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    08/02/2016 - NEPAL

    Yesterday vehicles passed through Raxaul-Birgunj mountain pass without difficulty. It is the thoroughfare for about 70% of all incoming goods. India applied trade bloc since Nepal adopted its first democratic Constitution. The population is at its lowest point. Expert: "People are not interested in political wrangling.  They are just trying to survive ".


    by Christopher Sharma

    04/02/2016 - LEBANON – SYRIA

    Caritas Lebanon asks donor countries for more aid, calls for a stop to the war and arms trade


    Fr Paul Karam is in London for the Syria donor conference. For him, the priority is to stop the conflict. So far, "personal interests" have prevailed with "the civilian population" paying the price. The Middle East is "a raging volcano" that can be stymied by following the path of peace outlined by Pope Francis.


    04/02/2016 - AUSTRALIA

    Australian churches offer themselves as a "sanctuary for refugees" who risk deportation


    The High Court rules "legitimate"  the government's decision to move hundreds of migrants on the island of Nauru, where there are some prisons that "host" asylum seekers. Christian communities in the country offer their facilities to prevent deportation. The executive: "The Christians have the right to think whatever they want, but they are not above the law." Thousands march for migrants.


     


    03/02/2016 - CHINA

    New Year paralyses Guangzhou station with 100,000 people stuck waiting for a train


    Hordes of passengers swamp the main railway station in China’s southern metropolis because bad weather has led to major delays and cancellations. Thousands of passengers arrived two days in advance for fear of losing their train. The national railway authority expects to carry 332 million passengers this season for some 2.91 billion-passenger trips.


    03/02/2016 - NEPAL

    Kathmandu denies repatriation to 300,000 Nepalese abused in Malaysia

    by Christopher Sharma

    About one million Nepalese migrants work in Malaysia. A third of them have asked to return home because of problems related to the currency crisis, insecurity and because they suffer torture. Nepal, however, still "suffers from the earthquake and the Indian embargo" and Kathmandu does not know how to re-employ migrants. Kuala Lumpur will not issue regular contracts, while calling for more women workers "who end up in the sex trade."

     


    02/02/2016 - INDIA

    Msgr. Mascarenhas: A hospital for the poor and tribals in Ranchi


    Msgr. Theodore Mascarenhas is the Auxiliary Bishop of Ranchi, Jharkahand. The hospital will have 500 beds and will train nurses and health workers among "their own people". The bishop has tribal origin and underlines the importance of reinvigorating the pride of their culture "in the formation of faith."


    02/02/2016 - INDONESIA

    Jakarta uncovers illegal trade in kidneys in hospitals

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Public and private structures involved. People in economic difficulty are convinced to "donate" their organs with generous offers of money. The beneficiaries are wealthy foreigners. Hunt on for corrupt doctors.

     


    01/02/2016 - MYANMAR

    Myanmar: New Parliament opens, first step towards democracy


    Today the deputies elected from the Aung San Suu Kyi’s Democratic League take up their seats in the lower house and upper chamber. In late March, they will elect the new president of the country. "This is a day to be proud of in the political history of Myanmar." The transition from dictatorship to democracy begins.


    31/01/2016 - VATICAN – PHILIPPINES

    Pope to Cebu: Christ’s presence, a promise of joy and an invitation to mission


    sIn a video-message for the conclusion of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress, Francis stresses the joy of the meeting that "brought together so many people from the vast continent of Asia,” where bearing witness to Jesus takes place “through the testimony of lives”.  The next Congress will be held in Budapest, Hungary, in 2020.


    31/01/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: The only privilege in the eyes of God is not to have any privileges


    Speaking about today’s Gospel, Francis focused on the temptation "to which religious men are always exposed, to which we are all exposed, and from which we should definitely stay away. What is this temptation? It is the temptation of considering religion as a human investment so that we start to ‘bargain’ with God for our own self-interest." Young members of Rome’s Azione Cattolica were in the square for the annual Peace Caravan. The pope pleaded for people living with leprosy, a disease that still “affects mostly the poorest and the most marginalised”.


