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    17/01/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Fr Inayat Bernard runs the St Mary minor seminary in Punjab’s capital. He gave new impetus to the Committee for ecumenical solidarity, a group that includes Pakistan’s four main Christian denominations. Fighting religious extremism needs deeper mutual understanding.


    by Kamran Chaudhry

    17/01/2017 - SYRIA – KAZAKHSTAN

    “All” rebel groups to be present at the Syria peace talks in Astana


    Brokered by Russia and Turkey, the meeting is set for the Kazakh capital. For rebel leader, the aim is to end the "crimes" of the Syrian government. Assad is "optimistic". For Lavrov, this is an opportunity to extend ceasefire and involve rebel field commanders in "the political process".


    17/01/2017 - INDONESIA

    Indonesian police: Ulema hide extremist movements that want to divide the country

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    General Karnavian warns against infiltration of MUI. Edicts and declarations are "manipulated" to promote a violent and radical ideology. Among the recent cases, the attempt to block the re-election of the governor of Jakarta because "Christian." MUI President denies the charges.

     


    17/01/2017 - TURKEY

    Istanbul: Masharipov, Uzbek jihadist behind New Year massacre, arrested


    The police arrested the main suspect in the attack on the nightclub, which killed 39 people. He was in the suburban district of Esenyurt, hosted by other Islamic State militants. Relief and satisfaction of Turkish authorities. Deputy prime minister confirms: "Our war on terror continues".


    16/01/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Emeritus Bishop of Multan: his paralysed legs have not stopped him (Video)

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Mgr Andrew Francis celebrated 45 years of priesthood. He praised Christians who struggle for their faith. In 1996, he survived an assassination attempt, whilst in 2013, a car accident left him disabled. But for him, “there is no downside in my life."


    16/01/2017 - TURKEY

    Turkey’s parliament takes first step in favour of a presidentialist constitution


    A second vote is scheduled for this week, to be followed by a referendum for final approval. The ruling party obtained the required three fifths needed thanks to the support of a far-right party. Kurdish MPs boycotted the vote. In recent days, MPs clashed in parliament.


    16/01/2017 - EGYPT

    Fear grows among Egypt’s Christians after a Coptic doctor was stabbed in the throat

    by Loula Lahham

    This is the third attack against minority Copts since the start of the year. Bassam Safouat Zaki was originally from Asyut. His murder follows that of a couple in Monufia and that of man who was attacked in broad daylight in Alexandria by a man shouting “Allah Akbar".


    13/01/2017 - INDONESIA

    West Kalimantan Dayak tribal groups stop radical Islamic leader from deplaning

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    A group of people in traditional outfit and wielding traditional weapons "invaded" the Sintang airport runway to prevent Tengku Zulkarnain, MUI deputy secretary, from deplaning. The Muslim Islamic leader was set to meet the local Muslim community. He had previously described the Dayak as "infidels." In fact, the indigenous group has always promoted an atmosphere of harmony and dialogue with other faiths and ethnic groups.


    13/01/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Pakistan premier praises religious harmony, but should not forget Ahmadis and other minorities

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    For Nawaz Sharif, the country will be recognized as a "friend of minorities." Ahmadi Muslims however are considered heretical by Sunnis and Shias. And in December, an Ahmadi place of worship was attacked. The Government of Sindh rejects the law against forced conversions. Protests take place on the day Salman Taseer was remembered.


    13/01/2017 - IRAQ

    Chaldean Patriarchate proposes an Iraq’s Churches Council based in Baghdad


    Patriarch issues statement outlining the new body designed to bring together the country’s different Christian Churches. Based in Baghdad, it will include an executive council and a general council. Its task will be to, among other things, promote a "spirit of unity" and “coordinate” activities.


    13/01/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Lahore High Court stops execution of schizophrenic prisoner


    Khizar Hayat was convicted in 2003 for killing a fellow policeman. The court, the ruling on another inmate, who was also suffering from schizophrenia, for which the Supreme Court stayed the execution. Since December 2014, 427 executions have been carried out.

