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05/01/2015 VATICAN
For the pope, the faces of hungry men and women should take centre stage at Expo
by Papa Francesco
Pope Francis today addressed via a televised link-up the opening ceremony of Expo Milano 2015 (1 May-31 October), the world fair centred on ‘Feeding the planet. Energy for Life’. For the Holy Father, this “Expo is a propitious opportunity to globalise solidarity. Let us not waste it; let us make the very most of it.” In his view, a change of mind-set is also needed to overcome the “paradox of abundance” and the culture of waste and castoffs. The pope’s full speech is reprinted below.
Milan (AsiaNews) – Here is the transcript of Pope Francis televised link-up address to the opening ceremony of Expo Milano 2015 (Translation by AsiaNews). Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! I am grateful for the opportunity to add my voice to...

05/01/2015 IRAQ
Baghdad grants amnesty to deserters to fight the Islamic State group
Prime Minister Abadi offers an amnesty to defectors who return to their units within 30 days. The military collapse last June paved the way for the Islamic State group to seize parts of the country. The amnesty does not include those who committed crimes against state security, corruption and abuse of influence. Meanwhile, suicide attacks continue.
04/30/2015 IRAQ – MIDDLE EAST
For Chaldean Patriarch, state secularism and religious freedom are the practical response to fundamentalist barbarism
by Louis Raphael I Sako*
In Beirut, Mar Sako met the leaders of the Syriac Catholic and Syriac Orthodox Churches. Together, they agreed to a major conference to discuss the situation of Christians in the Middle East. Past massacres and today's tragedies are a lesson on which to base real coexistence. Reflecting upon the issues, His Beatitude shares his thoughts with AsiaNews readers.
04/30/2015 EGYPT – ISLAM
Life for 69 Islamists who torched church in Kerdasa
For the first time a Christian building is not treated as a "second class" religious building. Two underage defendants were sentenced to ten years for their role in the blaze, which occurred between 14 and 15 August 2013. After Morsi was ousted and Muslim Brotherhood rallies cleared, some 60 Christian places of worship, schools, and homes were burnt down. The case confirms the independence of the judiciary, but also the desire of ordinary Egyptians to forget.
04/29/2015 SAUDI ARABIA
New Saudi power structure to boost fight against al Qaeda and Iran
King Salman shuffles the kingdom’s top positions. Leading terror fighter Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef becomes crown prince. The king’s powerful son, in his 30s, becomes deputy crown prince. As a supporter of a hardline against Iran, he is the kingdom’s real strongman.

04/29/2015 LEBANON – FRANCE
Meeting between Patriarch Rahi and Hollande for Middle East Christians and minorities
by Fady Noun
The head of the Church of Lebanon was in France for the opening of the Maronite Eparchy in Meudon. French President reiterated his commitment to help Lebanon cope with the wave of Syrian refugees. They agree on stopping funding of jihadist groups, which also threaten Europe.
For Maronite Patriarch, without Christians moderate Muslims will also disappear from the Middle East
by Fady Noun
Card Bechara al Rahi pleads with those waiting for the dawn of peace in “the dead of night”. He points the finger at the international community for being "slow" in stopping the "death and destruction" caused by "killers without faith." Peace between Israel and Palestine is a precondition for the preservation of the Christian presence. He inaugurated the new headquarters of the Maronite diocese of France.
04/25/2015 ARMENIA – TURKEY
From Yerevan to Istanbul, Armenians mark 100 years since the genocide by Ottoman Turkey
The presidents of France and Russia attended yesterday’s ceremony in the Armenian capital. A high Vatican official was also present. Armenian President Sargsyan stressed the danger inherent in the denial of the crime. Demonstrations are held in Istanbul. Turkye’s prime minister said his country would “share the pain” felt by Armenians but denies it was genocide.
04/24/2015 PAKISTAN
An "intelligence failure" led to the killing of Lo Porto and Weinstein
by Silent Thinker
A retired Christian Pakistani army brigadier spoke about the drone strike in which an Italian aid worker and a US contractor were killed. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) “condemns every bombing because nothing is certain about the victims, and innocent people can become targets."
04/24/2015 IRAQ – TURKEY
Bartholomew I’s solidarity to Mar Sako for Iraq’s persecuted Christians
by Joseph Mahmoud
A few days ago, a Chaldean delegation visited Turkey, where they met the faithful and high-ranking religious and political officials. Patriarch Sako stressed the importance of Christian unity, the only source of strength and salvation. He also visited Diyarbakir cathedral and Zafaran Monastery.
The largest canonization in history: 1.5 million Armenians massacred by the Ottoman Empire
The ceremony, presided over by Karekin II, took place yesterday afternoon at Echmiadzin (Yerevan). Today there will be civil ceremonies. Putin and Hollande expected to attend. The bells have sounded in Armenia and in New York, Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Venice. Turkey’s resistence in admitting the genocide. The United States’ embarrassment. Austria’s first step.
04/23/2015 TURKEY – ARMENIA
The forced Islamisation of Armenians was also genocide
by NAT da Polis
In addition to the mass slaughter of more than a million Armenians, the Young Turks regime islamised the orphans and women who survived the massacres. Several Turkish historians show that modern Turkey was founded on a "national-fascist" conception of the state, in which Turkish and Islamic were synonymous. The Armenian genocide was followed by a policy of eliminating other Christian minorities, including the Greek Orthodox. Modern Turkey, and Erdogan, do not know how to ask for forgiveness.
04/23/2015 IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarchate and Caritas help Muslim families, displaced from Tikrit and Anbar
by Joseph Mahmoud
After fleeing the Islamic state, some 2,000 Muslim families receive aid and donations. Such a "fraternal initiative" shows " in a concrete way the solidarity of Christians,” Mar Sako said. For Muslim leaders, the deed rebuilds "trust between communities." The ‘Adopt a Christian from Mosul’ campaign by AsiaNews now benefits non-Christians as well.
04/23/2015 SAUDI ARABIA
Saudi Arabia: "I converted a genie to Islam", claims healer
The man posted the alleged words of the genie on Twitter. Avalanche of criticism, with many saying it is a scam to make money. The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (religious police) plans to set up a committee to regulate the work of these healers.
04/23/2015 YEMEN
Yemen, more Saudi air raids. Houthi rebels: stop all attacks
Rebel militias bombed in Taiz, in spite of the truce. Clashes also registered in Aden, Huta and Daleh. The Houthi call for an end to all attacks, to resume political dialogue. Meanwhile, al Qaeda consolidates its presence in the Southeast.

