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28/10/2014
Uttar Pradesh: 310 Christians "reconverted" to Hinduism with threats
It is the third incident in less than two months in the northern Indian state. Brahmins (priests), and Hindu radicals have "sacrificed" Bibles to their gods and given sacred books to the Christians to validate the ceremony. Christian leader: "alarming trend".
28/10/2014
Baghdad, at least 38 dead and dozens wounded in a double bomb attack
A suicide bomber blew himself up near a government checkpoint in Jurf al-Sakhar, 50 km south of the capital. Islamic State terrorists behind the attack on: casualties among government forces and Shiite militias. The second attack took place in the district of Karrada in central Baghdad.
28/10/2014
Uttar Pradesh: 310 Christians "reconverted" to Hinduism with threats
It is the third incident in less than two months in the northern Indian state. Brahmins (priests), and Hindu radicals have "sacrificed" Bibles to their gods and given sacred books to the Christians to validate the ceremony. Christian leader: "alarming trend".
28/10/2014
Pyongyang open talks with Tokyo over Japanese kidnapped by the Kim regime
During the 1970’s and ‘80’s, North Korea kidnapped at least 13 Japanese citizens to "train them as spies to use in the Land of the Rising Sun". Five returned home in 2002; mystery surrounds the fate of the other eight. To re-open a channel of dialogue, the government of Shinzo Abe has withdrawn some sanctions against the regime.
28/10/2014
Letter from Archbishop of Mosul: Thank you for your aid, supporting the plight of refugees
The donations made through the "Adopt a Christian from Mosul" campaign are used to buy food, warm clothes, blankets for refugees and rent houses or caravans given the early onset of winter and. Two women have defended their Christian faith before the Islamist militants who wanted to convert them, despite the threat of death. A refugee among refugees, Msgr. Nona discovers a new way of being a pastor.
28/10/2014
Pope: Jesus builds the Church, which we must enter, not linger on the threshold
When he chose the apostles, they were "all sinners", but Jesus did not look at their sin, but their heart. " We cannot understand the Church without Jesus who prays and heals. May the Holy Spirit help us understand that this Church has its strength is in Jesus’s prayer that can heal us all ". We are citizens of this Church. "If we do not enter this temple, if we are not part of this construction so the Holy Spirit dwells within us, we are not in the Church."
28/10/2014
Pope: Jesus builds the Church, which we must enter, not linger on the threshold
When he chose the apostles, they were "all sinners", but Jesus did not look at their sin, but their heart. " We cannot understand the Church without Jesus who prays and heals. May the Holy Spirit help us understand that this Church has its strength is in Jesus’s prayer that can heal us all ". We are citizens of this Church. "If we do not enter this temple, if we are not part of this construction so the Holy Spirit dwells within us, we are not in the Church."
28/10/2014
Pope: Jesus builds the Church, which we must enter, not linger on the threshold
When he chose the apostles, they were "all sinners", but Jesus did not look at their sin, but their heart. " We cannot understand the Church without Jesus who prays and heals. May the Holy Spirit help us understand that this Church has its strength is in Jesus’s prayer that can heal us all ". We are citizens of this Church. "If we do not enter this temple, if we are not part of this construction so the Holy Spirit dwells within us, we are not in the Church."
28/10/2014
Uttar Pradesh: 310 Christians "reconverted" to Hinduism with threats
It is the third incident in less than two months in the northern Indian state. Brahmins (priests), and Hindu radicals have "sacrificed" Bibles to their gods and given sacred books to the Christians to validate the ceremony. Christian leader: "alarming trend".
28/10/2014
Pyongyang open talks with Tokyo over Japanese kidnapped by the Kim regime
During the 1970’s and ‘80’s, North Korea kidnapped at least 13 Japanese citizens to "train them as spies to use in the Land of the Rising Sun". Five returned home in 2002; mystery surrounds the fate of the other eight. To re-open a channel of dialogue, the government of Shinzo Abe has withdrawn some sanctions against the regime.
28/10/2014
Turkmenistan to free conscientious objectors
Amnesty marks the 23rd anniversary of the country's independence from the Soviet Union. Six prisoners had been convicted for conscientious objection; two for exercising their right to freedom of religion and worship.
28/10/2014
Pope: "No family without a home. No farmer without land. No worker with rights"
Meeting with the Popular Movements Francis asks for change in a system that is “an idolatrous cult of money and global indifference." We must "do so with courage but also with intelligence. With tenacity, but without fanaticism. With passion, but without violence." Jesus would call "hypocrite" those who want to face "the scandal of poverty by promoting strategies of containment that only convert the poor into domestic and inoffensive beings".
