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    24/09/2016 - VATICAN – FRANCE

    In his meeting victims of the terrorist attack in Nice on 14 July and their relatives, Pope Francis encouraged religious groups to entertain fraternal relations and refuse hatred. As a token of the who were killed, the pope received the gift of 86 flowers. Some secularists and environmentalists criticised the meeting. Muslim and Jewish leaders express their appreciation.




    24/09/2016 - PAKISTAN – INDIA

    Lahore: Christians and Muslims stand for peace in Kashmir, against India-Pakistan skirmishes

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Activists appeal to the governments of the two countries to an end the war of words and solve peacefully the dispute. For the bishop of Faisalabad, war is no solution for culturally close countries. It is necessary to foster human rights and social justice to counter belligerent slogans.


    23/09/2016 - INDIA - PHILIPPINES

    "Couples for Christ", from the Philippines to Odisha give strength to Catholic families

    by p. Purushottam Nayak*

    A retreat for the enrichment of marriage was held in Bhubaneshwar. Five members of ‘Couples for Christ from the Philippines and two from Bangalore, Karnataka, led the event. The lay movement was established in Manila in 1981. It obtained Vatican recognition in 2005 as a private international association for lay faithful.


    23/09/2016 - ASIANEWS SYMPOSIUM

    Mother Teresa, Mercy for Asia and for the world (VIDEO)


    We publish the video recordings of the presentations made at the international symposium organised by AsiaNews on 2 September. In order of appearance: Fr Ferruccio Brambillasca, PIME Superior General; Card Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation of Propaganda Fide; Sr Mary Prema, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity; Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, postulator of the Cause of Mother Teresa; Card Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai; Fr John A. Worthley, on the influence of Mother Teresa in China; a witness to the influence of Mother Teresa in the Islamic world; and Mgr Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia.


    22/09/2016 - INDIA

    Some 10,000 students celebrate Mother Teresa with a "peace march" in Guwahati


    The students, including many non-Christians, come from 30 schools. The event was enlivened with posters, as well as white and blue balloons. About a thousand teachers took part in a seminar on the ‘Joy of giving’. People are “mostly non-Christian,” but everyone is “grateful for the work of the Missionaries of Charity,” archbishop says.


    22/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "greed, vanity and pride are the root of all evil"


    "Our soul can be consumed by two types of worry: a good one gifted us by the Holy Spirit, that spurs an anxious soul to do good things" and a "bad worry, one that is born of a guilty conscience".

     


    22/09/2016 - RUSSIA - VATICAN

    The Catholic-Orthodox Joint Commission reaches agreement on synodality and primacy

    by Nina Achmatova

    The announcement on website of Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations, on the eve of the closing of the Plenary Session in Chieti. Orthodox Russians hope that focus of dialogue will now turn to Uniate question.


    21/09/2016 - INDIA

    Pentecostal pastor and his wife beaten by Hindu extremists in Maharashtra

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Rev Prashant Bhatnagar was abducted, beaten, and threatened with death. One attacker urinated on his wounds. Unconscious, he was dumped on a road. His wife too endured physical and verbal abuse. Their “fault” was handing out leaflets about a religious service. A case has been filed against the attackers.


    21/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "If God has forgiven me why do I do not forgive others? Am I greater than God? "


    At the General Audience Francis says that "merciful love is the only way forward", "we must be more merciful, we must not speak ill of others, or tease others with criticism, with envy with jealousies, forgive, be merciful, live our life in love and give".

     


    21/09/2016 - INDIA

    Delhi, teacher fatally stabbed 20 stab times amid complete indifference of passers-by (VIDEO)


    The victim's name was Karuna and she was 22 years old. She had been stalked for a year by her neighbor who then murdered her. The woman died under the eyes of dozens of passers-by, who did nothing to stop the aggressor. It is the third attack in the capital in 48 hours.


