04/23/2014INDONESIA 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...
04/22/2014NEPAL 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.
04/22/2014BANGLADESH 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."
04/22/2014INDIA 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."
04/22/2014VIETNAM 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.
04/22/2014KOREA-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.
04/22/2014MYANMAR 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.
04/22/2014TAIWAN 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.
04/22/2014INDIA 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".
04/22/2014BRUNEI-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.
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!
AsiaNews wishes all our friends and readers a Happy Easter 2014