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    24/08/2016 - INDIA – VATICAN

    The apostolic administrator in Jowai met the future saint in 1958, when he was in the seminary. What struck him was the Mother’s devotion to others, especially the poorest. Faced with the irrational process that makes humans into consuming machines, Mother Teresa cried out to the world the sacredness of the human person and soul.


    by Thomas Menamparampil*

    24/08/2016 - ITALY - VATICAN

    Mother Teresa is already a saint. Her canonization is for us and for the world (III)

    by Sebastian Vazhakala, MC

    Recognition of Mother Teresa's holiness serves as a stimulus for the Church and for the world. It is the beginning of a journey, an invitation to a spiritual deepening and to relive the Gospel as she lived it. Prayer and love are the most powerful weapons in the world, but they must not remain words: We need gestures and witnesses. Part three of Fr. Sebastian Vazhakala's story.


    24/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope cancels audience: Sorrow for earthquake victims in Italy


    Francis speaks to the pilgrims gathered in the square: "I express my great sorrow and closeness to all the people present in the places struck by the quake, to all the people who have lost loved ones and to those who still feel shock, fear and terror”. The Pope invites those present to recite the Sorrowful Mysteries. The tremors that devastated the Rieti area, were felt worst in Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto. 21 are confirmed dead, but many are still missing.


    24/08/2016 - INDIA

    Varanasi, as Ganges overflows, the dead cremated on rooftops


    Rains fall relentlessly for over two months. In Uttar Pradesh they have killed 40 people and forced at least another 100 thousand to flee their homes. For Hindus, a funeral rite on the banks of the sacred river frees the body from the cycle of rebirth.


    23/08/2016 - INDIA

    Mgr Barwa: the "martyrdom" of Kandhamal victims must be recognised

    by Santosh Digal

    The archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar calls on the Indian Church to celebrate Kandhamal Victims Day on 30 August. For him, “such violence should never take place” again. The Odisha government has said that it would also pay compensation for churches.


    23/08/2016 - FRANCE - ISLAM

    Young Muslim: I am very pessimistic about a reform of Islam

    by Kamel Abderrahmani

    For centuries Islam has been closed in on itself creating a "holy ignorance" that blocks all introspection and development. Islamic "clergy" and the Arab states contributing to this stagnation, in their push to make Islam the state religion. Many intellectuals, thinkers, religious trying to reform Islam are hunted, persecuted, expelled, their works banned.


    23/08/2016 - ITALY - VATICAN

    Mother Teresa: Bring Jesus to the poor and the poor to Jesus. Revelations and visions (II)

    by Sebastian Vazhakala, MC

    "Will you refuse to do this for me?" Is the question that Jesus put to Mother Teresa of Calcutta in one of her mystical experiences. The life of the future saint was her response to this question. Fr. Sebastian Vazhakala continues his narrative about the Mother of Calcutta. The strength of her experience, and that of all the Missionaries and the Missionaries of Charity, is assimilation to Jesus. Love to the very end, even in times of trial.


    23/08/2016 - INDIA

    Curfew in Kashmir: Children get to school thanks to volunteers


    The curfew has been in place for almost two months. The protests between separatists and security forces killed at least 60 people. Volunteers working in private homes, in mosques and reception rooms, after several couples have decided to postpone their wedding.


    22/08/2016 - INDIA

    New attacks against Christians in southern India

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    An Evangelical Christian is kicked and punched in Kerala. He was saved by friends, attracted by his shouts. Stones are thrown at a Pentecostal church in Karnataka. The faithful are living in fear, victims of violence perpetrated by Hindu ultra-nationalists.


    22/08/2016 - ITALY - VATICAN

    Fr. Sebastian: My vocation from an encounter with Mother Teresa (I)

    by Sebastian Vazhakala, MC

    As a student he was destined for a banking career, but was always dominated by the desire to be a missionary to the poor of India. His encounter with Calcutta and Mother Teresa changed his life. We speak to the first missionary of charity, co-founder along with the future saint of Calcutta, of the contemplative branch of the Missionaries. First in a series.


    21/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: The door of God's mercy is always wide open. For everyone!


