09/04/2015CHINA Pollution causes 1.6 million deaths per year in China UC Berkeley researchers have used Google Maps (obscured in China) to create a live map of air pollution in the country. Between April and August 2014, 38% of Chinese lived in an environment harmful to health. Beijing (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Pollution costs Beijing 1.6 million lives per year, 17% of all deaths; 92% of Chinese people breathed at least 120 hours of unhealthy air between April...
09/04/2015MYANMAR Church and Caritas on frontline of Myanmar’s ongoing flood crisis by Lawrence Gam, JM Destructive toll of monsoon rains causes more than one hundred victims and affects a million people. Worst hit are Chin and Rakhine areas. Crops lost, food supplies threatened. The Catholic volunteers provide food, water and basic necessities; more than 120 thousand temporary housing units built.
09/04/2015MALAYSIA - CHINA French investigators confirm that plane fragment is from flight MH370 After a month of investigation French experts confirm that the flaperon belongs to the aircraft that disappeared in March 2014. Ministers of Australia, Malaysia and China meet today in Canberra. Relatives of the victims are still waiting for the truth. Wife of a Chinese passenger: the discovery "is of little value."
09/03/2015HONG KONG - ASIA Liver transplant highlights organ donation Hong Kong homemaker gave two-thirds of her liver to husband. Organ donation is rare in East Asia and in a recent case, the family of a dead patient refused to donate his organs. The Catholic Church has led the way in promoting the practice in South Korea where donations are rising thanks to the example of the late Cardinal Kim.
09/03/2015VATICAN - ISRAEL Pope Francis meets Israeli President Reuven Rivlin: "cordial talks" by Joshua Lapide Audience focuses on situation in the Middle East; still nascent Bilateral Agreement; the resumption of direct talks between Israel and Palestine; Christian schools. For days now these schools in Israel are on strike because the government has reduced subsidies and blocked the increases in fees. Ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools are subsidized in full.
09/03/2015ASIA – EUROPEAN UNION Aylan’s death and that of the Middle East by Bernardo Cervellera The death of a child from a sinking boat off the Turkish coast has moved the whole world, but lest we forget, thousands more have already died in Syria’s war. The refugee problem must be addressed but so do the causes that have led to this tragedy, namely Mideast wars, funding the Islamic State group, and proxies acting on behalf of regional and world powers.
09/03/2015CHINA Beijing parade as a display of Xi Jinping’s power The impressive military exercise shows off China’s power but also and especially that of Xi Jinping who is president, party secretary and head of the Central Military Commission. In a sign of praise and in a renewed show of political unity, all of his predecessors are present. Some foreign heads of state and government attend the event as well. Despite purges and cuts (300,000 troops) to the military, the People’s Liberation Army Liberation remains loyal and ready to protect the peace.
09/03/2015INDIA Karnataka faces worst drought in 40 years. Catholic Church launches aid by Nirmala Carvalho Serious damage to crops due to lack of monsoon rains. Poor farmers migrate to towns. Chief Minister of the State prohibits furloughs for employees and requests the Administration to provide jobs. Msgr. D'Souza: "Catholic Dalits are those who suffer most."
09/03/2015VATICAN Pope: Wonder of encountering Jesus opens hearts, calculations close them At Mass in Santa Marta Francis speaks of the Gospel of the miraculous catch and invites participants to recognize themselves as sinners "not in theory, in practice" and to recognize the Savior. The Lord "forgives even those who deny him, if they have the grace of this double confession: You are God, I am a sinner."
09/03/2015INDONESIA West Java, Franciscan missionary translates "Laudato Sì" into Indonesian by Mathias Hariyadi Fr. Martin Harun, of Dutch origin, wanted to translate the document "to express gratitude to God" and "respect" for the Pope. The text, welcomed "with enthusiasm" by the faithful, is available on the Indonesian Bishops' Conference website. As a basic text he used the French, comparing it to the Italian and German version.
09/03/2015YEMEN Sanaa: Islamic State attacks Houthi mosques, 28 dead and dozens wounded The jihadist group has claimed responsibility for the double attack on the place of worship of the minority Shiite. First a suicide bomber, then a car bomb resulting in the slaughter of civilians. Fifth mosque attack in two months in the Yemeni capital. In recent days two International Red Cross workers killed.
09/02/2015INDIA Thousands of Odisha pogrom survivors accuse the BJP of protecting religious terrorism The Kandhamal Nyaya Shanti Samaj O Sadbhabana, an association that represents survivors, organised a rally to demand justice for the 2008 pogrom victims. In a letter to the president of India, the group describes the compensation given to survivors as puny. Communist leader says the ruling BJP does not represent the Hindu majority.