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    07/12/2016 - PHILIPPINES

    Mgr Martin Jumoad wants the government to " double their efforts to win the sympathy of our young (people) [on] the side of goodness.” Poverty and lack of education are the main causes of the problem. Rebel groups fighting government forces take hundreds of children.

    07/12/2016 - YEMEN

    Aden: authorities uncover Islamic State cell, arrest eight Jihadis

    Security forces detain militants blamed for recent deadly attacks, seizing silenced pistols and letters from IS leaders in Syria and Iraq. Government troops find four tonnes of explosives in Shihr and arrest five suspects planning “terrorist attacks”.

    07/12/2016 - INDIA

    In Andhra Pradesh, believers from every religion give thanks to Mary for miracles received

    The Gunadala shrine it is one of the most important Marian sites in all of India. It was founded by PIME missionaries who brought a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes in 1928. A non-Catholic family thanked the Virgin for healing their child’s heart condition. Offering facial and head hair is a gesture of humility in praying to God.

    07/12/2016 - UAE - IRAQ

    Chaldean Patriarch: Save Iraq's cultural heritage threatened by war

    by Louis Raphael Sako*

    In Abu Dhabi the international conference dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage in conflict areas. The goal is to collect 100 million to finance projects and initiatives. Unesco: Protection of heritage as "global strategy against hatred and extremism." Mar Sako: "Urgent need for decisive action by the international community" in cooperation with the Iraqi government.


    07/12/2016 - INDONESIA

    West Java: Islamic radicals disrupt a Christian Christmas celebration

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    The faithful of the Evangelical Reformed Church were gathered in a hall in Bandung, when dozens of people stormed interrupting the choir and dispersing the crowd: "You cannot celebrate in a place that is not a church."


    06/12/2016 - BANGLADESH

    Lost childhood and education: Child marriages in Bangladesh

    by Sumon Corraya

    Poverty and traditional Islamic culture are the main causes. 55% of brides are under 18 years of age; 18% under 15. A new law would allow the wedding in "special circumstances" to save the honor of the girls. Three stories of child marriages.


    05/12/2016 - SYRIA - EU

    Grand Mufti of Damascus: Europe aid Syria to extinguish the fire of fundamentalism

    An inter-religious meeting of Muslim and Christian leaders in Dublin. Sheikh Ahmad Badr El Din Hassun against the Arab nations and the Gulf monarchies who want to destroy the multi-ethnic and cultural soul of the country. Gregory III Laham: work for peace, not for blame. "We are all guilty in war."


    03/12/2016 - EGYPT

    For Egyptian activist, new law is a “very harsh and not understandable” attack against NGOs operating in the country

    Iman Bibars slams the new law adopted by Egypt’s parliament, which leaves scope for interpretation and corruption, and does not counter the flow of money into the coffers of extremist movements. In the end, it will harm the activities of associations working for the country’s development.

    02/12/2016 - INDONESIA

    President Widodo addresses 200,000 peaceful protesters in Jakarta (Video)

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Organised to protest against the capital’s governor, who stands accused of blasphemy, the rally turned into a peaceful prayer meeting following the intervention of the authorities and the country’s ulema. Joko Widodo expressed his "appreciation for the large orderly crowd." Police arrested some "provocateurs" who wanted to manipulate the event to criticise the government.

    02/12/2016 - HOLY SEE – ISRAEL

    Vatican and Israel criticise UNESCO: no one can deny biblical history

    The Joint Vatican-Rabbinate Committee slams decision to use only the Arabic name of the holy sites in East Jerusalem, denying the relationship between Jews and Temple Mount.

    01/12/2016 - IRAQ

    Refugees hope to rebuild Mosul together and in harmony (Videos)

    by Samir Youssef

    The heads of four families – one Christian, one Yazidi, one Sabian, and one Arab Muslim – talk about their fears and hopes. All four fled Mosul and region in 2014 when the Islamic state seized them. Now they wish to live together again, and rebuild an atmosphere of togetherness and harmony. No one is exempt from Islamic fanaticism. Only God can heal us and be a source of salvation. Here is second part of the conversation (the first one was published yesterday).

