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10/30/2014 THAILAND - ITALY
For Thai Buddhists, Francis, the "missionary" pope, embodies the spirit of Assisi, Fr Sala says
by Dario Salvi
Fr Valerio Sala has been a PIME priest in the Asian country for the past five years. He describes how he came to his vocation and how he developed his missionary zeal after a brief stint in Africa. He explains how globalisation and relativism have deeply penetrated Thai culture, as well as the challenges they represent. For him, Christ is the basis for a true "social and moral change."
Milan (AsiaNews) - Pope Francis "is followed with great interest" by Buddhists. What he says and the way he says or does things "has generated a lot of attention in Thailand, where people still follow and respect the...

10/29/2014 MIDDLE EAST - ISLAM
Only Christians can show Muslims the "mad utopia" of the Islamic State
by Fady Noun 

Superstitions, rituals, deportation, rape, summary justice and indoctrination are the foundations upon which the power of terrorists rests. The latter want to create a theocratic and regressive "perfect city". But utopias generate terror and monsters like Communism and Nazism. Christians have a duty to show Muslims the "true face" of their religion as well as its "elements of violence."
10/29/2014 INDIA
For Indian Jesuit, radical Hindu news service is a "tragedy" for democracy
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a right-wing paramilitary group affiliated with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, adds more languages to its news service. For Fr Cedric Prakash, the news agency's "fascist ideology" is a problem.
10/29/2014 NEPAL - CHINA - TIBET
Nepalese government: No more refugees from Tibet
by Christopher Sharma
In response to pressure from the Chinese government, Kathmandu has decided to no longer provide the necessary documents to Tibetan refugees to reach India, the residence of the Dalai Lama and his government-in-exile. The outrage of civil society: "You have sold out to Beijing."
10/29/2014 TURKEY- SYRIA-IRAQ
Kurdish peshmerga arrive in Turkey to fight in Kobane
They were greeted by thousands of Turkish Kurds who were barred from entering Syria to fight. Ankara fears the strengthening of the PKK and the creation of a Kurdish state. Some areas of the province of Idlib have passed into the hands of the Nusra Front, aided by the militia of the Islamic State.

10/28/2014 BANGLADESH - COLOMBIA
Fr Belisario: From Colombia to Bangladesh, the "madness" of the mission
by Bernardo Cervellera
Fr Belisario de Jesus Montoya Cyrus, 29, is a Colombian priest from the diocese of Sonsón-Rionegro. A month ago, he left for Bangladesh. For him, the missio ad gentes should be part of every priest's baggage. Although the pain of separation is too much for his parents ("They cried as if I had been laid to rest in a coffin."), for him, this is the way to be "like Jesus" and experience the Church's universality.
10/28/2014 TURKMENISTAN
Turkmenistan to free conscientious objectors
Amnesty marks the 23rd anniversary of the country's independence from the Soviet Union. Six prisoners had been convicted for conscientious objection; two for exercising their right to freedom of religion and worship.
10/28/2014 IRAQ - ITALY
Letter from Archbishop of Mosul: Thank you for your aid, supporting the plight of refugees
by Amel Nona
The donations made through the "Adopt a Christian from Mosul" campaign are used to buy food, warm clothes, blankets for refugees and rent houses or caravans given the early onset of winter and. Two women have defended their Christian faith before the Islamist militants who wanted to convert them, despite the threat of death. A refugee among refugees, Msgr. Nona discovers a new way of being a pastor.
10/28/2014 TIBET - CHINA
Tibetan Buddhist monk sentenced to 12 years for "separatism"
Tsangyang Gyatso, chant leader at a monastery in Trido, was arrested in March with three other monks. The charges against him have not been made public, and the fate of those who were arrested with him remains unknown. A flurry of arrests is carried out in the area, where graffiti say, "Tibet is independent".
10/28/2014 INDIA
Uttar Pradesh: 310 Christians "reconverted" to Hinduism with threats
by Nirmala Carvalho
It is the third incident in less than two months in the northern Indian state. Brahmins (priests), and Hindu radicals have "sacrificed" Bibles to their gods and given sacred books to the Christians to validate the ceremony. Christian leader: "alarming trend".
10/27/2014 KYRGYZSTAN
Kyrgyz government to require religions to register or fold
The authorities propose changes to the existing Religion Law. If adopted, changes will further empower the State Commission for Religious Affairs (SCRA). For human rights activists, the amended legislation would "subordinate religion to the state".
10/27/2014 SRI LANKA
For Sri Lankan Catholics, the Synod on the Family was "distant from the problems of the Third World"
by Melani Manel Perera
For a priest, the special meeting was "an invitation to listen to the suggestions of the Holy Spirit." For a teacher, people in "poor countries are more concerned with making a living than with communion for divorced and remarried people or same-sex couples."
10/27/2014 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Jerusalem: as tensions grow so do racism and settlements
by Joshua Lapide
The symbolic funeral for a Palestinian man leads to clashes with the police as well as 4 arrests and 21 injured. Netanyahu orders 1,060 new homes in East Jerusalem, boosts the number of police in the city. Starting next month, Palestinians who work in Israel will have to travel on separate buses from those used by Israelis. For Israeli President Rivlin, Israeli society is sick of racism.
10/27/2014 INDIA
More violence in Chhattisgarh: 40 Hindu radicals attack a Christian community
by Nirmala Carvalho
The attack took place in Bastar district, home to an ongoing systematic persecution of the minority. Extremists often invoke the anti-conversion law to attack Christians. President of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC): "We demand the immediate end of violence."
10/27/2014 MYANMAR
More than 100 thousand Rohingya Muslims flee persecution and violence in Myanmar
According to activist groups, the number of "boat people" is increasing. The new exodus began on 15 October with an average of 900 people a day and an estimated 10 thousand in less than two weeks. Government policies aimed at the expulsion of the Muslim minority.

