11/26/2015PAKISTAN 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,...
11/25/2015CHINA 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.
11/25/2015SYRIA 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.
11/23/2015PAKISTAN 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."
11/23/2015BANGLADESH 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."
11/23/2015JAPAN 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”.
11/22/2015VATICAN 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.
11/21/2015BANGLADESH 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.
11/21/2015UNITED NATIONS 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.
11/20/2015LEBANON – 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.
11/20/2015FRANCE – 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.
11/19/2015BANGLADESH 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.