25 March 2017
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  • 24/03/2017 - EMIRATES

    The US and the UK crack down on in-flight devices that might contain hidden explosives. Experts doubt about its effectiveness. "Let us entertain you" is Emirates Airlines alternative.




    24/03/2017 - VATICAN - GREAT BRITAIN - ISLAM

    London attack: The Pope's pain and that of a young Muslim


    Pope Francis expresses "prayer and solidarity" for the victims killed in Westminster. A young Muslim  apologizes to the victims because terrorists used his religion to cause such violence. Islam "has been taken hostage." Police release the name of the dead attacker: Khalid Massoud, 52, born in Britain. Perhaps he is of Pakistani or Afghan origin. The Islamic State claims him as "one of our soldiers."


    24/03/2017 - IRAQ

    Mosul: fleeing parents forced to "sedate" their children


    The militiamen punish those who flee with death, and bind women leaving them out in the cold. The families fleeing at night and are forced to sedate their children or tape their mouths to stop their cries and spare them the horrors of war.


    23/03/2017 - PALESTINE – ISRAEL

    As peace is ever remote, more Palestinians in Jerusalem apply for Israeli citizenship


    More than a thousand families applied for Israeli citizenship in 2016, up from 69 in 2003. However, red tape is an obstacle and more than half of all applications are rejected. Israel’s hold over the city is getting stronger with more settlements. Behind the trend is a desire to lead a normal life and avoid the fear of losing residency rights.


    23/03/2017 - BANGLADESH

    About 82 per cent of militants radicalised on social media in Bangladesh

    by Sumon Corraya

    The result is based on a survey of 250 jailed militants by the Bangladesh police presented at an international police seminar. Last year’s massacre in Dhaka showed how some Islamic preachers influence young people on the Internet.


    23/03/2017 - ASIA - ISLAM - GREAT BRITAIN

    Indian Church praying for the victims of London attack. The sympathy of world leaders


    Cardinal Gracias expresses deep sorrow for an attack that caused a "senseless loss of life." And prays God grant "peace, strength and consolation." Sympathy and solidarity from international leaders. Iran asks to stop the sale of the "weapons to terrorist groups ". Erdogan expresses solidarity with the British, but launches a new attack on Europe.


    23/03/2017 - BRITAIN - ISLAM

    'Islamic' attack in London, arrests in Birmingham


    Police: "It is Islamic terrorism." Five dead and 40 wounded in the attack near the Houses of Parliament. Theresa May: "The bomber was a lone wolf." The identity of the terrorists has not yet been revealed. The investigations focus on possible accomplices. Seven arrests overnight.


    22/03/2017 - BANGLADESH – MALAYSIA

    Thousands of Bangladeshi migrant workers in Malaysia send remittances home

    by Sumon Corraya

    About half a million migrants from the South Asian country live in Malaysia, many undocumented and working illegally. Those who find honest work are an "economic blessing" for their families. Uzzal Roy and Mohoshin Islam are two such migrants who made it.


    22/03/2017 - MIDDLE EAST - UNITED STATES

    Washington and London prohibit and tablets and pc on flights from Africa and the Middle East


    The measure will enter into force on 25 March and does not have a end date. Threats from the Yemeni al Qaeda cell behind the ban, ready for new attacks. Experts and analysts raise doubts about its real effectiveness.


    21/03/2017 - TURKEY – EUROPEAN UNION

    Europe and Turkish opposition worried by Erdogan's constitution and totalitarian threat

    by Luca Galantini

    The row between Berlin and Ankara gets worse after Erdogan’s Nazi comparison. The pro-government newspaper Güneş published a photo of a Hitler-like Merkel. Turkish authorities arrest a thousand Kurdish activists on the eve of Nowruz ahead of the 16 April poll. A scholar and academic offers his thoughts about the reform and its consequences.


    21/03/2017 - AFGHANISTAN

    Fr. Moretti: The Little Sisters of Jesus, for 60 years " Afghan among Afghans"


    They have lived for 60 years at the service of the needy. They remained in Kabul under Soviet occupation, the Taliban control and the NATO bombing. Respected by all, even by the Taliban. This February their experience will end, according to Fr. Moretti "an example for us all."


