Nepal Today

Saturday, March 16, 2013

CAPITAL’S SUNDAY MORNING TEMPERATURE 12 DEGREES CELSIUS Kathmandu, 17 March: Capital’s Sunday morning temperature at seven was 12 degrees Celsius. Mercury is expected to rise of 30 degrees later in the day. Nnnn DIPAK RAJ GIRI, DIPASHRI BIIRAULA CE;EBRATE AN ACHIEVEMENT Kathmandu, 17 March: Dipak Raj Giri and Dipashri Niraula held a reception in the capital Saturday to mark the release of 500th edition of their popular humour/ satire Tito Satya their capital. “There were many ups and downs in 18 years. If we hadn’t understood each other, we probably wouldn’t have cone this far,” the popular pair said. Their programmes have been broadcast over radio and television. Nnnn SOUTH AFRICAN CARDINAL SAYS PEDOPHILIA NO CRIME Kathmandu, 17 March: A South African cardinal who helped elect Pope Francis this week has told the BBC pedophilia is an illness and not a crime, Reuters reports From Johannesburg . Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier, the Catholic Archbishop of Durban, told BBC Radio 5 on Saturday that pedophilia was a "disorder" that needed to be treated. "From my experience, pedophilia is actually an illness. It's not a criminal condition, it's an illness," he said. Napier said he knew of at least two priests who became pedophiles after they were abused as children. "Now don't tell me that those people are criminally responsible like somebody who chooses to do something like that. I don't think you can really take the position and say that person deserves to be punished. He was himself damaged." The Catholic Church has had its image deeply tarnished by a widespread child sex abuse scandal. Napier was one of the 115 cardinals in the Vatican conclave that elected Pope Francis on Wednesday, the BBC reported. The first non-European pope in nearly 1,300 years, Francis has signaled a sharp change of style from his predecessor, Benedict, for the 1.2-billion-member Church, which is beset by scandals, intrigue and strife. He said on Saturday the church should be poor and remember that its mission is to serve the poor. nnnn


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