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05/06/2015 TUNISIA - ISLAM
Huge security measures as hundreds of Jews make Djerba pilgrimage.
Representatives from France, Italy and Britain are expected to visit the Ghriba synagogue, the oldest in Africa. Tunisia refutes Netanyahu’s claim of a "concrete terrorist threat". The country wants to reboot tourism, brought to a halt by the Arab Spring uprisings and attacks by terrorists.
Tunis (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Today the annual Jewish pilgrimage to the Ghriba synagogue on the island of Djerba began. Immense security measures have been put in place, after the massacre at the Bardo Museum and the impromptu warning by Israeli Prime Minister...

05/06/2015 MYANMAR
Peace plan at risk as three ethnic groups threaten to quit talks
The decision comes after repeated government army attacks. Military operations complicate the already "fragile" peace talks. Naypyidaw government pressuring other groups to exclude "rebel" movements. New conflict between the Burmese and Kachin leaders.
05/06/2015 NEPAL
UN: Epidemic emergency in Nepal, 1.7 million children at risk
by Christopher Sharma
The alarm is linked at the approach of the monsoon season. Tens of thousands of people are still living outdoors, exposed to rain and bad weather. Measles, which is highly contagious, is what most concerns international agencies and the World Health Organisation.
05/06/2015 INDONESIA - ISLAM
Aceh, new pro-sharia rules: males and females separated at school
by Mathias Hariyadi
Since yesterday the regency has imposed a division between the sexes in educational institutions. The measure relates to schools, colleges and universities. Travel by motorcycle between people of different sexes banned, unless there is a marital relationship. Shopkeepers banned from displaying mannequins in the window.
05/05/2015 PHILIPPINES
For missionary in Mindanao, MILF-government agreement is not perfect, but it is better than nothing
In recent months, the Filipino Congress has been discussing the Bangsamoro Basic Law, which is the cornerstone of an agreement between the government and Islamic separatist groups. For Fr D'Ambra, “It is a small step toward peace, but divisions among Muslims are a source of concern". Meanwhile, Abdul Basit Usman, a known Islamic terrorist sought since 2002, was killed yesterday.

05/05/2015 PAKISTAN
Pakistan’s religious minorities included in school textbooks
by Shafique Khokhar
History courses for grade 8, 10 and 11 students will contain references to the role Christians, Hindus and Sikhs played in building the country after independence. The successful changes to the curriculum is the work of the Pakistan Minorities Teachers' Association (PMTA). Excerpts from the first speech to the country’s Constituent Assembly by Pakistan founder Ali Jinnah, with references to freedom of religion and equality between citizens, will be included as well.
05/05/2015 SYRIA
Aleppo vicar: facility feeding Christians and Muslims counters “unimaginable” atrocities
As government and rebel forces continue to perpetrate violence, Syria’s old “peaceful mosaic” lies shattered by external forces, Mgr Abou Khazen said. However, small acts of solidarity give some hope. A nun-run facility, funded by Christians and Muslims, feeds 12,000 people a day.
05/05/2015 VATICAN
Jubilee: living mercy following the Father’s example
The calendar and list of activities associated with the Jubilee of Mercy were presented today. For the first time, a jubilee will be celebrated in all the dioceses of the world. On 3 April 2016 there will be the Jubilee of movements, associations, religious institutions; on September 4, that of charity volunteers; on 9 October, that of Marian spirituality; and April 24, that of kids. There will also be a Jubilee for inmates, which might include the presence of some inmates at St Peter. There will be no jubilee for youth because they will meet for World Youth Day in Krakow, 26-31 July.
05/05/2015 VATICAN
Pope: in the face of tribulations Christians must "trust" in God, who gives hope and peace
To enter the Kingdom of God we must "go through dark times, difficult times." This "is not an sadomasochistic attitude ", but "the Christian struggle" against the prince of this world. The peace of Jesus is not "a simple quiet", but a peace that "enters within you, a peace that gives you strength."
05/05/2015 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka, Catholic mother recovers from cancer: The love of Jesus and prayer saved me
by Melani Manel Perera
Noelin Rupa Fernando, was hit by a brain tumor. The woman asked Jesus for a "miracle" and "the love of Jesus healed me." The whole community prayed for her, supported and encouraged her. Her illness is "a good lesson for all" and now she asks God's blessing for loved ones.
05/05/2015 VIETNAM
Justice and Peace: migrants, priority for the Vietnamese Church
In their first annual meeting, Vietnam’s bishops addressed the issue of internal and external migration. Mgr Nguyen Thai Hop said that migrants should be welcomed and their integration promoted. From slave labour to the victims of the sex racket, many problems have to be solved. The challenge involves the Church and the highest offices of state.
05/05/2015 NEPAL
Nepal: Government dismisses foreign volunteers. Thousands of earthquake victims still without food
by Christopher Sharma
The authorities thank the international community for "generous support", but claim they "can continue rescue operations on their own". Criticism and complaints of diplomatic missions and NGOs over aid management. A survivor: "If it were not for the support of Christians and other charitable organizations, we would have died."
Thailand, dozens of Rohingya buried in mass graves, four arrests
by Weena Kowitwanij
Three Thai citizens and one Burmese national were arrested after the discovery of a mass grave. It contained 26 bodies of refugees belonging to the Muslim minority. They were kidnapped by human traffickers, who demanded a ransom for their release. Bangkok promises to clamp down on trafficking.
Innovative and a free spirit: the (Chinese) horoscope of the Royal baby Charlotte Elizabeth Diana
Born in the Year of the Goat, the fourth in line of succession to the throne of England "will have a strong character and an independent spirit. She will be admired and very beautiful and will help the Windsors’ image. " The feng shui experts "predictions" for Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
05/05/2015 IRAN
Iran, Rouhani reboots secular State: Police should not impose Islamic morality
The Iranian president states: "It is the duty of the police to respect and enforce the law. However it has no right to interpret Islam or force the population to do so". Since his election, the politician has waged a campaign to ease the religious pressure on society. The Assembly of Experts criticizes him: "The government is bound to implement the laws of Islam, and cannot say no to Islam”.