    20/09/2016 - ITALY – VATICAN

    Pope in Assisi says "Peace alone, and not war, is holy"


    "In war, everyone loses, including the victors" is the message that ended the day in Assisi where religious leaders of most of the world prayed again for peace. “We do not have weapons. We believe, however, in the meek and humble strength of prayer.” In the appeal for peace 2016, men and women of various religions called for “encounters through dialogue, [. . .] to oppose every form of violence and abuse of religion which seeks to justify war and terrorism


    20/09/2016 - ITALY – VATICAN

    Pope in Assisi says Christians should live close "to those who are now living crucified"


    Francis says his meditation at the ‘Thirst for Peace: Faiths and Cultures in Dialogue’ meeting. "The victims of war, which sullies people with hate and the earth with arms, plead for peace; our brothers and sisters, who live under the threat of bombs and are forced to leave their homes into the unknown, stripped of everything, plead for peace.”


    20/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: War is the work of evil, there is no "god of war"


    At Mass celebrated before leaving for Assisi, Francis says that religions, overcoming their divisions, are to pray for peace in the common belief that "God is peace." ". "We frightened" by "some act of terrorism" but "this has nothing to do with what happens in those countries, in those lands where the bombs fall and fall day and night" and "kill children, old, men, women…".


    20/09/2016 - INDIA

    Card. Gracias: United with the Pope in prayer for peace, in India and around the world

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Today the universal Church is united with the Pope, who has asked that September 20 become a "world day of prayer for peace". The archbishop of Mumbai is in Bangalore for a meeting of the Episcopal Conference of Bishops of the Latin rite, which he chairs. The Church in India "welcomes everyone, without discrimination." The work of Catholic health care facilities and education of young people.

     


    19/09/2016 - NEPAL

    Nepal: population is still divided on first anniversary of Constitution

    by Christopher Sharma

    The new Prime Minister Prachanda has invited everyone to celebrate the event. The parties of the madhese minority have instead launched a "Black Day", a counter-celebration in which they are ready to burn the fundamental text. The Nepalese prime minister in India to mend relations after the embargo. Foreign Minister: "We will no longer be influenced by Indian pressure."


    19/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Envy, strife and plotting evil hide the "light" of faith


    At Mass this morning Francis recalls Christ’s council: "Be children of light and not of darkness; guard the light that was given as a gift on the day of Baptism ". In all of us there is "a piece of mafia", “that takes advantage of the trust of others to plot evil."


    17/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Nuncios are "three way" missionaries


    Francis celebrates Mass in Santa Marta in the presence of the papal representatives from around the world, in Rome for the Jubilee. Their’s "is a vagabond’s life , constantly on the move. But you must remember three ways of going out: physically, culturally and spiritually. Never forget this ."


    17/09/2016 - NEPAL - INDIA

    Buddhist nuns pedal for 4 thousand kilometers against human trafficking


    The sisters belong to the Drukpa order and are experts in martial arts. This is why they are called "Kung Fu nuns". They crossed the Himalayas cycling and arrived in India. After the earthquake of 2015, the exploitation of women and children has increased. On their journey the nuns distributed food and medical care. 


    17/09/2016 - INDIA

    Msgr. Menamparampil: Dialogue always possible, even with Maoists


    A US research reports 791 attacks in India in 2015. 43% by the Naxalite insurgency, associated with the Maoists: they are fourth in the world rankings for violence. The other major terrorist groups are the Islamic State (931), Boko Haram (491) and the Taliban (1093). The apostolic administrator of Jowai speaks of  rebels motivations and the path to overcoming the difficulties.


    16/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope tells bishops to strive to make Mercy "pastoral"


    Francis met participants at the annual training course organised jointly by the Congregation for Bishops and the Congregation for Eastern Churches. Mercy is a "summary of what God offers to the world."


    16/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Christian logic is that of "the day after tomorrow", the resurrection of the body


    "We are afraid to accept and bear the ultimate consequences to the flesh of Christ. a spiritualistic piety is easier, a gossamer pietism; but to enter into the logic of the flesh of Christ, this is difficult. And this is the logic of the day after tomorrow. We will be resurrected as Christ is risen, with our flesh".


    16/09/2016 - INDIA

    Goa, Christians against tourism plan that "destroys people and resources"


    The local government has approved the "Goa Tourism Master Plan and Policy 2016". It will beach resorts for daytime leisure and nighttime entertainment for holidaymakers. "The plan only considers the promotion of trade and profits." Unbridled tourism has already caused river pollution, poisoning fish. "The casino culture has destroyed families".

