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08/31/2015 INDIA
Card. Toppo: Learning to take care of the earth and its inhabitants from India’s tribals
by Nirmala Carvalho
The Archbishop of Ranchi, speaks to AsiaNews ahead of the World Day of Prayer for the care of creation (1 September). The nation is home to "more than one million tribal Catholic, and in our culture we respect nature and will celebrate its gifts." Today "to be true witnesses of Christ, we must respond to the ecological crisis through a deep spiritual conversion."
Mumbai (AsiaNews) - "Thanks to the richness that comes from the diversity of tribes, languages ​​and people, India can be the model for the world community. The integral development of the human person created in the image...

08/24/2015 VIETNAM
Vietnamese Church at forefront of calls for democratic and multicultural reform of education
by Nguyen Hung

To denounce inadequacy of education system, the Redemptorists of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh celebrated Masses and prayers. At least 7 thousand people took part in the functions of the weekend. Criticism of the education "one-way" system touted by the Communist Party. 90% of young people have no faith in the current system.
08/31/2015 TIBET
Mother of four dies after setting herself on fire against village demolitions
Tashi Kyi also leaves behind her husband and her elderly father. She is the seventh victim since the beginning of 2015. Her nephew: "She was a generous believer and devoted to her family, she lived in good conditions". The woman was protesting against the repressive policies of Beijing. The police have seized her body. International Film Festival in Dharamsala, India, screens documentary film about self-immolations of Tibetan dissidents.
08/31/2015 MALAYSIA
Street protests against prime minister, accused of corruption. Najib refuses to resign
An estimated 300 thousand people according to organizers, 25 thousand according to police. Protest led by former premier Mahathir, demands Najib’s ouster. Marking national holiday Najib invokes goal of unity.
Msgr. Michel Sabbah among demonstrators assaulted by Israeli army in Beit Jala
by Joshua Lapide
The Patriarch Emeritus of Jerusalem had joined hundreds of Palestinians demanding a stop to the construction of the wall near Bethlehem. Fears over new illegal settlements of Jewish settlers. "This land belongs to us ... and one day will be returned to us” ." You are stronger with your guns, but you are not the strongest when it comes to humanity."

08/30/2015 VATICAN
For pope, the blessed martyr Flavianus Michael Malke can bring “consolation” to persecuted Mideast Christians
During the Angelus, Pope Francis mentioned yesterday’s beatification in Harissa (Lebanon) of the bishop killed during the Armenian-Syriac Genocide (1915), appealing to the international community to "do something" to end violence and abuses against religious freedom. He also urged the faithful to pray for the migrants who died trying to reach Europe, with a minute of silence observed for the 71 victims who suffocated to death in a lorry on their way to Vienna. “With external attitudes, one cannot call oneself a Christian unless one changes one’s heart,” he said. “The border between good and evil does not run outside of us but within us, in our consciousness."
08/29/2015 IRAN - CHINA
Tehran and Beijing to develop closer ties, work on Arak nuclear reactor project
China will play a leading role in redesigning the Arak heavy-water reactor to reduce its plutonium output from 10 kg to less than 1kg. It might also help Iran build two small, 100 megawatts nuclear reactors. China, Iran and the US are set to meet in mid-September at the International Atomic Energy Agency's general conference.
08/29/2015 LEBANON
‘You stink’ campaign steps up its protest, calling for fresh parliamentary elections
A Christian-Muslim summit scheduled next week in Bkirki will focus on protesters’ demands. Meanwhile, Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam calls on Turkey for help.
08/29/2015 IRAQ
Baghdad patriarch calls for a government of "national emergency" to save Iraq
by Joseph Mahmoud
In a letter to Iraq’s highest authorities, Mar Sako calls for a government that represents all of the country’s components. He notes that reforms currently discussed should be wisely vetted before they are approved. Politicians should possess “high integrity and professionalism”. Ethnic and sectarian militias should be incorporated into the regular police and armed forces.
Responding to the pope’s call, the Filipino Church will mark World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation with masses, exhibitions, and meetings
The event coincides with the start of Manila’s "Season of Creation". Cardinal Tagle will lead a solemn Mass. Parishes will host meetings, seminars and exhibits on environmental issues. The prelate calls for a million signatures to be presented to climate conference in November.
08/29/2015 RUSSIA
The Cossacks of Saint Petersburg deny involvement in the removal of a bas-relief depicting Mephistopheles
by Nina Achmatova
According to the head of the group, a letter claiming responsibility is the act of agent provocateurs. Initially blamed on religious motives, the latter is still shrouded in doubt. For the Orthodox Church, it is understandable.
Chinese-funded project gives Kyrgyzstan its first independent power transmission line
Construction on the Datka-Kemin power transmission line began at the Kemin substation in 2012. A Chinese company built the US$ 390 million project. Before, Kyrgyzstan relied on other countries for energy, now it “will not only meet the needs of the country, but it will also export electricity,” the president said.
Migrants found suffocated to death in a lorry in Austria were from Syria
A girl aged between one and two years old was among the victims. Four people – three Bulgarians and an Afghan – have been arrested in connection with the case. Most of those fleeing to Europe are from Syria and Afghanistan. Two boats with 500 people sink off the coast of Libya.
Jakarta and Dili to settle territorial disputes before the end of the year
The two governments have agreed in principle to boost trade and technical cooperation as well. Maritime disputes should be settled by the end of the year. Border posts are opened to facilitate cultural exchanges. Following its agreement with the Holy See, the latest steps will further Timor Leste’s foreign policy.
08/28/2015 NEPAL
Minority parties quit last session of Constituent Assembly
by Christopher Sharma
Madhese and Tharu representatives reject proposed administrative divisions adopted by the big parties. Under a revised version, the constitution’s final draft would include a seventh province. Since it became a secular state in 2007, Nepal has not yet adopted a final constitution.

