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07/27/2015 RUSSIA
For Patriarch Kirill, the Church can help the state fight corruption
by Nina Achmatova
The Patriarchate and the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation signed an agreement that formalises cooperation between Church and State. According to the Orthodox primate, society’s woes stem from the destruction of values ​​and the economic collapse that occurred in the 1990s. Corruption costs the state more than US$ 600 million.
Moscow (AsiaNews) – The church can help the state fight corruption more effectively since it educates people in the spirit of evangelical values and the highest moral requirements, Patriarch of Moscow and all-Rus Kirill said at the signing ceremony of an agreement on cooperation between the Russian Orthodox Church and Russia’s Accounts Chamber, which...

07/27/2015 INDIA - PAKISTAN
Punjab terrorist attack: 12-hour siege claims nine lives
Three terrorists, perhaps trained in Pakistan, attacked a police station and opened fire. New Delhi deployed army and Special Forces to stop the siege. For its part, Pakistan condemns the attack.
07/27/2015 CHINA
China shares fall more than 8% on growth concerns
The Shanghai Composite closed down 8.5% at 3,725.56 after more weak economic data raised concerns about the health of world's second largest economy.
07/27/2015 JAPAN
Battle over peace “reopens old wounds that never healed”
Fr Domenico Vitali, a Jesuit, has been in Japan for more than half a century. He spoke to AsiaNews about Japan’s ongoing debate over constitutional reform. For him,” It is not about being in favour or against war, but about arguments heard before the Second World War” based on nationalist rhetoric and honour. Even within the Church, “various groups have split to take different positions”.
07/27/2015 TURKEY – SYRIA – IRAQ
Ankara changing strategy vis-à-vis the Islamic state and the Kurds at NATO meeting
by Sami Osman
Tomorrow’ "emergency meeting" is set for Ankara with all NATO representatives. Yesterday Turkish jets carried out air strikes against PKK bases north of Dohuk and Arbil in Iraqi Kurdistan. Turkey wants to ensure that no autonomous Kurdish region emerges in Syria. Clashes occur in Istanbul and Diyarbakir.

07/27/2015 INDONESIA
Crops destroyed by fires in Indonesia’s worst drought in five years
El Niño will affect 80 per cent of Indonesia’s territory, peaking in September. In many provinces, people are enduring drinking water shortages. Farmland is abandoned for lack of irrigation.
07/27/2015 INDIA
Karnataka: thousands of pupils join Pope Francis’ ‘Green crusade"
by Nirmala Carvalho
More than 6,000 boys and girls took part in the ‘Clean and green Ballari’ as a practical response to the Laudato Si’ encyclical. The initiative is a joint effort by local Catholic schools and state officials. For the local bishop, “Teaching ecology must become an integral part of formal education.”
07/27/2015 NEPAL
Four arrests in a case involving a 10-year-old child killed in a witchcraft sacrifice
by Christopher Sharma
The child’s name was Jeevan Kohar. He was playing near home and was tricked into following his murderers with a box of biscuits and the equivalent of 50 cents. His body was offered in sacrifice to Hindu gods in order to cure an 18-year-old man. The latter’s father said he feels guilty for his action. Lawyers staged a protest in front of parliament against Hindu superstitious practices, which are used to justify the murder of innocent people.
After yesterday's clashes in Jerusalem, Palestinian dies today trying to escape arrest
The young man, 18, was wounded in the leg, and fell as he tried to leap from one roof to another. Yesterday's clashes were caused by an attempt by ultra-Orthodox Jews to commemorate Tisha B'av, a day of remembrance for the destruction of both the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem, on the Esplanade of the Mosques, where, according to Jewish tradition the temples once stood.
07/27/2015 CHINA
Heilongjiang, six miners rescued after a week; five still underground; four dead
The incident occurred at the Xuxiang mine, which produces 150 thousand tons of coal per year. In 2014 there were only 931 deaths in coal mine accidents. Many are the result of private and state representatives’ corruption.
07/27/2015 SOUTH KOREA
South Korea removes last person from quarantine over MERS
Since the first case of MERS infection was confirmed May 20 in the country, 186 people were found to be infected, 36 of them died and a total of about 16,000 people had been subject to quarantine.
07/26/2015 VATICAN-SYRIA
Pope: urgent appeal for the release of Fr. Dall'Oglio, kidnapped two years ago in Syria
At the Angelus, Pope Francis recalls the Jesuit priest, the two Orthodox bishops and all those who have been kidnapped, calling on all present to join him in the recitation of a Hail Mary. Joined by the presence of two young people, he opens registration for WYD in Krakow and registers himself as teh first pilgrim online with a tablet. Commenting on today's Gospel: "Who among us does not have his" five loaves and two fish "? If we are willing to put them in the hands of the Lord, they will be a bit more love in the world to go around".
07/25/2015 CHINA
Chinese acitivists appeal to Olympic Committee not to award 2022 Winter Olympics to Beijing
Dozens sign letter to the International Olympic Committee, including Hu Jia, Teng biao, Chen Guangcheng, Du Yanlin. On July 31, in Kuala Lumpur, the IOC has to choose between Beijing and Almaty.
07/25/2015 BANGLADESH
Mymensingh: Christian and Muslim students mourn Fr. Bakul, a missionary and "life master"
by Sumon Corraya
Fr. Bakul Stanislaus Rozario died yesterday at age 56. He taught in Catholic schools around the nation. He founded the Notre Dame College of Mymensingh, where he was the current president. Thousands of Christian and Muslim students "will remember for a long time" the missionary's teaching.
07/25/2015 THAILAND
Thai surrogate mother refuses to entrust newborn to homosexual couple
Under Thai law she is recognized as the baby girl's mother and can decide whether to sign the passport of the minor or not. So far she has refused to do so.

