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03/29/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Holy Week, God’s way is humility, it is Jesus’ way, and “we will take this path”
During Palm Sunday Mass, which begins Holy Week, Pope Francis cited the example of people “who, in silence and hiddenness, sacrifice themselves daily to serve others: a sick relative, an elderly person living alone, a disabled person . . .” He also cited today’s martyrs, persecuted because of their faith, a “cloud of witnesses”. Palm Sunday also marks the celebration of the 30th World Youth Day. Deacons of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions provided the service to the pope and the altar. The pope called on young people to come in pilgrimage to Krakow in 2016. He also mentioned the victims of the plane crash in the French Alps.
Vatican City (AsiaNews) – During “This week, Holy Week, which leads us to Easter, we will take this path of Jesus’ own humiliation. Only in this way will this week be ‘holy’ for us too! [. . .] This is God’s way, the way of humility. It...

03/28/2015 INDIA
Protestant leader demands protection during Holy Week from radical Hindu attacks
by Nirmala Carvalho
Violence against individual Christians and Churches continues unabated. Near Agra, a group of Protestants, who met to pray for an elderly woman, were beaten and accused of trying to convert the family.
03/28/2015 EGYPT – MIDDLE EAST
Arab military force to fight Shias and (perhaps) the Islamic state
Arab League members agree to a military coalition to address conflicts in the Arab world. The "historic" deal shelves past Western-led coalitions. The anti-Islamist fight and even the Israeli-Palestinian problem are overshadowed by the main goal: containing Iranian influence. However, the confessional divide is giving the Islamic State group greater leeway and is undermining the social and political demands of the Arab Spring.
03/28/2015 THAILAND
Amid conversions, charity and mission, Fr Pelosin tells more stories about the Thai Church
by Adriano Pelosin
One story is about a widow, Ari, her diabetic father and her conversion. In the case of Mueli and Visal, the young couple fled their native Cambodia and gave birth to a child, welcomed like Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem. In his Easter letter, Fr Adriano Pelosin, a 34-year veteran of the mission in Thailand also talks about the 25th anniversary of the Thai Missionary Institute, new ordinations, and the Thai Church’s first synod in 350 years.
03/28/2015 VIETNAM
Vinh: government uses violence to drive out Catholics from their parish
The authorities targeted the small, remote parish of Dông Yên. Most Catholics have left, but about 150 families have decided to stay. Police carried out a raid, injuring several parishioners, a few days ago. The bishop of Vinh expressed his solidarity with the victims.

03/28/2015 CHINA
Zhejiang: eight Sanjiang Church members convicted, then released, for trying to stop its destruction
The members of the Protestant church tried in vain to prevent the demolition of their place of worship. A local court found them guilty based on confessions obtained under duress, according to some.
03/27/2015 SOUTH KOREA – ASIA
As South Korea joins Asian "Super Bank", Washington wavers
Proposed by Beijing, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is designed to limit US influence in Asia and reduce Asia’s dependence on the International Monetary Fund. As South Korea accepts China’s predominance, the United States has to rethink what to do. Italy, Germany, France and Great Britain have already decided to join.
03/27/2015 YEMEN-MIDDLE EAST
Saudis continue raids against Shiite rebels. A religious war, but also a question of power
by Paul Dakiki
The military operation "Firmness Storm " has already caused 39 civilian deaths. Saudi Arabia (Sunni) along with Sudan, Turkey and Pakistan against Iranian influence in the Middle East. Objectives include: to ensure Bab-el-Mandel Strait; undermine the agreement on the Iranian nuclear question. Inter-Arabian military force launched to fight Islamic State terrorists.
03/27/2015 INDONESIA
Indonesia tops human-elephant run-ins
As farming encroaches on wild areas, elephants are more likely to encounter humans. The authorities are concerned about the economic impact of elephants trespassing onto farmland, and humans’ violent reaction to it.
03/27/2015 CHINA
Elderly Chinese woman dies without treatment, abandoned for days in a field
The still unknown woman was found in Jiangsu province. Pictures of her have sparked outrage and triggered a fierce debate. Medical care, drugs and access to health facilities are too expensive and distant for the rural population.
03/27/2015 INDONESIA
East Java: three militants arrested on returning from Syria. They were "disappointed by the Islamic State"
After six months in Syria, three militants have returned home disillusioned: they did not find the riches they expected in Syria. To counter the increasing numbers of citizens who join the Islamic State, the Minister of the Interior plans to revoke the citizenship of those who leave.
03/27/2015 UZBEKISTAN
Expulsion of Russian expert monitoring child labour practices in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry
Uzbek authorities arrested and then expelled the consultant whose presence was part of a deal with the World Bank. The latter’s loans were predicated on the Central Asian nation eliminating child labour from its cotton industry. The expert was in contact with the country’s only human rights NGO. For many years, Uzbekistan has tried to circumvent international rules to counter the boycott by American and European companies.
03/27/2015 IRAQ
Mar Dinkha IV, Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, has died
He was responsible for the rebuilding of his Church and overcoming old divisions. Fond of ecumenical dialogue, on 11 November 1994, he signed a Joint Declaration on Christology with John Paul II, which recognized that the Assyrian Church of the East and the Catholic Church confess the same faith in Christ.
03/27/2015 CHINA
Who has confidence in the future of the Chinese Communist Party? No one
by Bao Tong
One of the country’s foremost political dissident looks at Chinese society and politics at a time when the endgame for the ruling regime seems to be fast approaching. No one believes that China’s pyramid model can last. As the rich escape and government oppression continues, faith in the one party system is collapsing. Courtesy of Radio Free Asia.
03/27/2015 UNITED NATIONS – MIDDLE EAST
Patriarch of Baghdad addresses UN, calling for new laws against states or individuals who support terrorists
by Louis Raphael I Sako*
The Security Council is meeting in a French-sponsored session dedicated to Christians and persecuted minorities in the Middle East. Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako hopes to see the international community provide its full support to Iraqi and Kurdish authorities. He also calls for strict laws against terrorism, as well as actions in favour education reform and exegeses of sacred texts that oppose extremism.

