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10/22/2014 VATICAN
Pope: "divisions", "envy" and "misunderstandings" divide the Church, the "Body of Christ"
"Wars do not begin on the battlefield: war, wars begin in the heart". "The Church is the Body of Christ! This may seem strange, but it is so, it is not simply a saying, but we really are". The memory of John Paul II, celebrated today, for the first time, as a saint.
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - "Divisions", "envy", "misunderstandings" and "marginalization" within the Christian community "are not good, because, rather than build and help the Church grow as the Body of Christ, they pull...

10/22/2014 SAUDI ARABIA - ISLAM
Saudi grand mufti against Twitter as source of all evil and lies
On his 'fatwa' show, Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, Saudi Arabia's highest religious authority, comes out against the microblogging site, blaming it for evil as well as moral and social devastation. Users are divided: some agree with the sheikh; others comment his views with sarcasm. In Saudi Arabia, Twitter has the highest number of active users.
10/22/2014 ITALY - IRAQ
Baghdad patriarch calls on Muslims to show more courage in a "common front" against terrorists
by Dario Salvi
Christians and Muslims must join together to defeat the Islamic State. So far, "fear has prevailed." For Mar Sako, a strong "public rejection" is needed. For Advent and Christmas, he calls for visits to the families of refugees, bringing sweets for the festivity to show closeness and solidarity. He calls for a "long term strategy" to fight bigotry.
10/22/2014 INDIA
India, Church and civil society to Government: Ban surrogacy
by mons. Agnelo Gracias*
Just as with organs and blood, the trafficking of wombs for rent should be prohibited. Indian culture "has always held the sacred role of the mother in high esteem. Surrogacy commercializes this sacred image and robs motherhood of meaning". The full text of the appeal.
10/22/2014 AFGHANISTAN
Opium poppy cultivation hits record-high in Afghanistan
Opium poppy production covers a record 209,000 hectares in 2013, providing nearly 90 per cent of the world's supply. The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) calls into question the efficacy of the US$ 7.6 billion counter-narcotics strategy.

10/22/2014 PHILIPPINES
Philippine Church: "inhuman" prisons, too many prisoners in jail pending conviction
The Episcopal Commission on prisons notes that only 35% of prisoners have been convicted. Numerous documented cases of abuse, mistreatment, extortion and violence, even of a sexual nature. Catholic activist: the system is based on punishment, not the "corrective process".
10/22/2014 SOUTH KOREA
Archbishop of Gwangju: The Korean family is in ruins, we need answers from the Synod
According to Msgr. Hyginus Kim Hee-jong the family " is the peace of society and basis of world peace at the same time. De-humanizing economy and the rat race are destroying everything". Because of this situation, relations between the two Koreas are getting worse, "Seoul and Pyongyang betray the ideals of peace and reconciliation of our population".
10/22/2014 VIETNAM
Hanoi: activist blogger Nguyen Van Hai freed from prison and leaves country
The man, who was sentenced in 2012 to 12 years in prison for anti-government propaganda, was brought from his cell to the airport and boarded on a flight to the United States. His family was not notified of his release. Activists speak of expulsion and deportation. He was among the founders of the Club of Free Journalists.
10/22/2014 NORTH KOREA - USA
Pyongyang frees Jeffrey Fowle, two Americans still in jail
The North Korean regime has allowed the US citizen to return home. Matthew Miller and Kenneth Bae, both sentenced to forced labor, remain in prison. Washington denounces the use of civilians as a "bargaining chip" in diplomatic relations.
10/21/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Hong Kong: first round of talks end in stalemate
The government delegation, led by Carrie Lam, "hopes" to be able to hold another meeting with student representatives but rejects their demands. Protest leaders are set to remain in the streets to show that the battle is a long one.
10/21/2014 PAKISTAN - ISLAM
Pakistan: Forced to marry and convert to Islam by force, a young Christian girl’s struggle for justice
by Shafique Khokhar
In August, the 19-year old Maria Bibi was abducted and forced to marry Mohammad Zohaib, a neighbor and classmate. Now the matter is in the hands of a court. Meanwhile, the Church of Pakistan celebrates a day of fasting and prayer for Asia Bibi. Muslim leader: no innocent person should be made a victim "in the name of religion."
10/21/2014 MALAYSIA
Islamic authorities slam "I want to touch a dog"
Hundreds of people participated in an event which, according to the organizers, wanted to help people overcome their fear of the animals considered "unclean" by Muslims. For those who touched the dogs, volunteers explained how to perform purifying ritual.
10/21/2014 VATICAN
Pope: "The Christian is a man or a woman who knows how to wait for Jesus and this is a man or woman of hope"
"Without Christ we have no identity." From "street people" he makes us "fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God". "Instead, the pagan - and we Christians often behave like pagans - forget Jesus, thinks of himself, of his things, not waiting for Jesus. The selfish pagan acts as if he were a god: 'I can manage on my own'. And this ends badly, it ends without a name, without closeness, without citizenship".
10/21/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
As Occupy Central waits for talks with the government, High Court bars protesters from Mong Kok and Admiralty
by Paul Wang
A bus company and Citic Tower obtain a High Court injunction. One protester challenges the decision as a violation of freedom of expression. The meeting between the Federation of Students and the government is set for 6 pm today. For Hong Kong's chief executive, full democracy would hurt business by giving power to the poor. For the Catholic Church, the Occupy movement has already achieved a great result by raising political awareness and increasing the visibility of certain ideals among Hong Kongers.
10/21/2014 INDIA
India, Catholics and Hindus "working together against the globalization of indifference"
by Nirmala Carvalho
The President of the Office for Inter-religious Dialogue and Ecumenism of the Indian Catholic Bishops Conference, Msgr. Felix Machado, speaks to AsiaNews about the Vatican’s message for the Hindu festival of Diwali: "We must not ignore the differences that separate us, but understand them and accept them. In the footsteps of Pope Francis, we must strive for the common good".

