03/10/2014ASIA - PIME Eighty-five years of grace and joy by Piero Gheddo With, as his passion, the Christian message to proclaim as a missionary and journalist, Fr Gheddo is grateful to his parents and teachers. After 61 years as a priest, it is still great to be a priest. As he marks his birthday, he offers it as an invitation to young people. Milan (AsiaNews)
- At midday on 10 March 10, 1929, some 85 years ago, in Tronzano Vercelli where
rice is grown, Rosetta Franzi Gheddo, gave birth to her firstborn child as the
bells of the nearby parish church rang the Angelus. This child became a...
03/10/2014SYRIA-LEBANON Ma'aloula nuns freed in exchange for 150 rebels held prisoner by Paul Dakiki The release took place around midnight, hours after the news first broke. The Lebanese and Qatari security chiefs Abbas Ibrahim and Ghanim al- Kubaisi were key mediators. The nuns were held on the second and third floor of a house controlled by the Al Nusra Front rebels for two months. Great publicity and media alerted ahead of release.
03/07/2014PAKISTAN Faisalabad: hundreds of "white ribbons" to protest against violence against women by Shafique Kholkar On the eve of International Women's Day, hundreds of people march to demand an end to abuse in all its forms. They appeal to the government for "new laws" to protect women, who are discriminated in the family and the workplace. This battle is "cultural" as well as societal in a country that does not fully recognise equal rights for women.
03/05/2014MALAYSIA - ISLAM Kuala Lumpur: court adjourns trial on the disputed use of the word Allah The Federal Court heard the parties' arguments but adjourned the case "to a later date." For the first time, a panel of seven judges will settle a civil matter. Outside the courthouse, hundreds of Muslim protesters tried to put pressure on the judges. Herald editor says Christians fast and pray for a favourable ruling.
03/05/2014EGYPT - ISLAM Samir Khalil Samir: Hamas ban also good for Palestinians by Samir Khalil Samir The Islamist movement accuses the Egyptian government of helping "the Israeli occupation". However, by choosing the path of violence, Hamas has created the current unsustainable situation in Gaza. Egypt shows that the diplomatic path is more fruitful. The court's decision is in line with the Arab Spring, against an ideological and religious dictatorship and for democracy.
03/05/2014PAKISTAN Pakistani Christians fast and pray for peace and persecuted minorities by Jibran Khan Every church in the country holds special services for Ash Wednesday. The Diocese of Lahore and Rawalpindi issues a message of peace and harmony. For priest in Lahore, this is a propitious time to refrain from the world's temptations. In Sialkot, thoughts go to Christians "persecuted for their faith."
03/03/2014BANGLADESH Home of Catholic family torched in Bangladesh by Sumon Corraya The perpetrators are unknown, but the local community point to Islamic extremists. However, the attack could be the result of a general climate of insecurity that now exists in the country. Family safe: mother, two children and grandmother.
03/03/2014PAKISTAN Pakistani Christians and civil society celebrate Shahbaz Bhatti as more violence strikes Islamabad by Jibran Khan Three years after his murder, hundreds of people pay tribute to the memory of Catholic minister. The memory of a politician in the forefront of the struggle for peace and religious harmony still alive. Among the most important goals the creation of the Ministry for National Harmony and the quota for minorities. Attack on a courthouse in the capital, 11 dead and 24 wounded.
03/03/2014CHINA Vigil for 29 dead and over 130 injured in Kunming massacre A hundred people gathered spontaneously in the station where the massacre took place. The gang raided the station armed with curved swords and meat cleavers and stabbed people randomly. Beijing says the leaders are ethnic Uyghur "separatists", but there is no evidence to support this thesis.