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04/01/2015 PAKISTAN
Sindh adds Jinnah’s speech on freedom of religion and equality of citizens in school curriculum
by Shafique Khokhar
The decision by provincial authorities is backed by many human rights organisations. In his address to Pakistan’s first Constituent Assembly, the founder said, “Minorities, to whichever community they may belong, will be safeguarded. Their religion or faith or belief will be secure. There will be no interference of any kind with their freedom of worship. They will have their protection with regard to their religion, faith, their life, their culture. They will be, in all respects, the citizens of Pakistan without any distinction of caste or creed.”
Faisalabad (AsiaNews) – The Province of Sindh has decided to include in its high school curriculum the historic address Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan, made to the country’s first constituent assembly. In this historic speech, Pakistan’s Founding Father...

04/01/2015 INDIA
Indian Jesuit backs Supreme Court decision against leaders behind Babri Masjid demolition
by Nirmala Carvalho
The highest court in the land issues notices to leading members of the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The latter had been acquitted on charges of “criminal conspiracy” in connection with the violence of 6 December 1992 in Ayodhya. For Fr Cedric Prakash SJ, we need to “ensure that the generations to come will be able to live without fear in a free, tolerant and pluralistic India".
03/31/2015 BANGLADESH
Dhaka: another blogger hacked to death for criticising radical Islam
by Sumon Corraya
Oyasiqur Rahman Babu manage a blog that documented minority rights violations in Bangladesh. A group of at least three attackers killed him for his ideas. The police confirmed the arrest of two suspects.
03/31/2015 INDIA - TANZANIA
Diocese of Mangalore: school, catechism and solar panels for mission in Africa
Since 2012 the diocese of Karnataka has sent four priests in Kituri, Tanzania. Msgr. Aloysius Paul D'Souza: "It was time to share the faith with those who need it most." Positive response from local population, working with the missionaries. Among the future projects, the opening of a kindergarten.
03/31/2015 LEBANON
A standing Islamic-Christian conference in Lebanon to meet the region’s challenges
by Fady Noun 

Christian and Muslim leaders yesterday agreed to establish such a structure in Bkerké. It will hold quarterly meetings. The failure to elect a new president and the Islamist threat are the main issues that require a solution. On the long run, the arrival of Syrian and Iraqi refugees, on top of existing Palestinian refugees, threatens the country’s very existence.

03/31/2015 IRAN
Christians in Iran: safe but in a ghetto (II)
by Bernardo Cervellera
The small Armenian, Chaldean and Latin communities are free but inside their churches. Muslims seeking baptism have to be turned away to avoid antagonising the government. The prevailing model is one of tolerance, living side by side, but without dialogue. As a new Latin cathedral is under construction, many fear that Rouhani’s openness may not last.
03/31/2015 MIDDLE EAST - ISLAM
Fr. Samir: Arab military coalition possible peacekeeping force to guarantee pluralism
by Samir Khalil Samir
For the first time in history, a dozen Arab countries have decided to launch a joint military force to fight terrorism. The idea in itself good, in practice is sliding into a sectarian struggle between Sunni and Shia. Instead they could fight the Islamic state, ensure the return of Christians in Iraq and in Syria, push for peace between Israel and Palestine.
03/30/2015 IRAN
Christians in Iran: with Rouhani there is some movement (I)
by Bernardo Cervellera
As the world’s most powerful nations try to find an agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue in Lausanne, in Iran things are changing. Despite known limitations on freedom of conscience and problems, including violence, the country’s 350,000 Christians enjoy a degree of freedom that is certainly greater than in other countries of the region. This is the first part of a report.
03/30/2015 SINGAPORE
The mixed legacy of Lee Kuan Yew, a leader who turned Singapore into a model for Asia
Hundreds of thousands of people paid tribute to the city-state’s historic founder, who died on 23 March at the age 91. Ruling with an iron fist, and isolating opponents, the once pro-union lawyer became a bane of his country’s organised labour movement. Under his rule, religious freedom was subordinate to the “common good,” and for China, he was a model.
03/30/2015 BANGLADESH
Death threats cleanse a Hindu village of its inhabitants
by Sumon Corraya
The 14 families who lived in Chandantola are now refugees in a neighbouring town. Police arrested some of the local politicians who forced the Hindus to sell their properties at bargain prices, but the refugees complain of long-term persecution and sexual harassment of their young women.
03/30/2015 INDIA
The conversion of Rupali, a seed that will bear fruit at Easter
by Rupali Belose
Born into a Hindu family, the young woman always had "a lot of questions about God, but no one gave me answers." Her interest in Christianity grew from meeting a Catholic, who spoke of Christ and familiarized her with the Bible. Today they are engaged, and after a journey of catechumenate she is ready to receive baptism and first communion. "I learned that everyone must carry his or her own cross, but should never feel lost, because God gives us the courage and strength to face it."
03/30/2015 VIETNAM
Kontum, communist authorities threaten to tear down 22 chapels. Appeal from Bishop
by Paul N. Hung
The leadership of Djak Tô district want to demolish dozens of private premises used for prayers and functions. The area lacks churches and in the past, people would travel up to 100 km to attend mass. Faithful turn to the bishop, who responds with a letter. While calling for calm, the prelate recalls the right to religious freedom recognized by the government.
03/30/2015 INDIA
Kashmir, Christian leader arrested for "fomenting sectarian clashes"
by Nirmala Carvalho
The authorities have detained Rev. Paul Augustine, local coordinator for Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC). The Christian pastor was attending a Sunday service. Sajan George, president of the association: "The law of the majority prevails. Where the will of the greatest number enforces that the beliefs and practices of the minority remain threatened "
03/29/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Holy Week, God’s way is humility, it is Jesus’ way, and “we will take this path”
During Palm Sunday Mass, which begins Holy Week, Pope Francis cited the example of people “who, in silence and hiddenness, sacrifice themselves daily to serve others: a sick relative, an elderly person living alone, a disabled person . . .” He also cited today’s martyrs, persecuted because of their faith, a “cloud of witnesses”. Palm Sunday also marks the celebration of the 30th World Youth Day. Deacons of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions provided the service to the pope and the altar. The pope called on young people to come in pilgrimage to Krakow in 2016. He also mentioned the victims of the plane crash in the French Alps.
03/28/2015 INDIA
Protestant leader demands protection during Holy Week from radical Hindu attacks
by Nirmala Carvalho
Violence against individual Christians and Churches continues unabated. Near Agra, a group of Protestants, who met to pray for an elderly woman, were beaten and accused of trying to convert the family.

