03/11/2014INDIA - VATICAN For Card Gracias, Pope Francis' first year centred on the Church's first task, the mission by Card. Oswald Gracias The archbishop of Mumbai gives his thoughts. "Since his election, Francis has strengthened the mission of the Church in India, focusing on 'an option for the poor' as a concrete way of proclaiming God's love in today's world." Mumbai
(AsiaNews) - In order to give thanks for
the first year of Pope Francis' pontificate, who said " the first task of
the Church is the mission," Card Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai, and
32 priests will celebrate Mass on Thursday,...
03/10/2014ASIA - PIME Eighty-five years of grace and joy by Piero Gheddo With, as his passion, the Christian message to proclaim as a missionary and journalist, Fr Gheddo is grateful to his parents and teachers. After 61 years as a priest, it is still great to be a priest. As he marks his birthday, he offers it as an invitation to young people.
03/10/2014BANGLADESH Caritas Bangladesh opens new facility for typhoon victims by Sumon Corraya A local government official, a Muslim, inaugurates the new building, thanks Caritas for its work on behalf of "local residents". The new facility has solar panels and a big safe water tank, and will be used as a short-term disaster rescue centre as well as long-term shelter. Caritas runs about 250 such shelters in Bangladesh's coastal regions.
03/10/2014PAKISTAN In Pakistan, the Catholic Church is helping drought-stricken Sindh by Jibran Khan Yesterday, prayer vigils and fundraisers were held to fund emergency relief operations. More than 2,000 villages are at risk. In the past three months, malnutrition has killed more than 130 children. A ban on cattle sales because of poor animal health has compounded an already dire situation.
03/10/2014INDIA - TIBET - CHINA Dalai Lama representative: Tibetan spirit still strong, Beijing must listen On the anniversary of the 1959 anti-Chinese riots in Tempa Tsering , the representative of the Buddhist leader in Delhi tells AsiaNews: "China's policies are still very oppressive however the population continues on the path of non-violence". A memorandum to China with five demands to halt the bloodshed in the region.
03/09/2014VATICAN Pope: Do not argue with Satan, defend yourself with the Word of God Pope Francis dedicates his Sunday Angelus to the Gospel of the first Sunday of Lent on Christ’s temptation in the desert, "Jesus does not dialogue with Satan, as Eve did in the Garden of Eden . Jesus knows that there is no dialogue with Satan, because he is too cunning. This is why Jesus, instead of entering into a dialogue like Eve, chooses to take refuge in God's Word and responds with the power of this Word. We should remember this when we are tempted".
03/07/2014PAKISTAN Faisalabad: hundreds of "white ribbons" to protest against violence against women by Shafique Kholkar On the eve of International Women's Day, hundreds of people march to demand an end to abuse in all its forms. They appeal to the government for "new laws" to protect women, who are discriminated in the family and the workplace. This battle is "cultural" as well as societal in a country that does not fully recognise equal rights for women.
03/06/2014SRI LANKA Sister Clarice, a life dedicated to Sri Lanka's young and to converting by Melani Manel Perera The sister, 96, is a member of the Order of the Holy Family. Her "most important mission" was to stand by young men and women who worked in the Katunayake Free Trade Zone, exploited by their employers. Sister Clarice fondly remembers the hundreds of Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims to whom she taught catechism.
03/06/2014VATICAN Pope: Time of mercy, closeness to wounded for entire Church Encountering priests of the diocese of Rome, Francis says that “we must think of the Church today like a ‘field hospital'". "I always carry a small cloth pouch" containing a cross, in memory of a "great confessor", and when I have bad thoughts about someone my hand reaches for it". Confessors must be neither too "lax" nor too "rigorous".
03/06/2014NEPAL - CHINA Kathmandu bans Tibetans from celebrating pro-independence uprising against China by Christopher Sharma Nepal's new, Congress-led government warns the exiled community that "protests would not be allowed, even if they are peaceful. People will be arrested." Tibetans all over the world still consider the 1959 insurrection an important moment in their history. China's crackdown gave birth to the Tibetan Diaspora, and forced the Dalai Lama to flee to India. For human rights activist, "This is not democracy."
03/06/2014INDIA Jharkhand, a Lenten "journey" among Mundari tribal by Nirmala Carvalho Lino Fernandes SFX, of the parish of Blessed Mother Teresa Siadih, will visit 45 families divided into 25 villages. In each he will officiate the sacrament of Reconciliation, will make the Way of the Cross and will teach catechism. "Evangelizing - he explains - means being involved in the development of every human being.