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11/26/2015 PAKISTAN
Sialkot, Muslim kidnaps 13 year old Christian girl and forces her to convert to Islam
by Jibran Khan
Sana John, aged 13, was kidnapped on her way to school. The family reported her disappearance, but police and the courts fail to intervene. Local Muslim mafia threaten family. The father tells AsiaNews: "I wander from office to office in search of justice, in vain."
Sialkot (AsiaNews) – Yet another case of the kidnapping and forced conversion to Islam of a young Christian girl in Pakistan. The kidnapping dates back to November 9; the victim is 13 year old Sana John,...

11/25/2015 CHINA
Xinjiang government claims some Party members support Uyghur terrorists
Charge laid by Xu Hairong, regional anti-corruption chief, certain that some high ranking members "promote violent terrorist attacks" in the region with special status, to maintain economic benefits. "Some Party officials do not believe in Marxism but in ghosts." Over the last two months clashes have increased between Beijing and the Muslim minority. Police killed more than 40 "terrorists" in one week.
11/25/2015 SYRIA
Islamic State frees 10 Assyrian Christian from Hassaké community
They belong to a group of over 200 faithful abducted last February in the northeast of Syria. Five women among the released hostages. Their release came after "lengthy negotiations" conducted by the Eastern Assyrian Church. An estimated 140 people still in the hands of the militia.
11/24/2015 INDONESIA
Jakarta wants to reform the law on places of worship, fewer restrictions on building permits
by Mathias Hariyadi
The Indonesian government is considering a modification of the infamous IMB, a source of abuse and religious freedom violations in the past. The ministers of the Interior and Religious Affairs are ready to delete the passage concerning the collection of signatures. Praise and support from NGOs and moderate Muslim groups.
11/24/2015 EGYPT
Sinai car bomb attack on hotels hosting electoral commission: three dead and 12 wounded
Two explosions target Swiss Inn hotel in el-Arish; police officer among the victims there would. Two judges involved in monitoring the vote wounded. Islamic State behind attack. The site is 100 km from the point of Metrojet crash.

11/23/2015 PAKISTAN
Lahore: plant and three Ahmadi places of worship torched for "blasphemy"
by Jibran Khan
​Pakistan’s Ahmadi Muslim community has about four million members, often victimised in “the name of religion". A chipboard factory was destroyed after its owner was falsely accused of having a copy of the Qur‘an burnt. For Catholic priest, “We must pray more to send a message of peace in such sad times."
11/23/2015 BANGLADESH
Bangladesh: Fr. Piero is fine but political tension remains high
The health of the Catholic missionary improves by the hour. But he is very weak from his injuries and antibiotics. Political climate increasingly volatile, with the hanging of two opponents. The Islamic group Jamaat-e-Islami calls for a general strike. The priests of Dinajpur still live under police protection. Catholic source: "We need a dialogue between the communities."
11/23/2015 JAPAN
For the bishop of Niigata, integral human development is key to stopping terrorism
by Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi
After the attacks in Paris, the president of Caritas Asia reflects on the evil cycle of violence that seems to have gripped the world. For him, “violent retaliation” is unnecessary; “such a solution would be only short term”. It might stop new attacks but only integral human development is the answer on the basis of life’s sacredness, “God’s most precious gift”.
11/22/2015 VATICAN
Pope: The logic of the Gospel is expressed in humility and selflessness
For the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, the pope said, "The worldly logic rests on ambition and competition, and fights with the weapons of fear, blackmail and the manipulation of minds." Francis entrusts "the many Christians who are, unfortunately, still persecuted today" to the intercession of the new blessed proclaimed in Spain. He calls for a Hail Mary for his trip to Africa.
11/21/2015 BANGLADESH
Bangladeshi Christians, Muslims and Hindus demand justice for Fr Parolari
by Sumon Corraya
Some 200 people take part in a protest in Dhaka, calling on the government to find those responsible for the attack against the PIME missionary. For Hindu lawyer, “It is a shame for us to be Bangladeshi,” unable to defend those who dedicate themselves to doing good. Ten Protestant clergymen receive death threat via text messages. “Only five days are left,” says one them.
UN Security Council agrees to “take all necessary measure” against the Islamic State
Adopted unanimously, UN resolution 2249 urges UN members to "redouble" action against terrorism but does not include Chapter VII to authorise the use of force. In Belgium, authorities issue an "imminent threat” warning in Brussels, urging people to stay away from crowded areas. The city’s metro system is closed until Sunday.
11/20/2015 LEBANON – SYRIA
When held by the Islamic State, Fr Mourad had compassion for his captors
by Fady Noun
The Syrian Catholic priest speaks about his months of captivity in the hands of Jihadi militias. On several occasions, his abductors staged his mock execution. On one occasion, he was even flogged. Moving away from his initial fear, he experienced the grace of forgiveness and mercy. Praying and trust in Our Lady were crucial. His thoughts also go to Father Paolo Dall'Oglio.
11/20/2015 CHINA – MALI – ISLAM
Bamako: jihadis attack luxury hotel for foreigners; seven Chinese among the hostages
Extremists are holding at least 170 people, mostly Western, at the Radisson, which is surrounded by security forces. According to early reports, at least four people are dead. The attackers reached the building in a car with diplomatic license plates. Embassies are on high alert.
11/20/2015 FRANCE – ISLAM
French imams slam terrorists for destroying Islam’s future and that of its children
by Consiglio degli imam di Francia
Following the Paris attacks, the Council released a "solemn declaration" in 2,500 French mosques during today’s prayers. Foreign imams who know nothing about Europe are accused of pushing people towards hate and fanaticism. The council appeals to Muslim families to monitor their children, to avoid seeing them turned into “terrorist bombs”. It also expresses appreciation for the freedoms enjoyed in France and Europe. “We cannot stick our heads in the sand;” condemning attacks is no longer enough.
11/19/2015 BANGLADESH
PIME: attack against missionary blamed on politics rather than ISIS
Fr Piero Parolari is recovering in Dhaka’s military hospital. Although the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attempted murder on Twitter, Italian Ambassador to Bangladesh "does not believe" ISIS was behind it. In his view, the country’s political tensions have more to do with it. AsiaNews publishes a press release issued by PIME.

