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  • 23/01/2018 - INDIA

    The Sehal Christ Church attacked on January 16. Hindu fanatics wanted to "avenge" the alleged murder of a woman "forcibly converted ". Sajan K George: "In the Indian state, Christians are between the anvil and the hammer of nationalists and Muslims".


    by Nirmala Carvalho

    22/01/2018 - VATICAN – PERU

    Pope in Peru: Jesus is the antidote to the globalization of indifference


    Francis celebrated his last Mass in Peru before returning to Rome before 1.3 million people. In his address, he urged them not to flee, but to resist the temptation to hide from "daily situations of pain and injustice". He also noted that “Jesus invites his disciples to experience in the present a taste of eternity: the love of God and neighbour. He does this the only way he can, God’s way, by awakening tenderness and love of mercy.”


    22/01/2018 - INDIA

    Tamil Nadu, Pentecostal pastor found hanged. He had received threats

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Rev. Gideon Periyaswamy was 43 and led the Maknayeem church. He converted 25 years ago from Hinduism. In the past he had been harassed and humiliated. The Hindus "were not happy with the increase of the Christian faithful".


    21/01/2018 - VATICAN - PERU

    Pope in Peru: Young people, the heart can’t be “photoshopped”, because that’s where real love is found


    At the Angelus in the Plaza de Armas, Pope Francis calls on young people to follow Jesus with all of themselves, without discouragement, in the example of St. Martin of Porres, the half-caste saint. Silent prayer for peace in the Republic of the Congo. To the bishops, the example of St. Turibius of Mogrovejo, an indefatigable evangelizer: "Today we would call him a 'street bishop'". To the contemplative religious the invitation to pray for the unity of the Peruvian Church.


    21/01/2018 - VATICAN - PERU

    Pope in Peru: Combat violence against women


    In the Marian celebration in Trujillo, Francis speaks of Mary, "a mestiza Mother, because in her heart all races find a place, for love seeks out every possible way to love and to be loved". He recommends priests and consecrated to remember the moment of their vocation to be, like the apostles, bearers of joy and builders of community.


    20/01/2018 - VATICAN - PERU

    Pope in Peru: before the 'storms' of life, always trust in Jesus


    Francis in Trujillo, the second city of the country, hit last year by floods due to the "Niño costiero". "There are things, as you well know, that can not be improvised and much less are bought. The soul of a community is measured by how it manages to come together to face times of difficulty and adversity, in order to keep hope alive".


    19/01/2018 - VATICAN – PERU

    Pope in Peru: Defending the Amazon, its land, its culture and above all its people


    Francis met today indigenous people whose land is threatened by business interests but also vy the type of conservationism that has no place for people. “I consider it essential to begin creating institutional expressions of respect, recognition and dialogue with the native peoples, acknowledging and recovering their native cultures, languages, traditions, rights and spirituality.”


    19/01/2018 - INDIA

    Chhattisgarh withdraws law that would have allowed the seizure of tribal lands


    The legislation was dropped following protests by indigenous groups. The Church is on the side of the poor. Tribals make up about 28 per cent of the State’s population. About 15 per cent of India’s steel is produced in the State.


    19/01/2018 - INDIA

    Vasai, Week of prayer for Christian unity "for the conversion of hearts"

    by Felix Machado*

    More than 1500 faithful of different Christian denominations gathered in common prayer. "In the name of Jesus we are called to overcome all the challenges of division". "The unity of the Christian family is the key to unity in the human family and peace in the world".


    18/01/2018 - VATICAN - CHILE

    Pope in Chile: This land surrounded by the driest desert knows how to put on party clothes


    At the final Mass of his visit to Chile, at the Campus Lobito in Iquique, Pope Francis prayed for "the integration of peoples" in an region that has know emigration and immigration. He called on people to be like servants at Cana – “they too are part of the miracle” – and take care of the poor and those who have a "watered down" life. He crowned the statue of Our Lady of Carmel (Virgen de la Tirana), patron saint of Chile, and received a crosier and a cross made of salt crystals.


    18/01/2018 - INDIA

    Winter Cricket Cup to keep kids away from drugs in Miao diocese


    Some 18 teams are involved in the sporting competition, which will last until 25 January. Organisers envisage holding the event on an annual basis. The “lack of guidance and a suppressed need to get recognised” are the main cause of drug addiction.


