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11/27/2015 SAUDI ARABIA
Riyadh plans mass execution of 55 people in one day
These include those convicted of crimes related to terrorism and internal revolt. The executions are "imminent". In 2015 151 people executed, the highest number since 1995. Activists: the government uses the death sentences to solve the problem of internal dissidence.
Riyadh (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Human rights activists and organizations are sounding the alarm following the news that Saudi Arabia is planning a mass execution of dozens of people in a single day . According to the newspaper Okaz, quoted by the BBC, at least 55 people will be executed for "crimes of terrorism"; also the website of the newspaper al-Riyadh published an...

11/27/2015 ISRAEL - EGYPT
Coptic Patriarch Tawadros in Jerusalem for the first time in 35 years
by Joshua Lapide
The head of the Coptic Church is in the holy city for the funeral of Archbishop Anba Abraham, who died two days ago. In 1980, Shenouda III forbade the Orthodox Copts from traveling to Jerusalem until the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was resolved. Welcomed at Notre Dame, owned by the Holy See. The Coptic Orthodox Church is the largest Christian community in the Middle East.
11/26/2015 VATICAN – KENYA
Pope in Kenya: climate conference would be “catastrophic” if no global “transformational” agreement is reached
In his address to United Nations Offices in Nairobi, Francis called for an “agreement based on the principles of solidarity, justice, equality and participation” to reduce the impact of climate change, fight poverty and respect human dignity. He tells priests and men and women religious to follow Jesus, and serve others, but not out of ambition or interest.
With Gaza like a huge prison, Caritas Jerusalem is raising funds for Christmas gifts for Christians
The Catholic charity wants to raise US$ 50,000 to buy gifts for the Strip’s 350 Christian families who live in what the Caritas general director describes as a desperate situation, from which many want to escape. He does not want money or aid; instead, he calls on Western Christians to come “in pilgrimage” to the Holy Land, to show their tangible “closeness and solidarity”.
11/26/2015 VATICAN - KENYA
Pope in Kenya: never violence in God's name, call to mission and to create a just society
On his second day in Africa, Francis meets religious leaders and celebrates Mass. "The health of any society depends on the health of families." "Support for families in their mission within society, to welcome children as a blessing to our world and to defend the dignity of every man and every woman, because we are all brothers and sisters in the human family." "Interfaith understanding, friendship and cooperation in defending the dignity conferred by God on individuals and peoples".

11/26/2015 RUSSIA - TURKEY
Downed jet: Moscow threatens economic consequences, but has strong interests in Turkey
by Nina Achmatova
Medvedev speaks of possible halt on all bilateral agreements and reduction of market shares of Turkish companies, but Russian interests in Turkey range from gas to nuclear power, banks and internet.
11/25/2015 VATICAN - KENYA
Pope in Kenya: fear, mistrust and despair feed violence and terrorism
Speaking to the country’s political, economic and cultural leaders, Francis spoke of building democracy and protecting creation. “We have a responsibility to pass on the beauty of nature in its integrity to future generations,” and “invest in them” as well as “show genuine concern for the needs of the poor”.
11/25/2015 VATICAN – KENYA
Pope in Kenya: arrival in Nairobi on the first leg of his trip to Africa
Before leaving Rome, Francis met in Domus Santa Marta 11 women victims of trafficking. During the flight, the pope greeted each journalist travelling with him on his first trip to Africa.
11/25/2015 SYRIA
Islamic State frees 10 Assyrian Christian from Hassaké community
They belong to a group of over 200 faithful abducted last February in the northeast of Syria. Five women among the released hostages. Their release came after "lengthy negotiations" conducted by the Eastern Assyrian Church. An estimated 140 people still in the hands of the militia.
11/24/2015 TURKEY - RUSSIA
For Moscow, Turkey’s downing of Russian plane "is a serious incident"
Turkey claims Russian plane violated its airspace. Russia denies it left Syrian airspace. A Kremlin spokesman says he has no idea if Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s visit to Turkey, tomorrow, will be cancelled. At the same time, it would be wrong to “make any conclusions” from the incident.
11/24/2015 TURKEY
"Together for the common home", Focolari meet with Patriarch Bartholomew
The meeting starts tomorrow in Halki, the monastery that one was the seat of the Greek Orthodox Theological School. The patriarch and Maria Voce will present the main reports, but bishops from various Churches are expected to address the gathering as well, including Card Kurt Koch, who is in Istanbul as the head of the Holy See delegation to the Patriarchate for the feast day of Saint Andrew.
11/23/2015 VATICAN
Pope: the Church is "faithful" when places its treasure in Jesus and not "securities” of this world
"The Church is the Bride of Christ, but her Lord is gone and her only treasure is her Lord. And the Church, when faithful, leaves everything to wait for the return of her Lord ". Do "our souls seek refuge only in the Lord or in securities that are not pleasing to the Lord?".
11/23/2015 VATICAN – AFRICA
In messages to Kenya, Uganda and Central Africa, pope says he is coming as a “messenger of peace"
Ahead of his trip, Francis sends video messages to the three countries where he will travel between 25 to 30 November. In his message to the Central African Republic he notes that on the 29th, he will open Bangui Cathedral’s Holy Door “a bit ahead of the Holy Year of Mercy, which "will be for everyone, I hope, a providential time for authentic forgiveness, for giving and receiving, and for the renewal of love."
11/22/2015 VATICAN
Pope: The logic of the Gospel is expressed in humility and selflessness
For the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, the pope said, "The worldly logic rests on ambition and competition, and fights with the weapons of fear, blackmail and the manipulation of minds." Francis entrusts "the many Christians who are, unfortunately, still persecuted today" to the intercession of the new blessed proclaimed in Spain. He calls for a Hail Mary for his trip to Africa.
11/20/2015 LEBANON – SYRIA
When held by the Islamic State, Fr Mourad had compassion for his captors
by Fady Noun
The Syrian Catholic priest speaks about his months of captivity in the hands of Jihadi militias. On several occasions, his abductors staged his mock execution. On one occasion, he was even flogged. Moving away from his initial fear, he experienced the grace of forgiveness and mercy. Praying and trust in Our Lady were crucial. His thoughts also go to Father Paolo Dall'Oglio.

