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03/05/2015 VATICAN
Pope: those with a heart "sick of worldliness" cannot understand the need and the neediness of others
"With a worldly heart you can go to church, you can pray, you can do so many things. But Jesus, at the Last Supper, in the prayer to the Father, what did He pray? 'But please, Father, keep these disciples from falling into the world".
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - With the heart "sick of worldliness," you can "go to church, you can pray, you can do so many things," but you do not see and cannot understand the needs of others. A rich man "turns his heart away from God," said the pope at this morning's...

03/05/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "the abandonment is the most serious 'illness' of the elderly", who must be helped at the end of their life
When life becomes very fragile and is approaching its earthly end, "we feel the responsibility to assist and accompany the person in the best way" to relieve the suffering. This is what families and palliative care provide. For the pontiff, "all medical knowledge is truly science, in its most noble sense, only if it finds its place as a help in view of the good of man, a good that is never achieved by going 'against' his life and dignity."
03/05/2015 TAIWAN
The encounter with Christ "changes every perspective, it is a radical force"
by Xin Yage
Prof Wang, a pioneer in Taiwan's digital animation industry, was baptised in 2008 after seeing local Christians bear witness. Today, "faith is everything and upset everything, improving my life every way."
03/05/2015 CAMBODIA
The martyrdom of Fr. Rapin, the seed of new life for the mission of the Church in Cambodia
by Luca Bolelli
40 years after his martyrdom, the French missionary is still remembered as "the good shepherd". From the beginning of his mission to the war, until his death at the hands of the Khmer Rouge. His blood is a "seed" for new Christians. Today, his mission is alive and growing. The story of a PIME priest in Cambodia.
03/05/2015 CHINA
UN rapporteur on torture receives report on activist Li Biyun
Li took part in land rights campaigns and ran as an independent candidate in a local election. She accuses police of assaulting her whilst being handcuffed, depriving her of food and water and denying her medical care. She also accuses police of forcing her to submit to the 'tiger bench'. China is a signatory of the 1998 UN Convention on Torture.

03/05/2015 PHILIPPINES
Manila Auxiliary: dialogue between the government and Muslim rebels "only path for peace in the Philippines"
For Msgr. Pabillo a military offensive would only be a source of further problems. He urges the parties involved to "seriously consider" negotiations. The peace agreement with the MILF can be a litmus test for a deal with the Islamists. But essential to shed light on the causes and responsibilities for the Mamasapano massacre.
03/05/2015 SYRIA
Aleppo, Syrian rebels attack the Damascus intelligence headquarters: dozens dead
At least 20 victims among Syrian security forces, another 14 on the rebels side. But the Damascus army managed to repel the assault. The offices of the Air Force Intelligence building targeted. Six other victims among civilians in a second attack. The rebels reject UN envoy’s truce proposal.
Seoul, US ambassador in Korea in knife attack
The assailant, Kim Gi-jong, has a long record of violent activism against Japan and in support of union with the North. Before his attack he shouted slogans in favor of unity and against the joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea. The diplomat was struck in the face, but is not at risk.
For Obama, Netanyahu "didn't offer any viable alternatives" to solving the Iranian nuclear problem
According to the Israeli prime minister, the draft agreement with Tehran paves the way for an Iranian bomb because it relies heavily on international monitoring, when Iran "plays a pretty good game of 'hide and cheat' with UN inspectors". For the White House, the alternative to an agreement is the use of force or new economic sanctions that would not stop the Iranian nuclear programme. The current deal would at least stop it for ten years.
03/04/2015 SRI LANKA
Sri Lankan president visits warn-torn Northern Province
by Melani Manel Perera
Health, agriculture, education, land and fishing were the main issues discussed with provincial authorities. "The task of bringing together the minds of the people cannot be achieved only through physical development," the president said.
03/04/2015 MYANMAR
As tensions increase between the government and students over education reform, police is set to act
by Francis Khoo Thwe
The situation at a Buddhist monastery near Letpadan where police are cordoned off students is critical. The authorities are ready to use force to restore order. However, overnight some agents sympathise with students. "The situation is very tense," sources told AsiaNews. The Burmese Church is praying for a peacefully and broadly accepted school reform.
03/04/2015 INDIA
Religious freedom increasingly at risk in India as new attacks are perpetrated against Christians
by Nirmala Carvalho
In Rajasthan, police beat 20 Christians for handing out leaflets. In Madhya Pradesh, a group of rightwing Hindus disrupted a local Pentecostal prayer service. For the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), "India is a secular democracy, not a theocracy."
03/04/2015 CHINA
Beijing prepares for NPC with increase of military budget
by Chen Weijun
March 6 the annual session of the National People's Congress begins. It is the "Chinese Parliament" which brings together more than 3 thousand delegates from around the country. Members are banned from checking social networks, smoking in public or falling asleep during meetings. The first move will be to ratify an additional 10% in military spending.
03/04/2015 VATICAN
Pope: A society that "discards" the elderly, "depository of a people’s wisdom", carries a virus of death
"A culture of profit insists on painting the elderly as a burden, a 'dead weight'. It thinks that the elderly don’t produce anything and therefore are a burden". "There is something vile in this addiction we have to this throw away culture. We have become used to discarding people." "The Church cannot and does not want to comply with a mentality of impatience, and even less that of indifference and contempt towards old age".
03/04/2015 INDONESIA
Civil society groups in protest against new anti-corruption commission leaders
by Mathias Hariyadi
The appointment of former General Gunawan as national police chief is at the centre of the dispute. The commission's former leaders were forced out. The general's file has been moved to the Office of the Attorney General and to the police. Many fear that the investigation will be a whitewash, undermining the fight against graft.

