09/22/2014IRAQ - FRANCE As IS spokesman call on supporters to kill all unbelievers, Pax Christi stands with Iraqi Christians In a message posted online, Abu Mohammad al Adnani calls against for jihad against unbelievers and infidels. "We will conquer your Rome; break your crosses," he sa. Pax Christi, a French peace movement, calls on people "not to forget Iraq". For Mgr Stenger, it is not enough to defeat the militants, "we need to build" Iraq and its future. Baghdad
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09/22/2014YEMEN Sanaa: government and Shia rebels reach peace deal A new government is expected shortly, to include Houthi and other separatist groups. The deal ends weeks of violent clashes that left scores dead. Government buildings and state broadcasters are still occupied. Sunni Islamist Islah movement is the loser (for now). UN plays key mediation role.
09/22/2014AFGHANISTAN Pashtun Ashraf Ghani is the new president of Afghanistan Rival Abdullah Abdullah to take newly formed post of chief executive. The two candidates have signed an agreement to form a government of national unity, with the mediation of the United States. Washington hopes to extend the presence of its troops beyond 2014.
09/22/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Big pro-democracy student strike starts in Hong Kong The weeklong class boycott began today. "[P]ained and outraged to see the advancement of democracy in Hong Kong stifled and suppressed," about 400 academics and non-teaching staff stand by students, who are "Hong Kong's future". Occupy Central is planning a silent sit-in for 1 October, anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic. Billionaires from the former colony are set to meet with Xi Jinping to ask him to "stop" the pro-democracy movement.
09/22/2014INDIA For Card Gracias, leaders of all religions should work for the Indian people by Nirmala Carvalho The archbishop of Mumbai spoke at the 'Meeting of Diverse Spiritual Traditions in India,' organised by the Dalai Lama. At the event, which was held over the weekend in New Delhi, the Catholic prelate mentioned Pope Francis' visit to Italy's Redipuglia military shrine. For the leader of Tibetan Buddhism, "India is an illustrious example [. . .] religious harmony [. . .] over 1,000 years".
09/22/2014INDIA Missionary month in India, PMS director: Every Christian must proclaim the Gospel by Santosh Digal Fr. Faustine L. Lobo invites the community to live October, "according to the guidelines laid down in Ad Gentes". He calls for a thorough study of the conciliar decree and the development of a "planned strategy" to give new impetus to evangelization. Witness and unity of the universal Church: "We are all part of the same effort".
09/22/2014NEPAL Nepal, Hindu radicals target celebrity pop star for converting to Christianity by Christopher Sharma Anju Panta is one of the biggest stars in the country. After changing religion, she refused to perform at a Hindu festival: "My faith does not allow me to worship gods through song". Following an avalanche of criticism from media and civil society, she responds: "I have nothing to say to those who are criticizing me. May be it’s God’s plan and now I’m under the grace of God".
09/22/2014TIBET - CHINA Tibet, a return of self-immolations as 22 year old sets himself on fire 5 months since the last suicide, a Tibetan student burns himself to death in front of the Tsoe Police headquarters. He died in protest against Chinese rule in the region, shouting slogans in support of the Dalai Lama. Thus the victims no number 132 people from 2009 to present
09/21/2014ALBANIA - VATICAN "Today we touched martyrs," a moved Pope Francis said in front of two who witnessed persecution Pope Francis put aside his prepared speech and said the homily off the cuff after he heard the stories of a priest who was tortured and imprisoned during Albania's Maoist dictatorship and a nun who was subjected to forced labour, both of whom kept their faith and support that of others. Consecrated persons are consoled only by God and are thus able to console others.
09/20/2014VATICAN - CHINA Pope wishes Chinese bishops "were here", tells them they are not alone, that they have his solidarity and that of the Church In his meeting with newly appointed bishops from around the world, in Rome for a seminar organised by Propaganda Fide, Francis devoted part of his address to the pastors of the Chinese flock. "Deep down in my heart, I hope" they were here, "that that day will not be far off! Let me assure them not only of my and our solidarity, but also that of the world's Episcopate, so that, in the shared faith and despite sometimes the impression of being alone, they can feel the certainty that their suffering will bear fruit - and what fruit! - for the good of the faithful, their fellow citizens and the whole Church."