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07/03/2015 VATICAN
“It is preferable that every service, even in the Church, come to an end,” says pope
More than 30,000 people gathered in St Peter's Square for the Convocation of the Renewal in the Holy Spirit. “Jesus, for all of us you asked the Lord the grace of unity in this Church of yours, not ours. History has divided us,” the pope said. "If the enemy unites us in death who are we not to be united in life."
Vatican City (AsiaNews) – Today Pope Francis spoke in St Peter’s Square before some 30,000 members of the Renewal in the Holy Spirit Movement. Those present included Card Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Church;...

07/03/2015 INDIA
Maharashtra: Hindu nationalist government cracks down on madrassas
by Nirmala Carvalho
State authorities prepare to inspect 1,889 registered madrassas. Those that do not teach English, maths and science will lose their formal status as educational facilities. Critics slam the decision as "unconstitutional", but the government defends himself by saying that it wants to modernise education. Jesuit theologian and Islam scholar tells AsiaNews that the state should not interfere with schools, that its action “threatens democratic values."
07/03/2015 BANGLADESH
Pope Francis’ Laudato si’ translated into Bangla in record time
by Sumon Corraya
In a pastoral letter, Mgr D’Rozario highlights the main points of Pope Francis’ “green” encyclical. Catholic priests are called to spread the pope’s message among the faithful. The executive director of Caritas Bangladesh urges Catholics to use less and consume resources moderately. The charity’s projects include environmental protection, and alleviating the suffering of the weakest.
07/03/2015 ASIA
2015, young people celebrate anniversaries of Taize and Brother Roger
by Frère Ghislain*
Over 100 years since birth, 10 years after his death and 75 years after the foundation of the experience of Taizé, Brother Roger's charism is still alive. Gestures of prayer and solidarity across Asia: Philippines, Singapore, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam. In Calcutta, prayer around the tomb of Mother Teresa, who Frere Roger visited in 1976 and 1997. In Japan and throughout the continent an experience of the Church united "in God’s heart".
07/02/2015 SRI LANKA
Sri Lankan activists, Tamils ​​and Buddhists together against all forms of torture
by Melani Manel Perera
A young man detained by police in 2008 did not return. An innocent Sinhalese fisherman ​​died in prison after 14 years. Former President Rajapaksa’s police tortured a Buddhist monk 21 times. AsiaNews relays these stories on World Day against Torture in Sri Lanka.

07/02/2015 VATICAN
Tourism offers "a billion opportunities" for sustainable development on Earth
In its message for World Tourism Day, the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples notes that growth in this sector represents “a challenge to all the sectors involved in this global phenomenon: tourists, businesses, governments and local communities and, of course, the Church too. The billion tourists should necessarily be considered above all in their billion opportunities.”
07/02/2015 NEPAL
Kathmandu: After years of disagreement, draft constitution presented
by Christopher Sharma
Constituent Assembly set to begin new consultations. Problems remain to solve. Amendments may be proposed by both parties and civil society. Catholic bishop: "First step towards democracy".
07/02/2015 PAKISTAN
Lahore: Christian NGO helping Gypsy women entrepreneurs
by Kamran Chaudhry
The AIDS Awareness Society announces an empowerment programme for Gypsy women. It will involve at least 500 craftswomen and artisans, enabling them to improve their skills and marketing capabilities. Supporters also set up a centre for the display and sale of their products.
07/01/2015 BANGLADESH
Mgr Rozario tells Bangladesh’s Catholic physicians to care for patients’ spiritual needs
by Sumon Corraya
Each year, the Catholic Church organises training workshops for health workers. Catholic clinics have high professional standards but cannot meet the demand for their services. For the bishop of Rajshahi, "Physicians must be honest." The country has some 70 Catholic health facilities, a hundred physicians and a thousand nurses.
07/01/2015 INDIA
Raipur archbishop: Catholic schools on strike to protest nun’s rape
by Nirmala Carvalho
Mgr Victor Henry Thakur led today’s demonstration, which involved 30 Christian and some private schools in the state of Chhattisgarh. “Ours is a symbolic shutdown and protest to express our anguish and pain at what happened,” the prelate said.
07/01/2015 PAKISTAN
Women's rights activists: Change sham law on domestic violence
by Shafique Khokhar
The "Punjab Protection of Women against Violence Act 2015" was approved on 20 May by the provincial government. The law does not define domestic violence or prescribe severe penalties for offenders.
06/30/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Nostra Aetate a definitive 'yes' to the Jewish roots of Christianity and irrevocable no to anti-Semitism"
Greeting participants in the conference sponsored by the International Council of Christians and Jews, Francis points out that "both faiths have their foundation in the One God, the God of the Covenant, who reveals himself through his Word. In seeking a right attitude towards God, Christians turn to Christ as the fount of new life, and Jews to the teaching of the Torah".
06/30/2015 SRI LANKA
For Buddhist environmentalist, ‘Laudato si’’ gives hope for our common home
by Melani Manel Perera
The Encyclical on environmental protection should inspire all new political projects. The planet’s development must go hand in hand with curbing unbridled economic development. By the end of the century, there will be 250 million "climate refugees". The race for profit, political pressure, and corruption also touches Sri Lankan society.
06/30/2015 NEPAL
According to the Global Peace Index, the "Land of Buddha" is less peaceful than “Christian” Europe
The Institute for Economics and Peace’s 2015 report ranks Nepal 62nd out of 162 countries in terms of peacefulness. Six of the top ten are in Europe. For a Nepali expert, one cannot make Nepal peaceful “just by saying that is the Buddha’s birthplace”.
06/30/2015 INDIA
Vandals attack Baptist church, damage cross, in Bhiwani
by Nirmala Carvalho
Four motorcyclists threw stones at the building. After a first incident, they came back half an hour later to carry out a second attack. This is the first act of violence in Bhiwani District. For the church’s pastor, the attack was "an attempt to provoke tensions in the community." According to the president of the Global Council of Indian Christians, it was “intentionally provocative and anti-Christian."

