03/26/2015VATICAN Pope: people can be "doctors of the law" without faith, without hope, without joy During Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Francis Pope stressed that faith is joy and hope in Christ. Rules and casuistry are "an abstract world" without joy, faith, love, nor God. Vatican City (AsiaNews) – One can "be a believer without joy and there is no joy when there is no faith, when there is no hope, when there is no law, but only rules and cold doctrine." By contrast, "the joy of faith, the joy of the Gospel is the touchstone of a...
03/26/2015ISLAM IS a violent response to the emptiness young Muslims feel in the West Jihadists have focused their recruitment efforts among young people. In the past three months, IS has recruited some 400 minors. Alienated in and by their societies, many young Western Muslims seek to even the score. For PIME Islam expert, young people want an inclusive identity and references. Muslim scholar believes that the violent response stems from the Western world’s “emptiness”.
03/26/2015INDIA India’ Narendra Modi to speed up adoption of "anti-farmer" law The Hindu nationalist-led government wants to change existing legislation to make it easier to expropriate land for large companies. To do so, the prime minister plans to employ a legislative measure only used three times since independence. For the opposition, this will promote divisions and social disharmony.
03/26/2015KYRGYZSTAN Ulema "excommunicate" Islamic State group in Kyrgyzstan Top Central Asian Muslim clerics meet in Bishkek to condemn IS violence and reaffirm Islam’s true teachings. “We know that destabilisation threatens Central Asia,” one of them said. IS has been banned in Kyrgyzstan and its activities outlawed. Local authorities also detained a group of Tajiks trying to join the Islamist group, including children.
03/26/2015UZBEKISTAN Uzbekistan set to re-elect Karimov in presidential vote by Nina Achmatova The elections will be held March 29 with no big surprises. The current president has been in power since well before independence from the USSR, but his succession is postponed by political elites who want to preserve the current corrupt system, that enriches few and marginalizes most.
03/26/2015INDIA West Bengal, death threats against a Catholic girls' school by Nirmala Carvalho The Sisters of the Child Mary have received letters in threatening to “burn the school and the local church” if they do not leave. The police step up security around the institute. Archbishop of Calcutta: "We do not know who is behind the threats, but we are not scared. The sisters will never leave their mission".
03/26/2015PHILIPPINES - CHINA Manila accuses Beijing of wanting to control the entire South China Sea Philippine Foreign Minister speaks of " China’s expansionist agenda" dominated by "massive" reclamation projects. Beijing’s "growing" activities aimed to affect the work of the UN international tribunal, convoked by Manila to resolve the dispute. China continues to claim sovereignty of the area.
03/25/2015INDIA Mumbai bishop: the Annunciation for unborn children and the needy by Dominic Savio Fernandes* Today the Indian Church celebrates its Pro-life Day. For Mumbai’s auxiliary bishop, every human being has “the imprint of God" and therefore should "be respected and treated with dignity and love." The tendency to evaluate people based on their utility drives people to "eliminate" the elderly, disabled, sick and those in need.
03/25/2015ITALY We all need God's mercy by Piero Gheddo Francis’ call for a Holy Year dedicated to mercy shows that this issue is at the core of his pontificate. What he says and does should be interpreted in socio-political terms but as part of an effort to "re-evangelise" Europe, a key part of a more fruitful mission.
03/25/2015NEPAL Political uncertainty hampers Nepal’s economic growth by Christopher Sharma In its 2015 report, the Asian Development Bank ranks Nepal 132nd out of 147 countries in terms of competitiveness. Capital investments are limited and the government does not invest in growth. Political interference and frequent staff turnover are blamed.