09/17/2014 UNITED NATIONS - MIDDLE EAST For Baghdad patriarch, an intervention by Arab States is essential in the Iraqi crisis by Louis Raphael I Sako *
At the UN, the patriarchs and bishops of the Churches of the Middle East denounce the sufferings of Christians, victims of the violence of the Islamic State, a tragic situation that calls for action by the international community. Islamists must be defeated and peaceful coexistence restored. AsiaNews presents Mar Sako's address. Geneva
(AsiaNews) - The patriarchs and bishops
of the Churches of the Middle East spoke yesterday about the tragic situation
of a people that has peacefully lived in the region for 2,000 years but is now targeted
by the criminals of the Islamic State,...
09/17/2014 VATICAN - SRI LANKA Pope Francis approves canonisation of the Apostle of Sri Lanka The Blessed Joseph Vaz will be a saint. Within the Church of Sri Lanka, some hope to see the canonisation ceremony take place during next January's apostolic visit by the pope. 09/17/2014 CHINA On trial for separatism, Ilham Tohti says Uighurs and Han Chinese have the same problems in Xinjiang Jailed in January, the economist has never supported separatism. However, he has called on Beijing to talk with Uighurs and check its corrupt local government, which angers both Uighurs and Han Chinese. However, Chinese government repression could generate a more unified and violent movement. 09/17/2014 LAOS Laos follows China's example to curb NGOs Like mainland China, Laos plans to restrict foreign donations and place non-governmental organisations under Foreign Ministry control, raising concerns among NGOs and Western diplomats. 09/17/2014 VATICAN Pope: The Church is "catholic" and "apostolic". That is it’s "universal" and "missionary" "If the apostles had stayed there in the Upper Room, without leaving to preach the Gospel, the Church would only be the Church of the people of that city, in that Upper Room." "Let us give thanks to the Lord because our Church has many missionaries, has had many missionary and still needs more ".
09/17/2014 INDIA For Odisha bishop, building exemplary families needs the commitment of clergy and laity by Santosh Digal With the help of Couples for Christ (CFC), Mgr John Barwa wants to renew family life. Ministering to the family, he says, should "spread into every corner of society." 09/17/2014 NEPAL Caritas Nepal: witnessing to Christ, 25 years at the service of the poor and marginalized by Christopher Sharma Celebrating its Silver Jubilee, the Catholic organization emphasizes the value of a work that follows the teachings of the Church's social doctrine. For the apostolic vicar it is a time for "sanctification" and to rethink the "future endeavors". A job that has garnered the respect of authorities and citizens. 09/17/2014 BANGLADESH Bangladesh, Muslim leader’s death sentence commuted to life imprisonment by Sumon Corraya The Supreme Court has upheld an appeal by Delwar Hossain Sayeedi, vice president of Jamaat-e-Islami (Islamic fundamentalist party). In 2013, an international tribunal for war had sentenced him to death for crimes against humanity. 09/17/2014 IRAQ Kurdish Peshmerga free some Christian villages occupied by jihadists US air raids fundamental. The Islamist militants mined many houses before fleeing. Syriac Christians return to the city of Alqosh, liberated days ago, and celebrate the feast of the patron saint.
09/17/2014 INDONESIA - ISLAM Jakarta: As his term in office ends President Yudhoyono attacks Islamic terrorism by Mathias Hariyadi The outgoing leader, one month ahead of the handover, promotes an all-out struggle against extremist cells and movements. Increased controls in passports and visas, to limit enrollments in the Islamic State. More attention to sensitive areas and prisons. International pressure behind the change of course. 09/16/2014 UKRAINE For Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Ukrainian politicians do not like the people by Nina Achmatova The head of the press service of the pro-Moscow Ukrainian Orthodox Church slams Maidan's too many leaders, looks at the differences with Scotland, which is set to vote on independence. No one there threatened to wipe out separatists. 09/16/2014 SRI LANKA Goodbye to Sarath Fernando, who dedicated his life to the protection of creation in Sri Lanka by Melani Manel Perera The Catholic intellectual died at the age 71 from cardiac arrest. Engaged since his youth in social and political activism, he also founded a number of movements to defend farmers. 09/16/2014 PALESTINE Schools reopen in Gaza, but children have "lost their humanity" For Fr Manawel Musallam, who runs a Catholic school in the Gaza Strip, it is impossible for Palestinian children to go back to normal. Israeli bombing destroyed 24 schools and damaged 190 others. Out of 1.8 million people, nearly 45 per cent under 14. 09/16/2014 CHINA - HONG KONG For China's parliamentary speaker, Beijing's democratic proposal "has obtained the support" of the people of Hong Kong Zhang Dejiang, speaker of China's rubberstamp parliament and third-ranking official in China's system of government, defends Beijing's proposal for election in Hong Kong. "The decision was made very solemnly after listening to opinions from different sectors in Hong Kong," he said. Meanwhile, Occupy Central protests continue. 09/16/2014 VATICAN Pope: Its’ not enough to preach well, if you lack the closeness and compassion of the Lord when He "visits" His people "Closeness. This is how God works. "You can preach the Word of God brilliantly: there have been many excellent preachers throughout history. But if these preachers have failed to sow hope, that sermon is useless. It is mere vanity". "May our Christian witness be a witness that brings the closeness of God to His people, that closeness that sows hope."
IRAQ-VATICAN "Adopt a Christian from Mosul": Archbishops’ thanks as first aid arrives by Amel Nona Msgr. Amel Nona, the Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, who is also a refugee himself, thanks all the donors to the AsiaNews campaign. The situation is increasingly difficult given the huge number of refugees and the arrival of winter and snow, making outdoor shelters and tents impossible. The crisis, an occasion that activates the faith of Christians.
ITALY - IRAQ After raising € 350,000, 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' campaign continues by Bernardo Cervellera Donations raised up to 31 August have been sent to the patriarch of Baghdad and the bishops of Kurdistan. The campaign helps to feed, house, clothe, and bring comfort to more than 150,000 Christian, Yazidi, Turkmen, Shia and Sunni refugees who fled the violence of the army of the Islamic Caliphate. People in Italy and around the world have been generous, including the poor and the unemployed, a sign of hope for the world as well as those who suffer and those who give.
09/15/2014 TURKEY Erdogan's new Turkey to requires all students to study the Qur'an by NAT da Polis 09/14/2014 VATICAN Pope: Celebrate the Holy Cross, and think of our brothers and sisters, persecuted and killed 09/11/2014 NEPAL Nepal, government to migrants: Choose Christian nations, they will treat you better by Christopher Sharma 09/10/2014 VATICAN - IRAQ - UNITED STATES For the fight against the Islamic state, Obama chooses the Saudis, the Vatican chooses the UN by Bernardo Cervellera 09/12/2014 VATICAN Communio: special issue for the Synod on the Family by Bernardo Cervellera 09/11/2014 PHILIPPINES Card. Tagle: Pope Francis’ visit will make a difference in the lives of the Filipino people by Card. Luis Antonio Tagle 09/10/2014 INDIA Uttar Pradesh, Hindu radicals "reconvert" 23 Christians by Nirmala Carvalho 09/10/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA Card. Zen: With Occupy Central we may have provoked the Emperor’s ire by card. Joseph Zen Ze-kiun 09/12/2014 VATICAN Pope: you cannot correct a brother without charity, humility and truth, anything else is just "gossip" 09/13/2014 MIDDLE EAST Patriarch Laham: Unity among Muslims and Christians, to save the Arab world by Gregorio III Laham*
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