03/07/2014PAKISTAN Faisalabad: hundreds of "white ribbons" to protest against violence against women by Shafique Kholkar On the eve of International Women's Day, hundreds of people march to demand an end to abuse in all its forms. They appeal to the government for "new laws" to protect women, who are discriminated in the family and the workplace. This battle is "cultural" as well as societal in a country that does not fully recognise equal rights for women. Faisalabad (AsiaNews)
- The government must adopt "new laws" to protect women, particularly
in cases of "domestic violence" or when abuses are committed by the "state
machine," in prison for example where government officials are the ones
who perpetrate the worst
crimes, this according to...
03/07/2014INDONESIA Moluccas: Fire destroys Ambonia’s Xaverian seminary by Mathias Hariyadi Short circuit believed to have sparked fire, however police initiate an investigation to ascertain the causes. The entire second floor destroyed. It housed rooms for seminarians and a prayer chapel. Students moved to rooms of the diocesan pastoral center.
03/06/2014UKRAINE - RUSSIA Crimea's Parliament asks to Join Russia A referendum date has been set for 16 March in violation of Ukraine's constitution, which provides for a pan-Ukrainian referendum. Christian leaders are united to defend the territorial integrity of the country, including Metropolitan Onufry, who has ties with the Moscow Patriarchate.
03/06/2014SRI LANKA Sister Clarice, a life dedicated to Sri Lanka's young and to converting by Melani Manel Perera The sister, 96, is a member of the Order of the Holy Family. Her "most important mission" was to stand by young men and women who worked in the Katunayake Free Trade Zone, exploited by their employers. Sister Clarice fondly remembers the hundreds of Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims to whom she taught catechism.
03/06/2014VATICAN Pope: Time of mercy, closeness to wounded for entire Church Encountering priests of the diocese of Rome, Francis says that “we must think of the Church today like a ‘field hospital'". "I always carry a small cloth pouch" containing a cross, in memory of a "great confessor", and when I have bad thoughts about someone my hand reaches for it". Confessors must be neither too "lax" nor too "rigorous".
03/06/2014THAILAND PIME missionary in Thailand looks at initiatives for the poor and support for catechumens at Lent For Fr Adriano Pelosin, parish priest in Pathumthani, the Church shows concern for the most marginalised sectors of society. From housing renovation in the slums to a shelter for abandoned children, solidarity expresses itself in a number of projects launched by the faithful. Next Sunday, the ceremony of the election of catechumens will include eight Iranian Muslims.
03/06/2014NEPAL - CHINA Kathmandu bans Tibetans from celebrating pro-independence uprising against China by Christopher Sharma Nepal's new, Congress-led government warns the exiled community that "protests would not be allowed, even if they are peaceful. People will be arrested." Tibetans all over the world still consider the 1959 insurrection an important moment in their history. China's crackdown gave birth to the Tibetan Diaspora, and forced the Dalai Lama to flee to India. For human rights activist, "This is not democracy."
03/06/2014INDIA Jharkhand, a Lenten "journey" among Mundari tribal by Nirmala Carvalho Lino Fernandes SFX, of the parish of Blessed Mother Teresa Siadih, will visit 45 families divided into 25 villages. In each he will officiate the sacrament of Reconciliation, will make the Way of the Cross and will teach catechism. "Evangelizing - he explains - means being involved in the development of every human being.