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04/21/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Church of today is a "Church of martyrs", many whose throats are cut, who are burnt alive or thrown into the sea "because they are Christians"
"Let us think of our brothers whose throats were slit on the beach in Libya; let’s think of the young boy who was burnt alive by his companions because he was a Christian; let us think of those migrants thrown from their boat into the open sea by other migrants because they were Christians; let us think – just the day before yesterday – of those Ethiopians assassinated because they were Christians… and of many others. Many others of whom we do not even know and who are suffering in jails because they are Christians… ".
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - The Church of today is "Church of martyrs", whose throats are cut, who are burnt alive or  thrown into the sea "because they are Christians" and also the "hidden martyrs" who are looking for new ways to help brothers and for this are...

04/21/2015 MACAU – CHINA
First Mass in honour of Matteo Ricci
The cause of beatification for the great Jesuit missionary is underway. Four choirs, three soloists, an organ, and brass instruments under composer Aurelio Porfiri will perform pieces and songs at St Joseph’s Seminary, an ancient place of training for missionaries in the Far East. The composer is also working on an oratorio dedicated to Ricci, with a libretto by Fr Gianni Criveller, PIME missionary in Hong Kong.
04/21/2015 RUSSIA
Russian rabbis calls on pope to be a bridge builder between East and West
Moscow’s Chief Rabbi Goldsmith led a delegation from the Conference of European Rabbis in a meeting with the pontiff. "We see the threat of a new wall between East and West,” he said. For this reason, as a “messenger of God,” the pope should “pull East and West back from the brink of war towards” peace.
04/21/2015 THAILAND
Thailand’s ruling junta to focus on the economy and social peace
by Weena Kowitwanij
Retired general and current Prime Minister Prayuth outlined government’s priorities: economic growth, security and the fight against corruption. He called on all Thais to work for peace and the good of the country. Tourism grows by 23 per cent. The government plans to promote social policies and boost international relations against a background of authoritarianism.
04/21/2015 INDIA
Vijayawada welcomes four new priests, a "sign and sacrament of God's holiness"
by Benigna Menezes*
The apostolic administrator celebrated the rite of ordination. The new priests are called to "live a life without deception" and "carry out their ministry in a world full of chaos and spiritual darkness."

Americans send aircraft carrier to the waters off Yemen
US media are saying that the USS Theodore Roosevelt is being deployed to prevent Iran from providing weapons, especially ground-to-air missiles, to Houthi rebels. The Pentagon denies the reports. The goal would be to show support to the Saudis.
04/21/2015 UN-EU
UN: 800 dead in the worst Mediterranean migrant tragedy
The ship that sank came from Egypt and made a stop in Tripoli (Libya) to load new passengers. The refugees were from Mali, Gambia, Senegal, Somalia, Eritrea, Bangladesh and Syria. A boat sinks near the coast of Rhodes, with 80 survivors. The EU seeks solution to stop human trafficking. In 2014 more than 170 thousand people reached Italy.
04/21/2015 JAPAN
Japan, train sets 603 km / h speed record
Central Japan Railway test runs a train in Yamanashi province at a speed never achieved before. First 286 km of track that can accommodate the new technology is already under construction, and will be covered in just 40 minutes. Plans to market the new trains in 2027 and most attractive market is America
04/21/2015 VIETNAM
Vietnamese bishops: Theological Faculty, beatification and migrants in the first annual meeting
From April 13 to 16 the first meeting of 2015 and the Bishops' Conference was held in Ho Chi Minh City. Msgr. Girelli, non-resident papal representative was also present. The contribution of the local Church on migration and the family, in view of the special synod held in October.
04/20/2015 VATICAN
Buddhists and Christians together against modern slavery and human trafficking
Message of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue to Buddhists for Vesakh. The Pope spoke against these "plagues" in his Message for the World Day of Peace 2015, while "the Buddha declares that trading in live beings, including slaves and prostitutes, is one of five occupations that are not to be engaged in" .
South China Sea: Vietnam offers the Philippines a deal to contain China
Talks between Hanoi and Manila are already underway as China moves into disputed area. For Benigno Aquino, “Perhaps it’s even worse today,” he said speaking about the situation. Meanwhile, joint military exercise US-Philippines military manoeuvres get underway.
04/20/2015 VATICAN
For pope, Jews and Christians have a responsibility to preserve the religious sense of the men and women of today, and that of our society
Francis expressed his condolences for the death of Elio Toaff, the chief rabbi of Rome who welcomed John Paul II during his historic visit to the Great Synagogue. "Anti-Semitic trends in Europe these days are troubling, as are certain acts of hatred and violence. Every Christian must be firm in deploring all forms of anti-Semitism.” May the Holocaust be “a warning to present and future generations. Acts of hatred and violence against Christians and the faithful of other religions must likewise be condemned everywhere.”
In the "spirit of Bandung", Asia and Africa to boost global south cooperation
by Mathias Hariyadi
Sixty years after the historic conference that marked the birth of the Non-Aligned Movement, heads of state and government meet again to boost multilateralism, economic growth and sustainable development. However, divisions among the leading nations – including China and Japan – are likely to limit the summit’s results.
04/20/2015 CHINA
Following slower growth forecast, China cuts banks’ reserve requirement ratio
The RRR was reduced by 1 per cent for rural financial institutions, 2 and 3 per cent for loans to agriculture and small enterprises, because of a slowing economy. Banks can now boost lending by about 1.2 trillion yuan.
04/20/2015 BANGLADESH
Land grab against Protestant community
by Sumon Corraya
The Barisal District Bar Association seizes land belonging to St Peter’s Church. Some 15 Christians (including 10 women) were attacked when they tried to stop the land grab.” We are ready to sacrifice our lives for the land of the Church. We shall not leave our land,” said the secretary general of the Bangladesh Christian Association.