Altri articoli
03/04/2015 INDIA
Maharashtra bans beef: 5 years in prison for those who eat it
03/04/2015 VIETNAM
155 Catholic students denied school access over land dispute
03/04/2015 RUSSIA
Russia’s only gulag museum closed due to "too much pressure"
03/04/2015 KAZAKHSTAN
Kazakhstan, 120 cases of strange “sleeping epidemic "
Netanyahu worried more about elections back home that about Iran's nuclear programme by Joshua Lapide
03/03/2015 INDIA
In India, the Pious Disciples of the Divine Master beat indifference through worship by Nirmala Carvalho
Cambodia deports 36 Vietnamese Montagnards, fleeing persecution
03/03/2015 NEPAL
Hindu fundamentalists threatened peace and stability in Nepal by Christopher Sharma
03/03/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "a thousand times Jesus preferred sinners" to hypocrites
03/03/2015 INDONESIA
Indonesian activists promote a bridge between business interests and worker's rights by Mathias Hariyadi
03/03/2015 EGYPT - ISLAM
Bombs, elections, and convictions on Egypt's path by André Azzam
03/03/2015 CHINA
China sets its sights on economies of Central Asia
03/03/2015 PAKISTAN
Pakistan, polio eradication: hundreds of parents arrested for refusing to vaccinate children
03/03/2015 TAIWAN
Taiwan, conversion becomes mission even in the media by Xin Yage
Editor's choices
What Tayeb and Sisi said is big step towards a revolution in Islam
by Samir Khalil SamirThe grand imam of Al-Azhar slammed literalist interpretations of the Qur'an and the Sunnah, as fundamentalists and Islamic terrorists do. He supports the urgent need for Islam's reform, especially in terms of teaching lay people and clerics. He also calls for an end to mutual excommunication (takfir) between Sunnis and Shias. Egyptian President al-Sisi chose to fight the Islamic state group after it beheaded 21 Coptic Christians, whom he called "Egyptian citizens" with full rights.
For head of Al-Azhar, religious education reform is needed to stop Islamic extremismFor Ahmed al-Tayeb, it is urgent to come up with new educational programmes to avoid "corrupt interpretations" of the Qur'an and Sunnah. Islamic terrorism undermines the unity of the Muslim world. He blames Mideast tensions on a "new global colonialism allied to world Zionism". a speech by the Saudi king is read at the conference.
Top 10
03/02/2015 SYRIA - ISLAM
Islamic State group frees 19 Syrian Christians in Syria after a ransom is paid
03/01/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Let us not forget those who are suffering in Syria, Iraq and Venezuela; let us pray for them
02/26/2015 SYRIA
IS holding more than 250 Christians, for vicar to Aleppo, pope's prayers are a source of courage
Montagnard Christians continue to flee to Cambodia, but are running out of food and supplies
02/26/2015 BANGLADESH
Prostitution and forced labour: trafficking in human beings in Bangladesh
by Sumon Corraya
02/28/2015 VATICAN
Pope encourages the growth of cooperatives as an economic model that serves the common good
02/26/2015 EGYPT - LIBYA - ISLAM
The pain of the families of the 21 beheaded Egyptian martyrs, praise for Egypt's offensive in Libya
by André Azzam
02/27/2015 EGYPT - LIBYA - ISLAM
The Lent of the 21 Egyptian Copts martyred in Libya
by Bernardo Cervellera
03/02/2015 RUSSIA
Tens of thousands flood Red Square in memory of Nemtsov
03/03/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "a thousand times Jesus preferred sinners" to hypocrites


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