22 February 2017
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  • 22/02/2017 - BANGLADESH

    Since 2010, about 1,500 people have died from lightning, 274 in 2015, and 349 (82 in a single day) in the first months of 2016, according to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department. In view of the situation, the government has decided to reforest rural areas by June. Experts express their opinion.




    22/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: sin has also ruined creation, but we know that God is preparing "a new earth"


    "Human pride, exploiting Creation, destroys. However, the Lord does not leave us alone and, even in this desolate picture, He offers us a new prospect of liberation, of universal salvation." For South Sudan, where "a serious food crisis is underway which condemns millions of people to death by starvation, including many children", "declarations are not enough, concrete aid is needed".

     


    22/02/2017 - INDIA

    Punjab Church launcehs "Sport for young people" against drug abuse

    by Santosh Digal

    Eight hockey coaches give lessons to 540 children and young people, most of which have dropped out of school or are unemployed. The state has the highest rate of crimes linked to drug use. The program was conceived by the Social Service of the Diocese of Jalandhar, in collaboration with Caritas India.

     


    22/02/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Charsadda, new Taliban attack on a court: 7 dead


    Three suicide bombers mingled among a crowd of lawyers. The timely intervention of the agents avoided a worse toll. It is the seventh attack in just over a week. The Taliban group attack in retaliation against the killing of one of its radical leaders.

     


    21/02/2017 - INDIA

    The passion of Jesus drove Franciscan Sister to build 54 houses for the poor in Kerala

    by Santosh Digal

    Sister Lizzy Chakkalakal heads Our Lady's Convent Girls Higher Secondary School in Kochi. In 2012 she provided the first house to a needy family. For her, “the birth of a culture of sharing and mutual care among local people" is more important than just providing housing.


    21/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: May "holy shame" defend us from the temptations of ambition, worldliness


    "Sometimes we say it with shame we priests, we priests: 'I wish for that parish ...' - 'But the Lord is here ...' - 'But I would like that ...'. The same. Not the way of the Lord, but that road of vanity, worldliness. Even among us bishops the same happens: worldliness becomes as temptation. "

     


    21/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: it is "our duty" to welcome, protect, promote and integrate migrants


    "The human promotion of migrants and their families begins with their communities of origin.  That is where such promotion should be guaranteed, joined to the right of being able to emigrate, as well as the right to not be constrained to emigrate." "In the face of tragedies which take the lives of so many migrants and refugees – conflicts, persecutions, forms of abuse, violence, death – expressions of empathy and compassion cannot help but spontaneously well-up."

     


    21/02/2017 - BANGLADESH

    Khulna, Islamic leader promises protection to Christians and Hindus

    by Sumon Corraya

    The Commission for Dialogue and Ecumenism organized a workshop, attended by Catholics, Hindus and Muslims. "Politicians often work only for their own benefit." "Christians must create more interfaith seminars to reduce religious fanaticism in Bangladesh"


     


    21/02/2017 - ASIA

    Annual profits of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banks down by 62%

    by Paul Wang

    The cause is "volatile financial conditions", including the US and Brexit. The greater part of the profit comes from operations in Asia. Hang Seng in Hong Kong drop by 41%.

     


    20/02/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Boat tragedy in Sri Lanka: vessel carrying Catholic believers capsizes with 11 dead and 18 injured

    by Melani Manel Perera

    The victims were taking part in a sea procession yesterday, feast day of Our Lady of Good Voyage, protectress of local fishermen. Buddhists also took part in the celebration. Overcrowding is the main cause of the incident.


    20/02/2017 - INDIA

    World Day of Social Justice: for auxiliary bishop of Mumbai, people must come before profits


    The United Nations established the day in 2007 to highlight global issues like poverty, exclusion, employment, and gender equality. For Mgr D'Silva, violence is the result of inequalities. Existing economic structures must be revisited out of “compassion for our brothers and sisters”.


    20/02/2017 - INDIA

    Mumbai, a statue of the Virgin Mary vandalized and decapitated

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The statue was installed in a grotto along a road in suburban Kurla. CCTV video recorded the act done by three strangers. Christian leaders pray for peace between the communities, on the eve of the municipal elections to be held tomorrow.

     


    20/02/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Protests continue for the war against drugs and the decision to reinstate the death penalty


    More than 20 thousand faithful gathered in Manila to pray, march and protest against the "reign of terror" operated by President Rodrigo Duterte. In recent months, the campaign of violence has resulted in about 7 thousand victims including drug addicts and drug dealers.

     


    19/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Christians have "a duty" to do justice, but "it is forbidden to" seek revenge


    Jesus asks his disciples to suffer the bad, in fact, he asked them to react, however not with another evil, but with good. A prayer for the victims of violence in the Central Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in particular child soldiers, and those affected by the attacks in Pakistan and Iraq.


    18/02/2017 - INDIA

    Mumbai, Mary’s Clan 30 years of palliative care for alcoholics and the abandoned

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The rehabilitation center was opened in 1983. Since then he has welcomed 350 patients, accompanying them to the end of life. Patients often recover relationships with families. "This is because palliative care addresses hope and the basic needs of everyone: humanity."


    18/02/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Pakistani police kill over 100 terrorists in raid following Sufi temple attack

    by Shafique Khokhar

    The suicide attack in Sindh killed more than 80 people gathered in prayer. The National Action Plan against Terrorism was approved, but lacks the political will to put it into practice. "We must eliminate the Islamic religious element in the Constitution".


    17/02/2017 - INDIA

    Hindu ultranationalists growing in Kerala with more than 5,000 meetings a day

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    In Kerala Hindus, Christians and Muslims have always lived together peacefully. The Communist Party of India (Marxist), which won last year’s State election, is open to democratic values. "Kerala could become a model for the national party”.


