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10/24/2014 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
A final push for UN recognition of Palestine
A draft proposal is before the Security Council. Sweden, Great Britain and France are ready to support it; Germany, which is aligned with the United States and Israel, is not. Despite EU sanctions against the State of Israel over the settlements, Israel is set to approve 1,600 new homes. Israelis and Palestinians trade accusations over the death of a three years Jewish girl in Jerusalem as well as a five-year Palestinian girl near Ramallah.
Jerusalem (AsiaNews/Agencies) - The campaign for the international recognition of a Palestinian state at the United Nations and in hundreds of international organisations is...

10/24/2014 BANGLADESH
Ghulam Azam, "spiritual" leader of Bangladesh's Islamic fundamentalists, is dead
by Sumon Corraya
The politician died at the age of 92. He was in prison serving a 90-year sentence for crimes against humanity committed during the War of Liberation from Pakistan (1971). After the war, he launched a campaign to prevent the recognition of Bangladesh by Muslim countries.
10/24/2014 VATICAN
Pope: "Every Christian, throughout history, is tasked with building unity in the Church"
Unity is built on the "cornerstone" that is Jesus and is made possible through the Holy Spirit. "When you constructing a building you need an architect’s ground plan. What is the ground plan for the unity of the Church?". "The hope to which we have been called: the hope of journeying towards the Lord, the hope of living in a living Church, made of living stones, with the power of the Holy Spirit".
10/24/2014 INDIA - VATICAN
Indian activist: The Pope's words on the death penalty and life in prison, a stimulus for reform
by Nirmala Carvalho
Arun Ferreira spent four years in prison on false charges: he was tortured and learned about the terrible reality of the judicial system. He tells AsiaNews: "Francis powerfully told the truth, making it clear that life imprisonment is a death sentence in disguise. Hopefully his words will give strength to the Indian Church, which must address the issue of reform of the judicial system."
10/24/2014 PHILIPPINES
Philippines, after the Synod "we need a ministry of accompaniment" for gay and remarried
The President of the Bishops Conference, Msgr. Villegas: "We need to help homosexuals to live in chastity, responding to Christ’s call to purity". But "there is no equivalence between marriage and so-called civil unions between persons of the same sex”. With regards the divorced and remarried "we cannot presume to judge and condemn".

10/24/2014 MIDDLE EAST - USA
The Islamic State "is the world's richest terrorist group"
According to the United States government, the Islamic fundamentalists "earn about a million dollars a day just by selling oil". Added to this the ransoms they receive from abductions - especially of Westerners - and the racket set up in the cities under their control. The United States "wants more cooperation" from Kuwait and Qatar, but forget that it is an American company selling arms in the region.
10/24/2014 CAMBODIA
Phnom Penh, police arrest 10 activists for attempting to overthrow government
They are members of the Khmer National Liberation Front (KNLF) movement based in Denmark and branded as "terrorist" by the government. According to the charges, they set up an armed unit to overthrow the government and the prime minister. Pro human rights activists speak of spurious and unfounded arrests.
10/23/2014 VATICAN
Pope for the abolition of the death penalty, against life in prison, a "concealed death penalty"
In a speech before a delegation of the International Association of Penal Law, Francis expressed his opposition to pre-trial detention "when it abusively anticipates imprisonment before conviction". Slavery is not just "treason against humanity;" is a crime that cannot be committed "without the complicity, by commission or omission, of states." For the pontiff, "Corruption is an evil greater than sin."
10/23/2014 PAKISTAN
Lost innocence in Pakistan as sexual abuse and violence against children grows
by Shafique Khokhar - Shumaila Gill
In 2013, more than 3,000 cases of sexual abuse were reported, but the extent of the problem is even greater. Among the more than 1.5 million children living on the streets, 90 per cent are victims of violence. Although Pakistan has ratified the UN convention, there are still no laws or programmes to protect children. Criminal organisations are also behind abuse and exploitation.
10/23/2014 JAPAN
For the bishop of Niigata, charity is the right tool for new evangelisation in Japan
by mons. Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi
After a summer of activities on behalf of Caritas Internationalis, the bishop opened the new year with a pastoral visit to his diocese. Rising number of migrants and the decline of the native population are "challenges for the pastoral ministry, which needs a greater impetus." We must "bear witness to God's love through dialogue and work" in order to reach rural communities.
10/23/2014 VATICAN
Pope: We cannot be Christian, or move forward, without the power of the Holy Spirit.
"It does us good to praise God, to enter this world of amplitude, of grandeur, generosity and love. It does us good, because then we can move forward in the great commandment - the only commandment, which is the basis of all others - love; love God and love your neighbor"
10/23/2014 VIETNAM
Saigon: with Pope Francis, Vietnam laity leads the journey of evangelisation
by Thanh Thuy
On the day dedicated to the missions, parishes in Ho Chi Minh City celebrated hundreds of baptisms. Many young couples and future brides and grooms attended courses on the family in society. A newly baptised said he wants to build a "happy family" on the model of that of Saint Joseph.
10/23/2014 IRAQ
Kurdish Video mocks ISIS, "We are beaded, dirty and filthy. We are brainless"
Clip shows bearded men, dancing, with guns as musical instruments. "We are ISIS, we milk the goat even if it's male". The parody however carries a tough political attack: "We are Isis" and "Our pockets are full of Qatari money".
10/23/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Hong Kong government threatens protesters, ready to use force
An anonymous source confirms that doves have "been side-lined while hawks" have gained "the upper hand," and that "a certain degree of bloodshed would be unavoidable." So far, talks have failed to produce any result.
10/23/2014 CHINA
Hunan, the return of public trials: crowd of 5 thousand "jeer" criminals
The law explicitly forbids them since 1989, but they have never entirely disappeared. The 24 detainees taken to the local sports hall with signs hanging around their neck with their name and alleged crime. Analysts: "It is a throwback to the days of Mao Zedong".

