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  • 26/04/2017 - LEBANON – EGYPT – VATICAN

    A recent conference in al-Azhar renewed the bases of the traditional relationship between the material and spiritual domains in Islam. Clearer bases are needed in the dialogue between Muslims and Christians. Benedict XVI’s teachings are important to understand the relationship between religion and politics and the difference between Christianity and the West.


    by Fady Noun

    26/04/2017 - NEPAL

    After Kathmandu’s Assumption cathedral hit by arson attack, Vicariate holds prayer for peace

    by Christopher Sharma

    On 18 April, unknown arsonists caused a fire at the pastor’s residence. Investigations have not led to any arrests. In 2009 three people died in another attack. This “won’t discourage us. We shall continue with our duties,” said parish priest.


    26/04/2017 - CHINA

    Five Protestants sentenced up to five years in prison in Xinjiang


    All five attended a bible study group as part of a group of 40 Christians. They were arrested for “gathering a crowd to disrupt social order”. Prosecutors reportedly sent the case back twice for further investigation before indicting them. All five pleaded not guilty and said they would appeal the verdict.


    26/04/2017 - INDIA

    Madhya Pradesh: After eight years, bishop absolved from charge of forced conversion

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Bishop Mathew Vaniakizhakkel is the emeritus bishop of Satna. Along with five Catholics, in 2009 he was denounced for conversion, conspiracy and disturbance of peace among religions. The accuser then repented and asked for forgiveness. Christian Leader: "Anti-conversion law is a tool to harassing Christians." 


    26/04/2017 - VATICANO

    Pope: Jesus will walk with us to the end of the earth, every day of our lives


    We will never cease to be "a concern for God's heart," because He is a God “passionate” for man, so tenderly loving as to be incapable of separating Himself from him." " Christian hope finds its root in fact not in the attraction of the future but in the certainty of what God has promised us and realized in Jesus Christ." "Our existence is a pilgrimage, a journeyEven all those who are moved by a simply human hope perceive the seduction of the horizon, which drives them to explore worlds they still do not know. Our spirit is a migrant soul "


    26/04/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: In a world dominated by money, people must be put back in the centre


    In his video-message to the TED 2017 conference, Francis said that scientific and technological progress must not increase the gap between nations and peoples. Instead, the pontiff calls for a "revolution of tenderness", which is "to use our eyes to see the other, our ears to hear the other, to listen to the children, the poor, those who are afraid of the future." He too “was born in a family of migrants” and “could have very well ended up among today’s ‘discarded” people’.” Hence the question, “deep in my heart: ‘Why them and not me?’”


    26/04/2017 - EGYPT - VATICAN - ISLAM

    Emeritus of Giza: beyond violence, the Pope comes to Egypt as a messenger of dialogue and encounter

    by Loula Lahham

    In an exclusive interview with AsiaNews Msgr. Antonios Aziz Mina describes a country, and a Christian community, still wounded by recent attacks, but ready to welcome the pontiff. The pain of Muslims for attacks on churches. Egypt capable of breaking the backward-looking bonds of the Islamic State. In the East, there are economic interests that revolve around oil.


    26/04/2017 - THAILAND

    Date for King Bhumibol’s cremation set for one year after his death


    26 October will be a national holiday. The five-day funeral ritual will start on 25 October followed by King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s coronation. A huge cremation complex is going up outside Bangkok’s Grand Palace.


    26/04/2017 - IRAN - UNITED STATES

    Vienna, uncertainty shrouds tenability of Iranian nuclear agreement


    Iran and the main international powers met yesterday in the Austrian capital. Focus of "closed door meeting" the "respect" of the terms of the agreement. Tensions between Washington and Tehran are increasing. Iranian Minister: The United States respects neither the spirit or the terms of the agreement. 


    26/04/2017 - CHINA

    Beijing launches first aircraft carrier built on Chinese soil


    It is the second in the history of the fleet. The government has started construction in 2015. The scheduled start-up will not be before 2020. The launch worries Washington and its allies concerned about the Chinese military presence in the region. 


    26/04/2017 - HONG KONG-CHINA

    Two local parliamentarians Yau Wai-ching and Baggio Leung arrested

    by Paul Wang

    The two were disqualified from Legco for having sworn an oath offensive to China and for expressing "independent" views on Hong Kong. Criticism of Beijing’s heavy hand  in the territory.


