24/02/2017 - SRI LANKA
Thousands took part in a rally organised by the People's Alliance for Right to Land and the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement. Seized during the civil war, properties are still held by the military or businesses operating them for tourism or agriculture.
by Melani Manel Perera
24/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: "In God, justice is mercy, and mercy is justice"
Do not give in to the "logic of casuistry" that reduces the faith in terms of "can" or "cannot", but follow the path of Jesus, "the path from case study to truth and mercy". Jesus says, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her", but he spoke "many times with an adulteress." And in the end he said: "I do not condemn you. Sin no more. "
24/02/2017 - INDIA
Bangalore archbishop inaugurates first family counselling serviceby Nirmala Carvalho
The goal is to solve the crisis of the family, and emphasise again the sanctity of the institution of marriage. The archdiocese will rely on the expertise of 20 Holy Cross priests. The disintegration of families is evident in the rise in marriage annulments.
24/02/2017 - INDIA
Mumbai fishermen furious over plans for worlds tallest Shivaji statue
The equestrian statue of the god warrior will measure 190 meters; its construction will cost almost 510 million euro. It is expected to be completed in 2021. It will attract 10 thousand visitors a day. The fishing community complains that the money could be spent on improving health, education and infrastructure. Activist: "The fascist forces use the god's statue as a symbol of Hindutva".
23/02/2017 - BANGLADESH
Rajshahi, proclaiming the Gospel of young people to other young peopleby Sumon Corraya
About 400 young students took part in a five-day seminar, which included meeting some families. The goal was to “help young people be free from the slavery of consumerism, materialism, and capitalism”. For Mgr Rozario, “Our young people need to be like salt."
23/02/2017 - PAKISTAN
"We are lying to ourselves,” says former Christian general after another bomb kills nine in Lahoreby Kamran Chaudhry
The latest is the eighth incident of violence in ten days. The bomb exploded in the city's commercial district, inside a building under construction. There are fears that some workers are still trapped under the rubble. A number of shops, banks and restaurants were also damaged. No one has yet claimed responsibility. There is little hope for a new military operation against the extremists.
23/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: do not give scandal with a double life, but converted soon
"It would be good for all of us, each one of us, today, to consider if there is something of a double life within us: ‘But, sure, the Lord will eventually forgive everything, but I’ll keep going as I have been…’ If there is something saying, “Sure, this is not going well, I will convert, but not today: tomorrow.’ Let’s think about that. And let us profit from the Word of the Lord and consider the fact that on this point, the Lord is very strict. Scandal destroys. "
23/02/2017 - INDIA
India, Franciscan nuns promote inter-religious dialogue: An experience of deliveranceby Santosh Digal
In 1986 the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary created groups for Interreligious Dialogue. Their work is developed in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and other parts of India. They created a network of collaboration with other organizations that support friendly relations between religious communities. Thanks to mutual understanding, conflicts between Christians and Muslims defused.
22/02/2017 - INDIA
A law faculty at a Catholic college proposes an amendment to the Civil Codeby Nirmala Carvalho
Marriage law is at the centre of discussions in a country with many religious communities following different rules. The law that allows quick Muslim divorce is one of the main bones of contention. The Catholic Church supports all proposals that support “equality, fraternity and freedom".
22/02/2017 - BANGLADESH
One million palm trees against lethal lightning
Since 2010, about 1,500 people have died from lightning, 274 in 2015, and 349 (82 in a single day) in the first months of 2016, according to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department. In view of the situation, the government has decided to reforest rural areas by June. Experts express their opinion.
22/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: sin has also ruined creation, but we know that God is preparing "a new earth"
"Human pride, exploiting Creation, destroys. However, the Lord does not leave us alone and, even in this desolate picture, He offers us a new prospect of liberation, of universal salvation." For South Sudan, where "a serious food crisis is underway which condemns millions of people to death by starvation, including many children", "declarations are not enough, concrete aid is needed".
22/02/2017 - INDIA
Punjab Church launcehs "Sport for young people" against drug abuseby Santosh Digal
Eight hockey coaches give lessons to 540 children and young people, most of which have dropped out of school or are unemployed. The state has the highest rate of crimes linked to drug use. The program was conceived by the Social Service of the Diocese of Jalandhar, in collaboration with Caritas India.
22/02/2017 - PAKISTAN
Charsadda, new Taliban attack on a court: 7 dead
Three suicide bombers mingled among a crowd of lawyers. The timely intervention of the agents avoided a worse toll. It is the seventh attack in just over a week. The Taliban group attack in retaliation against the killing of one of its radical leaders.
21/02/2017 - INDIA
The passion of Jesus drove Franciscan Sister to build 54 houses for the poor in Keralaby Santosh Digal
Sister Lizzy Chakkalakal heads Our Lady's Convent Girls Higher Secondary School in Kochi. In 2012 she provided the first house to a needy family. For her, “the birth of a culture of sharing and mutual care among local people" is more important than just providing housing.
