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10/20/2014 VATICAN
Pope: We cannot resign ourselves to thinking of a Middle East without Christians
Many of our brothers and sisters are being persecuted and have had to leave their homes in a brutal way" and "in the general indifference of so many". Cardinal Pietro Parolin: international community must respond to the terrorism of the Islamic State with a negotiated solution to all the problems in the Middle East, starting from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - There is a terrorism of "previously unimaginable dimensions" in the Middle East and many Christians are being persecuted "in the general indifference of many. This unjust situation requires, in addition to our constant prayer, an adequate response even from the international community".  This...

10/20/2014 TURKEY - SYRIA - UNITED STATES
Ankara to allow Iraqi Kurds to cross to fight Islamic state
The Turkish government backtracks on blocking Kurds. The latter will now be able to fight with Syrian Kurds in Kobane. The United States carries out airdrops of military and medical supplies to fighters resisting Islamic fundamentalists.
10/20/2014 BANGLADESH
Diocesan assembly in Sylhet centred on the Gospel, strength and support for families
by Sumon Corraya
Over a hundred priests, nuns and faithful, led by the bishop, took part in the diocesan assembly on 15-18 October. Mgr D'Cruze emphasised God's word as a mysterious force that can help families meet their challenges. The family must be protected from dangers and threats. Micro-credit tools should be used to help households in need.
10/20/2014 NEPAL
Nepal, an "audio-Bible" to bring Christ’s message to villages
by Christopher Sharma
The World Mission, a Protestant Christian organization, is engaged in recent weeks in an extensive tour of the country in order to distribute "to those who are interested," a digitally recorded copy of the sacred book. "We reach out to those who ask - says the president - and then they are the ones who spread the Gospel message to family and friends".
10/20/2014 VATICAN
Christians and Hindus to nurture a "culture of inclusion" against the "globalisation of indifference"
The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has addressed a message to the world's Hindu community for the festival of Diwali, a celebration that marks the victory of truth over falsehood, light over darkness, life over death, and good over evil. Globalisation has made people more self-absorbed and "accustomed" to the suffering of others.

10/20/2014 INDIA
Mumbai: threats to life undermine God in society, says Card Gracias
by Nirmala Carvalho
In conjunction with the Synod on the Family, the Church in Mumbai organised a conference on 'Protecting, Preserving and Promoting the Gift of Human Life: Emerging Challenges'. "It is sad to see that many people today think they do not need God in their lives," says Mumbai archbishop. "The traditional family has deep roots" in India, but "the country's rapid industrialisation" creates challenges that must be met right away, says a professor of moral theology.
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*
Mary Yuen, a member of the Vatican Council for Justice and Peace, shows the reasons and the strength of the pro-democracy movement that has occupied for weeks some streets in central Hong Kong. The inspiration is obviously nonviolent and Christian. The sit-in is a meeting place, study, and debate. For Hong Kong, it is a new era of political sensitivity, solidarity, and greater social justice. The commitment is to dialogue, not to overthrow the system.
10/20/2014 PAKISTAN - ISLAM
Lahore: Christian activists ask Supreme Court to deliver speedy justice for Asia Bibi
by Shafique Khokhar
Christian Solidarity Worldwide calls on Pakistan's highest court to guarantee her safety as well as a speedy trial to secure her release. Her conviction is evidence of the poor status of the country's justice system, plagued by bias and corruption in blasphemy cases. Michelle Chaudhry is hopeful and optimistic about an acquittal.
10/20/2014 MIDDLE EAST
The Arab League, "defend all countries against the advance of ISIS"
The Secretary General of the Organization announces that the Arab countries are joining efforts to stop the flow of ISIS supporters crossing the region to join the group and called for a wide-ranging campaign against them.
10/20/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Beijing and the Hong Kong government spread smear campaign and threats against Occupy
by Paul Wang
The police threaten: Do not allow your children (students) go to Mong Kok. Fears of violent clamp down. China and Leung accuse Occupy of being in the pay of foreign organizations that want Hong Kong "independence": these allegations could be a foretaste of Chinese military intervention. Government and students to meet tomorrow.
10/20/2014 INDONESIA
Jakarta, Jokowi takes office: peace, unity and development key steps of mandate
by Mathias Hariyadi

