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06/29/2015 VATICAN
Pope to new metropolitan archbishops: The Church wants men of faith, prayer, witness
On the Feasts of St. Peter and Paul, Pope Francis blesses the pallium for 46 metropolitan archbishops appointed this year. These include six Asian archbishops. The pallium will be imposed by the nuncios in the countries of origin. Orthodox delegation sent by Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople also present. The apostles and the first Christian communities with “courage carried forward the work of evangelisation, free of fear of death and martyrdom, within the social context of a pagan empire”. “Many forces in the course of history have tried, and still do, to destroy the Church, from without as well as within, but they themselves are destroyed and the Church remains alive and fruitful". " the Church does not belong to Popes, bishops, priests, nor the lay faithful; the Church in every moment belongs solely to Christ." " A Church or a Christian who does not give witness is sterile; like a dead person who thinks they are alive; like a dried up tree that produces no fruit; an empty well that offers no water! The Church has overcome evil thanks to the courageous, concrete and humble witness of her children".
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - "The Church wants men of faith, ... men of prayer, men of witness ..."; "Today, by these Palliums, I wish to entrust you with this call to prayer, to faith and to witness".  This was the triple invitation that Pope Francis addressed...

06/29/2015 BANGLADESH
Theology course for lay leaders in Bangladesh’s Catholic community
by Sumon Corraya
The Episcopal Commission for the Laity (EP-LC) has organised this seminar for the past four years. After the course, one participant felt a greater sense of “responsibility towards my church,” and a stronger desire “to be part of its mission, and help my pastor, following the teachings of Christ."
06/29/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Rome’s "affection and gratitude" for witness of Peter and Paul
At the Angelus Pope Francis remembers the mission of the Church of Rome, that preserves the legacy of Peter and Paul: faith and charity. The " Romans centuries long devotion to the Virgin, especially invoked as Salus Populi Romani". The bond of communion of metropolitan archbishops with "the See of Peter" and "brotherly ties" with the Sister Church of Constantinople. The announcement of the trip to Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay 5 to 12 July.
06/29/2015 VATICAN
Pope Francis offers his condolences and prayers for the victims of attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait, and France
In telegrams signed by Cardinal Parolin, the pope expressed condolences and prayers for the dead and their families. The pontiff also warned against barbaric acts "that cause great suffering." He also called on God to "grant the gift of peace."
06/29/2015 CHINA
Signing ceremony launches Asia’s newest investment bank with China holding a 30 per cent stake
The new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank will start operating before the end of the year. China will have no right of veto. It is set to rival with the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, and with the US and Japan, which have not joined the new financial institution.

