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07/01/2015 Hong Kong – China
Hong Kong Catholics join march to demand genuine universal suffrage
by Victoria Ma
Before the rally, Catholics and Protestants held a prayer service in Victoria Park. For Cardinal Zen, political reform was rejected by pan-democrats’ votes, which safeguarded the dignity of the people, but did not advance the cause of true suffrage.
Hong Kong (AsiaNews) – More than 48,000 people took part in today’s march in Hong Kong, the first large-scale rally after the Hong Kong Legislative Council rejected on 17 June a proposed political reform...

07/01/2015 BANGLADESH
Mgr Rozario tells Bangladesh’s Catholic physicians to care for patients’ spiritual needs
by Sumon Corraya
Each year, the Catholic Church organises training workshops for health workers. Catholic clinics have high professional standards but cannot meet the demand for their services. For the bishop of Rajshahi, "Physicians must be honest." The country has some 70 Catholic health facilities, a hundred physicians and a thousand nurses.
07/01/2015 INDIA
Raipur archbishop: Catholic schools on strike to protest nun’s rape
by Nirmala Carvalho
Mgr Victor Henry Thakur led today’s demonstration, which involved 30 Christian and some private schools in the state of Chhattisgarh. “Ours is a symbolic shutdown and protest to express our anguish and pain at what happened,” the prelate said.
07/01/2015 CHINA
Beijing, a new law on national security to "protect" sovereignty
The law was adopted almost unanimously. It envisages a strengthening of the power of the central government on sensitive issues such as information and internet. Analysts report a possible tightening of the control of the Communist Party. The new rule officially does not apply directly to Hong Kong and Macau.
07/01/2015 PALESTINE
IS threatens to uproot Hamas and impose Sharia in Gaza
In a video addressed to the "tyrants of Hamas," IS announces plans to uproot Israel and Fatah. "Eight years they control the territory, and have yet to enforce one Islamic teaching," it says. "The point of jihad is not to liberate land . . . but jihad as defined by God is fighting for and implementing the law of God”.

07/01/2015 PAKISTAN
Women's rights activists: Change sham law on domestic violence
by Shafique Khokhar
The "Punjab Protection of Women against Violence Act 2015" was approved on 20 May by the provincial government. The law does not define domestic violence or prescribe severe penalties for offenders.
07/01/2015 VIETNAM
Released from prison, Vietnamese Catholic lawyer to continue human rights fight
Le Quoc Quân, a 45-year-old activist, was released from prison last Friday, after serving his term in full. He had been convicted for tax fraud on trumpeted up charges he had always denied. In the last few days before his release, he had gone on a hunger strike against mistreatment in jail. His ideals remain the same even after his imprisonment, he said.
07/01/2015 IRAN
Cautious optimism on extension of Iran nuclear talks
The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, after a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, has argued that a final deal is "within reach". And the Iranian Mohammad Javad Zarif, "I'm here to get a final agreement, and I think we can get there."
07/01/2015 INDONESIA
Indonesian priest: Pope Francis’ encyclical strengthens love for creation
by Mathias Hariyadi
Fr. Ferry Sutrisna Widjaja, West Java, recalls the bond between the Argentine pope and the saint of Assisi, in their shared commitment towards nature. He recalls that it is the duty of the laity, priests and religious to defend and nourish the planet. "Laudato sì" message of hope and guidance to Catholics and non-Catholics around the world.
07/01/2015 MYANMAR
Yangon, police and students clash over military’s no to Aung San Suu Kyi
by Francis Khoo Thwe
Hundreds of ordinary citizens joined students in protests. Riot police intervened giving rise to clashes. Protesters want military out of Parliament and amendments to the Constitution. Catholic activist alongside Aung San Suu Kyi for a real democratic change in Myanmar.
07/01/2015 RUSSIA
The statue of Cheka founder could return to central Moscow
The question could be the subject of the first referendum in the Russian capital in its post-Soviet history. Communists behind initiative, but analysts say the Kremlin also has its own interests.
06/30/2015 SOUTH KOREA
As S Korea marks three days without new infections, the latest fatality brings the death toll to 33
According to Health Minister figures, 182 people have been infected, with 2,600 people under quarantine. As of today, 13 patients remain in critical condition. Cautiously optimistic, the authorities continue to monitor the situation.
06/30/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Nostra Aetate a definitive 'yes' to the Jewish roots of Christianity and irrevocable no to anti-Semitism"
Greeting participants in the conference sponsored by the International Council of Christians and Jews, Francis points out that "both faiths have their foundation in the One God, the God of the Covenant, who reveals himself through his Word. In seeking a right attitude towards God, Christians turn to Christ as the fount of new life, and Jews to the teaching of the Torah".
06/30/2015 SRI LANKA
For Buddhist environmentalist, ‘Laudato si’’ gives hope for our common home
by Melani Manel Perera
The Encyclical on environmental protection should inspire all new political projects. The planet’s development must go hand in hand with curbing unbridled economic development. By the end of the century, there will be 250 million "climate refugees". The race for profit, political pressure, and corruption also touches Sri Lankan society.
06/30/2015 NEPAL
According to the Global Peace Index, the "Land of Buddha" is less peaceful than “Christian” Europe
The Institute for Economics and Peace’s 2015 report ranks Nepal 62nd out of 162 countries in terms of peacefulness. Six of the top ten are in Europe. For a Nepali expert, one cannot make Nepal peaceful “just by saying that is the Buddha’s birthplace”.