    01/12/2016 - MONGOLIA

    "Whispering the Gospel to the heart of Asia" as a model of mission for Mongolia (Photos)

    Fr Giorgio Marengo is a Consolata missionary who has lived in the Asian country since 2003. His approach to evangelisation is more adapted to the complexity of the Asian context. It entails putting people and human relations at the centre of things, creating empathy and confidence. This way, the Christian witness will not remain on the surface. Karakorum, the ancient imperial capital, can thus become a place for inter-faith dialogue.

    01/12/2016 - INDONESIA

    Unity will defeat sectarianism: demonstrations across the country against Islamic fundamentalists

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Thousands of people took to the streets in 33 provinces to defend Indonesia’s founding principle of ‘Bhinneka Tunggal Ika’, unity in diversity. Wearing red and white ribbons (the colours of the national flag) lay people, religious and members of the military sent a message to the radical movements that want to divide the country.

    30/11/2016 - IRAQ

    Mosul refugees: the Church’s love and warmth vs the Islamic State madness (Videos)

    by Samir Youssef

    Fr Samir spoke to four heads of family who fled in 2014 with the arrival of the Islamic State. From Christian, Yazidi, Sabian and Arab Muslim backgrounds, they recount the Jihadi violence and the difficulties of exile, along with their hopes for the liberation of Mosul. The loving help provided by the Church and the Christian community is an answer to Jihadi violence. Part one.

    30/11/2016 - SRI LANKA

    Sri Lankan fishermen's movement celebrates 20 years of activities (Photos)

    by Melani Manel Perera

    The anniversary was celebrated to coincide with World Fisheries Day. The first step towards the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement took place in 1993. Formally, the association was established in 1997, with people from all religious backgrounds. It advocates human rights, sustainable development, and the protection of the environment, land and resources.

    30/11/2016 - PAKISTAN - TURKEY

    Lahore High Court blocks deportation of 100 Turkish "gulenist" teachers

    In mid-November Ankara had hailed the Islamabad decision. The teachers are suspected of having links to the preacher Fethullah Gulen. For years in exile in the United States, Gulen is accused of masterminding the failed coup in Turkey last July.


    29/11/2016 - SYRIA

    Aleppo, as army advances into rebel neighborhoods, the tragedy of fleeing civilians

    In the last 24 hours, at least 4 thousand people have fled the eastern sector. Used as human shields, they tell stories of destruction, rubble and hunger under the Islamic fundamentalists. Aleppo city is the "martyr par excellence" of the conflict. Turkish troops on Syrian territory targeted for the first time.


    28/11/2016 - INDONESIA

    Jakarta, arrests nine Isis militants: They incited protests against the governor

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    They participated in the march of the 4 last November with the goal of creating chaos and violence. They exploited feelings against the Christian politician to prepare the coming of the Caliphate in Indonesia. Fears for the march on 4 December.


    28/11/2016 - IRAQ

    Sinjar, discovered two mass graves of Yazidis massacred by Islamic State

    Inside, the bodies of nine people. The discovery of the area near the village of Umm al Shababik, between Mosul and the Syrian border. Increases to 29 the number of the pits found in the Sinjar area since last year, a total of 1,600 corpses.


    27/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Advent, the contrast between our daily routine and the sudden coming of the Lord

    In the first Angelus of Advent, Pope Francis said that "the Lord’s visit with humanity", at Christmas, also takes place "every day" and will occur when "He will come in glory to judge the living and the dead." "The Gospel does not want to frighten us, but for us to widen our horizons". "... Our Lady help us to not consider ourselves owners of our lives, not to resist when the Lord comes to change it".

    26/11/2016 - EGYPT

    Cairo says no to Morsi life sentence. A step towards national reconciliation

    by Loula Lahham

    Appeals Court overturns life imprisonment for the former president. He still faces a series of trials on charges of spying and torture. Analysts and experts talk about political judgments. Egyptian scholar: Reconciliation must involve "all people."

    26/11/2016 - CUBA - VATICAN

    Fidel Castro, father of the Cuban revolution, has died

    His body will be cremated today. He led the island for 50 years. In 2008 he passed the presidency to his brother Raul. He attempted to export the Marxist revolution to Latin America and Africa. Some economic and social achievements at home, along with a heavy oppression of human rights. The disappearance of myth after the fall of the USSR. The Catholic Church and the Popes, catalysts of a transformation on the island nation.

