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04/23/2014 INDONESIA
Jakarta, new corruption scandal overwhelms Audit Agency’s Chief
by Mathias Hariyadi
Poernono Hadi has come under fire of the Anti-Corruption Commission (KBK) for a story in 2004 , when he was head of the Department of Taxation and Treasury. Charged with erasing million dollar tax fine for major bank owned by a Tabaco giant. A prominent personality in the political and economic landscape of the country.
Jakarta (AsiaNews ) - A new corruption scandal has engulfed Indonesian politics and civil society, already marked by controversial cases in the recent past that have touched even the highest institutional and...

04/23/2014 IRAN
Iran,President Rouhani: End to discrimination, equal rights and opportunities for women
The head of state spoke at the National Forum on Women Shaping Economy and Culture . He criticizes "those who consider the presence of women in society a threat. According to the Islamic rules, man is not the stronger sex and woman is not the weaker one".
04/22/2014 NEPAL
Everest avalanche: guides suspend all climbing operations
by Christopher Sharma
The decision was taken today in memory of the 16 victims, all Sherpa guides, buried in an avalanche. For locals, 18 April marks one of the worst accidents in the history of Everest mountaineering.
04/22/2014 BANGLADESH
Dhaka: arson razes home of Catholic family
by Sumon Corraya
No one was at home at the time of the fire. In 2008, the family left the village after a 14-year-old granddaughter was raped and murdered by a group of young Muslims. The owner of the house says he is "living in fear."
04/22/2014 INDIA
For Indian Jesuit, Narendra Modi is vindictive and a threat to India's minorities
by Cedric Prakash sj
The director of the Prashant Human Rights Centre recounts three incidents involving the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), for whom Modi is running as candidate for the prime minister's office. For Fr Prakash, the pledge to introduce anti-conversion laws and threats against the Muslim community "show the fascist agenda" of the BJP. However, we must have hope; "the struggle will continue indeed, even if the signs are ominous."

04/22/2014 VIETNAM
Kontum: Easter among Vietnamese Catholics is stronger than Communist repression
by TT
For many communities in the diocese, Christmas and Easter are the only time when they can attend Mass. The local bishop celebrated Mass in a private home because the local administration has not allowed the construction of a place of worship. He performed the rite of the 'Washing of the Feet' to 100 people, including women and children.
04/22/2014 TURKEY
For Bartholomew, the Christian mission is the liberation of man from the power of darkness
by NAT da Polis
In his Easter message, the Ecumenical Patriarch writes, "Unfortunately, the annihilation and suppression of the weakest by the strongest dominates in the secular pyramid of today's reality." However, "History [. . .] has proven that real progress cannot exist without God."
04/22/2014 SYRIA
For Gregorios III, the destruction of Ma'aloula churches is a "war crime"
by Fady Noun
The patriarch visited the village of Ma'aloula after the army took it back from the Islamist al-Nusra Front. ""An apocalyptic spectacle presented itself," he said. The West is watching the destruction of Syria "with criminal indifference".
04/22/2014 KOREA-USA
Pyongyang prepares nuclear test for Obama's visit to Korea
Seoul intelligence speaks of "intensified activities" around Punggye-ri nuclear site. And State press accuses Washington of "reactionary and dangerous" policies in East Asia. The U.S. president’s visit to Asia begins today, in Japan. Then comes the turn of Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines.
04/22/2014 MYANMAR
Yangon: Catholics and activists mourn death of Burma's democracy leader Win Tin
by Francis Khoo Thwe

Co-founder of the National League for Democracy, he spent 19 years in prison and 12 in isolation. Aung San Suu Kyi speaks of "grave loss", but points out that "his words and his example will remain with us" the Archbishop of Yangon speaks to AsiaNews of the "tireless fighter against the dictatorship". In protest, even as a freeman he continued to wear the blue shirt of detainees.
04/22/2014 TAIWAN
Taiwan, an Easter of mothers
by Xin Yage
More than half of those baptized during the Easter Vigil mothers, who have found the key to serenity of the heart in the Gospel. The story of Lingming and Fangyi , converted by Christ’s love.
04/22/2014 INDIA
Card. Thottunkal: The Risen Jesus overcomes marginalization and oppression
by Nirmala Carvalho
The president of the Bishops' Conference of India sends a special Easter message to AsiaNews. The cardinal said that "As Christians we are to live a life of credibility as faithful to Christ and the Gospel", and this is possible even in the midst of tribulation and sacrifice".
04/22/2014 BRUNEI-ISLAM
Sultanate of Brunei "postpones" introduction of Sharia
Due to be introduced today the new norms have been postponed until a later date to "due to unavoidable circumstances". Government promises implementation "in the very near future". Experts await return of Sultan from foreign visit, real moral leader and biggest supporter of the "Islamized" Criminal Code.
04/21/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Easter joy "is not a masquerade! It is impressed on our hearts and shines through our actions".
Before reciting the Regina Caeli, that replaces the Angelus prayer during the Easter season, Francis invites the faithful "to take the Gospel, read the chapters on the Resurrection" and turn to the figure of Mary "Mother of all the disciples, Mother of the Church, Mother of hope". Easter Monday "prolongs the joy of the Resurrection of Christ".
04/20/2014 VATICAN
Pope: May the Risen Christ help us to reach out to those who are wounded and bring peace to those who suffer from war and violence
Syria, but also Iraq, Nigeria, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Ukraine and Venezuela in Pope Francis’ prayers. " In every human situation, marked by frailty, sin and death, the Good News is no mere matter of words, but a testimony to unconditional and faithful love: it is about leaving ourselves behind and encountering others".

