10/13/2015INDIA India’s Hindutva-centred fundamentalist slide is a "shame and dishonour" for the country Members of the right-wing Shiv Sena party ink attacked Sudheendra Kulkarni. Police brutally beat three Pentecostal Christians in their custody after Hindu radicals accused them of forced conversions. For Sajan K George, "The missionaries were humiliated by the same people who were tasked to protect them." New Delhi (AsiaNews) – Hindutva inspired sectarian violence and fundamentalism reared their ugly head again this week, despite condemnation from the Indian president and various Indian intellectuals.
10/12/2015VATICAN Synod: accompanying families as Jesus did with the disciples in Emmaus Today, the work groups discussed the second part of the Instrumentum laboris. Some proposed a day of prayer and adoration for marriage and the family. Others suggested a "catechumenate as part of marriage preparation with witnesses, and not only experts. Participants mentioned Asia Bibi and Coptic martyrs. Questions about the final report and a letter by 13 cardinals to the pope were mentioned at the briefing.
10/12/2015NEPAL Nepal elects Communist Sharma Oli as prime minister by Christopher Sharma He stood against outgoing Prime Minister Sushil Koirala. During his campaign, he pledged to lead the country’s reconstruction following its recent earthquake and resolve the diplomatic and economic crisis with India. India and China sent congratulations.
10/12/2015INDIA Mumbai: special blessing for pets reflects “Laudato sì” by Nirmala Carvalho For 15 years, Fr. Joseph D'Souza presided over the ceremony in memory of St. Francis of Assisi. Laudato sì "invites us to an safeguard ecology, to reflect on the relationship between humans and animals." The blessing appreciated even by non-Catholics. A special prayer for sick animals.
10/11/2015VATICAN – TURKEY Pope: Great sorrow over the "terrible massacre that occurred in Ankara, Turkey" During the Angelus, Pope Francis asks for a silent prayer in memory of the victims of the twin bombing in the Turkish capital that killed at least 95 deaths. Speaking about “Jesus’ three gazes with regards to ‘The Rich Man’ and the disciples, the pontiff said, “Money, pleasure, and success dazzle, but then let down”. Addressing “young people, young women and young men who are in the streets,” he asks, “Have you felt Jesus' gaze on you? What do you say to that?” He noted that this Tuesday, 13 October, is International Day for Disaster Reduction. Yesterday, he sent a telegram to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
10/10/2015NEPAL Nepal on the brink of civil war as India’s embargo unleashes hatred against Modi by Christopher Sharma Members of the Madhese community have attacked and robbed Nepalis and Indians trying to cross the border for the Hindu festival of Dashain. The minority is retaliating for the government’s failure to meet its constitutional demands. Modi is ridiculed in a prayer at Nepal’s most important Hindu temple. Bomb explodes in the Buddha’s birthplace, without victims. An ambulance is set on fire.
10/09/2015VATICAN Synod: today’s families are subject to many negative forces, but they also offer many shining examples No one should expect the Synod on the Family to say anything on “how to change the doctrine,” said Card Tagle; however, everyone can expect to know how the latter “can heal and support families”. The reports of the 13 work groups present their concerns and hopes, calling for a less negative vision and more theological references. The “equal dignity of man and woman has evangelical roots,” one report says. For many, gender theory is ideological in nature. Everyone expresses solidarity for persecuted Christian families.
10/09/2015INDIA Mother Teresa's sisters: no to adoptions to single or divorced by Nirmala Carvalho From 1 August orphanages run by the Missionaries of Charity have blocked practices. Sister Bressila: "But we will continue to take care of children, following the mission of Mother Teresa." Card. Toppo: "Children are not objects, each of them is a precious gift from God. The sisters want to make sure that children grow up in a good family environment and have a joyful future - just as they would with biological parents."
10/09/2015VATICAN Pope: "caution and discernment", because "the Devil is hidden" and "always tries to deceive" If "he has been kicked out" he has "patience, and waits to return", “he arrives with his polite friends, knocks on the door, asks permission to come in and come and live with a person and become part of his or her daily life and, drop by drop, gives instructions. " With "this mannerly way" the devil convinces him to "do things with relativism", reassuring consciousness.
10/08/2015VATICAN Synod: the West must “not forget the Christians in the Middle East,” says Patriarch Younan Responding to a question about a “hermeneutic of conspiracy” attributed to the pope, Vatican spokesman Fr Lombardi said, “Clearly, the concept is that we should not believe in conspiracies. We should see the Synod as a process of exchange, and communication, taking place in peace and sincerity, not as something driven by special interests or attempts to manipulate".
10/08/2015INDIA Intellectuals condemn beef lynching as Modi boosts Hindutva Writer Nayantara Sahgal and poet Ashok Vajpeyi return the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award. Indian president and Home minister speak out for diversity, tolerance and plurality in India. Politicians from the Bharatiya Janata Party instead make statements fomenting sectarian hate. The prime minister tightens beef export controls. Opposition parties, particularly Congress, fail to counter sectarian violence in the country.