    17/02/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Pakistan's Catholic Church strongly condemns Sufi temple attack

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The suicide attack caused 75 deaths, including 20 children, and over 200 injured. Islamabad imposed a crackdown on terrorism and closes the border with Afghanistan. Catholics fear violence even against the churches. Tomorrow will a youth march in Karachi.

     


    17/02/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Sindh, Islamic State militant blows himself up in a Sufi temple: 75 dead and 200 injured


    The attack took place in the temple of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, in the city of Sehwan. 20 children among the dead The militant chose time when the place was crowded to attend a ritual dance.

     


    16/02/2017 - SRI LANKA

    As the government comes out in favour of abortion, Bishops' conference calls on Catholic believers and politicians to oppose it

    by Melani Manel Perera

    Every year, 400,000 women become pregnant in Sri Lanka. Some 15,000 resort to illegal abortions and ten die each year. A report by the Health Ministry last year says that 658 abortions occur each day.


    16/02/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Taliban attackers warn churches that they can be targets if they back the government

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a group linked to Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, is responsible for the attack on the Punjab Assembly, whose death toll rose to 14 victims. Christian, Sikh, and Muslim places of worship are not Taliban targets as long as they keep their distance from the government.


    16/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: “inclusion enriches every community and society”


    Francis met with a delegation of athletes from Special Olympics, a global organisation present in 170 countries dedicated to sports for youth and adults with mental disabilities. " Sport also helps us to spread a culture of encounter and solidarity,” said the pontiff. “Together, athletes and helpers show us that there are no obstacles or barriers which cannot be overcome.”


    16/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: we must keep the peace, but it is not easy because war begins in the human heart


    "Within each of us is that seed of original sin, that is, the spirit of Cain which – for envy, jealousy, greed, and the desire to dominate – leads to war ". " give us the grace to say: ‘War is finished, crying. War is finished in my heart; war is finished in my family; war is finished in my neighborhood; war is finished in my workplace; war is finished in the world.’ In this way shall the dove, rainbow, and Covenant be strengthened".

     


    16/02/2017 - INDIA

    Elections in Mumbai: the Archdiocese does not endorse any candidate or political party

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    A video posted a few days ago seemed to show an alleged support of the Hindu nationalist party in government. An official statement reiterates that the local Church does not endorse any particular group. Catholic leaders invite people to vote. Awareness campaign in schools.

     


    15/02/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Tamil women, protesting with children in front of a military base, want their land back (photos)

    by Melani Manel Perera

    The protest has been going on for more than two weeks. Women have taken action on behalf of 84 families displaced during the country’s civil war. Children are losing days at school. A group of Catholics and activists brings solidarity and reassurance. For one priest, "these women are not like us men. They will not give up until the government meets their demands."


    15/02/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Commission for Justice and Peace condemns Lahore attack

    by Shafique Khokhar

    Top Commission officials issue a joint statement. The suicide attack killed 13 people, including two policemen. A prayer and candlelight vigil was held at the cathedral. The NCJP calls on the government to enforce the National Action Plan against terrorism and provide security forces with the right equipment.


    15/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Hope is "certain", based on the fact that God is right here with all of us


    It is “an extraordinary gift of which we are called to make ourselves “channels” for all, with humility and simplicity". "We are invited to boast of the abundance of grace of which we are pervaded in Jesus Christ, through faith" and "our greatest pride is to have God as a Father who has no preference, who excludes no one, but who opens his home to all human beings, beginning with the last and most distant".


     


    14/02/2017 - INDIA

    Jharkhand, a Christian dies a martyr’s death for refusing to recant and return to tree religion

    by Santosh Digal

    Bartu Urawn, 50, lived in the village of Kubuaa. A group of 15 Hindu Adivasi bound him and threw him into a cold pond. "I will not deny Christ . . . I will continue to believe till my last breath,” he said. A report by the Mumbai-based Catholic Secular Forum found that in 2016 at least ten Christians were killed for their faith.


    14/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Courage, prayer and humility are traits of "real missionaries" like Cyril and Methodius


    "The Word of God must be proclaimed with this frankness, with this force… with courage. The person who doesn't have courage – spiritual courage, courage of heart, who is not enamored of Jesus, and from there comes courage! – No, you will say, yes, something interesting, something moral, something that will do you good, a good philanthropy, but this is not the Word of God"

     


    14/02/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Lahore attack death toll rises to 13. The archdiocese closes schools and cathedral

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    A suicide bomber blew himself up in front of the Punjab Assembly. The attack was claimed by the Jamat-ul-Ahrar, a faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. It is the same extremist group which last year hit a gathering of Christians during the celebrations for Easter. Archbishop prays for the families of the victims and the wounded.

     






    Editor's choices

    VATICAN-CHINA-HONG KONG
    Card. Tong’s article on China-Holy See dialogue, arouses joy and dismay

    Bernardo Cervellera

    The Hong Kong bishop’s optimism over a change in the method of appointing bishops and the function of the Patriotic Association. But it is unclear whether it is real change or just nominal, in words. Underground bishops are patriotic and love their country, but the Party is suspicious of them. Freedom in episcopal appointments is “essential", but the bishops are not free to exercise their ministry. Patriotic bishops controlled in their visits with members of the universal Church. The "bugs" (hidden microphones) in a bishop’s office.

     


    HONG KONG-CHINA-VATICAN
    Card. Tong: The future of Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiological point of view

    Card. John Tong

    The Hong Kong Cardinal outlines the steps that hope to propel dialogue between China and the Holy See. Themes include the Pope's role in the appointment of bishops; A change of vision in the Patriotic Association; the possible integration of the underground bishops in the Episcopal Conference. A new article by card. John Tong, following a previous article published a few months ago on "Communion of the Church in China with the universal Church."


     


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