Altri articoli
03/27/2015 NEPAL
Nepal, religious leaders and civil society against chemical castration for rapists by Christopher Sharma
03/27/2015 LAOS - CHINA
Laos, workers march against a Chinese company that does not pay wages
03/26/2015 ISLAM
IS a violent response to the emptiness young Muslims feel in the West
03/26/2015 INDIA
India’ Narendra Modi to speed up adoption of "anti-farmer" law
03/26/2015 KYRGYZSTAN
Ulema "excommunicate" Islamic State group in Kyrgyzstan
03/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope: people can be "doctors of the law" without faith, without hope, without joy
03/26/2015 TAIWAN
Taipei, Sapporo orchestra visits "Blessed Imelda" school: Thanks for help following tsunami by Xin Yage
03/26/2015 INDONESIA
Jakarta, hijab for policewomen gets go ahead to joy of extremist opposition by Mathias Hariyadi
03/26/2015 PHILIPPINES
Muslim and Christian leaders against prejudices, for “still possible” peace in Mindanao
03/26/2015 UZBEKISTAN
Uzbekistan set to re-elect Karimov in presidential vote by Nina Achmatova
03/26/2015 INDIA
West Bengal, death threats against a Catholic girls' school by Nirmala Carvalho
03/26/2015 YEMEN
Riyadh and the Gulf monarchies launch air raids against Houthi rebels by Paul Dakiki
03/26/2015 PHILIPPINES - CHINA
Manila accuses Beijing of wanting to control the entire South China Sea
03/25/2015 INDIA
Mumbai bishop: the Annunciation for unborn children and the needy by Dominic Savio Fernandes*
Editor's choices
IRAN
Time for a deal with Tehran, a reliable partner against the Islamic State group
by Bernardo Cervellera A framework agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue has to be inked by 31 March. US Republicans, Israel and Saudi Arabia are fiercely opposed to it for ulterior motives. Hassan Rouhani wants Iran to come back into the international fold. Tehran is playing a mediating role in the Middle East. For Vatican nuncio, “there is no evidence that Iran is preparing a nuclear bomb.”
CHINA - VATICAN
BREAKING NEWS: Chinese police seize two priests in Mutanjiang
by Bernardo Cervellera
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03/24/2015 INDONESIA
Authorities seize schoolbook that praises Islamic radicalism
03/22/2015 CHINA - VATICAN
BREAKING NEWS: Chinese police seize two priests in Mutanjiang
by Bernardo Cervellera
03/23/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Where there is no mercy, there is no justice, not even in the Church
03/24/2015 PAKISTAN
Attacks in Lahore, police arrest 200 Christians
by Jibran Khan
03/24/2015 IRAN
Time for a deal with Tehran, a reliable partner against the Islamic State group
by Bernardo Cervellera
03/24/2015 CHINA
The “endgame of communist rule has begun", a coup cannot be excluded
03/22/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Offer to the "many" who want to "see Jesus" the Gospel, the Cross and the witness to our faith
03/24/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "May Holy Week will help us leave behind the temptation to be ‘Yes, but Christians...'"
03/27/2015 UNITED NATIONS – MIDDLE EAST
Patriarch of Baghdad addresses UN, calling for new laws against states or individuals who support terrorists
by Louis Raphael I Sako*
03/23/2015 VIETNAM
Threats to religious freedom undermine Vietnam’s Communist Party
by Nguyen Hung

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