The 53 year old carpenter's son, a former governor of the capital, is now the 7th President of Indonesia. He intends to revive sea trade and preserve the principle of "neutrality" in foreign policy. Thousands of people celebrate the swearing in ceremony. For the first lady he remains a "simple and hardworking man."
10/19/2014 VATICAN
"God is not afraid of new things," like Paul VI who surveyed "the signs of the times", says pope at Synod
"We have sown and we continued to sow, patiently and perseveringly, in the certainty that it is the Lord who gives growth to what we have sown," the pope said on the day the great helmsman of the Council, Pope Paul VI, was beatified. Warmly welcomed by the crowd, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who was created cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1977, was present at the ceremony.
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"
The Relatio Synodi document will be the basis for discussion in next year’s synod. "The generous fidelity with which so many Christian families respond to their vocation and mission." "The crisis of faith that has affected many Catholics is often at the root of the crisis of marriage and the family." It is '"a pastoral challenge". The Church ,"while recognizing that for the baptized, there is another constraint that the sacramental wedding, and that any breach of it is against the will of God, is also aware of the fragility of many of her children who struggle on the path of faith ". For the divorced and remarried "any access to the sacraments should be preceded by a penitential journey under the responsibility of the diocesan bishop."
10/18/2014 VATICAN
Synod Message: Admiration and gratitude to the families who follow Christ, Way, Truth and Life
The Message (which we publish in full) is addressed to "ordinary" families and speaks of the beauty of the love between a man and a woman. Little or no space to the issues discussed in the media: communion to remarried; gay families. A prayer to the Father, in union "with the family of Nazareth," which shows the family as the transforming cell of society and the world.
10/18/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Police assault Occupy Central in Mong Kok. Students rebuild barricades
by Paul Wang
Police clash with thousands of demonstrators overnight. Over 60 injured; 15 policemen. The young people of Occupy were "armed" with umbrellas; Police in riot gear used batons and pepper spray. Possibility of dialogue and confidence in the police evaporates. A new wave of occupations likely.

Altri articoli
10/18/2014 INDIA
Andhra Pradesh, Year of Consecrated Life "in the sign of new vocations" by Benigna Menezes*
10/18/2014 NEPAL
Nepal, Muslim women defy tradition and pray in public by Christopher Sharma
10/18/2014 INDONESIA
Purwokerto: hundreds of children, teachers and priests at a Catholic pride day by Mathias Hariyadi

10/17/2014 VATICAN
Synod: "intense" debate in drafting of final document
10/17/2014 VATICAN - IRAQ
Baghdad patriarch: pope to write a letter of hope for Iraqi Christians
10/17/2014 VATICAN - AUSTRALIA
Australian couple at the Synod: the family as a domestic church and model for evangelisation
10/17/2014 INDIA
Karnataka's state government rejects (false) report on 2008 attacks on churches by Nirmala Carvalho
10/17/2014 VATICAN
Pope: fighting hunger, "starting from each person and community and not from market trends"
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*
10/17/2014 IRAN - UNITED STATES
Cautious optimism in Iranian nuclear talks, which are at a "critical phase"
10/17/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
As police clear Mong Kok, expectations and doubts about the talks with the government persist
10/17/2014 VATICAN
Pope: the Holy Spirit, "seal" of Christian identity, through which God pledges us Heaven in eternity
10/17/2014 NEPAL
Avalanche in the Himalayas, 28 people die. New massacre of sherpa by Christopher Sharma
10/17/2014 MYANMAR
Yangon, two years in prison for five journalists convicted of "sedition"
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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.
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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*
10/14/2014 TIBET - CHINA
Tibet, demolition campaign against the sacred places of Buddhism
10/14/2014 IRAQ - ITALY
Almost 700,000 euros raised as the 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' campaign continues
by Bernardo Cervellera
10/16/2014 PAKISTAN
Asia Bibi's sentence is heart breaking, may the world pray for her, says Islamabad bishop
by Jibran Khan
10/14/2014 BANGLADESH
Proposed law on "child brides" bows to conservative Islam
by Sumon Corraya
10/13/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Be open to the "God of the surprises", to the "signs of the times" not closed in on ourselves
10/16/2014 MALAYSIA - ISLAM
Malaysia Islamic state "recruiters" arrested: They include Internet experts and politicians
10/16/2014 UKRAINE - RUSSIA
Ultimatum to Crimea’s Muslims: Three months to hand over banned Islamic texts
10/14/2014 INDONESIA
Jakarta Police Chief: The Islamic Defence Front must be eliminated
by Mathias Hariyadi
10/14/2014 VATICAN
Synod: Beauty of marriage and Christ’s warning against worldly mentality must be remembered

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