03/02/2015SYRIA - ISLAM Islamic State group frees 19 Syrian Christians in Syria after a ransom is paid After jihadists seized the Tal Tamr area and at least ten Christian villages, they took 220 people hostage. Judged by an "Islamic court", 19 were released after paying US$ 1,700 per person. Assyrian and Islamic tribal leaders are negotiating the release of the other hostages. Damascus (AsiaNews) - Islamic State (IS)
terrorists on Sunday freed 19 of the 220 Assyrian Christians they took
hostage in Tal Tamr (Syria) last week, after a US$ 1,700 ransom per
person was paid for their release,...
03/02/2015INDIA India's 2015-2016 budget calls for growth, but on the back of children by Nirmala Carvalho Lenin Raghuvanshi, director of the People's Vigilance Committee for Human Rights (PVCHR), slams the Finance minister's financial bill. Large infrastructure and energy investments come with heavy cuts in educational and development programmes for the country's children.
03/02/2015VATICAN Pope: Judging ourselves to obtain and offer mercy At Mass in Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis emphasizes that judging ourselves is the first step of Christian wisdom. Recognizing the envy that leads us to "speak ill of others", that we are capable of doing worse things than which we judge others for. "Who am I to judge?" obeys the exhortation of Jesus: Judge not lest you be judged.
03/02/2015THAILAND Four Thai fishermen held captive by Somali pirates for five years are freed by Weena Kowitwanij A joint collaboration between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations. The fishermen: "It's like coming back to life after being dead”. Thai Prime Minister: "Entrepreneurs in the sector must cooperate with the government to stop this human trafficking."
03/02/2015IRAQ Baghdad launches offensive to wrest Tikrit from Islamic State Military operation in Salahuddin province, an Islamic fundamentalist stronghold north of Baghdad. The security forces and Shiite militiamen have launched an assault on the city, with air and artillery support. Premier Abadi appeals to Sunni fighters, urging them to abandon the jihadists. "It's their last chance."
03/02/2015RUSSIA Tens of thousands flood Red Square in memory of Nemtsov People march under the slogan "I'm not afraid," but no one is hoping for a real revival of civil society. The Church invites people not to exploit the tragedy, but Muscovites still believe those in "power" are behind the incident.
03/01/2015VATICAN Pope: Let us not forget those who are suffering in Syria, Iraq and Venezuela; let us pray for them Francis comments the Gospel of the Transfiguration of Christ. "Jesus reveals himself as the perfect icon of the Father, the irradiation of his glory. It is the fulfilment of revelation. [. . .] Jesus' journey always leads us to happiness [. . .]. Love transfigures everything." The task he leaves for the disciples and the faithful is simple: "Listen to and follow the Saviour." After the Marian prayer, the Holy Father issued an appeal to the peoples of the Middle East, noting that "We are praying insistently for an end to the intolerable brutality of which they are victims."
02/28/2015VATICAN Pope encourages the growth of cooperatives as an economic model that serves the common good Cooperatives are "enterprises based on the principle of solidarity and social relations," that act as "the lever that raises and develops the weakest part of local communities and civil society," and provide "new welfare solutions" that support, facilitate and even encourage family life, because even though money is "the dung of the devil," if it is well managed, "it can be used to promote the common good."
02/28/2015RUSSIA A leading opponent to Vladimir Putin murdered in Moscow Boris Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister under President Yeltsin, was shot to death last night. The Kremlin called it a "brutal murder" and a "provocation". Obama calls "upon the Russian government to conduct a prompt, impartial, and transparent investigation". The 55-year-old politician was opposed to Russia's stance in the Ukraine, and was planning to take part in a protest tomorrow against Russian interference in that country.
02/28/2015VIETNAM Saigon: Catholic activist follows Don Bosco and helps Christian and non-Christian blind kids by NC In 1999, Nguyễn Quốc Phong founded Mái Ấm Thiên Ân, a home for children. Blind himself following an accident, he runs the facility helping young people regardless of sex, religion or social class. Particular care is given to poor children and those from remote areas. The goal is to educate them and encourage them through school to be part of society.