03/07/2014MALAYSIA - INDONESIA Kuala Lumpur, sentenced to death for having starved Indonesian domestic worker The Malaysian couple will be hanged. Because of being denied food the girl weighed only 26 pounds at the time of her death. The government controls encourage illegal immigration. At least 2 million Indonesians working in Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur (AsiaNews /
Agencies) - The High Court in Malaysia has sentenced a Malaysian husband and
wife to death by hanging, for having starved their Indonesian maid to death.
The judge ruled that Fong Kong
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 bag" with 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 "lax" nor "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.
03/06/2014INDONESIA Catholics aid displaced in Sinabung volcano eruption, forgotten by the government by Mathias Hariyadi Thanks to a fundraiser sponsored by the Indonesian community in Italy, a group of Catholic Kbkk volunteers provide medical and psychological care. Now the goal is to distribute seeds to farmers, to restart the crops. Reviving the spirit of solidarity among the Indonesians in Italy and in Europe.
03/06/2014CHINA Tiananmen Square, a woman attempts to set herself on fire during the NPC Between 30 and 40 years of age, of unknown identity, burns not life threatening suffered mainly on her face. The protest coincided with the opening of the annual session of the "Chinese Parliament ." Motives behind the gesture unknown: Beijing’s symbolic square is increasingly the scene of demonstrations and violent acts against the government.
03/05/2014MALAYSIA - ISLAM Kuala Lumpur: court adjourns trial on the disputed use of the word Allah The Federal Court heard the parties' arguments but adjourned the case "to a later date." For the first time, a panel of seven judges will settle a civil matter. Outside the courthouse, hundreds of Muslim protesters tried to put pressure on the judges. Herald editor says Christians fast and pray for a favourable ruling.