10/08/2015INDIA Intellectuals condemn beef lynching as Modi boosts Hindutva Writer Nayantara Sahgal and poet Ashok Vajpeyi return the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award. Indian president and Home minister speak out for diversity, tolerance and plurality in India. Politicians from the Bharatiya Janata Party instead make statements fomenting sectarian hate. The prime minister tightens beef export controls. Opposition parties, particularly Congress, fail to counter sectarian violence in the country. New Delhi (AsiaNews/Agencies) – The lynching by a Hindu mob of a Muslim man on suspicion of eating beef has sent shockwaves across India, eliciting reactions from intellectuals and...
10/08/2015PAKISTAN Pakistan’s Supreme Court confirms death sentence for murderer of Salman Taseer by Skafique Khokhar The Governor of Punjab was murdered for defending Asia Bibi. Lawyers killer ask for presidential pardon. The culprit has defended "legitimacy" of murder. Catholic activist: "The judgment shows that the Court is independent and free from the extremists pressures." Analyst warns: "The government will face pressure to avoid carrying out the judgment."
10/07/2015VATICAN Synod: searching for a ‘language’ to announce the ‘Good News’ to today's families Thirteen language groups are “working in complete freedom, listening in total humility". In each, "we must not necessarily agree on everything; we must speak about our differences in different situations." Indeed, “In the Catholic Church, we are very keen on unity, but we want cultural differences to emerge, so that everyone can express himself.”
10/07/2015INDIA Hindutiva’s discourse of hate, the life of "sacred cows" is “more precious than that of a human being" by Ram Puniyani Cows are sacred. Crimes against them are used to stir up political hatred for electoral purposes, even though India is a large beef exporter. Gandhi once said that there should be “fullest recognition of freedom to the Muslims to slaughter". Ram Puniyani, president of the Center for Study of Society and Secularism in Mumbai, looks at the lynching of Muslims suspected of consuming beef.
10/06/2015SRI LANKA Eliminating poverty by distributing lands for agriculture. President Sirisena’s plan by Melani Manel Perera The unused land owned by the state and private citizens will be converted to agricultural production. Sri Lanka imports more than 80% of the food needs for chilli, soy, green and black beans. In 2014 it spent about 38 million euro. Sirisena to return about 600 acres of land confiscated by the military in the north to their owners.
10/06/2015VATICAN Pope: no to rigid ministers, the Lord asks for mercy "Where there is the Lord there is mercy. And St. Ambrose added: 'And where is rigidity, there are its ministers''. "We only understand God's mercy when it was poured out on us, our sins, our miseries ..."
10/05/2015BANGLADESH Protestant clergyman in stabbing by three, possibly Muslim attackers by Sumon Corraya Luke Sarkar was at home when three men approached him. The attackers pulled out a knife and tried to cut his throat. The modus operandi is the same as in the cases of Cesare Tavella and Hoshi Kunio. Police suspect Muslim extremists. “Christians are vulnerable in this country,” says Christian activist. “We can be attacked at any moment."
10/05/2015VATICAN Synod: Facing the challenges of today’s world against family as Christians The reports before proceedings. Card. Erdo: indissolubility and mercy for marriage, mission and witness of Christian spouses, support and truth for couples "with problems", respect for and responsibility towards life". "Need for proper and merciful pastoral care for divorced and civilly remarried which, however, without any room for doubts regarding truth of the indissolubility of marriage as taught by Jesus Christ himself. The mercy of God offers forgiveness to the sinner, but it demands conversion".
10/05/2015NEPAL Women sold as sex slaves in Tanzania and Qatar by Christopher Sharma The victims’ stories are just about the same. Rima Basnet was lured into slavery in Tanzania, and Kamala Tamang was sold in Qatar, where she contracted AIDS before she was thrown out. In both cases, the victims received death threats if they did not perform to satisfy the sex desires of customers. Thousands of women share the same fate: sold and used in the Middle East and Africa.
10/05/2015BANGLADESH Dhaka, according to Sheikh Hasina, the Islamic state did not kill Caesar Tavella and Hoshi Kunio by Sumon Corraya In a press conference, the Prime Minister states that there are no caliphate cells in Bangladesh and that the two murders are the work of the alliance between BNP (Nationalist Party) and Jamaat-e-Islami (Islamist organization). The Japanese, 66, was killed less than a week after Caesar Tavella. Still doubt the motive. Kunio had recently converted to Islam.
10/05/2015VATICAN For pope, the Synod is not a parliament with its negotiations and compromises The Church “interrogates herself with regard to her fidelity to the deposit of faith, which does not represent for the Church a museum to view, nor even something merely to safeguard, but is a living source from which the Church shall drink, to satisfy the thirst of, and illuminate, the deposit of life.”