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08/19/2014 IRAQ
As the liberation of the Nineveh Plains gets underway, Kurdistan bishop waits for Pope Francis
For Mgr Rabban Al-Qas, bishop of Amadiyah, bomb disposal experts are needed to clear mines. The terrorists of the Islamic State have laid scores of them, slowing down the push by peshmerga and regular Iraqi troops. The Kurdish government allocates US$ 12 million for Christian refugees. A possible papal visit is raising hope.
Erbil (AsiaNews) - The taking of the Mosul dam is an important first step, which marks a "change" in the political and military situation in Iraq and the start of the "liberation" of the villages in the Nineveh Plains. However, teams of bomb...

08/19/2014 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Gaza war: Truce prolonged for another 24 hours
Israel wants guarantees for the demilitarization of the Strip; Hamas wants an end to the blockade and the openings of border crossings. Sense of détente between the two sides. At least 100 thousand Palestinian left homeless by airraids. The death toll: 2016 Palestinians, mostly civilians; 67 Israelis, mostly soldiers.
08/18/2014 IRAQ
As Iraqi forces retake Mosul dam, a claim Islamists deny, Chaldean Church makes an appeal for the displaced
Peshmerga and Iraqi forces retake strategic facility with US air support. The dam provides power to northern Iraq. Islamic State militias claim to have repelled the attack. Some reports say fighting in the area continues. Germany opposes an independent Kurdish state. Patriarch Mar Sako and Card Filoni meet refugees.
08/18/2014 INDIA - IRAQ
Indian bishop invokes Mary Queen of Heaven to bring peace to Iraq
by Felix Machado*
The President of the Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC) reflects on the persecution of Iraqi Christians. ISIS is "destroying the historical and human heritage of the country" and bringing the state "towards the total destruction of its religious history."
08/18/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Pope: Reconciliation and peace in Korea and world need conversion of hearts
by Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi
At the great final Mass of his apostolic visit to South Korea, Francis once again calls on Koreans to "firmly to reject a mindset shaped by suspicion and instead shape a culture formed by the teaching of the Gospel. Trust in the power of the Cross". All Koreans "are brothers and sisters, continue with humanitarian aid." An unscripted prayer Card. Filoni, sent to Iraq, and for all minorities who suffer in that country. Before the Mass the Pope meets with a former "comfort woman", who gifts the Pope a badge of her association which he wore throughout the Mass. Leaders of other religions: "We walk together, in the presence of God".

