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08/20/2014 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Violence resumes in Gaza. Israel "is not defending itself, its defending its occupation”
Fr. Manawel Musallam, formerly the long time pastor of Holy Family in Gaza speaks to AsiaNews. Shortly before the end of the last cease-fire, 34 Hamas rockets hit Tel Aviv and Beersheba, causing no casualties. Israel has responded with airstrikes 70. The target was the leader of the al-Qassam Brigade, instead his wife and daughter were killed.
Jerusalem (AsiaNews) - "By its very actions, Israel is not defending itself, but its occupation of Palestine", says Fr. Manawel Musallam, former and long time pastor of Holy Family Parish in Gaza, commenting on the resumption of hostilities between...

08/20/2014 VATICAN
Pope asks Church to unite in prayer for persecuted Christians and minorities worldwide, particularly in Iraq
The trip to Korea "can be condensed into three words: memory, hope, witness." "In a country where ancient Asian cultures and the perennial newness of the Gospel meet" there is "a young and dynamic church ", "founded on faith, on mission and the martyrdom of the lay faithful". The meeting with managers and players of his favorite soccer team, San Lorenzo, winners of the Copa Libertadores. Pope’s gratitude "for prayers and condolences for what happened in my family."
08/20/2014 LEBANON - IRAQ
Patriarch al-Rahi in Kurdistan for the future of Christians and the fight against Islamists
by Fady Noun
The cardinal makes a short one-day stop in Erbil accompanied by civil and religious leaders. He will meet with Kurdish President Barzani and visit the archbishop's see. The trip will focus on the fate of Christians fleeing jihadists and the possible use of force to repel the Islamist threat. The issue of relations with Islam and interfaith dialogue will also be discussed.
08/20/2014 IRAQ - SYRIA - UNITED STATES
Islamists behead US reporter abducted in Syria in response to Obama’s airstrikes
Islamic State militia release a video of the execution of journalist James Foley, abducted in November 2012. The video, titled "Message to America" is authentic and announces the killing of a second hostage if military operations are not halted. The Jihadist addresses President Obama and speaks with a British accent.
08/19/2014 IRAQ
As the liberation of the Nineveh Plains gets underway, Kurdistan bishop waits for Pope Francis
For Mgr Rabban Al-Qas, bishop of Amadiyah, bomb disposal experts are needed to clear mines. The terrorists of the Islamic State have laid scores of them, slowing down the push by peshmerga and regular Iraqi troops. The Kurdish government allocates US$ 12 million for Christian refugees. A possible papal visit is raising hope.

08/19/2014 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Gaza war: Truce prolonged for another 24 hours
Israel wants guarantees for the demilitarization of the Strip; Hamas wants an end to the blockade and the openings of border crossings. Sense of détente between the two sides. At least 100 thousand Palestinian left homeless by airraids. The death toll: 2016 Palestinians, mostly civilians; 67 Israelis, mostly soldiers.
08/18/2014 VATICAN
For pope, in Iraq "It is lawful" to halt an "unjust aggressor", but the decision belongs to the UN
During the flight that brought him back to Rome, Francis spoke of his "respect" for the Chinese people, reiterating the importance of the Letter by Pope Benedict XVI. "If I felt I could not go on, I would resign," he said. As preparations for the encyclical on safeguarding creation continue, the pope plans future trips, including one to Albania, which has "important reasons".
08/18/2014 IRAQ
As Iraqi forces retake Mosul dam, a claim Islamists deny, Chaldean Church makes an appeal for the displaced
Peshmerga and Iraqi forces retake strategic facility with US air support. The dam provides power to northern Iraq. Islamic State militias claim to have repelled the attack. Some reports say fighting in the area continues. Germany opposes an independent Kurdish state. Patriarch Mar Sako and Card Filoni meet refugees.
08/18/2014 VATICAN-CHINA
Pope Francis and Xi Jinping’s "new line" and the Chinese young people in Korea
by Bernardo Cervellera
Pope Francis sends another telegram to China. Still no answer, but Xinhua today published an article on the trip. The pontiff’s "olive branch" in line with missionary work of Matteo Ricci, missionaries in China, of previous popes. No emphasis on diplomatic relations. Beijing’s hampering Chinese youth in attending Asian Youth Day. An overview of the "new line" for China, in the hope that the young people are not arrested or persecuted.
08/18/2014 INDIA - IRAQ
Indian bishop invokes Mary Queen of Heaven to bring peace to Iraq
by Felix Machado*
The President of the Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC) reflects on the persecution of Iraqi Christians. ISIS is "destroying the historical and human heritage of the country" and bringing the state "towards the total destruction of its religious history."
08/18/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
President of the Korean bishops: Francis gave wake up call to Korea and Asia
The Bishop of Cheju, Msgr. Peter Kang U-il, tells AsiaNews: "Francis’ meeting with the young people was both a warm embrace and a wake up call. The pontiff invited our young people to never give up, even when faced with what seems like a dead end. And he has made it clear once and for all to our society that peace is born of justice, and that compassion for the marginalized must not result only in sterile charity".
08/18/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Pope: Reconciliation and peace in Korea and world need conversion of hearts
by Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi
At the great final Mass of his apostolic visit to South Korea, Francis once again calls on Koreans to "firmly to reject a mindset shaped by suspicion and instead shape a culture formed by the teaching of the Gospel. Trust in the power of the Cross". All Koreans "are brothers and sisters, continue with humanitarian aid." An unscripted prayer Card. Filoni, sent to Iraq, and for all minorities who suffer in that country. Before the Mass the Pope meets with a former "comfort woman", who gifts the Pope a badge of her association which he wore throughout the Mass. Leaders of other religions: "We walk together, in the presence of God".
08/17/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Pope tells Asia's young people to wake up and not to be afraid to bring faith to society
At the final Mass of the sixth Asian Youth Day Francis took the opportunity to spur young Asians. "Wake up!" he told them. The martyrs who defeated death speak "to you of a duty, a responsibility" to bring Christ to every reach of Asia. You "are not only a part of the future of the Church; you are also a necessary and beloved part of the Church's present." The next Asian Youth Day is set for 2017 in Indonesia.
08/17/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Pope ready to talk to countries that do not have diplomatic relations with Vatican
"I earnestly hope that those countries of your continent with whom the Holy See does not yet enjoy a full relationship, may not hesitate to further a dialogue for the benefit of all," the pope said during a meeting with Asian bishops. The pontiff also mentioned the many nameless martyrs of the faith, who died for the Gospel in Asia and "deserve our love." For Gwangju archbishop Hyginus Kim Hee-joon, the meeting was "brotherly and friendly". As he "walked about us [. . .] he spoke instead of staying on the stage," spending "a few minutes with each of us." He is a "trailblazer even in the Church."
08/16/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Baptised by the pope, father of a Sewol victim chooses Francis as his name
As expected, this morning Francis baptised Lee Ho-jin, a man who lost a son in the ferry sinking of 16 April. After the ceremony, the two talked briefly. Francis Lee says he is "grateful for the pope's love and closeness".

