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07/26/2014 IRAQ - VATICAN
Saddened by "the timidity of the civilised world," Baghdad patriarch's heart bleeding "for the innocent in Iraq, Syria and Gaza"
"Forget us not!" says Mar Louis Sako in a message to Card Barbarin on the occasion of the march of solidarity with Iraqi Christians, held today in Lyon.
Baghdad (AsiaNews) - With a heart bleeding "for the innocent who die or are driven from their homes," his thoughts turned to the "the situation in Iraq, Syria and Gaza" and full sadness for the timidity of the...

07/26/2014 CHINA
American Benedictine nuns help women's religious congregations in Jiangsu and Beijing
The need to assimilate the teachings of the Second Vatican Council on Consecrated Life is moving many congregations around the world to help religious communities in China. This includes courses in spirituality and Bible reading in Jiangsu, as well as assistance in drafting the first charters of the Congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph in Beijing, which was founded in 1872.
Filipino priest warns that the lives of 13,000 Filipinos in Libya are in danger
Fr Amado Baranquel, pastor at Tripoli's Church of Mary Immaculate, appeals to his government after Islamists killed a 50-year-old Filipino "for not being a Muslim." The cities of "Benghazi and Tripoli are under the control of militias," with "tanks, the gunshots, and explosions."
07/26/2014 INDONESIA
Indonesian Church welcomes Jokowi's election "with joy and hope"
by Mathias Hariyadi
"Widodo is the right man to change our country," the president of the Bishops' Conference tells AsiaNews. He has high hopes that the new president "will remain the man we all know," someone who "understands the difficulties of ordinary people [. . .] particularly those living on the margins of society." In economic circles, there are great expectations that he "will boost the country's development".
07/26/2014 INDIA
In Madhya Pradesh: nationalists shout victory for Rama after Catholic school wall demolished
by Nirmala Carvalho
For the principal at Holy Spirit School in Khandwa, tearing down the wall was an illegal act, done by the authorities "under pressures from Hindu nationalist forces". Because of the demolition, torrential rains flooded the school compound. The wall is at the centre of a legal dispute with the nearby Vatsala Vihar Housing Colony. So far, the courts have backed the school.

07/25/2014 MYANMAR
For Yangon archbishop, Myanmar's ethnic groups are part of a single family
Mgr Charles Bo makes the point in his message for the feast day of St Anne and St Joachim. The prelate notes that ancestor worship is an integral part of the oriental culture. For this reason, there is an "urgent need to unify in one Myanmar family ", leaving aside hatred because "blood and tears" have no religion.
07/25/2014 KYRGYZSTAN
Bishkek: Supreme Court outlaws Ahmadis
The country's highest judicial authority rejects the appeal filed by the community for state registration and freedom of worship. In practice, it will also be impossible for Ahmadis to pray in private. The ruling "is equal to banning us in Kyrgyzstan," a believer says.
Bishop of Bangladesh: Stop Israeli attacks on Gaza, a humanitarian tragedy
by Sumon Corraya
Msgr. Gervas Rozario, President of the Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace, condemns war on the Gaza Strip. The prelate also criticizes the actions of Hamas: "Terrorism generates terrorism, we need to embark on a path of dialogue and reconciliation”. Every day in Bangladesh, people of all religions and social backgrounds peacefully demonstrate against the Israeli attacks.
07/24/2014 VATICAN - SUDAN
Pope meets Meriam, thanks her for her courageous witness of faith
Today at Domus Sanctae Marthae, Francis received the Sudanese woman, jailed in recent months for her faith, together with her husband and two sons. "Francis wanted to express his closeness, concern and prayers for all those who suffer for their faith," said Father Lombardi.
07/24/2014 SUDAN - ITALY
Meriam free at last in Rome where she could meet the Pope
Sentenced to death for apostasy, the young Sudanese Christian woman arrived in Italy on an Italian government plane. Her story had sparked protests across the non-Muslim world. "Today is a day of celebration," said Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. "The Pope has been informed," said Father Lombardi.
07/24/2014 INDONESIA
Purwokerto: Muslims in parish hall to break Ramadan fast
by Mathias Hariyadi
A priest from Banjarnegara Regency, the "heartland" of Islamic Indonesia, calls on "all people of good will" to eat together after sunset. Gus Khayatul Maki, the local leader of the Islamic Defenders Front, attends the event, speaks in favour of pluralism and religious tolerance. In Java, a priest involves more than 90 young people in a two-day event dedicated to interreligious dialogue.
07/24/2014 SRI LANKA
Bishop of Mannar: Pope Francis’ visit, a consolation for victims of war
Msgr. Rayappu Joseph, Bishop of Mannar, talks about expectations ahead of the apostolic trip scheduled for January 2015. The Church's mission in the north ravaged by civil war, with the population "left to itself" by the government and institutions. The discrimination suffered by the Tamil minority, and "the only possible solution: a federal and truly democratic state."
07/24/2014 PHILIPPINES
Mindanao's only Christian municipality does not want to be part of Islamic region
The peace agreement between the government and Muslim guerrillas provides for the creation of an autonomous region, to be governed under Islamic rules. Wao, the only municipality with Christian majority, wants out. "We respect their culture and desire for freedom lived, but want to stay out. The government should list to us."
07/24/2014 LEBANON - IRAQ
For Syriac Orthodox patriarch, "Mosul must be retaken"
by Fady Noun
"The planned expulsion of Christians is a barbaric act," said Ignatius Ephrem, "unprecedented in the history of relations between Christians and Muslims." There are states that support those groups, but "these acts will inevitably rebound sooner or later on those who support them."
07/24/2014 IRAQ - UN
Baghdad Patriarch to Ban Ki-moon: UN cannot stand by in silence as Christians are being massacred
Mar Sako writes to the Secretary-General of the United Nations: "The situation worsens, the international community must intervene to stop the violence against religious and ethnic minorities. We need everything, from water to medicines." An appeal to save the religious heritage: "It will be difficult to rebuild ancient monasteries and churches burned by extremists."

