21 January 2017
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    20/01/2017 - INDONESIA

    Muslim student groups and Islamic organisations slam the event, want its cancellation. They demand respect for the "religious" feelings of the Muslim community. However, the event has been celebrated for years by the city’s large Chinese community without causing any problems.


    by Mathias Hariyadi

    20/01/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Lahore: Muhammad Akram goes from church vandalism to interfaith dialogue

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The young Muslim was one of 2,000 people who attacked a Christian village in 2005, incited by radicals on false blasphemy charges. An interfaith youth group was set up in 2010. Pakistanis “desperately need role models.”


    20/01/2017 - MALAYSIA - MYANMAR

    Kuala Lumpur, Muslim nations against Myanmar: Enough violence against Rohingya


    The "special session" of the OIC focused on persecution of the Muslim minority in Myanmar. Najib Razak calls for the perpetrators to be "brought to justice." Bangladesh Minister: Respond to the question concerning citizenship.

     


    20/01/2017 - SYRIA

    Palmyra: the Islamic State executes 12 people, beheading four


    The other eight victims shot dead. The executions took place in a museum, not far from the ruins of the heritage site. Four of the victims were teachers and government employees. Daesh jihadists accumulating explosives to destroy other ancient artifacts.

     


    19/01/2017 - IRAQ – SYRIA

    Iraqi priest has “confidence and hope" in Mosul’s liberation


    Fr Paul Thabit Mekko talks about the sense of expectation among the refugees from Mosul and the Nineveh plain. A small group has already visited their homes in the eastern liberated part of the city. Security in the liberated areas is necessary, so is a new form of administration and management. In 2016, Daesh lost a quarter of the territory it once controlled.


    19/01/2017 - INDONESIA

    Widodo tells Protestant leaders he supports religious freedom against extremism

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Indonesia’s president met the leaders of the Synod of Protestant Churches (PGI) to discuss the growing threats that endanger "tolerance, peace and unity". Widodo reassured them that the state is not "passive" towards radical groups as it was in the past.


    19/01/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Pakistan, Christians and Muslims call for the release of the disappeared activists and intellectuals (Photos)

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The Commission on Human Rights organizes a seminar. Relatives of the abducted intellectuals reject the accusations of blasphemy, brought forward by Islamic radicals. "It's just a move to lock them up behind bars after their eventual release."

     


    19/01/2017 - TURKEY - RUSSIA - IRAN

    For the first time joint Russia and Turkey air raids against Isis


    Jihadist positions in al-Bab, a town 20 km from the Turkish border targeted. An "unusual" collaboration between fronts opposed to one another. Russian spokesman: Several vehicles involved, "very effective operations." Iran against the "hostile" US presence at the peace talks in Astana.

     


    18/01/2017 - EGYPT – SAUDI ARABIA

    Court stops islands handover to the Saudis, prompting nationalists to exult


    Egypt’s High Administrative Court ruled that Tiran and Sanafir islands are Egyptian. The decision unleashed celebrations in the courtroom, with lawyers and patriots hugging each other. Once allies, Cairo and Riyadh are further apart with Egypt moving closer to Russian, Syrian and Iranian positions in the Middle East.


    18/01/2017 - INDIA - YEMEN

    Indian Church in prayer for Fr. Tom, the Salesian priest kidnapped in Yemen


    On January 21 and 22 the Bishops' Conference has invoked a day of prayer for the liberation of the Salesian missionary. Card. Cleemis: We await with "anguish and prayer,"  news of his "release", that he is "alive and safe." Salesian Vicar: Amid the difficulties prayer is "essential" to "keep hope alive".

     


    18/01/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Lahore, student tortured for tweeting in favor of missing activists


    Suhail Ahmad studied law at the University Law College and was a distinguished debator. A group of radicals dragged him from his room on campus to a secret location. He was tortured and held hostage for three hours. An investigation opened.

     


    18/01/2017 - TURKEY

    Turkish judiciary issues 243 arrest warrants for members of military


    The military are stationed in 54 provinces of the country. The measure part of the tens of thousands of arrests following the attempted coup of July. The suspects allegedly used an encrypted messaging system also used by Islamic preacher Gülen. Uzbek arrested for New Year massacre in Istanbul confesses.

