03/04/2015VATICAN 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
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03/04/2015SRI 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.
03/04/2015CHINA 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.
03/04/2015INDONESIA 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.
03/04/2015INDIA 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".
03/04/2015VIETNAM 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.
03/04/2015RUSSIA 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.
03/04/2015KAZAKHSTAN 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.
03/03/2015ISRAEL - UNIETD STATES - IRAN 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.
03/03/2015INDIA 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.
03/03/2015CAMBODIA - VIETNAM 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.
03/03/2015NEPAL 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.
03/03/2015VATICAN Pope: "a thousand times Jesus preferred sinners" to hypocrites "In the second week of Lent we have these three words to think about, to ponder: the invitation to conversion; the gift that the Lord will give us, which is great forgiveness, a great forgiveness; and the trap, that is, pretending to convert, while choosing the path of hypocrisy. "