    The goal, says Pope Francis before the Angelus prayer, "is Jesus himself. He leads us into fellowship with the Father, where we find love, understanding and protection. But why is this door is narrow? It is a narrow door not because it is oppressive, but because it asks us to restrict and limit our pride and our fear, to open ourselves with a humble and trusting heart to Him, recognizing ourselves as sinners, in need of his forgiveness. " An appeal for peace "in dear Turkey ".

     


    19/08/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Beloved by Muslims, Mother Teresa changed a bishop’s life

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The bishop of Faisalabad tells AsiaNews about his first meeting with the founder of the Missionaries of Charity. "I was about to be ordained priest, and was thrilled. She told that, that was ‘nice, but not enough. The world needs good priests'." Muslims respect her, an example for the world.


    19/08/2016 - INDIA

    Doubts surround death of a Protestant pastor healer, accused of black magic


    His center organized prayers and healings. Last February the manager was arrested , but the pastor had fled


    19/08/2016 - INDIA - VATICAN

    Official logo of Mother Teresa's canonization created in Mumbai

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Created by Karen nee D'Lima Vaswani, a Catholic from the parish of Our Lady of Victories in Mahim. She never personally met Mother Teresa, but it is full of admiration for her work. Sister Prema, the superior of the Missionaries of Charity, and Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, the postulator of the cause of canonization, have decided to adopt the logo for international use. Before, during and after creating the logo, Karen thanked and prayed to God.


    18/08/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    In China-Holy See talks, silence shrouds future of underground priests

    by Zhao Nanxiong

    Later this year, all priests must register to receive a certificate that allows them to exercise their ministry. But the request has to go through the Patriotic Association, whose statutes are "incompatible" with Catholic doctrine. Many priests, official and unofficial, now face an enormous dilemma.


    18/08/2016 - INDIA - VATICAN

    Orissa: Kandhamal victim, Sr. Meena Barwa, recalls Msgr. Cheenath

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The nun was raped and beaten during the anti-Christian pogrom of 2008. At the funeral of the archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar Sr Meena message sent a of gratitude for the support she received.


    17/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope set up new dicastery for the laity, the family and life


    After two months ‘ad experimentum’, Francis issues an Apostolic Letter setting up the new body with Mgr Kevin Joseph Farrell, currently bishop of Dallas, as its head. Mgr Paglia and Mgr Sequeri will be respectively the chancellor and president of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute. Mgr Paglia will also head the Pontifical Academy for Life. The Church is a "loving mother" who wants to walk in step with the times.


    17/08/2016 - INDIA

    Mumbai: ‘shepherd of the last’, Mgr Cheenath’s funeral celebrated

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The funeral was held in the Church of the Sacred Heart in the presence of thousands of faithful. After communion, Mgr John Barwa talked about his predecessor, calling him a “dynamic leader, who gave 42 years of life to serve us, the lost, the least and the last. [. . .] Thank you Archbishop Cheenath for All you have done for Orissa.”


    17/08/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Random thoughts on "imminent" China-Holy See relations

    by Cheng Zhi

    The author is a priest of the underground Church in China Eastern. A lot of media speak as if the agreements between Beijing and the Vatican were already ready. The problems of illegitimate bishops with lovers and children. Card. Tong and Card. Zen, separated only by optimism and pessimism. Doubts about the freedom that "the Chinese Empire" will grant the Church.


    16/08/2016 - INDIA - VATICAN

    Mother Teresa: Her contribution to humanity

    by P. Felix Raj

    Opposed, misinterpreted or misunderstood, Mother Teresa was always dominated by Christ's love for the dignity of every human being. A presence which generated change. The testimony of a Jesuit who met her.


    16/08/2016 - INDIA

    Card. Gracias: The Church is always an agent of reconciliation and peace in India

    by Card. Oswald Gracias

    On the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of Independence, celebrated yesterday, the Archbishop of Mumbai thanks God for the gifts granted to the Catholic community. The festival falls in the year of the Jubilee and Mother Teresa's canonization, a "special gift" for the whole world. The commitment of Catholics is dedicated to mutual understanding. Condemnation of forced proselytism but a firm request for freedom of religion and conscience.


