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12/18/2014 INDIA
Radical Hindus' Christmas reconversions postponed, not cancelled
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) takes a step back to let parliament's winter session to end. It pledges however to reconvert 5,000 Christian and Muslim families "before the end of the year". Opposition call on the prime minister to speak on the matter, but the ruling party says no.
New Delhi (AsiaNews/Agencies) - Despite calls by opposition parties, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not go before parliament to address the issue of forced conversions by Hindu nationalist groups. For its part, the...

12/17/2014 PAKISTAN
In a country in shock over Peshawar massacre, Islamabad bishop calls for unity against terrorism
by Jibran Khan
Mgr Rufin Anthony led a prayer vigil in memory of the victims of the Taliban attack on a military-run school, which killed 132 students, many of them children, and nine teachers. Survivors are now speaking about their dramatic experience. Christian and Muslim religious leaders, politicians and civil society groups unanimously condemn the attack. Pakistani prime minister ends moratorium on the death penalty.
12/17/2014 SRI LANKA - VATICAN
As Tamil Catholics wait for Pope Francis' visit to the island, they wish the pope a Happy Birthday
by Melani Manel Perera
A community in the country's north sends AsiaNews greetings for the pontiff. In their part of the island nation, "there is still no peace, no freedom;" yet, they hope that "the pope comes to visit us to pray together."
12/17/2014 MIDDLE EAST - ISLAM
Secularism, Sunni-Shia divide, and the Islamic state are wiping out Christians from the Middle East
by Fady Noun
Islam cannot contribute to peace if it does not resolve its internal conflicts and divisions between Sunnis and Shias. The barbarity of the Islamic state has imposed a "deadly" peace. The end of Eastern Christians is a growing possibility. The external threat of Islamic extremism is compounded by secularism and political divisions that are undermining the community from within.
12/17/2014 INDIA
Christmas in Mumbai, bringing Jesus to the lepers of Heaven's Gate
About 300 people - including Hindus, Muslims and some Christians - will celebrate the birth of Christ at Swarga Dwar, Mumbai, an ashram founded by PIME. The days leading up to the celebration are special for its children who play cricket, football and other games. "The kids wait for this festival with joy. They like to prepare the tree and put the star on the crèche," the facility's head said.

12/17/2014 INDIA
Radical Hindus attack Christians singing Christmas carols
by Nirmala Carvalho
About 30 people assaulted the Pastor and the faithful of a Pentecostal community, including women and children, with sticks and clubs. The fundamentalists accuse the Christians of promising money to convert tribal people in the area. Police deny the allegations: "No forced conversion in the area, the Christians are innocent."
12/17/2014 IRAN
Tehran, six-year sentence revoked for three Protestant clerics
Two of them, a pastor and a deacon were released. Another pastor remains in prison for previous convictions. Underground religious activities are viewed with suspicion and accused of proselytization and subversive politics.
12/17/2014 INDONESIA
Central Java, Islamist threat: Scrap Christmas symbols and no celebrations
by Mathias Hariyadi
Dozens of Islamic extremists of the Sukaharjo District attacked three shops in Solo. The group has forced retailers not to allow employees to wear Christmas symbols or to promote celebrations. The Mayor of Banda Aceh issued a public announcement prohibiting Muslims to attend Christian events.
12/16/2014 INDIA
Catholic activist against handing education over to Hindu fundamentalists
by Santosh Digal
AsiaNews interviews John Dayal, member of the National Integration Council who looks at the influence of radical Hindu Sangh Parivar groups on the educational policy of India's new Union government. "To demonize western and Islamic contribution to the evolution of the India we know today, is an exercise in futility, and very fraught with dangers."
12/16/2014 IRAQ - VATICAN
As 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' continues, Mosul bishop notes that Jesus is born amid refugee containers
by Amel Nona
Persecuted by the Islamic state, refugees have lost everything: belongings, home, jobs, school, and their future. Yet, their faith and mission remain strong. For them, almost 900,000 euros have been raised and sent. Pope Francis sends a message of closeness. The campaign continues according to the Patriarch of Baghdad's proposal of fasting and moderation at Christmas and New Year, with the money saved offered to the Christians of Mosul.
12/16/2014 INDIA
Christmas reconversions, police in Uttar Pradesh "will stop Hindu radicals"
Security force would take "strict actions" against the organisers. The paramilitary group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) planned to convert 4,000 Christian and 1,000 Muslim families next 25th December.
12/15/2014 INDIA
Indian bishop: "conversions" are a blow to democracy and human dignity
by Felix Machado*
The bishop of Vasai talks to AsiaNews about recent of 'Ghar Vapsi' (homecoming) cases orchestrated by radical Hindus to convert Christians and Muslims to Hinduism. For him, "In professing their faith, people express their deepest aspirations and develop what is their innermost self, the inner sanctuary of their being that no one can violate."
12/15/2014 VIETNAM - VATICAN
The soon to be Saint Father Diep, Vietnamese priest and martyr honored even by non-Christians
The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has given the green light to the cause of canonization of Father Francis-Xavier Truong Buu Diep. He sacrificed his life to defend his parishioners. Catholic and believers of other religions pray on his tomb. The memories of Cardinal Pham Minh Mân.
12/14/2014 VATICAN
On the "Sunday of Joy", pope gives a prayer booklet, telling the faithful to "always carry it"
After the Angelus prayer, Pope Francis gave the crowd a pocketbook of prayers "for the various times of the day and for different situations in life". Earlier, he had blessed the "Baby Jesus" figurines for Nativity scenes brought by the children from Roman oratories. He also said, "With Jesus, joy dwells in us". He also shared the Christmas candle in solidarity with Polish faithful.
12/13/2014 IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch calls for fasting on Christmas Eve for refugees' return to Mosul
by Joseph Mahmoud
Mar Louis Sako calls on the faithful not to celebrate Christmas and New Year in a "worldly" fashion, with pomp and abundance, out of solidarity with the people who fled the Nineveh plains, persecuted by the Islamic Army. AsiaNews is joining the fast proposed by the Patriarch and calls on all readers to give what they would have otherwise spent in support of the campaign 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul'.

