04/28/2015VATICAN – NEPAL Pope's solidarity for Nepal’s quake victims Through Cor Unum, Francis is making a first contribution of US$ 100,000 to help the local Church meet the most urgent needs. Nepal’s prime minister warns the death toll could reach "at least 10,000”, adding that "The government is doing all it can for rescue and relief on a war footing”. Kathmandu (AsiaNews) – Pope Francis is sending an initial contribution of US$ 100,000 to the Nepali Church, to meet the immediate needs of the survivors of the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal last Saturday, this according to...
04/28/2015CHINA Kong Zhenlan, a mother to dozens of orphaned and abandoned children Since the 1970s, Kong opened her home to handicapped children and orphans in Qi County. For her, "Each of the kid is a little brother, a little Jesus.” Her faith inspired one of her own children, Father Fan, to follow the priestly vocation. For him, “We are all brothers and sisters, there is no difference.”
04/28/2015ISRAEL - PALESTINE - UN UN: Israel attacked schools in Gaza. Palestinian leader: now punish those responsible A UN inquiry accuses the Israeli army of targeting schools and civilians in the Gaza Strip. Prof. Sabella, a Catholic, speaks of overstepping the "red line" and the guilty must be brought to justice. The task of judging handed to an "independent UN body". Meanwhile, Israel continues its policy of settlements, undermining "prospects" for peace.
04/28/2015INDIA Hindu leader blames Nepal earthquake on eating beef by Nirmala Carvalho Sakshi Maharaj, from the ruling BJP, blamed Rahul Gandhi, from the opposition Congress Party, for the earthquake because he eats beef. According to Hinduism, cows are sacred. For the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), “The beef eating comment was aimed at minorities. It is a way of politicising religion.”
04/28/2015NEPAL Nepal: 8 million earthquake victims, and over 4 thousand dead The United Nations issues an updated toll. The wounded exceed 8 thousand. At least 1.4 million people have no food. In hospitals have treated a mere one thousand patients. The population denounces poor coordination among government agencies responsible for aid, recovery and rescue.
04/27/2015NORTH KOREA Pyongyang handing out extra food to families separated by the war Rice, eggs and liqueurs are among food items (along with propaganda badges), the government has handed out to North Koreans with relatives in South Korea. The regime wants to make them look healthier in view of possible family reunions, perhaps for the 70th anniversary of Korea’s independence from Japan.
04/27/2015NEPAL – ASIA Nepal earthquake: Church and international community coming to the aid of survivors The Italian Bishops’ Conference has pledged € 3 million in emergency medical assistance. The South Korean Church has allocated funds for the displaced. India, Pakistan and China are already on the ground. A Chinese airline has hiked ticket fares to evacuate its nationals. Israel is selective in its help, airlifting 25 children of surrogate mothers and gay couples.
04/27/2015VATICAN Card. Dziwsz: John Paul II, the Pope of young people, a man of prayer, contemplation and action The Archbishop of Krakow, historical secretary of Pope John Paul II, recalls the saint in Mass celebrated in St. Peter's Basilica to mark one year since canonization of the Polish Pope. He was the "Pope of Divine Mercy,", he said, something that binds him strongly to Pope Francis. For both the reality of divine and human mercy should be placed at the center of the life of the Church today".
04/27/2015MALAYSIA –ASEAN – CHINA A divided ASEAN takes a soft line against Beijing over South China Sea Filipino President Aquino slams China’s imperialist tendencies at sea, which he deems a “threat to the security and stability of the region”. Summit host Malaysian Prime Minister Razak soft-pedals the issue to avoid direct conflicts. Meanwhile, the association is working on a code of conduct whilst maintaining a non-confrontational approach to dispute resolution.