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." Islamabad (AsiaNews) – "In the briefing before the strike, the Pakistani army should have stopped the Americans. What happened is clearly an intelligence failure and a failure in US leadership,” said Brigadier (General) Samson Simon Sharaf, a...
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.
04/22/2015NEPAL Alarm swine flu: at least 30 dead and hundreds sick by Christopher Sharma There are fears that the contagion could spread across the country and cross over into China and India. Government inefficiency and lack of medicines. Medical staff refuses to work for fear of infection. The army and the Caritas in aid to the population.
04/22/2015INDIA Jharkhand, Hindu radicals demand immediate closure of Catholic school by Nirmala Carvalho Over 60 students from the militant wing of the ruling party (the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party,) raid Holy Cross Institute in Hazaribagh. After failing to intervene, police arrest 16 people. Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC): "The extremists attacked Christian institutions because they can not tolerate the help they give to the poor and oppressed."