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12/01/2015 VATICAN
Pope on climate change: "we’re on the brink of suicide", but "certain" that "they will do something" in Paris
During the flight back from Africa, Francis responds to questions on issues, among other things, such as religious fundamentalism, the idolatry of money, Vatileaks 2 and Africa, the "exploited" continent. Fundamentalism "is a disease that is in all religions." With Islam, dialogue is possible. But corruption, in the Vatican "goes far back ...".
Vatican City (AsiaNews) – “We are on the brink of suicide" regarding climate change, but "I'm sure that almost all of those who are in Paris at Cop21, are aware of this and want to do something”, said Pope Francis responding to just one of the questions put to him by reporters yesterday afternoon, during his return flight from the Central African...

12/01/2015 INDIA
India’s Culture Minister against the Taj Mahal’s ‘Hinduisation’
The Indian government rejects a petition by six lawyers, who want the mausoleum to be recognised as a Hindu temple. According to the minister, nothing demonstrates that the site was originally dedicated to Lord Shiva.
12/01/2015 THAILAND – ASIA
Activists and experts tell ASEAN to stop the boat people tragedy
The International Organisation for Migration calls for actions against trafficking. Regional governments must avoid a repeat of the previous crisis, which left hundreds dead. They urge "full cooperation" and a policy of "reception". A regional summit is set to start shortly in Thailand.
12/01/2015 VATICAN – COP21
Card Parolin at COP21 stresses ethical imperative to act in a context of global solidarity
The Paris Conference should result in the adoption of a “global and ‘transformational’ agreement based on the principles of solidarity, justice, equality and participation; an agreement which targets three complex and interdependent goals: lessening the impact of climate change, fighting poverty and ensuring respect for human dignity.”
12/01/2015 JAPAN – VATICAN
Nuncio to Japan calls for engaging young people to defeat global warming
The Holy See representative in Tokyo tells AsiaNews that Japan is very interested in the issue. “This is why we organised this symposium” at Sophia University, involving young people who are the key to real change. The Japanese government is concerned about the country’s declining birth rate, but a solution “needs a lot of time”.

12/01/2015 INDIA - UN
Modi at COP21: Reduce emissions, but India will continue to use coal
The Indian prime minister has inaugurated the India pavilion and spoke before the plenary session. A series of commitments in favor of clean energy by 2030 and the launch of a "solar alliance". The need for rich countries who have the "luxury of choosing" to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The need for development of India through the conventional energy sources like coal.
12/01/2015 CHINA - TIBET
CCP "will never give up right to choose next Dalai Lama"
Says Zhu Weiqun, chairman of CCP Committee on Ethnic and Religious Affairs in Beijing. Tenzin Gyatso has no right to stop the tradition of reincarnation. "The issue is political. The Dalai Lama is a political power in Tibet and by only the central government being able to choose it will defeat the separatists".
Amid war and violence, Mercy is the way to reconcile people, says Vicar of Phnom Penh
by Olivier Schmitthaeusler*
​In a pastoral letter for the Year of Jubilee, Mgr Olivier Schmitthaeusler calls on the faithful to be living signs of God’s Mercy and live together as brothers and sisters. The prelate urges believers to undertake pilgrimages to Christian holy places in Cambodia, and announces events for next year.
12/01/2015 PAKISTAN
Pakistan, increasing sectarian violence, with Christian minorities and women main targets
by Shafique Khokhar
The Asian Human Rights Commission reports on most recent cases of abuse. Among these forced conversions, kidnappings and rapes. The attacks on goods and property of minorities pass with impunity. Religious freedom increasingly threatened. The government has a responsibility to protect all citizens
12/01/2015 MYANMAR
Shan, gunmen kidnap 50 civilians. Thousands flee fighting.
by Francis Khoo Thwe
The raid took place amid clashes in an area of conflict between the Burmese army and rebel militias. Identity of the assailants unknown. Shan militias are among those who have not signed a ceasefire with the outgoing national government. Activists warn of war crimes. Burmese Cardinal: "Peace, priority of the new NLD led government ".
12/01/2015 CHINA
IMF welcomes inclusion of the yuan among reserve currencies
China’s currency joins club of dollar, euro, yen and pound. Together they decide special withdrawal rights from international organization’s reserves. The decision will take effect from 1 October 2016.
11/30/2015 BANGLADESH
Bangladesh’s only Catholic weekly, "a love letter to the Church"
by Sumon Corraya
The Catholic community is marking the 75th anniversary of Pratibeshi, a weekly founded in 1940. Run by the Office for Social Communications of the Bishops Conference, the paper is a member of the World Catholic Association for Communication. Its 8,000 copies are available in Bangladesh and abroad. For Mgr Gervas Rozario, “We publish it to serve people through the doctrine of the Church.”
11/30/2015 VATICAN
Pope tells Bartholomew I that the necessary conditions for the restoration of unity between Catholics and Orthodox exist
Francis issues a message for the feast day of Saint Andrew, patron of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Although not all the differences have been overcome, "there is no longer any impediment to Eucharistic communion" between Catholics and Orthodox, “which cannot be overcome through prayer, the purification of hearts, dialogue and the affirmation of truth."
11/30/2015 VIETNAM
Land of 444 martyrs, Bà Ria gets a new bishop, local Catholics rejoice
by Thanh Thuy
​Pope Francis named Emmanuel Nguyễn Sơn Hồng as the new bishop on Friday. Trained in Paris dogmatic theology, the priest becomes auxiliary bishop in the southern Vietnamese diocese whose history goes back 300 years. In 1862, Vietnamese imperial troops burnt down local prisons when the French attacked.
11/30/2015 INDIA
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.

