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  • 20/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Inequality and exploitation "are not a fatality nor a historical constant," but depend on human action and economic rules. The call to “eliminate the pressures of public and private lobbyists that defend sectoral interests" and that "political action is truly in the service of the human person, the common good and respect for nature".




    20/10/2017 - BANGLADESH – VATICAN

    Dhaka, young Christians anxiously await Pope Francis’s visit

    by Sumon Corraya

    On 2 December more than ten thousand youth will attend the meeting with the pontiff at Notre Dame College. About 130,000 people will come together for the pastoral visit from all over the country. The coming of the pope "will help us later on".


    20/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Jesus asks for truth, coherence of life and rejection of hypocrisy


    "Our actions are the response to God’s gratuitous love, which rectifies us and always forgives us. And our path to holiness lies in always receiving this forgiveness. " The hypocrites "trick the soul, live by trickery, holiness is a trick to them. Jesus always asks us to be truthful, but truthful in our heart and if something appears that this truth appears, that is in our heart. "


    20/10/2017 - PAKISTAN

    US drone kills Taliban leader


    Umar Khalid Khorasani was wounded last week in Afghanistan. Islamic group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar militants claimed the attack on Gulshan-i-Iqbal park in Lahore in 2016, which resulted in more than 70 mostly Muslim victims. Anti-terrorism operations ahead of visit by US Secretary of State.


    19/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Catholics and Methodists as brothers and sisters on the journey together


    Francis expressed his desire to continue the path of rapprochement to a delegation of the Methodist World Council on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the start of the Methodist-Catholic theological dialogue. For him, “As we look to the future, beyond the past fifty years, one thing is certain: we cannot grow in holiness without growing in communion.”


    19/10/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Hindu Tamils celebrate Diwali, asking the god Ganesh to bless their future

    by Melani Manel Perera

    During the "festival of lights", the faithful offer rituals and prayers to worship the gods. Since the temple in Sri Siththi Vinayagar (Trincomalee) is undergoing renovation, votive rituals are celebrated in a temporary hut.


    19/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Salvation is "free", do not close the door to anyone seeking it


    "The doctors of the law are not just of those times, there are so many even today. That is why we need to pray for shepherds. Pray so that we do not lose the key to knowledge and do not close the door to ourselves and the people who want to enter. "


    19/10/2017 - INDIA

    300 Hindu radicals attack Chhattisgarh Protestant church: two seriously injured


    The aggression at the Bastar for Christ Movement Church in Jarpara took place during Sunday prayers. Women and children also beaten. Pastor: "The radicals are supported by the Bjp party in power."


    18/10/2017 - VATICAN – INDIA

    Christian-Hindu dialogue is difficult but imperative to know each other

    by Anna Chiara Filice

    A Hindu-Christian international conference on ‘Enlightenment and tantra’ was held in Rome. For Mgr Spreafico, “ignorance brings many evils”. Card Tauran noted Pope Francis’s many appeals in favour of dialogue. “Every religion and every believer thinks that his or her belief is the best’” said Hindu scholar. Spirituality should be the starting point, Christian mystic said.


    18/10/2017 - INDIA

    Thousands in Belgaum celebrate the centennial of Fatima's apparitions

    by Peter Machado*

    A novena of prayers preceded the celebrations. Marian devotion in the diocese dates back to the 1940s. for Card Gracias, Our Lady’s “message of peace” is even more important today.


    18/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope says for believers “death is a door wide open” for doubters “it is a flickering light”


    Christian hope and the reality of death was the theme of catechesis for the general audience. "I invite you now, perhaps, to close your eyes and to think of that moment: of our death. Let us each think of our own death, and imagine the moment that will come when Jesus takes us by the hand and will say, 'Come, come with me, arise.' There hope will end and reality begins, the reality of life."


    18/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: All religions are called to invoke peace


    Francis receives delegates from the "World Conference of Religions for Peace". "All men of good will, especially those who hold responsibilities, are called to work for it." "Whoever commits violence or justifies it in the name of religion severely offends God".


    18/10/2017 - EU - PAKISTAN

    EU: grave concern for human rights in Pakistan


    The Council of the Europe publishes the report on "Human Rights and Democracy in the World in 2016". Weak judicial system, lack of education, violence against women, discrimination of minorities, presence of terrorism. This morning an attack on a police convoy.


    17/10/2017 - INDIA

    Card Gracias highlights Amoris Laetitia's responses to the challenges of the Indian family


    Delegates from 41 dioceses attend national symposium. A "growing cultural, ideological, social and spiritual crisis” makes families feel like "a burden". There is a “spiralling rate of atrocities and violence against women” who, along with children, are victims of trafficking and exploitation. Couples in crisis "require a constructive response” because the Church never condemns anyone for eternity.


    17/10/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Sinhalese girls: Blessing to spend one’s life for others

    by Melani Manel Perera

    They created the "Supatha" group of the Holy Family four years ago. Since then, they have worked on behalf of people in distress and the environment. The desire to live as "one family" in gratitude to God.


    17/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: not listening to the Word of God is "foolish" and leads to corruption


    The doctors of the Law are only concerned with the external appearance of things, foolish those who follow "idols," like consumerism, foolish those Christians who have become "ideologues of Christianity." "The fool does not listen, he thinks he is listening, but he does not listen. And for this reason the Word of God cannot enter into the heart, and there is no place for love. "


    17/10/2017 - BANGLADESH

    Teknaf, boat carrying Rohingya capsizes leaving 12 dead

    by Sumon Corraya

    16/10/2017 - BANGLADESH

    The late Fr Benjamin Costa, a well-known educator, is mourned in Dhaka

    by Sumon Corraya

    More than 3,000 people attended his funeral. The priest was involved in education for 35 years. He founded the country’s first Catholic university. Prime Minister Hasina and former students praise him.


