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02/27/2015 PHILIPPINES - VATICAN
For Filipino bishops' president, "pope awakes from indifference, a national evil"
Speaking to AsiaNews, Mgr Socrates Villegas, archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan and president of the Filipino bishops' conference, underscores "the enormous importance of Francis' message for this Lent. Ours is a Catholic country, but selfishness is conquering more and more." The pope's great mass in Manila was "ray of sunshine that illuminates the future. Among those present, 50 per cent were under 20. They are our best hope."
Manila (AsiaNews) - Pope Francis' Message for this Lent "is an alarm clock that plays on the conscience of all Filipinos. Indifference is now a national evil here too. It is true that we are the...

02/27/2015 ISRAEL
Arson attack against Greek Orthodox seminary in Jerusalem
Jewish extremists are the main suspects. Disparaging phrases about Jesus were found on the building's walls, some identical to graffiti found on a mosque set on fire a few days ago. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin expresses his sadness at the incident, whilst Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat called it "deplorable".
02/27/2015 CHINA - LATIN AMERICA
China, a record 2014 for loans to Latin America
Beijing has lent $ 22 billion a year to the South American continent and is poised to break the of 2010 record, when the figure touched 37 billion. Analysts warn: "China may tacitly require that Chinese companies have a hand in some projects". "Diplomacy of the yuan" continues to spread from Southeast Asia to Africa.
02/27/2015 EGYPT - LIBYA - ISLAM
The Lent of the 21 Egyptian Copts martyred in Libya
by Bernardo Cervellera
The Islamic State claim to fight for God, but in reality that suffer from megalomania because they feel themselves to be God. The 21 timid martyrs who whispered the name of Jesus with their last breath testified to the very end how the center of their lives, was not their own well-being but Jesus himself. This year, in his Lenten Message Pope Francis asked us to combat the "globalization of indifference": " As long as I am relatively healthy and comfortable, I don’t think about those less well off. Today, this selfish attitude of indifference has taken on global proportions, to the extent that we can speak of a globalization of indifference”.
02/27/2015 MYANMAR - ASIA
WHO sounds alarm over spread of Bird flu after massive cull in Myanmar
Concerns over the rapid spread and genetic swapping of the virus, termed "unprecedented”. Taiwan, Myanmar and Vietnam, as well as Egypt, the United States and Hungary under observation. In the center of Myanmar in 1500 poultry and over 20 thousand quail specimens culled. Many poultry farms risk collapse.

02/27/2015 HONG KONG
Hong Kong, employer who tortured Indonesia maid jailed for six years
The case of Erwiana Sulistyaningsih rocked the former British colony. The immigrant, without friends or relatives, lived as a domestic worker in the home of Law Wan-tung: the woman abused her in every possible way and then tried to smuggle her home. The judge: "A regrettable story ". The victim: "Not completely satisfied"
02/26/2015 SYRIA
IS holding more than 250 Christians, for vicar to Aleppo, pope's prayers are a source of courage
Pope Francis is closely monitoring the situation in Syria and praying for the Christian minority. For Mgr Georges Abou Khazen, the pope's closeness is a source "of great consolation and help." The road to peace "is long, but the only one possible." At least 5,000 Christians fled from the Islamists. The UN Security Council condemns the abductions.
02/26/2015 JAPAN
Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology against freezing eggs because of harm on health
A panel under the society tells young and healthy women not to preserve their frozen eggs for use by age 45. Japan's low birth cannot be solved this way. The need for women to take drugs is also harmful for their health.
02/26/2015 BANGLADESH
Prostitution and forced labour: trafficking in human beings in Bangladesh
by Sumon Corraya
The Asian country is a source and a transit point for victims. The cases involving women and children are the most documented, but men are victims are well. Boys under ten are more likely to be entangled in this traffic; girls tend to be aged 11 to 16. Some of victims go to the Gulf countries. In Bangladesh, the local Caritas helps the victims.
02/26/2015 CHINA
China, first ever Holocaust commemoration for the Shanghai Ghetto
This was announced by the World Jewish Congress. During the Japanese occupation, approximately 23 thousand Jews were closed into the area to pay homage to Hitler, Tokyo’s ally. Liberated on September 3, 1945, "it is a part of the extermination that is never remembered."
02/26/2015 EGYPT - LIBYA - ISLAM
The pain of the families of the 21 beheaded Egyptian martyrs, praise for Egypt's offensive in Libya
by André Azzam
This is the story of the last conversations the families had with the 21 Egyptian Copts killed by Islamic State militants. Some of them were planning to go home, fearing tensions and growing extremist violence. Family members express regret that the prime minister and village authorities did not visit.
02/26/2015 INDIA
Hindu radicals: We will convert Christians and Muslims until the government stops us
by Nirmala Carvalho
The provoking remark was made by the leader of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), which will celebrate the anniversary of the extremist group in Kandhamal. In 2008 the worst anti-Christian persecution of Indian history took place there. The Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC): "No concrete action of the Government after the statements on religious freedom by Prime Minister Modi."
02/26/2015 CHINA
China, terrified by New Year fireworks a tiger leaps from eleventh floor of a building
The animal, a rare and endangered "Manchu", was held with his sister on the roof of the building owned by an Shandong industrialist. He defends himself by saying that he had "adopted" the two specimens from a zoo, but had no authorization.
02/26/2015 MYANMAR
Education Reform: Buddhist nationalists and government endanger agreement
by Francis Khoo Thwe
The government has been circulating a different draft from that one agreed with the students. It has not excluded taking legal action against protesting students. The latter have issued an ultimatum against the authorities. Fear is growing of a possible crackdown. Buddhist nationalist groups come out against the use of minority languages in education.
02/26/2015 TAIWAN
Lent in Taiwan: proclaiming the Gospel by defending migrants
by Xin Yage
Migrant workers face a tough situation on the island. Their rights are denied, their contracts are not respected, and some of them have been tortured by their employers. After years of legal and cultural struggles, things are getting better. The Church and its affiliated groups help workers become better integrated in their milieus. Mhike So's story illustrates this fight for justice for those who have none.

