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04/20/2015 SYRIA
Msgr. Zenari: prayers in Beirut and Damascus for kidnapped bishops and priests. Fears for their fate
The apostolic nuncio in Syria confirms that "over time fears mount” for the fate of the Orthodox Bishops and Fr. Dall'Oglio. After two years in captivity, there is no news of them. The prelate recalls that "at least 20 thousand people have disappeared" in the country since the beginning of the conflict.
Damascus (AsiaNews) - "Over time, time fears mount” for the fate of the bishops and priests kidnapped in Syria, however, "who can say that the door is closed?". "Hope" of their release remains, although the passing of every...

04/20/2015 VATICAN
Buddhists and Christians together against modern slavery and human trafficking
Message of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue to Buddhists for Vesakh. The Pope spoke against these "plagues" in his Message for the World Day of Peace 2015, while "the Buddha declares that trading in live beings, including slaves and prostitutes, is one of five occupations that are not to be engaged in" .
04/20/2015 PHILIPPINES – VIETNAM
South China Sea: Vietnam offers the Philippines a deal to contain China
Talks between Hanoi and Manila are already underway as China moves into disputed area. For Benigno Aquino, “Perhaps it’s even worse today,” he said speaking about the situation. Meanwhile, joint military exercise US-Philippines military manoeuvres get underway.
04/20/2015 VATICAN
For pope, Jews and Christians have a responsibility to preserve the religious sense of the men and women of today, and that of our society
Francis expressed his condolences for the death of Elio Toaff, the chief rabbi of Rome who welcomed John Paul II during his historic visit to the Great Synagogue. "Anti-Semitic trends in Europe these days are troubling, as are certain acts of hatred and violence. Every Christian must be firm in deploring all forms of anti-Semitism.” May the Holocaust be “a warning to present and future generations. Acts of hatred and violence against Christians and the faithful of other religions must likewise be condemned everywhere.”
04/20/2015 INDONESIA – ASIA – AFRICA
In the "spirit of Bandung", Asia and Africa to boost global south cooperation
by Mathias Hariyadi
Sixty years after the historic conference that marked the birth of the Non-Aligned Movement, heads of state and government meet again to boost multilateralism, economic growth and sustainable development. However, divisions among the leading nations – including China and Japan – are likely to limit the summit’s results.

04/20/2015 CHINA
Following slower growth forecast, China cuts banks’ reserve requirement ratio
The RRR was reduced by 1 per cent for rural financial institutions, 2 and 3 per cent for loans to agriculture and small enterprises, because of a slowing economy. Banks can now boost lending by about 1.2 trillion yuan.
04/20/2015 BANGLADESH
Land grab against Protestant community
by Sumon Corraya
The Barisal District Bar Association seizes land belonging to St Peter’s Church. Some 15 Christians (including 10 women) were attacked when they tried to stop the land grab.” We are ready to sacrifice our lives for the land of the Church. We shall not leave our land,” said the secretary general of the Bangladesh Christian Association.
04/20/2015 VATICAN
Pope: saints and martyrs show that you cannot follow Jesus to “seek power"
"This is a daily temptation of Christians, ours, of all of us who are in the Church: the temptation not of the power, of the strength of the Spirit, but the temptation of worldly power. Thus one falls in that religious tepidness which brings you to worldliness, that tepidness that ends, when it grows, grows, grows, in that attitude that Jesus calls hypocrisy".
04/20/2015 RUSSIA
Another prominent Russian opposition leader flees under pressure
A leading figure during the brief reawakening of Russian civil society that led to protests in 2011-2012, the environmentalist took her children to Estonia after the authorities threatened to seize her children.
04/20/2015 TAIWAN - CHINA
More than 360 million viewers for premiere of film on imperial painter Jesuit Giuseppe Castiglione,
by Xin Yage
The work is a co-production between the Kuangchi Program Service in Taipei and Jiangsu TV. Set for distribution in the United States and Europe. In Italy will be aired on September 30th. Meanwhile the film trends online in provincial Chinese. The video of the English trailer.
04/20/2015 INDIA
Card. Gracias: Statue of Our Lady vandalized, wound to the secular fabric of society
by Nirmala Carvalho
Local police investigating some phone numbers active at time of attack. The President of the Council of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI), former Archbishop of Agra: "The Christian community has always been in peaceful relations with members of other communities."
04/20/2015 LIBYA- ISLAM
Ethiopian Christians shot, beheaded and filmed by Islamic State
by Paul Dakiki
The video features two different versions: 12 decapitated on the seashore; 16 killed by firing squad. Threats to Christians if they do not convert to Islam. UN envoy to Libya: Close to an agreement for a new government.
04/19/2015 VATICAN
Pope remembers and prays for "latest tragedy" of migrants, "our brothers and sisters" who "are seeking happiness"
At the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis says he is praying for the hundreds of victims in a sinking off the coast of Libya. An appeal to the international community to "act decisively and promptly." "Every baptized person is called to witness in word and deed, that Jesus is risen, He is alive and present in our midst." The Christian message "is not a theory, an ideology or a complex system of precepts and prohibitions, or moralism, but a message of salvation, a concrete event, even a person: the Risen Christ, the living and only Savior of all" . The Pope will be in Turin on June 21 to honor the Shroud, the exposition of which begins today.
04/18/2015 YEMEN-SAUDI ARABIA
Saudi policy: UN aid for Yemen, but no ceasefire
by Paul Dakiki
Ban Ki-moon has asked for emergency aid and a truce to help the exhausted population, without food, water, medicine, fuel. Riyadh provides $ 274 million in aid, but continues to bomb the cities of Yemen.
04/18/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Denounce and combat trafficking in human beings, a hidden evil
At an audience with participants at the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Pope Francis calls for national and international laws to "ensure the traffickers meet with justice and their unjust gains are reused for the rehabilitation of their victims." The fight against slavery, the work of Christian saints and "many men and women of good will who do not identify with a religion."