    25/04/2017 - CHINA

    Court postpones Xie Yang’s trial without reason with protesters and diplomats present


    Accused of "inciting subversion of state power," the lawyer is one of the more prominent 709 crackdown lawyers and activists detained since 2015. “We are following this case very closely,” EU official says.


    25/04/2017 - VIETNAM

    Vietnamese protesters demand apology over police mistreatment


    Agents seized No-Formosa T-shirts. Police mistreatment sparks anger among locals. For parish priest Dan Huu Nam, "They have to apologise for their behavior and must return the shirts". One year after the disaster, compensation is slow.


    25/04/2017 - EGYPT – VATICAN – ISLAM

    Catholic patriarch of Alexandria: Pope Francis’s visit will mark a renewal of the Church in Egypt

    by Loula Lahham

    Anba Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak describes his joy for Pope Francis’s visit and his uneasiness towards his country, hit by terrorism. He talks about the fraternal relations with Tawadros II and those with Al Azhar and President el-Sisi, as well as the renewal of the Church with new bodies, social tasks, and enhanced role for the lay men and women.


    25/04/2017 - IRAQ

    Despite the danger of attacks, millions of Shia pilgrims visit the Imām Mūsā shrine


    Masses of Shias commemorate the martyrdom of the seventh imam at the Al-Kādhimiya shrine, bringing the Iraqi capital to a standstill. Despite fears, no attacks or serious accidents have taken place. For the Chaldean Patriarch, the government has ensured “safe celebrations". The attempt to "national reconciliation" continues.


    25/04/2017 - KOREA – UNITED STATES – CHINA

    Pyongyang celebrates military by threatening Washington


    North Korea carried outs its largest military exercise near the eastern city of Wonsan. North Korean says, "we will stage the most brutal punishment of a pre-emptive attack”. South Korea and the United States are monitoring a possible nuclear test or missile launch. A US Navy strike group is sailing to the Korean Peninsula this weekend.


    25/04/2017 - VATICAN-EGYPT

    Pope Francis in a video message: Dear people of Egypt ...

    by Papa Francesco

    25/04/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Our mission is 'to go where Jesus is not known or where Jesus is persecuted'


    On St. Mark's Day, Pope Francis emphasizes the urgency of announcing the Gospel "on the road, never sitting still" without looking for "life insurance". The style of proclamation is humility. "The proclamation of the Gospel if it is true, suffers temptation." But "He works with us."


    25/04/2017 - VATICAN - EGYPT

    Pope Francis in Egypt, without an armored car. Program of visit


    Plans for Pope to tour among faithful in a golf car. The theme of the visit is "The Pope of Peace in Egypt of Peace". After visiting Al-Sisi and the great imam of Al Azhar, Francis will participate in the International Peace Conference organized by Al Tayyeb. A prayer for the martyrs of terrorism near the Coptic cathedral, where there was an attack in December. A meeting with the children of Cairo and with young pilgrims.


    25/04/2017 - ISLAM

    The roots of violent Islamism are in Islam, the words of a Muslim

    by Kamel Abderrahmani

    After every terrorist attack, there is the tendency to say, "This is not Islam." Yet those criminal acts are justified and inspired by texts that are the reference point for Muslims and Islamic institutions worldwide. There is an urgent need to reform Islam from within, by the Muslims themselves. Coexistence with other religions is the way to remove Islam from sclerosis and stagnation.


    25/04/2017 - INDIA

    Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar: 3,000 faithful attend First Communion of 34 children (Photo)

    by Purushottam Nayak

    The ceremony took place on April 23, Sunday of Divine Mercy. The catechism lasted five months during which the children learned the importance of the sacrament of the Eucharist. Sister catechist: "We planted seeds of faith and provided them with tools to help it grow."


