08/03/2015INDIA “Clear-cut murder” of Christian couple by Kandhamal security forces by Nirmala Carvalho The conclusion of the initial report by the fact-finding team, accessed by AsiaNews. The police speak of an "accident", but witnesses confirm the willful murder. Perhaps an attempted rape gone wrong. Mumbai (AsiaNews) – A clear-cut murder of two innocent Christians by the security forces in Kandhamal. This is conclusion of an inquiry into the death of Dubeswar Bhubudi Nayak and his wife, killed on July 26 near the village of Pangalpadar, where they lived.
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08/02/2015VATICAN For pope, Jesus urges us to look for the "bread of life", which expresses His love During the Angelus, Francis commented the Gospel of John. The crowds that followed Jesus for material bread did not understand their own "spiritual blindness". Christ "is gift and the one who gives it.” In light of the encounter with Him, the sufferings of human life “will be illuminated." Remembering the Pardon of Assisi, the “Father forgives everyone,” he “always forgives everything”.
07/31/2015NEPAL Petition in favour of the rhino as Nepal’s symbol in lieu of the cow by Christopher Sharma Some members of the constituent assembly have come out against the cow as the nation’s symbol as suggested in the draft constitution currently under discussion. The cow is a Hindu symbol of prosperity, and the monetary value of a cow’s life is the same as that of a human being.
07/31/2015PHILIPPINES Artists, donors and activists among 2015 Asia’s “Nobel Prize” winners The winners came from India, Philippines, Laos, and Myanmar. The presentation ceremony for Ramon Magsaysay Award, will take place on August 31 in Manila. President of the Foundation says: “There is one thing this year’s Magsaysay laureates all share in common: a greatness of spirit that infuses their crusade for change.”
07/31/2015INDIA Following rape, abortion allowed for six-month pregnant girl, but the child “is innocent" by Dominic Savio Fernandes The Supreme Court of India will allow a 14-year-old girl to have an abortion, although she is in the 25th week of her pregnancy. As per law, abortion beyond 20 weeks is not allowed. When “rape ends in pregnancy – it is like rubbing salt to injury,” Mumbai’s auxiliary bishop told AsiaNews. However, “A child conceived by rape is innocent.” For him, “The child should be allowed to be born, and then be entrusted to an orphanage.”
07/30/2015SRI LANKA The civil war did not stop Dilakshini’s yearning to study by Melani Manel Perera The 18-year-old Tamil woman talks about the horrors and consequences of ethnic conflict, including the loss of family, work, and home. Jobless parents cannot pay for their children’s education. Dilakshini dreams of becoming “a great woman and work for this society."
07/30/2015PAKISTAN Faisalabad diocese celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Parish of St Pius X by Shafique Khokhar Fr Pius Corbelini inaugurated the church in 1940. The current bishop, who led the anniversary celebrations, explained the role he and his priests play, as well as the religious path the faithful must follow, and the importance of children education. He also talked about spreading the Gospel and helping the local community.
07/29/2015NEPAL Animal slaughter banned at Hindu feast of Gadhimai, goddess of power The Gadhimai Festival is held every five years and brings in millions of pilgrims from India and Nepal. In 2009, 500,000 buffaloes, goats and chickens were killed. In 2014, the number dropped after a ruling by the Indian Supreme Court banning livestock movement between the two countries.
07/28/2015SRI LANKA Injustice is still the lot of many of Sri Lanka’s war widows by Melani Manel Perera Although the country’s civil war ended many years ago, the legacy of the bloody conflict between the government and Tamil rebels is still felt. Refugees are still forced to move as the government seizes their lands. The latest trend has been to use farmland for tourist development. The net effect of the situation is that refugee children have easy access to drugs but no access to education. After 100 days in power, “we expected something better” from President Sirisena.