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    27/05/2016 - EGYPT-ISLAM-VATICAN

    There are many positive aspects in the meeting between the Pope and the supreme Sunni authority, along with silence on some issues. For Al Tayyib Islam has nothing to do with terrorism. But Isis uses the black flag of Muhammad, the prophet's sword, the sentences of the Koran. The terrorists take their bloodthirsty statements from many imams. The urgency of a new renaissance of Islam, reinterpreting tradition in modernity: a task interrupted by fundamentalism.
     


    by Samir Khalil Samir

    27/05/2016 - EGYPT

    Extremist attack on Coptic woman in Minya due to pretext, sparks outrage, says Fr Rafic


    For the spokesman of the Catholic Church, the attack in Karma was sparked by hearsay. A 70-year-old woman was paraded naked. Seven homes were torched and stores looted as mob chanted “Allahu Akbar”. Terrorist groups are active in the area. Christians and Muslims slam the sad and painful incident.


    27/05/2016 - BANGLADESH

    "Secular" Publisher: Bangladesh, a land of terror for writers and free thinkers

    by Sumon Corraya

    Mahbub Leelen is the founder of the Shuddhashar publishing house. He was recently honored for his "courage in publishing texts even in the face of political persecution." The publisher denounces the complicity of the government with the Islamic forces. "We all live in fear, we are forced to hide and to seek safe places to live and continue to write."


    26/05/2016 - IRAQ

    Archbishop of Kirkuk: Against violence and extremism, a "wide awake and merciful" Church


    Msgr. Yousif says the upcoming assembly of Chaldean clergy in Erbil must "chart a new path" in an era of "enormous changes and challenges." The priests also "essential" for the Muslims, because they assume a "bridge" role with modernity. The work of Catholic education and health care. The refugees from Mosul witnesses of a faith stronger than terrorism.


    26/05/2016 - SAUDI ARABIA - IRAN

    Riyadh: "Positive" talks with Tehran for Iranian Hajj pilgrims


    Another round of talks between the Iranian delegation and a Saudi representative held yesterday. Discussions focus on visa process for Iranian pilgrims. Deal expected within the next few days. Diplomatic tension between the two regional powers remains high.


    25/05/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Activists from different religions pursue peace-building in Pakistan, against hatred and terrorism

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Tehreek Rwadari, an interfaith movement that promotes respect for all religions and peace building in the country, celebrated its first anniversary yesterday. At the event, activists stressed the difficulties minorities, women and children face, as well as the lack of security. Extremism, mistrust and intolerance are the root causes.


    25/05/2016 - EGYPT-VATICAN

    Pope-Grand Imam of Al Azhar: Egypt’s press enthusiastic and "political" comments


    Al Sisi mediation praised for success of encounter. Amazement at the sobriety of the Vatican statement. A corrective measure for Islamophobia generated by the Islamic State. A reader: I believe in Pope Francis and his smile

     


    24/05/2016 - IRAQ

    For Iraqi priest, IS, violence and divisions have created a sense of brotherhood with Muslims


    Living side by side has been replaced by a desire to be “a community”, said Fr Samir Youssef, a priest in Iraqi Kurdistan. This is the result of the “merciful” welcoming of Christian, Muslim, and Yazidi refugees. Recently, 62 people from the diocese of Amadiya took part in a spiritual retreat to discuss pastoral outreach, mercy and catechesis. Iraq need more nuns and priests.


    24/05/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Lahore High Court rules on divorce law, ends marriage discrimination for Christians

    by Shafique Khokhar

    The 1869 law is restored. In 1981, under General Zia’s rule, an amendment was introduced that allowed Christian couples to divorce only in case of adultery. This chained women to violent and polygamous marriages, and forced Christians who wanted to end a marriage to convert to Islam.


    24/05/2016 - SYRIA

    Damascus accuses Qatar, Turkey and Saudi Arabia over attacks on Latakia stronghold


    For the Government yesterday's clashes represent a "serious escalation" and aim to derail peace efforts. Behind the terrorists violence is the hand of "evil regimes" in Riyadh, Ankara and Doha. Strong condemnation by the US and UN. Moscow hopes for the resumption of peace talks.

