04/02/2015INDIA West Bengal, four men arrested for the rape of religious superior of Jesus and Mary Originally from Bangladesh they confirmed their involvement in the case. A week ago, police arrested two other men, considered gang leaders. They will also face charges of theft and money laundering. Calcutta (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Police in Ludhiana (Punjab) yesterday arrested four men in connection with the gang rape of a 72 year-old nun, superior of the convent of the Religious of Jesus...
04/02/2015THAILAND Thai military junta ends martial law and introduces "absolute power" The Prime Minister and former General Prayuth Chan-ocha announces the lifting of martial law, in force since last May. However, it will be replaced by an article of the new Constitution that, in fact, gives unlimited powers to the army. Soldiers can make arrests without a warrant. In recent days, the prime minister threatens to "just execute" critical journalists.
04/01/2015PAKISTAN Sindh adds Jinnah’s speech on freedom of religion and equality of citizens in school curriculum by Shafique Khokhar The decision by provincial authorities is backed by many human rights organisations. In his address to Pakistan’s first Constituent Assembly, the founder said, “Minorities, to whichever community they may belong, will be safeguarded. Their religion or faith or belief will be secure. There will be no interference of any kind with their freedom of worship. They will have their protection with regard to their religion, faith, their life, their culture. They will be, in all respects, the citizens of Pakistan without any distinction of caste or creed.”
04/01/2015IRAN Young Iranians affected by the embargo, tired of political Islam by Bernardo Cervellera Sanctions have been largely responsible for Iran’s 20 per cent youth unemployment rate. The crisis is such that many young Iranians have to live with their parents, unable to marry and start their own family. For them, jobs remain “more important than missiles and the nuclear programme.” Mullahs have come under criticism for their corruption and for the intrusiveness of religion in public life. "Only 16-17 per cent practice Islam."
04/01/2015ISRAEL – PALESTINE Palestinian ICC membership means Israel and Palestinians will be accountable Palestine becomes the 123rd member of the International Criminal Court, based in The Hague. Now the court will be able to investigate (alleged) war crimes in Gaza. Israeli leaders could end up on trial. The move has been criticised in Israel as "counterproductive." For a Palestinian Catholic leader, it is an "important step" against "those who committed human rights violations”. Now everyone can be accountable for his or her acts.
04/01/2015INDIA Indian Jesuit backs Supreme Court decision against leaders behind Babri Masjid demolition by Nirmala Carvalho The highest court in the land issues notices to leading members of the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The latter had been acquitted on charges of “criminal conspiracy” in connection with the violence of 6 December 1992 in Ayodhya. For Fr Cedric Prakash SJ, we need to “ensure that the generations to come will be able to live without fear in a free, tolerant and pluralistic India".
04/01/2015ASIA - CHINA Beijing closes competition for "Super Bank" founders: 46 States in the running Sweden and Kyrgyzstan increase the European and Asian presence. Group includes Hong Kong and Taiwan, joining under the name "Chinese Taipei". Japan and the US stay out. Analysts: "a big mistake in underestimating the potential threat of this new financial reality". On April 15, the final list and the allocation of capital.
04/01/2015NEPAL – BRAZIL – ASIA South Asia: a committee against child slavery by Christopher Sharma Indian Nobel Prize laureate Satyarthi and Brazilian Senator Buarque are behind the initiative. Poverty and traditions explain the extent of the problem in South Asia. The group underscores the importance of a joint struggle and better education. Likewise, "religious teachers are crucial in reducing child slavery”.
04/01/2015VATICAN Pope: During the Triduum "we enter into the mystery, making our own" Christ’s sentiments "Over the centuries, there have been men and women who with the testimony of their lives reflect a ray of perfect, full, untouched love," like Don Andrea Santoro, the missionary killed in 2006 in Turkey. "Sometimes the darkness of the night seems to penetrate the soul; sometimes think, 'now there's nothing to be done', and the heart can no longer find the strength to love ... But in that dark Christ lights the fire of God's love: a blaze that breaks the darkness and announces a new beginning".
04/01/2015TAIWAN Taipei: “the scent of the Gospel" in the best restaurant in town by Xin Yage Purple is a Taiwanese entrepreneur. Her restaurant has ranked Taipei’s best restaurant for many years. This Easter, she will celebrate the third anniversary of her baptism. "The Catholic faith has improved me as a person and as a businesswoman. When people eat and drink in a refined way, they are happy and open to Jesus and God's love.”
04/01/2015YEMEN Raid in Yemen: India, China, Pakistan and Somalia evacuate their citizens In the last hours New Delhi has managed to rescue 348 compatriots from about 4 thousand living in the Gulf country. Beijing has evacuated 600 people from Aden, Islamabad over 500. Mogadishu asks nationals to contact the consulate: of the nearly 250 thousand refugees living in Yemen, 95% is Somali.
03/31/2015MYANMAR Although government and ethnic groups reach ceasefire deal, it is too soon to celebrate by Francis Khoo Thwe Myanmar’s government and representatives from 16 armed groups fighting for some of the country’s ethnic minorities have reached a draft ceasefire agreement. Rebel leaders must give the green light before proceeding. However, the Kokang have not signed on. Myanmar President Thein Sein is satisfied with the deal. For Catholic Kachin activist, it is hard to trust Burmese authorities because the agreement does not include every group and fighting continues in some parts of the country.