    21/03/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Young Catholics want to learn more about Christian teachings on sexuality and personal growth

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The Catholic Youth Commission carried out a survey on youth needs. Sexuality, emotions and spirituality of marriage are still taboo in Pakistan. The Synod of Bishops in 2018 will focus on young people. Missionary schools must play a decisive role in building the personality of the students.


    21/03/2017 - IRAQ

    Mosul government advance continues, over 180 thousand civilians flee the western area


    Most of the displaced have found their home in the refugee camps or in shelters set up in recent weeks. Worried about the fate of those trapped in the Old City. UN sources: No food, water, electricity, and medicine. Up to 320 thousand people ready to flee. About 2 thousand jihadists of the Islamic State still operating in the area.


    20/03/2017 - EGYPT - VATICAN

    Work begins on program for Pope Francis visit to Egypt


    Over the weekend a Vatican delegation meets with the Egyptian president. Al Sisi’s "great esteem" for Pope Francis. The visit to the President, the Coptic Patriarch, the Grand Imam of Al Azhar. An ecumenical meeting and prayer for the martyrs next to St. Mark's Cathedral, where three months ago a bomb attack took place. Meetings with Catholics. The press broke the news, but without comment. The silence of the Salafis.

     


    20/03/2017 - INDIA

    After the regional elections, the Hindu nationalists dominate in India

    by C. T. Nilesh

    In Uttar Pradesh the new chief minister is Yogi Adityanath, a radical guru accused of numerous crimes. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has attracted the sympathies of the population despite the rupee ban. The Congress Party, usually supported by minorities and Dalits in distributing positions of power, failed to win support.


    18/03/2017 - EGYPT - VATICAN

    Egyptian Church "happy": the Pope will be in Egypt on April 28 and 29


    The official news from the Vatican press office. The pressing invitation of President Al Sisi, the Coptic Patriarch Tawadros II, the Grand Imam of Al Azhar mosque. Fr. Rafic Greiche: He comes to comfort the Christians of the East and support them in living together with Muslims. But also to honor Christian martyrs.


    18/03/2017 - SAUDI ARABIA - IRAN

    Deal with Riyadh: green light for Iranian pilgrimages to Mecca


    Last year’s crisis, which blocked the travel of Iranian faithful to the Muslim holy site, seems to have been overcome. At least 80 thousand citizens of the Islamic Republic expected to participate in most important pilgrimage. Iranian Foreign Minister: "Constructive" relations with countries, including Saudi Arabia.


    17/03/2017 - IRAN – UNITED NATIONS

    For UN, Iran’s treatment of Afghan refugees is exemplary


    About a million Afghans are registered as refugees in the country. Tehran has been praised for providing access to education with 15,000 more classrooms.


    17/03/2017 - BANGLADESH

    Bangladeshi militant suicide bomber in Iraq. The family had said he was going to pray

    by Sumon Corraya

    Neaz Morshed Raja had abandoned his wife and young children to go and fight for the Caliphate. He posted a video, just before blowing himself up in Tikrit. His name had been included in the list of young people who disappeared after the attack on the Dhaka coffee shop.

     


    17/03/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Islamabad asks for help from Facebook to block online blasphemy


    The Government asks for experts to track user comments. The social media giant, however, wants to protect the rights and privacy of its users. The unstated goal is to control the activities of dissidents, including the five intellectuals and bloggers kidnapped last month.

     


    17/03/2017 - SYRIA

    Aleppo, air raid on a mosque leaves at least 42 dead


    The building was full of worshipers for the evening prayer. It is not clear who is responsible for the attack. The American coalition claims to have targeted jihadists, but not a mosque.

     


    16/03/2017 - LEBANON

    Beirut, Shiite Supreme Council reawakens from years in "coma". The key role of Hezbollah

    by Pierre Balanian

    New Council elections return body to central stage after years of stalemate. In the past he fought in defense of the rights of the marginalized south and the construction of schools, hospices and medical clinics. Hezbollah uses legal-religious force to gain access to the body, until now in the hands of Amal. The process of liberation from Tehran.


