06/30/2015YEMEN - ISLAM Islamic State attacks Houthi leader in Yemen: 28 dead, including eight women Brothers Faycal and Hamid Jayache, Yemeni Shiite rebel two faction leaders, target of attack. The two were attending funeral of a deceased relative. Houthis have surrounded the area, access allowed only for medical transport. Jihadist movement post online claim of responsibility for the attack against the "Shiite nest" in Sanaa. Sana'a (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an overnight attack against two Houthi leader in Sanaa, capital of Yemen, which caused the deaths of at least 28 people, including eight women. A car bomb targeted the...
06/29/2015BANGLADESH Theology course for lay leaders in Bangladesh’s Catholic community by Sumon Corraya The Episcopal Commission for the Laity (EP-LC) has organised this seminar for the past four years. After the course, one participant felt a greater sense of “responsibility towards my church,” and a stronger desire “to be part of its mission, and help my pastor, following the teachings of Christ."
06/29/2015VATICAN Pope: Rome’s "affection and gratitude" for witness of Peter and Paul At the Angelus Pope Francis remembers the mission of the Church of Rome, that preserves the legacy of Peter and Paul: faith and charity. The " Romans centuries long devotion to the Virgin, especially invoked as Salus Populi Romani". The bond of communion of metropolitan archbishops with "the See of Peter" and "brotherly ties" with the Sister Church of Constantinople. The announcement of the trip to Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay 5 to 12 July.
06/29/2015VATICAN Pope to new metropolitan archbishops: The Church wants men of faith, prayer, witness On the Feasts of St. Peter and Paul, Pope Francis blesses the pallium for 46 metropolitan archbishops appointed this year. These include six Asian archbishops. The pallium will be imposed by the nuncios in the countries of origin. Orthodox delegation sent by Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople also present. The apostles and the first Christian communities with “courage carried forward the work of evangelisation, free of fear of death and martyrdom, within the social context of a pagan empire”. “Many forces in the course of history have tried, and still do, to destroy the Church, from without as well as within, but they themselves are destroyed and the Church remains alive and fruitful". " the Church does not belong to Popes, bishops, priests, nor the lay faithful; the Church in every moment belongs solely to Christ." " A Church or a Christian who does not give witness is sterile; like a dead person who thinks they are alive; like a dried up tree that produces no fruit; an empty well that offers no water! The Church has overcome evil thanks to the courageous, concrete and humble witness of her children".
06/29/2015KUWAIT - SAUDI ARABIA Author of Kuwait Shiite mosque attack was Saudi 26 people were killed in the attack, 227 wounded. The bomber's name was Abdel Mohsen al-Fahd Souleimane Qabaa and he was born in 1992. The driver who brought the young man to the mosque arrested. Experts say the Islamic State is trying to sow division between Sunnis and Shiites in the Arabian Peninsula. Relatives of the victims: "united" against violence.
06/28/2015VATICAN Pope: Believe that Jesus can heal us and awaken us from death? At the Angelus in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis speaks of today's Gospel - of healing and resurrection - that "have a single center: the faith." A "tarnished or uncertain" faith tends to confuse "resurrection with reincarnation." "Faith ... promotes life in every situation."
06/27/2015ISLAM - MIDDLE EAST Al Azhar and Vatican against terrorism. The ambiguity of the international community by Bernardo Cervellera The influential Sunni university denounces " heinous" violence of the Islamic state and demands the world defeat this group “through every possible means". Vatican: terrorism is a threat to all humanity. France claims to fight terrorism, but then sells weapons, aircraft, helicopter gunships to Saudi Arabia, which supports Islamic fundamentalism. Kuwait tolerates Salafis who support the Nusra Front and the Islamic state. Turkey against the Kurds; the United States against Iran, Russia and China.
06/27/2015INDONESIA - ISLAM Bowing to ulema, Constitutional Court approves "forced" marriages with minors by Mathias Hariyadi Civil society outraged by supreme court decision, already criticized for the ruling on mixed faith couples. The Court legalized marriages of minors under 16, considering them adult ready for marriage. MUI pressure instrumental. Indonesian activist: a dangerous precedent.
06/27/2015PAKISTAN Church to the fore in aiding victims of Pakistan’s deadly heatwave by Kamran Chaudhry The largest supplier of electricity in the city of Karachi continues to suffer blackouts. The temperatures are the highest in the last 15 years and have resulted in 1,000 deaths. The workers' protest. Caritas Pakistan is organizing the distribution of bottled water and deploys doctors. Catholic churches use private resources to provide energy in parishes.
06/27/2015TUNISIA - ISLAM Tunis, stop terrorism by closing fundamentalist mosques President Essebsi believes unified and global strategy needed to counter terrorism. The attack in Sousse almost simultaneous with those in France, Kuwait, Somalia. Islamic State claims responsibility.
06/26/2015VATICAN – PALESTINE Holy See and the State of Palestine sign comprehensive agreement, a “hasty step” according to Israel Vatican Secretary for Relations with States Mgr Richard Gallagher and Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki led the signing ceremony. Under the agreement, the legal status of the Catholic Church, freedom of conscience and freedom of religion are guaranteed. The deal is an important signal for a region touched by “extremism, barbaric violence, and ignorance”. Israel’s Foreign Minister criticises the agreement. However, the Fundamental Agreement between the Holy See and Israel has been stalled for 22 years.
06/26/2015SYRIA – TURKEY After IS attacks Kobane, Kurds slam Turkey for allowing Jihadis through border Three car bombs hit a checkpoint on the outskirts of the city. At least 57 people die in fighting. In a village south of the city, IS executes 23 Syrian Kurds, including women and children. Ankara rejects accusations, calls them "black propaganda". For Mideast expert, IS’s “spectacular attacks” are “diversionary operations aimed at distracting the Kurds from their role approaching Raqqa.”