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11/30/2015 INDIA
Parliament set to focus on growing intolerance in winter session
Opposition leaders have planned discussions on the growing intolerance in both houses. Bollywood stars are concerned about the climate of violence. Interior Minister unleashes political reactions for saying that Ambedkar did not consider it "necessary" to include the term "secularism" and "socialism" in the Constitution.
New Delhi (AsiaNews) - The winter session of the Indian Parliament  opened last week with a tribute to the 125th anniversary of the birth of B.R. Ambedkar,, one of the founding fathers of the nation. Today focus is on the theme of intolerance, with opposition parties who have planned a...

Fr Piero Parolari is back in Italy, out of danger, but in need of a lengthy treatment
Extremists attacked the missionary with the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions on 18 November. Admitted this morning to Rome’s Bambin Gesù Hospital, he will required long-term care.
11/30/2015 TURKEY
Diyarbakir: the murder of lawyer activist Tahir Elçi fuels conflict between Turks and Kurds
Tens of thousands of people mourn yesterday at the lawyer’s funeral. The Turkish government says it will catch and prosecute the perpetrators, but Kurds are sceptical. Fears grow that the conflict will escalate. “The situation is very bad, but I’m afraid that it will be worse,” Elçi said in one of his last interviews.
11/30/2015 VATICAN - CAR
Pope to Bangui, sectarian violence between Christians and Muslims "disfigures the face of God"
Francis visits Kaudoukou mosque and says " no to hatred, no to revenge and no to violence, particularly that violence which is perpetrated in the name of a religion or of God himself. God is peace, God salam". At Mass he calls on faithful to carry on work of missionaries, looking at '' other side '. "Every baptized person must continually break with the old man, sinful man, always ready to awaken to the call of the devil."
11/30/2015 INDONESIA
Muslim businessman proposes Bali as "sharia" tourism destination
by Mathias Hariyadi
The chairman of the Sharia Economic Society has proposed the creation of specific services in accordance with Muslim law in the most visited Indonesian island. The idea, he says, works from an economic standpoint because it attracts visitors requiring "halal services". Numerous criticisms have been raised in the archipelago: "Do not ruin Bali, a place of tolerance and encounter".

11/30/2015 IRAQ – VATICAN
Amid violence and persecution, mercy is the Christian way, says Patriarch Sako
by Louis Raphael I Sako*
The Chaldean patriarch issues a pastoral letter for the beginning of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. It is the way forward in times of trial and suffering. It is not “a vague ideal,” but a "dynamic behavior “in the light of faith" and “in the manner of Jesus." Martyrdom is charism of the Eastern Church. Muslims are invited to work together "in peace and harmony."
11/30/2015 SYRIA
Islamic State has executed over 3,500 people in Syria, more than 2 thousand civilians
According to updated data from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in the last month alone there have been 53 executions, including 35 civilians. The jihadists have also executed at least 103 women and 77 children. Among those civilians killed, many accused of witchcraft, homosexuality and collaborating with the enemy.
11/27/2015 BANGLADESH
Religious intolerance growing in Bangladesh, but “it is not certain that ISIS is responsible”
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility in a number of incidents, including a threatening text message sent to a Catholic priest, a letter telling ten Baptist clergymen that their lives are at risk, and an attack by gunmen against worshippers at a Shia mosque. However, it is likely that “ISIS is trying to steal the show.” The Caliphate does not recognise the radical group that operates in Bangladesh. Factional divisions have led to a power struggle among extremist groups.
11/27/2015 SAUDI ARABIA
Riyadh plans mass execution of 55 people in one day
These include those convicted of crimes related to terrorism and internal revolt. The executions are "imminent". In 2015 151 people executed, the highest number since 1995. Activists: the government uses the death sentences to solve the problem of internal dissidence.
11/27/2015 ISRAEL - EGYPT
Coptic Patriarch Tawadros in Jerusalem for the first time in 35 years
by Joshua Lapide
The head of the Coptic Church is in the holy city for the funeral of Archbishop Anba Abraham, who died two days ago. In 1980, Shenouda III forbade the Orthodox Copts from traveling to Jerusalem until the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was resolved. Welcomed at Notre Dame, owned by the Holy See. The Coptic Orthodox Church is the largest Christian community in the Middle East.
11/26/2015 PAKISTAN
Sialkot, Muslim kidnaps 13 year old Christian girl and forces her to convert to Islam
by Jibran Khan
Sana John, aged 13, was kidnapped on her way to school. The family reported her disappearance, but police and the courts fail to intervene. Local Muslim mafia threaten family. The father tells AsiaNews: "I wander from office to office in search of justice, in vain."
11/25/2015 CHINA
Xinjiang government claims some Party members support Uyghur terrorists
Charge laid by Xu Hairong, regional anti-corruption chief, certain that some high ranking members "promote violent terrorist attacks" in the region with special status, to maintain economic benefits. "Some Party officials do not believe in Marxism but in ghosts." Over the last two months clashes have increased between Beijing and the Muslim minority. Police killed more than 40 "terrorists" in one week.
11/25/2015 SYRIA
Islamic State frees 10 Assyrian Christian from Hassaké community
They belong to a group of over 200 faithful abducted last February in the northeast of Syria. Five women among the released hostages. Their release came after "lengthy negotiations" conducted by the Eastern Assyrian Church. An estimated 140 people still in the hands of the militia.
11/24/2015 INDONESIA
Jakarta wants to reform the law on places of worship, fewer restrictions on building permits
by Mathias Hariyadi
The Indonesian government is considering a modification of the infamous IMB, a source of abuse and religious freedom violations in the past. The ministers of the Interior and Religious Affairs are ready to delete the passage concerning the collection of signatures. Praise and support from NGOs and moderate Muslim groups.
11/24/2015 EGYPT
Sinai car bomb attack on hotels hosting electoral commission: three dead and 12 wounded
Two explosions target Swiss Inn hotel in el-Arish; police officer among the victims there would. Two judges involved in monitoring the vote wounded. Islamic State behind attack. The site is 100 km from the point of Metrojet crash.

