03/03/2015VATICAN Pope: "a thousand times Jesus preferred sinners" to hypocrites "In the second week of Lent we have these three words to think about, to ponder: the invitation to conversion; the gift that the Lord will give us, which is great forgiveness, a great forgiveness; and the trap, that is, pretending to convert, while choosing the path of hypocrisy. " Vatican City (AsiaNews) - "A thousand times Jesus preferred
sinners" to hypocrites, those who "pretend to be converted", but
"whose heart belongs to Satan," and if you "learn to do...
03/03/2015NEPAL Hindu fundamentalists threatened peace and stability in Nepal by Christopher Sharma Deputy Prime Minister Bamdev Gautam presents a security report to parliament. The authorities have stepped up surveillance of radical and monarchist groups. Some leftwing and separatist groups are also a danger.
03/03/2015EGYPT - ISLAM Bombs, elections, and convictions on Egypt's path by André Azzam A bomb attack yesterday in Cairo killed two people and wounded nine. Two more people died two days ago in Aswan. Many praise al-Sisi's iron fist; others criticise him for being illiberal. The elections planned for March and May were postponed after the Constitutional Court declared unconstitutional the existing election law. Some Islamists get the death penalty and a number of Arab spring protesters get heavy prison sentences. The president of the Federation of Protestant Churches believes in a better future for Egypt.
03/03/2015CHINA China sets its sights on economies of Central Asia Beijing is investing in the manufacturing sector in Kazakhstan. Tajikistan receives $ 200 million from Beijing to for lead extraction. China’s goal is to limit Russian influence in Central Asia. Experts say China wants to infiltrate the vast market of the Eurasian Economic Union and contain the threat of terrorism in Xinjiang.
03/03/2015PAKISTAN Pakistan, polio eradication: hundreds of parents arrested for refusing to vaccinate children Pakistani authorities have arrested and imprisoned at least 470 parents and issued arrest warrants for hundreds of others. It is the first mass arrest to take place in the country. They are charged with "endangering" public health by refusing to vaccinate children. Pakistan is one of three countries in the world where the disease is still endemic.
03/03/2015TAIWAN Taiwan, conversion becomes mission even in the media by Xin Yage Dean Ferng received baptism last Christmas, after drawing near to the Catholic faith by the witness of Christians he met in his life: "They have a goal, a vision, they know where they want to go." He is now working to introduce the Pope more thanks to two documentaries, which will be aired on national television.
03/03/2015NORTH KOREA - CANADA North Korea, Protestant pastor "missing" for over a month The Rev. Lim Hyeon-soo, from the Light Korean Presbyterian Church of Toronto, was in the Asian country for a humanitarian visit. He was due to return February 4, but there has been no news of him since January 31. The religious leader has made more than 100 trips to the land of the Kim-regime.
03/02/2015PAKISTAN Lahore: 'charity travels' for a Lent of prayer and sharing by Kamran Chaudhry Each year, the archdiocese offers its members a number of day-trips to some of the country's places of suffering (and hope): homes for the mentally disabled, orphanages, centres for troubled children, as well as Mariamabad, one of the most beloved Marian shrine in the whole of South Asia. At the Dar ul-Karishma Centre, the Sisters of Charity welcome people with psychiatric problems.
03/02/2015BANGLADESH Bangladesh holds man over blogger Avijit Roy's murder by Sumon Corraya The suspect had been arrested previously for inciting attacks against writers and intellectuals. The murder victim, a US citizen of Bangladeshi origin, was hacked to death with a machete. Islamist extremists threatened publicly to kill him last year after the publication of his book 'Biswasher Virus,' Bengali for 'Virus of faith'.
03/02/2015INDIA India's 2015-2016 budget calls for growth, but on the back of children by Nirmala Carvalho Lenin Raghuvanshi, director of the People's Vigilance Committee for Human Rights (PVCHR), slams the Finance minister's financial bill. Large infrastructure and energy investments come with heavy cuts in educational and development programmes for the country's children.
03/02/2015VATICAN Pope: Judging ourselves to obtain and offer mercy At Mass in Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis emphasizes that judging ourselves is the first step of Christian wisdom. Recognizing the envy that leads us to "speak ill of others", that we are capable of doing worse things than which we judge others for. "Who am I to judge?" obeys the exhortation of Jesus: Judge not lest you be judged.