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04/23/2014 SAUDI ARABIA
Death toll hits 81 with 17 more MERS cases reported
The number of people infected with the virus now stands at 261. Saudi King fires Health minister, who had said that MERS-related deaths had dropped by 60 per cent, that more than 20,000 people had been examined over the last few weeks, and that his ministry had done a good job.
Jeddah (AsiaNews/Agencies) - An outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) appears to be spreading quickly. In Saudi Arabia, 17 new cases have been confirmed, bringing the total number of infections in that country to 261, 81 of whom...

04/23/2014 VATICAN
Pope warns against placing hope in "dead things" such as vanity, money and success
At the General Audience, Pope Francis reflects on the Angels’ words at the tomb: "Why look among the dead for someone who is alive?". And what do I do ? Which route do I follow to encounter the living Christ . He will always be close to us to correct our course if we have gone wrong".
04/23/2014 SINGAPORE - CHINA
Singapore archbishop: With Benedict XVI's words pray for the Church in China
by William Goh Seng Chye*
Citing the Prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan, the bishop calls on the faithful to "reach out" to Chinese migrants living in the city-state, and show "them our genuine love and concern." On 23 May, a special prayer is set for St Bernadette Church.
Human rights activists oppose amnesty for crimes committed during the country's civil war
by Christopher Sharma
The UN and other international groups are against a proposal made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Since the end of the war (2006), no one has been investigated in connection with crimes committed during the civil war. More than 16,000 people were killed during the conflict with hundreds missing and thousands wounded and injured.
04/23/2014 RUSSIA
Fear of freedom is killing the future of Russia
by Marta Allevato
Serghei Chapnin , director of the "Moscow Patriarchate Journal" speaks to AsiaNews about the challenges of contemporary Russian society and the contribution that Christianity can give to a real "moral change" in the country .

04/23/2014 LEBANON
The difficult journey to choose Lebanon's new president starts today
by Paul Dakiki
Neither Geagea nor Helou are expected to get the votes needed in today's first session. Rival coalitions will have to look for a "consensus" candidate with the names of Amin Gemayel, Robert Ghanem and Michel Aoun at the top of the list.
04/23/2014 CHINA
China "soon" to set up a special court to deal with intellectual property rights
The government plans to create a new court to deal solely with copyright and patent-related disputes. In 2013, nearly 90,000 such cases were filed.
04/23/2014 SOUTH KOREA
Korea’s Catholic Church continues to grow: faithful now 10.4% of the population
The Bishops' Conference releases figures for the previous year: faithful now almost 5.5 million, an increase of 1.5% over the previous year. Since 2003, the statistics show a steady growth of the Catholic population.
04/23/2014 VIETNAM
Parents slam government as measles outbreak kills 123 children in Vietnam
The country's Health Ministry comes in for criticism for hiding the extent of the outbreak and failing to take appropriate action. Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien dismisses fear-mongers, claims "only" 25 children have died so far. Some 3,430 cases have been confirmed with an additional 5,800 suspected. The World Health Organisation is closely monitoring the situation. Alarmed parents rush their children to hospital.
04/23/2014 IRAN
Iran, President Rouhani: End to discrimination, equal rights and opportunities for women
The head of state spoke at the National Forum on Women Shaping Economy and Culture . He criticizes "those who consider the presence of women in society a threat. According to the Islamic rules, man is not the stronger sex and woman is not the weaker one".
04/23/2014 INDONESIA
Jakarta, new corruption scandal overwhelms Audit Agency’s Chief
by Mathias Hariyadi
Poernono Hadi has come under fire of the Anti-Corruption Commission (KBK) for a story in 2004 , when he was head of the Department of Taxation and Treasury. Charged with erasing million dollar tax fine for major bank owned by a Tabaco giant. A prominent personality in the political and economic landscape of the country.
04/22/2014 NEPAL
Everest avalanche: guides suspend all climbing operations
by Christopher Sharma
The decision was taken today in memory of the 16 victims, all Sherpa guides, buried in an avalanche. For locals, 18 April marks one of the worst accidents in the history of Everest mountaineering.
04/22/2014 BANGLADESH
Dhaka: arson razes home of Catholic family
by Sumon Corraya
No one was at home at the time of the fire. In 2008, the family left the village after a 14-year-old granddaughter was raped and murdered by a group of young Muslims. The owner of the house says he is "living in fear."
04/22/2014 INDIA
For Indian Jesuit, Narendra Modi is vindictive and a threat to India's minorities
by Cedric Prakash sj
The director of the Prashant Human Rights Centre recounts three incidents involving the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), for whom Modi is running as candidate for the prime minister's office. For Fr Prakash, the pledge to introduce anti-conversion laws and threats against the Muslim community "show the fascist agenda" of the BJP. However, we must have hope; "the struggle will continue indeed, even if the signs are ominous."
04/22/2014 VIETNAM
Kontum: Easter among Vietnamese Catholics is stronger than Communist repression
by TT
For many communities in the diocese, Christmas and Easter are the only time when they can attend Mass. The local bishop celebrated Mass in a private home because the local administration has not allowed the construction of a place of worship. He performed the rite of the 'Washing of the Feet' to 100 people, including women and children.

