05/23/2015VATICAN For pope, labour must be "free, creative, participatory and mutually-supportive" What “has changed in the global world are not so much the problems, as their size and urgency. Incomparable are the amplitude and the speed of reproduction of inequalities. This we cannot allow! We must propose fair alternatives which are truly practicable.” Vatican City (AsiaNews) – Labour must be "free, creative, participatory and mutually-supportive" in order to enable people to express and enhance the dignity of their lives, said Pope Francis at a meeting with the Italian Christian Workers Associations (ACLI) on the 70th anniversary of the...
05/23/2015NEPAL – VATICAN Apostolic Nuncio says pope is praying for peace, security and prosperity in quake-hit Nepal by Christopher Sharma Mgr Pennacchio spoke at a special mass in memory of the earthquake victims. Hundreds of people attended the service, including Catholics, non-Catholics and diplomats. After handing out pictures of the pope, he called for unity to rebuild the country. During the Mass, the victims of the 2009 cathedral attack were remembered.
05/22/2015THAILAND - ASIA Beatings, rapes and abuse: the Rohingya in Thailand recount their journey of despair by Weena Kowitwanij A young 16 year old confirms to AsiaNews the violence irregular migrants are subjected to. Overcrowded boats, little food and no water, beatings and threats are their daily bread. A woman, pregnant and with a three year old daughter, chose the sea route after having experienced violence firsthand in Myanmar. May 29 summit in Bangkok to deal with the emergency.
05/22/2015NEPAL Amid crumbled temples, Nepal’s Hindu holy men are out of a job by Christopher Sharma Because of the earthquake, the mostly Indian pilgrims who crowded Nepal’s Hindu temples are now staying away. the collapse of hundreds of temples has also left hundreds of holy men unemployed. Beggars too are without patrons, forced to go to aid centres for help.
05/22/2015INDIA For Catholic Church, “mining threatens India’s tribal peoples” by Shafique Khokhar In Odisha, the Office for Justice, Peace and Development of the Catholic Bishops' Conference looked at the effects of heavy mining on indigenous communities. For an Adivasi leader, “tribal cultures die when their peoples are forced to leave their lands."
05/22/2015CHINA – ASIA Beijing and Delhi to lead Asian ‘super bank’ A consensus has emerged from a meeting of the lender’s founding members. To avoid undue European influence, Asian members have accepted that China’s share of the bank’s capitalisation will be between 25 and 30 per cent with India as second largest shareholder. Germany will be represented on the bank’s board of directors.
05/21/2015BANGLADESH Islamic extremists claim the right to kill ten intellectuals and bloggers by Sumon Corraya Fundamentalist group ‘Al Qaeda Ansarullah Bangla’ has released a list of future victims, and sent a copy to each of them. Security has become an emergency in the country where three critics of Islam have already been hacked to death. “I don’t’ feel safe,” says Catholic blogger.
05/21/2015INDIA For Mumbai vicar, Aruna teaches us the value of every life by Nirmala Carvalho For Mgr Agnelo Gracias, the woman who spent 42 years of his life in a coma is not the face of euthanasia. Hospital nurses who cared for her are the "real heroines". The wife of a great-grandnephew said the family was against ending life support.
05/21/2015INDIA Maharashtra: beef ban "subjugates Christians, Muslims and Dalits" This was stated by an AsiaNews source , anonymous for security reasons. State farmers, tanners and other workers demanding the repeal of the law banning the sale and consumption of beef. The ban has affected about 10.5 million people who depend on this trade.
05/21/2015NEPAL Nepal, 20 prisoners died in collapsed prisons during the earthquake by Christopher Sharma Various NGOs denounce " the presence of people locked up in structures that are damaged and at risk of collapse”. 55% of prisons collapsed and cannot be reused. The government will not provide official data on the number of prisoners who died during the earthquake on 25 April. The families are demanding that safety is ensured and survivors transferred elsewhere.
05/20/2015SRI LANKA For the first time, Sri Lanka Tamils can remember civil war victims by Melani Manel Perera This year, the government did not stop ceremonies in the country’s northern and eastern provinces on Remembrance Day, which marks the end of the war against the Tamil Tigers. In Mullivaikkal, an interfaith gathering provided a venue for "consolation and comfort", although "political solution to the Tamil problem" is still needed.
05/20/2015NEPAL For survivors, psychological problems more damaging than the earthquake by Christopher Sharma Almost a month after the earthquake, people are discouraged and fearful. Two million Nepalese suffer from post-traumatic syndrome whilst thousands are still waiting for help. For apostolic vicar, counselling and spiritual assistance are a priority.