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06/02/2015 VATICAN
Pope coming to Sarajevo to support interfaith dialogue and peaceful coexistence
In a video message, Francis stresses "Peace be with you" as the motto for his 6 June visit. "I encourage Catholics to be witnesses to their fellow citizens of the faith and love of God, working for a society that makes ways towards peace in brotherhood and in mutual cooperation.”
Vatican City (AsiaNews) – In a video message to the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina ahead of his visit to Sarajevo, Pope Francis said that he hopes his visit will support interfaith dialogue between and among Christians and Muslims, encourage peaceful coexistence for all of the...

06/02/2015 CHINA
Passenger ship sinks in the Yangtze with more than 440 people missing
The Dongfangzhixing left Nanjing for Chongqing. Near the Jianli section (Hubei Province), it capsized for reasons still unknown, perhaps a tornado. Out of 458 people on board, only 13 have been rescued, including the ship’s captain and chief engineer who were detained by the police for questioning.
06/02/2015 LEBANON – VATICAN
For Card Mamberti, the pope remains hopeful that the Lebanese will continue to work together
The papal envoy is set to meet with the country’s civil and religious and discuss the presidential election and the situation of Christians in general.
Turkmenistan's parliament to approve changes that would allow president for life
President Berdymukhamedov chaired constitutional commission that is deciding whether to extend presidential term and lifting 70-year age limit for presidential election. The reforms would be implemented because they enjoy nationwide support.
06/02/2015 SOUTH KOREA – CHINA
Seoul and Beijing sign "historic" free trade agreement
The Free Trade agreement cuts tariffs by 90 per cent over the coming 20 years. Greater access to China’s markets could create more than 50,000 jobs in South Korea. In a letter to her Chinese counterpart, South Korea’s president calls that the agreement a “historic milestone” in relations between the two countries.

06/01/2015 INDIA
After claiming 1,700 victims deadly heat wave ends in India
by Nirmala Carvalho
Pre-monsoon rains are expected by the end of this week. Varanasi Priest speaks of "human tragedy", which mainly hit the poorest in the country. Because of the high temperatures, many are too weak to work and also risk of starvation.
06/01/2015 KYRGYZSTAN
Government plans to test imams on Islam to fight terrorism
According to Kyrgyz authorities, 70 per cent of the country’s imams lack a formal and thorough religious education. For imams, such a restrictive policy has political objectives. Clerics not loyal to the president are expected to be removed in a country where 90 per cent of the population is Muslim. The country has 2,362 mosques and 75 madrassas.
06/01/2015 INDIA
Narendra Modi will be the first Prime Minister of India to visit Israel
India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj made the announcement today. The trip could take place this year. India and Israel have had economic and diplomatic relations for over 20 years, with bilateral trade estimated at US$ 4.39 billion.
06/01/2015 LAOS
Young woman arrested for taking “damaging” picture posted on Facebook showing police extorting money
The picture shows police asking her brother for money. Police took the 26-year-old into custody without a warrant. The Communist Party is tightening controls on “untrue information" on the web.
06/01/2015 CHINA
Beijing bans smoking in public places
In China about 300 million people smoke, and each year one million die from tobacco-related diseases. Cigarettes can cost less than a dollar a pack, and smoking is considered almost like breathing. Offenders now will be fined, named and shamed on a government website.
06/01/2015 TURKEY
Erdogan’s campaign centred on Islam and nationalism
As head of state, he is constitutionally barred from party politics. However, he is holding rally after rally appealing to conservative Muslim voters. A video from the ruling party released to commemorate the conquest culminates with the Muslim call to prayer being recited from a minaret at Saint Sophia, which is now a museum.
06/01/2015 HONG KONG – CHINA
Hong Kong’s pan-democrats united against Beijing’s reforms
After a long meeting with representatives from mainland China, Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers announced they would veto plans for political reform that fails to grant real universal suffrage. The vote is expected in June.
06/01/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "The path of our redemption is a road of many failures," but in the end love conquers all
"The prophets, the men of God who spoke to the people, who have not been heard, who have been discarded, will be his glory." "If each one of us does an examination of conscience, we will see how many times, how many times the prophets have been cast aside. How many times we have said to Jesus: ‘Go away’, how many times we wanted to save ourselves, how many times we thought we were the just ones".
06/01/2015 VIETNAM - US - CHINA
Washington showers millions on Hanoi to buy military vessels and counter China
Ash Carter, head of the Pentagon, announces the dispatch of a first tranche of 18 million euro. It is the second trip to Asia in a few months, confirming Washington’s interest in the Asia-Pacific region. Strategic partnership being considered between the US and Vietnam, once great rivals.
06/01/2015 MYANMAR - CHINA
Ethnic violence in Myanmar, Chinese army plans military exercises along the border
Beijing orders five-days of military exercises in the territories bordering Burma. In recent months, tens of thousands of people have crossed the border to escape the fighting. Tensions remain high in the Kachin and Shan States, heartlands of ethnic guerrilla war.

