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03/30/2015 VIETNAM
Kontum, communist authorities threaten to tear down 22 chapels. Appeal from Bishop
by Paul N. Hung
The leadership of Djak Tô district want to demolish dozens of private premises used for prayers and functions. The area lacks churches and in the past, people would travel up to 100 km to attend mass. Faithful turn to the bishop, who responds with a letter. While calling for calm, the prelate recalls the right to religious freedom recognized by the government.
Hanoi (AsiaNews) - The communist authorities of Djak Tô district - Diocese of Kontum, in the province of the same name located in the Central Highlands of Vietnam – are threatening to tear down 22 Catholic chapels and places of prayer, because...

03/30/2015 INDIA
Kashmir, Christian leader arrested for "fomenting sectarian clashes"
by Nirmala Carvalho
The authorities have detained Rev. Paul Augustine, local coordinator for Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC). The Christian pastor was attending a Sunday service. Sajan George, president of the association: "The law of the majority prevails. Where the will of the greatest number enforces that the beliefs and practices of the minority remain threatened "
03/29/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Holy Week, God’s way is humility, it is Jesus’ way, and “we will take this path”
During Palm Sunday Mass, which begins Holy Week, Pope Francis cited the example of people “who, in silence and hiddenness, sacrifice themselves daily to serve others: a sick relative, an elderly person living alone, a disabled person . . .” He also cited today’s martyrs, persecuted because of their faith, a “cloud of witnesses”. Palm Sunday also marks the celebration of the 30th World Youth Day. Deacons of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions provided the service to the pope and the altar. The pope called on young people to come in pilgrimage to Krakow in 2016. He also mentioned the victims of the plane crash in the French Alps.
03/28/2015 INDIA
Protestant leader demands protection during Holy Week from radical Hindu attacks
by Nirmala Carvalho
Violence against individual Christians and Churches continues unabated. Near Agra, a group of Protestants, who met to pray for an elderly woman, were beaten and accused of trying to convert the family.
03/28/2015 EGYPT – MIDDLE EAST
Arab military force to fight Shias and (perhaps) the Islamic state
Arab League members agree to a military coalition to address conflicts in the Arab world. The "historic" deal shelves past Western-led coalitions. The anti-Islamist fight and even the Israeli-Palestinian problem are overshadowed by the main goal: containing Iranian influence. However, the confessional divide is giving the Islamic State group greater leeway and is undermining the social and political demands of the Arab Spring.

03/28/2015 VIETNAM
Vinh: government uses violence to drive out Catholics from their parish
The authorities targeted the small, remote parish of Dông Yên. Most Catholics have left, but about 150 families have decided to stay. Police carried out a raid, injuring several parishioners, a few days ago. The bishop of Vinh expressed his solidarity with the victims.
03/28/2015 CHINA
Zhejiang: eight Sanjiang Church members convicted, then released, for trying to stop its destruction
The members of the Protestant church tried in vain to prevent the demolition of their place of worship. A local court found them guilty based on confessions obtained under duress, according to some.
03/27/2015 YEMEN-MIDDLE EAST
Saudis continue raids against Shiite rebels. A religious war, but also a question of power
by Paul Dakiki
The military operation "Firmness Storm " has already caused 39 civilian deaths. Saudi Arabia (Sunni) along with Sudan, Turkey and Pakistan against Iranian influence in the Middle East. Objectives include: to ensure Bab-el-Mandel Strait; undermine the agreement on the Iranian nuclear question. Inter-Arabian military force launched to fight Islamic State terrorists.
03/27/2015 UNITED NATIONS – MIDDLE EAST
Patriarch of Baghdad addresses UN, calling for new laws against states or individuals who support terrorists
by Louis Raphael I Sako*
The Security Council is meeting in a French-sponsored session dedicated to Christians and persecuted minorities in the Middle East. Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako hopes to see the international community provide its full support to Iraqi and Kurdish authorities. He also calls for strict laws against terrorism, as well as actions in favour education reform and exegeses of sacred texts that oppose extremism.
03/27/2015 NEPAL
Nepal, religious leaders and civil society against chemical castration for rapists
by Christopher Sharma
3-4 rapes take place every day in Nepal, especially on children under 12 years of age. Religious leaders and human activists oppose the proposal. "No to forced sterility, seek alternative measures".
03/26/2015 ISLAM
IS a violent response to the emptiness young Muslims feel in the West
Jihadists have focused their recruitment efforts among young people. In the past three months, IS has recruited some 400 minors. Alienated in and by their societies, many young Western Muslims seek to even the score. For PIME Islam expert, young people want an inclusive identity and references. Muslim scholar believes that the violent response stems from the Western world’s “emptiness”.
03/26/2015 KYRGYZSTAN
Ulema "excommunicate" Islamic State group in Kyrgyzstan
Top Central Asian Muslim clerics meet in Bishkek to condemn IS violence and reaffirm Islam’s true teachings. “We know that destabilisation threatens Central Asia,” one of them said. IS has been banned in Kyrgyzstan and its activities outlawed. Local authorities also detained a group of Tajiks trying to join the Islamist group, including children.
03/26/2015 PHILIPPINES
Muslim and Christian leaders against prejudices, for “still possible” peace in Mindanao
Silsilah’s Inter Faith Council calls for peace and unity between Christians and Muslims in southern Philippines. Humility and wisdom are needed to promote collaboration, overcome differences and build a "pluralistic" society in the region.
03/26/2015 INDIA
West Bengal, death threats against a Catholic girls' school
by Nirmala Carvalho
The Sisters of the Child Mary have received letters in threatening to “burn the school and the local church” if they do not leave. The police step up security around the institute. Archbishop of Calcutta: "We do not know who is behind the threats, but we are not scared. The sisters will never leave their mission".
03/25/2015 INDIA
Mumbai bishop: the Annunciation for unborn children and the needy
by Dominic Savio Fernandes*
Today the Indian Church celebrates its Pro-life Day. For Mumbai’s auxiliary bishop, every human being has “the imprint of God" and therefore should "be respected and treated with dignity and love." The tendency to evaluate people based on their utility drives people to "eliminate" the elderly, disabled, sick and those in need.