    25/04/2017 - ISRAEL - PALESTINE

    Gaza in the dark "paying” for power struggle between Hamas and Fatah


    The energy crisis is worsening after shutdown of only power station in the Strip. Fuel donated by Turkey and Qatar has run out. Palestinians in Gaza also struggling because of the cuts decided by the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah. The Gaza and Ramallah authorities blame each other. The UN warns of 'uninhabitable' by 2020


    24/04/2017 - TURKEY

    Republican Turkey and the Erdogan phenomenon (Part Two)

    by NAT da Polis

    The current Turkish President has favoured a new, mostly Anatolian middle class through neo-liberal policies at the expense of Kemalist statism. in doing so, he has allowed its members to express their religiosity more openly, but has himself also become more authoritarian.


    24/04/2017 - CHINA

    Political indoctrination in Chinese universities

    by Zi Yang

    In China, ideological indoctrination is expanding in universities, despites signs of growing student rejection, this according to Zi Yang, an independent researcher and consultant on China affairs. He holds an M.A. from Georgetown University and a B.A. from George Mason University. Courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.


    24/04/2017 - INDIA

    Uttar Pradesh: bishops call on new chief minister to defend persecuted Christians

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The meeting with Yogi Adityanath took place on 21 April. Local Church leaders extended their best wishes to him in his new capacity. They also asked him to guarantee the security and protection of the Christian minority and its places of worship.


    24/04/2017 - INDONESIA

    Hatred against non-Muslims grows as radical movements expand

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Some 59 per cent Indonesians are intolerant towards minorities. Religious radicalism is on the rise. At least 11.5 million people are "spiritually" ready to change Indonesian society. The last election was poisoned by religious conflict. For Sinta Nuriyah Wahid, " radical groups have their own political agenda,” namely “the Islamic State of Indonesia”. Only 11 per cent of Indonesians are strongly opposed to an Islamic nation.


    24/04/2017 - CHINA

    A wife’s 2,000-mile journey to see her jailed activist husband


    Zhang Haitao was arrested in 2015 and sentenced to 19 years in prison for some online posts. Since he was incarcerated last December, he has not seen either his wife or newly born child. On 19 April, his wife set out to visit him in the Xinjian desert.


    24/04/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Christianity is "concrete": the Word "made flesh, not an idea"


    "The Lord gives us all this Easter Spirit, to travel the paths of the Spirit without compromise, without stiffness, with the freedom to proclaim Jesus Christ as He came: in the flesh."


    24/04/2017 - LEBANON - SYRIA

    Beirut Bishop Kourie says the two bishops abducted in Syria in 2013 are still alive

    by Fady Noun

    The Lebanese Syriac Orthodox bishop made the claim during the celebrations for the 47th anniversary of Virgin's apparitions. The portraits of the two bishops were displayed inside the church and taken in procession. The prelate appealed to the Lebanese government to make the case a "national cause".


    24/04/2017 - NEPAL

    Nepal quake: Two years on not a single house rebuilt by Kathmandu

    by Christopher Sharma

    In just 24 months, only 50,000 homes reconstructed thanks to the help of charitable associations, 887,353 were destroyed in the earthquake. The Nepali Reconstruction Authority has about four billion dollars available, but bureaucracy and corruption has everything at a standstill. The reality of homelessness.


    24/04/2017 - BANGLADESH - SAUDI ARABIA

    Riyadh donates 10.8 billion euros to 560 mosques in Bangladesh: Muslims split

    by Sumon Corraya

    The agreement was signed between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the Saudi king last year. The mosques will teach lessons to more than 150,000 children. They will have a daily capacity of more than 450,000 men and 30,000 women. "Imams must be controlled." "These mosques will not teach true Islam. People will learn extremism. "






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    VATICAN-EGYPT
    Pope Francis in a video message: Dear people of Egypt ...

    Papa Francesco

    To mark his upcoming visit to the country (28-29 April), Pope Francis today sent a video message to the Egyptian people. " Our world, torn by blind violence, which has also afflicted the heart of your dear land – needs peace, love and mercy; it needs workers for peace. "


    ISLAM
    The roots of violent Islamism are in Islam, the words of a Muslim

    Kamel Abderrahmani

    After every terrorist attack, there is the tendency to say, "This is not Islam." Yet those criminal acts are justified and inspired by texts that are the reference point for Muslims and Islamic institutions worldwide. There is an urgent need to reform Islam from within, by the Muslims themselves. Coexistence with other religions is the way to remove Islam from sclerosis and stagnation.


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