    30/01/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: the mission and mercy are the foundation of the faith, and every Christian is a Christopher


    Francis opens the jubilee general audiences with a reflection on the "wonderful circularity" between mission and mercy. The actual sign that we met Jesus "is the joy we feel in communicating it to others”. For the pontiff, “this this is not proselytising. It is giving a gift. I give you what gives me joy.” The pope ends calling on the crowd to pray for Ms Elvira, who worked at Casa Santa Marta, and was called by the Lord.


    29/01/2016 - NEPAL

    Nepal’s anti-corruption officials take bribes


    Despite taking steps against corruption, more and more Nepali government officials take kickbacks, including those in charge of fighting graft. Nepal is third most corrupt country in South Asia, the 15th in the world. “The figures show that the government is totally indifferent to the problem.”


    29/01/2016 - MIDDLE EAST – CHINA

    Arab nations courting China to boost tourism


    The number of Chinese tourists is expected to double in Dubai, up to 543,000 by 2023. In Abu Dhabi, growth is set to reach 300 per cent. Chinese Muslims religious visitors are expected to choose especially Makkah and Madinah. Egypt too is betting on a Chinese surge. In North Africa, the authorities plan to encourage domestic tourism.


    28/01/2016 - INDIA

    Two years after its adoption, India’s anti-hunger law still "unconvincing"

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Fr Irudaya Jothi sj, a well known social activist, speaks about the legislation that was supposed to eliminate hunger in India. In its original version, its reach was much wider. Under its current form, it excludes various groups. in addition, the problem of corruption still hangs over its implementation. The Church remains on the forefront of the campaign to increase the visibility of the problem of hunger.


    27/01/2016 - MALAYSIA

    Saudi Arabia’s US$ 681 million to Prime Minister Najib still a mystery


    Attorney General clears Najib Razak from bribery charges. For the former, the issue is between him and the Saudi royal family. For Malaysian source, “This would not be the first time the Saudis gave money this way to someone in Malaysia.” For Saudi source, the donation was designed to help Najib win the 2013 election.


    26/01/2016 - VATICAN – IRAN

    Pope Francis and Rouhani: for a Christian renewal in the Middle East and Iran’s Islam

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    Today's meeting raises hope for regional stability and a stop to the slaughter of Christians, condemned to oblivion at the hands of al Qaeda and Isis, who are also Iran’s enemies. The dialogue between cultures, religions and peoples that began under Khatami, frozen under Ahmadinejad, can now start again. Moderate Islam is also useful to Iranian youth, nauseated by the ayatollahs and the Revolutionary Guards. The Catechism and Catholic theologians are available in Persian translations.


    25/01/2016 - INDIA

    Republic Day: terrorism and development still hding India’s problems

    by p. Anthony Charanghat

    India tomorrow celebrates the 67th Republic Day. Activities are planned across the country despite fear of attacks. For the editor of Mumbai’s diocesan weekly, the “country must be a democracy based on respect of the rule of law,” and rediscover the “multi-religious and multicultural” character of its people.


    25/01/2016 - LAOS – CHINA

    Two Chinese dead, one wounded in bomb attack in Laos


    Little is known yet about the attack, but one of the people involved worked in the mining industry. Relations between Beijing and Vientiane are based on natural resource development and shared ideological outlook since both are ruled by a one-party Communist regime. This year, the US president is expected in the country.


    23/01/2016 - CHINA

    Fujian: company tells family to give up “on treatment” and let burnt worker die


    The victim, a migrant worker from Yunnan, fell into a vat of boiling slurry after 13 hours of non-stop work. He has burns on 99 per cent of the body, and has had one leg amputated. His employer has not paid the medical fees for months. The family now has a debt of 90,000 yuan.


    22/01/2016 - INDIA

    Sister Bertilla Capra receives a one-year Indian visa


    From now on, the missionary of the Immaculate has to apply for a new visa every year, as an NGO employee. The Vimala Dermatological Centre is supported by local people. Among them are Hindus, Christians and Muslims.


    21/01/2016 - MONGOLIA

    Wedged between Russia and China, Mongolia chooses Japan

    by Alicia J. Campi

    Mongolia works its way out of diplomatic isolation by declaring itself "perpetually neutral" to avoid many frictions in the region. Rejecting advances from Moscow and Beijing, it opts for cooperation with Tokyo and Berlin to expand its energy markets. At the same time, it plans to become a "steppe road" for Russian and Chinese trade to become a hub in Eurasian transit. Analysis, courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.