Altri articoli
11/20/2015 VATICAN
Pope: priests, chosen "among men", to serve them with a"loving gaze"
11/20/2015 FRANCE – ISLAM
French imams slam terrorists for destroying Islam’s future and that of its children by Consiglio degli imam di Francia
11/20/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Temptation of money and power, of "Holy bribe" ever present in Church
11/19/2015 VATICAN
No changes to Pope’s visit to Central Africa and he will use an open top car
11/19/2015 ISLAM
For Muslim scholar, the fight against Islamic State jihadists calls for a new interpretation of Islam by Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im*
11/19/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "Jesus weeps" over "todays’ world at war"
11/18/2015 FRANCE – ISLAM
Two dead, seven arrested in major police sweep linked to deadly Paris attacks
11/18/2015 VATICAN
Pope: “On threshold of Jubilee": "no closed doors in the Church, all must remain open"
11/18/2015 EGYPT - SYRIA
Patriarch Younan: IS cannot be defeated with air raids, the West has betrayed Christians by Rafic Greiche
11/18/2015 IRAQ
Patriarch of Baghdad welcomes amendments to Law on Islamization of children by Joseph Mahmoud
11/17/2015 RUSSIA – FRANCE – ISLAM
As Putin acknowledges terror attack brought down Russian plane in Sinai, Hollande opens to an alliance with Moscow and Washington
11/17/2015 VATICAN
Pope warns Christians against "worldliness" of "double life" that destroys identity
Washington in arms deal with Saudi Arabia for $ 1.29 billion
11/17/2015 EGYPT-ISLAM
Al Azhar: Battle against the Islamic state must also be ideological
Editor's choices
For Nîmes imam, Islam should not be held hostage by extremists
by Hochine DrouicheFrench imams condemn the Paris terrorist attacks and disassociate themselves from violence committed in "the name of our religion." At the same time, they ask Muslim communities to dare leading a life of dialogue and friendship with Europeans, without fear or arrogance. For centuries, Muslims have ruled out reason from their religious life. The vice president of French imams bears witness.
AsiaNews marks 12 years: Persecution and hope
by Bernardo CervelleraDespite a worldwide increase of ignorance, indifference and superficiality, many signs of love and hope resist even in the most gloomy situations: the Iraqi mother who gives birth to her child in a refugee camp and smiles even though she has nothing; the Indonesian Muslim mother who blesses her son who became a Christian and a priest; the Chinese Christian families that welcome children thrown away because of the one-child law.
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11/25/2015 PAKISTAN
Karachi, masked men set Christian television station on fire
by Jibran Khan
11/20/2015 VATICAN
Pope: priests, chosen "among men", to serve them with a"loving gaze"
11/26/2015 PAKISTAN
Sialkot, Muslim kidnaps 13 year old Christian girl and forces her to convert to Islam
by Jibran Khan
11/20/2015 FRANCE – ISLAM
French imams slam terrorists for destroying Islam’s future and that of its children
by Consiglio degli imam di Francia
11/20/2015 BANGLADESH
Dinajpur’s Christians and Muslims close to PIME missionary who escaped assassination attempt
11/25/2015 BANGLADESH
Bangladeshi inter-faith forum leader attacked
Manila, Tokyo and Taipei reinforce anti-Beijing axis in South China Sea
11/20/2015 INDIA
Card Gracias: The Eucharistic Congress will not close, for the encounter with Jesus does not die!
by card. Oswald Gracias
11/20/2015 INDONESIA
Central Java: Muslims and Catholics in "long march" to save environment
by Mathias Hariyadi
11/25/2015 INDIA
"Mother Teresa" award to the widow of Pastor Graham Staines
by Nirmala Carvalho


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