Altri articoli
07/25/2015 TURKEY
Ankara unleashes air raids and arrests against Islamic jihadists and Kurdish militants by Sami Osman
07/25/2015 INDIA
Vijayawada, rediscovering the beauty of the liturgy in the Year of Consecrated Life by Benigna Menezes*
07/25/2015 PHILIPPINES
Filipino bishops: Formation and seminars ahead of Paris climate conference
07/24/2015 CHINA
Wenzhou: 90-year-old bishop and 26 priests protest against cross demolitions by Joseph Yuan
A new anti-discrimination law is a step forward in terms of religious freedom by Samir Khalil Samir
07/24/2015 INDIA – IRAN
For Pune bishop, the Iran nuclear deal is "a sign of a better world" by Nirmala Carvalho
07/24/2015 THAILAND
Bangkok: senior Thai army officer among 72 indicted on people-trafficking charges
07/24/2015 CHINA
Beijing: industrial output in July is the worst in 15 months
07/24/2015 NEPAL
Non-resident Nepalis complain that the new Constitution deprives them of voting rights by Christopher Sharma
07/24/2015 TURKEY
Turkish fighter jets pound IS positions in Syria
07/24/2015 IRAQ
Baghdad’s auxiliary bishop praises children’s prayers for peace in an Iraq engulfed in blood and violence
For the pope, euthanasia is what “mafiosi do. There is a problem: we get rid of this guy . . .”
07/24/2015 TAIWAN
Thirty students arrested in Taipei for protesting China-centric education
07/24/2015 PAKISTAN
Lahore: ‘Youhanabad Project,’ a summer camp for children victimised by church attacks by Shafique Khokhar
Editor's choices
After nuclear deal, Israel ought to become Iran’s best ally
by Uri AvneryThis is the thesis of Uri Avnery, leader of Gush Shalom, a major supporter of peace between Israelis and Palestinians. According to the great statesman and peace activist, Iran only wants to be a regional power in the Islamic world, able to trade with everyone, inspired by a sophisticated experience that goes back thousands of years. Iran, which faces backward-looking Gulf monarchies and emirates, could be a great ally against Daesh. Meanwhile in Israel Netanyahu, politicians and the media continue to blunder.
PIME in China: new men in new facilities
by Piero GheddoThe mission in China is possible. It should focus more on educational facilities. Old and new martyrs offer a role model. Here is a commented review of a letter the PIME superior general sent out to his confreres after a trip to China.
Top 10
07/23/2015 RUSSIA
Cossacks attack, throw stones at Jehovah's Witnesses
by Nina Achmatova
07/23/2015 ISRAEL - IRAN
After nuclear deal, Israel ought to become Iran’s best ally
by Uri Avnery
07/22/2015 PAKISTAN
After Supreme Court stays Asia Bibi’s execution and orders new hearing, Paul Bhatti hopes to see her free
A new anti-discrimination law is a step forward in terms of religious freedom
by Samir Khalil Samir
07/22/2015 INDONESIA – ISLAM
Possible attacks on churches trigger high security alert in Indonesia
by Mathias Hariyadi
07/26/2015 VATICAN-SYRIA
Pope: urgent appeal for the release of Fr. Dall'Oglio, kidnapped two years ago in Syria
07/21/2015 INDONESIA
Two Protestant churches torched, possibly in retaliation for the burning of mosque in Papua
by Mathias Hariyadi
07/21/2015 PAKISTAN
Lahore: Two Christians arrested for blasphemy could get the death penalty
07/21/2015 VATICAN
For the pope, caring for the environment is caring for humanity and its future
07/22/2015 UAE
UAE: a law against religious discrimination


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