04/24/2015IRAQ – TURKEY Bartholomew I’s solidarity to Mar Sako for Iraq’s persecuted Christians by Joseph Mahmoud A few days ago, a Chaldean delegation visited Turkey, where they met the faithful and high-ranking religious and political officials. Patriarch Sako stressed the importance of Christian unity, the only source of strength and salvation. He also visited Diyarbakir cathedral and Zafaran Monastery. Baghdad (AsiaNews) – Patriarch Mar Raphael Louis Sako I paid an official visit to Turkey a few days ago, meeting the faithful and visiting a number of Chaldean places of worship in Ottoman lands.
The highlights of his trip included a meeting with Bartholomew I in Istanbul’s Phanar district,...
04/24/2015PAKISTAN An "intelligence failure" led to the killing of Lo Porto and Weinstein by Silent Thinker A retired Christian Pakistani army brigadier spoke about the drone strike in which an Italian aid worker and a US contractor were killed. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) “condemns every bombing because nothing is certain about the victims, and innocent people can become targets."
04/24/2015THAILAND Thai Prime Minister asks Indonesia for help against illegal fishing by Weena Kowitwanij The European Union has threatened to suspend fish imports from Southeast Asia unless Thailand does not move against banned fishing practices. Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-ocha met the Indonesian president to discuss a common strategy against illegal fishing. Thai admiral says, “We shall do it.”
04/24/2015BANGLADESH Bangladesh: the family is "the most beautiful place in the world" by Sumon Corraya Bablu Gomes, a married Catholic and father of two children, addresses a conference on family sponsored by the Archdiocese of Dhaka. At the rally the laity have shared personal experiences and problems. "Love, patience and respect" the secret to a long and happy married life.
04/24/2015INDIA Varanasi: Mafia and pollution "threatens health of Ganges" by Nirmala Carvalho The "ecological" mission of Fr. Anand Mathew Ims and his Vishwa Jyoti Communications. Household waste and industrial pollutants that contaminate the sacred river "are a danger to more than 400 million people."
04/24/2015NEPAL Nepal: after 18 years, killer of Jesuit missionary arrested by Christopher Sharma The murderer of Fr. Thomas Ganfney had been hiding in India. The man had killed the priest to rob him. TheJesuit had founded the first center for social services in the nation, through which he helped the poor and needy.
04/24/2015PHILIPPINES - CHINA South China Sea: Manila accuses Beijing of "armed robbery" More clashes between Filipino fishing boats and Chinese vessels in disputed waters. The Chinese Coast Guard reportedly used water cannon against a group of Filipino fishermen; previously some Chinese vessels boarded, threatened with guns and robbed two Philippine ships of their load. Manila to lodge formal protest.
04/24/2015ARMENIA-TURKEY The largest canonization in history: 1.5 million Armenians massacred by the Ottoman Empire The ceremony, presided over by Karekin II, took place yesterday afternoon at Echmiadzin (Yerevan). Today there will be civil ceremonies. Putin and Hollande expected to attend. The bells have sounded in Armenia and in New York, Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Venice. Turkey’s resistence in admitting the genocide. The United States’ embarrassment. Austria’s first step.
04/23/2015TURKEY – ARMENIA The forced Islamisation of Armenians was also genocide by NAT da Polis In addition to the mass slaughter of more than a million Armenians, the Young Turks regime islamised the orphans and women who survived the massacres. Several Turkish historians show that modern Turkey was founded on a "national-fascist" conception of the state, in which Turkish and Islamic were synonymous. The Armenian genocide was followed by a policy of eliminating other Christian minorities, including the Greek Orthodox. Modern Turkey, and Erdogan, do not know how to ask for forgiveness.
04/23/2015IRAQ Chaldean Patriarchate and Caritas help Muslim families, displaced from Tikrit and Anbar by Joseph Mahmoud After fleeing the Islamic state, some 2,000 Muslim families receive aid and donations. Such a "fraternal initiative" shows " in a concrete way the solidarity of Christians,” Mar Sako said. For Muslim leaders, the deed rebuilds "trust between communities." The ‘Adopt a Christian from Mosul’ campaign by AsiaNews now benefits non-Christians as well.
04/23/2015SAUDI ARABIA Saudi Arabia: "I converted a genie to Islam", claims healer The man posted the alleged words of the genie on Twitter. Avalanche of criticism, with many saying it is a scam to make money. The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (religious police) plans to set up a committee to regulate the work of these healers.