     


    12/01/2017 - INDONESIA

    Evangelization in remote areas of Kalimantan, where the mission overcomes adversities

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Together with the bishop, Mgr Pius Riana Prapdi, AsiaNews’s correspondent visited the most remote and isolated communities of the diocese of Ketapang. To reach them, they had to travel rough by car and, where the river is navigable, by boat. The advent of modernity has upset the ecosystem and the traditional lifestyle. For the bishop, strong motivation and will can overcome "unimaginable" challenges.


    12/01/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Pakistan, another secular activist goes missing. The fifth in a week



    Samar Abbas is the president of the Civil Progressive Alliance Pakistan. He disappeared on a business trip to Islamabad. Others who have disappeared include a well-known professor of Rawalpindi and three Lahore bloggers. Activist: "alarming trend of disappearances of the Punjab intellectual class".

     


    11/01/2017 - NEPAL

    Scores flee after Hindu-Muslim violence breaks out in southern Nepal

    by Christopher Sharma

    The clashes follow the death of a Hindu man, punished by Muslims for refusing to join the festivities of Mohammad’s birthday. Hindus fear new violence; Muslims fear arrest for murder. “Pray for peace,” Kathmandu pastor says.


    11/01/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Four secular activists go missing, seized perhaps by police


    The missing men are Prof Salman Haider and bloggers Waqas Goraya, Aasim Saeed and Ahmad Raza Naseer. The four men disappeared last week in different cities. They had criticised on social media religious extremism and radical elements in government and military.


    11/01/2017 - INDONESIA

    Islamic extremists get local official in Yogyakarta removed because he is Catholic

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    The authorities in Bantul Regency dismissed Yulius Suharto, head of Pajangan sub-district. He was appointed on 30 December. His fall is due to a broad campaign by fundamentalists and radical Muslims. He has been re-assigned to a sub-district where most residents are not Muslim.


    11/01/2017 - YEMEN - SAUDI ARABIA

    Yemen, Saudi airstrike close to school: five civilians dead, two children


    The attack took place in the northern district of Nihm, under the control of the Houthi rebels. Contrasting claims for the death toll: Local sources speak of eight deaths and 15 serious injuries. No comment from Riyadh on the incident. In Yemen in 1600 schools out of use because of the war, education denied to two million children.

     


    10/01/2017 - MALAYSIA

    Malaysia: Faithful, diplomats, religious leaders at Thanksgiving Mass for first cardinal

    by Joseph Masilamany

    The Malaysian Catholic community celebrates its first Cardinal. For the faithful, the choice of the Pope's support for a "Pilgrim Church" that fights against Islamization and "subtle persecution" of minorities. Card. Fernandez invites those present to respect the founding principles of the nation and its unity.

     


    09/01/2017 - EGYPT

    Eight dead and ten wounded in attack against checkpoint in the Sinai

    by Loula Lahham

    Security forces and civilians are killed and hurt in the incident. So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack. In the latter, the second this year in the Sinai, terrorists opened fire on the checkpoint, followed by the blast of car packed with explosives, which damaged surrounding buildings.


    09/01/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Sindh rejects law against forced conversions, a big disappointment for Christians and Hindus

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    In November, the provincial assembly had adopted the law unanimously, outlawing forced conversion and marriage of minors. Every year about a thousand girls and young women are forced to repudiate their religion. Thirteen lawmakers who drafted the bill received death threats.


    09/01/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Religions can help the world find peace, no to weapons and terrorism


    In his speech to the diplomatic corps Francis stresses the importance of religions for peace and therefore their commitment to deny that one can kill in God's name, promote disarmament, particularly nuclear, and non-violence , the migrants and the protection of children, the protection of nature, the value of religious freedom.