28/10/2014
Turkmenistan to free conscientious objectors
Amnesty marks the 23rd anniversary of the country's independence from the Soviet Union. Six prisoners had been convicted for conscientious objection; two for exercising their right to freedom of religion and worship.
28/10/2014
Hanoi and Beijing seeking shared solutions to maritime disputes
The two Communist governments agree to a mechanism for defining boundaries and "appropriately handle" issues. Both seek peace, stability and development. There are however some critics. For a Vietnamese official, Beijing will never give up its maritime ambitions.
28/10/2014
Letter from Archbishop of Mosul: Thank you for your aid, supporting the plight of refugees
The donations made through the "Adopt a Christian from Mosul" campaign are used to buy food, warm clothes, blankets for refugees and rent houses or caravans given the early onset of winter and. Two women have defended their Christian faith before the Islamist militants who wanted to convert them, despite the threat of death. A refugee among refugees, Msgr. Nona discovers a new way of being a pastor.
28/10/2014
Pope: "No family without a home. No farmer without land. No worker with rights"
Meeting with the Popular Movements Francis asks for change in a system that is “an idolatrous cult of money and global indifference." We must "do so with courage but also with intelligence. With tenacity, but without fanaticism. With passion, but without violence." Jesus would call "hypocrite" those who want to face "the scandal of poverty by promoting strategies of containment that only convert the poor into domestic and inoffensive beings".
28/10/2014
Fr Belisario: From Colombia to Bangladesh, the "madness" of the mission
Fr Belisario de Jesus Montoya Cyrus, 29, is a Colombian priest from the diocese of Sonsón-Rionegro. A month ago, he left for Bangladesh. For him, the missio ad gentes should be part of every priest's baggage. Although the pain of separation is too much for his parents ("They cried as if I had been laid to rest in a coffin."), for him, this is the way to be "like Jesus" and experience the Church's universality.
28/10/2014
Fr Belisario: From Colombia to Bangladesh, the "madness" of the mission
Fr Belisario de Jesus Montoya Cyrus, 29, is a Colombian priest from the diocese of Sonsón-Rionegro. A month ago, he left for Bangladesh. For him, the missio ad gentes should be part of every priest's baggage. Although the pain of separation is too much for his parents ("They cried as if I had been laid to rest in a coffin."), for him, this is the way to be "like Jesus" and experience the Church's universality.
27/10/2014
More violence in Chhattisgarh: 40 Hindu radicals attack a Christian community
The attack took place in Bastar district, home to an ongoing systematic persecution of the minority. Extremists often invoke the anti-conversion law to attack Christians. President of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC): "We demand the immediate end of violence."
27/10/2014
More violence in Chhattisgarh: 40 Hindu radicals attack a Christian community
The attack took place in Bastar district, home to an ongoing systematic persecution of the minority. Extremists often invoke the anti-conversion law to attack Christians. President of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC): "We demand the immediate end of violence."
27/10/2014
Jakarta: Jokowi government includes a woman and a Catholic, "attentive to ministers moral record"
In choosing his collaborators the head of state has paid attention to moral integrity and professionalism. Praise for the choice of two technocrats in key positions of the economy. Resentment of the presence of (too many) elements close to the former President Sukarnoputri. Country gives Joko Widodo “conditional support" and expects tangible results in education, health and infrastructure.
27/10/2014
Jerusalem: as tensions grow so do racism and settlements
The symbolic funeral for a Palestinian man leads to clashes with the police as well as 4 arrests and 21 injured. Netanyahu orders 1,060 new homes in East Jerusalem, boosts the number of police in the city. Starting next month, Palestinians who work in Israel will have to travel on separate buses from those used by Israelis. For Israeli President Rivlin, Israeli society is sick of racism.
27/10/2014
Ukrainian elections: prime minister Yatseniuk’s party takes lead
The results are still provisional. The prime minister is highly unpopular with Moscow, he favors a hard-line to resolve the conflict in the East. The Kremlin considers him Obama’s "puppet". Second place goes to the Poroshenko formation. Talks underway to form a coalition capable of ensuring peace and reform.
27/10/2014
Pope: Our words tell if we are "Christians of light, of darkness or gray areas"
"There are Christians bright, full of light who seek to serve the Lord in this light" and there are "dark Christians" who lead "a life of sin, a life distant from the Lord" and those who are "first on this side, then on the other ". "Also in gray areas. They are lukewarm".
