05/29/2015VATICAN Pope: New Evangelization, address the "great challenges" of our time with a "renewed" language and bearing witness to the faith The challenge of the new evangelization and catechesis depends on one fundamental point: "how to encounter Christ, what is the most consistent place to find Him and follow Him." "The question of how we are educating in the faith, therefore, is not rhetorical, but essential. The answer requires courage, creativity and decision to undertake sometimes still unexplored roads. " Vatican City (AsiaNews) - The new evangelization is "being aware of the merciful love of the Father for us so we too can become instruments of salvation for our brothers and sisters", so fearlessly confronting the "great challenges" of our time with a "renewed " language and offering the...
05/29/2015INDIA Criticism of Modi forbidden: University expels a student club The Ambedkar Periyar Student Circle (APSC) is accused of "spreading hatred" against the Prime Minister criticizing his policies and the ongoing reconversions to Hinduism. An anonymous complaint from radical Hindus triggered the expulsion. The study group is inspired by the ideas of the Dalit BR Ambedkar, one of the "founding fathers" of India.
05/29/2015NEPAL Nepal’s government blocks "all unauthorized movement" in bid to stop child trafficking by Christopher Sharma The authorities in Kathmandu decide that minors can travel only if accompanied by a parent or guardian. The trips must be approved by the District Councils. The police report the death of over 5 thousand children, probably kidnapped or exploited by human traffickers. Catholic organizations at the forefront of the protection of children earthquake victims.
05/29/2015MALAYSIA - HONG KONG Kuala Lumpur: No entry visas for Hong Kong pro-democracy activists
Malaysian authorities arrested Hong Kong lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung at Penang International Airport to prevent him from taking part in a forum on the Tiananmen crackdown. After a brief detention, he was repatriated. Joshua Wong, a major figure in the Occupy Central movement, suffered the same fate a few days earlier. “We do not want him to jeopardise our ties with China,” said Malaysian police chief.
05/28/2015SRI LANKA Rising rates of liver disease and cancer among Sri Lankan farmers by Melani Manel Perera Pesticides could be the main culprit, especially glyphosate, an herbicide known for its high level of toxicity. The government has banned the compound, but expert opinion warns that more controls are needed. Even young farmers are getting sick.
05/28/2015SINGAPORE Singapore to build five mega childcare facilities on undeveloped land by 2016 The new day care centres will be built on under-utilised land for the benefit of young couples. They are part of a large government scheme to create up to 20,000 childcare spaces. For minister, the new facilities “will further build on our ongoing efforts to better meet the needs of parents”.
05/28/2015BANGLADESH Bangladesh to deport 32,000 Rohingya to an island because they harm tourism The plan is to move refugees from a region Bangladesh wants to develop as a tourist resort. Bangladeshi PM calls Bangladeshi economic migrants "mentally sick," accusing them of hurting the country's image. For Rohingya leader, the plan would only make life worse for the refugees.
05/28/2015INDIA India: promises and realities of Modi’s Nationalist government (one year on) by Nirmala Carvalho Wada Na Todo Abhiyan (Wnta), a network of over 400 voluntary organizations all over the country, has compiled a report on the first 12 months in office of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Many campaigns and development programs have been launched, but with little effect on the population. Concerns over cuts to education and healthcare sector, areas crucial to the future of new generations. Increased violence against religious and social minorities.
05/28/2015IRAQ - IRAN Patriarch of Baghdad: Iran’s Chaldeans, "light, salt and leaven" in the Church of Persia by Louis Raphael I Sako* From May 12 to 24 last, Mar Sako made a pastoral visit to Tehran and Urmia, in Iran, meeting Christian and Muslim political and religious figures. His Beatitude stressed the historic presence of Christians in Iran, a presence that precedes Islam. He invited the faithful to "stay close to your country" and reminds them "strength is in quality and not in number."
05/28/2015VATICAN Pope: selfish, worldly or rigorous Christians, draw people away from Jesus There are three groups of Christians: those who instead of responding to the cry of the people asking for salvation distance them from Jesus because they only think about their "selfish" relationship with God, or because they worldly people or rigorists. And then there are Christians who really listen to the cry and live in accordance with their faith and help draw people closer to Jesus.
05/28/2015CHINA China celebrates one million millionaires According to figures from Bain & Company, China had 1.04 million millionaires at the 2014, an increase of 330,000 compared to 2012. Another study predicts that Asia will become the centre of billionaire growth.