05/23/2015VATICAN Pope: work must be "free, creative, participatory and inclusive" “What has changed in the global world are not so much the problems, as their scope and urgency. The extent and speed with which inequalities develop are unprecedented. However, we cannot allow this! We need to propose fair and inclusive alternatives that are actually feasible.” Vatican City (AsiaNews) – Work must be "free, creative, participatory and inclusive" to enable people to express and enhance the dignity of their lives, said Pope Francis at a meeting with the Christian Associations of Italian Workers (ACLI) on the 70th anniversary of the organisation’s...
05/23/2015SYRIA Nuncio in Damascus: no news about Fr Mourad, not even who abducted him “The Archeparchy of Homs, the patriarch and the community of Mar Musa have activated all channels to make contact with the kidnappers, but without success so far,” said Mgr Zenari. Meanwhile, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for yesterday’s suicide attack at a Shia mosque in al Qadeeh, in the eastern Saudi province of Qatif that caused at least 21 deaths.
05/23/2015NEPAL – VATICAN Apostolic Nuncio says pope is praying for peace, security and prosperity in quake-hit Nepal by Christopher Sharma Mgr Pennacchio spoke at a special mass in memory of the earthquake victims. Hundreds of people attended the service, including Catholics, non-Catholics and diplomats. After handing out pictures of the pope, he called for unity to rebuild the country. During the Mass, the victims of the 2009 cathedral attack were remembered.
05/23/2015TAJIKISTAN – CHINA Dushanbe and Beijing sign extradition deal with Uighurs in mind Beijing has signed a series of agreements with the countries of Central Asia to repatriate Uighur Muslims. In Chinese prisons, convicts are sentenced to severe penalties, including death. Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan have repatriated prisoners who had sought asylum on humanitarian grounds.
05/22/2015THAILAND - ASIA Beatings, rapes and abuse: the Rohingya in Thailand recount their journey of despair by Weena Kowitwanij A young 16 year old confirms to AsiaNews the violence irregular migrants are subjected to. Overcrowded boats, little food and no water, beatings and threats are their daily bread. A woman, pregnant and with a three year old daughter, chose the sea route after having experienced violence firsthand in Myanmar. May 29 summit in Bangkok to deal with the emergency.
05/22/2015NEPAL Amid crumbled temples, Nepal’s Hindu holy men are out of a job by Christopher Sharma Because of the earthquake, the mostly Indian pilgrims who crowded Nepal’s Hindu temples are now staying away. the collapse of hundreds of temples has also left hundreds of holy men unemployed. Beggars too are without patrons, forced to go to aid centres for help.
05/22/2015INDIA For Catholic Church, “mining threatens India’s tribal peoples” by Shafique Khokhar In Odisha, the Office for Justice, Peace and Development of the Catholic Bishops' Conference looked at the effects of heavy mining on indigenous communities. For an Adivasi leader, “tribal cultures die when their peoples are forced to leave their lands."
05/22/2015CHINA – ASIA Beijing and Delhi to lead Asian ‘super bank’ A consensus has emerged from a meeting of the lender’s founding members. To avoid undue European influence, Asian members have accepted that China’s share of the bank’s capitalisation will be between 25 and 30 per cent with India as second largest shareholder. Germany will be represented on the bank’s board of directors.
05/22/2015CHINA Beijing returns to Soviet planning to save the Party by Willy Lam The Chinese economic strategy emphasizes the role of state-controlled companies. President Xi: "The Chinese Communist Party should control the economy if it wants to rule the country forever." Big profits for private companies close to the Party elite. The initiative strengthens control over interior regions and contains the centrifugal forces. Beijing can absorb the nation’s excess production. The theory of the "three non-changes". The marginalization of the Premier Li Keqiang who wanted to liberalize the market.
05/22/2015INDONESIA Indonesia to allow non-official religions on identity papers Under existing rules, people could choose only among six government recognised religions. According to the Home Affairs minister, people can now choose their own religion. Practical reasons are behind the administrative change, but for activists and pro-human rights groups, it is a step forward in terms of religious freedom.
05/22/2015TAIWAN Taipei, staging the Gospel "so as not to miss out on a single word" by Xin Yage A group of young people of the Sacred Heart parish in the capital is staging passages from the Gospel texts, to reach as many people as possible and bring them closer to Jesus. Born as a localized project, the activity has taken hold of all the local Church.