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Myanmar’s war behind the screen

MYITKINA (SE): “First of all, it is painful for any Kachin to hear the word rebel being placed together with the word Kachin,” Bishop Francis Daw Tang, from the diocese of Myitkyina in war-torn Kachin state of the Union of Myanmar, said in summing up the conflict between the government troops and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA).

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Vietnamese authorities miffed over awards given to bloggers

Hanoi (UCAN): A Communist Party newspaper in Vietnam, Nhan Dan, criticised the United States of America (US) and two international organisations on March 15 for conferring awards on three Vietnamese bloggers, including one who is in prison.

In an editorial, the newspaper said the awards aim to “encourage anti-government activists and directly intervene in Vietnam’s internal affairs.”

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Stench of police collusion in land grab as Christian village is burned

HONG KONG (SE): Police collusion is strongly suspected in a massive arson attack on the Christian Joseph Colony in the Pakistani city of Lahore on March 9 and legal people are questioning whether there is a property-related agenda behind the attack.

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Common search for religious harmony

 

JAKARTA (UCAN): More than 100 representatives from 16 Asian countries attended the Fourth Conference of Muslim-Christian Religious Leaders of Asia in Jakarta, Indonesia, beginning on February 25.

“Bringing Common Word to Common Action is our theme now. In order to bring common word to common action, we must overcome and solve many problems—religious, political and social,” Hasyim Muzadi, the secretary-general of the International Conference of Islamic Scholars, said.

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Thousands sign for release of jailed Catholics

 

HANOI (AsiaNews): Family and friends of Catholics sentenced to prison in Vietnam for subversion in January have launched a public awareness campaign, which includes a petition signed by Christian and Buddhist religious leaders.

Organisers say the goal is to spread awareness of the case among the civilian population and win, first of all, the interest and the commitment of the Vietnamese people.

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Sri Lankan clergy ask for independent inquiry

MANNAR (UCAN): Christian clergy from the Tamil-majority north of Sri Lanka have called on the United Nations Human Rights Council to push for an independent international inquiry into atrocities they say were committed during the country’s 30-year civil war.

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Asia’s hopes for popes

BANGKOK (SE): “Rejuvenate,” is the word Father Nithiya Sagayam, the executive secretary of the Office for Human Development of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, chose to describe his hopes for popes.

The Indian Franciscan said that he dreams of a pope who can rejuvenate the word, launch new hope and raise a prophetic and merciful voice amidst the racket of the current climate.

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Cry for peace from Kachin bishop in Myanmar

MYITKYINA (SE): “I appeal to all parties to return to the peace negotiation, since peace is possible, peace is the only way,” Bishop Francis Daw Tang, from the war-torn diocese of Myitkyina in the Kachin state of the Union of Myanmar, said in a strongly worded appeal for peace on February 8.


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Vietnamese priest nominated for Nobel award

Hong Kong (Agencies): Father Thaddeus Nguyen Van Ly, a 65-year-old Vietnamese human rights advocate, has been nominated for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, together with the Most Venerable Thich Quang Do, patriarch of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam, by two members of the United States Congress, Chris Smith and Zoe Lofgren, the Independent Catholic News reports.


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