4 May, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile

mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
05/01/2015 VIETNAM – VATICAN
Vietnam today, 40 years after the fall of Saigon
by Lee Nguyen
On 30 April 1975, North Vietnamese forces seized Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, thus ending the Vietnam War. Forty years later, the country has become a medium-size economic "tiger" in Asia and the world, a country with a capitalist economy behind a Communist facade, under a regime still bent on exerting tight social controls. There are some positive signs for the Church, but also acts of persecution, bans, and censorship, especially against bishops and priests. Yet, the country really needs the reconciliation Christians can bring to heal still present wounds and divisions.
Ho Chi Minh City (AsiaNews) – Forty years after the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975, the Communist Party marked its anniversary yesterday by the largest ever military parade in the South to commemorate the day when their...

05/01/2015 VATICAN
For the pope, the faces of hungry men and women should take centre stage at Expo
by Papa Francesco
Pope Francis today addressed via a televised link-up the opening ceremony of Expo Milano 2015 (1 May-31 October), the world fair centred on ‘Feeding the planet. Energy for Life’. For the Holy Father, this “Expo is a propitious opportunity to globalise solidarity. Let us not waste it; let us make the very most of it.” In his view, a change of mind-set is also needed to overcome the “paradox of abundance” and the culture of waste and castoffs. The pope’s full speech is reprinted below.
05/01/2015 CHINA
China’s one-child policy is state violence against women and children
by Reggie Littlejohn
Although occasionally “tweaked,” the infamous law has not been eliminated and is having disastrous demographic consequences: labor shortages, an aging population, a skewed sex ration between men and women, women trafficking and sexual slavery. However, the government is not going to repeal it because it helps it control the population. The Party “is maintaining its grip on power by shedding the blood of the innocent women and babies of China,” said Reggie Littlejohn in her testimony before the Congressional Executive Commission on China.
05/01/2015 IRAQ
Baghdad grants amnesty to deserters to fight the Islamic State group
Prime Minister Abadi offers an amnesty to defectors who return to their units within 30 days. The military collapse last June paved the way for the Islamic State group to seize parts of the country. The amnesty does not include those who committed crimes against state security, corruption and abuse of influence. Meanwhile, suicide attacks continue.
05/01/2015 SINGAPORE
For Singapore archbishop, from education to health case, Catholics have built the nation’s future
In pastoral letter, Mgr Goh cites Pope Francis who said that politics is a source of "charity" if it serves the "common good". In it, he stresses the Christian minority’s contributions at a time of transition for the city-state, which recently lost its founder. Catholics must bear witness to the faith and to Gospel values ​​in everyday life.

05/01/2015 NEPAL
Kathmandu: as relief fails to arrive, survivors resort to eating dead animals and reading the Bible
by Christopher Sharma
In many areas far from the capital, no relief has arrived in seven days. “I have three children and a pregnant wife,” said Ram Bhujel, a survivor. “They all started crying from hunger. So, we decided to eat the meat of a dead buffalo." Epidemics are a real danger. The government admits the lack of resources. “The Lord saved me,” said one survivor, a convert to Christianity. “I shall dedicate my life to God, [. . .] and raise awareness [. . .] about His grace.”
04/30/2015 JAPAN
Doing more: the Church and the plight of migrant workers in Japan
“Although it is hard to judge from a legal and legislative point of view, from a human one, expelling them from the country is an injustice,” said PIME regional superior. Perhaps, the Church “ought to do” something. Yesterday, a group of immigrants staged a protest, calling on the government to allow them to remain in the country where they have lived for decades.
04/30/2015 NEPAL
Nepal, thousands of earthquake victims between life and death: Government inept and corrupt (VIDEO)
by Christopher Sharma
The latest toll speaks of more than 5,500 dead; about 12 thousand wounded; 70 thousand houses destroyed and another 530 thousand damaged in 39 of the 75 districts of Nepal. For more than five-days men, women and children live outdoors in the rain. A man: "Only Christians have helped me, without bias, giving me a tent and blankets."
04/30/2015 RUSSIA
Energy giants write to Putin: 'Made in Russia' does not work
by Nina Achmatova
Kommersant newspaper, cites a letter signed, among others, by Gazpromneft and Rosneft. The companies are against a bill that aims to discourage the purchase of foreign machinery and engineering and increase state control in the background of the wider campaign of "import substitution".
04/29/2015 NEPAL
Nepal earthquake: apostolic vicar calls on everyone to help in this time of crisis
by Christopher Sharma
Mgr Paul Simick appeals for action, calling on Catholics to be responsible citizens and a role model for their fellow human beings. Meanwhile, thousands of people are stuck outdoors, fearing the outbreak of diseases. Broken sewers and water mains have contaminated drinking water. Looters are taking advantage of the situation to steal from abandoned houses.
04/29/2015 LEBANON – FRANCE
Meeting between Patriarch Rahi and Hollande for Middle East Christians and minorities
by Fady Noun
The head of the Church of Lebanon was in France for the opening of the Maronite Eparchy in Meudon. French President reiterated his commitment to help Lebanon cope with the wave of Syrian refugees. They agree on stopping funding of jihadist groups, which also threaten Europe.
04/29/2015 SRI LANKA
Historic victory for democracy as Sri Lanka abolishes "absolute presidency
by Melani Manel Perera
Parliament passes the 19th amendment reintroducing term limits to presidential mandate and reduces the powers of office. Civil Society: "A blessing for the people and the nation." The previous constitutional amendment had transformed the country into a semi dictatorship.
04/28/2015 NEPAL
Nepal: 8 million earthquake victims, and over 4 thousand dead
The United Nations issues an updated toll. The wounded exceed 8 thousand. At least 1.4 million people have no food. In hospitals have treated a mere one thousand patients. The population denounces poor coordination among government agencies responsible for aid, recovery and rescue.
04/28/2015 CHINA-AFRICA
Chinese railways set out to conquer Africa (and the world)
by Paul Wang
Large contracts in Nigeria and Zimbabwe. In 2014, the orders of the Chinese railways have increased by nearly 60%, Sponsored by Premier Li Keqiang. Beijing accused of "new colonialism".
04/27/2015 NORTH KOREA
Pyongyang handing out extra food to families separated by the war
Rice, eggs and liqueurs are among food items (along with propaganda badges), the government has handed out to North Koreans with relatives in South Korea. The regime wants to make them look healthier in view of possible family reunions, perhaps for the 70th anniversary of Korea’s independence from Japan.

