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Indian prime minister insults the nation

 

HONG KONG (SE): “The mindless atmosphere of negativity and pessimism that is sought to be created over the issue of corruption can do us no good,” said the prime minister of India, Manmohan Singh, on October 10, in condemning a widespread protest movement running under the theme of India Against Corruption.

Singh’s outburst has prompted people to question exactly what good he expects corruption will do for the nation.

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Dreaming of a liturgy where people feel the living God in their midst

 

MIRI (SE): The Sixteenth Asia Liturgy Forum began in Miri, Sarawak, in East Malaysia, on October 16 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, as the purpose of the forum is to incorporate its spirit into the liturgies of the Asian Church.

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There is no honour in the death penalty

 

HONG KONG (SE): The death sentence was handed down in New Delhi, India, on October 6 to five people convicted of the murder of a couple who had made a decision to marry outside of their own caste or religious group.

What is referred to in India as honour killing has been dealt with severely by India’s highest courts in recent years.

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Prayer for five continents promotes mission and faith

 

TAIPEI (SE): Taiwan moved towards World Mission Day this year with the release of a Prayer for the Five Continents at the beginning of October.

Falling on the second last Sunday in October, the day was celebrated this year on October 21.

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Tribute to Vietnamese cardinal 10 years after death

VATICAN (CWNews.com): A secretary from the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Bishop Mario Toso, has paid tribute to the François-Xavier Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuán a decade after his death.

Born in 1928, Cardinal Nguyen was appointed coadjutor bishop of Saigon six days before the 30 April 1975 fall of the city to the communist invasion in 1975.

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Who supports who in Syria?

DAMASCUS (CWNews.com): The government of Bashar Hafez al-Assad is claiming that a Jesuit priest, Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, who was expelled from Syria in June, was sympathetic toward Al Qaida terrorists.

The state news agency, SAN, says in a press release on September 21 that the Italian missionary, who had lived for over 30 years in Syria, “Took part in the media disinformation campaign against Syria.”

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Government land gifted to sisters’ school in Pakistan

KARACHI (SE): “The creation of a new state has placed a tremendous responsibility on the citizens of Pakistan,” Ishrat ul Ebad, the governor of the Sindh, said, quoting the first message uttered on the day of the founding of the nation, 15 August 1947, by the father of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, at an August 31 ceremony in Hyderabad bestowing land and housing upon 30 tribal family victims of recent floods.

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Dictator’s Catholic daughter may not be blessing for Korea

SEOUL (UCAN): Korean presidential candidate, Park Geun-hye, the daughter of former dictator and henchman, Park Chung-hee, apologised for the gross abuses of human rights committed during her father’s regime on September 24.

Sixty-year-old Park, who is the ruling party’s candidate in the upcoming election in December, could become South Korea’s first woman president. She currently leads the opinion polls.

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Church in Pakistan calls for action over blasphemous movie

FAISALABAD (AsiaNews): On September 15, the Catholic Church formally expressed its sympathy with the Muslim people in the country as protests erupted in several cities in Pakistan against what has been termed the blasphemous movie, Innocence of Muslims.

The Diocesan Commission for Interreligious Dialogue in Faisalabad called a press conference at the curia, which was attended by more than 50 prominent figures in the religious world, both Christian and Muslim.

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China repeats denial of torture claim

SEOUL (Agencies): China has again denied a claim by a Seoul-based Korean human rights advocate, Kim Young-hwan, that he was tortured during detention in China early this year, The Korea Times reported the Department of Foreign Affairs in Seoul as saying on September 6.

Beijing reiterated its stance during an annual meeting of consular officials from the two nations held in the Chinese capital on September 5, a spokesperson for the foreign ministry, Cho Tai-young, said at a press conference.

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