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04/24/2015 IRAQ – TURKEY
Bartholomew I’s solidarity to Mar Sako for Iraq’s persecuted Christians
by Joseph Mahmoud
A few days ago, a Chaldean delegation visited Turkey, where they met the faithful and high-ranking religious and political officials. Patriarch Sako stressed the importance of Christian unity, the only source of strength and salvation. He also visited Diyarbakir cathedral and Zafaran Monastery.
Baghdad (AsiaNews) – Patriarch Mar Raphael Louis Sako I paid an official visit to Turkey a few days ago, meeting the faithful and visiting a number of Chaldean places of worship in Ottoman lands. The highlights of his trip included a meeting with Bartholomew I in Istanbul’s Phanar district,...

04/24/2015 CAMBODIA
Cambodians celebrate New Year by forgetting the 40th anniversary of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime
For PIME missionary Fr Ghezzi, Cambodians prefer to celebrate the Khmer New Year rather than remember the crimes of the Maoist regime. TV too prefers sentimentality in lieu of historical analysis. A British photographer offers one of the few venues to remember.
04/24/2015 PAKISTAN
An "intelligence failure" led to the killing of Lo Porto and Weinstein
by Silent Thinker
A retired Christian Pakistani army brigadier spoke about the drone strike in which an Italian aid worker and a US contractor were killed. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) “condemns every bombing because nothing is certain about the victims, and innocent people can become targets."
04/24/2015 CHINA – ASIA – AFRICA
Xi Jinping calls for a new world order to reflect the newfound influence of Asia and Africa
At the Asia Africa Summit, which marked the 60th anniversary of Bandung Conference, Chinese President called for a fairer international system that reflects the growing influence of the nations of the two continents. He also called on industrialised nations to stop putting political conditions on international aid.
04/24/2015 THAILAND
Thai Prime Minister asks Indonesia for help against illegal fishing
by Weena Kowitwanij
The European Union has threatened to suspend fish imports from Southeast Asia unless Thailand does not move against banned fishing practices. Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-ocha met the Indonesian president to discuss a common strategy against illegal fishing. Thai admiral says, “We shall do it.”

04/24/2015 BANGLADESH
Bangladesh: the family is "the most beautiful place in the world"
by Sumon Corraya
Bablu Gomes, a married Catholic and father of two children, addresses a conference on family sponsored by the Archdiocese of Dhaka. At the rally the laity have shared personal experiences and problems. "Love, patience and respect" the secret to a long and happy married life.
04/24/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Never forget your "first encounter" with Jesus, the one that "changed your life"
"He never forgets, but we forget". “Pray and ask for the grace of memory. ‘When, Lord, was that first encounter, that first love?’ – so that we might not hear the complaint the Lord makes in Revelation: ‘I have this against you, that you have forgotten your first love’"
04/24/2015 INDIA
Varanasi: Mafia and pollution "threatens health of Ganges"
by Nirmala Carvalho
The "ecological" mission of Fr. Anand Mathew Ims and his Vishwa Jyoti Communications. Household waste and industrial pollutants that contaminate the sacred river "are a danger to more than 400 million people."
04/24/2015 NEPAL
Nepal: after 18 years, killer of Jesuit missionary arrested
by Christopher Sharma
The murderer of Fr. Thomas Ganfney had been hiding in India. The man had killed the priest to rob him. TheJesuit had founded the first center for social services in the nation, through which he helped the poor and needy.
South China Sea: Manila accuses Beijing of "armed robbery"
More clashes between Filipino fishing boats and Chinese vessels in disputed waters. The Chinese Coast Guard reportedly used water cannon against a group of Filipino fishermen; previously some Chinese vessels boarded, threatened with guns and robbed two Philippine ships of their load. Manila to lodge formal protest.
The largest canonization in history: 1.5 million Armenians massacred by the Ottoman Empire
The ceremony, presided over by Karekin II, took place yesterday afternoon at Echmiadzin (Yerevan). Today there will be civil ceremonies. Putin and Hollande expected to attend. The bells have sounded in Armenia and in New York, Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Venice. Turkey’s resistence in admitting the genocide. The United States’ embarrassment. Austria’s first step.
04/23/2015 TURKEY – ARMENIA
The forced Islamisation of Armenians was also genocide
by NAT da Polis
In addition to the mass slaughter of more than a million Armenians, the Young Turks regime islamised the orphans and women who survived the massacres. Several Turkish historians show that modern Turkey was founded on a "national-fascist" conception of the state, in which Turkish and Islamic were synonymous. The Armenian genocide was followed by a policy of eliminating other Christian minorities, including the Greek Orthodox. Modern Turkey, and Erdogan, do not know how to ask for forgiveness.
04/23/2015 IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarchate and Caritas help Muslim families, displaced from Tikrit and Anbar
by Joseph Mahmoud
After fleeing the Islamic state, some 2,000 Muslim families receive aid and donations. Such a "fraternal initiative" shows " in a concrete way the solidarity of Christians,” Mar Sako said. For Muslim leaders, the deed rebuilds "trust between communities." The ‘Adopt a Christian from Mosul’ campaign by AsiaNews now benefits non-Christians as well.
04/23/2015 SAUDI ARABIA
Saudi Arabia: "I converted a genie to Islam", claims healer
The man posted the alleged words of the genie on Twitter. Avalanche of criticism, with many saying it is a scam to make money. The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (religious police) plans to set up a committee to regulate the work of these healers.
04/23/2015 LAOS
Laotian government pressures activists not to raise human rights issue at ASEAN meeting
Laotian NGOs planning to attend the ASEAN Peoples’ Forum are the target of government threats. Many of these have been scared off and will not participate. The Sombath case is still wrapped in silence after the activist disappeared more than two years ago.