Altri articoli
07/23/2014 MACAU - CHINA
Beijing's censorship and Macau universities
07/23/2014 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka: Navy officers rape two children aged 11 and 9
07/23/2014 NEPAL
Catholic Church is "best" in protecting human rights in Nepal by Christopher Sharma
07/23/2014 INDIA
India, Hindu politicians force Muslim to break Ramadan fast
07/22/2014 INDONESIA
More than a thousand Indonesian supporters "ready to fight" for ISIS in Syria and Iraq by Mathias Hariyadi
07/22/2014 CHINA
Wenzhou: Christian pastor goes on hunger strike to stop church demolition
07/22/2014 INDIA
Peace and religious harmony in India, "the goal" of Christians and Jains by Nirmala Carvalho
Young Vietnamese Catholics "in Korea to welcome the Pope, our father in faith" by J. B. Vu
07/22/2014 BANGLADESH
Bangladesh, 2,500 Catholics protest attack on Boldipukur church by Sumon Corraya
07/21/2014 LEBANON - IRAQ
Patriarch Rahi: "What do moderate Muslims say" about what is happening to Christians in Mosul? by Fady Noun
07/21/2014 SRI LANKA
Sri Lankan human rights activists tell government: Hands off NGOs by Melani Manel Perera
07/21/2014 BANGLADESH
Bangladesh: Catholic appointed personal secretary to the Prime Minister by Sumon Corraya
07/21/2014 IRAQ
Patriarch of Baghdad: Christians are part of Iraq, this storm will pass by Mar Louis Raphael I Sako
Ban Ki-moon: Israel in Gaza, "an atrocious action". So far 502 Palestinians and 18 Israeli soldiers killed
Editor's choices
Pope: I am with the persecuted Christians of Mosul and the Middle East "May the God of peace inspire in all a genuine desire for dialogue and reconciliation. Violence is never defeated with violence. Violence is defeated with peace." At the Sunday Angelus Francis comments on the parable of the wheat and the weeds. God is "patient" He knows "the same weeds in the end, may become good wheat". But "at the time of the harvest, that is, of judgment, the reapers will execute the order of the master separating the weeds to be burned".
Beijing, seminarians desert graduation ceremony: We will not celebrate Mass with illegitimate bishops The rector of the seminary is the illegitimate bishop Joseph Ma Yinglin: Students refuse to concelebrate with him and reject Msgr. Fang Xingyao, who has participated in several illegal episcopal ordinations. The directors close the year without awarding diplomas and send students home: rumors of some courses being "suspended" in September. The precedent of 2000, when 130 young students chose fidelity to the Pope over compromise with the government.
Top 10
07/20/2014 VATICAN
Pope: I am with the persecuted Christians of Mosul and the Middle East
07/21/2014 SOUTH KOREA
K-Pop idol, Rain, converts to Catholicism: For the faith, not for love
07/22/2014 INDONESIA
More than a thousand Indonesian supporters "ready to fight" for ISIS in Syria and Iraq
by Mathias Hariyadi
07/21/2014 IRAQ
Baghdad’s Muslims show solidarity with Christians
by Thomas Tammo
07/19/2014 INDIA
Uttar Pradesh, Church of the Nazarene attacked: Pastor and faithful beaten
by Nirmala Carvalho
07/21/2014 IRAQ
Patriarch of Baghdad: Christians are part of Iraq, this storm will pass
by Mar Louis Raphael I Sako
07/23/2014 RUSSIA - UKRAINE
Moscow Patriarchate on downed plane: Those who know the truth should speak before God
by Nina Achmatova
07/19/2014 SRI LANKA
Jaffna: government erodes freedom and dignity of Tamil people
by Melani Manel Perera
07/22/2014 CHINA
Wenzhou: Christian pastor goes on hunger strike to stop church demolition
07/25/2014 KYRGYZSTAN
Bishkek: Supreme Court outlaws Ahmadis


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