05/01/2015VATICAN For the pope, the faces of hungry men and women should take centre stage at Expo by Papa Francesco Pope Francis today addressed via a televised link-up the opening ceremony of Expo Milano 2015 (1 May-31 October), the world fair centred on ‘Feeding the planet. Energy for Life’. For the Holy Father, this “Expo is a propitious opportunity to globalise solidarity. Let us not waste it; let us make the very most of it.” In his view, a change of mind-set is also needed to overcome the “paradox of abundance” and the culture of waste and castoffs. The pope’s full speech is reprinted below. Milan (AsiaNews) – Here is the transcript of Pope Francis televised link-up address to the opening ceremony of Expo Milano 2015 (Translation by AsiaNews).
Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!
I am grateful for the opportunity to add my voice to...
05/01/2015IRAQ Baghdad grants amnesty to deserters to fight the Islamic State group Prime Minister Abadi offers an amnesty to defectors who return to their units within 30 days. The military collapse last June paved the way for the Islamic State group to seize parts of the country. The amnesty does not include those who committed crimes against state security, corruption and abuse of influence. Meanwhile, suicide attacks continue.
04/30/2015EGYPT – ISLAM Life for 69 Islamists who torched church in Kerdasa For the first time a Christian building is not treated as a "second class" religious building. Two underage defendants were sentenced to ten years for their role in the blaze, which occurred between 14 and 15 August 2013. After Morsi was ousted and Muslim Brotherhood rallies cleared, some 60 Christian places of worship, schools, and homes were burnt down. The case confirms the independence of the judiciary, but also the desire of ordinary Egyptians to forget.
04/29/2015SAUDI ARABIA New Saudi power structure to boost fight against al Qaeda and Iran King Salman shuffles the kingdom’s top positions. Leading terror fighter Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef becomes crown prince. The king’s powerful son, in his 30s, becomes deputy crown prince. As a supporter of a hardline against Iran, he is the kingdom’s real strongman.
04/27/2015FRANCE – LEBANON – MIDDLE EAST For Maronite Patriarch, without Christians moderate Muslims will also disappear from the Middle East by Fady Noun Card Bechara al Rahi pleads with those waiting for the dawn of peace in “the dead of night”. He points the finger at the international community for being "slow" in stopping the "death and destruction" caused by "killers without faith." Peace between Israel and Palestine is a precondition for the preservation of the Christian presence. He inaugurated the new headquarters of the Maronite diocese of France.
04/25/2015ARMENIA – TURKEY From Yerevan to Istanbul, Armenians mark 100 years since the genocide by Ottoman Turkey The presidents of France and Russia attended yesterday’s ceremony in the Armenian capital. A high Vatican official was also present. Armenian President Sargsyan stressed the danger inherent in the denial of the crime. Demonstrations are held in Istanbul. Turkye’s prime minister said his country would “share the pain” felt by Armenians but denies it was genocide.
04/24/2015PAKISTAN An "intelligence failure" led to the killing of Lo Porto and Weinstein by Silent Thinker A retired Christian Pakistani army brigadier spoke about the drone strike in which an Italian aid worker and a US contractor were killed. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) “condemns every bombing because nothing is certain about the victims, and innocent people can become targets."
04/24/2015IRAQ – TURKEY Bartholomew I’s solidarity to Mar Sako for Iraq’s persecuted Christians by Joseph Mahmoud A few days ago, a Chaldean delegation visited Turkey, where they met the faithful and high-ranking religious and political officials. Patriarch Sako stressed the importance of Christian unity, the only source of strength and salvation. He also visited Diyarbakir cathedral and Zafaran Monastery.
04/24/2015ARMENIA-TURKEY The largest canonization in history: 1.5 million Armenians massacred by the Ottoman Empire The ceremony, presided over by Karekin II, took place yesterday afternoon at Echmiadzin (Yerevan). Today there will be civil ceremonies. Putin and Hollande expected to attend. The bells have sounded in Armenia and in New York, Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Venice. Turkey’s resistence in admitting the genocide. The United States’ embarrassment. Austria’s first step.
04/23/2015TURKEY – ARMENIA The forced Islamisation of Armenians was also genocide by NAT da Polis In addition to the mass slaughter of more than a million Armenians, the Young Turks regime islamised the orphans and women who survived the massacres. Several Turkish historians show that modern Turkey was founded on a "national-fascist" conception of the state, in which Turkish and Islamic were synonymous. The Armenian genocide was followed by a policy of eliminating other Christian minorities, including the Greek Orthodox. Modern Turkey, and Erdogan, do not know how to ask for forgiveness.
04/23/2015IRAQ Chaldean Patriarchate and Caritas help Muslim families, displaced from Tikrit and Anbar by Joseph Mahmoud After fleeing the Islamic state, some 2,000 Muslim families receive aid and donations. Such a "fraternal initiative" shows " in a concrete way the solidarity of Christians,” Mar Sako said. For Muslim leaders, the deed rebuilds "trust between communities." The ‘Adopt a Christian from Mosul’ campaign by AsiaNews now benefits non-Christians as well.
04/23/2015SAUDI ARABIA Saudi Arabia: "I converted a genie to Islam", claims healer The man posted the alleged words of the genie on Twitter. Avalanche of criticism, with many saying it is a scam to make money. The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (religious police) plans to set up a committee to regulate the work of these healers.
04/23/2015YEMEN Yemen, more Saudi air raids. Houthi rebels: stop all attacks Rebel militias bombed in Taiz, in spite of the truce. Clashes also registered in Aden, Huta and Daleh. The Houthi call for an end to all attacks, to resume political dialogue. Meanwhile, al Qaeda consolidates its presence in the Southeast.