Altri articoli
06/29/2015 BANGLADESH
Theology course for lay leaders in Bangladesh’s Catholic community by Sumon Corraya
06/29/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Rome’s "affection and gratitude" for witness of Peter and Paul
06/29/2015 CHINA
Signing ceremony launches Asia’s newest investment bank with China holding a 30 per cent stake
06/29/2015 VATICAN
Pope to new metropolitan archbishops: The Church wants men of faith, prayer, witness
06/28/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Believe that Jesus can heal us and awaken us from death?
06/27/2015 VATICAN-ORTHODOX
Pope: Increase opportunities for meetings and collaboration between the Churches of Rome and Constantinople
06/27/2015 ISLAM - MIDDLE EAST
Al Azhar and Vatican against terrorism. The ambiguity of the international community by Bernardo Cervellera
06/26/2015 PAKISTAN
Christians and Muslims slam everyday torture in Pakistan by Kamran Chaudhry
06/26/2015 SRI LANKA
For Catholic brother, Laudato si’ can help stop Colombo’s new port project by Melani Manel Perera
06/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Jesus teaches that "a community must be close", must "dirty its hands"
06/26/2015 INDIA
Card. Gracias: Catholic nun’s rape a national shame by Nirmala Carvalho
06/25/2015 NEPAL
"Nepal is not alone" as donor countries meet after the earthquake by Christopher Sharma
06/25/2015 VATICAN
World Meeting of Philadelphia, Gospel nourishment for families of the world
06/25/2015 INDIA
Caritas India under watch but not yet requiring “prior approval”
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ISLAM - MIDDLE EAST
Al Azhar and Vatican against terrorism. The ambiguity of the international community
by Bernardo CervelleraThe influential Sunni university denounces " heinous" violence of the Islamic state and demands the world defeat this group “through every possible means". Vatican: terrorism is a threat to all humanity. France claims to fight terrorism, but then sells weapons, aircraft, helicopter gunships to Saudi Arabia, which supports Islamic fundamentalism. Kuwait tolerates Salafis who support the Nusra Front and the Islamic state. Turkey against the Kurds; the United States against Iran, Russia and China.
VATICAN – ITALY
Pope in Turin tells young people to be chaste in love, go against the flow and not retire at 20In his last meeting on the first day of his visit to Turin, Francis met young people in Vittorio Square. In a Question and Answer exchange, he talked about love, friendship and loss of trust towards life. "I understand you. How many hypocrites speak of peace and sell weapons. How can one trust? By following Christ, whose act of extreme love, i.e. the Cross, saved humanity." The pontiff also looked at the horrors of the 20th century as evidence of the loss of trust towards world powers. He urged young people “not to retire at 20,” but “live, don’t just exist.”
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06/27/2015 INDONESIA - ISLAM
Bowing to ulema, Constitutional Court approves "forced" marriages with minors
by Mathias Hariyadi
06/27/2015 ISLAM - MIDDLE EAST
Al Azhar and Vatican against terrorism. The ambiguity of the international community
by Bernardo Cervellera
06/30/2015 LEBANON – MIDDLE EAST
The ecumenism of blood and Orthodox divisions
by Fady Noun
06/26/2015 VATICAN – PALESTINE
Holy See and the State of Palestine sign comprehensive agreement, a “hasty step” according to Israel
06/26/2015 SYRIA – TURKEY
After IS attacks Kobane, Kurds slam Turkey for allowing Jihadis through border
06/27/2015 VATICAN-ORTHODOX
Pope: Increase opportunities for meetings and collaboration between the Churches of Rome and Constantinople
06/27/2015 TUNISIA - ISLAM
Tunis, stop terrorism by closing fundamentalist mosques
06/30/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Nostra Aetate a definitive 'yes' to the Jewish roots of Christianity and irrevocable no to anti-Semitism"
07/01/2015 VIETNAM
Released from prison, Vietnamese Catholic lawyer to continue human rights fight
06/28/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Believe that Jesus can heal us and awaken us from death?

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