Altri articoli
06/30/2015 SYRIA
Syria: In first ever, Islamic state beheads two women accused of "witchcraft"
06/30/2015 SAUDI ARABIA
Saudis hotels want women chefs
06/30/2015 INDIA
Vandals attack Baptist church, damage cross, in Bhiwani by Nirmala Carvalho
06/30/2015 VIETNAM
Historic Vietnam-USA summit to address Beijing threat in the South China Sea by Thanh Thuy
06/30/2015 INDONESIA
For Indonesian academic, the pope's encyclical makes the environment a "global issue" by Mathias Hariyadi
The ecumenism of blood and Orthodox divisions by Fady Noun
06/30/2015 YEMEN - ISLAM
Islamic State attacks Houthi leader in Yemen: 28 dead, including eight women
06/29/2015 BANGLADESH
Theology course for lay leaders in Bangladesh’s Catholic community by Sumon Corraya
06/29/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Rome’s "affection and gratitude" for witness of Peter and Paul
06/29/2015 VATICAN
Pope Francis offers his condolences and prayers for the victims of attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait, and France
06/29/2015 CHINA
Signing ceremony launches Asia’s newest investment bank with China holding a 30 per cent stake
06/29/2015 VATICAN
Pope to new metropolitan archbishops: The Church wants men of faith, prayer, witness
Author of Kuwait Shiite mosque attack was Saudi
06/28/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Believe that Jesus can heal us and awaken us from death?
Editor's choices
Al Azhar and Vatican against terrorism. The ambiguity of the international community
by Bernardo CervelleraThe influential Sunni university denounces " heinous" violence of the Islamic state and demands the world defeat this group “through every possible means". Vatican: terrorism is a threat to all humanity. France claims to fight terrorism, but then sells weapons, aircraft, helicopter gunships to Saudi Arabia, which supports Islamic fundamentalism. Kuwait tolerates Salafis who support the Nusra Front and the Islamic state. Turkey against the Kurds; the United States against Iran, Russia and China.
Tunis, stop terrorism by closing fundamentalist mosquesPresident Essebsi believes unified and global strategy needed to counter terrorism. The attack in Sousse almost simultaneous with those in France, Kuwait, Somalia. Islamic State claims responsibility.
Top 10
06/27/2015 INDONESIA - ISLAM
Bowing to ulema, Constitutional Court approves "forced" marriages with minors
by Mathias Hariyadi
06/25/2015 INDONESIA - ISLAM
Aceh: nine sentenced to flogging for selling food during Ramadan
by Mathias Hariyadi
06/27/2015 ISLAM - MIDDLE EAST
Al Azhar and Vatican against terrorism. The ambiguity of the international community
by Bernardo Cervellera
06/26/2015 SYRIA – TURKEY
After IS attacks Kobane, Kurds slam Turkey for allowing Jihadis through border
Holy See and the State of Palestine sign comprehensive agreement, a “hasty step” according to Israel
Pope: Increase opportunities for meetings and collaboration between the Churches of Rome and Constantinople
06/25/2015 INDIA
Chhattisgarh, Pentecostal pastor jailed on false charges
by Nirmala Carvalho
06/27/2015 TUNISIA - ISLAM
Tunis, stop terrorism by closing fundamentalist mosques
The ecumenism of blood and Orthodox divisions
by Fady Noun
Cambodia’s 35 martyrs to be blessed through Pope Francis’ love


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