08/17/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Pope tells Asia's young people to wake up and not to be afraid to bring faith to society
At the final Mass of the sixth Asian Youth Day Francis took the opportunity to spur young Asians. "Wake up!" he told them. The martyrs who defeated death speak "to you of a duty, a responsibility" to bring Christ to every reach of Asia. You "are not only a part of the future of the Church; you are also a necessary and beloved part of the Church's present." The next Asian Youth Day is set for 2017 in Indonesia.
08/17/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Pope ready to talk to countries that do not have diplomatic relations with Vatican
"I earnestly hope that those countries of your continent with whom the Holy See does not yet enjoy a full relationship, may not hesitate to further a dialogue for the benefit of all," the pope said during a meeting with Asian bishops. The pontiff also mentioned the many nameless martyrs of the faith, who died for the Gospel in Asia and "deserve our love." For Gwangju archbishop Hyginus Kim Hee-joon, the meeting was "brotherly and friendly". As he "walked about us [. . .] he spoke instead of staying on the stage," spending "a few minutes with each of us." He is a "trailblazer even in the Church."
08/16/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Disabled, men and women religious and lay people in the pope's "ministry of compassion"
In Kkottongnae, Francis met the sick, the elderly and the marginalised at the "Village of Flowers". He greeted, kissed and personally blessed all the residents of the facility, sending a very important signal to a society that still does not accept diversity. Later he met with men and women religious, reminding them of the importance of the vows they took, as well as with the laity. Helping the poor "is not enough. I entrust you the task of restoring dignity to those who have lost it for lack of work".
08/15/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Pope tells young people in Asia to pray for Korea's reunification, that God never tires of forgiving
At the Solmoe shrine, birthplace of the first Korean priest, Francis met for the first time the young people who came from all over the continent for Asian Youth Day. He offered a long off-the-cuff reflection (partially in English) on the vocation of young people, Korean reunification, confusion and exploitation. The pope offered young people three "rules of life" to be authentic witnesses of the Gospel: "Rely on the strength that Christ gives you, pray every day and be guided by the truth." The warmth of Asian youth "makes us perceive the glory of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit." A young man from Hong Kong asked, "What can we do to show China Christ's love as well?"
08/15/2014 IRAQ
For Mosul Archbishop, Islamist violence has led to new "unity" among Christians and the Church of Iraq
For Mgr Nona, hope remains alive at this dark moment. Renewed ties among the faithful and the members of the Chaldean Church are among the positive signs. Dignity and long-term prospects for displaced people must be restored. He expresses special thanks to AsiaNews for its solidarity initiative. Al Maliki leaves the field open for the formation of a government of national unity.
08/14/2014 IRAQ
As the UN declares a refugee emergency in Iraq, world Churches pray for fleeing Christians
The United Nations has declared a "Level 3 Emergency," its highest, to facilitate the mobilisation of assets and resources. The situation of minorities displaced by advancing Islamists is getting worse. The archbishop of Singapore and the Italian Bishops' Conference express their solidarity through prayers. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I speaks out against indifference and silence. In Mosul, Islamists "cancel" the street named after Mgr Rahho.
08/14/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Seoul, Francis’ first immersion among crowd. To the bishops: "May we be saved from spiritual worldliness"
by Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi
The Meeting with Korean bishops becomes the first embrace between the Pope and the faithful gathered to greet him. Despite a suffocating security, the Pope got out of his car to embrace and greet those present. To the Bishops: "Guardians of memory and hope, do not be overwhelmed by worldly standards of success. Woe to us if the cross is emptied of its power to judge the wisdom of this world".
08/14/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - CHINA - AYD
Beijing "recalls" Chinese priests from Seoul and blocks 80 young people from travelling for the AYD
AsiaNews sources in Korea confirm: "At least a dozen priests have been contacted by the Chinese government, which warned them of 'problems' in their return home if they had stayed for Francis’ apostolic visit to the peninsula". A delegation of 100 young people present in Daejeon for the Asian Youth Day, but about 80 were stopped before their departure. "At least half" of those are Beijing seminarians, who in recent weeks refused to obey an excommunicated Bishop Su. Not one word from Xinhua about the Pope’s arrival in Korea.
08/13/2014 VATICAN-IRAQ-UN
The Pope writes to Ban Ki-moon: Stop the humanitarian tragedy in Northern Iraq
The Pope asks the UN Secretary General and the international community to intervene to ensure security, peace, aid for refugees and to help them return to their homes. He places Ban Ki-moon before the "the tears, the suffering and the heartfelt cries of despair of Christians and other religious minorities of the beloved land of Iraq."
08/13/2014 EGYPT - ISLAM
For Catholic Church spokesman, Egyptian Muslims show solidarity with Iraq's persecuted Christians
Media and civil society groups are following with concern events in the Arab country. Criticism is expressed against the inertia of Arab and Muslim leaders. Father Greiche describes a nation that is slowly recovering with "a sense of greater security." The Qur'an and the sayings of the Prophet have become the subject of "non-violent" interpretation.

