07/30/2014SYRIA - ISLAM Gregory III: "Christians and Muslims, we are each other's best guarantors" In his message for the end of Ramadan, the Greek-Melkite Catholic patriarch of Antioch notes that Christians and Muslims built the Arab civilisation together and pleads with "our Arab brothers to come together to save Islam" from the extremist currents that are invading it. "We must, can and want to stay together, Muslims and Christians, to build together a better world for our future generations and our common future." Damascus (AsiaNews)
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07/30/2014CHINA More violence in Xinjiang: police shoot and kill "dozens of terrorists" The clash took place in Shache county, but the details are unclear. According to the government, a group of "terrorists" attacked local government offices and police station; another reported to have attacked the inhabitants of Huangdi. Authorities respond immediatly: dozens of dead, wounded and arrested.
07/29/2014IRAQ Patriarch Sako: In the end, peace, not war, will win in Mosul The Patriarch, together with a delegation of French prelates in Erbil, came to be among the families of Christians expelled by jihadists. "I bring Pope Francis' solidarity and love," he said. Shias are persecuted in Mosul as well. Their shrines and places of worship have been destroyed as well. The city is suffering from fuel and power shortages.
07/29/2014NEPAL Kathmandu, interfaith prayer "to close Ramadan in harmony" by Christopher Sharma The main mosque in the Nepalese capital calls on the leaders of other religions to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, the feast that ends the Muslim month of fasting. The new Apostolic Vicar, Msgr. Paul Simick also present. Prayers for peace between Israel and Palestine, in Ukraine and Iraq. An appeal also to the government to "protect religious minorities in Nepal".
07/28/2014BANGLADESH Bangladeshi Christians celebrate the end of Ramadan with "Muslim brothers" by Sumon Corraya The president of the Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity and Interreligious Dialogue releases a message for the feast of Eid al-Fitr. As "selfishness grows in the world," we need to create a "harmonious society" in which we can behave as "brothers and sisters of one family."
07/28/2014ISRAEL - PALESTINE Truce holding in Gaza raises hopes for negotiations by Joshua Lapide
After the UN Security Council called for an "immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire," Israel stopped its airstrikes whilst sporadic Islamist rocket fire continues. For Obama, a long-term solution should allow "Palestinians in Gaza to lead normal lives" as well as "ensure the disarmament of terrorist groups and the demilitarisation of Gaza".
07/28/2014INDONESIA Jakarta: for Islamic intellectual, Jokowi will stop religious discrimination by Mathias Hariyadi Siti Musdah Mulia is one of the best known Muslim academic in the country. Tired of "marginalisation and oppression of every kind," she spoke to AsiaNews about her hopes for the new president. For another political analyst, the new president "needs civil society to carry out fundamental reforms for the country."
07/28/2014ISLAM Eid al-Fitr: Ramadan ends today (for Sunnis) For Shia Muslims, the festival of Eid begins tomorrow. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon (Sunnis) announce the end of Ramadan, which commemorates the period during which the Koran was revealed to Muhammad.
07/27/2014VATICAN "Stop! I am asking you with all my heart. Stop!" says pope as he speaks out on the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine He mentions children, victims of war, "from whom we take away the hope for a decent life," urging the parties to address "every diatribe with the tenacity of dialogue and negotiation and the power of reconciliation". As tomorrow marks 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, "a day of mourning," we should learn the lessons of history. The Gospel makes us know the true Jesus, the living Jesus, who speaks to the heart and is a life changer as he was for Saint Francis of Assisi. "The joy of finding the treasure of the Kingdom of God comes through, can be seen. Christians cannot hide their faith."
07/26/2014INDONESIA Indonesian Church welcomes Jokowi's election "with joy and hope" by Mathias Hariyadi "Widodo is the right man to change our country," the president of the Bishops' Conference tells AsiaNews. He has high hopes that the new president "will remain the man we all know," someone who "understands the difficulties of ordinary people [. . .] particularly those living on the margins of society." In economic circles, there are great expectations that he "will boost the country's development".