     


    09/01/2017 - ISRAEL - PALESTINE

    Young Palestinian who killed four soldiers Islamic State "sympathizer"


    According to the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu "all elements" show that the 28-year old Fadi Qunbar was a supporter of the jihadist movement. But there is no evidence to support this thesis. Yesterday he drove a truck into a group of Israeli soldiers; four soldiers dead, 17 others were injured.

     


    07/01/2017 - PAKISTAN

    "Christmas Train for peace" between Muslims and Christians to Faisalabad

    by Shafique Khokhar

    The initiative stems from a joint project between Islamabad and the Ministry for Human Rights. The convoy departed from Rawalpindi on December 22. The carriages decorated festively with garlands, banners, Christmas trees, a Nativity Scene. Similar efforts "can build bridges between people professing different faiths."


    05/01/2017 - MYANMAR

    Myanmar covers up evidence of abuse against Rohingya Muslims


    Activists and international NGOs criticise the findings of a government commission, which rejected allegations of abuse. For the latter, the presence of mosques is proof there is no persecution. Myanmar’s Muslim minority mourns its own Aylan.


    05/01/2017 - PAKISTAN

    About 110 imams are arrested in Lahore for hailing Salman Taseer’s murder

    by Shafique Khokhar

    The arrests took place on the anniversary of the death of Punjab’s governor, murdered because he had defended a Christian, Asia Bibi. Activists and ordinary people braved death threats and attended the memorial service.


    05/01/2017 - EGYPT

    Cairo’s new media crackdown cancels Ibrahim Eissa’s popular TV show

    by Loula Lahham

    The journalist explains on Facebook that whilst his “burdens and responsibilities" have “opened many minds", they have also led to "a lot of pressure." The speaker of parliament had accused him of "criminal disinformation." A long-time critic of the establishment, he has received awards and honours for his fight for freedom of information.


    05/01/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Lahore: Evangelical Christian accused of blasphemy for tearing up pages of the Qurʾān


    Shahbaz Babu risks the death penalty for writing his name on the pages of Islam’s sacred book even though he is completely illiterate. The charge appears to be due to a business dispute. The accused is also popular among some Muslims for his prayer meetings.


    04/01/2017 - BANGLADESH

    More than a hundred unlicensed madrasas in Bogra District


    The mastermind behind the attack against Fr Piero Parolari came from the same district. Unlicensed Islamic schools are not monitored. Pupils are sometimes victims of abuse and torture. Their monthly fees are lower than those of state schools.


    04/01/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Salman Taseer’s son risks prosecution for blasphemy


    Today marks the sixth anniversary of the murder of former Punjab Governor. Salman Taseer was killed by his bodyguard for criticizing the "black law" on blasphemy and defending the Christian mother Asia Bibi. His son Shaan Taseer released a video deemed offensive.


    04/01/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Mindanao, Muslim extremists attack prison, 150 prisoners escape


    The target of the attack is the district prison in North Cotabato, close to Kidapawan. Fundamentalist groups, criminal gangs, and communist guerrillas active in area. The assault lasted at least two hours; guard dies in shootout, detainee injured. Police and army launch manhunt.






    Editor's choices

    CHINA – VATICAN
    Old guard and illegitimate bishops dominate the new Catholic Assembly

    Elizabeth Li

    Ma Yinglin and Fang Xingyao are re-elected presidents of the Bishops Council and the Patriotic Association, respectively. The principles of independence, autonomy, self-management and sinicisation are extolled. There is no "positive signal" as hoped by the Vatican.


    CHINA - VATICAN
    Assembly of Chinese Catholic Representatives extolls "independence and autonomy"

    Bernardo Cervellera

    59 bishops present at assembly, as well as the state administration for religious affairs director and members of the United Front. Future changes in the leadership of the Council of Bishops and the Patriotic Association. Extolling of autonomy (from the Holy See), a non-positive sign. The Global Times reiterates preconditions for dialogue. A state church. The criticism of Card. Joseph Zen and Hong Kong’s Justice and Peace. One Catholic: This assembly is a slap in the face to the Vatican.


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