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01/31/2015 ASIA
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01/31/2015 LEBANON - ISRAEL
Hizbullah does not want war with Israel, but is ready to fight
After clashes along the border between Israel, Lebanon and Syria, Hassan Nasrallah says his group does "not want a war," but claims the right to respond to "aggression" from Israel "wherever" it wished.
01/31/2015 SRI LANKA
Tamil to head Sri Lanka's Supreme Court
Appointing Kanagasabapathy Sripavan, an ethnic Tamil, as chief justice, is the latest election promise kept by the new president. The decision is part of his "national reconciliation" plan.
01/31/2015 INDIA
Indian missionaries of the Immaculate celebrate Sister Nirmala's jubilee
by Benigna Menezes*
Staff and students from the Nirmala High School marked 50 years of consecrated life of one of their own. A local bishop and 40 priests celebrated the thanksgiving Mass. Participants carried 50 candles in procession. The nun's nephew, a priest, marked his 25 years as a clergyman. The missionary embodies Mary's "Yes", serving Church and community.
01/31/2015 PHILIPPINES
Filipino cardinal wants inquiry into Mamasapano "massacre," expresses condolences for the victims
Cotabato Archbishop Cardinal Quevedo calls for an impartial investigation into such an "unimaginable tragedy." Yesterday, Filipinos took part in a day of national mourning, holding Masses and prayer services across the country. President Aquino wants to kick-start the peace plan.

01/30/2015 CHINA
Chinese government attacks textbooks that promote Western values
For Education Minister Yuan Guiren, high schools and universities should shun or ban textbooks that promote ​​"non-Chinese" values. Previously, President Xi Jinping had also attacked freedom of thought. Teachers who speak out are hounded, fired and even jailed.
01/30/2015 VATICAN
Pope feels "dismay and deep sadness at what is happening in the Middle East, especially in Iraq and Syria"
In a meeting with the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches, Francis prays "for a negotiated solution" to this "immense tragedy".
01/30/2015 NEPAL
Nepal government revokes license from "unofficial" religious schools
by Christopher Sharma
The decision concerns institutions that are not run by religious organisations that can operate and finance them. For the authorities, "economic sustainability" and "suspicious fundamentalist activity" are the reasons for closure. Madrassas are affected.
01/30/2015 MYANMAR
Education reform: government open to students for changes to legislation
by Francis Khoo Thwe
On Sunday, government officials, lawmakers, student representatives and members or an educational reform group will examine 11 demands made by students. The government is "in principle" open to some changes. Sources tell AsiaNews that students want to have "lawyers, donors, and prominent figures" in the discussion.
01/30/2015 VATICAN
Pope: To avoid being "lukewarm" Christians must cherish the "memory" of our first encounter with Jesus, have "hope" and "courage"
"It’s painful and heart-breaking to see so many Christians - so many Christians! – half-way along the road, so many Christians who’ve failed along this road towards a meeting with Jesus, going away from this encounter with Jesus. This road where they’ve lost the memory of that first love and no longer have any hope".
Central Asia: Uzbekistan could miss the train in the transport area
by Umida Hashimova
Tashkent is far from the hub of Central Asia trade. The Chinese government is putting pressure on Kyrgyzstan for a transnational railway project. Moscow closely watches over regional transport region and Iran favours projects in Uzbekistan to reach China. Turkmenistan is a potential competitor and "regional leader in transportation linkages" in the region.
01/30/2015 RUSSIA - UKRAINE
Greece does not oppose extended EU sanctions against Moscow
Sanctions apply to Russian officials and Ukraine's pro-Russian separatists. For now, new economic sanctions have been avoided. As diplomatic efforts continue in Minsk, fighting resumes on the ground.
01/30/2015 INDIA
West Bengal, two radical Hindu leaders reported over "reconversion" of Christians and Muslims
Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of the Indian state, demands investigation of Praveen Togadia, president of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and its secretary general. The militants have forced dozens of tribal families (12 Christian and Muslim 7) to convert to Hinduism, with yet another "coming home".
Bangkok, military junta cancels seminar on press freedom
The Friedrich Ebert Foundation forced to cancel conference, part of a series of annual events on the difficulties of journalists in Asia. Thai Media confirm a growing censorship. Prime Minister announces zero tolerance against dissent: anyone critical of authority will be summoned.
01/30/2015 EGYPT - ISLAM
27 soldiers and police die in four Islamic State attacks in Egypt
A military hostel and the headquarters of the newspaper al-Ahram Al-Arish destroyed; car bomb in Rafah; an attempt to blow up a power station in Port Said. For now, the Suez Canal remains safe. The attacks reveal a high level of coordination.

