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    12/02/2016 - INDIA

    A group of seven people of different faiths from Australia have already visited Delhi and Varanasi, symbolic places for Islam and Hinduism. Now they will travel to Bodh Gaya (the cradle of Buddhism) and Kolkata, important for Christians thanks to Mother Teresa. “It is also true, that at times people are afraid; however, faith is always open to others”. Sadly, “Those who close in on themselves do not understand their own faith”.


    by Nirmala Carvalho

    12/02/2016 - SYRIA

    Patriarch Laham: Syria agreement a positive step, now common front against the Islamic State


    Gregory III hopes that the agreement "can be beneficial to the country and its people." He urges continued alliance against Daesh and other jihadist groups. And he calls for mediation between "the Syrian government and the real internal opposition." Only foreign mercenay fighters do not want peace. Encounter between Francis and Kirill the hope of a united and fixed Easter.
     


    12/02/2016 - SYRIA

    World powers agree to "cease hostilities" in Syria. But skepticism reigns


    The fighting should end within a week. Agreement also reached on increased aid distribution as of today. Battle against jihadist groups to continue as well as siege of Aleppo. Skepticism in Damascus: "For five years we have had statements, but few hard facts." Dimitri Medvedev: Dialogue is better than the outbreak of  "a new world war."

     


    11/02/2016 - PAKISTAN

    In Lahore, Muslim women and Catholics slam Valentine's Day for destroying the family

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The women’s branch of Jamat-e-Islami, a conservative party, organised a protest near stalls selling Valentine Day accessories. For protesters, “Western” culture and consumerism are corrupting children. On the feast day of Saint Valentine, Catholics will visit a centre for the disabled in Lahore. Saint Valentine’s story is different from what appears in ads.


    11/02/2016 - LEBANON

    Lent, a special time for corporal and spiritual works of mercy

    by Fady Noun

    Abstinence is not only giving up something pleasurable, like chocolate or coffee. One can find how to deepen the meaning of the commandments in John Paul II’s catechesis.  Pope Francis calls for the rediscovery of all forms of poverty. Mercy is not goodness, but has a strong political connotation.


    11/02/2016 - RUSSIA - VATICAN

    Francis and Kirill, a meeting that has many political and faith based reasons (I)

    by Ieromonaco Ioann

    After centuries of waiting, a week after the announcement, the dream of John Paul II and Benedict XVI will become a reality. Among the reasons for the meeting, the Patriarchate emphasizes the defense of persecuted Christians by Islamic fundamentalism and the widespread secularization even in the Protestant world. An alliance "against". There are also "political" reasons: preparations for the pan-Orthodox Synod and the indirect blessing of Putin. Conservative fringes of the Patriarchate are against "minimalist" meeting. First part of an analysis by a personality of the Moscow Patriarchate.


    11/02/2016 - SYRIA

    Red Cross: 50 thousand civilians flee battle for Aleppo


    The escalation of the conflict has exacerbated the humanitarian crisis. Much of the city is without water. The government army blocks supply routes to areas under siege, "enormous pressure" on civilians. MSF: health system near "total collapse". Kurdish fighters wrestle a military air base from militia.


    10/02/2016 - SYRIA

    Vicar of Aleppo says Syrian people do not want war which is fomented by foreigners


    The regular army advances in the region. Thousands of civilians and militants in flight. For Msgr. Georges Abou Khazen Christian migrants are a resource "in pastoral and ecclesial service". He urges them to witness to the Gospel to Muslims, a mission "in the sign of the times." From the drama of the Christians to the miracle of the meeting between Francis and Kirill. Lent and the ecumenism of blood.


    10/02/2016 - IRAN

    Iran’s Guardian Council approves hundreds of reformist candidates ahead of elections


    The constitutional body readmits 1,400 people at first excluded. The final list of candidates published on February 16, vote scheduled for February 26. The number allowed run rises to 6185 (including 586 women) out of 12 thousand requests. President Rouhani hopes for a moderate reformist victory and to continue the policy of openness and renewal.


    09/02/2016 - PAKISTAN

    A ‘water man’ discriminated in high school because he is Christian and should not give water to students

    by Shafique Khokhar

    Qaisar Jahan began to work at the MC Girls High School in Faisalabad in November 2015 bringing water to students. When the headmistress found out that he was a Christian, she told him to do the janitorial work and not deliver water. He refused saying, “I shall not bend in front of this kind of people”.


