05/26/2015INDIA Bosco’s story or “the gift of sobriety through the mantle of Mary’s love” by Bosco Pereira Son of good Catholic parents, he started drinking at the age of 17. Alcohol took away his family, work, friends, and a girlfriend until he met Brother Cyril, who ran the Mary’s Clan rehab centre at the Basilica of Our Lady of Mount (Bandra) directed the "." Bosco is now married, with two children and taken over the centre from the clergyman. "God doesn’t always promise you the things that you have lost, but definitely promises you all things new and beautiful." Mumbai (AsiaNews) – I entered Mary’s Clan on 19 June 1987 evening, which was the last day I consumed alcohol. I have been sober since 20 June 1987, one day at a time . . . no alcohol nor any form of...
05/26/2015MYANMAR - ASIA Tints Swe: international lobby and Burmese military regime behind Rohingya crisis by Francis Khoo Thwe Activist maintains there are "invisible hands" complicating the plight of modern-day boat-people. Naypyidaw is only interested in maintaining power and exploiting the nationalist element ahead of elections. The international community exerts undue pressure and pursues its own interests. The real challenge is "to stop human trafficking."
05/26/2015VATICAN Pope: Christianity is a radical choice: you cannot have "heaven and earth" "It's sad to see a Christian, whether it’s a lay person, consecrated, priest, or bishop - it’s sad when you see he wants two things: to follow Jesus and worldly things, to follow Jesus and worldliness." Jesus does not promise riches to his apostles, but the legacy of the Kingdom of heaven "but with persecution, with the cross."
05/26/2015EGYPT - LIBYA Egypt seeks anti –jihadist allies among Libyan tribes Hundreds of Libyan tribal leaders met yesterday in Cairo. Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri: " Egypt will not hesitate to support her brother Libyans until they achieve security and reconciliation among themselves." Egyptian President ponders Arab States intervention in Libya, modeled on Yemen.
05/26/2015NEPAL Nepalese authorities ban entry to the Hindu and Buddhist religious sites for fear of collapse by Christopher Sharma Concerns about the continuing aftershocks. Ban focuses on Hindu and Buddhist temples, located on hills and mountains at risk of landslides. The roads leading to the temples will be washed away by monsoon rains, coming in a few weeks. Temples are surrounded by crowded shacks and houses that could collapse along with the religious places.
05/25/2015BANGLADESH All religious groups condemn the rape of a Catholic tribal woman by Sumon Corraya The 21-year old ethnic Garo is currently recuperating at the Tejgaon's Victim Support Centre. Five rapists are still at large. The attack took place on minibus in the capital. The Bishop of Mymensingh, where the young woman hails from, calls for "exemplary punishment” for the attackers.
05/25/2015YEMEN UN talks over Yemen postponed A UN official made the announcement. Getting the parties to meet for peace talks is the main reason. The conflict has has left some 2,000 people dead and displaced more than half a million people.
05/25/2015MYANMAR - ASIA Yangon Cardinal: Myanmar has a moral duty to resolve the Rohingya crisis by Charles Maung Bo* 139 mass graves of migrants discovered in Malaysia, scattered in 28 fields near the border with Thailand. In a letter Card. Charles Bo recalls the obligation to assist these modern boat people to regain their dignity and rights. The cardinal speaks of "agony" of inhuman proportions and calls on all citizens to work together to resolve this emergency.
05/25/2015RUSSIA Russia faces debate on the legalization of polygamy After the marriage between a Chechen police chief and a minor, who he took as his second wife, an official close to Kadyrov intends to "regularize" the practice, already widespread in the Muslim majority Russian Caucasus. The Kremlin keeps a low profile, while the Church defends Chechnya: "Media attack" launched by opponents of the traditional family.