Altri articoli
04/18/2015 TAIWAN
Catholic teachers: the Gospel of the family in the digital age by Xin Yage
04/18/2015 MALAYSIA
One-fifth of Malaysia’s animals endangered
04/18/2015 THAILAND
Military junta drafts new Constitution slashing power of political parties and leaders
04/18/2015 KAZAKHSTAN
Astana: elites discuss climate change, while children get sick and faint
04/17/2015 SRI LANKA
Colombo Port City causing "unimaginable" environmental harm by Sajeewa Chamikara
04/17/2015 TURKEY – EUROPEAN UNION – VATI
Armenian Genocide: Turkish politicians criticise the EU; Mufti reacts to pope’s words threatening to turn Saint Sophia into a mosque
04/17/2015 MYANMAR
Myanmar military clash with Kokang rebels, 16 soldiers killed and over a hundred wounded by Francis Khoo Thwe
04/17/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Humiliation for its own sake is masochism, but when it is suffered and endured in the name of the Gospel it makes us like Jesus
04/17/2015 SINGAPORE
Singapore’s exports jump by more 18 per cent in March
04/17/2015 TAJIKISTAN – RUSSIA
Tajikistani arrested in Moscow for recruiting young people to fight for Islamic state
04/17/2015 BANGLADESH
Bishop of Sylhet: Protection for tribal Catholics, victims of expropriation and threats by Sumon Corraya
04/17/2015 CHINA
Beijing, journalist Gao Yu sentenced to seven years for defending human rights
04/17/2015 PHILIPPINES - VIETNAM - CHINA
South China Sea: satellite images confirm Beijing’s" imperialist" policies
04/17/2015 ITALY - ISLAM
15 Muslim migrants arrested for throwing 12 Christian refugees into the sea
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VATICAN
Pope remembers and prays for "latest tragedy" of migrants, "our brothers and sisters" who "are seeking happiness"At the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis says he is praying for the hundreds of victims in a sinking off the coast of Libya. An appeal to the international community to "act decisively and promptly." "Every baptized person is called to witness in word and deed, that Jesus is risen, He is alive and present in our midst." The Christian message "is not a theory, an ideology or a complex system of precepts and prohibitions, or moralism, but a message of salvation, a concrete event, even a person: the Risen Christ, the living and only Savior of all" . The Pope will be in Turin on June 21 to honor the Shroud, the exposition of which begins today.
SAUDI ARABIA – YEMEN
Saudi war in Yemen masks widening domestic tensions
by Afshin ShahiSaudi Arabia is using the conflict in Yemen to control domestic problems, especially social inequalities and religious sectarianism. However, whilst the royal family flaunts its wealth, some 20 per cent of the population lives in poverty. Many disgruntled young Saudis end up becoming "foreign fighters" for the Islamic state (IS). Some 15 per cent of the Saudi population is Shia, under the heavy thumb of the Sunni-dominated state. Afshin Shahi, director of the Centre for the Study of Political Islam and lecturer in International Relations and Middle East Politics at University of Bradford, provides the following lucid analysis.
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04/16/2015 TAJIKISTAN
Former jihadist escapes from the Islamic state: We had to kill everyone, without pity
04/19/2015 VATICAN
Pope remembers and prays for "latest tragedy" of migrants, "our brothers and sisters" who "are seeking happiness"
04/14/2015 SYRIA
As the conflict escalates, the situation in Aleppo’s Christian quarter worsens, says apostolic vicar
04/17/2015 TURKEY – EUROPEAN UNION – VATI
Armenian Genocide: Turkish politicians criticise the EU; Mufti reacts to pope’s words threatening to turn Saint Sophia into a mosque
04/16/2015 VATICAN
More Catholic believers and priests in the world
04/14/2015 BANGLADESH
Muslims, Hindus, and Christians celebrate peace during Bengali New Year
by Sumon Corraya
04/15/2015 TURKEY – VATICAN
And the sultan "warned" the pope
04/16/2015 RUSSIA
St. Petersburg Smolny Cathedral restored to Church of, a symbol of the city of the tsars
04/17/2015 BANGLADESH
Bishop of Sylhet: Protection for tribal Catholics, victims of expropriation and threats
by Sumon Corraya
04/16/2015 ISRAEL – PALESTINE – LEBANON
Maronite vicar says Israeli police doing nothing to catch vandals who attacked Christian graveyard

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