Altri articoli
03/28/2015 EGYPT – MIDDLE EAST
Arab military force to fight Shias and (perhaps) the Islamic state
03/28/2015 VIETNAM
Vinh: government uses violence to drive out Catholics from their parish
03/28/2015 CHINA
Zhejiang: eight Sanjiang Church members convicted, then released, for trying to stop its destruction
03/27/2015 YEMEN-MIDDLE EAST
Saudis continue raids against Shiite rebels. A religious war, but also a question of power by Paul Dakiki
03/27/2015 UNITED NATIONS – MIDDLE EAST
Patriarch of Baghdad addresses UN, calling for new laws against states or individuals who support terrorists by Louis Raphael I Sako*
03/27/2015 NEPAL
Nepal, religious leaders and civil society against chemical castration for rapists by Christopher Sharma
03/26/2015 ISLAM
IS a violent response to the emptiness young Muslims feel in the West
03/26/2015 KYRGYZSTAN
Ulema "excommunicate" Islamic State group in Kyrgyzstan
03/26/2015 PHILIPPINES
Muslim and Christian leaders against prejudices, for “still possible” peace in Mindanao
03/26/2015 INDIA
West Bengal, death threats against a Catholic girls' school by Nirmala Carvalho
03/25/2015 INDIA
Mumbai bishop: the Annunciation for unborn children and the needy by Dominic Savio Fernandes*
03/25/2015 CHINA
Zhejiang: Protestant clergyman jailed for opposing cross removal
03/25/2015 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka, appeal to government: freedom of expression and movement for Ruki Fernando by Melani Manel Perera
03/25/2015 LEBANON – FRANCE
The feast of the Annunciation for Islamic-Christian friendship in Beirut and in France
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IRAN
Time for a deal with Tehran, a reliable partner against the Islamic State group
by Bernardo Cervellera A framework agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue has to be inked by 31 March. US Republicans, Israel and Saudi Arabia are fiercely opposed to it for ulterior motives. Hassan Rouhani wants Iran to come back into the international fold. Tehran is playing a mediating role in the Middle East. For Vatican nuncio, “there is no evidence that Iran is preparing a nuclear bomb.”
CHINA - VATICAN
BREAKING NEWS: Chinese police seize two priests in Mutanjiang
by Bernardo Cervellera
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03/27/2015 UNITED NATIONS – MIDDLE EAST
Patriarch of Baghdad addresses UN, calling for new laws against states or individuals who support terrorists
by Louis Raphael I Sako*
03/27/2015 LAOS - CHINA
Laos, workers march against a Chinese company that does not pay wages
03/27/2015 IRAQ
Mar Dinkha IV, Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, has died
03/26/2015 PHILIPPINES
Muslim and Christian leaders against prejudices, for “still possible” peace in Mindanao
03/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope: people can be "doctors of the law" without faith, without hope, without joy
03/27/2015 YEMEN-MIDDLE EAST
Saudis continue raids against Shiite rebels. A religious war, but also a question of power
by Paul Dakiki
03/27/2015 INDONESIA
East Java: three militants arrested on returning from Syria. They were "disappointed by the Islamic State"
03/30/2015 VIETNAM
Kontum, communist authorities threaten to tear down 22 chapels. Appeal from Bishop
by Paul N. Hung
03/28/2015 VIETNAM
Vinh: government uses violence to drive out Catholics from their parish
03/26/2015 KYRGYZSTAN
Ulema "excommunicate" Islamic State group in Kyrgyzstan

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