Altri articoli
04/20/2014 VATICAN
Pope: The Resurrection, an invitation to rediscover our baptism and become witnesses to Christ
04/19/2014 VATICAN
Way of the Cross: "Evil will not have the last word; love, mercy and forgiveness will," pope says
Nuclear deal: Iran diluted half of its higher-grade enriched uranium stockpile
04/18/2014 PAKISTAN
Good Friday in Pakistan: fasting and prayers for Asia Bibi, Sawan Masih and other blasphemy victims by Jibran Khan
04/18/2014 CHINA
Beijing: four more New Citizens Movement activists convicted
04/18/2014 IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch celebrates Holy Thursday with disabled and marginalised Christians and Muslims by Joseph Mahmoud
04/18/2014 PHILIPPINES
Central Luzon: making learning fun in summer camp for 150 "special" children
04/18/2014 INDONESIA
Charitable works, confession and Mass fill Holy Week for Indonesian Catholics by Mathias Hariyadi
04/18/2014 LAOS - THAILANDIA
Thai geologists warn Xayaburi dam is an earthquake risk
04/18/2014 NEPAL
Nepali Hindus and Buddhists also celebrating Easter by Christopher Sharma
04/17/2014 VATICAN
Pope: "The washing of the feet", "a gesture of love, of service" to remind us that "we must be servants of one another"
04/17/2014 ITALY - ASIA
Easter, victory over death and impotence by Bernardo Cervellera
04/17/2014 SRI LANKA
Easter should spur Catholics to defend human rights in Sri Lanka by Melani Manel Perera
04/17/2014 SOUTH KOREA
As sorrow grips the country, bishop of Jeju calls for prayers on behalf of ferry victims
Editor's choices
Easter, victory over death and impotence
by Bernardo Cervellera
I will miss you Fr Frans, you inspired us all, says Syrian Jesuit
by Tony Homsy*A young priest from the Society of Jesus remembers the life and work of Fr Frans van der Lugt, who was killed in Homs after he refused to abandon residents beleaguered by hunger and war. "He gave and continues to give everything for the Church, Syria, and peace. His story and qualities made him an exceptional missionary and witness to the Gospel." Reprinted courtesy of 'The Jesuit Post'.
Top 10
04/21/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Easter joy "is not a masquerade! It is impressed on our hearts and shines through our actions".
04/17/2014 BANGLADESH
Bangladesh, tribal Catholic gang raped: Christians and Muslims demand justice
by Sumon Corraya
04/16/2014 VATICAN
Pope: The Resurrection "is not a happy ending in a movie" but "a humble victory of God, that humanly looks like a failure"
04/16/2014 INDIA
Narendra Modi's right hand man stopped for inciting hatred against Muslims
04/17/2014 SRI LANKA
Easter should spur Catholics to defend human rights in Sri Lanka
by Melani Manel Perera
04/16/2014 TIBET - CHINA
A 32-year-old Tibetan dies in a blaze to protest Chinese occupation
04/16/2014 CHINA
Dongguan: 40,000 workers down tools again
04/17/2014 VATICAN
Pope: A priest’s "joy", "anoints", is "incorruptible", "missionary" and guarded by poverty, obedience and loyalty
04/18/2014 PAKISTAN
Good Friday in Pakistan: fasting and prayers for Asia Bibi, Sawan Masih and other blasphemy victims
by Jibran Khan
04/17/2014 VATICAN
Pope: "The washing of the feet", "a gesture of love, of service" to remind us that "we must be servants of one another"


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Before the tomb,
something completely new and unexpected happens,
they draw near and they do not find the Lord's body,
What was a simple act,
done surely out of love - going to the tomb -
has now turned into an event, a truly life-changing event.
Nothing remains as it was before,
not only in the lives of those women,
but also in our own lives and in the history of mankind.
Jesus is not dead, he has risen, he is alive!
He does not simply return to life;
rather, he is life itself,
because he is the Son of God, the living God!
Jesus no longer belongs to the past,
but lives in the present and is projected towards the future;
Jesus is the everlasting "today" of God.
This is how the newness of God appears to the women,
the disciples and all of us:
as victory over sin, evil and death,
over everything that crushes life and makes it seem less human.
How often does Love have to tell us:
Why do you look for the living among the dead?
Our daily problems and worries can wrap us up in ourselves,
in sadness and bitterness... and that is where death is.
That is not the place to look for the One who is alive!

                                                                           Pope Francis


AsiaNews wishes all our friends and readers
a Happy Easter 2014