     


    23/05/2016 - SYRIA

    Aleppo Pastor: attack on the Franciscan College harms civilians, sows chaos and terror


    For Fr Ibrahim, the terrorist attack was meant to cause panic in the population. The Jihadi message is "either with us or you die”. Rockets hit a retirement home, killing a 94-year-old woman, and wounding two more. Islamic State attacks in Tartus and Jableh, which killed more than 100, is a "message" to the Russians.


    23/05/2016 - VATICAN - ISLAM

    Pope receives grand imam of Al-Azhar, dialogue and not violence between Catholicism and Islam


    The meeting focused “on the shared commitment of the authorities and the faithful of the great religions for peace in the world, the rejection of violence and terrorism, the situation of Christians in the context of conflicts and tensions in the Middle East and their protection" .


    23/05/2016 - SAUDI ARABIA - YEMEN

    Riyadh going through backdoor diplomacy to reach deal with Houthi rebels in Yemen conflict


    Saudi Arabia’s deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is seeking behind-the-scene mediation with Yemen’s Shia movement to protect the kingdom from possible Houthi attacks. Riyadh wants protection after promoting divisions and violence in Yemen.


    23/05/2016 - VATICAN - ISLAM

    Meeting between Pope Francis and the Imam of Al Azhar "for dialogue and peace in the world"

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    Egyptian Catholic Church spokesman: "Happy for this meeting." Vicar of Al Azhar: "A message of tolerance." The highs and lows of the Al Azhar-Vatican relationship. The breakthrough with Al Sisi and his project to modernize Egypt and the teaching of Islam.

     


    22/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: May Chinese Catholics become concrete sign of love and reconciliation


    After the Angelus, Francis remembers the Day of Prayer for the Church in China, which falls on May 24: "Let us ask Mary to give to his children in China the ability to discern at all times the signs of the loving presence of God, that always welcomes and forgives. " Before the Marian prayer, a reflection on the Holy Trinity: "This feast invites us to engage in the daily events to be leaven of communion, of consolation and of mercy."


    21/05/2016 - BANGLADESH

    Bangladesh, a seminar to "update" priests and imams and relaunch dialogue

    by Sumon Corraya

    The Christian Religious Welfare Trust has organized a seminar for priests and pastors. Simultaneously, the Bangladesh Islamic Foundation will take charge of forming imams. The Dhaka authorities want to promote dialogue among religious, in order to curb Islamic extremism.

     


    21/05/2016 - INDONESIA

    Isis video shows Indonesian children training with Ak-47s

    by Matthias Hariyadi

    20/05/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Lahore attack: Christians and Muslims thank Caritas for financial aid

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Caritas Pakistan hands out cheques worth US$ 380 to 19 beneficiaries, including four Muslim families. The Taliban’s Easter Sunday attack killed 78 and wounded 350, mostly Muslims. “I pray to Allah that others follow the example of the Christians,” Muslim doctor says.


    20/05/2016 - HOLY LAND

    New Custos of the Holy Land’s challenge is to maintain dialogue


    Br Francesco Patton, of the Diocese of Trento, replaces Fr Pierbattista Pizzaballa, grateful for the latter’s 12 years of outstanding service. The new Custos welcomed the appointment "with trepidation” and “confidence." He plans to remain "a man of dialogue" and take care "of the friars and their life".


    20/05/2016 - MALAYSIA

    Senior aviation technician arrested for IS ties


    The suspect worked in aircraft maintenance for 13 years, a security expert says. He was arrested along with 14 other people in March. “This is a matter for concern,” says political scientist, because such a person could sabotage a plane, or place a bomb or “an improvised explosive device onboard”.


    20/05/2016 - LEBANON – SYRIA

    Caritas Lebanon: the plight of Syrian refugees who cannot register newborns or bury their dead


    Fr Paul Karam talks to AsiaNews about refugees’ serious "economic, social, moral and human” conditions and emergencies These include the near impossibility for them to bury their dead for lack of space and high costs. Registering births belong to “Syria and the international community." In the Year of the Mercy, he pleads for help to Caritas activities.


    20/05/2016 - IRAN

    Western governments invite banks and enterprises to promote trade with Iran


    United States, France, Germany and the United Kingdom encourage companies and financial institutions to resume relations with Tehran. The removal of sanctions is only partial and obstacles remain amid fears of retaliation by some governments. So far, European banks have been "timid" in the resumption of relations with Iran.

