10/01/2014PAKISTAN - ISLAM Rawalpindi: a phone call from police behind (false) rumours about Zafar Bhatti's death by Jibran Khan Naureen, the pastor's sister, says police told the family about his murder in cell and then denied them the right to view the body. A church in the city conducted a funeral service. Family and Christian leaders met him in prison yesterday, and found him alive and in good health. Rawalpindi (AsiaNews)
- "I received a call from the police and they told me that my brother had
been killed in prison," Naureen Bhatti, sister of Rev Zafar Bhatti, told AsiaNews as she explained yesterday's
announcement of his "murder
in prison". Once alerted, the family "raced to the prison" to see the
victim's body and find out how he died; however, prison guards prevented them
from identifying the alleged...
10/01/2014BANGLADESH Dhaka: Telecommunications minister removed for attacking Muhammad and Hajj by Sumon Corraya At a meeting with the press in New York, Abdul Latif Siddique criticised the annual pilgrimage to Makkah, one of the pillars of Islam. Muhammad created it because Arab people were robbers. Then "he introduced a system stating that his followers will assemble once a year. Through this system," some "income would be generated". For the minister, "It is sheer waste of manpower." Now he could be arrested after a complaint was filed against him.
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. "
10/01/2014INDIA New Delhi, state university abolishes chair named after Mother Teresa by Santosh Digal The Indira Gandhi Open University has taken this decision due to lack of funds. For John Dayal, secretary general of the All India Christian Council (AICC), terms the decision "reprehensible." The chair offered courses on HIV / AIDS, family education, substance abuse and philosophy.
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?'".
09/29/2014VATICAN 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".
09/28/2014VATICAN 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."