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  • 19/09/2017 - MYANMAR

    In her first public talk on the Rakhine crisis, the Democratic leader promises to pursue "all human rights violations and outlaw violence" and the return of those who fled. From September 5 there are no conflicts.


    UN criticises Myanmar over Rohingya ahead of Aung San Suu Kyi's address

    UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres calls for a stop to the military offensive before the crisis becomes irreversible. The Myanmar military have redoubled their action against Muslim "extremists" in the country’s north-west. Nobel Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has become popular in China for defending her people’s “interests”. China has a major stake in Rakhine State.

    18/09/2017 - SRI LANKA

    ‘Open Mosque Day’ in Colombo to bridge gap between Muslims and others

    by Melani Manel Perera

    The initiative succeeded with Christians, Buddhists and Hindus. The Centre for Islamic Studies allowed guided tours of one of the capital’s historic mosques. For Buddhist monk, the visit dispelled “certain beliefs about Islamic traditions. Today many act and think badly about Muslims."

    18/09/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Marawi: Fr. Chito, free after 4 months

    by Santosh Digal

    The Filipino army intervened near the mosque of the terrorists stronghold of Bato. Joy for his release. The conflict is about to end, but the city is destroyed. Plans for reconstruction. Mindanao bishops condemn terrorism.

    18/09/2017 - BANGLADESH

    Dhaka, the Good Shepherd exhibition attracts hundreds of Hindus and Muslims (Photo)

    by Sumon Corraya

    More than 300 spectators admired the watercolors of Adward Arther, a young Baptist Christian. A Hindu visitor: "The most important element of the Christian religion is love of God and of his Son for humanity." A Muslim: "Christ who came to earth for our salvation." 

    18/09/2017 - PALESTINE - GAZA

    Hamas towards reconciliation with Fatah. Palestinian leaders call for caution

    The movement that controls the Strip open to dissolving the Administrative Committee, to holding general elections and new negotiations on a "unity government". But Fatah's number two preaches prudence: Evaluating "what's going-on on the ground before taking further steps".

    16/09/2017 - SYRIA

    The Islamist front in Syria crumbles: psychosis of a defeat at Idleb

    by Pierre Balanian

    Two Saudi preachers from the Islamic tribunal have resigned. The Ahrar el Sham group withdrew last July. The Damascus Liberation Organization is just another name for al Qaeda. Retaliatory clashes increase, suspicions grow. Contacts with Russians and Iranians in an attempt to save themselves from an imminent attack by the Syrian army.

    16/09/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Lahore, Christian condemned to death for 'blasphemy on Whatsapp'

    The sentence was issued on 14 September. Nadeem James was detained in July 2016. A friend accused him of sending a poem that offends Islam. The lawyer will appeal to the High Court. He has received death threats and remains in prison.

    15/09/2017 - BANGLADESH – VATICAN

    Dhaka: Catholics, Protestants and Muslims waiting with joy for Pope Francis

    by Sumon Corraya

    The pastoral visit is set for 30 November to 2 December 2017. The local Church has set up ten multi-faith subcommittees whose members will meet the pontiff. Muslim politicians are looking forward to the visit. "I hope he will talk about the violence that women are forced to submit to,” said a government adviser. Protestants are helping to organise the visit.

    15/09/2017 - IRAQ

    Nassiriya, an ISIS double attack: at least 74 victims, including Iranian pilgrims

    The jihadists hit a security checkpoint and a restaurant on the outskirts of the city. Over 90 injured, six militants killed in the clash with security agents. The area is an important means of communication used by Shiite pilgrims to reach the holy cities of Najaf and Kerbala.

    15/09/2017 - TUNISIA-ISLAM

    Tunisia: Muslim women are free to marry non-Muslims

    Before they had to submit a certificate that documented the conversion to Islam of their promised bridegroom. Tunisia in the forefront of human rights: freedom of conscience and greater protection for women.

    14/09/2017 - MYANMAR

    Al-Qaida and Islamic State claim to be defending the Rohingya

    by Zachary Abusa*

    Al-Qaeda calls on Muslims in neighbouring countries to take up arms since their defence is mandated by Sharia. This reflects a strategy of "defensive jihad". Rohingya militants are numerical inferior and poorly equipped and might give in to radical infiltrations.

    14/09/2017 - IRAQ

    Chaldean Patriarch calls for dialogue and reconciliation with respect to the Kurdistan referendum

    As referendum day, 25 September, approaches tensions between Erbil and Baghdad rise. Mar Sako calls on "moderate" voices to defuse tensions. A new military confrontation would have "disastrous" consequences. Minorities are growing fearful. Source tells AsiaNews that “the situation is even more delicate”.

    14/09/2017 - VATICAN-YEMEN

    Medical care for Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, who met the Pope yesterday

    The priest, released after 18 months of kidnapping in Yemen, will remain in the Vatican "to secure his wellbeing and allow for his full recovery." Father Tom tried to kiss Pope Francis' feet, who raised him and kissed his hands. "I've always felt Jesus next to me." Renewed thanks to the sultan of Oman. The Major Rector: No ransom was paid.

    13/09/2017 - PAKISTAN

    School uniform became son’s shroud, says father of murdered Christian student

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Sharoon Masih was murdered by his classmates on the third day of school. For the National Commission for Justice and Peace, the boy’s murder is the fault of school authorities. His death was not the result of “a fight among teenagers, but in fact it was caused by intolerance, discrimination and inhuman attitude”.

    13/09/2017 - BANGLADESH

    Cox's Bazaar, Sheikh Hasina visits the Rohingya refugee camp

    by Sumon Corraya

    She distributed help and heard testimonies. Call for a "safe return of refugees to Myanmar". Dakha sends Naypyidaw the recognition of Rohingya's citizenship. Church initiatives for the assistance of the victims of the conflict.   

