10/09/2015TUNISIA – ISLAM Tunisian Christians and Muslims are excited by the Nobel Prize, a sign that “we are on the right path” For Carthage’s parish priest, the Nobel given to the Quartet is a recognition of the good results achieved in Tunisia during and after the Arab Spring. It is an encouragement for all Arab and Muslim nations. Muslim lawyer stresses the importance of civil society in the country's transformation. For him, democracy and transparency are lacking in many Arab and Muslim countries, but they "are not Western values; they are for everyone." Tunis (AsiaNews) – Reactions in the Tunisian capital to the announcement that the National Dialogue Quartet* received the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize are enthusiastic, among both Muslims and Christians, ranging from...
10/09/2015INDIA Mother Teresa's sisters: no to adoptions to single or divorced by Nirmala Carvalho From 1 August orphanages run by the Missionaries of Charity have blocked practices. Sister Bressila: "But we will continue to take care of children, following the mission of Mother Teresa." Card. Toppo: "Children are not objects, each of them is a precious gift from God. The sisters want to make sure that children grow up in a good family environment and have a joyful future - just as they would with biological parents."
10/09/2015TUNISIA Tunisia's Dialogue Quartet wins 2015 Nobel Peace Prize for pulling the country back from the brink The organisation, which is made up of four civil society organisations, helped the country’s democratic transition and preserved the gains achieved by the Jasmine Revolution, which ended badly in other countries in the region. The Nobel Committee hopes that the group’s example will inspire the Middle East and North Africa because it has met “wide range of challenges across political and religious divides”.
10/09/2015INDONESIA Indonesian Jesuit: Migrants are modern slaves, let us help them regain dignity by Mathias Hariyadi Fr. Benedictus Hari Juliawan speaks of the Jesuits’ work with the boat people since 2010. Migration flows affect countries of Southeast Asia. The islands of Eastern Indonesia turned into forced labor camps. "About 700 thousand people a year leave the country to find work. They fall prey to human trafficking mafia ".
10/08/2015VATICAN Synod: the West must “not forget the Christians in the Middle East,” says Patriarch Younan Responding to a question about a “hermeneutic of conspiracy” attributed to the pope, Vatican spokesman Fr Lombardi said, “Clearly, the concept is that we should not believe in conspiracies. We should see the Synod as a process of exchange, and communication, taking place in peace and sincerity, not as something driven by special interests or attempts to manipulate".
10/08/2015INDIA Intellectuals condemn beef lynching as Modi boosts Hindutva Writer Nayantara Sahgal and poet Ashok Vajpeyi return the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award. Indian president and Home minister speak out for diversity, tolerance and plurality in India. Politicians from the Bharatiya Janata Party instead make statements fomenting sectarian hate. The prime minister tightens beef export controls. Opposition parties, particularly Congress, fail to counter sectarian violence in the country.
10/08/2015INDONESIA Family planning is a good thing, not abortion and contraceptives by Mathias Hariyadi Members of the Catholic Church in Indonesia are in favour of government family planning, as long as it promotes “responsible parenthood." Started by Suharto in the 1970s, family planning had fallen by the wayside after 1998. Now the government wants to cut population growth, deemed a burden on the economy.
10/08/2015PAKISTAN Pakistan’s Supreme Court confirms death sentence for murderer of Salman Taseer by Skafique Khokhar The Governor of Punjab was murdered for defending Asia Bibi. Lawyers killer ask for presidential pardon. The culprit has defended "legitimacy" of murder. Catholic activist: "The judgment shows that the Court is independent and free from the extremists pressures." Analyst warns: "The government will face pressure to avoid carrying out the judgment."
10/08/2015PHILIPPINES Del Torchio kidnapping: "May not be Islamist groups" Fr. Giovanni Re, PIME regional superior in the Philippines, says that "it is more likely to be groups looking for ransom, as often happens before elections." The area of Mindanao "is still one of the most dangerous. We take precautions but sometimes kidnappings occur even in quiet areas ". Some classmates of the former missionary describe him as "a person of great sensitivity and practical skills. Intuitive and resourceful ".
10/07/2015EGYPT Egypt is changing: burqa ban, Qur’anic exegesis, equal rights for Muslims and Christians For Fr Greiche, spokesman for the Catholic Church, the government has taken significant steps that are starting to spread to the population. They include a ban on the burqa in universities, and exegetical attempts to reread Islam’s holy book. Building will soon begin on the ‘Martyrs Church’ dedicated to the Copts beheaded by the Islamic State group in Libya.
10/07/2015INDIA Hindutiva’s discourse of hate, the life of "sacred cows" is “more precious than that of a human being" by Ram Puniyani Cows are sacred. Crimes against them are used to stir up political hatred for electoral purposes, even though India is a large beef exporter. Gandhi once said that there should be “fullest recognition of freedom to the Muslims to slaughter". Ram Puniyani, president of the Center for Study of Society and Secularism in Mumbai, looks at the lynching of Muslims suspected of consuming beef.
10/07/2015LEBANON-ISLAM Muslim toddler cured by a miracle of St. Charbel (Video) The little girl, named Milan was two years old when she fell ill with cancer and after was attacked by a deadly virus. Her mother, a Muslim refugee in Damascus, turned to St. Charbel and the child healed.
10/05/2015BANGLADESH Protestant clergyman in stabbing by three, possibly Muslim attackers by Sumon Corraya Luke Sarkar was at home when three men approached him. The attackers pulled out a knife and tried to cut his throat. The modus operandi is the same as in the cases of Cesare Tavella and Hoshi Kunio. Police suspect Muslim extremists. “Christians are vulnerable in this country,” says Christian activist. “We can be attacked at any moment."