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03/31/2015 INDONESIA
Jakarta shuts down 22 pro-Islamic State websites
by Mathias Hariyadi
The targeted sites are no longer accessible via Indonesian servers because they contained "false teachings" of Islam. After years of doing nothing, the government took direct action against online radicalism.
Jakarta (AsiaNews) – Indonesia’s National Anti-Terrorism Agency (Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Terorisme or BNPT) shut down 22 radical Islamist websites in coordination with the Ministry of...

03/30/2015 INDONESIA - PHILIPPINES
Indonesian Church prays for a Filipino on death row but believed innocent
by Mathias Hariyadi
Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, 30 and mother of two, will be executed in the coming days. In 2010 she was arrested because caught at the airport with 2.6 kg of heroin. The young woman was exploited as a courier and was unaware of the contents of the bag. The Supreme Court recently rejected the last appeal for a pardon.
03/29/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Holy Week, God’s way is humility, it is Jesus’ way, and “we will take this path”
During Palm Sunday Mass, which begins Holy Week, Pope Francis cited the example of people “who, in silence and hiddenness, sacrifice themselves daily to serve others: a sick relative, an elderly person living alone, a disabled person . . .” He also cited today’s martyrs, persecuted because of their faith, a “cloud of witnesses”. Palm Sunday also marks the celebration of the 30th World Youth Day. Deacons of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions provided the service to the pope and the altar. The pope called on young people to come in pilgrimage to Krakow in 2016. He also mentioned the victims of the plane crash in the French Alps.
03/27/2015 INDONESIA
Indonesia tops human-elephant run-ins
As farming encroaches on wild areas, elephants are more likely to encounter humans. The authorities are concerned about the economic impact of elephants trespassing onto farmland, and humans’ violent reaction to it.
03/27/2015 INDONESIA
East Java: three militants arrested on returning from Syria. They were "disappointed by the Islamic State"
After six months in Syria, three militants have returned home disillusioned: they did not find the riches they expected in Syria. To counter the increasing numbers of citizens who join the Islamic State, the Minister of the Interior plans to revoke the citizenship of those who leave.

03/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope: people can be "doctors of the law" without faith, without hope, without joy
During Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Francis Pope stressed that faith is joy and hope in Christ. Rules and casuistry are "an abstract world" without joy, faith, love, nor God.
03/26/2015 INDONESIA
Jakarta, hijab for policewomen gets go ahead to joy of extremist opposition
by Mathias Hariyadi
Gen. Haiti, Chief of police, has approved the use of hijab throughout the force. So far it was used only in Aceh, the only province where sharia is law. Satisfaction among members of the pro-Islamic parties. PKS politician: "Apex of a long battle."
03/25/2015 VATICAN
Pope: we must all pray for the Synod on the family, "the womb of human life."
"The bond between the Church and the family is sacred and inviolable. The Church, as a mother, never abandons the family, even when it is disheartened, wounded, and mortified in so many ways. Not even when it falls into sin or grows distant". Twenty years since Evangelium Vitae. "When you do not earn a wage you lose your dignity! This is the drama of our time. "
03/24/2015 INDONESIA
Authorities seize schoolbook that praises Islamic radicalism
The text contained notions taken from Wahhabi doctrine that encourage the killing of non-Muslims. The authorities have set up a team to contain widespread online extremism.
03/24/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "May Holy Week will help us leave behind the temptation to be ‘Yes, but Christians...'"
"Do not accept the gift of God on your own terms: That is a sin, that is a poison. It poisons the soul, takes away our joy, never lets go of you". "This lukewarm soul, this being halfway Christians, ‘Yes, but Christians...'. This enthusiasm at the outset on the journey with the Lord and then becoming disgruntled, only heals gazing at the Cross, gazing at God who takes on our sins: my sin is there".
03/23/2015 INDONESIA
Indonesian elections are an opportunity to boost the Catholic presence in the country's life
by Mathias Hariyadi
At the end of this year, Indonesians will go to the polls in 8 provinces, 26 regencies and 170 districts. The country's Catholic bishops support "strong, smart and responsible" Catholic candidates to promote the Church's message and values ​​ in society.
03/23/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Where there is no mercy, there is no justice, not even in the Church
"When the people of God come voluntarily to ask forgiveness, to be judged" they often find vicious people "capable of trying to exploit them," they find "dealmakers" who "do not give oxygen to that soul, do not give hope" or they find "the rigid who punish in the penitent they themselves hide in their own soul".
03/22/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Offer to the "many" who want to "see Jesus" the Gospel, the Cross and the witness to our faith
"Christians can become 'grains' and bear much fruit if, like Jesus, they 'lose their life' for love of God and neighbor." Again this year, Francis distributes pocket Gospels in St Peter's Square. Today is World Water Day, sponsored by the United Nations, "the waters of the planet must be adequately protected and no one should be excluded or discriminated against in the use of this right, which is a common good par excellence."
03/21/2015 VATICAN-ITALY
Pope in Naples: "Today is the first day of spring. Pray for young people, for their future, for hope."
Today's society "discards" young and old, and sees euthanasia as a solution to the ills of old age. Not only " technical euthanasia” applied with an injection, but a "hidden euthanasia", where the elderly are denied medicine, food, family affection. To prisoners: "even if we go wrong in life, the Lord never ceases to show us the way back home". To religious: "Those who gossip are like terrorists who detonate bombs that destroy themselves and everything else".
03/21/2015 VATICAN - ITALY
Pope: in Naples, find hope in Jesus and the power to redeem a city
Corruption "stinks" !. "And a corrupt society ' stinks '! A Christian who allows corruption to enter them is not a Christian, they 'stink'!". "Those who voluntarily take the path of evil steal a piece of hope, earn a little something but steal hope from themselves, from others, from society." "We are all immigrants, children of God: children of God who has put us all on a journey, everyone." "To the criminals and all their accomplices, the Church repeats: convert to love and justice! Let yourselves be touched by the mercy of God!"

