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03/02/2015 SYRIA - 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,...

03/02/2015 INDIA
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.
03/02/2015 VATICAN
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.
03/02/2015 MYANMAR
Yangon cardinal calls for dialogue between military and ethnic militias to end conflict in Myanmar
by Francis Khoo Thwe
The Burmese archbishop appeals to the warring parties, calling on them to resume peace talks. By taking part in the pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of Nyaunglebin, he stressed the importance of meetings "face to face". He announces that he would be working on the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Naypyidaw.
03/02/2015 PHILIPPINES
Caritas Philippines: Lent with Francis, against the globalization of indifference
This is the charitable organization’s aim ahead of Easter. The national director invites people to listen to the poor, the oppressed and safeguard the environment. Initiatives include projects for agrarian reform, support for displaced fishermen and farmers, the fight against forced evictions.

03/02/2015 THAILAND
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."
03/02/2015 IRAQ
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."
03/02/2015 KOREA - USA
Pyongyang fires two missiles at launch of Seoul-Washington exercises
As every year, the beginning of the "war games" between the US and the South Korean armies irritates the regime led by Kim Jong-un. No real damage, but Seoul’s Minister of Defense warns: "Enough provocations or we will make regret it".
03/02/2015 RUSSIA
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.
03/01/2015 VATICAN
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."
02/28/2015 VATICAN
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."
02/28/2015 RUSSIA
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.
02/28/2015 PHILIPPINES
Filipino Church: helping women and families in crisis against abortion
Pregnancy Support Services of Asia (PSSA) is organising a conference together with the Commission on Family and Life of the Archdiocese of Manila and Life and Couples for Christ. The goal is to promote a "healthy" way of experiencing pregnancy.
02/28/2015 LEBANON
Bishop Baïssari dies poor, but rich in Christian virtues
by Fady Noun
As a professor, as a priest and as a bishop, he trained a generation of Lebanese to love the Church, Lebanon and everything that is right.
02/28/2015 VIETNAM
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.

Altri articoli
02/27/2015 NEPAL
Nepal's Supreme Court rules against civil war amnesty
World Bank investment in Tajikistan to lead the country out of isolation
02/27/2015 SYRIA
Despite their uncertain fate, Mgr Audo denies rumours that 15 Christians have been killed
02/27/2015 INDIA
No more attacks on Mother Teresa, "beloved by India and the world". by Anthony Charangat*
For Filipino bishops' president, "pope awakes from indifference, a national evil"
02/27/2015 ISRAEL
Arson attack against Greek Orthodox seminary in Jerusalem
Montagnard Christians continue to flee to Cambodia, but are running out of food and supplies
China, a record 2014 for loans to Latin America
02/27/2015 EGYPT - LIBYA - ISLAM
The Lent of the 21 Egyptian Copts martyred in Libya by Bernardo Cervellera
02/27/2015 MYANMAR - ASIA
WHO sounds alarm over spread of Bird flu after massive cull in Myanmar
02/27/2015 HONG KONG
Hong Kong, employer who tortured Indonesia maid jailed for six years
02/26/2015 SYRIA
IS holding more than 250 Christians, for vicar to Aleppo, pope's prayers are a source of courage
02/26/2015 JAPAN
Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology against freezing eggs because of harm on health
02/26/2015 BANGLADESH
Prostitution and forced labour: trafficking in human beings in Bangladesh by Sumon Corraya
Editor's choices
What Tayeb and Sisi said is big step towards a revolution in Islam
by Samir Khalil SamirThe grand imam of Al-Azhar slammed literalist interpretations of the Qur'an and the Sunnah, as fundamentalists and Islamic terrorists do. He supports the urgent need for Islam's reform, especially in terms of teaching lay people and clerics. He also calls for an end to mutual excommunication (takfir) between Sunnis and Shias. Egyptian President al-Sisi chose to fight the Islamic state group after it beheaded 21 Coptic Christians, whom he called "Egyptian citizens" with full rights.
For head of Al-Azhar, religious education reform is needed to stop Islamic extremismFor Ahmed al-Tayeb, it is urgent to come up with new educational programmes to avoid "corrupt interpretations" of the Qur'an and Sunnah. Islamic terrorism undermines the unity of the Muslim world. He blames Mideast tensions on a "new global colonialism allied to world Zionism". a speech by the Saudi king is read at the conference.
Top 10
For head of Al-Azhar, religious education reform is needed to stop Islamic extremism
02/24/2015 EGYPT - ISLAM
What Tayeb and Sisi said is big step towards a revolution in Islam
by Samir Khalil Samir
02/23/2015 EGYPT-LIBYA
Escape from Libyan hell: Egyptian migrants tell of ordeal and Islamic State torture
by André Azzam
02/25/2015 SYRIA
IS abducts 150 Christians, rapes and kills women, a "tragic situation" for vicar to Aleppo
02/23/2015 TURKEY
Bartholomew I’s Lenten message
by NAT da Polis
02/24/2015 INDIA
Radical Hindus against Mother Teresa, but India rises up: "She is a Saint”.
by Santosh Digal
02/23/2015 TIBET - CHINA
Tibet, thousands of Buddhists celebrate the Dalai Lama’s birthday in public
02/26/2015 SYRIA
IS holding more than 250 Christians, for vicar to Aleppo, pope's prayers are a source of courage
03/01/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Let us not forget those who are suffering in Syria, Iraq and Venezuela; let us pray for them
02/26/2015 BANGLADESH
Prostitution and forced labour: trafficking in human beings in Bangladesh
by Sumon Corraya


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