Altri articoli
Patriarch Bechara al-Rahi in Armenia to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the genocide by Paul Dakiki
04/22/2015 VATICAN
Christian-Muslim dialogue: most Muslims are against killing in the name of God
04/22/2015 EGYPT – ISLAM
Mohamed Morsi’s 20-year sentence is “too light," he escaped “the death penalty"
04/22/2015 YEMEN - S. ARABIA - IRAN
End of Saudi air raids in Yemen. Tehran: humanitarian and political solution
An Indian missionary in northern Cameroon, infested with Boko Aram by Piero Gheddo
04/21/2015 UN-EU
UN: 800 dead in the worst Mediterranean migrant tragedy
04/20/2015 SYRIA
Msgr. Zenari: prayers in Beirut and Damascus for kidnapped bishops and priests. Fears for their fate
04/20/2015 LIBYA- ISLAM
Ethiopian Christians shot, beheaded and filmed by Islamic State by Paul Dakiki
Saudi policy: UN aid for Yemen, but no ceasefire by Paul Dakiki
Armenian Genocide: Turkish politicians criticise the EU; Mufti reacts to pope’s words threatening to turn Saint Sophia into a mosque
Tajikistani arrested in Moscow for recruiting young people to fight for Islamic state
04/17/2015 BANGLADESH
Bishop of Sylhet: Protection for tribal Catholics, victims of expropriation and threats by Sumon Corraya
04/17/2015 ITALY - ISLAM
15 Muslim migrants arrested for throwing 12 Christian refugees into the sea
Saudi Arabia another Indonesian beheaded. "Shock and grief" in Jakarta by Mathias Hariyadi
Editor's choices
Saudi war in Yemen masks widening domestic tensions
by Afshin ShahiSaudi Arabia is using the conflict in Yemen to control domestic problems, especially social inequalities and religious sectarianism. However, whilst the royal family flaunts its wealth, some 20 per cent of the population lives in poverty. Many disgruntled young Saudis end up becoming "foreign fighters" for the Islamic state (IS). Some 15 per cent of the Saudi population is Shia, under the heavy thumb of the Sunni-dominated state. Afshin Shahi, director of the Centre for the Study of Political Islam and lecturer in International Relations and Middle East Politics at University of Bradford, provides the following lucid analysis.
Pope: on the persecution of Christians, the international community should "not stand by mute and inactive” and “look away”For the sixth time in a week, Pope Francis mentioned the martyrdom of Christians in today’s Regina Caeli (the Marian prayer at Easter), slamming the indifference of the international community towards this "alarming failure to protect basic human rights.” Today’s martyrs "are many, and we can say that they are more numerous than in the first centuries." In addition, “Faith in the resurrection of Jesus and the hope He has brought to us is the most beautiful gift that a Christian can and must offer his brothers and sisters. To one and all, therefore, do not tire of repeating: Christ is Risen!”
Top 10
04/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope prays for Nepal quake victims, hopes they receive "fraternal solidarity"
04/28/2015 INDIA
Hindu leader blames Nepal earthquake on eating beef
by Nirmala Carvalho
04/27/2015 NEPAL – ASIA
Nepal earthquake: Church and international community coming to the aid of survivors
04/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope warns priests "not to grow weary of being merciful,” asks them to forgive, not condemn in the confessional
04/28/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "do not be afraid" when the Spirit "says to take a step forward", to "change"
04/30/2015 IRAQ – MIDDLE EAST
For Chaldean Patriarch, state secularism and religious freedom are the practical response to fundamentalist barbarism
by Louis Raphael I Sako*
Pope discusses environment, migrants and humanitarian tragedies with UN secretary
For Maronite Patriarch, without Christians moderate Muslims will also disappear from the Middle East
by Fady Noun
04/28/2015 VATICAN – NEPAL
Pope's solidarity for Nepal’s quake victims
04/30/2015 NEPAL
Nepal, thousands of earthquake victims between life and death: Government inept and corrupt (VIDEO)
by Christopher Sharma


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