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Washington: religious freedom has worsened under Modi
US Commission on International Religious Freedom Report 2015 in the subcontinent: "Since the elections last year, attacks and verbal violence against religious minorities have increased. The government is not doing enough to stop them. " Delhi responds: "You do not understand the country."
Delhi (AsiaNews) - The 2015 Report on Religious Freedom in India by a US parliamentary committee "is based on a limited understanding of India, its constitution and its society. We have no plans to implement it", says the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman, Vikas Swarup, after the...

05/01/2015 VIETNAM – VATICAN
Vietnam today, 40 years after the fall of Saigon
by Lee Nguyen
On 30 April 1975, North Vietnamese forces seized Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, thus ending the Vietnam War. Forty years later, the country has become a medium-size economic "tiger" in Asia and the world, a country with a capitalist economy behind a Communist facade, under a regime still bent on exerting tight social controls. There are some positive signs for the Church, but also acts of persecution, bans, and censorship, especially against bishops and priests. Yet, the country really needs the reconciliation Christians can bring to heal still present wounds and divisions.
05/01/2015 VATICAN
For the pope, the faces of hungry men and women should take centre stage at Expo
by Papa Francesco
Pope Francis today addressed via a televised link-up the opening ceremony of Expo Milano 2015 (1 May-31 October), the world fair centred on ‘Feeding the planet. Energy for Life’. For the Holy Father, this “Expo is a propitious opportunity to globalise solidarity. Let us not waste it; let us make the very most of it.” In his view, a change of mind-set is also needed to overcome the “paradox of abundance” and the culture of waste and castoffs. The pope’s full speech is reprinted below.
05/01/2015 CHINA
China’s one-child policy is state violence against women and children
by Reggie Littlejohn
Although occasionally “tweaked,” the infamous law has not been eliminated and is having disastrous demographic consequences: labor shortages, an aging population, a skewed sex ration between men and women, women trafficking and sexual slavery. However, the government is not going to repeal it because it helps it control the population. The Party “is maintaining its grip on power by shedding the blood of the innocent women and babies of China,” said Reggie Littlejohn in her testimony before the Congressional Executive Commission on China.
05/01/2015 SINGAPORE
For Singapore archbishop, from education to health case, Catholics have built the nation’s future
In pastoral letter, Mgr Goh cites Pope Francis who said that politics is a source of "charity" if it serves the "common good". In it, he stresses the Christian minority’s contributions at a time of transition for the city-state, which recently lost its founder. Catholics must bear witness to the faith and to Gospel values ​​in everyday life.

04/30/2015 INDIA
Hypocritical Hindu radicals honour one Dalit abroad
by Lenin Raghuvanshi
India’s prime minister preside the rededication of the London home of B R Ambdekar, architect of India’s secular and democratic constitution. AsiaNews spoke with Dalit rights activist Raghuvanshi who calls the government’s plan an “emotional ploy” at a time when Ambedkar statues are being destroyed across the country.
04/30/2015 IRAQ – MIDDLE EAST
For Chaldean Patriarch, state secularism and religious freedom are the practical response to fundamentalist barbarism
by Louis Raphael I Sako*
In Beirut, Mar Sako met the leaders of the Syriac Catholic and Syriac Orthodox Churches. Together, they agreed to a major conference to discuss the situation of Christians in the Middle East. Past massacres and today's tragedies are a lesson on which to base real coexistence. Reflecting upon the issues, His Beatitude shares his thoughts with AsiaNews readers.
04/30/2015 EGYPT – ISLAM
Life for 69 Islamists who torched church in Kerdasa
For the first time a Christian building is not treated as a "second class" religious building. Two underage defendants were sentenced to ten years for their role in the blaze, which occurred between 14 and 15 August 2013. After Morsi was ousted and Muslim Brotherhood rallies cleared, some 60 Christian places of worship, schools, and homes were burnt down. The case confirms the independence of the judiciary, but also the desire of ordinary Egyptians to forget.
04/29/2015 INDIA
PIME in India: Fr. Silvio Pasquali is Servant of God
by Rayala Vijay Kumar*
The announcement was made on April 25 last, in the presence of about 700 nuns and 70 diocesan and religious priests. As a missionary in Andhra Pradesh, he founded the Congregation of the Catechist Sisters of St Ann (CSA).
04/28/2015 INDIA
Hindu leader blames Nepal earthquake on eating beef
by Nirmala Carvalho
Sakshi Maharaj, from the ruling BJP, blamed Rahul Gandhi, from the opposition Congress Party, for the earthquake because he eats beef. According to Hinduism, cows are sacred. For the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), “The beef eating comment was aimed at minorities. It is a way of politicising religion.”
For Maronite Patriarch, without Christians moderate Muslims will also disappear from the Middle East
by Fady Noun
Card Bechara al Rahi pleads with those waiting for the dawn of peace in “the dead of night”. He points the finger at the international community for being "slow" in stopping the "death and destruction" caused by "killers without faith." Peace between Israel and Palestine is a precondition for the preservation of the Christian presence. He inaugurated the new headquarters of the Maronite diocese of France.
04/27/2015 CHINA-VATICAN
Shanghai, Mass in memory of Msgr. Jin Luxian, while Msgr. Ma Daqin remains under house arrest
by Wang Zhicheng
The mass in the Cathedral was presided by the parish priest. The bishop of Shanghai was dismissed and he is forbidden to meet people and celebrate in public. Preparations for the feast of Our Lady Help of Christians, on 24 May. Restrictions on pilgrimages throughout the month of May.
04/24/2015 BANGLADESH
Bangladesh: the family is "the most beautiful place in the world"
by Sumon Corraya
Bablu Gomes, a married Catholic and father of two children, addresses a conference on family sponsored by the Archdiocese of Dhaka. At the rally the laity have shared personal experiences and problems. "Love, patience and respect" the secret to a long and happy married life.
04/24/2015 IRAQ – TURKEY
Bartholomew I’s solidarity to Mar Sako for Iraq’s persecuted Christians
by Joseph Mahmoud
A few days ago, a Chaldean delegation visited Turkey, where they met the faithful and high-ranking religious and political officials. Patriarch Sako stressed the importance of Christian unity, the only source of strength and salvation. He also visited Diyarbakir cathedral and Zafaran Monastery.
04/24/2015 NEPAL
Nepal: after 18 years, killer of Jesuit missionary arrested
by Christopher Sharma
The murderer of Fr. Thomas Ganfney had been hiding in India. The man had killed the priest to rob him. TheJesuit had founded the first center for social services in the nation, through which he helped the poor and needy.

