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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
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 To re-open a channel of dialogue, the government of Shinzo Abe has withdrawn some sanctions against the regime.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
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
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
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.