Altri articoli
10/21/2014 IRAN - IRAQ
United Nations admits Tehran "meeting its commitment" on nuclear programme
10/21/2014 ASIA
Stock market 'volatility', a worrying sign about the health of the global economy by Maurizio d'Orlando
10/21/2014 PHILIPPINES - AFRICA
Filipino Comboni: Ebola is a call to mission for Africa
10/21/2014 RUSSIA - FRANCE
Private jet crashes in Moscow, the head of Total dies by Nina Achmatova
10/21/2014 CHINA
China's economy slows down, the lowest rate in the last five years
10/20/2014 TURKEY - SYRIA - UNITED STATES
Ankara to allow Iraqi Kurds to cross to fight Islamic state
10/20/2014 VATICAN
Pope: We cannot resign ourselves to thinking of a Middle East without Christians
10/20/2014 BANGLADESH
Diocesan assembly in Sylhet centred on the Gospel, strength and support for families by Sumon Corraya
10/20/2014 NEPAL
Nepal, an "audio-Bible" to bring Christ’s message to villages by Christopher Sharma
10/20/2014 VATICAN
Christians and Hindus to nurture a "culture of inclusion" against the "globalisation of indifference"
10/20/2014 INDIA
Mumbai: threats to life undermine God in society, says Card Gracias by Nirmala Carvalho
10/20/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Justice and Peace: Occupy Central increases the dignity and political consciousness of Hong Kong by Mary Yuen Mee-yin*
10/20/2014 PAKISTAN - ISLAM
Lahore: Christian activists ask Supreme Court to deliver speedy justice for Asia Bibi by Shafique Khokhar
10/20/2014 MIDDLE EAST
The Arab League, "defend all countries against the advance of ISIS"
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IRAQ - ITALY
Almost 700,000 euros raised as the 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' campaign continues
by Bernardo CervelleraA second instalment is sent with funds raised in September. The fate of East-West relations is being played out in the Middle East and Iraq. Pope Francis and the Synod issue an appeal. Governments are lukewarm. Aid is coming from around the world. A new international community is defeating the "globalisation of indifference."
IRAQ-VATICAN
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul": Archbishops’ thanks as first aid arrives
by Amel NonaMsgr. 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.
Dossier
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10/17/2014 INDIA - PAKISTAN
Bishop of Pune: The Asia Bibi death sentence is an affront to the dignity of us all
by Thomas Dabre*
10/16/2014 PAKISTAN
Asia Bibi's sentence is heart breaking, may the world pray for her, says Islamabad bishop
by Jibran Khan
10/16/2014 UKRAINE - RUSSIA
Ultimatum to Crimea’s Muslims: Three months to hand over banned Islamic texts
10/16/2014 MALAYSIA - ISLAM
Malaysia Islamic state "recruiters" arrested: They include Internet experts and politicians
10/17/2014 VATICAN
Synod: "intense" debate in drafting of final document
10/18/2014 VATICAN
Synod Message: Admiration and gratitude to the families who follow Christ, Way, Truth and Life
10/15/2014 SYRIA - HOLY LAND
Apostolic Vicar of Aleppo is optimistic about Fr Hanna, who continues his mission among Syrian Christians
10/18/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Synod is "walking together" with the "consolation" and "temptations" of a "Church that has its doors wide open to receive the needy, the repentant and not only the righteous"
10/15/2014 BANGLADESH
As government recognises Church in Dinajpur, Catholic schools continue to be among the country's best
by Sumon Corraya
10/16/2014 VATICAN - PHILIPPINES
Filipino couple tells Synod that the traditional family is a gift, that enlightened charity is needed for others

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