05/30/2015VATICAN Pope: Euthanasia and abortion, attacks on human life equal to war and terrorism Francis receives participants in the meeting sponsored by the Science and Life Association in audience: "I see your association as hands reaching out to other hands to sustain life." A just society "recognizes the primary right to life from conception to its natural end," but "must also go further and reflect on the use we make of it." Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Euthanasia, abortion, the migrant boat tragedies, death from malnutrition or at work, terrorism, war and violence are all "attacks on the sanctity of human life" over which a civilized society should...
05/29/2015INDIA Criticism of Modi forbidden: University expels a student club The Ambedkar Periyar Student Circle (APSC) is accused of "spreading hatred" against the Prime Minister criticizing his policies and the ongoing reconversions to Hinduism. An anonymous complaint from radical Hindus triggered the expulsion. The study group is inspired by the ideas of the Dalit BR Ambedkar, one of the "founding fathers" of India.
05/28/2015INDIA India: promises and realities of Modi’s Nationalist government (one year on) by Nirmala Carvalho Wada Na Todo Abhiyan (Wnta), a network of over 400 voluntary organizations all over the country, has compiled a report on the first 12 months in office of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Many campaigns and development programs have been launched, but with little effect on the population. Concerns over cuts to education and healthcare sector, areas crucial to the future of new generations. Increased violence against religious and social minorities.
05/28/2015VATICAN Pope: selfish, worldly or rigorous Christians, draw people away from Jesus There are three groups of Christians: those who instead of responding to the cry of the people asking for salvation distance them from Jesus because they only think about their "selfish" relationship with God, or because they worldly people or rigorists. And then there are Christians who really listen to the cry and live in accordance with their faith and help draw people closer to Jesus.
05/26/2015INDIA Bosco’s story or “the gift of sobriety through the mantle of Mary’s love” by Bosco Pereira Son of good Catholic parents, he started drinking at the age of 17. Alcohol took away his family, work, friends, and a girlfriend until he met Brother Cyril, who ran the Mary’s Clan rehab centre at the Basilica of Our Lady of Mount (Bandra). Bosco is now married, with two children and taken over the centre. "God doesn’t always promise you the things that you have lost, but definitely promises you all things new and beautiful."
05/26/2015VATICAN Pope: Christianity is a radical choice: you cannot have "heaven and earth" "It's sad to see a Christian, whether it’s a lay person, consecrated, priest, or bishop - it’s sad when you see he wants two things: to follow Jesus and worldly things, to follow Jesus and worldliness." Jesus does not promise riches to his apostles, but the legacy of the Kingdom of heaven "but with persecution, with the cross."
05/24/2015VATICAN For pope, the missionary dimension is in the Church’s very nature and is "intrinsic to all forms of consecrated life" "In Jesus’ command to ‘go forth’, we see the scenarios and ever-present new challenges of the Church’s evangelizing mission,” said Pope Francis in his message for World Mission Day. “All her members are called to proclaim the Gospel by their witness of life. In a particular way, consecrated men and women are asked to listen to the voice of the Spirit who calls them to go to the peripheries, to those to whom the Gospel has not yet been proclaimed.”