Altri articoli
04/23/2015 BANGLADESH
Cricket: Bangladeshi fans delirious after resounding defeat of Pakistan by Sumon Corraya
EU accuses Gazprom of "abuse of dominant position," but everyone needs a compromise
The “extremism of dialogue" can defeat the "religion of war,” says Maria Voce at the UN
04/23/2015 NORTH KOREA
Pyongyang seeks English teachers to "revive tourism"
04/23/2015 INDIA
New Delhi, farmer commits suicide during anti-corruption demonstration by Nirmala Carvalho
04/23/2015 YEMEN
Yemen, more Saudi air raids. Houthi rebels: stop all attacks
04/23/2015 JAPAN-CHINA
Yasukuni visit, a few hours after meeting between Shinzo Abe and Xi Jinping
Patriarch Bechara al-Rahi in Armenia to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the genocide by Paul Dakiki
04/22/2015 VATICAN
Christian-Muslim dialogue: most Muslims are against killing in the name of God
Asia Africa Summit: leaders of Asia and Africa for a new world order by Mathias Hariyadi
04/22/2015 PAKISTAN – CHINA
Beijing “buys” Pakistan for US$ 45 billion
04/22/2015 HONG KONG – CHINA
The Hong Kong government closes the door on universal suffrage
04/22/2015 SRI LANKA
Justice and Peace: Church and government must work together for Tamil-Sinhalese reconciliation by Melani Manel Perera
04/22/2015 EGYPT – ISLAM
Mohamed Morsi’s 20-year sentence is “too light," he escaped “the death penalty"
Editor's choices
Pope remembers and prays for "latest tragedy" of migrants, "our brothers and sisters" who "are seeking happiness"At the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis says he is praying for the hundreds of victims in a sinking off the coast of Libya. An appeal to the international community to "act decisively and promptly." "Every baptized person is called to witness in word and deed, that Jesus is risen, He is alive and present in our midst." The Christian message "is not a theory, an ideology or a complex system of precepts and prohibitions, or moralism, but a message of salvation, a concrete event, even a person: the Risen Christ, the living and only Savior of all" . The Pope will be in Turin on June 21 to honor the Shroud, the exposition of which begins today.
Saudi war in Yemen masks widening domestic tensions
by Afshin ShahiSaudi Arabia is using the conflict in Yemen to control domestic problems, especially social inequalities and religious sectarianism. However, whilst the royal family flaunts its wealth, some 20 per cent of the population lives in poverty. Many disgruntled young Saudis end up becoming "foreign fighters" for the Islamic state (IS). Some 15 per cent of the Saudi population is Shia, under the heavy thumb of the Sunni-dominated state. Afshin Shahi, director of the Centre for the Study of Political Islam and lecturer in International Relations and Middle East Politics at University of Bradford, provides the following lucid analysis.
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04/19/2015 VATICAN
Pope remembers and prays for "latest tragedy" of migrants, "our brothers and sisters" who "are seeking happiness"
04/18/2015 MALAYSIA
One-fifth of Malaysia’s animals endangered
South China Sea: Vietnam offers the Philippines a deal to contain China
04/20/2015 TAIWAN - CHINA
More than 360 million viewers for premiere of film on imperial painter Jesuit Giuseppe Castiglione,
by Xin Yage
Saudi policy: UN aid for Yemen, but no ceasefire
by Paul Dakiki
04/20/2015 LIBYA- ISLAM
Ethiopian Christians shot, beheaded and filmed by Islamic State
by Paul Dakiki
04/21/2015 UN-EU
UN: 800 dead in the worst Mediterranean migrant tragedy
04/20/2015 VATICAN
Buddhists and Christians together against modern slavery and human trafficking
04/22/2015 INDIA
Jharkhand, Hindu radicals demand immediate closure of Catholic school
by Nirmala Carvalho
04/22/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "men and women are the same substance and are complementary", a woman is not inferior or subordinate


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