11/27/2015INDIA – KENYA From Kenya to India: Catholic schools committed to educating the young by Nirmala Carvalho Kevin de Souza, a teacher and director of the Opus Dei Centre in Mumbai, talks about the Strathmore School. Founded in 1958 at the initiative of Saint Josemaria Escriva, it was Kenya’s first interracial school. Later the order also set up the Kimlea Technical Training Centre for young rural women and girls and the Eastlands College of Technology. Half of the Kenyan population is under 25 years with unemployment at 80 per cent. Mumbai (AsiaNews) – Catholics are playing a leading role in educating Kenya’s new generations, this...
11/26/2015INDIA Bihar to go dry next year Alcohol ban is Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s first decision since his re-election in early November. Alcohol abuse is rampant among the poor. Last year, the state earned US$ 600 in tax revenues from alcohol.
11/25/2015INDIA "Mother Teresa" award to the widow of Pastor Graham Staines by Nirmala Carvalho Mrs. Gladys Staines has worked for years in favor of lepers in Orissa. She transformed her home into a specialized hospital. She also founded a hostel and school for children. The Harmony Foundation, part of the legacy of Mother Teresa rewards "people who encourage the values of peace, tolerance and social justice."
11/25/2015NEPAL 54 foreign couples leave Nepal with surrogate children by Christopher Sharma Surrogacy was legalized in September 2014, but without an effective regulation. In September 2015, the Supreme Court banned the practice of renting wombs. Nepal had become a hub of "reproductive tourism", like India and Thailand. Immigration Department director: "Only parents who have already paid for their children, can return home."
11/24/2015ASIA-UN UN report: the United States, China and India, the countries most affected by climate disasters Data from UN study for reducing the risk of disasters. Between 1995 and 2015 there were 6,547 natural disasters; the greatest damage caused by floods, storms, heat waves and droughts; floods are frequent weather events; 606 thousand people have died and 4.1 billion others have been injured, made homeless or left living in need. UNICEF study indicates that there are 690 million children at risk, of which 530 million in Asia.
11/22/2015VATICAN Pope: The logic of the Gospel is expressed in humility and selflessness For the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, the pope said, "The worldly logic rests on ambition and competition, and fights with the weapons of fear, blackmail and the manipulation of minds." Francis entrusts "the many Christians who are, unfortunately, still persecuted today" to the intercession of the new blessed proclaimed in Spain. He calls for a Hail Mary for his trip to Africa.
11/19/2015INDIA A week of rains kills dozens in Chennai, paralyses city Rain hit parts of Tamil Nadu state and northern Sri Lanka. The capital of the Indian state was the worst affected. Streets turn into rivers and people had to be rescued by boats. Schools are still closed. For PIME Father, the “ situation is tragic, especially in Chennai’s overcrowded slums.”
11/17/2015NEPAL As cooking gas supplies drop in Nepal, people form long queues to buy firewood by Christopher Sharma State firewood stocks go on sale. Tree cutting is set to go ahead to meet demand. Some Nepalis wait up to 14 hours to buy a kilo. “We are queueing up for survival,” said one. “We spent many days with water and beaten rice,” said another. For two months, India has been enforcing an unofficial embargo against the Himalayan nation.
11/16/2015INDIA Survivor of Kandhamal pogrom: I lost everything except Jesus by Kanaka Rekha Nayaka The heartbreaking story of Kanaka Rekha Nayaka the National Eucharistic Congress. In the massacres of 2008 was a direct witness of the martyrdom of her husband, dragged by a chain around his neck and beheaded by extremists for refusing to convert to Hinduism. The assailants, who were arrested after the pogroms, are now back into the wild.
11/13/2015INDIA Missionaries of Charity: Mother Teresa taught us to see Jesus in the Eucharist and in the poor by sister Mary Prema MC Sister Mary Prema MC speaks at the National Eucharistic Congress. "I was looking for independence and freedom but nothing satisfied me. Eventually I gave up my will and my projects”. Mission relies on Our Lady for "she can keep me in his Pure Heart, so that I can please Jesus through her, in her and with her." The memory of Mother Teresa, who brought the Eucharist to Albania after 40 years and gifted a tabernacle to every new convent.
11/12/2015INDIA – GREAT BRITAIN Modi gets billions in deals in Britain but also protests by Christians and intellectuals During his three-day visit, the Indian prime minister will speak before parliament, and meet with overseas Indians and British business leaders. Some US$ 15 billion in deals are up for signing. As the best performing BRIC nation, India even outshines China. More than 200 British writers sign a letter calling for solidarity with Indian intellectuals attacked by Hindu fundamentalists.