10/01/2014IRAN Iran hangs man for heresy Mohsen Amir Aslani, a 37-year-old former psychologist, taught religion, giving a new interpretation of the Qur'an. The authorities also accused him of insulting the prophet Jonah. Tehran (AsiaNews) - A former psychologist has been executed for "corruption
on earth and heresy in religion."
Aslani (pictured) was hanged in a
prison near the city of Karaj west of Tehran on 24 September, according to the
10/01/2014VATICAN Pope: Charism, gifts of God for the good of the whole Church They are a grace given by God, gifted for the good of the whole community and they are good, "when the Church, in the variety of its charisms, is expressed in communion, it can’t go wrong", but "God help us if these gifts become a source of envy or division, of jealousy. "
09/30/2014VATICAN - UNITED NATIONS It is "licit and urgent" to stop the aggression of terrorism, Card Parolin says at UN The Holy See's top diplomat calls for "multilateral action and a proportionate use of force" to ensure "the defence of unarmed citizens." The theory of the "clash of civilizations" ignores "longstanding and profound experiences of good relations between cultures, ethnic groups and religions". The path to follow is to "promote dialogue and understanding among cultures," as well as a sense of "responsibility to protect".
09/30/2014VATICAN Pope: Prepare and pray: the "things" to do ahead of our "dark times” "Our life is too easy, our complaints are overdramatized". Think of the great tragedies, of "these Christian brothers and sisters of ours who are driven from their home and left with nothing: 'But, Lord, I have believed in you. Why? Is believing in You a curse, Lord?'".
09/30/2014IRAQ Patriarch of Baghdad to Muslims: Condemn extremism, rebuild Iraq with Christians by Louis Raphael I Sako * On the occasion of Eid al-Adha, the Islamic festival of sacrifice, Mar Sako renews his call for "reconciliation" and "brave dialogue" for true peace. Tolerance, respect and justice to maintain "national identity" and "co-existence". The memory of Muslims who sacrificed themselves to save the Christians. He adds: "We love because Christ teaches us to love everyone."
09/29/2014VATICAN Pope: "Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love" The topic Pope Francis chose for the next World Day of Social Communications has been announced. The "Church must learn again how to show that the family is a great gift, something good and beautiful. The Church is called to show more vividly that the gift of love, which the bride and groom offer each other, draws all people to God. It is an exciting task".
09/29/2014YEMEN - SAUDI ARABIA Sanaa: Shiite suicide bomb attack leaves 15 dead and over 50 injured The bomber struck a hospital, used as a base of operations by the rebel group, in the town of Majzar, in the province of Maarib, east of the capital. Islamist Ansar al-Sharia militia linked to al Qaeda behind attack. Saudi Arabia says political instability in Yemen poses a global threat.
09/28/2014VATICAN Pope: "There is no future for people" without inter-generational encounter, when elderly are “discarded” Pope Benedict XVI, "the wise grandfather in the home” attends "The blessing of long life" event. "How often we discard the elderly with an attitude of abandonment that is real and concrete euthanasia". "Homes for the elderly are great ... as long as they are truly homes, not prisons!" The testimony of two elderly people who fled Iraqi Kurdistan: "abuse of the elderly is inhuman, just as it is of children."
09/27/2014SAUDI ARABIA Video of a female rider reignites debate on the status of Saudi women There are those who highlight her ability and patriotism (she is riding holding her country’s flag) and those who see her gesture as an insult to religion and tradition. There are even those who maintain that there is nothing wrong if a woman learns to ride a horse, but should do so in private and not in public.
09/26/2014IRAQ Baghdad patriarch calls on Iraqi Christians to remain faithful to the Gospel in their land In a letter to the faithful, Mar Sako reminded them that they belong to the land of Iraq. It "is not just dust," but is part of their "identity, language and customs," not to mention their "traditions, history, [and] memory." At a time of suffering and persecution, he urges believers to remain faithful to Christ in accordance with the work of the Holy Spirit.