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    06/12/2016 - BANGLADESH

    Poverty and traditional Islamic culture are the main causes. 55% of brides are under 18 years of age; 18% under 15. A new law would allow the wedding in "special circumstances" to save the honor of the girls. Three stories of child marriages.

     


    by Sumon Corraya

    06/12/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Judas, the "perfect lost sheep" who did not understand the tenderness of God


    "May the Lord give us this grace, to wait for Christmas with our wounds, with our sins, sincerely recognized, to wait for the power of this God who comes to console, who comes with power, but his power is tenderness, caresses born from his heart, which was so good that he have his life for us. "

     


    05/12/2016 - BANGLADESH

    Lisi Desai, a disabled Catholic woman who helps hundreds of disabled people in Bangladesh (Photos)

    by Sumon Corraya

    The young woman is suffering from a degenerative muscle disease contracted at university. In Bangladesh there are more than a million disabled people, abandoned by the authorities and society. She helps educate them to be independent and self-reliant. The Church can change the faithful’s way of thinking. People with disabilities are "another aspect of God's grandeur."


    05/12/2016 - INDIA

    Bandra’s St Andrew Parish celebrates 400 years

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Built in 1595, the church was elevated to parish status in 1616 with the arrival of permanent clergy. Renovated several times, the building has kept to its original plan. Festivities lasted a whole year with social activities, and support for families and the needy.


    05/12/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "Give” our sins to God, so that he can transform us, "re-create us"


    "God created the world; man fell into sin; Jesus comes to re-create the world. " The Lord "help us to prepare for Christmas with great faith", "because the healing of the soul, for the existential healing, the re-creation that Jesus brings takes great faith."


    05/12/2016 - INDIA

    Chennai, tribal cooperative provides snakebite antidote


    Until the seventies, the tribe of Irula hunted and sold the skins of snakes. With the ban of the practice, the tribe risked being left without a livelihood. The poisonous serum is injected into horses, which produce a natural antidote. Around 46 thousand Indians die each year from snakebites.

     


    04/12/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: the kingdom of heaven is at hand, "in some way, it is already present" and asks for conversion


    “It is to leave the convenient but misleading streets, the idols of this world – success at all costs, power at the expense of the weak, thirst for wealth, pleasure at any price –and open instead the way for the Lord who comes. He does not take away our freedom, but gives us true happiness."


    03/12/2016 - SRI LANKA

    President Sirisena thanks Asian bishops and the Church for their work

    by Melani Manel Perera

    The Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences is taking place in Sri Lanka. On the eve of the meeting, Sri Lanka’s president met with a delegation of bishops. Catholics promote the social and religious life of the population.


    03/12/2016 - INDIA

    Open Letter from a Christian leader to Prime Minister Modi asking him to restore a cash-based economy

    by Sajan K George

    Sajan K George writes to the head of the Indian government warning him about the dangers of withdrawing 500- and 1,000-rupee banknotes. The elimination of cash affects the whole economy, creating problems for the social system and agricultural production. Action should be taken before Christmas.


    02/12/2016 - NEPAL

    Poverty, emigration, the main causes of AIDS in Nepal with the sick discriminated at school and in society

    by Christopher Sharma

    Each year, more than a thousand cases are recorded in the Himalayan country, mostly due to unprotected sex. Migrants are infected abroad, in India and the Middle East. HIV-positive children are denied the right to an education.


    02/12/2016 - HOLY SEE – ISRAEL

    Vatican and Israel criticise UNESCO: no one can deny biblical history


    The Joint Vatican-Rabbinate Committee slams decision to use only the Arabic name of the holy sites in East Jerusalem, denying the relationship between Jews and Temple Mount.


    02/12/2016 - SRI LANKA - ASIA

    Papal envoy to the Asian Bishops: The tribal families authentic Gospel schools (Photo)

    by Santosh Digal

    Card. Toppo spoke at the Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences. "Faith in the family educates its members to be followers of Jesus in spite of the challenges." The example of the family of Nazareth. The tribal families have traditions and culture that reflect the values ​​of Christianity.


     


    01/12/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: we are all "resistant" to grace, resistant to the Cross, which leads to redemption


    Today marks the hundredth anniversary of the assassination of Blessed Charles de Foucauld, which took place in Algeria on December 1, 1916. He was "a man who overcame so much resistance and gave a witness that has done so much good for the Church. We ask you to bless us from heaven and help us to walk in your footsteps of poverty, contemplation and service to the poor ".


    01/12/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope asks young people to be builders of a more healthy and caring society


    "Those who have the gift of being able to study also have a responsibility to serve for the good of humanity. Knowledge is an easy path to the integral development of society". "In the modern concept of the intellectual, working for the realization of self and in search of personal recognition, often without care for their neighbor, it is necessary to counter with a model built on solidarity, which works for the common good and for peace". Through "viable employment opportunities" in society, you can avoid the so-called 'brain drain'. 


    01/12/2016 - KOREA - SRI LANKA - ASIA

    Card. Yeom to Asian Bishops: Preach the Gospel with dedication

    by Santosh Digal

    The Archbishop of Seoul speaks at the Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences. This year's theme is the family and its challenges. Open the doors of the Church, the sacraments and affection; reflect on children, youth and seniors; the consequences of the weakening of family relationships.


