10/08/2015INDIA Intellectuals condemn beef lynching as Modi boosts Hindutva Writer Nayantara Sahgal and poet Ashok Vajpeyi return the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award. Indian president and Home minister speak out for diversity, tolerance and plurality in India. Politicians from the Bharatiya Janata Party instead make statements fomenting sectarian hate. The prime minister tightens beef export controls. Opposition parties, particularly Congress, fail to counter sectarian violence in the country. New Delhi (AsiaNews/Agencies) – The lynching by a Hindu mob of a Muslim man on suspicion of eating beef has sent shockwaves across India, eliciting reactions from intellectuals and...
10/08/2015PAKISTAN Pakistan’s Supreme Court confirms death sentence for murderer of Salman Taseer by Skafique Khokhar The Governor of Punjab was murdered for defending Asia Bibi. Lawyers killer ask for presidential pardon. The culprit has defended "legitimacy" of murder. Catholic activist: "The judgment shows that the Court is independent and free from the extremists pressures." Analyst warns: "The government will face pressure to avoid carrying out the judgment."
10/08/2015PHILIPPINES Del Torchio kidnapping: "May not be Islamist groups" Fr. Giovanni Re, PIME regional superior in the Philippines, says that "it is more likely to be groups looking for ransom, as often happens before elections." The area of Mindanao "is still one of the most dangerous. We take precautions but sometimes kidnappings occur even in quiet areas ". Some classmates of the former missionary describe him as "a person of great sensitivity and practical skills. Intuitive and resourceful ".
10/07/2015EGYPT Egypt is changing: burqa ban, Qur’anic exegesis, equal rights for Muslims and Christians For Fr Greiche, spokesman for the Catholic Church, the government has taken significant steps that are starting to spread to the population. They include a ban on the burqa in universities, and exegetical attempts to reread Islam’s holy book. Building will soon begin on the ‘Martyrs Church’ dedicated to the Copts beheaded by the Islamic State group in Libya.
10/07/2015YEMEN - SAUDI ARABIA Saudi Arabia may lose finances and military prestige in Yemeni quagmire by James Brandon - Nicholas A. Heras The Houthi Shiite rebels have agreed on the seven point UN peace plan in writing. The agreement calls for a ceasefire and the withdrawal of troops from the cities. The military campaign of Saudi Arabia and the UAE complicates the agreement. On the Yemeni front Riyadh risks its prestige and finances. The analysis of two Middle East experts, courtesy of Jamestown Foundation.
10/07/2015LEBANON-ISLAM Muslim toddler cured by a miracle of St. Charbel (Video) The little girl, named Milan was two years old when she fell ill with cancer and after was attacked by a deadly virus. Her mother, a Muslim refugee in Damascus, turned to St. Charbel and the child healed.
10/06/2015RUSSIA-TURKEY-SYRIA Turkey and NATO against Russian raids. But the US "are not serious in the fight against the Islamic State" by Paul Dakiki Twice Russian military planes trespassed into Turkish airspace. NATO accuses Moscow of "irresponsible behavior". The UN is concerned about the " a lot of different countries and different coalitions " fighting in Syrian skies. A war for hegemony and influence in the Middle East. Iraq prefers the Russians to the US-led coalition: they are more "serious" in fighting Daesh. Even Italy goes to war.
10/05/2015BANGLADESH Protestant clergyman in stabbing by three, possibly Muslim attackers by Sumon Corraya Luke Sarkar was at home when three men approached him. The attackers pulled out a knife and tried to cut his throat. The modus operandi is the same as in the cases of Cesare Tavella and Hoshi Kunio. Police suspect Muslim extremists. “Christians are vulnerable in this country,” says Christian activist. “We can be attacked at any moment."
10/05/2015BANGLADESH Dhaka, according to Sheikh Hasina, the Islamic state did not kill Caesar Tavella and Hoshi Kunio by Sumon Corraya In a press conference, the Prime Minister states that there are no caliphate cells in Bangladesh and that the two murders are the work of the alliance between BNP (Nationalist Party) and Jamaat-e-Islami (Islamist organization). The Japanese, 66, was killed less than a week after Caesar Tavella. Still doubt the motive. Kunio had recently converted to Islam.
10/04/2015VATICAN Pope: Parents and educators, instruments "of the love with which Jesus embraces the little ones" At the Angelus, Pope Francis asks for prayers for the Synod on the family and asks people to welcome children "starving, abandoned, exploited, forced into the war, refused." Not a "fortress society", but a "society-family, to welcome, with proper rules, but welcome, always welcome, with love." Pray for the Synod. The beatification of Cistercian monk Pio Heredia and seventeen companions, martyrs of the Spanish Civil War. Thoughts for victims of Guatemala landslide and the flood in southern France.
10/04/2015VATICAN Pope: In “extremely difficult social and marital context”, Church called to carry out mission in fidelity, truth and charity. The opening Mass of the Synod on "The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world," Pope Francis speaks of the paradoxes of global society: "power" accompanied by loneliness and helplessness." Today's man "ridicules" the family and love, but thirsts for it. The Church bears witness to indissoluble love, but must not forget to care and sustain "the man who falls or who errs." "A Church with closed doors betrays itself and its mission, and instead of being a bridge it becomes a barrier."
10/03/2015VATICAN Pope: Every family is always a light in the darkness of the world, may synod set out once more from Nazareth The great prayer vigil before the Synod of Bishops on "The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world", Francis prays that the Synod Fathers hear the Holy Spirit: "Without the Holy Spirit God is far off, Christ remains in the past, the Church becomes a mere organization, authority becomes domination, mission becomes propaganda, worship becomes mystique, Christian life the morality of slaves".