    15/08/2016 - INDIA - VATICAN

    Msgr. Raphael Cheenath, Archbishop emeritus of Orissa's martyrs, has died

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    He died in Mumbai and not in Orissa because he had received death threats. He led the Church during the Kandhamal pogroms and fought for the rights of victims and survivors.


    15/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Assumption of Mary, the Magnificat and women "slaves". Appeal for North Kivu


    At the Angelus Pope Francis entrusts to the Virgin Mary and Christ "women overwhelmed by the weight of life and the drama of violence", the "women slaves of the arrogance of the powerful", the "little girls forced to do inhumane work" "women forced to surrender themselves in body and in spirit to the greed of men". "The shameful silence" on the massacres of "many innocent people that have no influence in politics or global public opinion."


    14/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: The Church does not need bureaucrats, but passionate missionaries


    At the Angelus, Pope Francis says there is always need in the Church for the "fire" of the Spirit who "makes us creative and encourages us to set out, to even walk on unexplored or inconvenient roads, offering hope to those we meet" . The invitation to "take five minutes and ask: How is my heart? Is it cold, warm or is able to receive this fire? ". Thanks to the "many priests and religious who, all over the world, are dedicated to the proclamation of the Gospel with great love and loyalty, often even at the cost of life." The memory of St. Maximilian Kolbe.


    11/08/2016 - INDIA

    Organ trafficking land five Mumbai doctors in jail


    Police in India’s economic capital stop phoney couple from going through organ donation. Private hospital CEO and medical director charged in the case.


    11/08/2016 - HONG KONG – ASIA

    Taizé, East Asia meeting of young people for "the mercy of courage"


    The gathering, which began yesterday, will end on Sunday, bringing together young people from Hong Kong, Macao, China, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan. In the case of China, participants will come from Guangdong, Hebei, and Beijing. The goal is to educate them to be bearers of mercy and peace in society.


    10/08/2016 - INDIA

    Indian Church marks "Black Day" against the discrimination of Dalits

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Rules discriminating against Christian and Muslims were adopted on 10 August 1950. The Bishops' Conference called on all Catholics to take part in demonstrations, candle vigils and hunger strikes to protest. For Card Gracias, the Christian community “does not require special favours; it wants justice and equality".


    10/08/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Continue China-Holy See dialogue, but defending Christians more (3)

    by AA.VV.

    The Chinese authorities want the legitimacy of their absolute control recognized. Trust in Pope Francis, "defender of the communion and unity of the Church". The third and final part of a series of comments on the recently published articles by Cardinal Tong and Cardinal Zen on dialogue between China and the Holy See.


    10/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: At the Holy Door, Jesus says "Arise!". "With my heart healed I do works of mercy"


    At the general audience in the Paul VI Hall, Pope Francis compares the miracle of the widow of Nain to the change every person undergoes passing through the Holy Door. "Drawing towards the Door of Mercy, everyone knows they are drawing close to the door of the merciful heart of God, of Jesus". “This is the door where the suffering of humanity encounters the compassion of God". From a change of "heart" to the "hands" that perform "acts of mercy". Holy Doors are both "inward" and "outward bound".


    09/08/2016 - INDIA – VATICAN

    Ranchi: Sister Mary Bernadette Prasad Kispotta, first tribal Servant of God


    The founder of the Congregation of the Daughters of St. Anne died in 1961, after a lifetime working to educate villagers. In November 2015, the first diocesan commission to vet her holiness was set up. in July came the 'nihil obstat' from the Holy See. For Card Toppo, “It is all God's mercy”.






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    CHINA - VATICAN
    In China-Holy See talks, silence shrouds future of underground priests

    Zhao Nanxiong

    Later this year, all priests must register to receive a certificate that allows them to exercise their ministry. But the request has to go through the Patriotic Association, whose statutes are "incompatible" with Catholic doctrine. Many priests, official and unofficial, now face an enormous dilemma.


    IRAQ
    Alqosh, despite the Islamic State, the Church celebrates the first communion of one hundred children



    On the feast day of the Assumption the whole community attended the function, celebrated by Mar Sako. For the patriarchal vicar, this is an historic moment for the frontier town long threatened by jihadists. The Chaldean primate calls on children to "contribute to the community." In Kirkuk His Beatitude opened a grotto dedicated to Our Lady.


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