     


    21/01/2016 - CHINA

    China’s GDP growth could be only 5% as strong doubts are raised on Chinese statistics


    The stated GDP increase of 6.9% in 2015 is based on data manipulated by provincial authorities. They tend to inflate figures on investment, consumption, wages, trade, projects, and tax revenue. Xinhua reports allegations to this effect.


    20/01/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope calls for new business models that promote technology, yet respect man’s central place


    In a message to the Davos Forum, Francis says, “We must never allow the culture of prosperity to deaden us, to make us incapable of ‘feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people’s pain’, especially since “our own actions are a cause of injustice and inequality”.


    20/01/2016 - LEBANON

    Aoun-Geagea alliance generates shock and hope


    The leader of the Lebanese Forces supports the candidacy for president of his former enemy. Lebanese Forces and the Change and Reform bloc have the largest number of Christian MPs. Maronite Patriarchate of Bkerke is "happy and relieved". The Lebanese Parliament has failed to elect a president since May 2014. Some Christians and Muslims resist.


    19/01/2016 - THAILAND

    Thai Church fights surrogacy

    by Weena Kowitwanij

    For Chertchai Lertjitlaeka, a Camillian doctor, womb rental "violates the relationship of honesty and transparency between spouses." After some scandals, Thailand banned surrogacy for foreign couples last year. For human rights lawyer, “Whilst reproductive health is everyone’s right, surrogate mothers and their husbands know nothing of the consequences, including long term effects, of chemical substances that are administered”.


    19/01/2016 - CHINA

    China’s economy slows down as it reaches its lowest growth rate in 25 years


    Government figures indicate that growth reached 6.9 per cent in 2015. Growth in investment, a key economic driver, weakened to 12 per cent in 2015. As the government insists on the need to change the country’s development model "at any cost", it focuses on services and domestic consumption in lieu of manufacturing. However, this increases the risk of social instability as well as party repression.


    18/01/2016 - IRAN

    Tehran’s optimism stronger than the new sanctions


    The US has imposed new sanctions on groups linked to the missile tests. But Obama emphasizes the "historic progress" made by Iran. In Tehran the stock exchange reacted well; the rial has increased its value; economic newspapers all sold out. Fears for the upcoming elections of the Council of Experts and parliament.


    18/01/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "Habits must be renewed in the newness of the Spirit, in the surprises of God”


    “This is the message the Church gives us today. This is what Jesus says so forcefully: ‘New wine in new wineskins.’ Habits must be renewed in the newness of the Spirit, in the surprises of God.”


    16/01/2016 - RUSSIA

    Economic crisis becomes the main topic at public debate

    by Nina Achmatova

    Prime Minister Medvedev tells Russians to prepare for the “worst scenario” as the country’s economy follows the downward spiral of oil prices. Government spending will be cut by 10 per cent. Wages are in arrears. Yet, experts do not expect any mass protest for now.


    16/01/2016 - BANGLADESH

    Rajshahi: Caritas stands by the poor and disabled with blankets and winter clothing

    by Sumon Corraya

    With the help of a national bank, the Church hands out blankets and other items to more than 150 needy families. The poorest and the sick suffer at night from the cold.






    Editor's choices

    CHINA – VATICAN
    Global Times: the pope should accept the independence of the Chinese Church



    After 24 hours of silence, China’s media today published excerpts, comments and editorials about Pope Francis’ interview with Asia Times. Although the pope did not address religious issues or Church problems, many saw the interview as an attempt to improve diplomatic relations between China and the Vatican, and advised Francis to accept Mao Zedong’s "three principles of independence" (theology, administration, jurisdiction), which would leave the power to appoint bishops in the hands of the Party. The People's Daily’s Global Times publishes an editorial on the issue.


    INDIA – PHILIPPINES
    Archbishop of Guwahati: In Asia religion is not dying, the faithful take strength from the Eucharist



    Mgr Menamparampil is among the speakers at the International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu, Philippines. He was also a conflict mediator between various ethnic groups. He told AsiaNews about the value of the Congress for the Catholic Church in Asia and how people can bear witness the Gospel today, even amid tensions and violence of those who "hate us." "with the same pain in our hearts that we descend to our depths during a Eucharistic adoration."


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