Altri articoli
04/22/2014 TURKEY
For Bartholomew, the Christian mission is the liberation of man from the power of darkness by NAT da Polis
04/22/2014 SYRIA
For Gregorios III, the destruction of Ma'aloula churches is a "war crime" by Fady Noun
04/22/2014 KOREA-USA
Pyongyang prepares nuclear test for Obama's visit to Korea
04/22/2014 MYANMAR
Yangon: Catholics and activists mourn death of Burma's democracy leader Win Tin by Francis Khoo Thwe

04/22/2014 TAIWAN
Taiwan, an Easter of mothers by Xin Yage
04/22/2014 INDIA
Card. Thottunkal: The Risen Jesus overcomes marginalization and oppression by Nirmala Carvalho
04/22/2014 BRUNEI-ISLAM
Sultanate of Brunei "postpones" introduction of Sharia
04/21/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Easter joy "is not a masquerade! It is impressed on our hearts and shines through our actions".
04/20/2014 VATICAN
Pope: May the Risen Christ help us to reach out to those who are wounded and bring peace to those who suffer from war and violence
04/20/2014 VATICAN
Pope: The Resurrection, an invitation to rediscover our baptism and become witnesses to Christ
04/19/2014 VATICAN
Way of the Cross: "Evil will not have the last word; love, mercy and forgiveness will," pope says
Nuclear deal: Iran diluted half of its higher-grade enriched uranium stockpile
04/18/2014 PAKISTAN
Good Friday in Pakistan: fasting and prayers for Asia Bibi, Sawan Masih and other blasphemy victims by Jibran Khan
04/18/2014 CHINA
Beijing: four more New Citizens Movement activists convicted
Editor's choices
Easter, victory over death and impotence
by Bernardo Cervellera
I will miss you Fr Frans, you inspired us all, says Syrian Jesuit
by Tony Homsy*A young priest from the Society of Jesus remembers the life and work of Fr Frans van der Lugt, who was killed in Homs after he refused to abandon residents beleaguered by hunger and war. "He gave and continues to give everything for the Church, Syria, and peace. His story and qualities made him an exceptional missionary and witness to the Gospel." Reprinted courtesy of 'The Jesuit Post'.
Top 10
04/21/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Easter joy "is not a masquerade! It is impressed on our hearts and shines through our actions".
04/17/2014 BANGLADESH
Bangladesh, tribal Catholic gang raped: Christians and Muslims demand justice
by Sumon Corraya
04/17/2014 SRI LANKA
Easter should spur Catholics to defend human rights in Sri Lanka
by Melani Manel Perera
04/18/2014 PAKISTAN
Good Friday in Pakistan: fasting and prayers for Asia Bibi, Sawan Masih and other blasphemy victims
by Jibran Khan
04/17/2014 VATICAN
Pope: A priest’s "joy", "anoints", is "incorruptible", "missionary" and guarded by poverty, obedience and loyalty
04/17/2014 VATICAN
Pope: "The washing of the feet", "a gesture of love, of service" to remind us that "we must be servants of one another"
04/17/2014 CHINA
Beijing blogger sentenced to 3 years for "spreading rumors" online
04/17/2014 ITALY - ASIA
Easter, victory over death and impotence
by Bernardo Cervellera
04/19/2014 VATICAN
Way of the Cross: "Evil will not have the last word; love, mercy and forgiveness will," pope says
04/18/2014 LAOS - THAILANDIA
Thai geologists warn Xayaburi dam is an earthquake risk


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by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
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Before the tomb,
something completely new and unexpected happens,
they draw near and they do not find the Lord's body,
What was a simple act,
done surely out of love - going to the tomb -
has now turned into an event, a truly life-changing event.
Nothing remains as it was before,
not only in the lives of those women,
but also in our own lives and in the history of mankind.
Jesus is not dead, he has risen, he is alive!
He does not simply return to life;
rather, he is life itself,
because he is the Son of God, the living God!
Jesus no longer belongs to the past,
but lives in the present and is projected towards the future;
Jesus is the everlasting "today" of God.
This is how the newness of God appears to the women,
the disciples and all of us:
as victory over sin, evil and death,
over everything that crushes life and makes it seem less human.
How often does Love have to tell us:
Why do you look for the living among the dead?
Our daily problems and worries can wrap us up in ourselves,
in sadness and bitterness... and that is where death is.
That is not the place to look for the One who is alive!

                                                                           Pope Francis


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a Happy Easter 2014