Altri articoli
04/27/2015 NEPAL – ASIA
Nepal earthquake: Church and international community coming to the aid of survivors
04/27/2015 INDIA – NEPAL
Card Gracias feels personal sorrow over Nepal quake, now it is time for prayers and aid by Card. Oswald Gracias
04/27/2015 KAZAKHSTAN
Nazarbayev re-elected president with 97.7% of the votes by Nina Achmatova
04/27/2015 NEPAL
Earthquake in Nepal: more than 3,500 dead. Caritas on frontline in rescue by Christopher Sharma
04/26/2015 NEPAL
New quake in Nepal: more than 2,000 confirmed dead with tens of thousands of injured by Christopher Sharma
04/25/2015 CHINA
Most wanted graft suspects in the United States and Canada
04/24/2015 CHINA – ASIA – AFRICA
Xi Jinping calls for a new world order to reflect the newfound influence of Asia and Africa
04/24/2015 THAILAND
Thai Prime Minister asks Indonesia for help against illegal fishing by Weena Kowitwanij
04/23/2015 BANGLADESH
Cricket: Bangladeshi fans delirious after resounding defeat of Pakistan by Sumon Corraya
EU accuses Gazprom of "abuse of dominant position," but everyone needs a compromise
04/23/2015 NORTH KOREA
Pyongyang seeks English teachers to "revive tourism"
04/23/2015 INDIA
New Delhi, farmer commits suicide during anti-corruption demonstration by Nirmala Carvalho
04/23/2015 JAPAN-CHINA
Yasukuni visit, a few hours after meeting between Shinzo Abe and Xi Jinping
Asia Africa Summit: leaders of Asia and Africa for a new world order by Mathias Hariyadi
Editor's choices
Nepal earthquake: Church and international community coming to the aid of survivorsThe Italian Bishops’ Conference has pledged € 3 million in emergency medical assistance. The South Korean Church has allocated funds for the displaced. India, Pakistan and China are already on the ground. A Chinese airline has hiked ticket fares to evacuate its nationals. Israel is selective in its help, airlifting 25 children of surrogate mothers and gay couples.
Pope: on the persecution of Christians, the international community should "not stand by mute and inactive” and “look away”For the sixth time in a week, Pope Francis mentioned the martyrdom of Christians in today’s Regina Caeli (the Marian prayer at Easter), slamming the indifference of the international community towards this "alarming failure to protect basic human rights.” Today’s martyrs "are many, and we can say that they are more numerous than in the first centuries." In addition, “Faith in the resurrection of Jesus and the hope He has brought to us is the most beautiful gift that a Christian can and must offer his brothers and sisters. To one and all, therefore, do not tire of repeating: Christ is Risen!”
Top 10
04/28/2015 INDIA
Hindu leader blames Nepal earthquake on eating beef
by Nirmala Carvalho
04/27/2015 NEPAL – ASIA
Nepal earthquake: Church and international community coming to the aid of survivors
04/30/2015 IRAQ – MIDDLE EAST
For Chaldean Patriarch, state secularism and religious freedom are the practical response to fundamentalist barbarism
by Louis Raphael I Sako*
04/28/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "do not be afraid" when the Spirit "says to take a step forward", to "change"
04/30/2015 NEPAL
Nepal, thousands of earthquake victims between life and death: Government inept and corrupt (VIDEO)
by Christopher Sharma
Pope discusses environment, migrants and humanitarian tragedies with UN secretary
For Maronite Patriarch, without Christians moderate Muslims will also disappear from the Middle East
by Fady Noun
04/28/2015 VATICAN – NEPAL
Pope's solidarity for Nepal’s quake victims
04/30/2015 VATICAN
For Pope Francis, the Christian identity is twofold: a history of sin and grace, and one of serving, not using others
Jakarta archbishop comes out for Mary Jane’s innocence, calls for an end to the death penalty
by Mathias Hariyadi


AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.

news feednews feed 
Add to Google

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.