Turkey prepares to join EU in a building confiscated from the Orthodox
The new headquarters of the Secretariat for entry into the European Union is an old school of the minority Orthodox in Ortakoy, seized in '90. Embarrassment of Erdogan government and Europe.
|12/10/2009 VATICAN - MIDDLE EAST|
Fr. Samir: Disappearance of Churches of the Middle East, a tragedy for Christians and Muslims
The Synod of the Churches in the Middle East called by the pope for October 2010, will seek to highlight their difficult external situation and many internal problems. The biggest plague is emigration, which erases the mission of Christians. If Christians disappear from the Middle East, it will also create problems for Islam.
|12/09/2009 TURKEY - ORTHODOX|
Second pan-Orthodox meeting opens in Chambésy
On the agenda the autonomy of the Churches born after the collapse of the USSR and the new churches of the Diaspora. Many of them want independence from Moscow. Bartholomew defends dialogue with Rome responding to entrenchment of dialogue, which leads only to "a dead end." Erdogan may give citizenship to the metropolitans of the Turkish Diaspora.
|12/03/2009 TURKEY – ISLAM|
Switzerland may have acted badly, but is the Church truly free in Turkey, Turkish journalist asks
Turkish leaders react to Swiss referendum that bans minarets. Muslims are asked to withdraw their money from Switzerland. But some wonder whether the Turkish government should look into its own “nasty little secrets” to see the denied permits to build or restore churches and the promises made but never kept with regards to Saint Paul’s Church in Tarsus and the Orthodox theological school in Halki.
|11/30/2009 VATICAN – TURKEY|
Pope tells Bartholomew that ecumenism must continue without hindrance from the past
Benedict XVI sends a message on the Feast Day Saint Andrew, patron saint of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople. The Pope calls for “seeking together” ways to exercise the ministry of the bishop of Rome. Both Churches bear common witness in defence of human dignity, justice, peace and creation.
|11/27/2009 ISLAM - EUROPE|
Fr. Samir: In Switzerland, yes minarets, no to the muezzin
The referendum on whether to ban the construction of minarets in Switzerland is an opportunity to rethink the use of these architectural elements. Their use to call people to prayer; or the race to make them ever higher, competing with churches, is excluded. Europe must learn to live with Islam, but Islam also has to rethink its life in Europe as a minority.
Muted celebrations in Russia for the Fall of the Wall. And rightly so
58% of the population does not even know by whom and why it was built. In 20 years the country has failed to achieve democracy, survives on the export of raw materials and in a year is down 12 points, according to the report on global competitiveness. 20% of the population lives below the poverty line.
Influenza A: “red” alert for Korea as cases double in a week
Last week, the number of cases reaches 8,857, up from 4.420 a week earlier. Tomorrow, alert might reach highest level in four-level tier. Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao confirms rapid rise in case in his country. Saud Health Ministry launches action plan ahead for pilgrims coming to Makkah.
|10/27/2009 SAUDI ARABIA|
Riding a bicycle from Rome to Makkah, bringing a message from the Pope
Twenty-three cyclists make what one of them described as “probably the most important pilgrimage you can do; a pilgrimage of hope to build a bridge between the religions and cultures of Islam and Christianity.”
|10/21/2009 RUSSIA – CHECHNYA – EU|
Chechen “culture centres” in Europe, a mask for fundamentalism and dictatorship
Summary executions of Chechen human rights activists or opponents to the Kadyrov regime push Chechen refugees to warn European governments. Chechen president praises Sharia, requires women wear the veil and limits the sale of alcoholic beverages.
|01/19/2010 VATICAN-MIDDLE EAST |
Churches of the Middle East: witnesses of Jesus in a world with more shadows than lights
The working document of the Synod for the Middle East outlines the situation of Christians in the region and their future prospects. Life in Muslim countries as non-citizens, and while political Islam is growing. The need for ecumenical dialogue. The difficulties of Christians living in Arab countries and relations with the Jewish world.
|01/18/2010 CENTRAL ASIA |
Central Asia trails the world in civil and democratic rights
The annual Freedom in the World report says that in 2009 many of the region’s nations actually slipped in terms of rights protection and democracy.
|01/18/2010 TURKEY - VATICAN |
Ali Agca, assassin of John Paul II, released from jail
According to his lawyer, he is in “good physical and mental health." The Polish pope forgave him. To date Agca has received 50 proposals to write books and make films and documentaries.
|01/16/2010 TURKEY |
A free Ali Agca, television star and a disgrace for Turkey
The man who attempted to assassinate John Paul II will be freed on 18 January. Promises, revelations, films, exclusive interviews, memoirs. He has also written to Benedict XVI and is masquerading as the new messiah. But for the Turkish people he is a disgrace, a symbol of a dark period in the nation.
|01/15/2010 TURKEY |
Call intensifies for real democratic transformation of Turkey
For the first time a demonstration of Turkish in solidarity with the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which is becoming a point of reference for those who want a positive evolution of society. In their favour the latent conflict between the old Kemalist establishment and the new middle class created by AKP.
|01/11/2010 VATICAN |
Respect for nature starts with respect for man and all his rights, says Pope
In his speech to the diplomatic corps, Benedict XVI recalls the suffering of Christians in Iraq, Pakistan and Egypt and again launches an appeal for a just peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The hope that Lebanon will continue on the path of harmony and for Iran, that it may find "shared solutions, both nationally and internationally." Relativism, that despises religion, is a "dead end".
