12/05/2013VATICAN Pope to create Commission for the Protection of Children On 22 February consistory for the appointment of new cardinals. The Commission, proposed by the Council of Cardinals, will advise the Pope on the Holy See’s commitment in the protection of children and ministry for victims of abuse. Vatican City ( AsiaNews ) - Pope
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12/05/2013SRI LANKA Catholics and Tamil activists view civil war census with suspicion by Melani Manel Perera A government-sponsored survey of damages (to people and property) caused by the country's civil war gets underway. For some priests and activists, the investigation is "not credible" because it is being conducted by the government, which has been accused of war crimes. Tamil activist says, "The president creates commissions to escape awkward situations."
12/05/2013INDIA Indian Hindu leader against inter-religious violence bill India's parliament opens its winter session today with the Communal Violence Bill on its agenda. Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), defines the bill as a "recipe for disaster" that must be stopped. He has been blamed for deadly violence between Hindus and Muslims in Gujarat in 2002, which led to the drafting of the bill currently before parliament.
12/04/2013INDIA Mumbai: inspired by Ecclesiastes, young Catholics say goodbye to the Year of Faith by Nirmala Carvalho Students at St Andrew's College stage a musical performance to celebrate the feast of their patron saint and mark the end of the Year of Faith proclaimed by Benedict XVI. Songs and dances are interspersed with readings on topical issues like drugs, family problems, violence against women and suicide.
12/04/2013SRI LANKA Mangalika's story: an HIV-positive Catholic woman helps fellow AIDS patients by Melani Manel Perera
The 53-year-old woman discovered she had contracted the virus from her husband, a migrant worker, who could not resist the shame and committed suicide. Faith in God, family support and the encouragement of an HIV-positive doctor led Princy Mangalika to establish an NGO for people with HIV/AIDS. In Sri Lanka, the disease is still stigmatised, even though at least 3,000 people are affected. "They threatened me and tried to set fire to my house," she said, "but I thank the Lord for showing me the way."
12/04/2013VATICAN Pope appeals for nuns abducted in Syria and "for all the people kidnapped during the conflict " During the general audience in his continuing reflection on the "Creed" , he spoke of the " resurrection of the body". The Pope underlined that we are "the disciples of the One who came , comes every day and will come at the end of the world" and since Jesus is risen, "he has opened the way" and will resurrect us too: "this is not a lie. If Jesus is alive, do you think that will leave us to die and never share in his resurrection? " .
12/04/2013BANGLADESH Catholic Bishop calls on political leaders to talk and stop death and violence by Sumon Corraya Mgr Gervas Rozario, bishop of the Diocese of Rajshahi, told AsiaNews that "the killing of innocent civilians is intolerable" and that "people want peace." For this reason, he has called on the government and the opposition to find ways to communicate. Since January this year, 347 people have died in political unrest.
12/04/2013NEPAL - ASIA EU and Danish Protestant Church for the development of poor farmers in Asia by Christopher Sharma Launched November 29 in Kathmandu, a program for food security that takes in Nepal , India, Bangladesh and Myanmar. Nearly 2 million euros for the formation of small farmers and promotion of new farming techniques . Among the beneficiaries , Dalits and indigenous peoples.
12/03/2013ASIA Most corrupt countries in the world found in Asia and Middle East Findings are based on the Corruption Perceptions Index released by Transparency International North Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Syria are among the top 10 "worst" nations. Political instability and civil war favour corruption. The only Asian countries to be among the most transparent nations are Singapore and Hong Kong.
12/03/2013BANGLADESH Bangladesh, three Catholic candidates in general election by Sumon Corraya They are John Gomes ( Nationalist Party ) , lawyer , Raymond Areng ( Socialist Party ) , Professor ; Promod Mankin ( Socialist Party ) , a lawyer . Their goal is to bring the voice of the Christian minority to Parliament.
12/03/2013PAKISTAN Rawalpindi Catholic hospital risks closure after 50 years of caring for Christians and Muslims by Jibran Khan After nearly half a century in the service of the local population, especially the poor, the hospital run by the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary could disappear . The economic crisis has caused a drastic decline in funds and donations. Appeals of the sick and needy, who have no other places to get free medical care . Advent fundraisers promoted in the parishes.
12/02/2013INDIA Cardinal Gracias celebrates the start of Advent among Dharavi’s poor by Nirmala Carvalho Together with Caritas India, the Archbishop of Mumbai has launched a Christmas campaign to raise awareness of the "needy" living in the city. The initiative was launched with a visit to the largest slum in India and Asia, home to hundreds of thousands of inhabitants. The cardinal recalled Pope Francis, who "praised the courage of the poor , urging society to welcome them with love and compassion."