    25/11/2016 - IRAQ

    For Chaldean Patriarch, the terrible attack on Shia pilgrims is a sign of a country sliding into the abyss

    An Islamic State militant drove a truck bomb against buses with pilgrims, killing about a hundred Shias marking Arbaeen. For Mar Sako, condemning such “endless violence" is not enough; "effective and shared action” is needed. Two priests are ordained today in Baghdad, a sign "of the Church's vitality".

    25/11/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Sindh approves law against forced conversions, "positive and encouraging"

    by Shafique Khokhar

    The legislation proposed by an Islamic group and unanimously approved. Christian and Muslim activists emphasize the positive aspects. Penalties for offenders and for those celebrating forced marriages. The process to bring proceedings within 90 days of report; minors who convert before age 18 will not be judged.

    25/11/2016 - CHINA

    Xinjiang: Passports confiscated "against terrorism"

    In some cases the passport is only issued in conjunction with a DNA sample. The World Uyghur Congress denounces the move as another sign of marginalization of the Muslim population.


    24/11/2016 - IRAN – ISLAM – VATICAN

    Muslim and Christian leaders pledge to promote a culture of dialogue and women’s dignity, oppose extremism

    Catholic, Anglican-Episcopalian, Sunni and Shia religious leaders sign the final declaration of the fourth Christian-Muslim Summit, held in Tehran. The latter calls for an all-out fight against sectarian fundamentalism. All parties commit to mutual respect, non-violent interpretation of sacred texts, and better education for religious personnel.

    24/11/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Court in Lahore hands death sentence to murderers of Christian couple burnt to death for blasphemy

    by Shafique Khokhar

    In 2014, Shahzad and Shama Masih were lynched and thrown into a kiln. Their three children are now looked after by a Catholic association. The five convicted Muslim men must also pay a fine. "The verdict goes in the right direction to ensure the rule of law."

    24/11/2016 - INDONESIA

    Jakarta arrests instigator of the protests against Christian governor

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Buni Yani, a former journalist and professor of communication, is accused of having manipulated the words of Ahok and having incited the radical Muslim groups. A petition calling for his prosecution has collected more than 100 thousand signatures. The fundamentalists promise more protests on 2 December.


    24/11/2016 - IRAQ

    Mosul offensive aggravates the plight of Christian refugees, forgotten by the government and UN

    Fr. Samir Youssef speaks of an "emergency within an emergency" that makes the situation even more difficult. Only the Church helps Christians who are preparing to live "their third Christmas as refugees." From the areas liberated by the Caliphate the stories of women raped, children indoctrinated, homes destroyed. And an appeal: Let no one close "the door of mercy."


    23/11/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Pax Christi International award for 2016 goes to Pakistan’s National Commission of Justice and Peace

    by Shafique Khokhar

    Presented in Geneva, the award was shared by the NCJP and the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. For 30 years, the Catholic association has promoted the protection of human rights, especially those of religious minorities. Its aims include child education, and textbooks without insults and intolerant comments.

    Editor's choices

    "Adopt a Christian from Mosul": A Christmas gift to survive winter

    Bernardo Cervellera

    As Iraqi troops advance in the Nineveh Plain and Mosul, a new wave of refugees could overshadow the fate of other refugees who found hospitality in Kurdistan. People need kerosene, winter clothes, aid for children, and money for rent. The campaign AsiaNews launched two years ago is more urgent than ever. Give up a superfluous gift to offer refugees an essential gift for life.

    Pastor of Amadiya: Mosul’s Christian refugees, torn between emergency aid and the longing to return home

    P. Samir Youssef

    In a letter Fr. Samir Youssef describes the situation of refugees, exiled from their home for more than two years. They are closely following the offensive to retake Mosul, although their homes and churches "are for the most part" burned or destroyed. With the arrival of winter there is a serve lack of heating oil, clothes, food and money to pay for their children’s school bus. An appeal to continue to support the AsiaNews campaign.


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