    30/11/2016 - SRI LANKA

    Sri Lankan fishermen's movement celebrates 20 years of activities (Photos)

    by Melani Manel Perera

    The anniversary was celebrated to coincide with World Fisheries Day. The first step towards the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement took place in 1993. Formally, the association was established in 1997, with people from all religious backgrounds. It advocates human rights, sustainable development, and the protection of the environment, land and resources.


    30/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: those who found Jesus have an “irrepressible desire” to bring him to others


    ‘Led by the Spirit for Mission’ is Francis’s message for the 54th World Day of Prayer for Vocations. “Commitment to mission is not something added on to the Christian life as a kind of decoration, but is instead an essential element of faith itself.  A relationship with the Lord entails being sent out into the world as prophets of his word and witnesses of his love.”


    30/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: pray for others and bury the dead, works of mercy in everyday life


    At the conclusion of the cycle of catechesis dedicated to the works of mercy, Francis reminds people to pray for the living and for the dead. "Even today there are those who risk their lives to bury the poor victims of war". Best wishes to the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Saint Andrew. Appeals for AIDS sufferers and to protect the cultural heritage in war zones.

     


    30/11/2016 - PAKISTAN - TURKEY

    Lahore High Court blocks deportation of 100 Turkish "gulenist" teachers


    In mid-November Ankara had hailed the Islamabad decision. The teachers are suspected of having links to the preacher Fethullah Gulen. For years in exile in the United States, Gulen is accused of masterminding the failed coup in Turkey last July.

     


    29/11/2016 - MYANMAR – BANGLADESH

    Clashes in Rakhine State: Rohingya refugees stopped at Bangladesh border


    Bangladesh border guards send back boats full of Muslim women and children fleeing Myanmar army violence. The death toll in Rakhine State reaches 90 deaths and 30,000 displaced people. Myanmar and UN clash.


    29/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: God reveals his mystery to the humble, not the learned and the scholarly


    Only the little ones "are capable of understanding" fully "the sense of humility", the "sense of fear of the Lord" because "they walk before the Lord," watched over and shielded. This is “not the humility of the one who said: 'I am humble, but proud of it'."


    29/11/2016 - INDIA - SRI LANKA - ASIA

    Card. Gracias to Asian bishops: We pray for families and for Christians in Syria

    by Santosh Digal

    The bishops gathered in Sri Lanka for the 11th plenary of the bishops' conference. This year's theme is the family in the relationship with the local Churches. On the agenda, the major challenges for family relationships. An inter-religious meeting with Islamic, Buddhist and Hindu leaders.

     


    29/11/2016 - INDIA

    "Day of Rage" against rupees recall brings tens of thousands to streets


    The protest was mostly peaceful. Opposition parties have called upon the population to protest the recall of the most used banknote. Premier asks party colleagues to show their bank statements to dispel doubts of complicity.

     


    28/11/2016 - INDIA

    Orissa, 15,000 faithful celebrate the feast of Mary, Queen of the Mission (Photos)

    by Purushottam Nayak

    The celebration is one of the most important in India. Usually, Christians come from all over the country, but this year, the rupee recall created problems. A procession with candles made its way through the streets of Berhampur in memory of Mary’s apparition to Saint Catherine Labouré.


    28/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Advent, "time to journey and encounter the Lord", "not a time to stand still"


    Pray with vigilance, be industrious in charity and exultant in praise of the Lord. These are the attitudes to be kept in a period in which the liturgy proposes numerous encounters of Jesus within his Mother's womb, with St. John the Baptist, with the shepherds, with the Wise Men.


    28/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope says normative system to protect nature is "essential"


    Speaking to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences Francis returns to highlight how "the he submission of politics to a technology and an economy which seek profit" is demonstrated by the failure or delay in implementing the agreements on environmental protection or the "continued wars of domination camouflaged by righteous claims".


    28/11/2016 - BANGLADESH

    Gazipur, Catholic church burgled. Fear among the faithful

    by Sumon Corraya

    Twenty thieves broke in overnight on Saturday, November 26 and tied up the guards and pastor. The latter was threatened with death and had to reveal where the valuables were. In the past three years, six similar robberies of church property, and two burglaries at a convent.

     


    27/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Advent, the contrast between our daily routine and the sudden coming of the Lord


    In the first Angelus of Advent, Pope Francis said that "the Lord’s visit with humanity", at Christmas, also takes place "every day" and will occur when "He will come in glory to judge the living and the dead." "The Gospel does not want to frighten us, but for us to widen our horizons". "... Our Lady help us to not consider ourselves owners of our lives, not to resist when the Lord comes to change it".


    26/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope on economy of religious institutes: fidelity to charism and discernment


    In a message to 1000 general economists from institutes of consecrated life and societies of apostolic life, Pope Francis asks them to rethink their economic strategies never putting profits first rather fidelity to their charisma and self-giving. Reviewing their works, collaborating with other institutes and with the local Church, to implement a "responsible austerity". "The hypocrisy of consecrated persons who live like the rich  - he said - hurts the consciences of the faithful and damages the Church". 


    26/11/2016 - CUBA - VATICAN

    Fidel Castro, father of the Cuban revolution, has died


    His body will be cremated today. He led the island for 50 years. In 2008 he passed the presidency to his brother Raul. He attempted to export the Marxist revolution to Latin America and Africa. Some economic and social achievements at home, along with a heavy oppression of human rights. The disappearance of myth after the fall of the USSR. The Catholic Church and the Popes, catalysts of a transformation on the island nation.






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