Altri articoli
11/23/2015 PAKISTAN
Lahore: plant and three Ahmadi places of worship torched for "blasphemy" by Jibran Khan
11/23/2015 BANGLADESH
Bangladesh: Fr. Piero is fine but political tension remains high
11/23/2015 JAPAN
For the bishop of Niigata, integral human development is key to stopping terrorism by Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi
11/22/2015 VATICAN
Pope: The logic of the Gospel is expressed in humility and selflessness
11/21/2015 BANGLADESH
Bangladeshi Christians, Muslims and Hindus demand justice for Fr Parolari by Sumon Corraya
UN Security Council agrees to “take all necessary measure” against the Islamic State
11/20/2015 LEBANON – SYRIA
When held by the Islamic State, Fr Mourad had compassion for his captors by Fady Noun
11/20/2015 CHINA – MALI – ISLAM
Bamako: jihadis attack luxury hotel for foreigners; seven Chinese among the hostages
11/20/2015 FRANCE – ISLAM
French imams slam terrorists for destroying Islam’s future and that of its children by Consiglio degli imam di Francia
11/19/2015 BANGLADESH
PIME: attack against missionary blamed on politics rather than ISIS
11/19/2015 ISLAM
For Muslim scholar, the fight against Islamic State jihadists calls for a new interpretation of Islam by Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im*
11/19/2015 CENTRAL ASIA
Central Asian recruiters and Jihadis detained, convicted and sentenced
11/19/2015 ISLAM – CHINA
Islamic State kills Chinese and Norwegian hostages “up for sale” since September
11/18/2015 BANGLADESH
Dinajpur: attackers “wanted to kill” PIME missionary, but his life is not in danger
Editor's choices
Paris Massacre highlights the failure of Muslim integration in Europe
by Catherine FieldThe attack in the heart of France highlights the crisis of Europe’s model of coexistence. Social unrest, poverty and marginalisation feed youth extremism and radicalisation. A New Zealander journalist, expert on expertise in religion and interfaith dialogue, talks about it after undertaking a journey through the French Muslim world.
For Nîmes imam, Islam should not be held hostage by extremists
by Hochine DrouicheFrench imams condemn the Paris terrorist attacks and disassociate themselves from violence committed in "the name of our religion." At the same time, they ask Muslim communities to dare leading a life of dialogue and friendship with Europeans, without fear or arrogance. For centuries, Muslims have ruled out reason from their religious life. The vice president of French imams bears witness.
Top 10
11/25/2015 PAKISTAN
Karachi, masked men set Christian television station on fire
by Jibran Khan
11/25/2015 INDIA
"Mother Teresa" award to the widow of Pastor Graham Staines
by Nirmala Carvalho
11/24/2015 INDONESIA
Jakarta wants to reform the law on places of worship, fewer restrictions on building permits
by Mathias Hariyadi
11/26/2015 PAKISTAN
Sialkot, Muslim kidnaps 13 year old Christian girl and forces her to convert to Islam
by Jibran Khan
11/25/2015 BANGLADESH
Bangladeshi inter-faith forum leader attacked
With Gaza like a huge prison, Caritas Jerusalem is raising funds for Christmas gifts for Christians
11/27/2015 SAUDI ARABIA
Riyadh plans mass execution of 55 people in one day
11/26/2015 VATICAN – KENYA
Pope in Kenya: climate conference would be “catastrophic” if no global “transformational” agreement is reached
11/30/2015 INDONESIA
Muslim businessman proposes Bali as "sharia" tourism destination
by Mathias Hariyadi
11/26/2015 VATICAN - KENYA
Pope in Kenya: never violence in God's name, call to mission and to create a just society


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