10/22/2014EGYPT New law to lift restrictions on church building, says Catholic Church spokesman by Giulia Mazza inviato Father Rafic Greiche talks to AsiaNews about a draft bill that would remove restrictions on building Christian places of worship. Egypt's parliament is expected to vote on the law in January and February 2015. Under the al-Sisi government Christian security and coexistence with Muslims have improved as "Egypt found itself." Cairo
(AsiaNews) - Christians in Egypt may soon be free to build their own churches,
this according to Fr Rafic Greiche, spokesman for the Catholic Church.
Speaking to AsiaNews, the clergyman said he was confident
that parliament would pass over the coming...
10/22/2014ITALY - IRAQ Baghdad patriarch calls on Muslims to show more courage in a "common front" against terrorists by Dario Salvi Christians and Muslims must join together to defeat the Islamic State. So far, "fear has prevailed." For Mar Sako, a strong "public rejection" is needed. For Advent and Christmas, he calls for visits to the families of refugees, bringing sweets for the festivity to show closeness and solidarity. He calls for a "long term strategy" to fight bigotry.
10/22/2014EGYPT Egypt's Holy Family pilgrimage can now be openly (and safely) undertaken The Ministry of Tourism and the Coptic Church present a new tourist programme that covers all the sites visited by Joseph, Mary and Jesus during their flight from Herod's persecution. Under the Muslim Brotherhood government, the pilgrimage was stopped. Coptic businessman tells AsiaNews, "for the first time in years we" can "freely express ourselves and our faith, and build a better Egypt, everyone together, Christians and Muslims."
10/21/2014HONG KONG - CHINA As Occupy Central waits for talks with the government, High Court bars protesters from Mong Kok and Admiralty by Paul Wang A bus company and Citic Tower obtain a High Court injunction. One protester challenges the decision as a violation of freedom of expression. The meeting between the Federation of Students and the government is set for 6 pm today. For Hong Kong's chief executive, full democracy would hurt business by giving power to the poor. For the Catholic Church, the Occupy movement has already achieved a great result by raising political awareness and increasing the visibility of certain ideals among Hong Kongers.
10/21/2014INDIA India, Catholics and Hindus "working together against the globalization of indifference" by Nirmala Carvalho The President of the Office for Inter-religious Dialogue and Ecumenism of the Indian Catholic Bishops Conference, Msgr. Felix Machado, speaks to AsiaNews about the Vatican’s message for the Hindu festival of Diwali: "We must not ignore the differences that separate us, but understand them and accept them. In the footsteps of Pope Francis, we must strive for the common good".
10/20/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Justice and Peace: Occupy Central increases the dignity and political consciousness of Hong Kong by Mary Yuen Mee-yin* Mary Yuen, a member of the Vatican Council for Justice and Peace, shows the reasons and the strength of the pro-democracy movement that has occupied for weeks some streets in central Hong Kong. The inspiration is obviously nonviolent and Christian. The sit-in is a meeting place, study, and debate. For Hong Kong, it is a new era of political consciousness, solidarity, and commitment to social justice. Protesters are willing to dialogue, not to overthrow the authority.
10/20/2014PAKISTAN - ISLAM Lahore: Christian activists ask Supreme Court to deliver speedy justice for Asia Bibi by Shafique Khokhar Christian Solidarity Worldwide calls on Pakistan's highest court to guarantee her safety as well as a speedy trial to secure her release. Her conviction is evidence of the poor status of the country's justice system, plagued by bias and corruption in blasphemy cases. Michelle Chaudhry is hopeful and optimistic about an acquittal.
10/20/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Beijing and the Hong Kong government spread smear campaign and threats against Occupy by Paul Wang The police threaten: Do not allow your children (students) go to Mong Kok. Fears of violent clamp down. China and Leung accuse Occupy of being in the pay of foreign organizations that want Hong Kong "independence": these allegations could be a foretaste of Chinese military intervention. Government and students to meet tomorrow.
10/18/2014VATICAN Synod Message: Admiration and gratitude to the families who follow Christ, Way, Truth and Life The Message (which we publish in full) is addressed to "ordinary" families and speaks of the beauty of the love between a man and a woman. Little or no space to the issues discussed in the media: communion to remarried; gay families. A prayer to the Father, in union "with the family of Nazareth," which shows the family as the transforming cell of society and the world.
10/18/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Police assault Occupy Central in Mong Kok. Students rebuild barricades by Paul Wang Police clash with thousands of demonstrators overnight. Over 60 injured; 15 policemen. The young people of Occupy were "armed" with umbrellas; Police in riot gear used batons and pepper spray. Possibility of dialogue and confidence in the police evaporates. A new wave of occupations likely.
10/18/2014NEPAL Nepal, Muslim women defy tradition and pray in public by Christopher Sharma Sexual discrimination within the Islamic community is a big problem in the country. Human rights activists denounce: "This leads to a lack of education and poverty." The first signs of rebellion on the occasion of Friday prayers: dozens of women leave home and go to the mosque.
10/17/2014VATICAN - IRAQ Baghdad patriarch: pope to write a letter of hope for Iraqi Christians
This morning, the pope received Mar Sako in audience. At the request of the patriarch, Francis said he would write a special message addressed to the Iraqi Christian community. He also expressed a wish to carry out an apostolic visit to Iraq, to "eliminate the distance" and "show support of the whole Church." From the Pope prayers for the country and its people.