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01/30/2015 VATICAN
Pope: To avoid being "lukewarm" Christians must cherish the "memory" of our first encounter with Jesus, have "hope" and "courage"
"It’s painful and heart-breaking to see so many Christians - so many Christians! – half-way along the road, so many Christians who’ve failed along this road towards a meeting with Jesus, going away from this encounter with Jesus. This road where they’ve lost the memory of that first love and no longer have any hope".
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - A Christian must always preserve his "memory" of his first encounter with Christ and the "hope" in Him, which leads one to move forward in life with the "courage" of the faith, to avoid "the great danger" of becoming...

01/30/2015 NEPAL
Nepal government revokes license from "unofficial" religious schools
by Christopher Sharma
The decision concerns institutions that are not run by religious organisations that can operate and finance them. For the authorities, "economic sustainability" and "suspicious fundamentalist activity" are the reasons for closure. Madrassas are affected.
01/30/2015 MYANMAR
Education reform: government open to students for changes to legislation
by Francis Khoo Thwe
On Sunday, government officials, lawmakers, student representatives and members or an educational reform group will examine 11 demands made by students. The government is "in principle" open to some changes. Sources tell AsiaNews that students want to have "lawyers, donors, and prominent figures" in the discussion.
01/30/2015 UZBEKISTAN - CENTRAL ASIA
Central Asia: Uzbekistan could miss the train in the transport area
by Umida Hashimova
Tashkent is far from the hub of Central Asia trade. The Chinese government is putting pressure on Kyrgyzstan for a transnational railway project. Moscow closely watches over regional transport region and Iran favours projects in Uzbekistan to reach China. Turkmenistan is a potential competitor and "regional leader in transportation linkages" in the region.
01/30/2015 INDIA
West Bengal, two radical Hindu leaders reported over "reconversion" of Christians and Muslims
Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of the Indian state, demands investigation of Praveen Togadia, president of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and its secretary general. The militants have forced dozens of tribal families (12 Christian and Muslim 7) to convert to Hinduism, with yet another "coming home".

01/30/2015 THAILAND - GERMANY
Bangkok, military junta cancels seminar on press freedom
The Friedrich Ebert Foundation forced to cancel conference, part of a series of annual events on the difficulties of journalists in Asia. Thai Media confirm a growing censorship. Prime Minister announces zero tolerance against dissent: anyone critical of authority will be summoned.
01/30/2015 EGYPT - ISLAM
27 soldiers and police die in four Islamic State attacks in Egypt
A military hostel and the headquarters of the newspaper al-Ahram Al-Arish destroyed; car bomb in Rafah; an attempt to blow up a power station in Port Said. For now, the Suez Canal remains safe. The attacks reveal a high level of coordination.
01/30/2015 IRAQ
Mar Sako, two years as Chaldean Patriarch: Main challenge is "the unity of the Church in the East"
by Louis Raphael I Sako*
On the second anniversary of his election, the Patriarch appeals for the unity of the Eastern Churches and announces the formation of "a joint committee of dialogue". He recalls the "joyful mission" to "witness" the Gospel "to the world today." Finally, Mar Sako appeals for Christians to "remain" close to the suffering of "our displaced brothers and sisters of all denominations."
01/29/2015 JAPAN - SYRIA - ISLAM
Anxious hours in Tokyo, as Islamic State ultimatum expires
Terrorists still hold a Japanese hostage, Kenji Goto Jogo, and a Jordanian pilot, Lt Muath al-Kaseasbeh. Negotiations are set to expire at sunset (Syrian time). Terrorists want the release of failed suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi. Helpless, Tokyo leaves negotiations in Jordanian hands.
01/29/2015 ASIA
The mission to the nations is in Asia
by Piero Gheddo
Francis' apostolic journeys to Korea, Sri Lanka and the Philippines indicate that the missionary choice is still of huge relevance. The Church must support and develop this aspect, and bring Christ's "Good News" to those peoples who still consider it as an emanation of Western colonialism. In this, PIME has a task to play.
01/29/2015 INDIA
For Indian bishop, to save girls from selective abortions, minds must be educated
The Supreme Court orders Google, Yahoo and Microsoft to ban pre-natal sex selection ads. Prime Minister launches two new programmes to educate and empower girls. "Indian society is sexist," CBCI Office for Women chairman told AsiaNews. thus, Indian women must be helped "to be aware and empower themselves".
01/29/2015 EGYPT - ISLAM
For Catholic Church spokesman, al-Sisi's Egypt is more liberal on new churches and freedom of expression
The government has issued construction permits for a new church in New Cairo and two in Upper Egypt. Some permit applications go back 8-10 years. Mubarak never favoured church construction. After the elections, the new parliament is required to upgrade legislation governing the construction of places of worship. Representatives of Christian Churches drafted the bill. A Christian family law is also on the drawing board.
01/29/2015 MYANMAR
Chin Christians ready to go to jail to stop cross removal
by Francis Khoo Thwe
Built by members of the Christian community in Hakha, the 16-metre cross targeted by local authorities stands on a hill that overlooks the state capital. Since it lacked the proper permit, the authorities ordered the cross' removal and said that they would prosecute its builders. "If the authorities say I have to go to jail, I am not afraid; I am ready to go to jail for this case," a Chin Christian said. For human rights activists, such an action "continues a decades-long pattern of religious discrimination against Chin Christians."
01/29/2015 VATICAN
Pope: God saves everyone personally, but "as a people", not "just me" and "my group"
"There is a danger of forgetting that He saved us individually, but as part of a people. A people. Always the Lord saves us as part of a people”. We must not "privatize" salvation, "I have to ask myself whether I speak and communicate the faith; whether I speak and communicate hope; whether I speak, do and communicate charity”.
01/29/2015 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka, former Supreme Court president reinstated
by Melani Manel Perera
The new president Maithripala Sirisena has returned Shirani Bandaranayake to office, from which she was removed in 2013 with a controversial impeachment motion. The previous government had "punished" the judge for a number of judgments made against the state.