27/10/2014
Jakarta: Jokowi government includes a woman and a Catholic, "attentive to ministers moral record"
In choosing his collaborators the head of state has paid attention to moral integrity and professionalism. Praise for the choice of two technocrats in key positions of the economy. Resentment of the presence of (too many) elements close to the former President Sukarnoputri. Country gives Joko Widodo “conditional support" and expects tangible results in education, health and infrastructure.
27/10/2014
Prosecutors seek death penalty for Sewol captain
South Korean prosecutors conclude their case at the trial, being held in Gwangju, against 15 crew members of the ship that sank in April. The tragedy killed 304 people, mostly high school students. They seek life imprisonment for three senior officers and prison from 15 to 30 years in prison for the other 11 accused.
27/10/2014
A "great pope", Francis calls Pope Benedict XVI, "great for his intellect, great for his significant contribution to theology, great for his love for the Church"
"The Big Bang, which today stands at the origin of the world, does not contradict the intervention of the divine creator," the pope also said. In fact, "it requires it." For him, "Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of Creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve." However, "taking the Creator's place [. . .] is a grave sin" that "can destroy Creation".
27/10/2014
Prosecutors seek death penalty for Sewol captain
South Korean prosecutors conclude their case at the trial, being held in Gwangju, against 15 crew members of the ship that sank in April. The tragedy killed 304 people, mostly high school students. They seek life imprisonment for three senior officers and prison from 15 to 30 years in prison for the other 11 accused.
27/10/2014
Jerusalem: as tensions grow so do racism and settlements
The symbolic funeral for a Palestinian man leads to clashes with the police as well as 4 arrests and 21 injured. Netanyahu orders 1,060 new homes in East Jerusalem, boosts the number of police in the city. Starting next month, Palestinians who work in Israel will have to travel on separate buses from those used by Israelis. For Israeli President Rivlin, Israeli society is sick of racism.
27/10/2014
More violence in Chhattisgarh: 40 Hindu radicals attack a Christian community
The attack took place in Bastar district, home to an ongoing systematic persecution of the minority. Extremists often invoke the anti-conversion law to attack Christians. President of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC): "We demand the immediate end of violence."
27/10/2014
Hong Kong after the revolution
The pro-democracy Occupy Central movement frightened Beijing much more than the short-lived Jasmine Revolution. The government fears a "democratic infiltration" from the Special Administrative Region and will use every means at its disposal, including economics, to stop it. However, doing so it could destroy the country's most dynamic and innovative region. What follows is an analysis by an expert on China, courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.
27/10/2014
Kyrgyz government to require religions to register or fold
The authorities propose changes to the existing Religion Law. If adopted, changes will further empower the State Commission for Religious Affairs (SCRA). For human rights activists, the amended legislation would "subordinate religion to the state".
27/10/2014
Kyrgyz government to require religions to register or fold
The authorities propose changes to the existing Religion Law. If adopted, changes will further empower the State Commission for Religious Affairs (SCRA). For human rights activists, the amended legislation would "subordinate religion to the state".
26/10/2014
Pope: With Jesus, love is the measure of faith, and faith is the soul of love
At the Angelus, Pope Francis emphasizes "the center" "from which everything must eradiate and to which everything must return": love for God and love for brethren. Jesus did not hand down formula or commandments, "but two faces, actually one, the face of God reflected in many faces, because in the face of every brother, especially the smallest, most fragile and helpless, person in need is the very image of God". The beatification of Mother Assunta Marchetti, a Scalabrini, an example of this "love of t two faces, which is in reality just One".
25/10/2014
Xinjiang, coal mine collapses: 16 miners dead, 11 injured
The tragedy occurred overnight near the provincial capital of Urumqi. The local government and the National work safety watchdog "are investigating." Families of the workers who "escaped" arrive at the site. Coal mining confirmed as China’s most dangerous job.
25/10/2014
Semarang:Church hosts conference to strengthen friendship and dialogue between religions
Promoted by the archdiocese, the faithful of the six official religions recognized in the country take part in the initiative. A documentary film on Cardinal Darmojuwono, markingthe centenary of his birth, will be broadcast. Indonesian priest: diversity is a "wealth" from which "we learn".
25/10/2014
Manila, 90 new "barefoot doctors" for mountain tribes
The Catholic Foundation of Our Lady of peacekeeping missions has been involved for years in preparing health care professionals capable of providing first aid in remote areas of the country. A course in 10 modules to ensure the marginalized of society have immediate access to quality care.
25/10/2014
Xinjiang, coal mine collapses: 16 miners dead, 11 injured
The tragedy occurred overnight near the provincial capital of Urumqi. The local government and the National work safety watchdog "are investigating." Families of the workers who "escaped" arrive at the site. Coal mining confirmed as China’s most dangerous job.