Altri articoli
10/26/2014 VATICAN
Pope: With Jesus, love is the measure of faith, and faith is the soul of love
10/25/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Never before has the family been under such attack, Church renewal starts from the heart
10/25/2014 EGYPT
Egypt, young Catholics: The revolution has been betrayed, but the future belongs to us by Giulia Mazza inviato
10/25/2014 INDONESIA
Semarang:Church hosts conference to strengthen friendship and dialogue between religions by Mathias Hariyadi
10/24/2014 CHINA
For Plenum, the rule of law "guaranteed" by the Chinese Communist Party by Wang Zhicheng
10/24/2014 IRAQ - UNITED NATIONS
UN seeks US$ 2.2 billion dollars for displaced people in Iraq and Syria
10/24/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA - VATICAN
Pope Francis encourages Card Zen, "the one who fights with a 'sling'"
10/24/2014 MIDDLE EAST - USA
The Islamic State "is the world's richest terrorist group"
10/22/2014 EGYPT
New law to lift restrictions on church building, says Catholic Church spokesman by Giulia Mazza inviato
10/22/2014 ITALY - IRAQ
Baghdad patriarch calls on Muslims to show more courage in a "common front" against terrorists by Dario Salvi
10/22/2014 EGYPT
Egypt's Holy Family pilgrimage can now be openly (and safely) undertaken
10/21/2014 PAKISTAN - ISLAM
Pakistan: Forced to marry and convert to Islam by force, a young Christian girl’s struggle for justice by Shafique Khokhar
10/21/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
As Occupy Central waits for talks with the government, High Court bars protesters from Mong Kok and Admiralty by Paul Wang
10/21/2014 INDIA
India, Catholics and Hindus "working together against the globalization of indifference" by Nirmala Carvalho
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IRAQ - ITALY
Letter from Archbishop of Mosul: Thank you for your aid, supporting the plight of refugees
by Amel NonaThe donations made through the "Adopt a Christian from Mosul" campaign are used to buy food, warm clothes, blankets for refugees and rent houses or caravans given the early onset of winter and. Two women have defended their Christian faith before the Islamist militants who wanted to convert them, despite the threat of death. A refugee among refugees, Msgr. Nona discovers a new way of being a pastor.
IRAQ - ITALY
Almost 700,000 euros raised as the 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' campaign continues
by Bernardo CervelleraA second instalment is sent with funds raised in September. The fate of East-West relations is being played out in the Middle East and Iraq. Pope Francis and the Synod issue an appeal. Governments are lukewarm. Aid is coming from around the world. A new international community is defeating the "globalisation of indifference."
Dossier
Top 10
10/26/2014 VATICAN
Pope: With Jesus, love is the measure of faith, and faith is the soul of love
10/25/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Never before has the family been under such attack, Church renewal starts from the heart
10/28/2014 IRAQ - ITALY
Letter from Archbishop of Mosul: Thank you for your aid, supporting the plight of refugees
by Amel Nona
10/24/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA - VATICAN
Pope Francis encourages Card Zen, "the one who fights with a 'sling'"
10/24/2014 IRAQ - UNITED NATIONS
UN seeks US$ 2.2 billion dollars for displaced people in Iraq and Syria
10/30/2014 VATICAN
Pope: "The devil exists" and "we have to fight him”, “girded in truth” “armored with justice”.
10/29/2014 NEPAL - CHINA - TIBET
Nepalese government: No more refugees from Tibet
by Christopher Sharma
10/27/2014 VATICAN
A "great pope", Francis calls Pope Benedict XVI, "great for his intellect, great for his significant contribution to theology, great for his love for the Church"
10/24/2014 INDIA - VATICAN
Indian activist: The Pope's words on the death penalty and life in prison, a stimulus for reform
by Nirmala Carvalho
10/24/2014 UNITED STATES - INDIA
Silicon Valley: US firm "grossly" exploits Indian workers at a dollar an hour

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