Altri articoli
01/29/2015 NORTH KOREA
North Korea, "suspicious activities" near Yongbyon atomic reactor
01/29/2015 ISRAEL-LEBANON-SYRIA
Apparent calm on the border, after the death of two Israeli and one UN soldier
01/29/2015 CAMBODIA - VIETNAM
Montagnards flee to Cambodia, to escape Hanoi’s persecution
01/29/2015 INDONESIA
Jakarta ready to execute five more drug traffickers. Church calls for addiction treatment by Mathias Hariyadi
01/28/2015 EGYPT
Braving Arab-Islamic tradition, Egyptian women are beginning to use the bicycle
01/28/2015 ISRAEL - LEBANON - SYRIA
Israel and Hizbollah trade fire after Israeli soldiers are wounded
01/28/2015 KOREA
Korean religious leaders in Pyongyang to pray for peace
01/28/2015 INDIA - UNITED STATES
Christian leader thanks to Obama for defending freedom of religion by Nirmala Carvalho
01/28/2015 SAUDI ARABIA
A forest of crosses and names of martyrs in the desert of Saudi Arabia
01/28/2015 VATICAN
Pope: the absence of a father, an evil that affects the family and society
01/28/2015 CHINA
Shanghai government calls for more children or the city will collapse
01/28/2015 MYANMAR
Thousands of students march to Yangon, against education reform by Francis Khoo Thwe
01/28/2015 LEBANON-MIDDLE EAST
Patriarchs of the East: Peace requires an end to terrorism, help for refugees, resolution of Israeli-Palestinian problem by Paul Dakiki
01/28/2015 THAILAND
Bangkok, Red Shirt leader jailed for "defamation"
Editor's choices
IRAQ
The children of Mosul and the future: the "five-star" refugee camp
by Bernardo CervelleraIn the garden of the parish of Mar Elia beside the tents there are containers that serve as classrooms for the children and as a library. Another serves as a room for sewing. A children's choir. Fr. Douglas: "Taking care of refugees does not just mean thinking about eating, drinking, medicines, injections, vaccinations ... The displaced persons need to do something and to cultivate hope."
IRAQ
Way of the Cross: the refugees from Mosul beyond the emergency
by Bernardo CervelleraThere are at least half a million people who have taken refuge in Kurdistan to flee from ISIS. In the Shlama Mall at Erbil: 350 people living in the skeleton of a building under construction, with draped sheets and blankets serving as walls. The ordination of a young man, also a refugee, shows that with the flight, there is something that has not been destroyed: the faith, the traditions, the priesthood.
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Top 10
01/25/2015 VATICAN
Pope: the desire for Christian unity part of our "thirst for God"
01/27/2015 TIBET - CHINA
Beijing sends a new flood of Han migrants to Lhasa: Tibetans risk disappearing
01/23/2015 MYANMAR
Thousands of people attend the funeral of Kachin Christian teachers raped and killed by soldiers
by Francis Khoo Thwe
01/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope Francis, "rabbits" and the colonization of families
by Bernardo Cervellera
01/23/2015 INDIA
Indian bishop: Beatification of Chiara Lubich, new impetus to interreligious dialogue in Asia
by Nirmala Carvalho
01/24/2015 CHINA-VATICAN
In 2015 China set to ordain independent bishops against the Holy See. Possible reactions of Catholics
by Bernardo Cervellera
01/24/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "Never before" has dialogue with Islam been so necessary, for mutual knowledge and acceptance of differences, to counter violence
01/25/2015 VATICAN
Pope: many Christians are persecuted and killed because they are Christians, regardless of their confession
01/27/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "It is not easy" to do God’s will, for this we must pray to recognize it and follow it
01/28/2015 SAUDI ARABIA
A forest of crosses and names of martyrs in the desert of Saudi Arabia

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