Altri articoli
01/30/2015 IRAQ
Mar Sako, two years as Chaldean Patriarch: Main challenge is "the unity of the Church in the East" by Louis Raphael I Sako*
01/29/2015 JAPAN - SYRIA - ISLAM
Anxious hours in Tokyo, as Islamic State ultimatum expires
01/29/2015 ASIA
The mission to the nations is in Asia by Piero Gheddo
01/29/2015 INDIA
For Indian bishop, to save girls from selective abortions, minds must be educated
01/29/2015 EGYPT - ISLAM
For Catholic Church spokesman, al-Sisi's Egypt is more liberal on new churches and freedom of expression
01/29/2015 MYANMAR
Chin Christians ready to go to jail to stop cross removal by Francis Khoo Thwe
01/29/2015 VATICAN
Pope: God saves everyone personally, but "as a people", not "just me" and "my group"
01/29/2015 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka, former Supreme Court president reinstated by Melani Manel Perera
01/29/2015 NORTH KOREA
North Korea, "suspicious activities" near Yongbyon atomic reactor
Apparent calm on the border, after the death of two Israeli and one UN soldier
Montagnards flee to Cambodia, to escape Hanoi’s persecution
01/29/2015 INDONESIA
Jakarta ready to execute five more drug traffickers. Church calls for addiction treatment by Mathias Hariyadi
01/28/2015 EGYPT
Braving Arab-Islamic tradition, Egyptian women are beginning to use the bicycle
Israel and Hizbollah trade fire after Israeli soldiers are wounded
Editor's choices
The children of Mosul and the future: the "five-star" refugee camp
by Bernardo CervelleraIn the garden of the parish of Mar Elia beside the tents there are containers that serve as classrooms for the children and as a library. Another serves as a room for sewing. A children's choir. Fr. Douglas: "Taking care of refugees does not just mean thinking about eating, drinking, medicines, injections, vaccinations ... The displaced persons need to do something and to cultivate hope."
Way of the Cross: the refugees from Mosul beyond the emergency
by Bernardo CervelleraThere are at least half a million people who have taken refuge in Kurdistan to flee from ISIS. In the Shlama Mall at Erbil: 350 people living in the skeleton of a building under construction, with draped sheets and blankets serving as walls. The ordination of a young man, also a refugee, shows that with the flight, there is something that has not been destroyed: the faith, the traditions, the priesthood.
Top 10
01/27/2015 TIBET - CHINA
Beijing sends a new flood of Han migrants to Lhasa: Tibetans risk disappearing
01/25/2015 VATICAN
Pope: the desire for Christian unity part of our "thirst for God"
01/28/2015 SAUDI ARABIA
A forest of crosses and names of martyrs in the desert of Saudi Arabia
01/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope Francis, "rabbits" and the colonization of families
by Bernardo Cervellera
01/24/2015 CHINA-VATICAN
In 2015 China set to ordain independent bishops against the Holy See. Possible reactions of Catholics
by Bernardo Cervellera
01/24/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "Never before" has dialogue with Islam been so necessary, for mutual knowledge and acceptance of differences, to counter violence
01/25/2015 VATICAN
Pope: many Christians are persecuted and killed because they are Christians, regardless of their confession
01/27/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "It is not easy" to do God’s will, for this we must pray to recognize it and follow it
01/26/2015 CHINA - VATICAN
Opposed to new unlawful ordinations, Chinese Catholics are united for religious freedom
by Veritas Vincit
The massacre in Paris helps Islamic fundamentalism and the Israeli right
by Uri Avnery


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