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05/23/2015 SYRIA
Nuncio in Damascus: no news about Fr Mourad, not even about who abducted him
“The Archeparchy of Homs, the patriarch and the community of Mar Musa have activated all channels to make contact with the kidnappers, but without success so far,” said Mgr Zenari. Meanwhile, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for yesterday’s suicide attack at a Shia mosque in al Qadeeh, in the eastern Saudi province of Qatif that caused at least 21 deaths.
Rome (AsiaNews) – Nothing is known about the fate of Fr Jacques Mourad, a Catholic priest who was kidnapped two days ago by unknown armed men. A young man “who heard noises and went to see what was happening was also taken away, in a car, with the clergyman,” said Mgr Mario Zenari, apostolic nuncio to Syria. “Who did it? Islamic...

05/22/2015 THAILAND - ASIA
Beatings, rapes and abuse: the Rohingya in Thailand recount their journey of despair
by Weena Kowitwanij
A young 16 year old confirms to AsiaNews the violence irregular migrants are subjected to. Overcrowded boats, little food and no water, beatings and threats are their daily bread. A woman, pregnant and with a three year old daughter, chose the sea route after having experienced violence firsthand in Myanmar. May 29 summit in Bangkok to deal with the emergency.
05/22/2015 INDONESIA
Indonesia to allow non-official religions on identity papers
Under existing rules, people could choose only among six government recognised religions. According to the Home Affairs minister, people can now choose their own religion. Practical reasons are behind the administrative change, but for activists and pro-human rights groups, it is a step forward in terms of religious freedom.
05/22/2015 PAKISTAN
Pakistan: 106 people on trial for the lynching of a Christian couple, accused of blasphemy
An anti-terrorism court has indicted them for murder. Hundreds of people stoned to death and then burned alive Sajjad Masih and his wife Shama. The woman, pregnant with her fifth child, was accused of setting fire to pages of the Koran.
05/22/2015 SYRIA - IRAQ
Islamic State takes entire border between Syria and Iraq
The terrorists now control of the last frontier zone under the control of the Syrian government. 95 thousand square meters of land, about 50% of the total, now in the hands of jihadists. Military successes also in neighboring Iraq. Washington says challenge of Caliphate "is increasingly difficult to deal with."

05/21/2015 BANGLADESH
Islamic extremists claim the right to kill ten intellectuals and bloggers
by Sumon Corraya
Fundamentalist group ‘Al Qaeda Ansarullah Bangla’ has released a list of future victims, and sent a copy to each of them. Security has become an emergency in the country where three critics of Islam have already been hacked to death. “I don’t’ feel safe,” says Catholic blogger.
05/21/2015 INDIA
Maharashtra: beef ban "subjugates Christians, Muslims and Dalits"
This was stated by an AsiaNews source , anonymous for security reasons. State farmers, tanners and other workers demanding the repeal of the law banning the sale and consumption of beef. The ban has affected about 10.5 million people who depend on this trade.
05/21/2015 SYRIA
Syria: Islamic State takes Palmyra, Unesco heritage site at risk
The militiamen control the "totality" of the ancient city as government soldiers flee. Half of Syrian territory is in the hands of the jihadist group. Mass evacuation of citizens, in some places there are still "violent clashes". Archaeologists and activists call for the intervention of the US-led coalition. Now the IS points to the gas fields of Deir al-Zour.
05/20/2015 TAJIKISTAN
Bogus permits sold to allow Muslims to grow a beard or wear a veil
Tajikistan has been forcing Muslim men to shave their beards to counter Islamic extremism. Prosecutors are investigating the sale of bogus permits, something denied by the committee in charge of such documents. Top paramilitary official has been arrested on his way to Syria to fight with the Islamic State group.
05/19/2015 ASIA
Vigil for persecuted Christians, our teachers in the mission in the West
by Bernardo Cervellera
The "wall of indifference and cynicism" and the silence and apathy so often denounced by Pope Francis have become almost a fortress. Such persecution reflects confessional manipulation, which slams Islam as such, and ideological manipulation, which forgets what is happening in North Korea or China. An increasingly post-Christian Europe seems disinterested in Christians.
05/18/2015 MALAYSIA - INDONESIA - ASIA
Migrant laden boats pushed back to sea. Malaysian activist: Asean must solve the boat people crisis
Situation is critical in Aceh with continuous attempted landings. The UN and Thailand schedule regional summit on May 29. Malaysian Catholic: the emergency caused by the Myanmar for failing to grant citizenship to the Rohingya refugees. ASEAN must adopt a reception policy.
05/18/2015 IRAQ - SYRIA
Islamic State takes Ramadi but withdraws from Palmyra in Syria
The Iraqi prime minister appeals to troops not to retreat and announces the dispatch of Shiite militias in support. But the city is in the hands of the Islamists, who have commandeered tanks and missiles. Pentagon, says the situation remains "fluid". In Syria, a US special forces raid leaves four prominent IS leaders dead. The destruction of the UNESCO heritage averted, thus far.
05/17/2015 VATICAN
Pope: We and the four new saints, witnesses of the Resurrection "where forgetfulness of God and human disorientation are most evident "
Francis proclaims four religious sisters saints: one French, one Italian, two Palestinians: Maria Alfonsina Danil Ghattas, the foundress of the Sisters of the Rosary, and the Carmelite Maria of Crucified Jesus (nee Maria Bawardy). Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority present. "Abiding in Christ" and cultivating “unity among us" are essential signs of witness. Maria Bawardy, "instrument of encounter and communion with the Muslim world".
05/16/2015 VATICAN - PALESTINE
Pope receives Mahmoud Abbas, "may you be an angel of peace"
"Great satisfaction" for agreement reached between the Vatican and Palestine and "hope" that negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis can resume marked the audience this morning between Francis and the President of the "State of Palestine".
05/16/2015 EGYPT
Egypt: death penalty for former President Mohamed Morsi
A court sentenced him for his involvement in the mass evasions during the riots that occurred in 2011. More than 100 members of the Muslim Brotherhood convicted.