Altri articoli
05/04/2015 BANGLADESH
Church celebrates St Mary’s Girls, a beacon on earth by Sumon Corraya
05/04/2015 INDIA
Madhya Pradesh: Government bans Christian gathering on "law and order" concerns by Nirmala Carvalho
05/04/2015 ISRAEL
Ethiopian Jews and police clash into overnight in Tel Aviv with 68 injured and 43 arrested
05/04/2015 TAIWAN
Taiwan, communication "helps deepen living experience of Gospel" by Xin Yage
05/04/2015 CHINA – TAIWAN
Xi Jinping meets KMT party leader to boost cooperation
For Burmese Cardinal, Christians must take care of the poor and marginalised on the edges of the world by Francis Khoo Thwe
05/04/2015 NEPAL
Nepal: the earthquake destroyed lives and ancient Hindu traditions by Christopher Sharma
05/04/2015 VIETNAM
Hanoi consults bishops on a new law on faiths that violates religious freedom
05/04/2015 SRI LANKA
John Kerry meets Tamil leaders, calls on government to investigate war crimes by Melani Manel Perera
05/04/2015 KOREA - RUSSIA - CHINA
Missiles, security and diplomatic embarrassment behind Kim’s failed Moscow trip
05/04/2015 IRAQ
Yazidi’s confirm massacre of “at least 300 people” by Islamic State
05/03/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Like the branches of the vine, we all depend on communion with the Risen Christ
05/02/2015 VATICAN
Pope: The missionary zeal of Fray Serra challenges us, his witness provokes us
Washington: religious freedom has worsened under Modi
Editor's choices
Vietnam today, 40 years after the fall of Saigon
by Lee NguyenOn 30 April 1975, North Vietnamese forces seized Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, thus ending the Vietnam War. Forty years later, the country has become a medium-size economic "tiger" in Asia and the world, a country with a capitalist economy behind a Communist facade, under a regime still bent on exerting tight social controls. There are some positive signs for the Church, but also acts of persecution, bans, and censorship, especially against bishops and priests. Yet, the country really needs the reconciliation Christians can bring to heal still present wounds and divisions.
For Chaldean Patriarch, state secularism and religious freedom are the practical response to fundamentalist barbarism
by Louis Raphael I Sako*In Beirut, Mar Sako met the leaders of the Syriac Catholic and Syriac Orthodox Churches. Together, they agreed to a major conference to discuss the situation of Christians in the Middle East. Past massacres and today's tragedies are a lesson on which to base real coexistence. Reflecting upon the issues, His Beatitude shares his thoughts with AsiaNews readers.
Top 10
04/30/2015 IRAQ – MIDDLE EAST
For Chaldean Patriarch, state secularism and religious freedom are the practical response to fundamentalist barbarism
by Louis Raphael I Sako*
05/01/2015 VIETNAM – VATICAN
Vietnam today, 40 years after the fall of Saigon
by Lee Nguyen
04/30/2015 NEPAL
Nepal, thousands of earthquake victims between life and death: Government inept and corrupt (VIDEO)
by Christopher Sharma
04/30/2015 VATICAN
For Pope Francis, the Christian identity is twofold: a history of sin and grace, and one of serving, not using others
Filipino and Indonesian Christians celebrate Mary Jane’s reprieve. UN slams Jakarta over executions
05/01/2015 CHINA
China’s one-child policy is state violence against women and children
by Reggie Littlejohn
05/01/2015 NEPAL
Kathmandu: as relief fails to arrive, survivors resort to eating dead animals and reading the Bible
by Christopher Sharma
04/30/2015 VATICAN
Pope: the blood of Christians killed for their faith urges a new era of ecumenism
05/01/2015 SINGAPORE
For Singapore archbishop, from education to health case, Catholics have built the nation’s future
05/01/2015 VATICAN
For the pope, the faces of hungry men and women should take centre stage at Expo
by Papa Francesco


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