Altri articoli
02/26/2015 PHILIPPINES
Sulu, clashes between the Philippine army and Abu Sayyaf militia: 14 dead and 19 wounded
02/26/2015 INDIA
Swine flu, more than 900 deaths in India since the beginning of the year
02/25/2015 MACAO - CHINA
Beijing's anti-corruption drive sinks Macau casinos
02/25/2015 EGYPT
As Egypt's tourist sector takes a hit, few people take part in the ceremony honouring Ramses II by André Azzam
02/25/2015 SYRIA
IS abducts 150 Christians, rapes and kills women, a "tragic situation" for vicar to Aleppo
02/25/2015 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka, the government returns Paanama village to its inhabitants by Melani Manel Perera
02/25/2015 PHILIPPINES
"People Power" returns after 29 years calling for President Aquino to resign
02/25/2015 INDIA
Indian Catholic physician: rethinking the health system to meet the needs of the elderly by Pascoal Carvalho*
02/25/2015 CHINA
The Chinese Church mourns Fr. Ye Yaomin, who died aged 105. He spent 25 years doing hard labor
02/25/2015 SOUTH KOREA
Baptized by the Pope in Korea: 500 kilometers of rosaries and prostration to demand justice for Sewol
02/25/2015 TAIWAN
Taiwan, a Lent dedicated to evangelization by Xin Yage
02/25/2015 BANGLADESH
Bangladesh, arrest warrant for opposition leader Khaleda Zia
02/25/2015 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Bethlehem, Israeli extremists torch and profane mosque
02/24/2015 EGYPT - ISLAM
What Tayeb and Sisi said is big step towards a revolution in Islam by Samir Khalil Samir
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EGYPT - ISLAM
What Tayeb and Sisi said is big step towards a revolution in Islam
by Samir Khalil SamirThe grand imam of Al-Azhar slammed literalist interpretations of the Qur'an and the Sunnah, as fundamentalists and Islamic terrorists do. He supports the urgent need for Islam's reform, especially in terms of teaching lay people and clerics. He also calls for an end to mutual excommunication (takfir) between Sunnis and Shias. Egyptian President al-Sisi chose to fight the Islamic state group after it beheaded 21 Coptic Christians, whom he called "Egyptian citizens" with full rights.
SAUDI ARABIA - ISLAM
For head of Al-Azhar, religious education reform is needed to stop Islamic extremismFor Ahmed al-Tayeb, it is urgent to come up with new educational programmes to avoid "corrupt interpretations" of the Qur'an and Sunnah. Islamic terrorism undermines the unity of the Muslim world. He blames Mideast tensions on a "new global colonialism allied to world Zionism". a speech by the Saudi king is read at the conference.
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02/21/2015 EGYPT-LIBYA-ISLAM
Copts beheaded in Libya: the families’ Calvary, the pain of Muslims
by André Azzam
02/23/2015 SAUDI ARABIA - ISLAM
For head of Al-Azhar, religious education reform is needed to stop Islamic extremism
02/23/2015 EGYPT-LIBYA
Escape from Libyan hell: Egyptian migrants tell of ordeal and Islamic State torture
by André Azzam
02/24/2015 EGYPT - ISLAM
What Tayeb and Sisi said is big step towards a revolution in Islam
by Samir Khalil Samir
02/21/2015 INDONESIA - BRAZIL
Drug trafficking and diplomacy: Jakarta recalls its ambassador to Brazil
by Mathias Hariyadi
02/25/2015 SYRIA
IS abducts 150 Christians, rapes and kills women, a "tragic situation" for vicar to Aleppo
02/20/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "a good Christian is just to the people who depend on him"
02/20/2015 INDIA - EGYPT
Card. Gracias: May the Martyrdom of the Egyptian Copts bring dialogue and peace among all religions
by Card. Oswald Gracias*
02/20/2015 SOUTH KOREA
Rising number of migrant children abandoned by their parents and the government
02/20/2015 IRAQ-USA
Iraqi army (and US) to launch offensive on Mosul in April-May

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