     


    20/05/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Faisalabad, 20 years of Christians and Muslims praying side by side

    by Shafique Khokhar

    The Church and mosque are only separated by a wall. There has never been any violence or controversy. Islamic religious: "We have changed prayer schedules so as not to disturb eachother. We installed the speakers inside the mosque". The parish priest: "Before being Muslim and Christian we are men, and this unites us in prayer".

     


    19/05/2016 - IRAQ

    Erbil: Chaldean Church to strengthen the mission in Iraq and among diaspora communities


    Priests and bishops are called to a meeting on 20 and 21 June. Focusing on the challenges and opportunities in this Year of Mercy, Patriarch Sako calls for a "human, spiritual and national awakening" in the face of “existing challenges, risks and temptations”. The future of the Church, he warns, depends "on the quality of its clergy."


    19/05/2016 - RUSSIA - UKRAINE

    Prayers but no protests: Crimean Tatars commemorate the deportation

    by Nina Achmatova

    Public gatherings are banned on the Ukrainian peninsula annexed by Moscow, but Muslims have been joined in prayer even by Christians "so that such tragedies never happen again." The EU’s concern about the "deterioration of human rights".


    19/05/2016 - EGYPT

    EgyptAir flight disappears over Mediterranean


    The plane disappeared from radar a few minutes before landing. 66 people were on the flight, 56 passengers, seven crew members and three security people. Impact on tourism.

     


    18/05/2016 - PAKISTAN

    A Christian water man marginalised for his religion gets his job back

    by Shafique Khokhar

    Qaisar Jahan was removed from the school where he worked for refusing to do janitorial work. The head mistress wanted to force him out of his job as water man because as a Christian he was “impure”. After two months of legal wrangling, Qaisar went back to his job. For his advocate, “Our efforts do not stop here” since job discrimination is widespread.


    18/05/2016 - YEMEN - INDIA

    Delhi: Fr. Tom "is safe", last efforts for his release. The Vicar of Arabia urges caution


    Indian government sources report that the Salesian kidnapped in Yemen is alive, well and they are working to ensure his release. He is not in the hands of the Islamic state, but "anti-government forces." Msgr. Hinder urges caution because "there are no new elements." He is optimistic, but calls for prudence.


    18/05/2016 - UNITED STATES - SAUDI ARABIA

    US Senate: Saudi Arabia can be sued for 9/11


    The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act was passed by the Senate with the support of a bipartisan formation of Democrats and Republicans. White House counters: It would make the US attributable abroad and further undermines relations with Riyadh. Now the bill will pass to House or Representatives.

     


    17/05/2016 - SYRIA

    Aleppo vicar backs petition to end sanctions against Syria and the Syrians


    Mgr Abou Khazen calls on people to sign a petition hosted on the change.org platform to stop the sanctions because they harm poor people and have failed to stop the war. In Aleppo, people have burnt shoes to stay warm. World and regional powers are meeting in Vienna to discuss the conflict. Ending the fighting and handing out humanitarian aid remain the priorities.


    17/05/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Muslim leaders remember Bishop Joseph, a prophet against the abusive use of the blasphemy law


    On the 18th anniversary of the bishop of Faisalabad’s death, Muslims remember him as a great fighter “against atrocities”, as well as an advocate for human rights and “interfaith harmony”. For Muslim activist, he was “like a beacon” who saw “the beginning of the downfall”. Only by changing the blasphemy laws can the nation unite.






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    CHINA - VATICAN
    The persecution of Catholics during the Cultural Revolution

    Sergio Ticozzi

    The documentation of that violent period was burned or buried in archives. Only a few survivors speak. The persecutors are silent in fear. The burning of religious objects and furnishings in Hebei. Bishops humiliated and arrested in Henan; nuns beaten with sticks and killed, or buried alive. A persecution that "is not over yet"; Today it is perhaps only more subtle.


    CHINA
    Silence shrouds 50th anniversary of Cultural Revolution in China and in the West

    Bernardo Cervellera

    The bloody campaign launched by Mao Zedong killed nearly 2 million people and sent  a further 4 million to concentration camps. Every Chinese has been marked by fear. But today, no memorial service has been planned and no newspaper article has appeared. The Party’s internal struggles and Xi Jinping’s fear of ending up like the USSR. Even today, as then, there are those in Europe who keep quiet and laud the myth of China. Many are predicting a return to the "great chaos".

     


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