09/02/2014INDIA Agra: banning Hindu women from using mobile phones to counter the 'love jihad' A committee of Vaishyas (mostly traders by caste) has made the proposal to counter alleged forced conversions by Muslims of women of other religions. For some analysts, this is the result of social polarisation in Uttar Pradesh, led by Hindu nationalists ahead of upcoming by-elections. Agra
(AsiaNews/Agencies) - The Akhil Bharitiya Vaishya Ekta Parishad (ABVEP),
a committee of vaishyas (mostly traders by caste), wants to ban teenage girls and young women - especially Hindus
- from using mobile phones, to save
them from the danger...
09/02/2014JAPAN - INDIA Modi-Abe meeting "opens a new phase for Asia and the world" The two leaders, both nationalist and hostile to China, sign strategic agreements in every sector, including defence and high-speed trains. Both praise the new, stronger bilateral relationship that could become the greatest ever.
08/31/2014VATICAN Pope: Conform to Christ and not this world, and follow His path At the Sunday Angelus Pope Francis warns against becoming "worldly" and "tasteless salt”. "Watered down Christians" are like watered down wine, "you do not know whether it is wine or water". Read the Gospel every day. Gospel, Eucharist, prayer help us to safeguard the newness of Jesus. Tomorrow World Day for Safeguarding Creation.
08/28/2014INDIA Uttar Pradesh: Hindu radicals "reconvert" Christians, turn church into a temple dedicated to Shiva by Nirmala Carvalho Fundamentalists tore down the building's cross. Celebrating a "purification" ceremony, they put up a large portrait of Shiva. Tribals had converted to Christianity in 1995. For local Hindu leader, "It is not about conversion. They realised their mistake, came back and we welcomed them." A saddened Card Gracias reiterates the Christian mission in favour of the marginalised, whilst Sajan George warns, "violence against minorities goes unpunished in the state".
08/27/2014INDIA Pilar Missionary: Witnessing the Gospel to tribal Mundari, amid poverty and malnutrition by Nirmala Carvalho Fr. Lino Fernandes presides at the funeral of two young men, belonging to the same family, who died from "poverty". Conditions of the tribal community worsened by lack of access to medical facilities. The Indian president praises the work of the Church, but state institutions do not help the priests in their mission. Like Mother Teresa, serving "the poorest of the poor."
08/26/2014INDIA Mumbai's Jewish center re-opens after 2008 terrorist attack by Nirmala Carvalho Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, his wife Rivky and 4 other people died in the attack: the small Moshe, their son, survived thanks to his Indian nanny. Today the structure has been restored: "This project is a seed of light and hope, reminding us how we can survive even in the most terrible of the challenges. Evil will not prevail".
08/25/2014BANGLADESH Bangladesh, targeted attacks and social injustices behind the "disappearance" of Hindus by Sumon Corraya In 1947 the Hindus in the then East Pakistan were 28% of the population, they are now below 8.5% and continue to decline day by day. The Prime Minister Hasina launched an appeal in favor of a multi-religious country in which all citizens are equal, but experts argue: "They have no protection and no justice, so they flee".
08/25/2014INDIA Orissa, six years on from pogrom "faith in the crucified Christ never abandons us" by Nirmala Carvalho The Indian State,scene of terrible anti-Christian persecution in 2008, today holds a Day of Remembrance in memory of the victims and to demand justice from the government. The Archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar tells AsiaNews: "The testimony of victims has produced fertile seeds, which nourish faith and vocations." Card. Gracias: "The suffering of Christians in India, offered for peace in Iraq".
08/24/2014VATICAN Pope appeals for peace in Ukraine. Peter's blind faith and hearts of "rock" or "sand" At the Angelus, Pope Francis recalls situation of conflict that create "so much suffering among the civilian population". A bishop writes a letter to the pope, "describing this pain." As for Peter, Jesus expects a "reliable", faith on which to build the Church. "What is your faith like? We should all find the answer in our hearts. What does the Lord find in our hearts? A stable heart like stone, or a heart like sand, that is incredulous, doubtful, suspicious?". He makes the pilgrims repeat Peter's profession three times: "You are Christ, the Son of the living God."
08/22/2014INDIA India, film on assassination of Indira Gandhi barred from release According to the critics the film "glorifies" the murderers of the renowned Indian Prime Minister and could trigger a "law and order situation". The film tells the story of Gandhi's Sikh bodyguards, who apparently killed her in 1984 to avenge the massacre of Sikhs in the Golden Temple of Amritsar.
08/21/2014INDIA India's infertility clinics, the other side of surrogacy in India In three years, the number of facilities rose 20 per cent. Although infertility has not increased in the country, a high number of people (64 per cent) prefer artificial insemination or surrogate mothers. Surrogacy is thus spreading among Indian couples.
08/20/2014EGYPT Attacks on Egyptian churches a year later by Nirmala Carvalho In an interview, the principal of a Jesuit school in Minya talks about "an anniversary that the world wanted to forget." Today, "the situation has improved" in the city, especially in the relations between Muslims and Christians. The Islamic community "reassures us of the need of our presence here."
08/19/2014INDIA For ultranationalists, India is Hindu and its people cannot be secular by Nirmala Carvalho Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) officials issue new statements to that effect. The head of the paramilitary group says he wants "equality" for the people. For the leader of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), "it is ironic that the RSS should speak of equality, when it has always opposed the struggle for minority rights".