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09/01/2015 VATICAN
Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in St Peter's Basilica
Pope Francis leads the Liturgy of the Word on the day he instituted in unity with the Orthodox Church. Representatives of all Christian churches attend the service. Without the conversion of heart to God, “ecology has not chance of succeeding." Saint Francis of Assisi is the model of caring for creation.
Vatican City (AsiaNews) – Pope Francis today marked World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in Saint Peter’s Basilica with the celebration of the Liturgy of the Word at 5 pm in the presence of representatives of the Orthodox, Anglican and Reformed Churches as well as cardinals, bishops and members of the diplomatic corps. Thousands of believers also took part in the ceremony. The pontiff had proposed the...

09/01/2015 NEPAL
Activists slam government for ignoring 1,400 civil war victims still missing
by Christopher Sharma
Last Sunday was International Day of the Disappeared. During Nepal’s decade-long civil war, some 12,800 people were killed and almost 100,000 were displaced. At the end, both government and rebel forces had committed war crimes. As victims tell their stories, activists call on the government to sign and ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.
09/01/2015 VATICAN
Pope stresses Jubilee, God’s tenderness for women who had an abortion, Lefebvrians, prisoners, the sick
In a letter to Mgr Rino Fisichella, Pope Francis adds new criteria to traditional ones to receive indulgence. All priests can forgive the sin of abortion by preparing themselves to welcome sincerely the sinners. The sick and the lonely can accept “suffering as an experience of closeness to the Lord”. The Jubilee year might bring amnesty, whilst a cell’s door might become a Holy Door. Through works of mercy, one can obtain plenary indulgence. The pontiff seeks reconciliation with the Society of St Pius X.
09/01/2015 BANGLADESH – VATICAN
Dhaka: Urban and tribal cultures can meet the goals set by Laudato si’
by Sumon Corraya
Mgr Patrick D'Rozario, archbishop of Dhaka, organised a meeting with representatives of various groups to discuss Pope Francis’ encyclical. "We can heed the pope by teaching everyone to love the environment from the point of view of his or her religion,” a Catholic priest said.
09/01/2015 INDIA
India feels China crisis, as growth halts at 7%
The figure refers to the last quarter. The crisis in the Chinese market offers new opportunities for expansion for India. Expert says: "China will not disappear from investors radar". Lack of private investment in India, amid need for an increase public spending. Infusion of capital announced by New Delhi will not remedy the difference of money required by state banks.

09/01/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Our final embrace with Christ and the idleness "of chatter"
As public Masses begin again in Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis calls Christians to witness to hope (and fear) of the definitive encounter with Jesus Christ. "He will come to see me so that I may see him with my own eyes, embrace him and be with him always." "Let us comfort one another through good deeds and good words, on this road."
08/31/2015 INDIA
Orissa: Ordeal of Pastor Sushil Lima, for years a victim of radical Hindus
by Nirmala Carvalho
The religious leader and his family are victims of persecution since 2005, when he began to preach the Gospel. He received death threats during the anti-Christian pogroms in Kandhamal in 2008. Over the years he has baptized about 100 faithful. His followers publicly humiliated and threatened with expulsion by village council.
08/31/2015 ORTHODOX CHURCH – VATICAN
Bartholomew I and Catholics together on World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
For the first time tomorrow, Orthodox and Catholics will celebrate event together, which Pope Francis picked this year. The content of the patriarch’s message is very similar to that of the encyclical Laudato si’. Man is a fool to think that he owns creation rather than being its steward. Ascetic behaviour can correct the excesses of consumerism. The Gospel can clean the spiritual garbage caused by material garbage.
08/31/2015 INDIA
Card. Toppo: Learning to take care of the earth and its inhabitants from India’s tribals
by Nirmala Carvalho
The Archbishop of Ranchi, speaks to AsiaNews ahead of the World Day of Prayer for the care of creation (1 September). The nation is home to "more than one million tribal Catholic, and in our culture we respect nature and will celebrate its gifts." Today "to be true witnesses of Christ, we must respond to the ecological crisis through a deep spiritual conversion."
08/31/2015 BANGLADESH
From Colombia to the chaos of Dhaka: The joy of the mission, a new spiritual strength
by Danilo Goméz
Fr Danilo Gomez, a diocesan priest from Sonson-Rionegro, "lent" to the PIME mission in Bangladesh, writes a letter in which he talks about learning the local language and discovering local traditions. The young priest looks at his year with missionaries and locals in the Asian country.
08/30/2015 VATICAN
For pope, the blessed martyr Flavianus Michael Malke can bring “consolation” to persecuted Mideast Christians
During the Angelus, Pope Francis mentioned yesterday’s beatification in Harissa (Lebanon) of the bishop killed during the Armenian-Syriac Genocide (1915), appealing to the international community to "do something" to end violence and abuses against religious freedom. He also urged the faithful to pray for the migrants who died trying to reach Europe, with a minute of silence observed for the 71 victims who suffocated to death in a lorry on their way to Vienna. “With external attitudes, one cannot call oneself a Christian unless one changes one’s heart,” he said. “The border between good and evil does not run outside of us but within us, in our consciousness."
08/28/2015 NEPAL
Minority parties quit last session of Constituent Assembly
by Christopher Sharma
Madhese and Tharu representatives reject proposed administrative divisions adopted by the big parties. Under a revised version, the constitution’s final draft would include a seventh province. Since it became a secular state in 2007, Nepal has not yet adopted a final constitution.
08/28/2015 INDIA
Gujarat: Carmelites to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Teresa of Avila’s birth
The occasion will be celebrated tomorrow evening with the presentation of ‘Journeying with Saint Teresa Today’, by the archbishop of Ahmedabad. Knowing the founder of the order will “inflame us with the fire of love that burnt in her heart.”
08/28/2015 VATICAN - IRAQ
Fr. Samir of Amadiya: The Pope is the voice of Iraqi refugees
by Bernardo Cervellera
The Chaldean priest met Pope Francis, asking him to keep the world’s focus on Christian refugees from Mosul and the Nineveh Plain. His diocese is home to 3500 Christian families and almost half a million Yazidis who fled Islamic State violence. ISIS is not all Islam and there are Muslims who want an Iraq of coexistence. Christians might not emigrate, but remain in their own land. Aid projects for refugees: school for children, work for adults, a home for every family. An appeal to AsiaNews.
08/27/2015 SRI LANKA
Defence seminar to focus on global threats
by Melani Manel Perera
Titled ‘National Security in the Context of Emerging Global Threats,’ the event will be held in Colombo on 1-2 September. Some 350 delegates are expected from 66 countries. The ambassadors of China and Pakistan will address the seminar. The Army chief claims the military has achieved high levels of professionalism since the end of the civil war.

