07/07/2015IRAQ Mosul: Islamic State abducts 111 children Aged 10-15 years, the kidnapped children are set to be trained as terrorists, a spokesperson for the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party said. IS also took away78 adults, who tried to protect the children. Baghdad (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Islamic State group militants abduct 111 schoolchildren in Mosul to train as terrorists, Iraq’s Arabic news channel Al Sumaria reported.
07/06/2015SYRIA – HOLY LAND For the Custody of the Holy Land, Nusra Front might be holding priest seized in Syria
Fr Dhiya Azziz, a Franciscan born in Mosul, Iraq, is missing. No contacts have been possible with him since last Saturday. According to the Custody, “Some militants of an unknown armed brigade, perhaps connected with Jabhat al-Nusra,” took him. His name now goes on the list of missing clergymen, including two bishops and Fr Paolo Dall'Oglio.
07/05/2015ECUADOR – VATICAN In Ecuador, pope says that the Gospel holds the key to solving current challenges, excluding no one Francis began his pastoral visit to Latin America in Quito. After Ecuador, he will travel to Bolivia and Paraguay. At the airport, Ecuadorian President Correa, the country’s bishops and a group of faithful met him. “I thank God for having allowed me to return to Latin America [. . .] the point closest to outer space” is in Ecuador. “No one, save Jesus Christ, possesses his or her own light”. If the Church turns away from Christ, it no longer bears witness.
07/03/2015INDIA Maharashtra: Hindu nationalist government cracks down on madrassas by Nirmala Carvalho State authorities prepare to inspect 1,889 registered madrassas. Those that do not teach English, maths and science will lose their formal status as educational facilities. Critics slam the decision as "unconstitutional", but the government defends himself by saying that it wants to modernise education. Jesuit theologian and Islam scholar tells AsiaNews that the state should not interfere with schools, that its action “threatens democratic values."
07/03/2015ASIA 2015, young people celebrate anniversaries of Taize and Brother Roger by Frère Ghislain* Over 100 years since birth, 10 years after his death and 75 years after the foundation of the experience of Taizé, Brother Roger's charism is still alive. Gestures of prayer and solidarity across Asia: Philippines, Singapore, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam. In Calcutta, prayer around the tomb of Mother Teresa, who Frere Roger visited in 1976 and 1997. In Japan and throughout the continent an experience of the Church united "in God’s heart".
07/03/2015SYRIA Aleppo, Islamists attack to oust Assad's troops and introduce sharia An alliance of rebel forces, led by a group affiliated with al Qaeda, wants to take over the second largest city of Syria. Aleppo is an economic and industrial center of huge strategic importance. Islamic State militia’s not involved in attack. So far four dead and 70 wounded among civilians.
07/02/2015EGYPT For Catholic Church, the Egyptian people is united in the fight against Jihadist terrorism For Fr Rafic Greiche, “Rather than fear, what dominates is a feeling of anger” over the state prosecutor’s assassination and the Sinai attack. At least 100 people die in the latter. For the spokesman of the Catholic Church, the prosecutor's death was obviously caused by police letting their guard down. For him external forces are trying to bring "instability" to the country.
07/02/2015PAKISTAN Lahore: Christian NGO helping Gypsy women entrepreneurs by Kamran Chaudhry The AIDS Awareness Society announces an empowerment programme for Gypsy women. It will involve at least 500 craftswomen and artisans, enabling them to improve their skills and marketing capabilities. Supporters also set up a centre for the display and sale of their products.
07/01/2015PALESTINE IS threatens to uproot Hamas and impose Sharia in Gaza In a video addressed to the "tyrants of Hamas," IS announces plans to uproot Israel and Fatah. "Eight years they control the territory, and have yet to enforce one Islamic teaching," it says. "The point of jihad is not to liberate land . . . but jihad as defined by God is fighting for and implementing the law of God”.