     


    17/01/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Overcoming mistrust during the Week for Christian Unity, says Lahore priest

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Fr Inayat Bernard runs the St Mary minor seminary in Punjab’s capital. He gave new impetus to the Committee for ecumenical solidarity, a group that includes Pakistan’s four main Christian denominations. Fighting religious extremism needs deeper mutual understanding.


    17/01/2017 - SYRIA – KAZAKHSTAN

    “All” rebel groups to be present at the Syria peace talks in Astana


    Brokered by Russia and Turkey, the meeting is set for the Kazakh capital. For rebel leader, the aim is to end the "crimes" of the Syrian government. Assad is "optimistic". For Lavrov, this is an opportunity to extend ceasefire and involve rebel field commanders in "the political process".


    17/01/2017 - INDONESIA

    Indonesian police: Ulema hide extremist movements that want to divide the country

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    General Karnavian warns against infiltration of MUI. Edicts and declarations are "manipulated" to promote a violent and radical ideology. Among the recent cases, the attempt to block the re-election of the governor of Jakarta because "Christian." MUI President denies the charges.

     


    17/01/2017 - TURKEY

    Istanbul: Masharipov, Uzbek jihadist behind New Year massacre, arrested


    The police arrested the main suspect in the attack on the nightclub, which killed 39 people. He was in the suburban district of Esenyurt, hosted by other Islamic State militants. Relief and satisfaction of Turkish authorities. Deputy prime minister confirms: "Our war on terror continues".


    16/01/2017 - TURKEY

    Turkey’s parliament takes first step in favour of a presidentialist constitution


    A second vote is scheduled for this week, to be followed by a referendum for final approval. The ruling party obtained the required three fifths needed thanks to the support of a far-right party. Kurdish MPs boycotted the vote. In recent days, MPs clashed in parliament.


    16/01/2017 - EGYPT

    Fear grows among Egypt’s Christians after a Coptic doctor was stabbed in the throat

    by Loula Lahham

    This is the third attack against minority Copts since the start of the year. Bassam Safouat Zaki was originally from Asyut. His murder follows that of a couple in Monufia and that of man who was attacked in broad daylight in Alexandria by a man shouting “Allah Akbar".


    13/01/2017 - INDONESIA

    West Kalimantan Dayak tribal groups stop radical Islamic leader from deplaning

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    A group of people in traditional outfit and wielding traditional weapons "invaded" the Sintang airport runway to prevent Tengku Zulkarnain, MUI deputy secretary, from deplaning. The Muslim Islamic leader was set to meet the local Muslim community. He had previously described the Dayak as "infidels." In fact, the indigenous group has always promoted an atmosphere of harmony and dialogue with other faiths and ethnic groups.


    13/01/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Pakistan premier praises religious harmony, but should not forget Ahmadis and other minorities

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    For Nawaz Sharif, the country will be recognized as a "friend of minorities." Ahmadi Muslims however are considered heretical by Sunnis and Shias. And in December, an Ahmadi place of worship was attacked. The Government of Sindh rejects the law against forced conversions. Protests take place on the day Salman Taseer was remembered.


    13/01/2017 - IRAQ

    Chaldean Patriarchate proposes an Iraq’s Churches Council based in Baghdad


    Patriarch issues statement outlining the new body designed to bring together the country’s different Christian Churches. Based in Baghdad, it will include an executive council and a general council. Its task will be to, among other things, promote a "spirit of unity" and “coordinate” activities.


    13/01/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Lahore High Court stops execution of schizophrenic prisoner


    Khizar Hayat was convicted in 2003 for killing a fellow policeman. The court, the ruling on another inmate, who was also suffering from schizophrenia, for which the Supreme Court stayed the execution. Since December 2014, 427 executions have been carried out.