Altri articoli
The largest canonization in history: 1.5 million Armenians massacred by the Ottoman Empire
04/23/2015 TURKEY – ARMENIA
The forced Islamisation of Armenians was also genocide by NAT da Polis
04/23/2015 IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarchate and Caritas help Muslim families, displaced from Tikrit and Anbar by Joseph Mahmoud
04/23/2015 LAOS
Laotian government pressures activists not to raise human rights issue at ASEAN meeting
The “extremism of dialogue" can defeat the "religion of war,” says Maria Voce at the UN
Patriarch Bechara al-Rahi in Armenia to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the genocide by Paul Dakiki
04/22/2015 VATICAN
Christian-Muslim dialogue: most Muslims are against killing in the name of God
04/22/2015 SRI LANKA
Justice and Peace: Church and government must work together for Tamil-Sinhalese reconciliation by Melani Manel Perera
04/22/2015 EGYPT – ISLAM
Mohamed Morsi’s 20-year sentence is “too light," he escaped “the death penalty"
Asian Catholics (and non) mourn Msgr. Nguyễn Văn Tà, longtime director of Radio Veritas by Nguyen Vu

04/22/2015 INDIA
Jharkhand, Hindu radicals demand immediate closure of Catholic school by Nirmala Carvalho
04/21/2015 MACAU – CHINA
First Mass in honour of Matteo Ricci
04/21/2015 RUSSIA
Russian rabbis calls on pope to be a bridge builder between East and West
An Indian missionary in northern Cameroon, infested with Boko Aram by Piero Gheddo
Editor's choices
Pope: on the persecution of Christians, the international community should "not stand by mute and inactive” and “look away”For the sixth time in a week, Pope Francis mentioned the martyrdom of Christians in today’s Regina Caeli (the Marian prayer at Easter), slamming the indifference of the international community towards this "alarming failure to protect basic human rights.” Today’s martyrs "are many, and we can say that they are more numerous than in the first centuries." In addition, “Faith in the resurrection of Jesus and the hope He has brought to us is the most beautiful gift that a Christian can and must offer his brothers and sisters. To one and all, therefore, do not tire of repeating: Christ is Risen!”
Easter: The silence of the innocent and the gag
by Bernardo CervelleraViolations of religious freedom and the West's hypocricy surrounding this issue are likely to drag the world into an unprecedented chaos. But even in silence - of death accepted for love or death inflicted by power - God is at work. An indestructible hope rises on Easter morning and a small opening of the heart is just enough for it to invade a lifetime. Happy Easter.
Top 10
04/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope prays for Nepal quake victims, hopes they receive "fraternal solidarity"
04/28/2015 INDIA
Hindu leader blames Nepal earthquake on eating beef
by Nirmala Carvalho
04/27/2015 NEPAL – ASIA
Nepal earthquake: Church and international community coming to the aid of survivors
04/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope warns priests "not to grow weary of being merciful,” asks them to forgive, not condemn in the confessional
04/28/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "do not be afraid" when the Spirit "says to take a step forward", to "change"
04/30/2015 IRAQ – MIDDLE EAST
For Chaldean Patriarch, state secularism and religious freedom are the practical response to fundamentalist barbarism
by Louis Raphael I Sako*
04/30/2015 NEPAL
Nepal, thousands of earthquake victims between life and death: Government inept and corrupt (VIDEO)
by Christopher Sharma
Pope discusses environment, migrants and humanitarian tragedies with UN secretary
For Maronite Patriarch, without Christians moderate Muslims will also disappear from the Middle East
by Fady Noun
04/28/2015 VATICAN – NEPAL
Pope's solidarity for Nepal’s quake victims


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