03/09/2014VATICAN Pope: Do not argue with Satan, defened 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". Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Lent "is a fitting occasion for all of us
to undertake a journey of conversion, by sincerely taking this Gospel passage into
consideration. Let us renew the...
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.
03/05/2014PAKISTAN Pakistani Christians fast and pray for peace and persecuted minorities by Jibran Khan Every church in the country holds special services for Ash Wednesday. The Diocese of Lahore and Rawalpindi issues a message of peace and harmony. For priest in Lahore, this is a propitious time to refrain from the world's temptations. In Sialkot, thoughts go to Christians "persecuted for their faith."
03/05/2014INDIA India, dates set for general elections. 814 million voters estimated It will be the world’s largest vote in terms of registered voters. The elections will go ahead in nine stages, from April 7 to May 12 . By May 31 there will be the new Parliament and a new Prime Minister will be appointed. The main challenge is between Sonia Gandhi’s Congress and the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP ) .