    18/01/2018 - VATICAN - CHILE

    Pope in Chile: to young people, always be "connected" to Jesus


    Francis reflects on the importance of always being connected online for young people today, so they don’t feel out of touch, disoriented, in a bad mood. With faith it is the same, "when we remain without this 'connection' that gives life to our dreams, the heart begins to lose strength". Call for Catholic Universities to propose a renewed humanism to today’s "liquid society", one that avoids falling into any kind of reductionism.


    18/01/2018 - INDIA

    Tamil Nadu, five gored to death in the 'Jallikattu' bull race


    The victims were watching the sporting event. Indian bullfighting is considered the oldest sport of modern times. The bullfighters do not use weapons, unlike the Spanish bullfighters.


    17/01/2018 - INDIA

    Ranchi: clergyman beaten by Hindu radicals, but most Indians are against violence


    Anti-Christian violence is orchestrated by extreme right-wing nationalist groups. “What is under attack is the pluralism of Indian society!”


    17/01/2018 - VATICAN - CHILE

    Pope in Chile: unity is not about being the same, but about reconciling diversity


    Francis celebrated Mass dedicated to the progress of peoples in a region where the Mapuche people still view themselves as victims of oppression and discrimination that have reduced their number. "The unity that our peoples need" comes from their recognition and solidarity. We “must abandon the notion that there are higher or lower cultures.”


    17/01/2018 - VATICAN

    Card Filoni celebrates the feast of Fr Paolo Manna at PIME in Rome

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    The Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples met PIME missionaries and the Missionaries of the Immaculate. Without proclamation the mission reduces the Church's work to that of an NGO.  The mission ad gentes must be reawakened. A Missionary Month will be held in 2019.


    16/01/2018 - VATICAN – CHILE

    Pope in Chile: The Beatitudes are a 'new day' for those who continue to look to the future


    In his first mass, Francis said that Jesus “shakes us out of that negativity, that sense of resignation that makes us think we can have a better life if we escape from our problems” through consumerism. Peace is sown by reaching out to those who face difficulties, those who have not been treated as people.


    16/01/2018 - VATICAN - CHILE

    Pope in Chile: the future depends on ability to listen to the voice of the people


    Francis, on arriving in Santiago, meets with the authorities of the country states that "it is not possible to settle for what has already been achieved in the past and stop to enjoy it so that this situation leads us to disavow that many of our brothers still suffer from injustice that they call us all". The request for forgiveness for the "irreparable damage caused to children by ministers of the Church".


    16/01/2018 - INDIA

    Madhya Pradesh, Hindu prayers in Catholic schools: a nationalist leader arrested (Video)

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Upadhesh Rana is the head of the Vishwa Sanathan Sangh. The St. Mary Post Graduate College defended by more than 500 policemen. The St. Paul Convent School in the district of Ratlam attacked and vandalized by members of the Shri Rajput Karni Sena.


    15/01/2018 - INDIA

    Hindu radicals against Catholic school in Madhya Pradesh

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The St Joseph Convent School in Namli is run by the Sisters of St Joseph of Chambery. After two students were reprimanded because of unruliness, nationalists slammed the nuns for “anti-national” behaviour.


    15/01/2018 - VATICAN – CHILE

    On his way to Chile, pope gives journalists a picture of the 'Nagasaki child'


    Francis left Rome at 8:55 am and will arrive in Santiago, Chile at 8.10 pm. The picture, taken after the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in 1945, shows a child carrying his dead brother on his shoulders.


    14/01/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: Seeking Jesus, meeting Jesus, following Jesus is the way


    During the Angelus, Pope Francis said that World Day of Migrants and Refugees will now be celebrated on the second Sunday of September, the next one being on 8 September 2019. “It is not enough to construct an image of God based on hearsay; we must go in search of the Divine Master and discover where He lives,” he said. The “role of a real witness [. . .] is fundamental,” he added, stressing the need to “overcome a religious practice that is habitual and obvious”. Lastly, the pontiff asked the faithful to pray for his visit to Chile and Peru, which starts tomorrow.


