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 ... " . Vatican City ( AsiaNews ) - In
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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 ."
12/06/2013ASIA- SOUTH AFRICA The world bows down to Nelson Mandela by Paul Wang The South African leader passed away last night at the age of 95. He was the first black president of his country. Tributes of Desmond Tutu and FW de Klerk : He taught a divided nation to live together. Also from Nobel Peace Laureates Aung San Suu Kyi and the Dalai Lama. Even China calls him "friend", although many of Mandela petitions for Tibet and dissidents have been ignored .
12/05/2013VIETNAM Haiphong: Church and local organisations together for AIDS patients by Thanh Thúy Due to the lack of interest on the part of the Vietnamese government, thousands of people die of HIV every year. Haiphong alone has had more than 10,000 people with HIV/AIDS by June of this year. In the Year of Faith, the local Caritas and the Health Education Centre worked together to provide care and psychological and spiritual support to patients.
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.
12/03/2013NORTH KOREA Kim Jong-un's uncle removed in Pyongyang's latest purge Jang Song-thaek, the regime's eminence grise who handled the transition of power after the death of Kim Jong-il, was removed from his post at the National Defence Commission. A major powerbroker in the regime, he is married to the sister of the deceased 'dear leader' and acted as his nephew's guardian. The latter now appears to be on his way to emancipation.
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.
12/03/2013CHINA Jiangxi, (closed door) trial of anti- corruption activists begins Liu Ping, Wei Zhongping and Li Sihua are members of the "New Citizens Movement", which has asked communist leaders to "tell the truth" about their assets. Lawyers denounce irregularities in the trial that could end with a sentence of five years for "unlawful assembly".
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.
12/02/2013SYRIA For Gregorios III Laham, "the Christian mission in Syria is reconciliation among Muslims" by Simone Cantarini The Patriarch of Antioch talks about the role of the Church in Syria in light of the pope's Apostolic Exhortation 'Gaudium Evangelii'. Thanks to the suffering of war, Christians have rediscovered their faith and their role, which is to bear witness to Muslims fighting each other of a different way of life. Papers have been submitted to the Vatican for the beatification of the three young martyrs in Ma'aloula.
12/02/2013EGYPT Egypt's new constitution protects religious freedom, but gives too much power to the military
Released yesterday, the draft proposal ostensibly respects human rights, freedom of religion and freedom of worship. Quotas will be set for Christians, women, the disabled and other groups, but no percentage is given. Controversy surrounds the excessive powers given to the army and the interim government. Fr Greich Rafiq, spokesman for the Catholic Church, wonders whether the new constitution was "drafted in order to please everyone, or will it be used as an effective legislative tool that can change the country."