20/02/2017 - EGYPT - ISLAM
The official religious institutions and so-called Islamic universities are the cause of the immobility of the Muslim world. The programs taught and literature used at Al Azhar are the same that are applied on the ground by all armed terrorists. No comparison possible between Al Azhar and the Vatican. The Vatican has hosted Iraqi Muslims and Syrians fleeing the war. Al Azhar has never done anything for Christians and Yazidis. The persecution of Nasr Mohamed Abdellah, eager to modernize Islam. The comment of one Muslim student.
by Kamel Abderrahmani
20/02/2017 - LEBANON – EGYPT
Cairo, freedom of religion and state secularism at Muslim-Christian conference in al-Azharby Fady Noun
At the initiative of the Grand Imam Ahmed el-Tayeb, the Sunni University will host an interfaith meeting on 27-28 February. Lay people and clergy, academic and scientific figures, Christian and Muslim leaders will be present. Lebanese President Aoun, the only Christian head of state of an Arab country, has been invited.
20/02/2017 - INDIA
Mumbai, a statue of the Virgin Mary vandalized and decapitatedby Nirmala Carvalho
The statue was installed in a grotto along a road in suburban Kurla. CCTV video recorded the act done by three strangers. Christian leaders pray for peace between the communities, on the eve of the municipal elections to be held tomorrow.
20/02/2017 - PHILIPPINES
Protests continue for the war against drugs and the decision to reinstate the death penalty
More than 20 thousand faithful gathered in Manila to pray, march and protest against the "reign of terror" operated by President Rodrigo Duterte. In recent months, the campaign of violence has resulted in about 7 thousand victims including drug addicts and drug dealers.
20/02/2017 - JAPAN - THE HOLY LAND
Lutheran Bishop for Jordan and the Holy Land, Munib A. Younan, awarded Niwano Peace Prize
Younan, president of the Lutheran World Federation was born in Jerusalem and is rewarded for having used his position to create a fully fledged network among religious leaders of different faiths in the Middle East.
20/02/2017 - IRAQ
Mosul, army offensive to liberate the west from Islamic State continues
The second day of fighting to oust the jihadists from the western sector, the last IS stronghold in the country. Prime Minister al-Abadi says priority is to free the civilian population "from oppression". The militiamen have sown bombs and mines in the ground to stop the advance. UN warns there are civilians trapped in the conflict.
19/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: Christians have "a duty" to do justice, but "it is forbidden to" seek revenge
Jesus asks his disciples to suffer the bad, in fact, he asked them to react, however not with another evil, but with good. A prayer for the victims of violence in the Central Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in particular child soldiers, and those affected by the attacks in Pakistan and Iraq.
18/02/2017 - INDIA
Mumbai, Mary’s Clan 30 years of palliative care for alcoholics and the abandonedby Nirmala Carvalho
The rehabilitation center was opened in 1983. Since then he has welcomed 350 patients, accompanying them to the end of life. Patients often recover relationships with families. "This is because palliative care addresses hope and the basic needs of everyone: humanity."
18/02/2017 - CHINA - VATICAN
Chinese Catholic: the power to appoint bishops belongs only to the Churchby Baoluo Jiaoyou (保罗教友)
Criticism of Card. Tong’s proposal to allow the Chinese government the function to appoint bishops in some way. In the proposed agreement between China and the Holy See, the latter would only have a veto power - not conclusive - on the proposed candidates.
18/02/2017 - PAKISTAN
Pakistani police kill over 100 terrorists in raid following Sufi temple attackby Shafique Khokhar
The suicide attack in Sindh killed more than 80 people gathered in prayer. The National Action Plan against Terrorism was approved, but lacks the political will to put it into practice. "We must eliminate the Islamic religious element in the Constitution".
18/02/2017 - INDONESIA
Ms. Chui Thjai Mie, first Indonesian Chinese woman to become mayorby Mathias Hariyadi
She won in Singkawan (West Kalimantan) defeating three competitors. She follows Confucianism. The city is majority Chinese, where everyone speaks the Hakka language.
18/02/2017 - IRAN
Iran discovers huge oil and gas fields. Target of 50 billion in profits for 2018
According to head of NIOC a dozen new fields with a total reserve of 30 billion barrels has been found. 128 thousand billion cubic meters of natural gas discovered. Oil Minister: daily exports of 2.8 million barrels, equivalent to pre-sanctions period.
18/02/2017 - KOREA - MALAYSIA
North Korean arrested in connection with the murder of Kim Jong-nam
So far, suspects included an Indonesian, her Malaysian boyfriend, and a Vietnamese. Silence in Pyongyang. But the North Korean ambassador in Kuala Lumpur demands that the autopsy be carried out in the presence of his representatives. Hypothesis for murder: He did not obey his brother’s order to return home. Kim Jong-nam was seeking asylum in a foreign country.
17/02/2017 - SAUDI ARABIA
First woman to head Saudi stock exchange
NCB Capital Co. CEO Sarah Al Suhaimi gets to run the Mideast’s largest bourse. For Saudi women, thanks to their foreign education, the financial sector provides greater space for their social and professional development.
17/02/2017 - BANGLADESH
After a young Muslim is killed in Lokhipur, Catholics feel threatened and fleeby Sumon Corraya
The murder of a young man, who had a criminal record, has become a pretext for hatred against the Christian community. As the investigation gets underway, some local Muslims have threatened retaliation: “They killed one of ours, we will kill ten of them.” Christian leaders fear becoming targets, “ask for security”.
