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07/13/2014 VATICAN
As pope makes "heartfelt appeal" for peace in the Holy Land, he notes that prayer is not "in vain"
After the Angelus, Pope Francis called on those present to pray during a minute of silence. He made the same plea to local and international policy makers. Prayer helps us "not allow ourselves be overcome by evil, nor accept that violence and hatred take over from dialogue and reconciliation." The parable of the sower asks, 'How is our heart? To what ground does it look like: a road, rocky ground, or a bush? We must remember that with our words "we too are sowers". Indeed, "Our words can do so much good and so much evil; they can hurt and heal, encourage and depress." And "please, do not forget to pray for me."
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Pope Francis today proposed a "heartfelt appeal [. . .] for peace in the Holy Land" and a minute of silence after praying the Angelus together with the pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square. First, the pope called on those present but also "those who have political responsibilities at local and international levels" to "continue...

07/12/2014 IRAQ
As Kurdish militias seize two oil installations, al-Sistani calls for peace and unity
Oilfields in Kirkuk and Bai Hassan are seized. Although they have an output capacity of 450,000 barrels per day, they had not been producing significant quantities since March. Baghdad calls for their return and threatens retaliation. Kurdish bloc withdraws support for the central government. Grand ayatollah calls for unity and understanding for people regardless of faith or political belief.
07/12/2014 ASIA - UNITED NATIONS
More than half the world's population lives in cities
India will lead the way, as the country's urban population is expected to swell by 404 million people between now and 2050. Tokyo will continue to top the mega-city list followed by Delhi, Shanghai, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Beijing, Osaka, and Cairo. This trend will be challenge for health care, schools, food, and housing.
07/12/2014 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Netanyahu says international pressure will not stop Israel
by Joshua Lapide
According to Al Quds Brigades, Israeli Special Forces and its fighters clashed overnight. Palestinian death toll rise to 121 since the start of military operations. "Once again, Palestinian civilians are caught between Hamas' irresponsibility and Israel's tough response," Ban Ki-Moon said.
07/12/2014 CHINA
Xinjiang: Muslim students forced to eat during Ramadan
Teachers note who does not eat or drink, threatening students with expulsion from university or no diplomas. Many students fast in secret. People using the internet to spread "religious extremist violent terror video" get sentences ranging from 15 years to life. Uygur spokesperson says Beijing is afraid of losing its information monopoly.

07/12/2014 PAKISTAN
Faisalabad: young Christians and Muslims for social peace, starting with traffic
by Shafique Khokhar
About a hundred students took part in a symposium dedicated to social change, peace and harmony. Starting from the problem of traffic, the goal is to enhance social responsibility and promote greater education. From the new generations comes hope for change.
07/12/2014 MALAYSIA
For Sepang Muslim MP, Catholic rights violated in Allah controversy
Mohamed Hanipa Maidin demands justice for ‘The Herald’ and Malaysia’s Christian community, which has been under attack for some time. The decision to turn down a request for leave to appeal is against the Constitution because the case touches the public interest and raises an important constitutional question. Wondering about the “actual meaning of religious freedom" in Malaysia, he reiterated that Catholics did not violate any rule or principle.
07/11/2014 INDIA
New Indian government's first budget geared towards growth
In his first budget, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley wants to expand economic activity. Particular focus is on infrastructure, which should in turn boost economic growth, reduce inflation and allow the Reserve Bank of India to lower interest rates, further stimulating investment and consumption.
07/11/2014 SRI LANKA
Gag order on Sri Lankan activists and NGOs represents a serious limit on freedom of the press and expression
by Melani Manel Perera  
The Defence Ministry issued a circular to prevent NGOs from holding press conferences and meetings for journalists. For the authorities, such activity is "unauthorised". Human rights groups say they are ready to disobey the gag order and take to the streets. The Defence Ministry is headed by the president's brother, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, who is accused of war crimes.
07/11/2014 HONG KONG - VATICAN
The Church in Hong Kong has three new auxiliary bishops
The Holy Father appointed Vicar General Michael Yeung, Vicar of Opus Dei for East Asia Rev Stephen Lee, and Fr Joseph Ha, former regional superior of the Friars Minor in Hong Kong.
07/11/2014 VATICAN
Tourism can contribute to "integral human development"
In his message for World Tourism Day, the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerant notes that tourism can be an instrument of progress, provided that its benefits reach all sectors of the host society. "It is also essential that these benefits follow ethical criteria that are, above all, respectful to people both at a community level and to each person, and avoid a purely economic conception of society".
07/11/2014 CHINA
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences . . . and journalists to toe the Party line
by Wang Zhicheng
Several academics support political reform. The Party feels its monopoly of power is threatened, fears it might end up like the USSR. Journalists are forbidden to pass information to foreign media, and could be charged with leaking "state secrets."
07/11/2014 CHINA
Bao Tong: Xi Jinping hunting "tigers", but must not muzzle public discourse on corruption
by Bao Tong
The arrest of former vice president of the Central Military Commission and other senior officials has sparked heated debate. President Xi seen as a bulwark in the fight against corruption. In reality, the system is organized and widespread, while activists and citizens are relegated to the margins. The analysis of Bao Tong, a former collaborator of Zhao Ziyang, who spent years in prison and under house arrest for having sided against the Tiananmen massacre.
07/11/2014 HONG KONG-CHINA-VATICAN
Card Zen: Religious freedom and civil liberties are united, for China and Hong Kong
by Bernardo Cervellera
A wide ranging conversation with the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong: the courage of Msgr. Ma Daqin, who sent a message to Pope Francis; underground Catholics are also prepared to be arrested; suspicions about Beijing’s sincerity towards possible dialogue with the Holy See. And in Hong Kong, the march for a referendum on democracy; support for "Occupy Central"; the fear of the government and arrests. Card. Zen reaffirms that religious freedom and civil liberties go hand in hand.
07/11/2014 BANGLADESH
12 Muslims arrested from group that attacked the church of Boldipukur
by Sumon Corraya
The robbers were after documents pertaining to land ownership. Not the first attempt to steal the deeds. The parishioners are mostly tribal, very poor and poorly educated and often Muslims try to take over their lands. During the attack, three PIME nuns suffered attempted rape.