    09/02/2016 - IRAQ

    Auxiliary Bishop of Baghdad: Christian properties targeted by criminals, government and police weak


    Msgr. Warduni confirms reports of "gangs and militias" responsible for attacks and expropriation of houses, commercial, cultural and religious sites. A milieu of groups that operate by exploiting the inertia of the authorities and the institutions and target Christians, Muslims, Yazidis. They are acting for money and are a concern. UN blue helmets to ensure the unity of Iraq.


    08/02/2016 - SYRIA

    For Nuncio in Damascus, pope's efforts on Syria to be admired, but peace needs a miracle


    Mgr Zenari welcomes the pontiff’s call for a "political solution" to the conflict. For the prelate, civilians want more than words; they want "concrete steps" towards a ceasefire. However, a miracle is now needed, like the one that led to the elimination of chemical weapons. As Gulf States put pressure for a ground operation, Syrian government forces push north.


    08/02/2016 - INDONESIA

    After the latest terror attacks, Jakarta has to balance prevention and human rights

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    One of President Joko Widodo’s immediate goals is to reform the country’s anti-terrorism legislation in order prevent attacks. Although the Jakarta bombers were under surveillance, police could not act to stop them. As the Islamic State group becomes a major threat in the country, moderate Islamic groups are called to check Friday sermons in mosques. Singapore and Malaysia are a model to fight extremism.


    06/02/2016 - SAUDI ARABIA

    Saudi Arabia, 80% of children suffer physical or psychological violence


    Results of research conducted by the National Family Safety Program. 13% has suffered sexual violence, 53% are victims of neglect. Among child victims of abuse cases of depression and drug abuse are growing. Saudi expert: we need targeted programs, aid and specialized centers.

     


    05/02/2016 - EGYPT – ITALY

    As Egyptian Church prays for Giulio Regeni, his death cries out for justice


    Egyptian authorities have launched an investigation into the murder of the young researcher whose body shows signs of torture and injury. For some, it was a political crime; others point to the lack of evidence. For young activist: " Neither the police nor the security services have any reason” to harm “a foreigner". Meanwhile, “The Egyptian Church will pray for him and his family,” Church spokesman said.


    05/02/2016 - HOLY LAND

    The Church of the Holy Land mourns the passing of Jeries Khoury


    The 64-year-old of Palestinian died on 3 February in Rome, where he was to attend a papal audience. A scholar of comparative religions, since 1988 he was director of the Al-Liqa’ Center, an institute dedicated to exchanges with Muslims and Jews in the Holy Land.


    05/02/2016 - SYRIA

    Moscow accuses Ankara of wanting to invade Syria. Riyadh prepares for ground operations against Isis


     The Russian Defense Ministry has accused the Turks of preparing military "operations" in Syria. Saudi Arabia ready to support the US coalition in case of ground operations against the Islamic state. Geneva peace talks suspended, while tensions rise over Syrian arena.


    04/02/2016 - LEBANON – SYRIA

    Caritas Lebanon asks donor countries for more aid, calls for a stop to the war and arms trade


    Fr Paul Karam is in London for the Syria donor conference. For him, the priority is to stop the conflict. So far, "personal interests" have prevailed with "the civilian population" paying the price. The Middle East is "a raging volcano" that can be stymied by following the path of peace outlined by Pope Francis.


    04/02/2016 - JORDAN - SYRIA

    Syrian crisis brings Jordan to verge of collapse amid risk of silent fanaticism


    An AsiaNews source describes a situation "at breaking point. There is no housing, water  or work". The government has so far maintained "control", but long-term projects are needed as well as peace in Syria, because the refugees "want to return to their country”.  The increasing risk of a "silent fanaticism" that could flare up. In the midst of chaos, the reality of Karak Hospital, whichcontinues to assist pregnant women and children.


    04/02/2016 - INDONESIA

    LGBT seminar broken up by Muslim extremists

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    A dozen members of Islam Defenders Front raided a Jakarta hotel, where the meeting on human rights was taking place. After hours of threats and negotiations with police, participants were evacuated for "security reasons".


    03/02/2016 - INDONESIA

    Christians and Muslims for responsible parenthood in lieu of birth controls

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    From 25 to 28 January, Indonesia hosted an International Conference on Family Planning, sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. For years, Indonesia’s main religions have worked with the government to educate families about responsible parenthood. For Muslim scholar, in Islam, there is the concept of al-mashalihul Ammah, i.e. the common good. "The number of people in a country or individuals in a family is a crucial point in Islam,” he said.