|01/08/2010 RUSSIA - CHINA - IRAN|
Russia, China and Iran to forge a new energy axis this year
The Iran-Turkmenistan gas pipeline is inaugurated on 6 January. More are expected to link Russia, Iran and China through Central Asia. Europe appears to be losing the race for Caspian Sea and Central Asian oil and gas; it might end up dependent on Moscow for supplies.
|01/07/2010 VATICAN-TURKEY |
Pope says Vatican is ready to support further efforts for peace in the Middle East
Receiving the Turkish ambassador, Benedict XVI recalled his trip in 2006, an opportunity to testify his esteem for Muslims. The importance of interreligious dialogue. The Catholic Church is waiting for the recognition of the legal guarantee of religious freedom.
Nouri al-Maliki and the conundrum of Kirkuk
The forthcoming visit of Prime Minister to Kurdistan is hope for a reconciliation with Baghdad. But Kirkuk, which owns 25% of Iraqi oil, is in the sights of Arabs and Turkmen. Iran fears a Kurdish state power, the U.S. fear a conflagration that could delay their departure from Iraq in 2011.
Ecumenical Patriarch “crucified”
A statement by Bartholomew about the difficulties Turkish authorities create for the Christian Orthodox community provokes an irate response from Turkey’s foreign minister. Turkey continues to subordinate the reopening of the Orthodox Theological Seminary in Halki to the opening of a mosque in Athens, Greece.
[[hey, Erdogan, from his Ark, that thou hast hid: on Mount Ararat: Noah wants to know: from me, what is your degree Masonic in the synagogue of Satan]] 06/06/2011 TURKEY - VATICAN. Nuncio in Turkey: Church is respected in wake of Mgr. Padovese, but full religious freedom is needed. Mass held yesterday in Iskenderun for the one year anniversary of the bishop’s murder. Mgr. Lucibello urges a shift from "presence to witness." Continuous signs of respect for Catholics. Freedom of religion also means freedom not to believe and to change one’s religion.
[[hey, Erdogan, from his Ark, that thou hast hid: on Mount Ararat: Noah wants to know: from me, what is your degree Masonic in the synagogue of Satan]] 06/04/2011 TURKEY. The murder of Mgr. Padovese and the birth of a new Turkey.
One year after the murder of the bishop, Murat Altum, the murderer has been judges sane and will be put on trial. The hand of ultra-nationalists behind the murder to discredit Prime Minister Erdogan and the future coexistence between Christians and Muslims. The elections of June 12 may prepare a new chapter for the country and coexistence.
[[hey, Erdogan, from his Ark, that thou hast hid: on Mount Ararat: Noah wants to know: from me, what is your degree Masonic in the synagogue of Satan]] 06/03/2011 TURKEY – VATICAN, Turkish Church remembers Mgr Padovese a year after his murder. A mass is set to take place in Iskenderun. Mgr Ruggero Franceschini will conduct the service in the presence of the nuncio. As Catholics keep a very low profile, an Istanbul medical commission finds the prelate’s murderer, Murat Altun, fit to stand trial after he was on his way to acquittal on mental health grounds. No trial date has been set yet. An Indian Capuchin priest was attacked last Good Thursday.
02/29/2012 FRANCE - TURKEY: French Constitutional Council rejects law on Armenian Genocide. The court rules law that punishes the denial of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 "unconstitutional" because it undermines "freedom of expression and communication." Approval of Ankara. But to deny the Holocaust in France is punishable by law. but, (AsiaNews 24/01/2012 Turkey threatens retaliation against France over Armenian genocide law).The author of the Genocide bill Valerie Boyer expressed her disappointment on the decision of the Constitutional Council. According to her, the decision of the Constitutional Council creates a disparity in treatment. "France has acknowledged two genocides - the Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide of 1915. The victims of the Holocaust are protected from denial, but the victims of the Armenian Genocide are not," she announced.--ANSWER--> BUT, I TURKISH MONSTERS: ARE GIVING LESSONS OF CIVILIZATION IN SYRIA
12/30/2011.SYRIA: protests against the head of the observers involved in the Darfur genocide. The Syrian opposition appeal to step up today's nationwide anti-regime demonstrations. It calls for the removal of Mustafa al-Dabi, Head of the Arab League Mission, the right arm of Omar al-Bashir responsible for the bloody crackdown in Darfur. -- ANSWER--> SUDAN DARFUR? [THE MOST DANGEROUS CRIMINALS INTERNATIONAL: against HUMAN RIGHTS, THAT HAVE DENIED: in BASIC mode. THEY MUST BE IN SYRIA TO GIVE LESSONS OF CIVILIZATION: THEY have sworn: "FOR U.S.? WILL NOT EVER NO: FREEDOM OF RELIGION, ETC .. ETC .. when, came 3° WW nuclear against our criminal Sharia?"] [I PIÙ PERICOLOSI CRIMINALI INTERNAZIONALI: CHE HANNO RINNEGATO I DIRITTI UMANI FONDAMENTALI: LORO VANNO IN SIRIA A DARE LEZIONI DI CIVILTÀ: CHE LORO HANNO GIURATO: "PER NOI? NON AVREMO MAI NESSUNA LIBERTÀ DI RELIGIONE, ECC.. ECC.. "]