11/30/2015INDIA Parliament set to focus on growing intolerance in winter session Opposition leaders have planned discussions on the growing intolerance in both houses. Bollywood stars are concerned about the climate of violence. Interior Minister unleashes political reactions for saying that Ambedkar did not consider it "necessary" to include the term "secularism" and "socialism" in the Constitution. New Delhi (AsiaNews) - The winter session of the Indian Parliament opened last week with a tribute to the 125th anniversary of the birth of B.R. Ambedkar,, one of the founding fathers of the nation. Today focus is on the theme of intolerance, with opposition parties who have planned a...
11/30/2015VATICAN - CAR Pope to Bangui, sectarian violence between Christians and Muslims "disfigures the face of God" Francis visits Kaudoukou mosque and says " no to hatred, no to revenge and no to violence, particularly that violence which is perpetrated in the name of a religion or of God himself. God is peace, God salam". At Mass he calls on faithful to carry on work of missionaries, looking at '' other side '. "Every baptized person must continually break with the old man, sinful man, always ready to awaken to the call of the devil."
11/30/2015INDONESIA Muslim businessman proposes Bali as "sharia" tourism destination by Mathias Hariyadi The chairman of the Sharia Economic Society has proposed the creation of specific services in accordance with Muslim law in the most visited Indonesian island. The idea, he says, works from an economic standpoint because it attracts visitors requiring "halal services". Numerous criticisms have been raised in the archipelago: "Do not ruin Bali, a place of tolerance and encounter".
11/30/2015IRAQ – VATICAN Amid violence and persecution, mercy is the Christian way, says Patriarch Sako by Louis Raphael I Sako* The Chaldean patriarch issues a pastoral letter for the beginning of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. It is the way forward in times of trial and suffering. It is not “a vague ideal,” but a "dynamic behavior “in the light of faith" and “in the manner of Jesus." Martyrdom is charism of the Eastern Church. Muslims are invited to work together "in peace and harmony."
11/30/2015SYRIA Islamic State has executed over 3,500 people in Syria, more than 2 thousand civilians According to updated data from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in the last month alone there have been 53 executions, including 35 civilians. The jihadists have also executed at least 103 women and 77 children. Among those civilians killed, many accused of witchcraft, homosexuality and collaborating with the enemy.
11/27/2015BANGLADESH Religious intolerance growing in Bangladesh, but “it is not certain that ISIS is responsible” The Islamic State group claimed responsibility in a number of incidents, including a threatening text message sent to a Catholic priest, a letter telling ten Baptist clergymen that their lives are at risk, and an attack by gunmen against worshippers at a Shia mosque. However, it is likely that “ISIS is trying to steal the show.” The Caliphate does not recognise the radical group that operates in Bangladesh. Factional divisions have led to a power struggle among extremist groups.
11/27/2015SAUDI ARABIA Riyadh plans mass execution of 55 people in one day These include those convicted of crimes related to terrorism and internal revolt. The executions are "imminent". In 2015 151 people executed, the highest number since 1995. Activists: the government uses the death sentences to solve the problem of internal dissidence.
11/27/2015ISRAEL - EGYPT Coptic Patriarch Tawadros in Jerusalem for the first time in 35 years by Joshua Lapide The head of the Coptic Church is in the holy city for the funeral of Archbishop Anba Abraham, who died two days ago. In 1980, Shenouda III forbade the Orthodox Copts from traveling to Jerusalem until the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was resolved. Welcomed at Notre Dame, owned by the Holy See. The Coptic Orthodox Church is the largest Christian community in the Middle East.
11/25/2015CHINA Xinjiang government claims some Party members support Uyghur terrorists Charge laid by Xu Hairong, regional anti-corruption chief, certain that some high ranking members "promote violent terrorist attacks" in the region with special status, to maintain economic benefits. "Some Party officials do not believe in Marxism but in ghosts." Over the last two months clashes have increased between Beijing and the Muslim minority. Police killed more than 40 "terrorists" in one week.
11/25/2015SYRIA Islamic State frees 10 Assyrian Christian from Hassaké community They belong to a group of over 200 faithful abducted last February in the northeast of Syria. Five women among the released hostages. Their release came after "lengthy negotiations" conducted by the Eastern Assyrian Church. An estimated 140 people still in the hands of the militia.