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07/05/2015 ECUADOR – VATICAN
In Ecuador, pope says that the Gospel holds the key to solving current challenges, excluding no one
Francis began his pastoral visit to Latin America in Quito. After Ecuador, he will travel to Bolivia and Paraguay. At the airport, Ecuadorian President Correa, the country’s bishops and a group of faithful met him. “I thank God for having allowed me to return to Latin America [. . .] the point closest to outer space” is in Ecuador. “No one, save Jesus Christ, possesses his or her own light”. If the Church turns away from Christ, it no longer bears witness.
Quito (AsiaNews) – “May you,” the people of Ecuador “never lose the ability to protect what is small and simple, to care for your children and your elderly, to have confidence in the young, and to be constantly struck by the nobility of your people and the singular beauty of your country,” said Pope Francis today after his arrival in the Latin American country, the first stage of his trip, which will take him...

07/04/2015 IRAN
Agreement on Iranian nuclear never been closer
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif posts message online saying agreement is close, opening new ways to address common challenges such as extremism in the Middle East.
07/04/2015 CHINA
Shanghai shares hit historical low, losing US$ 2.4 trillion in three weeks
Stocks ended the week with a six per cent loss. The government has tried to breathe new life into the market by broadening collateral, but traders remain sceptical.
07/04/2015 TIBET
Tibetans around the world mark the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday
The Buddhist leader was born on 6 July, but the event was marked in late June following the traditional calendar. Top officials from Arunachal Pradesh, the Tibetan government in exile and the four traditions of Tibetan Buddhism were present. The Dalai Lama received a statue of the Buddha and a traditional Mandala. “The more you care for the happiness of others,” he said, “the greater your own sense of wellbeing becomes and without a doubt, cultivating this sense will help everyone”.
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."

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 NORTH KOREA - IRAN
Pyongyang seeks Iranian Red Crescent aid to battle drought
A long conversation between the North Korean ambassador to Tehran and the head of the Muslim humanitarian organization concludes with assurances of "unremitting efforts" to help North Korea overcome the crisis. The regime has refused the help offered by Beijing and Seoul. Catholic source tells AsiaNews: "The relations are good and the North has long been suffering from drought. But the diplomacy of the peninsula is not changing".
07/03/2015 INDONESIA
Yogyakarta: Islamists expel thousands of Christians from a scout camp because it is Ramadan
by Mathias Hariyadi
Organised by an Indonesian Protestant group for the period of 1-5 July, the gathering was shut down on its second day following a raid by Muslim fundamentalists. For a radical Muslim leader, Christians were not authorised to organise an event that violates the sacredness of the Islamic month of fasting and prayer.
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".
07/03/2015 CHINA
Chinese firm planned to punish employees who had unscheduled children
A credit union in Jiaozou (Henan) told its female employees to get pregnant according to schedule to avoid too many taking maternity leave. If they did not they could be fined as well as lose their end of year bonuses and chances of promotion. After the issue made it on social media, the company backed off. For the local family planning commission, which enforces similar practices, the company’s draft policy “violates a female employee’s reproductive rights”.
07/03/2015 NIGERIA-ISLAM
Boko Haram militants slaughter 150 people, including Muslims
The jihadists carry out raids during the Muslim evening prayer, killing men and women. The area had recently been taken from the Boko Haram fundamentalists.
07/03/2015 JAPAN
Japan’s population drops to historic lows: a quarter over 65
The last national census data confirms fall births compared to deaths for the sixth year in a row. 126,160,000 Japanese, down 271,058 in sharpest decline ever recorded in modern times. 25,90% over 65, a quarter of total population, for first time since 1968.
07/03/2015 SYRIA
Aleppo, Islamists attack to oust Assad's troops and introduce sharia
An alliance of rebel forces, led by a group affiliated with al Qaeda, wants to take over the second largest city of Syria. Aleppo is an economic and industrial center of huge strategic importance. Islamic State militia’s not involved in attack. So far four dead and 70 wounded among civilians.
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.

Altri articoli
07/02/2015 VATICAN
Tourism offers "a billion opportunities" for sustainable development on Earth
07/02/2015 EGYPT
For Catholic Church, the Egyptian people is united in the fight against Jihadist terrorism
07/02/2015 THAILAND
Bangkok: thousands of workers on strike against illegal fishing regulations
07/02/2015 CHINA
Beijing, the new National Security Act gives enormous powers to the army
07/02/2015 NEPAL
Kathmandu: After years of disagreement, draft constitution presented by Christopher Sharma
07/02/2015 IRAN
Iranian nuclear programme: IAEA chief in Tehran as diplomats continue to talk
07/02/2015 PAKISTAN
Lahore: Christian NGO helping Gypsy women entrepreneurs by Kamran Chaudhry
07/02/2015 INDONESIA
Indonesian environmentalists: the Pope's encyclical, "huge" step in defense of water and agriculture by Mathias Hariyadi
07/02/2015 CAMBODIA
Phnom Penh, textile workers faint on mass raising doubts over safety standards
07/02/2015 JAPAN-CHINA
Diaoyu-Senkaku: Tokyo doubles ships around disputed islands
07/01/2015 Hong Kong – China
Hong Kong Catholics join march to demand genuine universal suffrage by Victoria Ma
07/01/2015 BANGLADESH
Mgr Rozario tells Bangladesh’s Catholic physicians to care for patients’ spiritual needs by Sumon Corraya
07/01/2015 INDIA
Raipur archbishop: Catholic schools on strike to protest nun’s rape by Nirmala Carvalho
07/01/2015 CHINA
Beijing, a new law on national security to "protect" sovereignty
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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.
TUNISIA - ISLAM
Tunis, stop terrorism by closing fundamentalist mosquesPresident Essebsi believes unified and global strategy needed to counter terrorism. The attack in Sousse almost simultaneous with those in France, Kuwait, Somalia. Islamic State claims responsibility.
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Top 10
07/03/2015 VATICAN
“It is preferable that every service, even in the Church, come to an end,” says pope
07/03/2015 INDONESIA
Yogyakarta: Islamists expel thousands of Christians from a scout camp because it is Ramadan
by Mathias Hariyadi
06/30/2015 LEBANON – MIDDLE EAST
The ecumenism of blood and Orthodox divisions
by Fady Noun
07/02/2015 SRI LANKA
Sri Lankan activists, Tamils ​​and Buddhists together against all forms of torture
by Melani Manel Perera
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
06/29/2015 KUWAIT - SAUDI ARABIA
Author of Kuwait Shiite mosque attack was Saudi
07/01/2015 BANGLADESH
Mgr Rozario tells Bangladesh’s Catholic physicians to care for patients’ spiritual needs
by Sumon Corraya
06/29/2015 CHINA
Signing ceremony launches Asia’s newest investment bank with China holding a 30 per cent stake
07/01/2015 PALESTINE
IS threatens to uproot Hamas and impose Sharia in Gaza

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