Altri articoli
08/28/2015 KAZAKHSTAN
Agreement on a new international nuclear bank signed in Kazakhstan
08/28/2015 INDIA
Gujarat: Carmelites to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Teresa of Avila’s birth
08/28/2015 VATICAN - IRAQ
Fr. Samir of Amadiya: The Pope is the voice of Iraqi refugees by Bernardo Cervellera
08/28/2015 CHINA
Christian lawyer arrested over his involvement against cross removals in Zhejiang
08/28/2015 VIETNAM
Hanoi frees two Catholic activists, four years in jail for "anti-government activities"
08/28/2015 MALAYSIA
Kuala Lumpur blocks websites critical of Prime Minister Najib. Army ready to intervene
08/28/2015 RUSSIA
The Cossacks of St. Petersburg remove bas-relief of Mephistopheles from historic building by Nina Achmatova
Human Rights Watch slams Saudi-led coalition for using cluster bombs in Yemen
08/27/2015 RUSSIA
Hare Krishna accused of violence against their children, " forced to dance naked and be vegetarian"
08/27/2015 SRI LANKA
Defence seminar to focus on global threats by Melani Manel Perera
08/20/2015 BANGLADESH
Police arrest six Catholics in Rajshahi in connection with the death of a “possessed” tribal woman by Sumon Corraya
08/27/2015 INDONESIA
Christians, Muslims and Buddhists celebrate coexistence in Kudus, central Java by Mathias Hariyadi
08/27/2015 HONG KONG – CHINA
Hong Kong government’s vendetta against students and Occupy Central founders by Paul Wang
08/27/2015 MYANMAR
Jailed Burmese students in isolation for going a hunger strike by Francis Khoo Thwe
Editor's choices
Muslims defend Christians’ freedom in Beirut DeclarationFreedom of religion, education and opinion are defended by quoting the Qur’ān, which is the basis for the rule of law, not a religious state. Lebanese Sunnis slam violence committed in the name of God. The full declaration is reprinted here.
Islamic Makassed launch doctrinal battle against Muslim extremism
by Fady NounOfficial reference point for Lebanon’s Sunnis approves a document entitled "Beirut Declaration on Religious Freedom". Speculation over whether Dar el-Fatwa will succeed in gradually regaining control of Islamic religious teaching in the nation’s mosques.
Top 10
08/25/2015 PAKISTAN
Faisalabad: Christian family forced to flee from place to place after wife converts from Islam
by Stephen Masih
08/25/2015 LEBANON
Muslims defend Christians’ freedom in Beirut Declaration
Catholics in Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei use rosary and website against human trafficking
08/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope on prayer: God is "the caress that keeps us alive"
08/24/2015 RUSSIA - CHINA
As price per barrel drops so do Russia’s hopes of signing a second gas deal with China
08/28/2015 VATICAN - IRAQ
Fr. Samir of Amadiya: The Pope is the voice of Iraqi refugees
by Bernardo Cervellera
08/24/2015 MYANMAR
Myanmar passes polygamy and conversion laws that please Buddhist extremists
08/27/2015 JORDAN - ISLAM
Muslims are not doing "enough" to fight the Islamic State, says Queen Rania
08/25/2015 INDIA
Still no justice for Kandhamal’s Christians seven years after pogroms
by Nirmala Carvalho
08/25/2015 INDIA
For Mgr Barwa, Kandhamal Christians are witnesses of Christ, at peace in the face of persecution


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