    16/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope tells FAO to use love and solidarity against war and climate change that cause migration


    During his visit to the UN agency, Francis spoke about how food security can affect human mobility. To overcome conflicts good will, dialogue, and disarmament are needed. "There is a re-emergence of the nonchalance towards the delicate balances of ecosystems, the presumption of being able to manipulate and control the planet’s limited resources, and greed for profit,” he said. “’I am hungry, I am a stranger, I am naked, sick, confined in a refugee camp’. It is a request for justice, not a plea or an emergency call.”


    16/10/2017 - VATICAN – HINDUS

    Vatican tells Hindus that diversity is a sign of richness, not intolerance


    In its message for the Diwali party, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue states that for lasting peace and true harmony “tolerance is not enough. What is also needed is genuine respect and appreciation for the diversity of cultures and customs within our communities, which in turn contribute to the health and unity of society as a whole. To see pluralism and diversity as a threat to unity leads tragically to intolerance and violence.”


    16/10/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Punjab, three Ahmadi men sentenced to death on blasphemy charges


    The culprits are Mubasher Ahmad, Ghulam Ahmed and Ehsan Ahmed. “The court’s verdict was unfair,” says a spokesperson for the Ahmadi community. Last week, former Prime Minister Sharif’s son-in-law called for the social boycott of the “heretic” minority.


    15/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: 35 new saints, people who have said yes to God with their lives


    They are mostly martyrs and related to Latin America, witnesses of the Gospel "to the end". The wedding guests in the Gospel story "are all of us". "The Lord desires us, seeks and invites us, and we does not content Himself with our fulfilling our duties and observing His laws, but wants with us to have a true communion of life, a relationship of dialogue, trust and forgiveness" .


    14/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Prayer and personal commitment to help the Pope's efforts for peace


    This is the request that Pope Francis expressed this morning in a meeting with the members of the Prayer League of Blessed Emperor Charles for peace among peoples. "The challenges of our times require the collaboration of all men of good will."


    14/10/2017 - BANGLADESH - VATICAN

    Dhaka, Catholics prepare to welcome the pope 'nourishing the spirit'

    by di Sumon Corraya

    Pope Francis will be in Dhaka from 30 November to 2 December 2017. In all parishes, the official prayer distributed of the apostolic journey. The faithful give what they can to help organize the event.


    14/10/2017 - SRI LANKA

    In Sri Lanka, a fair to finance the distribution of the 'Good News'

    by Melani Manel Perera

    It was held last month to support the commitment of the Ceylon Bible Society, which sells the Bible at a lower cost than production. Participants: It is the responsibility of all Christians


    13/10/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Islamabad, election commission bans 'terrorist' party


    The Milli Muslim League was launched in August as a "clean face" of an Islamist group banned by the government. The latter is covering an al-Qaeda-affiliated armed movement. "To prevent militants from entering the political arena with democratic means."


    13/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: "be vigilant" not to fall into the ways of the world, which is "what the devil wants"


    Demons enter the life of man "even with their ideas and inspirations to help that man to live better ..." and "from within begin to change that man, but quietly, without making a noise." It is "a devilish possession". To "not fall" you have to look at Christ crucified, carry out an examination of conscience, and do charitable works.


    13/10/2017 - VATICAN - LEBANON

    Pope: Middle East and interreligious dialogue in meeting with Hariri


    Francis received Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri. The importance of intercultural and interreligious dialogue as well as "the value of collaboration between Christians and Muslims in promoting peace and justice, emphasizing the historical and institutional role of the Church in the country's life and the importance of Christian presence in the Middle East ".


    13/10/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Rajapaksa’s son arrested for protesting sale of airport named after his father


    The Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport was funded by a Chinese loan. It is one of the world’s least used airports, servicing just one flight a day. India would have offered US 0 million for the purchase.


    13/10/2017 - INDIA

    Jharkhand, poor tribal denied food rations because Christians

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    In September 13, families did not receive the benefits they are entitled to. The rations cancelled because Christians did not want to pay the fee for a Hindu festival. Sajan K George: "These policies want to divide tribals."


    12/10/2017 - VATICAN - ITALY

    The fire of mission ad gentes helps Gospel wonder re-emerge

    by Piero Gheddo

    Pope Francis’ Message for World Mission Day 2017 to wake us up from our indifference. The testimonies of missionaries awaken enthusiasm at home. The words of Card. Martini. The stories of  Giovanni Mazzucconi (Papua New Guinea), Sr. Ida (India), Clemente Vismara (Myanmar), Marcello Candia (Brazil) bear fruits of commitment and the desire to imitate them.






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    MYANMAR
    Rohingya not only group persecuted in Myanmar, Christian minorities are as well



    Ethnic Kachin, Chin and Naga endure suffering. Religious discrimination is in some cases even institutionalised. Christians are seen as the expression of a foreign religion, outside of the nationalist view. For years the military regime has applied stringent discriminatory measures.


    VATICAN - ASIA
    The world is in urgent need of the Church's mission

    Bernardo Cervellera

    October is a month devoted to awakening the call to mission among Christians. In the world there is indifference or enmity towards God and the Church. Religions are considered the source of all wars. Christianity is the encounter with a Person who changes the life of the believer and places him at the service of the wounds of the world, torn by frustrations and fratricidal wars. The example of the Patriarch of Baghdad and of the President of South Korea.


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