Altri articoli
Fr Piero Parolari is back in Italy, out of danger, but in need of a lengthy treatment
11/30/2015 TURKEY
Diyarbakir: the murder of lawyer activist Tahir Elçi fuels conflict between Turks and Kurds
11/30/2015 VATICAN - CAR
Pope to Bangui, sectarian violence between Christians and Muslims "disfigures the face of God"
11/30/2015 INDONESIA
Muslim businessman proposes Bali as "sharia" tourism destination by Mathias Hariyadi
11/30/2015 IRAQ – VATICAN
Amid violence and persecution, mercy is the Christian way, says Patriarch Sako by Louis Raphael I Sako*
11/30/2015 FRANCE - UN
Paris: difficult negotiations underway in COP21 on climate change
11/30/2015 SYRIA
Islamic State has executed over 3,500 people in Syria, more than 2 thousand civilians
11/29/2015 VATICAN - CAR
Pope opens Holy Door in Bangui calls on Christians to be artisans of peace based on justice
11/29/2015 VATICAN -CAR
Pope to Bangui, "I come as a pilgrim of peace, and an apostle of hope"
11/28/2015 VATICAN - UGANDA
Pope calls on Ugandan youth to transform hatred into love, war into peace
11/28/2015 CHINA
Beijing denies entry visa to Miss Canada, she denounced the persecution of Falun Gong
11/28/2015 INDIA
Uttar Pradesh:Coca-cola needs to pack up and go
11/28/2015 ISRAEL
Galilee: first ordination of a Maronite priest in 100 years by Joan Maria Vernet Mateu, S.D.B.*
11/28/2015 VATICAN - UGANDA
Pope in Uganda: "worldly pleasures and earthly power do not bring lasting joy and peace"
Editor's choices
Paris Massacre highlights the failure of Muslim integration in Europe
by Catherine FieldThe attack in the heart of France highlights the crisis of Europe’s model of coexistence. Social unrest, poverty and marginalisation feed youth extremism and radicalisation. A New Zealander journalist, expert on expertise in religion and interfaith dialogue, talks about it after undertaking a journey through the French Muslim world.
For Nîmes imam, Islam should not be held hostage by extremists
by Hochine DrouicheFrench imams condemn the Paris terrorist attacks and disassociate themselves from violence committed in "the name of our religion." At the same time, they ask Muslim communities to dare leading a life of dialogue and friendship with Europeans, without fear or arrogance. For centuries, Muslims have ruled out reason from their religious life. The vice president of French imams bears witness.
Top 10
11/24/2015 INDONESIA
Jakarta wants to reform the law on places of worship, fewer restrictions on building permits
by Mathias Hariyadi
11/25/2015 PAKISTAN
Karachi, masked men set Christian television station on fire
by Jibran Khan
11/25/2015 INDIA
"Mother Teresa" award to the widow of Pastor Graham Staines
by Nirmala Carvalho
11/26/2015 PAKISTAN
Sialkot, Muslim kidnaps 13 year old Christian girl and forces her to convert to Islam
by Jibran Khan
11/30/2015 INDONESIA
Muslim businessman proposes Bali as "sharia" tourism destination
by Mathias Hariyadi
11/25/2015 BANGLADESH
Bangladeshi inter-faith forum leader attacked
With Gaza like a huge prison, Caritas Jerusalem is raising funds for Christmas gifts for Christians
11/27/2015 SAUDI ARABIA
Riyadh plans mass execution of 55 people in one day
11/30/2015 VATICAN
Pope tells Bartholomew I that the necessary conditions for the restoration of unity between Catholics and Orthodox exist
11/26/2015 VATICAN – KENYA
Pope in Kenya: climate conference would be “catastrophic” if no global “transformational” agreement is reached


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