12/07/2013INDONESIA World Trade Organization, historic agreement on liberalization and food security This is the first time since its inception that the WTO reached an understanding with all of its 159 Member States. The trade ministers of the various nations were in Bali ( Indonesia). Until the end, the vote of India and Cuba uncertain Bali ( AsiaNews /
Agencies) - For the first time in its history , the World Trade Organization (WTO)
has reached an agreement to liberalize global economic trade and improve the
12/06/2013INDIA - VATICAN For Bangalore archbishop, Evangelii Gaudium spurs India to a new evangelisation by Giulia Mazza Archbishop Bernard Moras celebrated Mass with Pope Francis, bringing to a close the Year of Faith. "He is a Pontiff who is a good shepherd for everyone, one who calls on the universal Church to renew the proclamation of the Good News." Talking about Bangalore, the prelate explained that it "has become the fastest growing city in Asia" due to its large IT industry and the development of its health and education sectors. He also talks about recent attacks against Christians, the result of personal vendettas but also due to the lack of prudence on the part of minorities, which do not always respect their neighbours.
12/06/2013INDIA - SOUTH AFRICA India salutes Nelson Mandela , "an apostle of non-violence like Mahatma Gandhi " by Nirmala Carvalho Catholic priests and human rights activists pay tribute to the South African leader as "an ideal and an icon to follow." Mandela wanted not only to "end the segregation of blacks ," but also that " all his people lived , walked and worked together." And this is what India should do to try to "fight the caste system, violence of a religious nature and social exclusion ."
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 .
12/05/2013INDIA Indian Hindu leader against inter-religious violence bill India's parliament opens its winter session today with the Communal Violence Bill on its agenda. Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), defines the bill as a "recipe for disaster" that must be stopped. He has been blamed for deadly violence between Hindus and Muslims in Gujarat in 2002, which led to the drafting of the bill currently before parliament.
12/04/2013INDIA Mumbai: inspired by Ecclesiastes, young Catholics say goodbye to the Year of Faith by Nirmala Carvalho Students at St Andrew's College stage a musical performance to celebrate the feast of their patron saint and mark the end of the Year of Faith proclaimed by Benedict XVI. Songs and dances are interspersed with readings on topical issues like drugs, family problems, violence against women and suicide.
12/02/2013INDIA Cardinal Gracias celebrates the start of Advent among Dharavi’s poor by Nirmala Carvalho Together with Caritas India, the Archbishop of Mumbai has launched a Christmas campaign to raise awareness of the "needy" living in the city. The initiative was launched with a visit to the largest slum in India and Asia, home to hundreds of thousands of inhabitants. The cardinal recalled Pope Francis, who "praised the courage of the poor , urging society to welcome them with love and compassion."
12/01/2013VATICAN Pope: the hope of Advent to end all wars Pope Francis mentions the prophecy of Isaiah, turning "swords" into "ploughshares" and "spears" in "pruning hooks". Humanity must find a shared horizon for its existence. The Church and the world are walking together toward the final goal. The Virgin Mary is the model to emulate. The Pontiff's thoughts also go out to people living with AIDS, grateful to missionaries and health care workers who quietly stand by them.
11/29/2013INDIA Orissa: fears over new Hindu temple built in front of Catholic church by Nirmala Carvalho The new building is on state land. According to the parish priest, the initiative is likely to cause tensions between the two communities, but local officials have so far failed to explain why the allowed the building of such a place of worship. For Christian leader, the state must "be courageous" and stop Hindu fundamentalists.
11/27/2013NEPAL - INDIA Life sentence for Noida Muslim couple who killed their daughter and Nepalese servant by Christopher Sharma Rajesh Talwar and Nupur Talwar committed murder to punish an alleged affair between their 14 year old daughter and the Nepalese domestic worker, Yam Prasad Banjade . Dating to 2008 , the crime sparked strong debate among Muslim , Hindu and secular Indians. Interviewed by AsiaNews, Banjade’s wife welcomes the judgment. Impoverished, the woman hopes to be compensated for her husband’s murder.
11/26/2013MIDDLE EAST - ASIA A spiritual retreat in Dubai keeps the faith alive among migrants in the Middle East by Nirmala Carvalho Fr Errol Fernandes, a Jesuit, talks to AsiaNews about Christian workers bearing witness o their faith in the countries of the Persian Gulf. From 4 to 6 November, the priest led a spiritual retreat in Dubai on the occasion of the Year of Faith, on behalf of Churches that exist because of the presence of migrants. Wherever freedom of religion exists in Arab countries, Christianity is alive and vibrant. For the clergyman, those who are persecuted live like Christ and their witness brings new life to the Church.
11/26/2013VATICAN Pope: "A missionary and pastoral conversion" for a Church open to changing its structures by Franco Pisano The Apostolic Exhortation " Evangelii Gaudium”. Evangelization, the programmatic manifesto of the papacy, must find "new paths" and "creative methods" . A "healthy decentralization”. An economic system "unjust at its roots". "Authentic attacks on religious freedom". "There is an inseparable link between our faith and the poor ". " No one can demand from us that we relegate religion to the secret intimacy of the individual". Islamic countries must "ensure freedom to Christians to worship and live their faith."