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    01/10/2016 - INDIA

    The goal is to spread the teachings of the Apostolic Exhortation in civil society, particularly among families. The bishops have promoted discussions on the text at the national, regional and diocesan level. The next meetings will continue to have the family as the focal point.




    01/10/2016 - GEORGIA - VATICAN

    Pope: Small beloved flock of Georgia, receive the consolation of the Good Shepherd


    At Mass in Meskhi Stadium, Pope Francis points to the mothers and grandmothers, who transmitted the faith and consolation to their children. "There is, however, an underlying condition to receiving God’s consolation… to become little like children". "The Church is the house of consolation." An invitation to all Christians: "Receiving and bringing God’s consolation: this mission of the Church is urgent”.


    30/09/2016 - VATICAN - GEORGIA

    Pope in Georgia: a world "thirsty for peace," calls for "new momentum" in relations between Catholics and Orthodox


    Francis visits the Orthodox Patriarchate, which has distanced itself from groups who question the papal visit. "Let us allow the Lord Jesus to look upon us anew, let us once again experience the attraction of his call to leave everything that prevents us from proclaiming together his presence.”


    30/09/2016 - INDIA

    Xaverian missionary goes from Goa to the Andamans to spread the joy of the Gospel

    by Santosh Digal

    Fr Pritam Toppo SFX has been working in the archipelago in the Bay of Bengal for years. He served three parishes and their congregations, providing educational and pastoral outreach. His experiences include an encounter of tribesmen armed with bows and arrows, and staying overnight in thatched bamboo huts with snakes hanging from the ceiling. Everyone – Hindus, Catholics, Muslims, animists – "participate with solidarity in all the joys and sorrow of each other.”


    30/09/2016 - VATICAN - GEORGIA

    Pope in Georgia: dialogue and discussion in a world of violent extremism


    Francis is in Tbilisi, the first leg of his visit to the Caucasus. "Far from being exploited as grounds for turning discord into conflict and conflict into interminable tragedy, distinctions along ethnic, linguistic, political or religious lines can and must be for everyone a source of mutual enrichment in favour of the common good".


    30/09/2016 - BANGLADESH

    Mobile phones as mobile banking accounts for the needs of Bangladeshis

    by Sumon Corraya

    Between 2014 and 2015, money transfers grew by 53 per cent. Mobile phones have become the easiest way to send money to distant families. This type of transactions began five years ago. Today more than 30 million people (out of more than 150 million) have a mobile account.


    30/09/2016 - NEPAL

    Pollution leading cause of death in Nepal

    by Christopher Sharma


    This is what emerges from the latest WHO report. With 9 thousand deaths per year, poor air quality is the more deadly than Maoist revolution of 10 years ago. At least 36 Nepalese every 100 die from respiratory problems. Local experts: "After the earthquake, the situation has worsened. Now it is public health emergency. "


    30/09/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Fire in an orphanage: five children die trapped


    The fire engulfed the "Sweet Home" in Liaquat. At the time, there were 40 children in the orphanage. Of these, six were hospitalized in serious condition. The children died in an attempt to escape, but their room was locked from the outside.

     


    29/09/2016 - INDIA

    India opts for first come, first served basis for 50 hard-to-place children

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Would-be adoptive couples received a message asking them to “reserve” children online. The scheme is designed to help placement of disabled or older children whom no one wants. For the president of the Family Commission of the Bishops' Conference, “This is a pure commodification of babies”.


    29/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Day of Social Communications, "Fear not, for I am with you"


    The theme for the next Day is an invitation to tell the story of the world and the stories of the men and women, based on the logic of 'good news' that reminds us that God never gives up being the Father, in any situation and with respect to every human being. Let us learn to communicate confidence and hope for history.


