06/19/2013NEPAL - INDIA Floods, Nepal and India send army to rescue victims by Kalpit Parajuli At least 130 victims and 100 thousand pilgrims blocked. Houses, roads and bridges swept away by the mud. The most serious damage to the Indian state of Uttarkhand. Kathmandu unlocks 10 million rupees (about 79,500 Euros) for relief operations.
(AsiaNews) - "The floods have hit us very badly. We are doing our best to
minimize losses and save as many lives we can" Vijay Bahugun, chief minister of
Uttarkhand, relays to AsiaNews.
The Indian state is one of the most affected by the
torrential rains that have been hammering northern India and western
regions of Nepal. The
two governments have deployed every possible...
06/18/2013INDIA - CAMEROON From mission territory to a territory of missionaries: India goes to Africa by Piero Gheddo Even if persecuted, the Church in India continues to grow: more than 2500 priests and 6 thousand nuns are abroad. The experience of Fr. Sleeva, a PIME Indian missionary in Cameroon since 2009. Comparing the two different civilizations the need to export the Indian model of the family to Africa emerges, because "there is a lot of love here, but little opportunity to express it."
06/17/2013ISLAM Oasis: with the death of secular humanism, it is time to build new bridges by Bernardo Cervellera On the first day of the Oasis Centre's annual conference, participants hear that secularism and the 'crisis of man'-that of an inward-looking man, stalked by radical environmentalism, man as an animal, a 'monkey'-appear to be at an end. Islamic parties brought to the fore by the Arab spring are failing. As new religious experiences emerge in the Arab world, states try to bring under their bureaucratic control. But, as Benedict XVI put it, faith and reason must engage in dialogue. In Najaf (Iraq), a Council for dialogue between religions has been set up for the purpose of promoting basic universal human rights and full citizenship for all of the country's religious communities.
06/15/2013INDIA By 2030 India will be the most populous state in the world. Despite forced sterilizations by Nirmala Carvalho 75 thousand children are born every day, but the baby boom also depends on a decrease in the rates of infant and child mortality. Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life criticizes "use of sterilization in family planning policies" and recalls the campaigns launched by Indira Gandhi in the 1970s. In just one year 6.2 million vasectomies and mandatory tubal 2.5 ligatures were carried out.
06/14/2013INDIA Anti-Christian fundamentalism breaks out Maharashtra by Nirmala Carvalho Anti-Christian attacks are rare in the State, one of the richest in India, but in recent months, religious hatred has been on the rise. Hindu extremists have in fact tried to stop Christians from building their own places of worship, as well as expel them from their villages, a "growing and worrying trend", according to the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC).
06/12/2013INDIA As a result of forced sterilisations, 4.6 million women can no longer have children in India The figure is from 2012. In order to keep in check the birth rate, forced tubal ligament is a top "contraceptive" method used in the country. Poor illiterate women are the most affected. In exchange for US$ 10, many accept to undergo the operation without knowing that they will become sterile. Yet, children continue to be born at a rate of about 18 million each year.
06/10/2013INDIA Orissa: after the pogroms, Christians get a fraction of the damages According to a report by two secular NGOs, amounts paid out to victims by central and state authorities cover only damaged houses, not other types of property, like land, furniture, farm equipment or tools. For the retired archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar, there was "No help even for damaged places of worship."
06/10/2013INDIA For Indian Jesuit, violence-oriented Narendra Modi is a poor card up the Hindu party's sleeve by Nirmala Carvalho Upon the recommendation of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Gujarat's chief minister will run the campaign for the 2014 general election. For Fr Cedric Prakash, party leaders want to capitalise on the vote of Hindu fundamentalists, who are Modi supporters. However, the decision has been divisive within BJP ranks. One of the party's founders, LK Advani, has resigned over the issue.
06/09/2013VATICAN Pope: The Sacred Heart of Jesus, the mercy of God gives life to man, it raises us from the dead At the Angelus Pope Francis recalls the popular devotion, but with a biblical basis, to the Sacred Heart, typical of June. The Sacred Heart "is not an imaginary symbol, it is a real symbol, which represents the center, the source from which the salvation for all humanity flowed." A greeting to the pilgrims from Mumbai (India). Yesterday, the pontiff telephoned 100 thousand pilgrims from Macerata at Loreto. "All of life is a pilgrimage.What is important is our encounter with Jesus in our life’s journey, our encounter with Him."
06/08/2013INDIA Like the United States, New Delhi enveloped in web and phone spying scandal According to activists, the central monitoring system recently approved is a "threat to privacy and freedom of expression." It allows the state to monitor phone calls, text messages and use of the web. Limits of competencies and application conditions nebulous. Recent cases of arrests increase concerns.
06/07/2013INDIA Christians in Andhra Pradesh targeted by Hindu extremists by Nirmala Carvalho Sajan George, head of the Global Council of Indian Christians, complains of a climate of terror imposed by the Rashtriya Swayanmsevak Sang (RSS). On Wednesday, more than 50 extremists attacked the Protestant community in Mandal (Hyderabad). Six pastors were beaten and left unconscious. The authorities failed to intervene.
06/06/2013INDIA In Karnataka, it is more peaceful for Christians by Nirmala Carvalho For Sajan George, head of the Global Council of Indian Christians, the Christian community can now feel safe. However, the newly elected state government led by the Congress Party must bring to justice Hindu extremists responsible for eight years of religious persecution.