Altri articoli
07/11/2014 ISRAEL-PALESTINE
As number of casualties climbs concern mounts over Gaza invasion by Joshua Lapide
07/11/2014 MYANMAR - CHINA
Journalists who exposed Sino-Burmese chemical weapons plant get ten years of hard labour
07/11/2014 ASIA
WHO: Coronavirus alert remains high in Asia but its spread is "unlikely"
07/10/2014 PAKISTAN
Islamabad: a National Commission will be set up to protect religious minorities by Jibran Khan
07/10/2014 RUSSIA
Russian Jews thank Putin for fighting against anti-Semitism by Nina Achmatova
07/10/2014 INDIA
New Ranchi auxiliary bishop: "Evangelisation will remain the priority of my life" by Nirmala Carvalho
07/10/2014 SRI LANKA
Mullaitivu: more than 300 new complaints of missing people from the Civil War by Melani Manel Perera  
07/10/2014 CHINA - VATICAN
Shanghai: Catholics remember Mgr Ma Daqin and the sufferings of the faithful on the day of Chinese martyrs by Jian Mei
07/10/2014 CHINA - CANADA
If you’re the son of a high ranking Chinese official you can get away with murder in a pillow fight
07/10/2014 INDONESIA
Purwokerto: diocesan forum, to promote "brotherhood" among future priests by Mathias Hariyadi

07/10/2014 VATICAN-ITALY-BRAZIL
Marcello Candia, the industrialist for the poor by Piero Gheddo
07/10/2014 SOUTH KOREA - VATICAN
Korean pop stars make music video to celebrate Pope Francis’ visit
07/10/2014 IRAQ - SYRIA - UN
Baghdad warns the UN: The Islamic Army has atomic material, Washington minimizes
07/10/2014 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Escalation of missiles, raids and deaths in Gaza. Ban Ki-moon's report to the UN Security Council by Joshua Lapide
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HONG KONG-CHINA-VATICAN
Card Zen: Religious freedom and civil liberties are united, for China and Hong Kong
by Bernardo CervelleraA wide ranging conversation with the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong: the courage of Msgr. Ma Daqin, who sent a message to Pope Francis; underground Catholics are also prepared to be arrested; suspicions about Beijing’s sincerity towards possible dialogue with the Holy See. And in Hong Kong, the march for a referendum on democracy; support for "Occupy Central"; the fear of the government and arrests. Card. Zen reaffirms that religious freedom and civil liberties go hand in hand.
ISLAM
The desperate dream of the Islamic Caliphate
by Samir Khalil SamirAbu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s rhetoric is bankrupt. No Muslim wants to live in a caliphate. Moreover, no-one accepts him as "caliph". But he is correct in pointing out that the Islamic world is in decline, and Muslims themselves are responsible for this. Israel and "conspiracy” theories. The rebirth of Islam through open dialogue in society, based on universal and shared values. Otherwise the demise of Islam is likely.
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07/09/2014 ISLAM
The desperate dream of the Islamic Caliphate
by Samir Khalil Samir
07/11/2014 HONG KONG - VATICAN
The Church in Hong Kong has three new auxiliary bishops
07/08/2014 BANGLADESH
Fifty people hold up Catholic church in Boldipukur
by Sumon Corraya
07/08/2014 INDIA
India’s first Jesuit university opens
by Santosh Digal
07/07/2014 INDONESIA
Christian leaders: religious freedom at risk if Subianto wins presidential elections
by Mathias Hariyadi

07/11/2014 HONG KONG-CHINA-VATICAN
Card Zen: Religious freedom and civil liberties are united, for China and Hong Kong
by Bernardo Cervellera
07/09/2014 IRAQ
Mosul Archbishop: IDPs without water and electricity, faithful dig wells for Christians and Muslims
07/10/2014 CHINA - VATICAN
Shanghai: Catholics remember Mgr Ma Daqin and the sufferings of the faithful on the day of Chinese martyrs
by Jian Mei
07/10/2014 SOUTH KOREA - VATICAN
Korean pop stars make music video to celebrate Pope Francis’ visit
07/07/2014 VATICAN
Pope: "no place" in the Church for those who commit sexual abuse

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