Altri articoli
08/20/2015 BANGLADESH
Police arrest six Catholics in Rajshahi in connection with the death of a “possessed” tribal woman by Sumon Corraya
08/27/2015 INDIA
Karnataka, government compensates Christian victims of 2008 attacks by Nirmala Carvalho
08/26/2015 INDIA
India census: Muslims grew faster than Hindus but less than Christians
08/26/2015 ASIA – CHINA
China’s former deputy finance minister to head new development bank
08/26/2015 SRI LANKA
President Sirisena returns land to 300 Tamil families by Melani Manel Perera
08/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope on prayer: God is "the caress that keeps us alive"
08/25/2015 INDIA
For Mgr Barwa, Kandhamal Christians are witnesses of Christ, at peace in the face of persecution
08/25/2015 PAKISTAN
Faisalabad: Christian family forced to flee from place to place after wife converts from Islam by Stephen Masih
08/25/2015 INDIA
Still no justice for Kandhamal’s Christians seven years after pogroms by Nirmala Carvalho
08/25/2015 NEPAL
Nine die in clashes over Constitution. Kathmandu sends in the army by Christopher Sharma
08/24/2015 ITALY – INDIA
ITLOS: Italy and India to suspend all legal proceedings, two Italian marines to stay in India
08/24/2015 INDIA
Chhattisgarh: serious shortcomings in the investigation into the rape of a Catholic nun by Nirmala Carvalho
08/24/2015 NEPAL
Legislative vacuum leads to surrogacy boom in Nepal by Christopher Sharma
08/23/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Who is Jesus for me? Answer in the silence of our heart. Appeal for peace in Ukraine
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INDIA
Card. Toppo: Learning to take care of the earth and its inhabitants from India’s tribals
by Nirmala CarvalhoThe Archbishop of Ranchi, speaks to AsiaNews ahead of the World Day of Prayer for the care of creation (1 September). The nation is home to "more than one million tribal Catholic, and in our culture we respect nature and will celebrate its gifts." Today "to be true witnesses of Christ, we must respond to the ecological crisis through a deep spiritual conversion."
VATICAN - IRAQ
Fr. Samir of Amadiya: The Pope is the voice of Iraqi refugees
by Bernardo CervelleraThe Chaldean priest met Pope Francis, asking him to keep the world’s focus on Christian refugees from Mosul and the Nineveh Plain. His diocese is home to 3500 Christian families and almost half a million Yazidis who fled Islamic State violence. ISIS is not all Islam and there are Muslims who want an Iraq of coexistence. Christians might not emigrate, but remain in their own land. Aid projects for refugees: school for children, work for adults, a home for every family. An appeal to AsiaNews.
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08/28/2015 VATICAN - IRAQ
Fr. Samir of Amadiya: The Pope is the voice of Iraqi refugees
by Bernardo Cervellera
08/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope on prayer: God is "the caress that keeps us alive"
08/31/2015 ORTHODOX CHURCH – VATICAN
Bartholomew I and Catholics together on World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
08/27/2015 JORDAN - ISLAM
Muslims are not doing "enough" to fight the Islamic State, says Queen Rania
08/26/2015 SYRIA
Islamic State using chemical weapons in Syria
08/26/2015 INDIA
India census: Muslims grew faster than Hindus but less than Christians
08/27/2015 CHINA
Zhejiang faithful re-erect cross government demolished: a "theft"
08/30/2015 VATICAN
For pope, the blessed martyr Flavianus Michael Malke can bring “consolation” to persecuted Mideast Christians
08/28/2015 RUSSIA
The Cossacks of St. Petersburg remove bas-relief of Mephistopheles from historic building
by Nina Achmatova
08/27/2015 RUSSIA
Hare Krishna accused of violence against their children, " forced to dance naked and be vegetarian"

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