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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 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."
09/16/2014 EGYPT
Muslim Brotherhood leader gets life as secular pro-democracy activist gets out on bail
Abdul Fattah, a pro-democracy activist and blogger who led the Arab spring against former Egyptian President Mubarak, had been sentenced to 15 years for violating anti-protest law. On top of their legal problems, the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood's political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party, are expelled from Qatar, which had protected so far. Turkey might be their next home.
09/16/2014 IRAQ - MIDDLE EAST
Patriarch of Baghdad: "UN mandate", not "innocent victims", needed in Iraqi crisis
Mar Sako says the Paris agreement is "positive”, but warns that any action should be under the auspices of the United Nations. The head of the Chaldean Church emphasizes that "bombs are not a solution" and hopes in collaboration of Arab nations who "know" the region. He calls for support for the new Iraqi government, even if "a true reconciliation will take time".

Altri articoli
09/16/2014 IRAQ - MIDDLE EAST
Iranian absence at Paris Conference "regrettable"
09/16/2014 VIETNAM
Evangelization in the family and communion with the Church: aims of Mỹ Tho Diocese by Trung Tin
09/16/2014 CAMBODIA - CHINA
Protest over Sino-Cambodian dam: Phnom Penh arrests 11 activists
09/16/2014 INDIA
Madhya Pradesh, Hindu radicals attack university professor: he spoke in favor of Kashmir by Nirmala Carvalho
09/15/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
One Hongkonger in two against Beijing's anti-democratic proposal
09/15/2014 BANGLADESH
Mutual respect and rosary are ​​the recipe for happiness for Catholic families in Bangladesh by Sumon Corraya
09/15/2014 IRAQ-VATICAN
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul": Archbishops’ thanks as first aid arrives by Amel Nona
09/15/2014 INDIA
Thousands of Christians march in Bangalore against violence in Iraq, Syria and Africa by Santosh Digal
09/15/2014 VATICAN
Pope: two mothers, "two women - Mary and the Church – carry forward the hope that is Christ, gift us Christ"
09/15/2014 INDIA
Andhra Pradesh, Msgr. Ramazzotti "inspiration and provocation for all Indian Catholics" by sr. Benigna Menezes*
09/15/2014 TURKEY
Erdogan's new Turkey to requires all students to study the Qur'an by NAT da Polis
09/15/2014 SRI LANKA
The website of Pope Francis' visit to Sri Lanka already accessible by Melani Manel Perera
09/15/2014 CHINA - HONG KONG
Half of Chinese billionaires plans to flee their country within five years
09/15/2014 MIDDLE EAST-UN
Haines beheading "heinous and cowardly". Paris summit to counter Islamic State
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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.
ITALY - IRAQ
After raising € 350,000, 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' campaign continues
by Bernardo CervelleraDonations 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.
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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
09/12/2014 VATICAN
Pope: you cannot correct a brother without charity, humility and truth, anything else is just "gossip"
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
09/13/2014 MIDDLE EAST
Patriarch Laham: Unity among Muslims and Christians, to save the Arab world
by Gregorio III Laham*

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