10/31/2014VATICAN Pope: The true Christian lives of prayer and mission. It's like breathing! Francis meets with members of the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships, and urges them to unity in diversity "which means recognizing and accepting with joy the different gifts that the Holy Spirit gives to each one and putting them all in the service of the Church. It is listening, accepting differences, having the freedom to think differently and expressing it! With all due respect to the other who is my brother". A strong call to "remember the ecumenical nature" of the charismatic movement: "For persecutors, we are one! Ecumenism of the blood." Vatican City (AsiaNews) - The life of a true
Christian is marked by two moments, just like breathing. And just like breathing,
the two moments are the same and give life: "The first is praise, prayer,
which is the inward breath. And then comes the outward breath, which is represented
10/31/2014VATICAN Pope: Putting law above love is not a model but mark of a hypocrite In his homily this morning, Francis speaks of the Gospel passage where Jesus opposes the Pharisees who would not heal a sick man on the Sabbath, denying help to his parents because "they had given everything to the Temple. But who is more important? The Fourth Commandment or the Temple? The path is the opposite way: from love to the law".
10/30/2014TUNISIA Secularist party wins Tunisia elections The Nidaa Tounes party wins 85 seats, defeating Ennahda, the main Islamist party. Tunisia was the first country in the Middle East to experience the Arab Spring and the only one to go through a real democratic transition.
10/29/2014MIDDLE EAST - ISLAM Only Christians can show Muslims the "mad utopia" of the Islamic State by Fady Noun Superstitions, rituals, deportation, rape, summary justice and indoctrination are the foundations upon which the power of terrorists rests. The latter want to create a theocratic and regressive "perfect city". But utopias generate terror and monsters like Communism and Nazism. Christians have a duty to show Muslims the "true face" of their religion as well as its "elements of violence."
10/29/2014TURKEY- SYRIA-IRAQ Kurdish peshmerga arrive in Turkey to fight in Kobane They were greeted by thousands of Turkish Kurds who were barred from entering Syria to fight. Ankara fears the strengthening of the PKK and the creation of a Kurdish state. Some areas of the province of Idlib have passed into the hands of the Nusra Front, aided by the militia of the Islamic State.
10/29/2014BANGLADESH Bangladesh, Islamic Party leader gets death sentence A special court has found Motiur Rahman Nizami, 71, guilty of genocide, murder, torture and rape. The crimes were committed during the war of liberation from Pakistan in 1971. Fear of further violence after the ruling.
10/28/2014PAKISTAN Malala not alone as Pakistan's gender gap gets wider In its annual report, the World Economic Forum ranks the South Asian nation 141st out of 142 countries in terms of gender inequality. In the past few years, it has lost 30 positions. Nobel Prize laureate Malala is example and incentive for women. A forum slam the conditions of home-based workers, with neither legal status nor rights.
10/28/2014BANGLADESH - COLOMBIA Fr Belisario: From Colombia to Bangladesh, the "madness" of the mission by Bernardo Cervellera Fr Belisario de Jesus Montoya Cyrus, 29, is a Colombian priest from the diocese of Sonsón-Rionegro. A month ago, he left for Bangladesh. For him, the missio ad gentes should be part of every priest's baggage. Although the pain of separation is too much for his parents ("They cried as if I had been laid to rest in a coffin."), for him, this is the way to be "like Jesus" and experience the Church's universality.
10/28/2014TURKMENISTAN Turkmenistan to free conscientious objectors Amnesty marks the 23rd anniversary of the country's independence from the Soviet Union. Six prisoners had been convicted for conscientious objection; two for exercising their right to freedom of religion and worship.
10/28/2014IRAQ - ITALY Letter from Archbishop of Mosul: Thank you for your aid, supporting the plight of refugees by Amel Nona The donations made through the "Adopt a Christian from Mosul" campaign are used to buy food, warm clothes, blankets for refugees and rent houses or caravans given the early onset of winter and. Two women have defended their Christian faith before the Islamist militants who wanted to convert them, despite the threat of death. A refugee among refugees, Msgr. Nona discovers a new way of being a pastor.
10/28/2014IRAQ Baghdad, at least 38 dead and dozens wounded in a double bomb attack A suicide bomber blew himself up near a government checkpoint in Jurf al-Sakhar, 50 km south of the capital. Islamic State terrorists behind the attack on: casualties among government forces and Shiite militias. The second attack took place in the district of Karrada in central Baghdad.
10/27/2014KYRGYZSTAN Kyrgyz government to require religions to register or fold The authorities propose changes to the existing Religion Law. If adopted, changes will further empower the State Commission for Religious Affairs (SCRA). For human rights activists, the amended legislation would "subordinate religion to the state".
10/27/2014LEBANON - SYRIA Tripoli: Lebanese army on the offensive against Islamist militias Lebanon's military launched a major operation to oust Jihadi groups from the heart of the Old City and the Sunni neighbourhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh. Violence breaks out again in the Arsal area. Patriarch Rahi expresses support for the army, which is trying to ensure "security and stability". Lebanese authorities say they cannot accept more refugees from Syria.