04/26/2015VATICAN Pope prays for Nepal quake victims, hopes they receive "fraternal solidarity" A good shepherd is like Christ, someone who “is a guide, who participates in the life of His flock. He pursues no other interests, for He has no other ambition but to lead, nurture and protect his sheep. All of this comes at the highest price, that of the sacrifice of His own life.” When the pope met the crowd at the window of his study, two new priests stood by his side. Vatican City (AsiaNews) – The Pope has been praying for victims of yesterday’s earthquake in Nepal, calling for help for stricken country.
The Holy Father had already expressed his closeness to the people affected by the quake in a telegram...
04/25/2015NEPAL – ASIA Massive earthquake rocks Nepal, killing hundreds, some under collapsed tower Just before noon, local time, a 7.9 quake hit the Himalayan nation between Kathmandu and Pokhara. Seismic activity was also felt as far as India, Bangladesh and Tibet. In the Himalayas, an avalanche was triggered, hitting a base camp. So far, 150 are confirmed dead, but the number is expected to rise.
04/24/2015PAKISTAN An "intelligence failure" led to the killing of Lo Porto and Weinstein by Silent Thinker A retired Christian Pakistani army brigadier spoke about the drone strike in which an Italian aid worker and a US contractor were killed. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) “condemns every bombing because nothing is certain about the victims, and innocent people can become targets."
04/24/2015BANGLADESH Bangladesh: the family is "the most beautiful place in the world" by Sumon Corraya Bablu Gomes, a married Catholic and father of two children, addresses a conference on family sponsored by the Archdiocese of Dhaka. At the rally the laity have shared personal experiences and problems. "Love, patience and respect" the secret to a long and happy married life.
04/24/2015INDIA Varanasi: Mafia and pollution "threatens health of Ganges" by Nirmala Carvalho The "ecological" mission of Fr. Anand Mathew Ims and his Vishwa Jyoti Communications. Household waste and industrial pollutants that contaminate the sacred river "are a danger to more than 400 million people."
04/24/2015NEPAL Nepal: after 18 years, killer of Jesuit missionary arrested by Christopher Sharma The murderer of Fr. Thomas Ganfney had been hiding in India. The man had killed the priest to rob him. TheJesuit had founded the first center for social services in the nation, through which he helped the poor and needy.
04/23/2015BANGLADESH Cricket: Bangladeshi fans delirious after resounding defeat of Pakistan by Sumon Corraya The "Tigers" have beaten the "green shirts" for the third consecutive time in a series of individual matches. Hundreds of thousands of fans take to the streets to celebrate the sporting success. It is the first time that Dhaka has chalked up such a victory against one of the best Asian teams.
04/23/2015INDIA New Delhi, farmer commits suicide during anti-corruption demonstration by Nirmala Carvalho The man hanged himself from a tree while he a protest was being held against the controversial "anti-farmer" law (Land Acquisition Bill). In a note he wrote that his crop was destroyed. The chief minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal accused of not having stopped the rally.
04/22/2015VATICAN Christian-Muslim dialogue: most Muslims are against killing in the name of God In a statement, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue warns against the" risks of increasing hatred, violence, terrorism and the growing and commonplace stigmatisation of Muslims and their religion." For this reason, we "are called upon to strengthen fraternity and dialogue” because “To kill in the name of religion is not only an offence to God, but it is also a defeat for humanity.”
04/22/2015INDONESIA – ASIA – AFRICA Asia Africa Summit: leaders of Asia and Africa for a new world order by Mathias Hariyadi The heads of state and government from the two continents want to scrap the "outdated ideas" that underscore the Bretton Woods system and existing international financial institutions. Indonesian President Widodo calls on leaders to "work together" for a "global leadership". Observers wait to see if Xi Jinping and Shinzo Abe meet. Iran’s president calls for more efforts to fight terrorism.
04/22/2015PAKISTAN – CHINA Beijing “buys” Pakistan for US$ 45 billion Xi Jinping and Nawaz Sharif signed 51 agreements for projects related to the "New Silk Road". A China-Pakistan Economic Corridor linking Xinjiang to the Arabian Sea and the Karot dam are among the ambitious goals. Agreements include roads, port facilities and power stations.