12/11/2013NEPAL - CHINA Nepal to renew its obsolete aircraft fleet with "unsafe and unreliable" Chinese planes by Christopher Sharma For civil aviation experts, the six expensive Chinese planes bought for US$ 70 million could prove unsafe for passenger. Meanwhile, the EU bans Nepali planes, jeopardising their access to international routes. Kathmandu (AsiaNews)
- Nepal and China reached in record time a deal to renew at a low cost the
Himalayan nation's civilian aircraft fleet, raising questions about the government's
decision to save money at expense of passenger safety. For
12/11/2013VATICAN Pope Francis is Time's Person of the Year For Fr Lombardi, the pope seeks neither fame not success, but "he will certainly be glad" if Time's choice means that many people understood that "he carries out his service for the proclamation of the Gospel and the love of God for all."
12/11/2013VATICAN Pope: Never fear the final judgment, because Christ will always be at our side God "did not send his Son to condemn, but to save" and "he who believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is already condemned," and in this sense "the judgment has already begun". New appeal against hunger in the world. America, land of welcome, “a land capable of respecting human life at every stage".
12/09/2013NEPAL Nepal: Christians , Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims prepare for Christmas together by Christopher Sharma Houses and shops of capital already decorated. Among the best-selling images are those of Jesus and the Virgin Mary. Young Hindu volunteers help Catholics decorate Cathedral of the Assumption in Kathmandu. The former hotel of the Hindu monarch organizes a Christmas party for diplomats and VIPs themed on harmony between the faiths.
12/08/2013VATICAN Pope: Let us always be united with Mary who teaches us to live waiting for the Lord's Advent In today's Angelus, on the occasion of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the Pope talked about Mary, who came from a "small town" and "faced plenty of difficulties but remained faithful to God's plans of love." Today the pope will also pay homage to the Virgin in Piazza di Spagna, to entrust to her "Rome, the Church and the whole of humanity". He will also stop at Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica to pray before the icon of Mary Salus Populi Romani."
12/07/2013VATICAN Pope: World Day of the Sick , "we are called to be conformed to Christ, the Good Samaritan of the Afflicted " The test of true faith is the gift of self , "especially for those who do not deserve it , for those who suffer, for those who are marginalized ." Jesus did not take away from human disease and suffering, but transformed and reduced it. Reduced, because they no longer have the last word, instead it is new life in fullness; transformed , because in union with Christ, they can be transformed from negative to positive .
12/07/2013VATICAN Pope: respect for human dignity against the "culture of waste" Society of efficiency at all costs hides a practical atheism. The weakest and most fragile are real victims of this culture. In the social doctrine "there is the defense of religious freedom, of life in all its phases, the right to work and to decent work , the family, education ... " .
12/07/2013VATICAN Pope: Internet "is indispensable" for Church but at the same time "not enough." The proclamation of the Gospel, in fact, "requires authentic and direct human relationships to result in a personal encounter with the Lord." But you have to " be present, always with evangelical style , in what for many , especially young people, has become a kind of living environment, to awaken in the heart the insistent questions about the meaning of our existence."
12/07/2013NEPAL Nepal, bureaucrats flee to Hindu temples to escape anti-corruption investigation by Christopher Sharma In recent days, dozens among politicians, officials and bureaucrats have flocked to Hindu temples in the center of Kathmandu. The move is a way to escape the crackdown on corruption launched by the Commission for the investigation of abuses committed by the authorities ( Ciaa ). At least 64 senior officials must respond to abuses of power and corruption. Lokman Karki , president of Ciaa , states: "No Hindu deity will save them ."
12/06/2013VATICAN For Pope, faith in God "is not and can never be a source of violence or intolerance" In his audience with the International Theological Commission, Francis spoke of the mission of the theologian as something that is "at once fascinating and risky" and of the "sensus fidelium", which he describes as a sort of "spiritual instinct" that enables the faithful "to discern that which is in conformity with the apostolic faith and the spirit of the Gospel."