Altri articoli
03/20/2015 VATICAN
Pope says death penalty "is unacceptable," offends the dignity of life and "contradicts God's plan"
03/19/2015 VATICAN
After two years, the pope is appreciated even from a distance
03/19/2015 INDONESIA
The presence of children in the ranks of the Islamic State group rattles Indonesia by Mathias Hariyadi
03/18/2015 VATICAN
Pope: better a society with the "trouble" of children than "sad and gray" without children
03/18/2015 ASIA - ISLAM
ASEAN against the Islamic state, a threat that must be neutralised
03/18/2015 INDONESIA
Jakarta sends army to Poso: Growing Islamist threat by Mathias Hariyadi
03/17/2015 VATICAN
Pope: the Church is "Jesus' home" whose doors are always open which the Christian community cannot close
03/16/2015 VATICAN
Pope: believing is "making space" for the power of God, "the power of One who loves me"
03/16/2015 INDONESIA - TURKEY - SYRIA
Turkey stops 16 Indonesian citizens headed to Syria to join the Islamic State by Mathias Hariyadi
03/15/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Christians are persecuted and the world tries to hide it
03/13/2015 VATICAN
Pope: A Jubilee Year of Mercy, starting December 8
03/12/2015 INDONESIA
Bandung Catholic universities against the dangers of drug use among students by Royani Lim
03/12/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "He who is not with me is against me", either a Christian is a saint or a hypocrite
03/11/2015 INDONESIA
Jakarta "concerned" about more than 200 Indonesians on death row in Malaysia and Saudi Arabia by Mathias Hariyadi
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VATICAN
Pope: Christians are persecuted and the world tries to hide itDuring the Angelus, Francis prayed for the victims of today's church massacres in Pakistan. Before the Marian prayer, he said that God "loves us, really love us, and loves us very much! This is simplest expression that sums up the whole Gospel, faith, and theology. God loves us freely and boundlessly." The pontiff also spoke about typhoon victims in Vanuatu. "I pray for the dead, the wounded and the homeless. I thank all those who reacted immediately to bring relief and aid." The pope also made a plea on behalf of persecuted Christians. "May the persecution against Christians, which the world is trying to hide, come to an end, and may there be peace."
EGYPT - ISLAM
What Tayeb and Sisi said is big step towards a revolution in Islam
by Samir Khalil SamirThe grand imam of Al-Azhar slammed literalist interpretations of the Qur'an and the Sunnah, as fundamentalists and Islamic terrorists do. He supports the urgent need for Islam's reform, especially in terms of teaching lay people and clerics. He also calls for an end to mutual excommunication (takfir) between Sunnis and Shias. Egyptian President al-Sisi chose to fight the Islamic state group after it beheaded 21 Coptic Christians, whom he called "Egyptian citizens" with full rights.
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03/24/2015 INDONESIA
Authorities seize schoolbook that praises Islamic radicalism
03/24/2015 PAKISTAN
Attacks in Lahore, police arrest 200 Christians
by Jibran Khan
03/24/2015 IRAN
Time for a deal with Tehran, a reliable partner against the Islamic State group
by Bernardo Cervellera
03/27/2015 UNITED NATIONS – MIDDLE EAST
Patriarch of Baghdad addresses UN, calling for new laws against states or individuals who support terrorists
by Louis Raphael I Sako*
03/24/2015 CHINA
The “endgame of communist rule has begun", a coup cannot be excluded
03/27/2015 LAOS - CHINA
Laos, workers march against a Chinese company that does not pay wages
03/27/2015 IRAQ
Mar Dinkha IV, Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, has died
03/24/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "May Holy Week will help us leave behind the temptation to be ‘Yes, but Christians...'"
03/26/2015 PHILIPPINES
Muslim and Christian leaders against prejudices, for “still possible” peace in Mindanao
03/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope: people can be "doctors of the law" without faith, without hope, without joy

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