Two deputies of the Religious Right proposed a law that criminalises any form of "proclamation" of Jesus, imprisonment from one to two years. Patriarchal Vicar: worries "the general climate", "vicious circle" involving Israelis and Palestinians. Fears of loss of "flow of pilgrims". Netanyahu promises to block the law (not to lose consensus among US evangelicals).

For the Department of Labour, it is “too easy” for domestic workers to change jobs. Workers’ rights advocates reiterate that changing job is a right and is difficult to do.  Domestic workers, who are mostly women from Indonesia and the Philippines, are 5 per cent of the population.


| 22/03/2023
by Nirmala Carvalho

A mob instigated by Bajrang Dal extremists block a funeral procession. Police had to intervene to allow the family to bury their loved one on their own private land.

| 22/03/2023

Back in 2015, more than 75 per cent of Asia lacked was water insecure. Water insecurity affects mainly China, South Asia and the urban areas of Southeast Asia. Meanwhile, Asia represents about half of the global bottled water market, a factor that discourages investment in public infrastructure.


| 22/03/2023

Russia’s leader highlights the building of the Power of Siberia 2 pipeline by 2030, but China keeps it out of the final declaration. While willing to buy more Russian gas at discounted prices, Beijing also wants to keep its traditional suppliers. The Chinese are already in talks with the Turkmens for another pipeline.

| 22/03/2023

An appeal to mark an international conference on this "primary good" which opens in New York at the general audience. One year after the consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the invitation to repeat the gesture singularly on the solemnity of the Annunciation. In the catechesis the relevance of Paul VI's words on Christian witness in "Evangelii Nuntiandi".

| 22/03/2023
by Fady Noun

Card. Raï in the middle of Holy Week will welcome Christian MPs to Harissa. But from the Vatican and in public opinion the expectations are modest. Among the bishops there is the fear of a loss of prestige and authority for the Maronite primate in the event of failure. The resumption of relations between Tehran and Riyadh could facilitate consensus around a name.

| 22/03/2023
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“L’Asia: ecco il nostro comune compito per il terzo millennio!” - Giovanni Paolo II, da “Alzatevi, andiamo”