Altri articoli
11/19/2015 ISLAM
For Muslim scholar, the fight against Islamic State jihadists calls for a new interpretation of Islam by Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im*
11/19/2015 CENTRAL ASIA
Central Asian recruiters and Jihadis detained, convicted and sentenced
11/19/2015 ISLAM – CHINA
Islamic State kills Chinese and Norwegian hostages “up for sale” since September
11/18/2015 BANGLADESH
Dinajpur: attackers “wanted to kill” PIME missionary, but his life is not in danger
11/18/2015 FRANCE – ISLAM
Two dead, seven arrested in major police sweep linked to deadly Paris attacks
11/18/2015 CHINA
Xinjiang: 17 Uighur "terrorists" killed, women and children included
11/18/2015 EGYPT - SYRIA
Patriarch Younan: IS cannot be defeated with air raids, the West has betrayed Christians by Rafic Greiche
11/18/2015 IRAQ
Patriarch of Baghdad welcomes amendments to Law on Islamization of children by Joseph Mahmoud
11/18/2015 BANGLADESH
PIME missionary targeted in Dinajpur gun attack by Sumon Corraya
11/17/2015 RUSSIA – FRANCE – ISLAM
As Putin acknowledges terror attack brought down Russian plane in Sinai, Hollande opens to an alliance with Moscow and Washington
11/17/2015 RUSSIA - FRANCE
Russian Muslims against terrorism: It never represents Islam by Nina Achmatova
Washington in arms deal with Saudi Arabia for $ 1.29 billion
11/17/2015 EGYPT-ISLAM
Al Azhar: Battle against the Islamic state must also be ideological
11/16/2015 LEBANON
For Eastern Churches, Mideast governments can no longer guarantee peace and security by Fady Noun
Editor's choices
Paris Massacre highlights the failure of Muslim integration in Europe
by Catherine FieldThe attack in the heart of France highlights the crisis of Europe’s model of coexistence. Social unrest, poverty and marginalisation feed youth extremism and radicalisation. A New Zealander journalist, expert on expertise in religion and interfaith dialogue, talks about it after undertaking a journey through the French Muslim world.
For Nîmes imam, Islam should not be held hostage by extremists
by Hochine DrouicheFrench imams condemn the Paris terrorist attacks and disassociate themselves from violence committed in "the name of our religion." At the same time, they ask Muslim communities to dare leading a life of dialogue and friendship with Europeans, without fear or arrogance. For centuries, Muslims have ruled out reason from their religious life. The vice president of French imams bears witness.
Top 10
11/19/2015 INDIA
“I have been healed by the Eucharist,” says 81-year-old priest miracle at Eucharistic congress in Mumbai
by Nirmala Carvalho
11/19/2015 RUSSIA – ISLAM
Not all Russian Muslims condemn Islamic State
by Nina Achmatova
11/20/2015 VATICAN
Pope: priests, chosen "among men", to serve them with a"loving gaze"
11/25/2015 PAKISTAN
Karachi, masked men set Christian television station on fire
by Jibran Khan
11/19/2015 BANGLADESH
As attacked Dinajpur PIME missionary remains in stable condition, his fellow priests now under police escort
11/20/2015 FRANCE – ISLAM
French imams slam terrorists for destroying Islam’s future and that of its children
by Consiglio degli imam di Francia
11/20/2015 BANGLADESH
Dinajpur’s Christians and Muslims close to PIME missionary who escaped assassination attempt
11/19/2015 ISLAM
For Muslim scholar, the fight against Islamic State jihadists calls for a new interpretation of Islam
by Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im*
Manila, Tokyo and Taipei reinforce anti-Beijing axis in South China Sea
11/20/2015 INDIA
Card Gracias: The Eucharistic Congress will not close, for the encounter with Jesus does not die!
by card. Oswald Gracias


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