10/30/2014THAILAND - 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
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10/29/2014MIDDLE 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."
10/29/2014NEPAL - 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."
10/29/2014TURKEY- 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.
10/28/2014BANGLADESH - 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.
10/28/2014TURKMENISTAN 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.
10/28/2014IRAQ - 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.
10/28/2014TIBET - 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".
10/28/2014INDIA 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".
10/27/2014KYRGYZSTAN 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".
10/27/2014ISRAEL - 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.