04/16/2014IRAQ Iraqi government closes Abu Ghraib prison Justice Ministry announces the transfer of 2,400 prisoners to other facilities, raising concerns among lawmakers on the Security and Defence committee of Iraq's parliament. For them, the move sends the wrong message.
- The Iraqi government on Tuesday announced the closure of the infamous Abu
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release, the Iraqi Minister of Justice said that some 2,400 prisoners held in
04/16/2014INDIA Narendra Modi's right hand man stopped for inciting hatred against Muslims Election Commission bars Amit Shah from any meeting or election speech in Uttar Pradesh. In early April, he had asked people not to vote for Muslim candidates because Muslims had raped, killed and humiliated Hindus. Modi, an ultra-nationalist Hindu, has been blamed in connection with the 2002 communal massacres in Gujarat, when almost a thousand Muslims were killed.
04/16/2014IRAQ Mar Sako at Easter, the power of Christ's broken and risen body pushes Iraq to new life by Mar Louis Raphael I Sako The Chaldean Patriarch reminds faithful that "Jesus is the heart " of Easter, "the center of our faith," his resurrection "makes the sun rise" on Iraq and the whole of humanity . His Beatitude exhorts the faithful to come together and pray. Ahead of the upcoming general election, he appeals for a leader who embodies the values of freedom , dignity and social justice .
04/15/2014SAUDI ARABIA Saudi court shuts down liberal forum Forum founder Raif Badawi is already purging a seven-year sentence for violating Islamic teachings and criticising prominent religious figures. Meanwhile, King Abdullah continues to push for reforms to the country's legal system and greater transparency in sentencing.
04/14/2014BANGLADESH Fr Silvano Garello, a missionary that translated Church into Bangla by Sumon Corraya The Xaverian priest, 74, has lived in the Asian country since 1970 where he has translated into Bangla Vatican II documents, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and some encyclicals. He has also written 200 Christian books directly in that language.
04/14/2014PAKISTAN Lahore: third postponement in Asia Bibi's appeal as Islamist threats against judges continue by Jibran Khan High Court began proceedings this morning, only to adjourn the hearing. A new date for a case that has lasted for years might be announced tomorrow. Optimistic, the defendant's lawyers hope to see her walk free soon. However, fundamentalist groups continue to make threats. For Lahore priest, "the situation in Pakistan is getting worse by the day, not only for minorities, but especially for women and girls."
04/14/2014SYRIA I will miss you Fr Frans, you inspired us all, says Syrian Jesuit by Tony Homsy* A young priest from the Society of Jesus remembers the life and work of Fr Frans van der Lugt, who was killed in Homs after he refused to abandon residents beleaguered by hunger and war. "He gave and continues to give everything for the Church, Syria, and peace. His story and qualities made him an exceptional missionary and witness to the Gospel." Reprinted courtesy of 'The Jesuit Post'.
04/14/2014AFGHANISTAN Elections in Afghanistan, exit polls put Abdullah Abdullah in the lead The Independent Electoral Commission has scrutinized about 500 thousand votes in 26 provinces . The candidate of the National Coalition of Afghanistan (NCA, Islamic democracy) is in the lead with 41.9% , followed by Ashraf Ghani with 37.6% . Final results expected for April 24.
04/09/2014INDONESIA Exit polls show Megawati leading in Indonesian elections thanks to the "Widodo effect" Early results show the PDIP of former President Megawati leading the pack with almost 20 per cent of the vote, riding on the coattails of the Jakarta governor, who is poised to run in the upcoming presidential poll. The Golkar Party is in second place. Islamist parties are a flop. Mired in scandals and corruption accusations, outgoing President Yudhoyono's party fares badly.
04/09/2014IRAQ - UNITED STATES Patriarch Sako: mourning and prayer for Card Delly who kept us united in dark times by Joseph Mahmoud The patriarch emeritus dies at the age of 87 years, after leading the Chaldean Patriarchate in one of Iraq's most difficult periods. Mar Sako remembers how "he was able to encourage the community and remained faithful to its mission." A memorial Mass will be celebrated In Baghdad, whilst the funeral might take place in the United States.
04/09/2014PAKISTAN Islamabad, market place bombing leaves 23 dead and 39 wounded The bomb was placed inside a crate of fruit. The explosion took place in the early hours of the morning. Eyewitnesses speak of "blood and body parts scattered everywhere". Perpetrators and target of attack unknown. Fragile truce between the government and Taliban during peace talks expires tomorrow.