Altri articoli
03/25/2015 CHINA
Zhejiang: Protestant clergyman jailed for opposing cross removal
03/25/2015 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka, appeal to government: freedom of expression and movement for Ruki Fernando by Melani Manel Perera
03/25/2015 LEBANON – FRANCE
The feast of the Annunciation for Islamic-Christian friendship in Beirut and in France
03/24/2015 IRAN
Time for a deal with Tehran, a reliable partner against the Islamic State group by Bernardo Cervellera
03/24/2015 SINGAPORE
Archbishop of Singapore: The Catholic Church mourns death of Lee Kuan Yew
03/24/2015 TIBET - CHINA
Tibet, Buddhist monk freed after 15 years, risks death
03/24/2015 PAKISTAN
Attacks in Lahore, police arrest 200 Christians by Jibran Khan
03/23/2015 VIETNAM
Threats to religious freedom undermine Vietnam’s Communist Party by Nguyen Hung
03/23/2015 INDIA
India, fresh attacks on two Catholic churches "evil and dangerous" by Nirmala Carvalho
03/23/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Where there is no mercy, there is no justice, not even in the Church
03/22/2015 CHINA - VATICAN
BREAKING NEWS: Chinese police seize two priests in Mutanjiang by Bernardo Cervellera
03/21/2015 PHILIPPINES
Filipino priest: Youth as online “agents of peace” to counter Islamic State violence
03/20/2015 PAKISTAN
Lahore attacks: Muslims demand protection for Christian churches by Shafique Khokhar
03/20/2015 IRAQ - UN - ISIS
UN accuses ISIS of genocide against Yazidis
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IRAN
Time for a deal with Tehran, a reliable partner against the Islamic State group
by Bernardo Cervellera A framework agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue has to be inked by 31 March. US Republicans, Israel and Saudi Arabia are fiercely opposed to it for ulterior motives. Hassan Rouhani wants Iran to come back into the international fold. Tehran is playing a mediating role in the Middle East. For Vatican nuncio, “there is no evidence that Iran is preparing a nuclear bomb.”
CHINA - VATICAN
BREAKING NEWS: Chinese police seize two priests in Mutanjiang
by Bernardo Cervellera
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03/24/2015 INDONESIA
Authorities seize schoolbook that praises Islamic radicalism
03/23/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Where there is no mercy, there is no justice, not even in the Church
03/24/2015 PAKISTAN
Attacks in Lahore, police arrest 200 Christians
by Jibran Khan
03/24/2015 IRAN
Time for a deal with Tehran, a reliable partner against the Islamic State group
by Bernardo Cervellera
03/24/2015 CHINA
The “endgame of communist rule has begun", a coup cannot be excluded
03/27/2015 UNITED NATIONS – MIDDLE EAST
Patriarch of Baghdad addresses UN, calling for new laws against states or individuals who support terrorists
by Louis Raphael I Sako*
03/24/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "May Holy Week will help us leave behind the temptation to be ‘Yes, but Christians...'"
03/23/2015 VIETNAM
Threats to religious freedom undermine Vietnam’s Communist Party
by Nguyen Hung
03/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope: people can be "doctors of the law" without faith, without hope, without joy
03/26/2015 PHILIPPINES
Muslim and Christian leaders against prejudices, for “still possible” peace in Mindanao

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