China's Communist Party arrested the Vatican-appointed coadjutor bishop of Wenzhou, Msgr. Peter Shao Zhumin, earlier this week because he hasn't been approved by Chinese officials.
The regime has long allowed only bishops approved by Communist state officials to serve in its territory, even if such bishops have officially been appointed by the Vatican.
AsiaNews reported on Thursday that Shao was making preparations to honor the funeral of Msgr. Vincent Zhu Weifang, the original Bishop of Wenzhou who died earlier this week. Christians in the city are saying that Shao was arrested shortly before Zhu's death, with the aim to prevent him from participating in the funeral and taking possession of the diocese. more >>
The government of North Korea has carried out its fifth and largest nuclear warhead test on Friday, claiming that it has mastered the ability to mount a warhead on a ballistic missile, despite countless international sanctions and warnings by world leaders.
Reuters reports that the blast took place on the 68th anniversary of North Korea's founding, with South Korea registering a 5.3 magnitude quake near the nuclear test site at Punggye-ri, Kilju County, which has also been the location of the four previous tests.
World leaders were quick to condemn the test, with South Korea's President Park Geun-hye calling Kim Jong Un's regime "fanatically reckless." more >>
The "dam is bursting" on India's discriminatory caste system, says prominent Indian Bishop Joseph D'souza, who told The Christian Post that the demise of India's prejudiced social order could likely come during his lifetime.
For centuries, India has been entrenched in an unjust social construct that has discriminated against the lowest and most vulnerable members of society and kept those in the lowest rungs of the caste system from being able to access equal educational and economic opportunities that could allow them to create comfortable lives for themselves and their families.
While those in the highest castes of the system are living comfortable lives, the same opportunities they receive are not afforded to those in the Sudra caste (commoners, peasants, laborers) or those considered to be Dalits or untouchables (street sweepers, toilet cleaners). more >>
Islamic radicals attacked 200 Christians at a Catholic mass in Indonesia, including children, and forced a priest to flee the church after he was threatened by the mob who harassed him as he read the Bible during a memorial service.
AsiaNews reported on Wednesday that the incident occurred earlier this week at the church of St. Peter Purwosari, near Surakarta in Central Java, where 200 Christians had gathered to celebrate mass 1,000 days after the death of one of their loved ones.
Usually such commemorations are held at the house of a family member, but this time village elders gave permission for the gathering to take place at a public facility, due to the large number of people. Several non-Catholics, including the village chief, were also in attendance. more >>
Aside from dropping the name Nexus on its HTC-manufactured phones, Google is rumored to be going back to basics when it comes to choosing its mobile carriers. According to a report from Ausdroid, the largest mobile carrier in Australia, Telstra, will be chosen as its exclusive carrier for at least one Google's new Pixel phones.
Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 unpopular because of their mobile carriers?
Telstra is indeed Australia's biggest mobile carrier. However, reports say that this move by Google could be worrisome. To recall, Google has experimented with several other mobile carriers, especially with their Nexus labeled phones that did not fare well in the market. more >>
'Descendants of the Sun' actor Song Joong Kyo will walk the red carpet at the Seoul Drama Awards 2016. The actor will not be alone, rumored girlfriend Song Hye Kyo will be with him according to reports. There were also rumors that Song Joong Kyo and Song Hye Kyo will announce their relationship on the same day of the awards.
The two has been spotted all over South Korea as well as in NYC where they were seen strolling around. Speculations that the two are more than just friends continued to rise as news that Joong Ki and Hye Kyo have been exchanging presents. Fans of the two actors even speculate wedding bells to happen really soon.
Neither Song Joong Ki or Song Hye Kyo has not confirmed their relationship. When interviewed individually or together, the two would neither deny or confirm their involvement which made fans speculate more and more. The two are reported to be busy as usual with the filming of 'Descendants of the Sun 2' being currently done. more >>