Altri articoli
04/20/2015 VATICAN
Pope: saints and martyrs show that you cannot follow Jesus to “seek power"
04/20/2015 RUSSIA
Another prominent Russian opposition leader flees under pressure
04/20/2015 TAIWAN - CHINA
More than 360 million viewers for premiere of film on imperial painter Jesuit Giuseppe Castiglione, by Xin Yage
04/20/2015 SYRIA
Msgr. Zenari: prayers in Beirut and Damascus for kidnapped bishops and priests. Fears for their fate
04/20/2015 INDIA
Card. Gracias: Statue of Our Lady vandalized, wound to the secular fabric of society by Nirmala Carvalho
04/20/2015 LIBYA- ISLAM
Ethiopian Christians shot, beheaded and filmed by Islamic State by Paul Dakiki
04/19/2015 VATICAN
Pope remembers and prays for "latest tragedy" of migrants, "our brothers and sisters" who "are seeking happiness"
Saudi policy: UN aid for Yemen, but no ceasefire by Paul Dakiki
04/18/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Denounce and combat trafficking in human beings, a hidden evil
04/18/2015 TAIWAN
Catholic teachers: the Gospel of the family in the digital age by Xin Yage
04/18/2015 MALAYSIA
One-fifth of Malaysia’s animals endangered
04/18/2015 THAILAND
Military junta drafts new Constitution slashing power of political parties and leaders
04/18/2015 KAZAKHSTAN
Astana: elites discuss climate change, while children get sick and faint
04/17/2015 SRI LANKA
Colombo Port City causing "unimaginable" environmental harm by Sajeewa Chamikara
Editor's choices
Pope remembers and prays for "latest tragedy" of migrants, "our brothers and sisters" who "are seeking happiness"At the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis says he is praying for the hundreds of victims in a sinking off the coast of Libya. An appeal to the international community to "act decisively and promptly." "Every baptized person is called to witness in word and deed, that Jesus is risen, He is alive and present in our midst." The Christian message "is not a theory, an ideology or a complex system of precepts and prohibitions, or moralism, but a message of salvation, a concrete event, even a person: the Risen Christ, the living and only Savior of all" . The Pope will be in Turin on June 21 to honor the Shroud, the exposition of which begins today.
Saudi war in Yemen masks widening domestic tensions
by Afshin ShahiSaudi Arabia is using the conflict in Yemen to control domestic problems, especially social inequalities and religious sectarianism. However, whilst the royal family flaunts its wealth, some 20 per cent of the population lives in poverty. Many disgruntled young Saudis end up becoming "foreign fighters" for the Islamic state (IS). Some 15 per cent of the Saudi population is Shia, under the heavy thumb of the Sunni-dominated state. Afshin Shahi, director of the Centre for the Study of Political Islam and lecturer in International Relations and Middle East Politics at University of Bradford, provides the following lucid analysis.
Top 10
04/16/2015 TAJIKISTAN
Former jihadist escapes from the Islamic state: We had to kill everyone, without pity
04/19/2015 VATICAN
Pope remembers and prays for "latest tragedy" of migrants, "our brothers and sisters" who "are seeking happiness"
04/14/2015 SYRIA
As the conflict escalates, the situation in Aleppo’s Christian quarter worsens, says apostolic vicar
Armenian Genocide: Turkish politicians criticise the EU; Mufti reacts to pope’s words threatening to turn Saint Sophia into a mosque
04/17/2015 BANGLADESH
Bishop of Sylhet: Protection for tribal Catholics, victims of expropriation and threats
by Sumon Corraya
04/16/2015 VATICAN
More Catholic believers and priests in the world
04/16/2015 RUSSIA
St. Petersburg Smolny Cathedral restored to Church of, a symbol of the city of the tsars
04/14/2015 BANGLADESH
Muslims, Hindus, and Christians celebrate peace during Bengali New Year
by Sumon Corraya
04/15/2015 TURKEY – VATICAN
And the sultan "warned" the pope
Maronite vicar says Israeli police doing nothing to catch vandals who attacked Christian graveyard


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