Muslim Brotherhood and Salafis). The new assembly will have only 39 parliamentarians compared to 60 in the previous one. Delegates from al-Azhar and Christian denominations will also be present. The first session is set for the end of the week.
|06/13/2012 SOUTH KOREA - CHINA|
Chinese leave Buddhist Fellowship meeting because of Tibetan presence
by Joseph Yun Li-sun
Chinese Buddhists get Tibetan delegates thrown out of world conference. However, unsatisfied they suddenly leave. Samdhong Rinpoche, a former prime minister of Tibet's government-in-exile, is present at the conference. "China still hopes the world might forget" us, Tibetan source tells AsiaNews.
Rajasthan: married off at 9, a 24-yr-old woman wants her marriage annulled
by Nirmala Carvalho
State High Court orders government to protect Shobha Choudhary and her family after village authorities threaten them. The young woman is finishing a university degree, whilst her husband is semi-illiterate. "I cannot accept such a marriage," she says. Child marriage in india is illegal but widespread.
Pope: in a world that relies only on efficiency, we witness the power of prayer
General audience, Benedict XVI speaks of the Second Letter to the Corinthians. St. Paul emphasizes the difficulties and opposition encountered, he does not boast of his strength and his success, but of what God has done through him. To the point of saying: "I will boast all the more gladly of my weakness, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me."
|06/13/2012 MYANMAR - BANGLADESH|
As Dhaka turns away a thousand Burmese Rohingya, Sittwe is patrolled by soldiers
Bangladesh prevented a thousand refugees on three boats from landing. In previous days, an additional 500 were sent back to Myanmar. Security forces patrol the streets of the capital of Rakhine State, scene of Buddhist-Muslim clashes. Apparent calm could turn violent again.
Beijing's plans to defend religious freedom and human rights are but "empty words"
China makes public its second National Human Rights Action Plan, which acknowledges that the country has a "long way to go before fully allowing people to enjoy human rights." Freedom of religion and expression are formally protected, but "as usual," these are "empty and meaningless words." The authorities "spend time and money only to control religions, not help them."
Series of bombings in Iraq: over 40 dead and dozens wounded
The attacks in Baghdad, Hilla and Balad. Shiite pilgrims targeted during celebrations for anniversary of the death of the grandson of Muhammad, police also killed. In the capital alone there were nine different shootings and explosions.
Violence in Papua: Christian-Muslim activists denounce Jakarta's inertia
by Mathias Hariyadi
In the last two weeks eight confirmed dead, while the guilty go unpunished. The Bishop of Jayapura hosts an interfaith meeting, to restore peace in the province. Muslim activist: need to promote love and tolerance, but better to "stay home". Authorities and separatist leader trade accusationss.
Rain and fines do not frighten Moscow, as thousands protest against Putin
by Nina Achmatova
The second "march of the million" took place without some of the opposition leaders, being interrogated on charges of inciting violence in the previous event. From the stage the "free Russia" manifesto read : resignation of Putin and the new electoral law. Analysts: now a new political future is possible.
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