Rubric Islam

by Pierre Balanian
An exclusive interview with Sivan Barazani on the massacres which occurred today in Karbala and Baghdad. During it he makes an appeal also to the West: "Italy and all other countries have the duty to intervene " if the don't want terrorism to sprout up in their own land. "It's a fight of humanity against obscurantism."   
| 02/03/2004
| iraq

A commentary by Bishop S. Warduni
| 01/03/2004
| Iraq

Even Christians from Isfahan and Jews turned out to vote.
| 21/02/2004
| iraq
by Gerolamo Fazzini

An interview with  Fr. Paolo Nicelli, PIME

Along the difficult and contradictory path leading to elections, Iran is searching for a way to modernize the country without uprooting deep-seated Islamic tradition.
| 20/02/2004
| iran

| 14/02/2004
by Pierre Balanian
| 13/02/2004
| iran
by Giuseppe Caffulli

An interview with Card. Stephanos II Ghattas, patriarch of Egypt's Coptic Catholic Church.

Cairo (AsiaNews) – Some days ago the first meeting occurred between the Catholic Church and Egypt's Orthodox Churches. Representing Catholics was Card. Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity. During the meetings, the Coptic Orthodox pope, Shenouda III, appeared briefly to share his greetings. Church leaders agreed to make an appointment to meet again in Rome next Jan. 25 2005. Meanwhile, Christian Churches in Egypt are persecuted, sometimes in subtle or violent ways. In order to have an idea of the ecumenicalism and missionary work-martyrdom experienced by these Churches, "Mondo e Missione" interviewed Card. Stephanos II Ghattas, patriarch of the Coptic Catholic Church of Egypt (see. Feb. 2004 issue).

Today we will offer an update on violence used against Christians on .   
| 07/02/2004
| Egypt - Vatican
by Pierre Balanian

An exclusive interview with S. Barazani, (PDK) regarding the Erbil attacks and their consequences for the country's Christian and Muslim populations.

| 05/02/2004
| Iraq
by p. Samir Khalil Samir SJ
Tomorrow in France discussion and voting gets underway concerning the law which would ban the Islamic veil, or headscarf, in schools. French bishops have already noticed that the law risks becoming a statement of "secularism" against religious expression (it prohibits not only headscarves, but also crosses, kippahs and turbans). The February issue of the monthly magazine, "Mondo e Mission", offers the opinion of a Jesuit priest, Fr. Samir Khalil Samir. According to Fr. Samir, a well respected Islamic studies scholar, the battle over the headscarf is part of an "Islamicist" plan that risks crumbling Europe's socio-political identity. Below we report Fr. Samir's analysis.
| 02/02/2004
Editor's choices
Bishop Yang Yongqiang of Zhouchun and Yao Shun of Jining are on the list of members released today a couple of weeks before the synod opens. They were picked by the local Church in agreement with the authorities and appointed by Pope Francis.
| 21/09/2023
by Dario Salvi
The cardinal relects on the the tumultuous weeks since the withdrawal of the presidential decree under pressure from self-styled leaders (in the pay of Tehran). A  "more subtle" threat hangs over the community, but with the same logic as Isis: drive ...
| 19/09/2023
by Alessandra De Poli
In August, the UN Food and Agriculture Agency reported a 9.8 per cent price hike over July despite an overall drop in food prices. Rice is vulnerable to extreme climate events, like those that devastated Pakistan and China last year, but the recent increase ...
| 12/09/2023
The archbishop of Bologna continues the mission entrusted to him by Pope Francis. If, as some media reports suggest, he will meet Premier Li Qiang, this will be the first high-level meeting between a top Church official and the head of government of ...
| 12/09/2023
During Biden's visit, Vietnam announced a historic strategic partnership with the United States almost 50 years after the Vietnam War. Since 2017, many big tech companies have left China in favour of its communist neighbour in Southeast Asia, investing ...
| 11/09/2023
by Andrea Lembo *
At the funeral of the auxiliary bishop of Tokyo, the PIME missionary, who replaced him at the helm of the Shinsei Kaikan Catholic Cultural Centre, remembered the prelate who loved to refer to God through the typically Japanese image of hot spring water. ...
| 06/09/2023
On the same day that Pope Francis praised Mongolian culture and traditions, the authorities in China’s Inner Mongolia region, where a fifth of the population is Mongolian, described them as “historical nihilism” in the name of sinicisation. ...
| 05/09/2023
by Gianni Criveller *
Fr. Gianni Criveller, PIME missionary and sinologist, comments on the words addressed by the pope yesterday to the Chinese people from Mongolia, with Card. Tong and Cardinal-designate Chow. "There is no contradiction between being good Christians and ...
| 04/09/2023
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