     


    12/01/2017 - INDONESIA

    Evangelization in remote areas of Kalimantan, where the mission overcomes adversities

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Together with the bishop, Mgr Pius Riana Prapdi, AsiaNews’s correspondent visited the most remote and isolated communities of the diocese of Ketapang. To reach them, they had to travel rough by car and, where the river is navigable, by boat. The advent of modernity has upset the ecosystem and the traditional lifestyle. For the bishop, strong motivation and will can overcome "unimaginable" challenges.


    12/01/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Pakistan, another secular activist goes missing. The fifth in a week



    Samar Abbas is the president of the Civil Progressive Alliance Pakistan. He disappeared on a business trip to Islamabad. Others who have disappeared include a well-known professor of Rawalpindi and three Lahore bloggers. Activist: "alarming trend of disappearances of the Punjab intellectual class".

     


    11/01/2017 - NEPAL

    Scores flee after Hindu-Muslim violence breaks out in southern Nepal

    by Christopher Sharma

    The clashes follow the death of a Hindu man, punished by Muslims for refusing to join the festivities of Mohammad’s birthday. Hindus fear new violence; Muslims fear arrest for murder. “Pray for peace,” Kathmandu pastor says.


    11/01/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Four secular activists go missing, seized perhaps by police


    The missing men are Prof Salman Haider and bloggers Waqas Goraya, Aasim Saeed and Ahmad Raza Naseer. The four men disappeared last week in different cities. They had criticised on social media religious extremism and radical elements in government and military.


    11/01/2017 - INDONESIA

    Islamic extremists get local official in Yogyakarta removed because he is Catholic

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    The authorities in Bantul Regency dismissed Yulius Suharto, head of Pajangan sub-district. He was appointed on 30 December. His fall is due to a broad campaign by fundamentalists and radical Muslims. He has been re-assigned to a sub-district where most residents are not Muslim.


    11/01/2017 - MALAYSIA - MYANMAR

    Kuala Lumpur, interfaith forum launches the Year of International Solidarity with Rohingya

    by Joseph Masilamany

    ASEAN Rohingya Centre (ARC) organized a meeting dedicated to the suffering of the Muslim minority in Myanmar. Muslim, Christian and Buddhist leaders present. Need to raise awareness at the regional level and to put an end to abuses. OIC special envoy: "Shared hatred" in Burma towards the Rohingya. Malaysian churches: Government must care for refugees.

     


    11/01/2017 - YEMEN - SAUDI ARABIA

    Yemen, Saudi airstrike close to school: five civilians dead, two children


    The attack took place in the northern district of Nihm, under the control of the Houthi rebels. Contrasting claims for the death toll: Local sources speak of eight deaths and 15 serious injuries. No comment from Riyadh on the incident. In Yemen in 1600 schools out of use because of the war, education denied to two million children.

     


    10/01/2017 - MALAYSIA

    Malaysia: Faithful, diplomats, religious leaders at Thanksgiving Mass for first cardinal

    by Joseph Masilamany

    The Malaysian Catholic community celebrates its first Cardinal. For the faithful, the choice of the Pope's support for a "Pilgrim Church" that fights against Islamization and "subtle persecution" of minorities. Card. Fernandez invites those present to respect the founding principles of the nation and its unity.

     






    Editor's choices

    CHINA – VATICAN
    Old guard and illegitimate bishops dominate the new Catholic Assembly

    Elizabeth Li

    Ma Yinglin and Fang Xingyao are re-elected presidents of the Bishops Council and the Patriotic Association, respectively. The principles of independence, autonomy, self-management and sinicisation are extolled. There is no "positive signal" as hoped by the Vatican.


    CHINA - VATICAN
    Assembly of Chinese Catholic Representatives extolls "independence and autonomy"

    Bernardo Cervellera

    59 bishops present at assembly, as well as the state administration for religious affairs director and members of the United Front. Future changes in the leadership of the Council of Bishops and the Patriotic Association. Extolling of autonomy (from the Holy See), a non-positive sign. The Global Times reiterates preconditions for dialogue. A state church. The criticism of Card. Joseph Zen and Hong Kong’s Justice and Peace. One Catholic: This assembly is a slap in the face to the Vatican.


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