Altri articoli
12/13/2014 UZBEKISTAN
Uzbek state media campaign against freedom of worship and religion
12/12/2014 CHINA
Xinjiang want to ban burqa: Could spark unrest
12/12/2014 INDIA
Advent in Orissa: Christ makes "the ordinary extraordinary" by Simon Kaipuram CM*
12/12/2014 VATICAN
Pope: close to the Catholics "of Iraq and Syria, who are living moments of great suffering and fear in the face of violence"
12/12/2014 INDIA
Hindu radicals raise funds to pay for "re-conversions" to Hinduism by Nirmala Carvalho
12/12/2014 INDONESIA
Satirical cartoon on Islamic State, the director of the Jakarta Post investigated for blasphemy by Mathias Hariyadi
12/11/2014 KOREA - MONGOLIA
Mongolia has its first ordained deacon, Joseph Enkh-Baatar
12/11/2014 PHILIPPINES
Standing with Pope Francis, Filipino bishops call on every Christian to end "modern slavery"
12/11/2014 RUSSIA - VATICAN
For Moscow, it is time to respond to Pope Francis' ecumenical openings by Hieromonaco Ioann (Guaita)
12/11/2014 MALAYSIA - ISLAM
Malaysian Christians furious over hundreds of desecrated Bibles
12/11/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Police clear the Occupy Movement sit-in. Students: "We will return" by Victoria Ma
12/11/2014 INDIA
Conversion in exchange for food and money: that's how Hindu radicals "re-convert" 300 Muslims
12/10/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - PEACE 2015
Korean priest rescues N Korean women sold as slaves in China
12/10/2014 IRAQ - SYRIA
Islamic state terrorists throw man off a rooftop, then stone him to death for being "gay"
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IRAQ - VATICAN
As 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' continues, Mosul bishop notes that Jesus is born amid refugee containers
by Amel NonaPersecuted by the Islamic state, refugees have lost everything: belongings, home, jobs, school, and their future. Yet, their faith and mission remain strong. For them, almost 900,000 euros have been raised and sent. Pope Francis sends a message of closeness. The campaign continues according to the Patriarch of Baghdad's proposal of fasting and moderation at Christmas and New Year, with the money saved offered to the Christians of Mosul.
IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch calls for fasting on Christmas Eve for refugees' return to Mosul
by Joseph MahmoudMar Louis Sako calls on the faithful not to celebrate Christmas and New Year in a "worldly" fashion, with pomp and abundance, out of solidarity with the people who fled the Nineveh plains, persecuted by the Islamic Army. AsiaNews is joining the fast proposed by the Patriarch and calls on all readers to give what they would have otherwise spent in support of the campaign 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul'.
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12/14/2014 VATICAN
On the "Sunday of Joy", pope gives a prayer booklet, telling the faithful to "always carry it"
12/17/2014 INDIA
Radical Hindus attack Christians singing Christmas carols
by Nirmala Carvalho
12/13/2014 IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch calls for fasting on Christmas Eve for refugees' return to Mosul
by Joseph Mahmoud
12/11/2014 INDONESIA
East Java: three students caught drunk caned at (moderate) Muslim school
by Mathias Hariyadi
12/16/2014 IRAQ - VATICAN
As 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' continues, Mosul bishop notes that Jesus is born amid refugee containers
by Amel Nona
12/11/2014 RUSSIA - VATICAN
For Moscow, it is time to respond to Pope Francis' ecumenical openings
by Hieromonaco Ioann (Guaita)
12/11/2014 VATICAN
For Pope, God loves us with the "tenderness of a mother," but "many times we want to control grace"
12/11/2014 MALAYSIA - ISLAM
Malaysian Christians furious over hundreds of desecrated Bibles
12/12/2014 VATICAN
Pope: close to the Catholics "of Iraq and Syria, who are living moments of great suffering and fear in the face of violence"
12/11/2014 INDIA
Conversion in exchange for food and money: that's how Hindu radicals "re-convert" 300 Muslims

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