12/07/2013SYRIA Ma'aloula nuns in video: We're fine, we will be released in two days by Paul Dakiki Al Jazeera broadcasts video in which the religious sisters claim to be "protected" for " their safety." Shortly before, the al- Ahrar Brigades Qalamoun , the opposition claimed the kidnapping and demanded the release of thousands of Syrian women in prisons Assad . Watch the video . Beirut ( AsiaNews)
- The group of Orthodox nuns
kidnapped December 2 from their monastery in Ma'aloula, appeared yesterday
in a video broadcast by Al Jazeera. In
it, the nuns reassure everyone by saying that...
12/06/2013PAKISTAN - ISLAM Sharia court rules blasphemers can only be punished with death penalty by Jibran Khan The Federal Sharia Court accepts lawyer's petition claiming that the death penalty, not life in prison, is the only punishment in blasphemy cases. Under Nawaz Sharif, it is "dark times" for minorities. For many activists and NGOs, Islamisation progresses in the country. Paul Bhatti notes that poverty must be the "priority" through "employment and investment to boost development."
12/06/2013EGYPT Salafists to support new constitution spare the country "more anarchy" The al-Nur Party will call on its followers to vote 'yes' in the constitutional referendum of January 2014. The move goes against the positions taken by other Islamist parties. For Salafist leader Makhyoun, the priority is to restore stability to the country. The Muslim Brotherhood instead is going back to the streets against the interim government and the new constitution.
12/06/2013ASIA- SOUTH AFRICA The world bows down to Nelson Mandela by Paul Wang The South African leader passed away last night at the age of 95. He was the first black president of his country. Tributes of Desmond Tutu and FW de Klerk : He taught a divided nation to live together. Also from Nobel Peace Laureates Aung San Suu Kyi and the Dalai Lama. Even China calls him "friend", although many of Mandela petitions for Tibet and dissidents have been ignored .
12/05/2013INDONESIA South Sulawesi: Islamists and local authorities pull down Protestant church by Mathias Hariyadi Pangkep District leaders order the demolition of the GKSS's only place of worship. For extremists, the building did not have the necessary permits. For the faithful, this was a "senseless operation" in violation of religious freedom. Christian activist slams the Indonesian president and government for failing to protect minorities.
12/05/2013SAUDI ARABIA The Saudi monarch opens to women at the wheel King Abdullah orders authorities to examine the 72 reforms proposed by the Commission for Human Rights ( HRC ) . Among these, the opportunities for women to drive to and from work : greater protection from family violence . Under examination the right to citizenship for children born in mixed marriages , in which the mother is Saudi Arabian.
12/04/2013RUSSIA Russia: seven churches burned in one year in Tatarstan by Nina Achmatova Political and spiritual leaders concerned about rising fundamentalism in the Russian autonomous republic with a Muslim majority. Spiritual leaders invite people not to give in to provocations. Local priest: " The Wahhabis are the culprits."
12/03/2013SYRIA - VATICAN For Gregory III, Syria's Greek-Catholic Church has three "true martyrs" by Fady Noun The patriarch spoke to the pope about the tragic events in Maaloula, the Syrian Christian village where people still speak Aramaic. In a climate of terror, three men were told to repudiate their faith, and when they refused, they were publicly executed.
12/03/2013PAKISTAN Rawalpindi Catholic hospital risks closure after 50 years of caring for Christians and Muslims by Jibran Khan After nearly half a century in the service of the local population, especially the poor, the hospital run by the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary could disappear . The economic crisis has caused a drastic decline in funds and donations. Appeals of the sick and needy, who have no other places to get free medical care . Advent fundraisers promoted in the parishes.
12/02/2013SYRIA For Gregorios III Laham, "the Christian mission in Syria is reconciliation among Muslims" by Simone Cantarini The Patriarch of Antioch talks about the role of the Church in Syria in light of the pope's Apostolic Exhortation 'Gaudium Evangelii'. Thanks to the suffering of war, Christians have rediscovered their faith and their role, which is to bear witness to Muslims fighting each other of a different way of life. Papers have been submitted to the Vatican for the beatification of the three young martyrs in Ma'aloula.
12/02/2013EGYPT Egypt's new constitution protects religious freedom, but gives too much power to the military
Released yesterday, the draft proposal ostensibly respects human rights, freedom of religion and freedom of worship. Quotas will be set for Christians, women, the disabled and other groups, but no percentage is given. Controversy surrounds the excessive powers given to the army and the interim government. Fr Greich Rafiq, spokesman for the Catholic Church, wonders whether the new constitution was "drafted in order to please everyone, or will it be used as an effective legislative tool that can change the country."