    03/02/2016 - IRAQ

    Chaldean bishop backs Barzani on referendum for Kurdish independence


    The Kurdish leader says that the "time has come” for the Kurdish people to decide “their future”. A consultative referendum would express the “will" of the people. Mgr Rabban al-Qas backs a secular basis, open to all faiths, based on shared citizenship and equal rights.


    03/02/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Pakistan shut down 182 madrassas since Peshawar massacre


    Pakistani authorities are pursuing a broad strategy to counter Islamic terrorism, detaining thousands of people, seizing hate speech material, freezing bank accounts, and closing religious seminaries. Law enforcement agencies have also gone after extremist groups’ money and the media tools they use to spread radical ideas.


    03/02/2016 - NEPAL

    Kathmandu denies repatriation to 300,000 Nepalese abused in Malaysia

    by Christopher Sharma

    About one million Nepalese migrants work in Malaysia. A third of them have asked to return home because of problems related to the currency crisis, insecurity and because they suffer torture. Nepal, however, still "suffers from the earthquake and the Indian embargo" and Kathmandu does not know how to re-employ migrants. Kuala Lumpur will not issue regular contracts, while calling for more women workers "who end up in the sex trade."

     


    03/02/2016 - PHILIPPINES

    Mercy: Christians and Muslims visit prisoners



    Marking World Week for Inter-religious Harmony, youth groups have organized various charitable activities. PIME missionary: "The prisoners take turns to sleep, there are not enough beds. Thanks to the meeting with young people they experience dialogue and witness from inside their cells".


    03/02/2016 - SAUDI ARABIA - PALESTINE

    Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh avoids execution in Riyadh. Sentenced to eight years and 800 lashes


    A Saudi court had sentenced the Palestinian intellectual to death for apostasy. International mobilization for his acquittal. He always denied the charges, claiming his innocence. Meanwhile, executions continue at pace: yesterday two people executed, making the total so far this year 58.

     


    02/02/2016 - EGYPT

    Three Christian students on trial for insulting Islam


    The students are seen mocking Islamic prayers in a video. The teacher who made the latter was sentenced to three years in prison. For the kids’ lawyer, because of a “random and spontaneous” prank, his clients are forced to hide at home to avoid retaliation.


    01/02/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Pakistan: Catholics oppose Ulema’s revision of blasphemy laws

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The Council for the Islamic ideology has proposed to amend the blasphemy laws in order to bring them into line with the Koran and the Sunna. Catholics fear a further tightening of laws which have already led to violence. Between 1987 and 2014, 166 Christians sentenced to death for insulting Muhammad; another 25 cases in 2015.

     


    01/02/2016 - SYRIA

    Isis strikes a Shiite mausoleum, 71 dead. Syria peace talks underway


    Shrine dedicated to Sayyida Zeinab targeted; 42 fighters loyal to Assad, 29 civilians, including five children among the dead. Indirect talks between representatives of the government and opposition begin today in Geneva. Controversy over inclusion of Army of Islam, which Moscow considers a "terrorist group ".

     


    31/01/2016 - VATICAN – PHILIPPINES

    Pope to Cebu: Christ’s presence, a promise of joy and an invitation to mission


    sIn a video-message for the conclusion of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress, Francis stresses the joy of the meeting that "brought together so many people from the vast continent of Asia,” where bearing witness to Jesus takes place “through the testimony of lives”.  The next Congress will be held in Budapest, Hungary, in 2020.






    Editor's choices

    CHINA – VATICAN
    Global Times: the pope should accept the independence of the Chinese Church



    After 24 hours of silence, China’s media today published excerpts, comments and editorials about Pope Francis’ interview with Asia Times. Although the pope did not address religious issues or Church problems, many saw the interview as an attempt to improve diplomatic relations between China and the Vatican, and advised Francis to accept Mao Zedong’s "three principles of independence" (theology, administration, jurisdiction), which would leave the power to appoint bishops in the hands of the Party. The People's Daily’s Global Times publishes an editorial on the issue.


    INDIA – PHILIPPINES
    Archbishop of Guwahati: In Asia religion is not dying, the faithful take strength from the Eucharist



    Mgr Menamparampil is among the speakers at the International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu, Philippines. He was also a conflict mediator between various ethnic groups. He told AsiaNews about the value of the Congress for the Catholic Church in Asia and how people can bear witness the Gospel today, even amid tensions and violence of those who "hate us." "with the same pain in our hearts that we descend to our depths during a Eucharistic adoration."


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