     


    16/09/2016 - INDIA

    The Indian Church "committed to strengthening the family"

    by Santosh Digal

    Fr. Milton Gonsalves is the executive secretary of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India Latin Rite Commission for Family. Since 2014 he has been traveling around the country to learn about the reality of families. There are two main problems in India: not enough space to spirituality in family life and alcoholism. Common manual for pre-marriage courses, enrichment programs for spouses even after the wedding.


    15/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Jubilee of the papal nuncios begins today in the Vatican


    For three days, 106 papal representatives will take part in seminars and moments of spirituality. Francis will receive them on Saturday, but the diplomats will have more opportunities to meet with him. A Jubilee day will be held on 18 November for the nunciature employees.


    15/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: In a “world that suffers a great orphanhood,” we have a Mother that accompanies and defends us.


    In the current "crisis of a great orphahood", "We Christians have a Mother, the same as Jesus; we have a Father, the same as Jesus. We are not orphans. "

     


    15/09/2016 - TAIWAN - TIBET - CHINA

    Taiwan invites Dalai Lama and Beijing explodes warning of very serious consequences


    A Taipei deputy asks the Tibetan Buddhist leader to visit the island for a series of religious conferences. China reacts promising "disasters" over the Strait and warns: "Anyone who claims the 'from monaco wolf dressed' and its separatist is our enemy."

     


    15/09/2016 - INDIA

    Punjab, Christian hacked to death: "suspected" of having profaned a sacred Sikh text

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Balwinder Kaur suffered from mental retardation due to an electric shock. Last year she was reported to police for having entered a place of worship with her slippers on. She was struck several times below the knee and bled to death after four hours of agony.

     


    14/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "It is bad for the Church when pastors become princelings, grow distant from the people"


    "It is not the spirit of Jesus”, who  instead "reaches out to the humble, to the little ones, the poor, the needy, because he himself  became small and humble. He includes the poor and the suffering because He himself is poor and tried by pain". Those who pass through the Door of Mercy seek Jesus, the friendship of Jesus. "This path expresses the conversion of every disciple who endeavors to follow Jesus. And conversion is always a discovery of God's mercy."


    14/09/2016 - INDIA

    Nun in Kandhamal: the faith of persecuted Christians has strengthened my vocation

    by Santosh Digal

    Sister Santowna Singh belongs to the Congregation of the Servants of Mary. She professed her first vows in December 2008, as the Odisha pogroms by radical Hindus raged against Christians. The nun confirmed her choice on 8 September with 18 other sisters. After the massacres of Kandhamal, there was an exponential increase in vocations.


    14/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "It’s satanic to kill in God’s name"


    Francis celebrated Mass in suffrage for Father Jacques Hamel, killed July 26 in the church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, and the entire community of Rouen. "Today in the Church there are more Christian martyrs than in the early days. Today there are Christians who are murdered, tortured, imprisoned, slaughtered because they will not deny Jesus Christ".






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    ASIANEWS SYMPOSIUM
    Mother Teresa, Mercy for Asia and for the world (VIDEO)



    We publish the video recordings of the presentations made at the international symposium organised by AsiaNews on 2 September. In order of appearance: Fr Ferruccio Brambillasca, PIME Superior General; Card Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation of Propaganda Fide; Sr Mary Prema, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity; Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, postulator of the Cause of Mother Teresa; Card Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai; Fr John A. Worthley, on the influence of Mother Teresa in China; a witness to the influence of Mother Teresa in the Islamic world; and Mgr Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia.


    CHINA-VATICAN
    Beijing issues new, harsh draft regulations on religious activities

    Bernardo Cervellera

    Fines of up to 200 thousand yuan (27 thousand euro) for "illegal religious activities" by Catholic or other members of underground communities. "Illegal activities" include "dependence from abroad" (such as the relationship with the Vatican). The regulations preach non-discrimination, but party members are forbidden to practice their religion, even in private. Strict control of buildings, statues, crosses. Clampdown on the internet. It could be the end of the underground community.
     


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