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02/27/2015 MYANMAR - ASIA
WHO sounds alarm over spread of Bird flu after massive cull in Myanmar
Concerns over the rapid spread and genetic swapping of the virus, termed "unprecedented”. Taiwan, Myanmar and Vietnam, as well as Egypt, the United States and Hungary under observation. In the center of Myanmar in 1500 poultry and over 20 thousand quail specimens culled. Many poultry farms risk collapse.
Yangon (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has raised the alarm about the rapid spread of some strains of influenza, in particular those related to avian flu. The organization is concerned not only by the speed with which the virus is...

02/26/2015 MYANMAR
Education Reform: Buddhist nationalists and government endanger agreement
by Francis Khoo Thwe
The government has been circulating a different draft from that one agreed with the students. It has not excluded taking legal action against protesting students. The latter have issued an ultimatum against the authorities. Fear is growing of a possible crackdown. Buddhist nationalist groups come out against the use of minority languages in education.
02/24/2015 EGYPT - ISLAM
What Tayeb and Sisi said is big step towards a revolution in Islam
by Samir Khalil Samir
The 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.
02/23/2015 SAUDI ARABIA - ISLAM
For head of Al-Azhar, religious education reform is needed to stop Islamic extremism
For Ahmed al-Tayeb, it is urgent to come up with new educational programmes to avoid "corrupt interpretations" of the Qur'an and Sunnah. Islamic terrorism undermines the unity of the Muslim world. He blames Mideast tensions on a "new global colonialism allied to world Zionism". a speech by the Saudi king is read at the conference.
02/22/2015 VATICAN
Pope gifts "Guard your heart" booklet as an aid to conversion in Lent
At today's Angelus Pope Francis gave away booklets containing "the wealth of our doctrine," the essentials of the faith: "the seven sacraments, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the Ten Commandments, the virtues, works of mercy. .. ". The booklet was distributed by volunteers and homeless people. "Those who are in need are also the ones who give us this great wealth." Lent is a time "for spiritual battle against the spirit of evil", already won by Jesus in the desert. "We go into the desert without fear, because we are not alone, we are with Jesus." This afternoon, the Pope goes to Ariccia on retreat with the Curia: "Pray so that in this desert we can hear the voice of Jesus and correct our many defects".

02/20/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "a good Christian is just to the people who depend on him"
"Love of God and love of neighbor are one in the same" and especially in Lent "fasting, is not just abstaining from meat” only to "fight with and exploit workers" and make offerings to the Church "on their backs". The point of Lent is "to think about them: what can I do for the children, for the elderly, who do not have the opportunity to be seen by a doctor?", who maybe wait "for eight hours and then they give an appointment for a week after ".
02/19/2015 VATICAN
Pope: every day the Christian must choose between God and "other gods", between good and "trivial things that pass"
"The search for personal success, for possessions, without a thought for the Lord, for one’s family is always the wrong path to choose." " When the Lord gives us this advice - 'Stop! Choose today, choose '- He doesn’t abandon us. He is with us and wants to help us. Only we have to trust and have faith in Him."
02/18/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Lent, a time of conversion, a push to return into "the arms of God"
"This work of conversion is not just a human endeavor. Reconciliation between us and God is possible thanks to the mercy of the Father. [. . .] We will do well to ask, at the beginning of this Lent, for the gift of tears, so as to make our prayer and our journey of conversion ever more authentic and without hypocrisy."
02/18/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "the international community must a find peaceful solutions to the difficult situation in Libya"
Francis again asks for prayers at the general audience "for our Egyptian brothers," killed in Libya "for the mere fact of being Christian." Peace also for Ukraine. "Brother" and "sister" are "words that Christianity loves" and "history has shown enough, moreover, that the freedom and equality, without brotherhood, becomes filled with individualism and conformity, even personal interests".
02/18/2015 MYANMAR
Myanmar declares state of emergency in Kokang region
Martial law will remain in force for three months. Yesterday a Red Cross convoy was attacked for the first time, two wounded. Concern in China for a possible mass exodus of refugees, thousands of civilians fleeing.
02/17/2015 VATICAN
Pope calls on young people to be "revolutionaries" because the pure in heart "shall see God"
"The Lord's invitation to encounter him is made to each of you, in whatever place or situation you find yourself. [. . .] God can be 'seen' also in the face of your brothers and sisters, especially those who are most forgotten: the poor, the hungry, those who thirst, strangers, the sick, those imprisoned." Be "revolutionary", and turn "against the widespread tendency to reduce love to something banal, reducing it to its sexual aspect alone."
02/17/2015 VATICAN - MYANMAR
For Yangon cardinal Burmese Church is the voice of the poor and marginalised, a witness to Christ through its works
by Dario Salvi
Myanmar's first cardinal speaks about a Church "open to everyone", that evangelises through work, not proselytising. Catholics have passed on the value of interfaith dialogue to other faith groups and actively work for peace between the government and the country's ethnic minorities. He tells student protesters to stand firm and pursue non-violence. He also suggests teaching religions in schools.
02/17/2015 VATICAN
Pope celebrates Mass for the 21 Copts killed in Libya, "for sole reason of being Christian"
We are all "capable of doing good, but also of destruction”. "In arms trafficking ... 'But, we are businessmen!' Yes, but of what? Of death? And there are countries that sell weapons, are at war with one side but also selling weapons to them, so that the war continues. A capacity for destruction".
02/16/2015 ISLAM - EUROPE
Attack on Europe: Islamic terrorism brings a new era
by Samir Khalil Samir
The Islamic State is a direct threat to Italy and Europe. The biggest risk is its power on "lone wolves" who can be induced to carry out attacks. As jihadism gives purpose to young European Muslims experiencing a crisis of identity and values, the new word "crusader" is disproportionately used in the war of words. Meanwhile, some kind of military operation has become necessary to curb Islamists' harmful and deadly power.
02/16/2015 VATICAN - LIBYA - EGYPT
For pope, Copts killed in Libya "simply for the fact that they were Christians"
"The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out to be heard. It makes no difference whether they be Catholics, Orthodox, Copts or Protestants. They are Christians! Their blood is one and the same. Their blood confesses Christ."

