04/20/2015VATICAN For pope, Jews and Christians have a responsibility to preserve the religious sense of the men and women of today, and that of our society Francis expressed his condolences for the death of Elio Toaff, the chief rabbi of Rome who welcomed John Paul II during his historic visit to the Great Synagogue. "Anti-Semitic trends in Europe these days are troubling, as are certain acts of hatred and violence. Every Christian must be firm in deploring all forms of anti-Semitism.” May the Holocaust be “a warning to present and future generations. Acts of hatred and violence against Christians and the faithful of other religions must likewise be condemned everywhere.” Vatican City (AsiaNews) – "In a society increasingly marked by secularism and threatened by atheism," Jews and Christians "have the blessing but also the responsibility to help preserve the religious sense of the men and women of today, and that of our society, by our witness to the sanctity of God and human life. God is holy, and the life he has given is holy and...
04/20/2015LIBYA- ISLAM Ethiopian Christians shot, beheaded and filmed by Islamic State by Paul Dakiki The video features two different versions: 12 decapitated on the seashore; 16 killed by firing squad. Threats to Christians if they do not convert to Islam. UN envoy to Libya: Close to an agreement for a new government.
04/16/2015INDIA Agra, four statutes of Our Lady vandalized The vandalism occurred today in the church of St. Mary. A dog chain was tied around the statutes neck. The pastor files a complaint. Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC): "A vulgar and shameful act".
04/16/2015INDIA Mumbai remembers the Holocaust, together with Pope Francis for Jews and Armenians by Nirmala Carvalho The Indian Jewish community celebrates Yom Hashoah, the recurrence with which Israel honors the extermination of the Jewish people during World War II. Solomon F. Sopher, from Keneseth Eliyahoo synagogue: "The annihilation of a community, a population that has faith in the Almighty, is a disgrace to the human race."
04/16/2015CHINA – TIBET Beijing rejects dialogue on Tibet, calls on Dalai Lama to apologise In a white paper on Tibet, the government calls on the monk to stop his activities, apologise, and stop demanding Tibet’s autonomy. Beijing hopes to control his succession, but experts and academics believe only the Buddhist leader can decide the future of his office. China can only cause harm.