Altri articoli
05/16/2015 SOUTH KOREA
Halal food and prayer rooms, Korean universities adapt for Muslim students
05/15/2015 CARITAS – KYRGYZSTAN
Meerim Nuru, an oasis of peace for Kyrgyzstan’s disabled children
05/15/2015 PALESTINE – VATICAN
Palestinian saints, flame of love that illuminates the persecuted Christians of the Middle East by Fady Noun 

05/15/2015 PAKISTAN – ISLAM
Catholics and Muslims united in mourning, after the slaughter of Ismaili Shias in Karachi by Jibran Khan – Silent Thinker
05/15/2015 ISLAM – MIDDLE EAST
For Al-Baghdadi, Islam is a religion of war, a shrewd message according to Father Samir by Samir Khalil Samir
05/15/2015 INDONESIA
Fr. Agus, architect of the Malino peace accord: Martyrs, victims of a manipulation of religion by Mathias Hariyadi
05/15/2015 RUSSIA
Chechen official wants a minor as a second wife, the Kremlin turns a blind eye by Nina Achmatova
05/14/2015 IRAQ – UNITED STATES
Iraqi nun says Islamic State wants the human and cultural genocide of Christians by suor Diana Momeka*
05/13/2015 PAKISTAN – ISLAM
Karachi: terror attack on a bus carrying Shia Ismailis, 43 dead and 13 wounded
05/13/2015 YEMEN
Fragile humanitarian truce holds, for now, in Yemen
05/12/2015 PAKISTAN
Mothers and widows remember the attacks on Youhanabad churches by Silent Thinker
05/12/2015 PALESTINE – ISRAEL – VATICAN
Pope Francis to canonise two Palestinian nuns, “blessing" for a Middle East thirsty for peace by Joshua Lapide
05/12/2015 BANGLADESH
A third "anti-Islam" blogger murdered in Bangladesh this year by Sumon Corraya
05/11/2015 YEMEN – SAUDI ARABIA
Shia Houthi rebels ready to accept Saudi ceasefire proposal
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Vigil for persecuted Christians, our teachers in the mission in the West
by Bernardo CervelleraThe "wall of indifference and cynicism" and the silence and apathy so often denounced by Pope Francis have become almost a fortress. Such persecution reflects confessional manipulation, which slams Islam as such, and ideological manipulation, which forgets what is happening in North Korea or China. An increasingly post-Christian Europe seems disinterested in Christians.
VATICAN
Pope: We and the four new saints, witnesses of the Resurrection "where forgetfulness of God and human disorientation are most evident "Francis proclaims four religious sisters saints: one French, one Italian, two Palestinians: Maria Alfonsina Danil Ghattas, the foundress of the Sisters of the Rosary, and the Carmelite Maria of Crucified Jesus (nee Maria Bawardy). Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority present. "Abiding in Christ" and cultivating “unity among us" are essential signs of witness. Maria Bawardy, "instrument of encounter and communion with the Muslim world".
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05/19/2015 RUSSIA – CHINA
Moscow Patriarchate: China authorises the ordination of Chinese Orthodox priests on its territory
by Marta Allevato
05/17/2015 VATICAN
Pope: We and the four new saints, witnesses of the Resurrection "where forgetfulness of God and human disorientation are most evident "
05/19/2015 ASIA
Vigil for persecuted Christians, our teachers in the mission in the West
by Bernardo Cervellera
05/21/2015 BANGLADESH
Islamic extremists claim the right to kill ten intellectuals and bloggers
by Sumon Corraya
05/18/2015 NEPAL
Quake survivors forced to drink contaminated water, “only the Christians help us”
by Christopher Sharma
05/18/2015 VATICAN
Pope: an end to “this interminable” conflict in the Holy Land and the persecution of Christians
05/21/2015 CHINA – VATICAN
For Xi Jinping, religions must be "Chinese" and without "foreign influences"
by Wang Zhicheng
05/18/2015 VATICAN
Pope: at this troubled time in history, bishops must comfort, help, and encourage everyone, without distinction
05/22/2015 PAKISTAN
Pakistan: 106 people on trial for the lynching of a Christian couple, accused of blasphemy
05/19/2015 PHILIPPINES – ASIA
Manila to accept boat people rejected by Malaysia and Indonesia, a decision backed by the Church

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