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03/04/2015 INDIA
Religious freedom increasingly at risk in India as new attacks are perpetrated against Christians
by Nirmala Carvalho
In Rajasthan, police beat 20 Christians for handing out leaflets. In Madhya Pradesh, a group of rightwing Hindus disrupted a local Pentecostal prayer service. For the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), "India is a secular democracy, not a theocracy."
Mumbai (AsiaNews) - India's Christian communities have suffered new attacks, casting doubts over the status of religious freedom in the country. The Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) has reported two...

03/04/2015 INDIA
Maharashtra bans beef: 5 years in prison for those who eat it
The law on the slaughter, consumption and sale of cows, bulls and steers approved after 19 years. 80% of the country's population is Hindu, a religion that worships the cow. Major consequences for the Muslim community, responsible for beef trade. Christian Association: "Religion is something personal, and the government should not mix it with their norms".
03/04/2015 VIETNAM
155 Catholic students denied school access over land dispute
For six months hundreds of families have been unable to send their children - between 4 and 15 years of age - to school. The authorities have imposed a transfer to a school 30 km away. For three years there has been a clash between Catholics and authorities over the forced displacement of a thousand families. But some of them resisted.
03/03/2015 CAMBODIA - VIETNAM
Cambodia deports 36 Vietnamese Montagnards, fleeing persecution
The group was stopped in a forested area north-east of the capital. A Cambodian, an ethnic Charai who led the group, was also arrested. Vietnamese and Cambodian police were involved in the joint operation that led to repatriation of the refugees.
03/03/2015 NEPAL
Hindu fundamentalists threatened peace and stability in Nepal
by Christopher Sharma
Deputy Prime Minister Bamdev Gautam presents a security report to parliament. The authorities have stepped up surveillance of radical and monarchist groups. Some leftwing and separatist groups are also a danger.

03/03/2015 EGYPT - ISLAM
Bombs, elections, and convictions on Egypt's path
by André Azzam
A bomb attack yesterday in Cairo killed two people and wounded nine. Two more people died two days ago in Aswan. Many praise al-Sisi's iron fist; others criticise him for being illiberal. The elections planned for March and May were postponed after the Constitutional Court declared unconstitutional the existing election law. Some Islamists get the death penalty and a number of Arab spring protesters get heavy prison sentences. The president of the Federation of Protestant Churches believes in a better future for Egypt.
03/03/2015 CHINA
China sets its sights on economies of Central Asia
Beijing is investing in the manufacturing sector in Kazakhstan. Tajikistan receives $ 200 million from Beijing to for lead extraction. China’s goal is to limit Russian influence in Central Asia. Experts say China wants to infiltrate the vast market of the Eurasian Economic Union and contain the threat of terrorism in Xinjiang.
03/02/2015 PAKISTAN
Lahore: 'charity travels' for a Lent of prayer and sharing
by Kamran Chaudhry
Each year, the archdiocese offers its members a number of day-trips to some of the country's places of suffering (and hope): homes for the mentally disabled, orphanages, centres for troubled children, as well as Mariamabad, one of the most beloved Marian shrine in the whole of South Asia. At the Dar ul-Karishma Centre, the Sisters of Charity welcome people with psychiatric problems.
03/02/2015 BANGLADESH
Bangladesh holds man over blogger Avijit Roy's murder
by Sumon Corraya
The suspect had been arrested previously for inciting attacks against writers and intellectuals. The murder victim, a US citizen of Bangladeshi origin, was hacked to death with a machete. Islamist extremists threatened publicly to kill him last year after the publication of his book 'Biswasher Virus,' Bengali for 'Virus of faith'.
03/02/2015 SYRIA - ISLAM
Islamic State group frees 19 Syrian Christians in Syria after a ransom is paid
After jihadists seized the ​​Tal Tamr area and at least ten Christian villages, they took 220 people hostage. Judged by an "Islamic court", 19 were released after paying US$ 1,700 per person. Assyrian and Islamic tribal leaders are negotiating the release of the other hostages.
03/01/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Let us not forget those who are suffering in Syria, Iraq and Venezuela; let us pray for them
Francis comments the Gospel of the Transfiguration of Christ. "Jesus reveals himself as the perfect icon of the Father, the irradiation of his glory. It is the fulfilment of revelation. [. . .] Jesus' journey always leads us to happiness [. . .]. Love transfigures everything." The task he leaves for the disciples and the faithful is simple: "Listen to and follow the Saviour." After the Marian prayer, the Holy Father issued an appeal to the peoples of the Middle East, noting that "We are praying insistently for an end to the intolerable brutality of which they are victims."
02/27/2015 NEPAL
Nepal's Supreme Court rules against civil war amnesty
The court struck down the amnesty provisions of a law favourable to those who committed serious human rights abuses during the civil war. The government promises to respect the court's decision. Between 1996 and 2006, more than 17,000 people were killed, 1,300 disappeared. Thousands more were displaced.
02/27/2015 SYRIA
Despite their uncertain fate, Mgr Audo denies rumours that 15 Christians have been killed
The Chaldean Archbishop of Aleppo, who contacted the vicar in Al-Hasakah, denies reports that the Islamic State group executed hostages. The Apostolic Nuncio to Damascus renews his call for caution "because it is difficult to have accurate information." The fate and number of kidnapped Christians by jihadists remain uncertain.
02/27/2015 INDIA
No more attacks on Mother Teresa, "beloved by India and the world".
by Anthony Charangat*
In an editorial Fr. Charangat, Director of Communications and Media for the Archdiocese of Mumbai, criticizes statements made by the head of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Accusing the founder of the Missionaries of Charity of helping the poor to get them to convert is "an arrogant, incorrect, misleading, malicious act and done in bad faith". "The Catholic Church does not recognize conversions made by force or deception".
02/27/2015 ISRAEL
Arson attack against Greek Orthodox seminary in Jerusalem
Jewish extremists are the main suspects. Disparaging phrases about Jesus were found on the building's walls, some identical to graffiti found on a mosque set on fire a few days ago. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin expresses his sadness at the incident, whilst Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat called it "deplorable".

