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Pope tells Asia’s communist nations not to fear Christians


Pope Francis, in remarks clearly intended for communist-ruled countries such as China, North Korea and Vietnam, said on Sunday that Asian governments should not fear Christians as they did not want to “come as conquerors” but be integral parts of local cultures. Francis made his comments, some of them unscripted, in an address to about … Continue reading

To avoid angering China, Japanese Prime Minister skips visiting Yasukuni Shrine; China still angry


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, hoping to appease conservative supporters without closing the door on a hoped-for summit meeting with China’s leader, refrained from visiting a controversial war shrine in Tokyo on Friday, the 69th anniversary of the end of World War II, sending a cash offering instead. Some 80 Japanese politicians, including three … Continue reading

Chinese government’s further attack on Islam as Ramadan fasting is banned


A number of government departments in China’s Xinjiang province have banned Muslim staff from observing the fast during the month of Ramadan in yet another attack on the rights of the country’s religious minorities. Activists have accused Beijing of exaggerating the threat from the country’s Muslim Uighur separatists to justify a crackdown on the religious … Continue reading

China aims to banish superstition, promote knowledge


China is struggling to get its estimated 100 million religious believers to banish superstitious beliefs about things like sickness and death, the country’s top religious affairs official told a state-run newspaper. Wang Zuoan, head of the State Administration of Religious Affairs, said there had been an explosion of religious belief in China along with the … Continue reading

China maintains hard line with new Pope on his first day in the job


China congratulated Pope Francis on Thursday on his ascension to the papacy, but also warned the Vatican not to interfere in what China deems to be its internal affairs. The reaction underscored the tensions between the Vatican and China’s government, which has been accused of suppressing Catholicism under Communist rule. Hua Chunying, a Foreign Ministry … Continue reading

China, Vatican spar over ordination of bishop; no papal approval


China and the Vatican are again sparring over the ordination of a new bishop, underscoring the glaring lack of progress toward resolving the most contentious issue dividing the sides. A statement issued Wednesday by China’s State Bureau of Religious Affairs accused the Holy See of obstructing the development of Catholicism in China by wielding the … Continue reading

Dalai Lama reveals warning of Chinese plot to kill him


In an interview with this week’s Sunday Telegraph, the 76-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winning Dalai Lama revealed he had been passed reports from inside Tibet, warning that Chinese agents had trained Tibetan women for a mission to poison him while posing as devotees seeking his blessings. The Tibetan Buddhist leader said he lives within a … Continue reading

April 2 2005 Death Of Pope John Paul II


On April 2nd 2005, Pope John Paul II, leader of the Catholic Church, and history’s second longest ruling Pope, died at the age of 84. John Paul II was the most widely travelled Pope, and the first non-Italian to hold the position since 1523. Acclaimed as one of the most influential leaders of the 20th … Continue reading

March 17 461 Saint Patrick Dies


On March 17th 461, Saint Patrick, Christian missionary, bishop and apostle of Ireland, died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland. Much of what is known about Patrick’s legendary life comes from the Confessio, a book he wrote during his last years. Born in Great Britain, probably in Scotland, to a rich Christian family of Roman citizenship, Patrick … Continue reading

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