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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".
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Today, there is " 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: in short, they should be discarded ", but it is ugly...

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 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.
03/04/2015 INDIA
Maharashtra bans beef: 5 years in prison for those who eat it
The law on the slaughter, consumption and sale of cows, bulls and steers approved after 19 years. 80% of the country's population is Hindu, a religion that worships the cow. Major consequences for the Muslim community, responsible for beef trade. Christian Association: "Religion is something personal, and the government should not mix it with their norms".
03/04/2015 VIETNAM
155 Catholic students denied school access over land dispute
For six months hundreds of families have been unable to send their children - between 4 and 15 years of age - to school. The authorities have imposed a transfer to a school 30 km away. For three years there has been a clash between Catholics and authorities over the forced displacement of a thousand families. But some of them resisted.
03/04/2015 RUSSIA
Russia’s only gulag museum closed due to "too much pressure"
Perm-36, the only museum to be built in a former Stalinist labor camp and dedicated to the memory of Soviet political repression, must cease its activities. Since 2012 there have been growing problems, not least the worsening of government rhetoric against the "fifth column" in the country.
03/04/2015 KAZAKHSTAN
Kazakhstan, 120 cases of strange “sleeping epidemic "
The first case of the phenomenon dates back to March 2013. Since then, 120 people have been affected by a strange disease that makes them sleep for days. The village concerned is located near the former Soviet era uranium mines. According to a professor at Tomsk University, the cause of the epidemic is a carcinogenic gas that is released from the decomposition of uranium.
Netanyahu worried more about elections back home that about Iran's nuclear programme
by Joshua Lapide
The Israeli prime minister wants to stop the "bad deal" with Iran that could "threaten the survival of Israel." Obama retorts that Netanyahu's dark predictions never came true. At home, some believe Netanyahu sought this visit to boost his chances at re-election. For ordinary Israelis, there is too much talk about Iran and nothing about domestic issues and peace with the Palestinians.
03/03/2015 INDIA
In India, the Pious Disciples of the Divine Master beat indifference through worship
by Nirmala Carvalho
The congregation has many chapels across the country, all open to Hindus, Muslims and Christians. During her fraternal visit, the Pauline superior general found a growing and developing nation. It is important not to lose from sight that 'Atithi Devo Bhav', the guest is God. We should regain the ability to share not only material goods, but also time and space.
Cambodia deports 36 Vietnamese Montagnards, fleeing persecution
The group was stopped in a forested area north-east of the capital. A Cambodian, an ethnic Charai who led the group, was also arrested. Vietnamese and Cambodian police were involved in the joint operation that led to repatriation of the refugees.
03/03/2015 NEPAL
Hindu fundamentalists threatened peace and stability in Nepal
by Christopher Sharma
Deputy Prime Minister Bamdev Gautam presents a security report to parliament. The authorities have stepped up surveillance of radical and monarchist groups. Some leftwing and separatist groups are also a danger.

Altri articoli
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
North Korea, Protestant pastor "missing" for over a month
03/02/2015 PAKISTAN
Lahore: 'charity travels' for a Lent of prayer and sharing by Kamran Chaudhry
03/02/2015 BANGLADESH
Bangladesh holds man over blogger Avijit Roy's murder by Sumon Corraya
03/02/2015 INDIA
India's 2015-2016 budget calls for growth, but on the back of children by Nirmala Carvalho
03/02/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Judging ourselves to obtain and offer mercy
03/02/2015 SYRIA - ISLAM
Islamic State group frees 19 Syrian Christians in Syria after a ransom is paid
03/02/2015 MYANMAR
Yangon cardinal calls for dialogue between military and ethnic militias to end conflict in Myanmar by Francis Khoo Thwe
03/02/2015 PHILIPPINES
Caritas Philippines: Lent with Francis, against the globalization of indifference
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
02/25/2015 SYRIA
IS abducts 150 Christians, rapes and kills women, a "tragic situation" for vicar to Aleppo
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
02/25/2015 MACAO - CHINA
Beijing's anti-corruption drive sinks Macau casinos
02/27/2015 EGYPT - LIBYA - ISLAM
The Lent of the 21 Egyptian Copts martyred in Libya
by Bernardo Cervellera


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