07/30/2014INDIA - USA John Kerry in India, to "plan" first meeting between Obama and Modi The U.S. Secretary of State visit is the first high-level summit between his administration and the new Indian government. Narendra Modi's visit to Washington will be in September. Until three months ago he could not enter the United States for "severe violations of religious freedom." New Delhi (AsiaNews / Agencies) - John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State arrives in India today
for a three-day
visit during which he will co-direct
the fifth India-US Strategic Dialogue,...
07/29/2014VATICAN - SRI LANKA - PHILIPPI Pope's apostolic visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines confirmed Francis will travel to the former Ceylon on 12-15 January and the Philippines on 15-19 January 2015. Last May, the bishop of Mannar had already told AsiaNews that the visit was "more than a hope." In June the Archbishop of Manila, Card Tagle, stressed "Pope Francis' great love for Asia and the Philippines."
07/29/2014NEPAL Kathmandu, interfaith prayer "to close Ramadan in harmony" by Christopher Sharma The main mosque in the Nepalese capital calls on the leaders of other religions to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, the feast that ends the Muslim month of fasting. The new Apostolic Vicar, Msgr. Paul Simick also present. Prayers for peace between Israel and Palestine, in Ukraine and Iraq. An appeal also to the government to "protect religious minorities in Nepal".
07/28/2014BANGLADESH Bangladeshi Christians celebrate the end of Ramadan with "Muslim brothers" by Sumon Corraya The president of the Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity and Interreligious Dialogue releases a message for the feast of Eid al-Fitr. As "selfishness grows in the world," we need to create a "harmonious society" in which we can behave as "brothers and sisters of one family."
07/28/2014TIBET - CHINA - NEPAL Nepali government ready to allow the funeral of 14th Shamar Rinpoche by Christopher Sharma The Tibetan Buddhist religious is one of the three main disciples of the Karmapa Lama, tasked with recognising of the Dalai Lama's reincarnation. The current Shamar, Mipham Chokyi Lodro, died two weeks ago and asked to be cremated in a monastery he founded near Kathmandu. Despite China's opposition, the government "is considering" that possibility. Thousands of people are expected at his funeral, some from Tibet as well.
07/28/2014INDIA Uttar Pradesh, curfew imposed after violence between Sikhs and Muslims The clashes sparked by dispute over land. Three killed, 20 injured and 38 arrests. According to the authorities the Muslims started the riots. But members of both communities claim that the violence was perpetrated by "outsiders, not locals. Perhaps there are political motivations".
07/28/2014ISLAM Eid al-Fitr: Ramadan ends today (for Sunnis) For Shia Muslims, the festival of Eid begins tomorrow. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon (Sunnis) announce the end of Ramadan, which commemorates the period during which the Koran was revealed to Muhammad.
07/27/2014VATICAN "Stop! I am asking you with all my heart. Stop!" says pope as he speaks out on the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine He mentions children, victims of war, "from whom we take away the hope for a decent life," urging the parties to address "every diatribe with the tenacity of dialogue and negotiation and the power of reconciliation". As tomorrow marks 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, "a day of mourning," we should learn the lessons of history. The Gospel makes us know the true Jesus, the living Jesus, who speaks to the heart and is a life changer as he was for Saint Francis of Assisi. "The joy of finding the treasure of the Kingdom of God comes through, can be seen. Christians cannot hide their faith."
07/26/2014INDIA In Madhya Pradesh: nationalists shout victory for Rama after Catholic school wall demolished by Nirmala Carvalho For the principal at Holy Spirit School in Khandwa, tearing down the wall was an illegal act, done by the authorities "under pressures from Hindu nationalist forces". Because of the demolition, torrential rains flooded the school compound. The wall is at the centre of a legal dispute with the nearby Vatsala Vihar Housing Colony. So far, the courts have backed the school.