17/02/2017 - MYANMAR
A former officer behind Muslim lawyer’s murder but doubts about the official version remainby Francis Khoo Thwe
President’s Office reports that Ko Ni was killed by Aung Win Khaing, a former senior army officer, in order to destabilise the country at a time of strong ethnic and sectarian tensions. Many “people continue to wonder who the true instigator is, and what is behind the murder,” source tells AsiaNews.
17/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: Unity in Diversity, where there is no dialogue there is violence
17/02/2017 - THAILAND
Buddhist Supreme Patriarch tells Muslims and Hindus that living peacefully together is the goal of every religion’s teachings
Taan Chao Khun Phra Somdej Ariyawongsagatanana met the representative of the advisor to the king on Islamic affairs and the head of the Hindu community. Teaching religion is key to peaceful coexistence between the communities. “In Thailand, everyone is free to profess their religion and there is no difference among the believers."
17/02/2017 - INDIA
Hindu ultranationalists growing in Kerala with more than 5,000 meetings a dayby Nirmala Carvalho
In Kerala Hindus, Christians and Muslims have always lived together peacefully. The Communist Party of India (Marxist), which won last year’s State election, is open to democratic values. "Kerala could become a model for the national party”.
17/02/2017 - CHINA - VATICAN
Lay faithful comment on Card. John Tong’s article on China-Holy See relations: Overly optimisticby Wang Zhicheng
The bishop of Hong Kong is too optimistic. The Patriotic Association is the stumbling block that controls the Church on behalf of the government. Compromise is possible, but the Church will be without commitment for justice and human rights. The underground Church is now a minority.
17/02/2017 - PAKISTAN
Pakistan's Catholic Church strongly condemns Sufi temple attackby Kamran Chaudhry
The suicide attack caused 75 deaths, including 20 children, and over 200 injured. Islamabad imposed a crackdown on terrorism and closes the border with Afghanistan. Catholics fear violence even against the churches. Tomorrow will a youth march in Karachi.
17/02/2017 - YEMEN - GULF
Yemen, battle for hegemony between Saudi Arabia and the UAE a source of death and destruction
Fighting between rival factions supported by Saudi Arab and UAE intensifies in the province of Aden to the south of Taez. Allies against the Shiite Houthi rebels, are actually waging a bloody fight and civilians are paying the price. The desire for independence of the people, ready to fight against any invader.
17/02/2017 - SOUTH KOREA
Samsung Boss arrested over links to President Park scandal
In January, he had escaped arrest for lack of evidence. Samsung has donated the most money ($ 70 million) to the Choi Soon-sil foundations, the friend who has dragged Park to impeachment. Candidates in new presidential elections react.
17/02/2017 - PAKISTAN
Sindh, Islamic State militant blows himself up in a Sufi temple: 75 dead and 200 injured
The attack took place in the temple of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, in the city of Sehwan. 20 children among the dead The militant chose time when the place was crowded to attend a ritual dance.
16/02/2017 - SINGAPORE
Singapore cathedral reopens after three years of restoration (video)
The restoration work was completed in November 2016. The cathedral’s dedication will be marked by 12 days of celebration. Many government officials were present at the event. Singapore’s oldest Catholic church has a long history. For Archbishop William, it is true image of the “Mother Church."
16/02/2017 - SRI LANKA
As the government comes out in favour of abortion, Bishops' conference calls on Catholic believers and politicians to oppose itby Melani Manel Perera
Every year, 400,000 women become pregnant in Sri Lanka. Some 15,000 resort to illegal abortions and ten die each year. A report by the Health Ministry last year says that 658 abortions occur each day.
16/02/2017 - PAKISTAN
Taliban attackers warn churches that they can be targets if they back the governmentby Kamran Chaudhry
Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a group linked to Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, is responsible for the attack on the Punjab Assembly, whose death toll rose to 14 victims. Christian, Sikh, and Muslim places of worship are not Taliban targets as long as they keep their distance from the government.
16/02/2017 - CHINA
Human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang charged with 'inciting subversion of state power'by Wang Zhicheng
Wang is one of 300 lawyers arrested during the ‘709 crackdown’ in July 2015. He has been held incommunicado and in solitary confinement, subjected to torture.
16/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: “inclusion enriches every community and society”
Francis met with a delegation of athletes from Special Olympics, a global organisation present in 170 countries dedicated to sports for youth and adults with mental disabilities. " Sport also helps us to spread a culture of encounter and solidarity,” said the pontiff. “Together, athletes and helpers show us that there are no obstacles or barriers which cannot be overcome.”
16/02/2017 - UNITED KINGDOM – SAUDI ARABIA
Arms sales to Saudi Arabia and victims in Yemen put London on trial
The High Court has started a review of arms sale to Saudi Arabia that allegedly led to civilian casualties in Yemen. A growing number of UK lawmakers are calling for a review of the contract. For 62 per cent of Britons, arms sales to the Saudis is "unacceptable".
16/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: we must keep the peace, but it is not easy because war begins in the human heart
"Within each of us is that seed of original sin, that is, the spirit of Cain which – for envy, jealousy, greed, and the desire to dominate – leads to war ". " give us the grace to say: ‘War is finished, crying. War is finished in my heart; war is finished in my family; war is finished in my neighborhood; war is finished in my workplace; war is finished in the world.’ In this way shall the dove, rainbow, and Covenant be strengthened".
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