    29/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: the logic of weapons and oppression, dark interests and violence continue to devastate Syria and Iraq


    If we have "the impression of being wrapped in a spiral of arrogance and inertia from which there seems to be no escape" it is the experience of the evil that is in man and in history. Francis receives the members of the Catholic charitable agencies operating in Syria and Iraq gathered for their fifth meeting organized by Cor Unum.

     


    29/09/2016 - INDIA

    India, one year after lynching beef still source of controversy


    The case of the murder of Mohammad Akhlaq has shocked the public and prompted intellectuals and critics of religious nationalism to act. Writers have returned prestigious awards; students demonstrated at universities. Meanwhile, ‘cow protection vigilante groups’ refine their techniques.

     


    28/09/2016 - INDIA – ITALY

    Indian Supreme Court says Massimiliano Latorre can stay in Italy until the end of arbitration


    The recent decision grants the Italian marine, already in Italy for health reasons, the same conditions as Salvatore Girone who returned to Italy after four years.


    28/09/2016 - BANGLADESH

    Bangladeshi writer Haq, a critic of fundamentalism, dies

    by Sumon Corraya

    Syed Shamsul Haq, who died aged 81, was one of the country’s most prolific and brilliant writers. He had been suffering from lung cancer for some time. He was the youngest recipient of the Bangla Academy Award, Bangladesh’s highest literary award. Christians remember him as "a teacher and guide."


    28/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "The Church is for everyone, especially for the bad"


    "God’s salvation can reach any man in any condition, even the most negative and painful. God's salvation is for everyone: for all! Without exception. And it is offered to all. This is why the Jubilee is a time of grace and mercy for all, good and bad. " "Jesus saved us staying on the Cross. And we all know it is not easy to stay on the cross on our little crosses of every day. "

     


    28/09/2016 - VATICAN - SYRIA

    Pope: Aleppo, "the perpetrators of the bombings, will be accountable before God."


    Francis appeals "to everyone to commit themselves with all their strength to the protection of civilians as an imperative and urgent obligation". Tomorrow "Cor Unum" to meet on Syrian and Iraqi crisis.

     


    27/09/2016 - SRI LANKA

    More than 800 Sri Lankan kids put on an “exhibit" of the Year of Mercy (PHOTOS)

    by Melani Manel Perera

    Students attending catechism in two parishes near Colombo organised the event, showing Jesus’s works and miracles, the holy doors open across the country, and a full-scale reproduction of a Holy Door. With this exhibition, " children were able to express their talents."


    27/09/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Peshawar: three years after the Protestant church massacre, some still struggle to survive

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    On 22 September, prayers were held at All Saints Church for the Taliban’s victims. Some of the injured still require hospital treatment. On Saturday, a Mass was held in St John Vianney Church. Arif Aqeel was left paralysed and mute by the blasts.


    27/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "Strong prayers” to overcome “spiritual desolation"



    "We need to figure out when our spirit is in this state of all-encompassing sadness, when it has almost no breathing space: This happens to us all". We must pray, pray strenuously, just like Job, cry out day and night for God to incline His ear. "It is a prayer of knocking on the door, but forcefully."

     


    27/09/2016 - SRI LANKA

    Body of the journalist killed for criticizing government to be exhumed


    Lasantha Wickrematunge was killed in 2009 in broad daylight on his way to work. He had been a stalwart critic of the corruption of the government led by President Rajapaksa, human rights violations and the war against the Tamil Tigers. His tomb is guarded, to prevent retaliation of his killers who are still at large.


     


    26/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: from Friday on a "journey of peace" to Georgia and Azerbaijan


    A difficult journey to two countries where Catholics are a small minority. In Tbilisi, for the first time a delegation from the "intransigent" Georgian Orthodox Church will participate in a Papal liturgy. In Baku the meeting with the Sheikh of Caucasus Muslims.


    26/09/2016 - INDIA

    Ranchi, 3 thousand activists against hunger in India

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    From September 23 to 25 a national assembly of the Right to Food campaign. 3 thousand children die every day of hunger in India; 15.2% of the population is malnourished; 194.6 million do not have enough food. Indian Jesuit: "Continue the training of activists”. Participants include  "Asian Nobel" Bezwada Wilson.