Altri articoli
02/16/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "We have much to receive from the poor whom we approach and whom we help"
02/15/2015 VATICAN
For pope, Christ fights the world's evils and sufferings by taking them on and defeating them through God's mercy
02/15/2015 VATICAN
Pope tells new cardinals that the Church's way is that of Jesus, that of mercy and reinstatement
02/14/2015 VATICAN
Pope calls on new cardinals to be witnesses of charity, able to forgive, and give confidence and hope
02/13/2015 VATICAN
Cardinals' "appreciation" of Curia reform, expression of communion between center and periphery of the Church
02/13/2015 MYANMAR
Shan, clashes between Burmese army and rebel Kokang: 47 dead and over 70 injured
02/12/2015 VATICAN
Pope: A transparent, collegial Roman Curia at the service of evangelization and dialogue
02/12/2015 MYANMAR
Myanmar government and students agree on changes to proposed education law
02/11/2015 VATICAN
Vatican media, culture, economy and protection of children as the centre of the Council of Cardinals' meeting
02/11/2015 VATICAN
Pope: a society that does not want children is "depressed", just like Europe
02/10/2015 VATICAN
Pope calls on "all interested parties" to stop Ukraine conflict, says Fr Lombardi
02/10/2015 VATICAN
Pope: A sedentary Christian will never find the face of God, only a “caricature"
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02/09/2015 VATICAN
Pope: protecting creation not as "eco-warriors", but as Christians who respect the work of God
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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.
SAUDI ARABIA - ISLAM
For head of Al-Azhar, religious education reform is needed to stop Islamic extremismFor Ahmed al-Tayeb, it is urgent to come up with new educational programmes to avoid "corrupt interpretations" of the Qur'an and Sunnah. Islamic terrorism undermines the unity of the Muslim world. He blames Mideast tensions on a "new global colonialism allied to world Zionism". a speech by the Saudi king is read at the conference.
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02/21/2015 EGYPT-LIBYA-ISLAM
Copts beheaded in Libya: the families’ Calvary, the pain of Muslims
by André Azzam
02/23/2015 SAUDI ARABIA - ISLAM
For head of Al-Azhar, religious education reform is needed to stop Islamic extremism
02/23/2015 EGYPT-LIBYA
Escape from Libyan hell: Egyptian migrants tell of ordeal and Islamic State torture
by André Azzam
02/24/2015 EGYPT - ISLAM
What Tayeb and Sisi said is big step towards a revolution in Islam
by Samir Khalil Samir
02/25/2015 SYRIA
IS abducts 150 Christians, rapes and kills women, a "tragic situation" for vicar to Aleppo
02/21/2015 INDONESIA - BRAZIL
Drug trafficking and diplomacy: Jakarta recalls its ambassador to Brazil
by Mathias Hariyadi
02/22/2015 VATICAN
Pope gifts "Guard your heart" booklet as an aid to conversion in Lent
02/23/2015 TURKEY
Bartholomew I’s Lenten message
by NAT da Polis
02/24/2015 INDIA
Radical Hindus against Mother Teresa, but India rises up: "She is a Saint”.
by Santosh Digal
02/23/2015 TIBET - CHINA
Tibet, thousands of Buddhists celebrate the Dalai Lama’s birthday in public

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