11/21/2014INDIA India, an open pit latrine that continues to kill thousands of children each year In a world of some seven billion people, about 60 per cent of its residents without toilets live in India. Poor sanitation and hygiene as well as water pollution cause acute, often fatal diarrhoea and cholera. The government's Clean India campaign promises to solve the emergency, but ordinary Indians remains sceptical. New Delhi (AsiaNews/Agencies) - In 2014, India remains the country with
the highest rate of infant mortality from diseases related to the lack of sanitation.
The South Asia nation accounts in fact for about
60 per cent...
11/19/2014INDIA For Indian bishop, Christian-Muslim dialogue needs actions, not words by Nirmala Carvalho In India, both communities are a minority. For Mgr Felix Machado, archbishop of Vasai, change begins in the school, which must be "an environment that teaches reciprocity, as well as respect for the natural dignity and freedom of every human being". He calls on Muslims to "use their own tools for the good of all and for building the nation."
11/19/2014INDIA Haryana: 200 injured in clashes between police and followers of a Hindu guru (accused of murder) For over a week the supporters of Baba Rampal have been holed up in his ashram, to prevent police arresting him. Women and children are being used as human shields by their members, which are blocking more than 20 thousand people from leaving the place. The holy man is on trial for the death of one of his followers, which took place under mysterious circumstances in 2006.
11/18/2014VATICAN - SYMPOSIUM Pope, hopeful that the AsiaNews Symposium will encourage evangelical zeal in Asia A telegram from the pope blesses the 2014 international meeting by the PIME agency, its speakers, organisers and all those in attendance. The pontiff is "hopeful that this blessed occasion can be an intense experience of reflection and communion, promoting a renewed apostolic zeal in favour of proclaiming the Gospel in Asia."
11/18/2014INDIA Tamil Nadu, 100 Hindu radicals attack a Christian community by Nirmala Carvalho Four people, including the Reverend, are hospitalized in serious condition. The extremists also attempted to attack them in the hospital. Desecrated the altar, and a Bible, community’s vehicles destroyed. Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC): "The violence spreads a culture that holds religious conversions to be illegal ".
11/16/2014VATICAN Pope: Nurture your God given talents, don’t disappoint Him! At the Angelus, Francis invites the faithful to "go home, pick up the Gospel and read the passage from Matthew on talents. Meditate on what you do with them: do we share them, nurture them or keep them locked up?. After the Marian prayer, an appeal to Rome: "Tensions are too high, both sides should meet - even in the parish - to discuss and help dialogue win out".
11/15/2014INDIA Bangalore to build Asia’s first Science Gallery Third in the world after the galleries in Dublin and London. The hotel will open in 2018. The institution will host, five temporary collections in five different themes each year, which then move to the other galleries. The goal is to combine art and science to offer a new cultural outlook to young people between 15 and 25.
11/12/2014INDIA Filthy instruments and poverty part of female sterilisation in India The number of dead from botched operations in Chhattisgarh rose to 12. More than 50 women are still in hospital, 25 in very critical conditions. The same doctor operated on 83 women in five hours - less than four minutes per operation - with patients made to lie down on the floor of a clinic that had remained closed for a year.
11/11/2014INDIA For Indian bishop, the death of eight women following forced sterilisation is devastating by Nirmala Carvalho In addition, another 25 and more have been hospitalised in serious condition. The incident took place in a state-run family planning facility in the state of Chhattisgarh. Three doctors operated 83 women in a single day. In several parts of the country, tubal ligation is "encouraged" in exchange of a financial reward. At more than 65 per cent, female sterilisation is the most widely used form of contraceptive.
11/10/2014PAKISTAN - INDIA The government of Pakistan is responsible for Christian couple's burning by Shafique Khokhar According to Peter Jacob, a well-known activist for human rights, the current legal system promotes violence in the name of the blasphemy laws. For a Pakistani politician, local leaders gave a "religious connotation to a dispute about money" to what was a "social question". For Indian bishop, it was a "satanic act;" hence, "It is urgent for world and religious leaders to get together".
11/09/2014VATICAN Pope John Paul II, a lead role in bringing down the Berlin Wall At the Angelus, Pope Francis hopes a culture of encounter may spread, "capable of bringing down all walls," so that there is no more persecution or killings because of one’s faith. “Where there's a wall there is closure of hearts. We need bridges, not walls”. Thanksgiving Day in Italy, solidarity with the world of agriculture, to "cultivate the land in a sustainable and inclusive way". Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, an opportunity to rediscover the Church as our "spiritual home” and Christians capable of giving witness to the faith in love. “We are Christian not because of what we say, but what we do".