Altri articoli
10/23/2014 EGYPT
The new face of Tahrir Square: a journey through the streets of Cairo by Giulia Mazza inviato
10/23/2014 IRAN - USA
For the first time in 35 years Boeing sells aircraft parts to Iran
10/23/2014 MYANMAR
Burmese military wants to retain veto power of constitutional reforms
10/22/2014 SAUDI ARABIA - ISLAM
Saudi grand mufti against Twitter as source of all evil and lies
10/22/2014 EGYPT
New law to lift restrictions on church building, says Catholic Church spokesman by Giulia Mazza inviato
10/22/2014 ITALY - IRAQ
Baghdad patriarch calls on Muslims to show more courage in a "common front" against terrorists by Dario Salvi
10/22/2014 EGYPT
Egypt's Holy Family pilgrimage can now be openly (and safely) undertaken
10/22/2014 VATICAN
Pope: "divisions", "envy" and "misunderstandings" divide the Church, the "Body of Christ"
10/22/2014 INDIA
India, Church and civil society to Government: Ban surrogacy by mons. Agnelo Gracias*
10/22/2014 AFGHANISTAN
Opium poppy cultivation hits record-high in Afghanistan
10/22/2014 PHILIPPINES
Philippine Church: "inhuman" prisons, too many prisoners in jail pending conviction
10/22/2014 SOUTH KOREA
Archbishop of Gwangju: The Korean family is in ruins, we need answers from the Synod
10/22/2014 VIETNAM
Hanoi: activist blogger Nguyen Van Hai freed from prison and leaves country
10/22/2014 NORTH KOREA - USA
Pyongyang frees Jeffrey Fowle, two Americans still in jail
Editor's choices
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.
Dossier
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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*
10/21/2014 PAKISTAN - ISLAM
Pakistan: Forced to marry and convert to Islam by force, a young Christian girl’s struggle for justice
by Shafique Khokhar
10/17/2014 VATICAN
Synod: "intense" debate in drafting of final document
10/18/2014 VATICAN
Synod Message: Admiration and gratitude to the families who follow Christ, Way, Truth and Life
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"
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*
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
10/17/2014 VATICAN
Pope: the Holy Spirit, "seal" of Christian identity, through which God pledges us Heaven in eternity
10/20/2014 VATICAN
Pope: We cannot resign ourselves to thinking of a Middle East without Christians
10/18/2014 NEPAL
Nepal, Muslim women defy tradition and pray in public
by Christopher Sharma

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