02/01/2015VATICAN Pope: The Gospel changes our lives when we let ourselves be transformed by the Word of God Before the Angelus prayer, Francis noted how Jesus "did not postpone, once in Capernaum, the proclamation of the Good News. His main concern was to communicate the Word of God. [. . .] Read every day a passage from the Gospel, bring it with you always. It can change the heart." On 6 June, the pope will be in Sarajevo: "I ask you to pray even now for those dear people." May the Day for Life "help a new humanism: the humanism of solidarity." Vatican City (AsiaNews) - The main concern for Christians, following in
the footsteps of our Master Jesus, "should be the proclamation of the
Gospel. The Gospel changes lives and hearts, when we let ourselves be
transformed by it. That is why I call upon you to take it always with you: read
a passage a day. The Gospel is the word of life: it does not...
01/31/2015SRI LANKA Tamil to head Sri Lanka's Supreme Court Appointing Kanagasabapathy Sripavan, an ethnic Tamil, as chief justice, is the latest election promise kept by the new president. The decision is part of his "national reconciliation" plan.
01/31/2015INDIA Indian missionaries of the Immaculate celebrate Sister Nirmala's jubilee by Benigna Menezes* Staff and students from the Nirmala High School marked 50 years of consecrated life of one of their own. A local bishop and 40 priests celebrated the thanksgiving Mass. Participants carried 50 candles in procession. The nun's nephew, a priest, marked his 25 years as a clergyman. The missionary embodies Mary's "Yes", serving Church and community.
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01/30/2015CHINA Chinese government attacks textbooks that promote Western values For Education Minister Yuan Guiren, high schools and universities should shun or ban textbooks that promote "non-Chinese" values. Previously, President Xi Jinping had also attacked freedom of thought. Teachers who speak out are hounded, fired and even jailed.
01/30/2015NEPAL Nepal government revokes license from "unofficial" religious schools by Christopher Sharma The decision concerns institutions that are not run by religious organisations that can operate and finance them. For the authorities, "economic sustainability" and "suspicious fundamentalist activity" are the reasons for closure. Madrassas are affected.
01/30/2015MYANMAR Education reform: government open to students for changes to legislation by Francis Khoo Thwe On Sunday, government officials, lawmakers, student representatives and members or an educational reform group will examine 11 demands made by students. The government is "in principle" open to some changes. Sources tell AsiaNews that students want to have "lawyers, donors, and prominent figures" in the discussion.
01/30/2015UZBEKISTAN - CENTRAL ASIA Central Asia: Uzbekistan could miss the train in the transport area by Umida Hashimova Tashkent is far from the hub of Central Asia trade. The Chinese government is putting pressure on Kyrgyzstan for a transnational railway project. Moscow closely watches over regional transport region and Iran favours projects in Uzbekistan to reach China. Turkmenistan is a potential competitor and "regional leader in transportation linkages" in the region.
01/30/2015THAILAND - GERMANY Bangkok, military junta cancels seminar on press freedom The Friedrich Ebert Foundation forced to cancel conference, part of a series of annual events on the difficulties of journalists in Asia. Thai Media confirm a growing censorship. Prime Minister announces zero tolerance against dissent: anyone critical of authority will be summoned.