Altri articoli
06/01/2015 NEPAL
School bells ring once again for Nepal’s children
05/31/2015 VATICAN
Pope: In the Trinity lies the ultimate goal of our earthly pilgrimage
05/30/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Euthanasia and abortion, attacks on human life equal to war and terrorism
05/30/2015 LEBANON
Hopes for a miracle as Cardinal Mamberti arrives in Lebanon by Fady Noun
05/30/2015 ASIA
More and bloodier wars in world: 180 thousand victims in 2014
Football, volleyball and karaoke on the disputed islands. Manila and Hanoi strengthen anti-Beijing alliance
05/30/2015 CHINA
China, maxi arrest in theft of archaeological artefacts dating back to 3,000 BC
Tashkent and Seoul agree to boost bilateral economic ties
Myanmar against UN at ASEAN summit on migrants
05/29/2015 VATICAN
Pope: New Evangelization, address the "great challenges" of our time with a "renewed" language and bearing witness to the faith
05/29/2015 ISLAM
Organisation of Islamic Cooperation slams Islamic States outrages
05/29/2015 INDIA
Criticism of Modi forbidden: University expels a student club
05/29/2015 VATICAN
Pope: God help us not to be selfish or profiteers, but to have a "life of faith" that "works wonders"
05/29/2015 IRAQ – IRAN
Mar Sako: transcending war for a future of reconciliation and dialogue between Christians and Muslims
Editor's choices
Vigil for persecuted Christians, our teachers in the mission in the West
by Bernardo CervelleraThe "wall of indifference and cynicism" and the silence and apathy so often denounced by Pope Francis have become almost a fortress. Such persecution reflects confessional manipulation, which slams Islam as such, and ideological manipulation, which forgets what is happening in North Korea or China. An increasingly post-Christian Europe seems disinterested in Christians.
Moscow Patriarchate: China authorises the ordination of Chinese Orthodox priests on its territory
by Marta AllevatoMetropolitan Hilarion, the Moscow Patriarchate’s ‘foreign minister’, made the announcement after a visit to China where he met the leaders of the State Administration for Religious Affairs. The first priest should serve in Harbin. Two more ordinations are expected. With a new Cold War as the background, the Moscow-Beijing strategic alliance also has a Church connection with the People's Republic recognising the latter’s 'political' role in Russia.
Top 10
05/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Christianity is a radical choice: you cannot have "heaven and earth"
05/30/2015 ASIA
More and bloodier wars in world: 180 thousand victims in 2014
05/26/2015 INDIA
Bosco’s story or “the gift of sobriety through the mantle of Mary’s love”
by Bosco Pereira
05/29/2015 VATICAN
Pope: New Evangelization, address the "great challenges" of our time with a "renewed" language and bearing witness to the faith
05/31/2015 VATICAN
Pope: In the Trinity lies the ultimate goal of our earthly pilgrimage
05/28/2015 IRAQ - IRAN
Patriarch of Baghdad: Iran’s Chaldeans, "light, salt and leaven" in the Church of Persia
by Louis Raphael I Sako*
05/30/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Euthanasia and abortion, attacks on human life equal to war and terrorism
05/27/2015 CHINA – VATICAN
As the parish priest at Baoding’s Mary Queen of China Church is arrested, another Catholic altar is demolished
05/28/2015 CHINA - RUSSIA
Moscow wants to "restore" Russian sites and monuments in Northeast China
by Nina Achmatova
05/26/2015 CHINA
China’s ruling Communist Party warns its members that harbouring religious beliefs will be punished


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