Altri articoli
02/27/2015 CAMBODIA - VIETNAM
Montagnard Christians continue to flee to Cambodia, but are running out of food and supplies
02/27/2015 EGYPT - LIBYA - ISLAM
The Lent of the 21 Egyptian Copts martyred in Libya by Bernardo Cervellera
02/26/2015 SYRIA
IS holding more than 250 Christians, for vicar to Aleppo, pope's prayers are a source of courage
02/26/2015 CHINA
China, first ever Holocaust commemoration for the Shanghai Ghetto
02/26/2015 INDIA
Hindu radicals: We will convert Christians and Muslims until the government stops us by Nirmala Carvalho
02/26/2015 MYANMAR
Education Reform: Buddhist nationalists and government endanger agreement by Francis Khoo Thwe
02/25/2015 SYRIA
IS abducts 150 Christians, rapes and kills women, a "tragic situation" for vicar to Aleppo
02/25/2015 CHINA
The Chinese Church mourns Fr. Ye Yaomin, who died aged 105. He spent 25 years doing hard labor
02/25/2015 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Bethlehem, Israeli extremists torch and profane mosque
02/24/2015 EGYPT - ISLAM
What Tayeb and Sisi said is big step towards a revolution in Islam by Samir Khalil Samir
02/24/2015 INDIA
Radical Hindus against Mother Teresa, but India rises up: "She is a Saint”. by Santosh Digal
02/24/2015 UKRAINE - RUSSIA
Ukraine, a land scorched by history by Vladimir Rozanskij
02/24/2015 SYRIA
IS attacks Christian villages in northeast Syria, kidnaps scores of people
02/24/2015 SRI LANKA
Anglican bishop: Religious diversity, a gift for people of Sri Lanka by Melani Manel Perera
Editor's choices
EGYPT - ISLAM
What Tayeb and Sisi said is big step towards a revolution in Islam
by Samir Khalil SamirThe grand imam of Al-Azhar slammed literalist interpretations of the Qur'an and the Sunnah, as fundamentalists and Islamic terrorists do. He supports the urgent need for Islam's reform, especially in terms of teaching lay people and clerics. He also calls for an end to mutual excommunication (takfir) between Sunnis and Shias. Egyptian President al-Sisi chose to fight the Islamic state group after it beheaded 21 Coptic Christians, whom he called "Egyptian citizens" with full rights.
SAUDI ARABIA - ISLAM
For head of Al-Azhar, religious education reform is needed to stop Islamic extremismFor Ahmed al-Tayeb, it is urgent to come up with new educational programmes to avoid "corrupt interpretations" of the Qur'an and Sunnah. Islamic terrorism undermines the unity of the Muslim world. He blames Mideast tensions on a "new global colonialism allied to world Zionism". a speech by the Saudi king is read at the conference.
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03/02/2015 SYRIA - ISLAM
Islamic State group frees 19 Syrian Christians in Syria after a ransom is paid
03/01/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Let us not forget those who are suffering in Syria, Iraq and Venezuela; let us pray for them
02/26/2015 SYRIA
IS holding more than 250 Christians, for vicar to Aleppo, pope's prayers are a source of courage
02/27/2015 CAMBODIA - VIETNAM
Montagnard Christians continue to flee to Cambodia, but are running out of food and supplies
02/26/2015 BANGLADESH
Prostitution and forced labour: trafficking in human beings in Bangladesh
by Sumon Corraya
02/28/2015 VATICAN
Pope encourages the growth of cooperatives as an economic model that serves the common good
02/26/2015 EGYPT - LIBYA - ISLAM
The pain of the families of the 21 beheaded Egyptian martyrs, praise for Egypt's offensive in Libya
by André Azzam
02/27/2015 EGYPT - LIBYA - ISLAM
The Lent of the 21 Egyptian Copts martyred in Libya
by Bernardo Cervellera
03/02/2015 RUSSIA
Tens of thousands flood Red Square in memory of Nemtsov
02/26/2015 CHINA
China, first ever Holocaust commemoration for the Shanghai Ghetto

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