Altri articoli
08/16/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Disabled, men and women religious and lay people in the pope's "ministry of compassion"
08/15/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Pope tells young people in Asia to pray for Korea's reunification, that God never tires of forgiving
08/15/2014 IRAQ
For Mosul Archbishop, Islamist violence has led to new "unity" among Christians and the Church of Iraq
08/14/2014 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
For Gaza parish priest, Israel's offensive on the Palestinians was like an "atomic bomb"
08/14/2014 IRAQ
As the UN declares a refugee emergency in Iraq, world Churches pray for fleeing Christians
08/14/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Seoul, Francis’ first immersion among crowd. To the bishops: "May we be saved from spiritual worldliness" by Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi
08/14/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - CHINA - AYD
Beijing "recalls" Chinese priests from Seoul and blocks 80 young people from travelling for the AYD
08/13/2014 VATICAN-IRAQ-UN
The Pope writes to Ban Ki-moon: Stop the humanitarian tragedy in Northern Iraq
08/13/2014 EGYPT - ISLAM
For Catholic Church spokesman, Egyptian Muslims show solidarity with Iraq's persecuted Christians
08/13/2014 IRAQ
Patriarch of Baghdad: USA, EU and the Arab League must clear Nineveh plain of Jihadists by Louis Raphael I Sako *
08/13/2014 KOREA - VATICAN
Gu-Won Lee, with Pope Francis I will proclaim the Gospel of life with no legs or arms by Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi
08/12/2014 TURKEY
An uncertain future awaits Turkey after Erdogan's presidential victory by NAT da Polis
08/12/2014 IRAQ-ITALY
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul," the thanks of the Patriarch Louis Sako; the concerns of the Bishop of Kurdistan by Bernardo Cervellera
08/12/2014 VATICAN - ISLAM
Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue slams Islamic Caliphate crimes and barbarism
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IRAQ-ITALY
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul," the thanks of the Patriarch Louis Sako; the concerns of the Bishop of Kurdistan
by Bernardo CervelleraThe head of the Chaldean Church is grateful for the AsiaNews campaign and hopes that "this chain of solidarity will reach far and wide”. Helping refugees to remain in Iraq. But many want to flee abroad. The bishop of Amadiyah where thousands of displaced people have found haven in churches and homes: We also help the Arabs (Muslims), and Yazidis, for free and without looking at our confessional differences.
ITALY - IRAQ
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul" to respond directly to Iraq's emergencyAsiaNews is launching a fundraiser to support Christians targeted by the Islamic State, thus responding to a request by the Patriarch of Baghdad and Pope Francis's urgent appeal "to guarantee all necessary assistance - especially the most urgently needed aid - to the great multitude of people who have been driven from their homes, whose fate depends entirely on the solidarity of others." More than 100,000 people have been forced to flee their homes leaving everything behind and now have nothing to live on. To help them, five euros a day are enough. The funds raised will be sent to the Patriarchate of Baghdad, which will distribute them according to the needs of each family.
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08/14/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - CHINA - AYD
Beijing "recalls" Chinese priests from Seoul and blocks 80 young people from travelling for the AYD
08/14/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Seoul, Francis’ first immersion among crowd. To the bishops: "May we be saved from spiritual worldliness"
by Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi
08/15/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Pope calls on Korean Catholics to reject inhumane economics and the culture of death
by Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi
08/15/2014 IRAQ
For Mosul Archbishop, Islamist violence has led to new "unity" among Christians and the Church of Iraq
08/15/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Pope tells young people in Asia to pray for Korea's reunification, that God never tires of forgiving
08/14/2014 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
For Gaza parish priest, Israel's offensive on the Palestinians was like an "atomic bomb"
08/16/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Disabled, men and women religious and lay people in the pope's "ministry of compassion"
08/17/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Pope tells Asia's young people to wake up and not to be afraid to bring faith to society
08/16/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Pope beatifies Korean martyrs who encourage us to ask ourselves if we are ready to die for the faith
08/19/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
The Pope, example of compassion and consolation for Korean society
by Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi

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