Altri articoli
08/13/2014 IRAQ
Patriarch of Baghdad: USA, EU and the Arab League must clear Nineveh plain of Jihadists by Louis Raphael I Sako *
08/13/2014 KOREA - VATICAN
Gu-Won Lee, with Pope Francis I will proclaim the Gospel of life with no legs or arms by Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi
08/12/2014 IRAQ-ITALY
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul," the thanks of the Patriarch Louis Sako; the concerns of the Bishop of Kurdistan by Bernardo Cervellera
08/12/2014 VATICAN - ISLAM
Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue slams Islamic Caliphate crimes and barbarism
08/12/2014 IRAQ
Baghdad: as a new premier is named to stop the Islamist advance, al Sistani expresses solidarity to Christians by Joseph Mahmoud

08/12/2014 INDONESIA - ISLAM
Aceh, the operative base for the Islamic Caliphate in Asia, through recruitment and indoctrination by Mathias Hariyadi
08/11/2014 IRAQ - MIDDLE EAST
US air support is not enough. We must save Islamic-Christian coexistence and Iraq by Bernardo Cervellera
08/11/2014 NEPAL
In Kathmandu, young Muslims join pope for peace in Iraq and Gaza by Christopher Sharma
08/11/2014 MALAYSIA - INDONESIA
The dream of the Caliphate spreads to Asia, raising fears of violence in Indonesia and Malaysia
08/11/2014 IRAQ - VATICAN
Patriarch of Baghdad: plight of Christians should inflict "pain" on consciences of mankind and institutions by Louis Raphael I Sako*
08/11/2014 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Gaza war: three more days of truce. Negotiations resume in Cairo
08/11/2014 IRAQ
Iraq in chaos: Al-Maliki takes on President and deploys troops across Baghdad
08/10/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Dismay and disbelief at news from Iraq. No to war in the name of God
08/09/2014 TURKEY
Erdogan set sights on Turkish presidency, after a campaign of insults by NAT da Polis
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IRAQ-ITALY
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul," the thanks of the Patriarch Louis Sako; the concerns of the Bishop of Kurdistan
by Bernardo CervelleraThe head of the Chaldean Church is grateful for the AsiaNews campaign and hopes that "this chain of solidarity will reach far and wide”. Helping refugees to remain in Iraq. But many want to flee abroad. The bishop of Amadiyah where thousands of displaced people have found haven in churches and homes: We also help the Arabs (Muslims), and Yazidis, for free and without looking at our confessional differences.
ITALY - IRAQ
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul" to respond directly to Iraq's emergencyAsiaNews is launching a fundraiser to support Christians targeted by the Islamic State, thus responding to a request by the Patriarch of Baghdad and Pope Francis's urgent appeal "to guarantee all necessary assistance - especially the most urgently needed aid - to the great multitude of people who have been driven from their homes, whose fate depends entirely on the solidarity of others." More than 100,000 people have been forced to flee their homes leaving everything behind and now have nothing to live on. To help them, five euros a day are enough. The funds raised will be sent to the Patriarchate of Baghdad, which will distribute them according to the needs of each family.
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08/14/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - CHINA - AYD
Beijing "recalls" Chinese priests from Seoul and blocks 80 young people from travelling for the AYD
08/14/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Seoul, Francis’ first immersion among crowd. To the bishops: "May we be saved from spiritual worldliness"
by Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi
08/15/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Pope calls on Korean Catholics to reject inhumane economics and the culture of death
by Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi
08/13/2014 IRAQ
Patriarch of Baghdad: USA, EU and the Arab League must clear Nineveh plain of Jihadists
by Louis Raphael I Sako *
08/13/2014 KOREA - VATICAN
Gu-Won Lee, with Pope Francis I will proclaim the Gospel of life with no legs or arms
by Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi
08/15/2014 IRAQ
For Mosul Archbishop, Islamist violence has led to new "unity" among Christians and the Church of Iraq
08/15/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Pope tells young people in Asia to pray for Korea's reunification, that God never tires of forgiving
08/13/2014 EGYPT - ISLAM
For Catholic Church spokesman, Egyptian Muslims show solidarity with Iraq's persecuted Christians
08/16/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Disabled, men and women religious and lay people in the pope's "ministry of compassion"
08/14/2014 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
For Gaza parish priest, Israel's offensive on the Palestinians was like an "atomic bomb"

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