21/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: May "holy shame" defend us from the temptations of ambition, worldliness
"Sometimes we say it with shame we priests, we priests: 'I wish for that parish ...' - 'But the Lord is here ...' - 'But I would like that ...'. The same. Not the way of the Lord, but that road of vanity, worldliness. Even among us bishops the same happens: worldliness becomes as temptation. "
21/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: it is "our duty" to welcome, protect, promote and integrate migrants
"The human promotion of migrants and their families begins with their communities of origin. That is where such promotion should be guaranteed, joined to the right of being able to emigrate, as well as the right to not be constrained to emigrate." "In the face of tragedies which take the lives of so many migrants and refugees – conflicts, persecutions, forms of abuse, violence, death – expressions of empathy and compassion cannot help but spontaneously well-up."
21/02/2017 - BANGLADESH
Khulna, Islamic leader promises protection to Christians and Hindusby Sumon Corraya
21/02/2017 - ASIA
Annual profits of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banks down by 62%by Paul Wang
The cause is "volatile financial conditions", including the US and Brexit. The greater part of the profit comes from operations in Asia. Hang Seng in Hong Kong drop by 41%.
20/02/2017 - SRI LANKA
Boat tragedy in Sri Lanka: vessel carrying Catholic believers capsizes with 11 dead and 18 injuredby Melani Manel Perera
The victims were taking part in a sea procession yesterday, feast day of Our Lady of Good Voyage, protectress of local fishermen. Buddhists also took part in the celebration. Overcrowding is the main cause of the incident.
20/02/2017 - INDIA
World Day of Social Justice: for auxiliary bishop of Mumbai, people must come before profits
The United Nations established the day in 2007 to highlight global issues like poverty, exclusion, employment, and gender equality. For Mgr D'Silva, violence is the result of inequalities. Existing economic structures must be revisited out of “compassion for our brothers and sisters”.
20/02/2017 - INDIA
Mumbai, a statue of the Virgin Mary vandalized and decapitatedby Nirmala Carvalho
The statue was installed in a grotto along a road in suburban Kurla. CCTV video recorded the act done by three strangers. Christian leaders pray for peace between the communities, on the eve of the municipal elections to be held tomorrow.
20/02/2017 - PHILIPPINES
Protests continue for the war against drugs and the decision to reinstate the death penalty
More than 20 thousand faithful gathered in Manila to pray, march and protest against the "reign of terror" operated by President Rodrigo Duterte. In recent months, the campaign of violence has resulted in about 7 thousand victims including drug addicts and drug dealers.
19/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: Christians have "a duty" to do justice, but "it is forbidden to" seek revenge
Jesus asks his disciples to suffer the bad, in fact, he asked them to react, however not with another evil, but with good. A prayer for the victims of violence in the Central Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in particular child soldiers, and those affected by the attacks in Pakistan and Iraq.
18/02/2017 - INDIA
Mumbai, Mary’s Clan 30 years of palliative care for alcoholics and the abandonedby Nirmala Carvalho
The rehabilitation center was opened in 1983. Since then he has welcomed 350 patients, accompanying them to the end of life. Patients often recover relationships with families. "This is because palliative care addresses hope and the basic needs of everyone: humanity."
18/02/2017 - PAKISTAN
Pakistani police kill over 100 terrorists in raid following Sufi temple attackby Shafique Khokhar
The suicide attack in Sindh killed more than 80 people gathered in prayer. The National Action Plan against Terrorism was approved, but lacks the political will to put it into practice. "We must eliminate the Islamic religious element in the Constitution".
17/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: Unity in Diversity, where there is no dialogue there is violence
Visiting the University of Roma Tre, Francis answers questions from students. The fundamental importance of dialogue, the search for "truth, goodness and beauty"; unity that needs differences; integration and "respect" as a response to the fear of the migrant, "but each country has to see what number it can accommodate. It's true: you cannot welcome [migrants] if there are no possibilities[for them]".
17/02/2017 - INDIA
Hindu ultranationalists growing in Kerala with more than 5,000 meetings a dayby Nirmala Carvalho
In Kerala Hindus, Christians and Muslims have always lived together peacefully. The Communist Party of India (Marxist), which won last year’s State election, is open to democratic values. "Kerala could become a model for the national party”.
17/02/2017 - PAKISTAN
Pakistan's Catholic Church strongly condemns Sufi temple attackby Kamran Chaudhry
The suicide attack caused 75 deaths, including 20 children, and over 200 injured. Islamabad imposed a crackdown on terrorism and closes the border with Afghanistan. Catholics fear violence even against the churches. Tomorrow will a youth march in Karachi.
17/02/2017 - PAKISTAN
Sindh, Islamic State militant blows himself up in a Sufi temple: 75 dead and 200 injured
The attack took place in the temple of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, in the city of Sehwan. 20 children among the dead The militant chose time when the place was crowded to attend a ritual dance.
16/02/2017 - SRI LANKA
As the government comes out in favour of abortion, Bishops' conference calls on Catholic believers and politicians to oppose itby Melani Manel Perera
Every year, 400,000 women become pregnant in Sri Lanka. Some 15,000 resort to illegal abortions and ten die each year. A report by the Health Ministry last year says that 658 abortions occur each day.
16/02/2017 - PAKISTAN
Taliban attackers warn churches that they can be targets if they back the governmentby Kamran Chaudhry
Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a group linked to Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, is responsible for the attack on the Punjab Assembly, whose death toll rose to 14 victims. Christian, Sikh, and Muslim places of worship are not Taliban targets as long as they keep their distance from the government.
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