    12/09/2017 - IRAQ

    Some 1,400 wives and children of Daesh fighters held near Mosul

    Most of the women and children come Turkey and former Soviet republics, and stayed behind after the Islamic State was expelled from the city. Now, they are in a camp under tight security, but their presence has raised concerns about tensions with displaced Iraqis. Many wives were tricked into coming to Iraq.

    12/09/2017 - YEMEN - INDIA

    Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil is freed

    The Salesian priest had been kidnapped by Islamic terrorists in Aden in 2016 when four Sisters of Mother Teresa were murdered. The vicar of southern Arabia and the president of the Indian Bishops' Conference thank the governments that have helped in securing his release and all those who have prayed for his release. The thanksgiving of Sr. Prema, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity: Fr. Tom's photo was placed on the Mother's tomb. 

    12/09/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Punjab, Christian student killed, victim of religious racism

    by Shafique Khokhar

    Sheron Masih was 17 years old and had just begun attending public school. Classmates beat him to death with sticks because he tried to drink water. His murder, "just the tip of the iceberg; below, a great mountain of hatred and discrimination against minorities. "

    12/09/2017 - EGYPT

    North Sinai: 18 Egyptian policemen killed in an ISIS attack

    Ambulance workers also targeted. Sinai violence continues against the government of President Sisi.

    08/09/2017 - INDIA

    1993 Mumbai Massacre: Death Penalty to Two Culprits

    Firoz Khan and Tahir Merchant will be executed. A third detainee, Abu Salem, was sentenced to life imprisonment. Explosions caused 257 deaths and 713 serious injuries. The bombs, placed in dozens of targets, shocked a tranquil city.

    07/09/2017 - RUSSIA

    On Rohingya, Kadyrov draws battle lines against Putin

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    The Chechen president counters Russian positions on the Islamic minority in Myanmar. Muslims protest in Moscow, while there is a law on unauthorized demonstrations. One million Muslims in Grozny.

    06/09/2017 - ITALY – SYRIA

    Fr Ibrahim talks about Aleppo Christians and the metropolis’s slow revival after being "paralysed" by war

    by Dario Salvi

    Once an industrial hub that generated 60 per cent of Syria’s output, Aleppo now only consumes. Security remains an issue, as does the presence of sleeper cells. A generation of children has been “destroyed” by the war. For every young man in the city there are 12 young women. Dialogue with islam continues over identity, charity and testimony.

    06/09/2017 - SAUDI ARABIA - IRAN

    'Success' of Hajj: Tehran opens to dialogue with Riyadh. Saudi Arabia’s no

    Saudi Foreign Minister says Tehran must "change its policies". Iran had thanked the Saudis for the "new approach" in dealing with the pilgrims of the Islamic Republic and hoped for "dialogue and negotiation."

    05/09/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Activists in Lahore support conventional weapons reduction

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Members of the Centre for Social Justice discussed the dangers of weapons proliferation. Pakistan was the tenth largest arms importer in the world in 2015. The "Kalashnikov culture" developed in the 1980s. In local textbooks, “army men are our only heroes.” Church security depends on youth-led security teams.

    04/09/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Deceived by Sharif's daughter, Lahore archbishop rejects campaigning from pulpit

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Maryam Nawaz failed to make the address agreed with the archdiocese. She was only supposed to ask for prayers for her sick mother. "I wanted to stop her but millions were watching live on their television screens. At one moment, I decided to walkout as boycott, but then it could have been detrimental for Church relations with authorities." News media have political interests.


    Cox's Bazar: Rohingya Muslims ask Pope Francis for help (video and photos)

    by Sumon Corraya

    News that the pontiff would be making a visit to the area has raised hope among refugees. For some, "He is a merciful man" from whom they ask peace. Border guards let the displaced in. Hindus are among the victims in Rakhine State. Violence stops celebrations of ʿīd al-aḍḥā. People talk to our correspondent.

    04/09/2017 - RUSSIA

    Moscow, the Feast of ʿīd al-aḍḥā and the start of school

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    The Muslim celebration is highlighted even though some favoured Knowledge Day, a Soviet-era civic holiday. Monitored by 13,000 police agents, some 200,000 Muslims celebrate the occasion in the capital without any incident. Legal steps have been taken for the restitution of Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral to Catholics.

    04/09/2017 - SYRIA

    Syrian army breaks siege of Isis and Deir Ezzor

    Jihadist militias suffering from a serious of defeats. For the governor the army will enter the city "within a few hours". Part of the population has already taken to the streets to celebrate the defeat of the "Caliphate". Civilians managed to survive thanks to aid (about 300 launches in a year) dropped from planes.

    02/09/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Lahore, Sharif's daughter visits cathedral sparking criticism of bishop (Photo)

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Maryam Nawaz is following in her father’s footsteps following his disqualification by the Supreme Court. She urges Catholics to support her in the extraordinary elections of September 17th. Bishop Shah prays for her sick mother and blesses her, sparking demands his resignation. "Christian leaders struggle to keep religion divided from the state." 

    Editor's choices

    New regulations on religions: Annihilate underground communities, suffocate official communities

    Bernardo Cervellera

    Few articles added to the draft. Religions viewed not as the "opium" but the "plague" of peoples. Spasmodic control at all levels of political power of official religions. Massive fines for members of unofficial communities. Seizure and closure of "illegal sites" by the State. Expulsions from schools for "proselytism" activities.

    Mgr Peter Shao Zhumin under guard in a Beijing hospital

    Bernardo Cervellera

    He underwent an ear operation. He was banned from attending the funeral of an elderly witness to the faith, Fr John Wang, who spent 12 years of in a prison camp. The bishop’s secretary was also taken to prevent him from attending Fr Wang’s funeral.


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