04/27/2015NEPAL – ASIA Nepal earthquake: Church and international community coming to the aid of survivors The 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. Kathmandu (AsiaNews) – Expressing his "closeness to the affected people," Pope Francis said that he was praying "for the victims, for the injured and for all those who suffer because of this disaster". At the same time, the Holy Father called on the international community to mobilise its support and...
04/25/2015NEPAL – ASIA Massive earthquake rocks Nepal, killing hundreds, some under collapsed tower Just before noon, local time, a 7.9 quake hit the Himalayan nation between Kathmandu and Pokhara. Seismic activity was also felt as far as India, Bangladesh and Tibet. In the Himalayas, an avalanche was triggered, hitting a base camp. So far, 150 are confirmed dead, but the number is expected to rise.
04/24/2015INDIA Varanasi: Mafia and pollution "threatens health of Ganges" by Nirmala Carvalho The "ecological" mission of Fr. Anand Mathew Ims and his Vishwa Jyoti Communications. Household waste and industrial pollutants that contaminate the sacred river "are a danger to more than 400 million people."
04/23/2015INDIA New Delhi, farmer commits suicide during anti-corruption demonstration by Nirmala Carvalho The man hanged himself from a tree while he a protest was being held against the controversial "anti-farmer" law (Land Acquisition Bill). In a note he wrote that his crop was destroyed. The chief minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal accused of not having stopped the rally.
04/22/2015INDONESIA – ASIA – AFRICA Asia Africa Summit: leaders of Asia and Africa for a new world order by Mathias Hariyadi The heads of state and government from the two continents want to scrap the "outdated ideas" that underscore the Bretton Woods system and existing international financial institutions. Indonesian President Widodo calls on leaders to "work together" for a "global leadership". Observers wait to see if Xi Jinping and Shinzo Abe meet. Iran’s president calls for more efforts to fight terrorism.
04/22/2015INDIA Jharkhand, Hindu radicals demand immediate closure of Catholic school by Nirmala Carvalho Over 60 students from the militant wing of the ruling party (the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party,) raid Holy Cross Institute in Hazaribagh. After failing to intervene, police arrest 16 people. Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC): "The extremists attacked Christian institutions because they can not tolerate the help they give to the poor and oppressed."
04/21/2015INDIA-ISLAM-CAMEROON An Indian missionary in northern Cameroon, infested with Boko Aram by Piero Gheddo The testimony of Fr. Xavier Ambati, PIME, from Andhra Pradesh on mission ad gentes in Africa. The animists villages seek a path to modernity in Christianity or Islam. The Islamist Boko Haram militia kidnap, kill, recruit new fighters among the young unemployed. A group of Chinese technicians have been in the hands of the Muslim extremists for a year. The Christian faith is spreading among young people and families.
04/21/2015UN-EU UN: 800 dead in the worst Mediterranean migrant tragedy The ship that sank came from Egypt and made a stop in Tripoli (Libya) to load new passengers. The refugees were from Mali, Gambia, Senegal, Somalia, Eritrea, Bangladesh and Syria. A boat sinks near the coast of Rhodes, with 80 survivors. The EU seeks solution to stop human trafficking. In 2014 more than 170 thousand people reached Italy.
04/16/2015INDIA Agra, four statutes of Our Lady vandalized The vandalism occurred today in the church of St. Mary. A dog chain was tied around the statutes neck. The pastor files a complaint. Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC): "A vulgar and shameful act".
04/16/2015INDIA Mumbai remembers the Holocaust, together with Pope Francis for Jews and Armenians by Nirmala Carvalho The Indian Jewish community celebrates Yom Hashoah, the recurrence with which Israel honors the extermination of the Jewish people during World War II. Solomon F. Sopher, from Keneseth Eliyahoo synagogue: "The annihilation of a community, a population that has faith in the Almighty, is a disgrace to the human race."
04/14/2015INDIA Haryana: yoga guru becomes "minister" to promote (radical) Hindu values by Nirmala Carvalho Baba Ramdev is set to promote and supervise Ayurvedic practices in the State. The government wants to make yoga compulsory in schools. For Dalit rights advocate Lenin Raghuvanshi, the appointment is designed “to boost fascist forces and the concept of Hindu state".
04/13/2015INDIA Radical Hindu leader calls for the forced sterilisation of Christians and Muslims by Nirmala Carvalho Deva Sadhvi Thakur, vice president of the All India Hindu Mahasabha, also wants to build a statue dedicated to the Mahatma Gandhi’s murderer. She also wants India’s federal government to impose a “state of emergency”. For the president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), she should be arrested for "sedition and xenophobia".