    14/01/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: Migrants and local communities encountering Christ without fear


    Pope Francis celebrated Mass for World Day of Migrants and Refugees before thousands of believers, priests and choirs from African, Asian, Latin American. Around the altar of Confession stood the flags of the 49 countries from which migrants, refugees and asylum seekers have come. For the pope, it is urgent "to welcome, to know, and to acknowledge the other". For refugees it means "respecting the laws, the culture and the traditions of the countries that take them in." For host communities, this requires opening up “without prejudices to their rich diversity”. Host communities and refugees hold “fears”, but “Having doubts and fears is not a sin. The sin is to allow these fears to determine our responses”.


    13/01/2018 - VATICAN – CHILE

    Churches attacked on the eve of Pope Francis's trip to Chile and Peru


    Three churches in Santiago, Chile have been firebombed. In a fourth case, an explosive device was defused in time. This is the first time that a protest against Francis takes place over an apostolic trip. Pedophile priests and indigenous peoples in the Amazon are important problems. About 1.2 million people are expected in Santiago.  


    12/01/2018 - INDIA – NEPAL

    Three Nepali Christians arrested in Uttar Pradesh for spreading Christianity


    The charges against them include using offensive language against Hindu gods. Among Evangelicals, other religions are often seen in totally negative terms.


    12/01/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: prayer is born of faith and 'courage'


    It takes courage to "get to the Lord" and courage to "challenge the Lord" like the leper who said to Jesus: "If you want you can heal me". "The Lord has told us: 'Ask and it will be given to you’. We also take this Word and we trust, but always with faith and putting ourselves at stake. This is the courage that Christian prayer has. If a prayer is not courageous it is not Christian".


    11/01/2018 - CHINA – VATICAN

    The ten most important news stories for the Chinese Church in 2017

    by Peter Peng

    The year saw the passing of a number of individuals who defended the freedom of the Church, people like Mgr Luke Li Jinfeng and Fr Sun Zhenhua. It also saw Mgr Ma Daqin’s U-turn and his return to the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, and action to stop the demolition of a church in Wangcun. Above all, it was the year of 97 priestly ordinations in the official Church and a certain number in the underground community, a year of “difficulties and challenges” but also “opportunities and hope".


    11/01/2018 - INDIA

    The Dalits no longer tolerate hegemony of ruling castes

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    In Maharashtra the former untouchables block the city of Mumbai. Hindu radicals "try to repress them with violence because they do not believe in the equality of people". About 201 million Dalits live in India, out of a population of 1.2 billion.


    10/01/2018 - INDIA

    Hindu radical accuses Christianity of destroying the environment

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    A Hindu fair was held in Gujarat from 5 to 8 January bringing together 315 Hindu organisations. The extremist S Gurumurthy claims that Christianity has no "reverence for nature". For Syriac Christian leader, such a view sows “seeds of suspicion and division in people against the Christian community.”


    10/01/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: silence during mass to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit


    In the Mass, after the Penitential Act, our prayer takes a particular form in the oration called the 'Collect'. "With the invitation" pray ", the priest exhorts the people to gather with him in a moment of silence, in order to become aware of being in the presence of God and bring out, each one in their own heart, their personal intentions for Mass ".






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    CHINA – VATICAN
    The Vatican asks legitimate bishops to step aside in favour of illegitimate ones

    John Baptist Lin

    Last December, Mgr Peter Zhuang Jianjian of Shantou (Guangdong) was forced to go to Beijing where "a foreign prelate" from the Vatican asked him to leave his see to illicit bishop Joseph Huang Bingzhang. He had received the same request last October. Mgr Joseph Guo Xijin, ordinary bishop of Mindong, is expected to become the auxiliary or coadjutor of illicit Bishop Vincent Zhan Silu. Sinicizing the Chinese Church means supporting the principle of independence and follow the leadership of the Communist Party.


    VATICAN - PERU
    Pope in Peru: Young people, the heart can’t be “photoshopped”, because that’s where real love is found



    At the Angelus in the Plaza de Armas, Pope Francis calls on young people to follow Jesus with all of themselves, without discouragement, in the example of St. Martin of Porres, the half-caste saint. Silent prayer for peace in the Republic of the Congo. To the bishops, the example of St. Turibius of Mogrovejo, an indefatigable evangelizer: "Today we would call him a 'street bishop'". To the contemplative religious the invitation to pray for the unity of the Peruvian Church.


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