06/29/2015 KUWAIT - SAUDI ARABIA
Author of Kuwait Shiite mosque attack was Saudi
26 people were killed in the attack, 227 wounded. The bomber's name was Abdel Mohsen al-Fahd Souleimane Qabaa and he was born in 1992. The driver who brought the young man to the mosque arrested. Experts say the Islamic State is trying to sow division between Sunnis and Shiites in the Arabian Peninsula. Relatives of the victims: "united" against violence.
06/28/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Believe that Jesus can heal us and awaken us from death?
At the Angelus in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis speaks of today's Gospel - of healing and resurrection - that "have a single center: the faith." A "tarnished or uncertain" faith tends to confuse "resurrection with reincarnation." "Faith ... promotes life in every situation."
06/27/2015 VATICAN-ORTHODOX
Pope: Increase opportunities for meetings and collaboration between the Churches of Rome and Constantinople
On the eve of the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Pope Francis meets a delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, in a tradition that has lasted for 47 years. The collaboration on the encyclical "Laudato sì" and the importance of theological dialogue to integrate synodality and primacy. The message of Bartholomew I.
06/27/2015 ISLAM - MIDDLE EAST
Al Azhar and Vatican against terrorism. The ambiguity of the international community
by Bernardo Cervellera
The 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.
06/27/2015 INDONESIA - ISLAM
Bowing to ulema, Constitutional Court approves "forced" marriages with minors
by Mathias Hariyadi
Civil society outraged by supreme court decision, already criticized for the ruling on mixed faith couples. The Court legalized marriages of minors under 16, considering them adult ready for marriage. MUI pressure instrumental. Indonesian activist: a dangerous precedent.
06/27/2015 PAKISTAN
Church to the fore in aiding victims of Pakistan’s deadly heatwave
by Kamran Chaudhry
The largest supplier of electricity in the city of Karachi continues to suffer blackouts. The temperatures are the highest in the last 15 years and have resulted in 1,000 deaths. The workers' protest. Caritas Pakistan is organizing the distribution of bottled water and deploys doctors. Catholic churches use private resources to provide energy in parishes.
06/27/2015 TUNISIA - ISLAM
Tunis, stop terrorism by closing fundamentalist mosques
President 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.
06/26/2015 VATICAN – PALESTINE
Holy See and the State of Palestine sign comprehensive agreement, a “hasty step” according to Israel
Vatican Secretary for Relations with States Mgr Richard Gallagher and Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki led the signing ceremony. Under the agreement, the legal status of the Catholic Church, freedom of conscience and freedom of religion are guaranteed. The deal is an important signal for a region touched by “extremism, barbaric violence, and ignorance”. Israel’s Foreign Minister criticises the agreement. However, the Fundamental Agreement between the Holy See and Israel has been stalled for 22 years.
06/26/2015 SYRIA – TURKEY
After IS attacks Kobane, Kurds slam Turkey for allowing Jihadis through border
Three car bombs hit a checkpoint on the outskirts of the city. At least 57 people die in fighting. In a village south of the city, IS executes 23 Syrian Kurds, including women and children. Ankara rejects accusations, calls them "black propaganda". For Mideast expert, IS’s “spectacular attacks” are “diversionary operations aimed at distracting the Kurds from their role approaching Raqqa.”
06/26/2015 PAKISTAN
Christians and Muslims slam everyday torture in Pakistan
by Kamran Chaudhry
Pakistan has failed so far to respect the UN Convention against Torture, which it ratified in 2010. Every day, at least one prisoner is tortured in one of the country’s 1,300 police stations. Critics call on the authorities to respect and protect fundamental human rights, as well as shield and rehabilitate victims. Prisoners are safe only if they pay bribes.

Altri articoli
06/26/2015 SRI LANKA
For Catholic brother, Laudato si’ can help stop Colombo’s new port project by Melani Manel Perera
06/26/2015 HONG KONG – CHINA
Mainland representative offers tea and an olive branch to HK lawmakers
06/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Jesus teaches that "a community must be close", must "dirty its hands"
06/26/2015 CHINA
China, increase in number of judges who attack defense lawyers
06/26/2015 CAMBODIA
Phnom Penh deploys 100 policemen to stop three environmental protesters
06/26/2015 INDIA
Card. Gracias: Catholic nun’s rape a national shame by Nirmala Carvalho
06/26/2015 RUSSIA
Alarm in Moscow: Russian Islamic State militants are returning home
06/26/2015 TUNISIA - ISLAM
Four policemen fired for being too "zealous" in Ramadan
06/25/2015 NEPAL
"Nepal is not alone" as donor countries meet after the earthquake by Christopher Sharma
06/25/2015 MYANMAR
Myanmar’s parliament keeps Aung San Suu Kyi away from the presidential election by Francis Khoo Thwe
06/25/2015 VATICAN
World Meeting of Philadelphia, Gospel nourishment for families of the world
06/25/2015 INDIA
Caritas India under watch but not yet requiring “prior approval”
06/25/2015 CHINA
China seizes more than 100,000 tonnes of bad meat, some of it more than 40 years old
06/25/2015 CAMBODIA – VATICAN
Cambodia’s 35 martyrs to be blessed through Pope Francis’ love
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ISLAM - MIDDLE EAST
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.
TUNISIA - ISLAM
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.
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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
06/23/2015 INDIA
Sr. Nirmala Joshi, leader of the Missionaries of Charity after Mother Teresa, has died
06/24/2015 PAKISTAN
For Caritas secretary, the heat wave’s death toll is close to 800, and the government has to act
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
06/26/2015 VATICAN – PALESTINE
Holy See and the State of Palestine sign comprehensive agreement, a “hasty step” according to Israel
06/25/2015 INDIA
Chhattisgarh, Pentecostal pastor jailed on false charges
by Nirmala Carvalho
06/23/2015 VATICAN
Synod to focus on the challenges to the family, the discernment of the family vocation, and the mission of the family today
06/27/2015 VATICAN-ORTHODOX
Pope: Increase opportunities for meetings and collaboration between the Churches of Rome and Constantinople

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