    26/09/2016 - NEPAL

    As Nepali Catholic Society renews its leadership, “interest in the faith is growing"

    by Christopher Sharma

    The Catholic organisation was founded 25 years ago to defend the rights of Catholics in the country. "In the past we could not evangelise, but now we are allowed to bring Jesus and the pope’s precious words to everyone,” says new president. More and more Nepalis are asking to convert.


    26/09/2016 - BANGLADESH

    Dhaka, Islamic-Christian couple: "Coexistence is possible"

    by Sumon Corraya

    Ashim Gomes, Christian, and Munira Islam, Muslim, have been married for 11 years. They have an eight year old daughter, and have chosen to baptize her. The couple speak of their joys and their sorrows at a pastoral meeting organized by the archdiocese. The major disagreements arise when both try to convince the other that their religion is the best.

     


    26/09/2016 - INDIA

    India ratifies the Paris climate agreement: Modi seeks space among global powers


    The premier also announced the date, scheduled for October 2, the day Mahatma Gandhi was born. India is among the countries that emit the most greenhouse gases in the world. The agreement will enter into force upon ratification by 55 countries representing at least 55% of the emissions.


    25/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope at the Jubilee of catechists says that it is by loving that God-who-is-Love is proclaimed


    Speaking before thousands of catechists from around the world during the Jubilee Mass, Pope Francis highlighted "the centre" of the faith that is to be proclaimed: "the Lord Jesus is risen, [. . .] and he has given his life for you”. He also focused on the quality of the messenger, who proclaims “not by the power of convincing, never by imposing the truth, no less by growing fixated on some religious or moral obligation.” The rich man is blind because he does not see the poor. He squints because “he looks with adulation at famous people, of high rank, admired by the world, yet turns his gaze away from the many Lazaruses of today”. Nowadays, “we have fallen into this abyss of indifference, worldliness, selfishness". Francis expressed solidarity with Mexican bishops committed to the family against gender ideology. He mentioned the beatification of Fr Engelmar Unzeitig, killed in Dachau as well as the Day of the Deaf.


    24/09/2016 - VATICAN – FRANCE

    For pope, interreligious relations can alleviate the wounds of the Nice attack


    In his meeting victims of the terrorist attack in Nice on 14 July and their relatives, Pope Francis encouraged religious groups to entertain fraternal relations and refuse hatred. As a token of the who were killed, the pope received the gift of 86 flowers. Some secularists and environmentalists criticised the meeting. Muslim and Jewish leaders express their appreciation.


    24/09/2016 - PAKISTAN – INDIA

    Lahore: Christians and Muslims stand for peace in Kashmir, against India-Pakistan skirmishes

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Activists appeal to the governments of the two countries to an end the war of words and solve peacefully the dispute. For the bishop of Faisalabad, war is no solution for culturally close countries. It is necessary to foster human rights and social justice to counter belligerent slogans.


    24/09/2016 - SRI LANKA

    Colombo students’ practical advice to protect the environment by eliminating plastic bags

    by Melani Manel Perera

    About 2,000 women and girls took part in a six-kilometre march to back Pope Francis’s Laudato si’ encyclical, which speaks about social justice. Sri Lanka is among the five countries that pollute oceans the most. Developing best practices in school can be passed on in the family.


    23/09/2016 - INDIA - PHILIPPINES

    "Couples for Christ", from the Philippines to Odisha give strength to Catholic families

    by p. Purushottam Nayak*

    A retreat for the enrichment of marriage was held in Bhubaneshwar. Five members of ‘Couples for Christ from the Philippines and two from Bangalore, Karnataka, led the event. The lay movement was established in Manila in 1981. It obtained Vatican recognition in 2005 as a private international association for lay faithful.






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