     


    16/03/2017 - S. ARABIA - PAKISTAN - YEMEN

    Riyadh seeking help from Islamabad to guard the southern border with Yemen


    A brigade ready to "prop up" the fragile frontier to the south. The Pakistani army among the few in the Muslim world not of sectarian connotation. Its role as guarantor and mediator in the delicate Middle Eastern context. Growing tensions between Saudi Arabia and the Emirates on support to Yemeni President Hadi. In the background the trade relations between Tehran and Islamabad.

     


    15/03/2017 - ​EUROPE – ISLAM

    Anglicans and Jews against EU ban on religious symbols in the workplace


    Two Muslim employees were fired for refusing to remove their headscarf. According to the Court, employers may ban religious symbols.


    15/03/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Pakistani Catholics: Social media ban "is not the solution" to online blasphemy

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Yesterday, the National Assembly has ordered the closure of websites that contain insults against the prophet. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif promised to bring the perpetrators to justice. The announcement could also affect Radio Veritas. Secretary of the Commission for the Conference of Social Communication of the Bishops: "The mistake of a few should not compromise the good of many."


    15/03/2017 - SYRIA

    Nuncio in Damascus: The war, a "tsunami of violence" that has "swept away" families and cities


    In an interview with AsiaNews, Card. Zenari reflects on six years of conflict that have "shaken" him to the core. Suffering in solidarity with the Syrian people. The drama of broken families and a social fabric that must be rewoven. The hope that the talks in Geneva and Astana "bear fruit". The numbers of six years of conflict.


    14/03/2017 - TURKEY - EU

    Erdogan’s dream no longer passes through Europe

    by Luca Galantini

    Tensions rise after Germany, Holland, Austria, Denmark ban rallies in favor of the referendum by Turkish President. The Dutch ambassador's entry to Ankara blocked. After 50 years of waiting, Turkey does not want to enter Europe. The Ottoman dream and authoritarianism are the only way.

     


    14/03/2017 - SYRIA - KAZAKHSTAN

    Anti-Assad opposition will not take part in Astana peace talks


    Government and rebels in the Kazakh capital were to discuss the strengthening of the ceasefire and exchange of prisoners. Opposition leader: Boycott for "broken promises" by the government on the truce. In Homs, the capital of the revolution, rebel groups reach an agreement for evacuation.

     


    13/03/2017 - MALAYSIA – ASIA

    Persecuted for their faith, Christian journalists tell their stories

    by Sumon Corraya

    Some 20 Christian journalists from 13 Asian countries met on 10-11 March and told their stories. SIGNIS is the World Catholic Association for Communication. One Indonesian editor cannot sign with his Christian name. Fake news is becoming a problem.


    13/03/2017 - TURKEY - EU

    Tensions and accusations between Turkey and some European countries


    Turkish President Erdogan accuses even the Netherlands of "Nazism" for refusing entry to two ministers. Other European countries, such as Austria, Switzerland, Sweden and Denmark, cancel meetings with the Turks. Germany and the Netherlands fear the growth of "populism" in the upcoming elections. Erdogan takes advantage of the incidents to garner a more powerful nationalism.






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    VATICAN
    Pope tells young people to remember the past, to have courage in the present and hope for the future



    The Message for the 32nd World Youth Day was issued today centred on “The ‘great things’ that the Almighty accomplished’.” In her meeting with Elizabeth, Mary becomes a model. The pontiff calls on young people to avoid being couch potatoes, safe and cosy, urges them to rediscover the relationship with seniors. The Church experience is not a flash mob. The future should be experienced in a constructive way, and “the institutions of marriage, consecrated life and priestly mission” should not be devalued.


    AFGHANISTAN
    Fr. Moretti: The Little Sisters of Jesus, for 60 years " Afghan among Afghans"



    They have lived for 60 years at the service of the needy. They remained in Kabul under Soviet occupation, the Taliban control and the NATO bombing. Respected by all, even by the Taliban. This February their experience will end, according to Fr. Moretti "an example for us all."


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