29/04/2016 - PAKISTAN
More than a hundred women marched yesterday in front of the Lahore Press Club, holding banners, calling for their wages to be raised to the national minimum. Some 12 million workers are employed in this area, and are denied the same rights that other workers enjoy. Since 2013, a draft bill has been before the Punjab cabinet waiting for approval. See the video of the protest.
by Kamran Chaudhry
29/04/2016 - INDIA
Card Gracias, saddened by the attack on Bishop Gallela Prasad, champion of the poorby card. Oswald Gracias
The archbishop of Mumbai and president of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conference condemns the attack against the bishop of Cuddapah. He calls on the authorities to act quickly. He also prays that God may “touch and turn the hearts of those who committed this sacrilegious assault.” The attacked bishop is closely involved in empowering the poor and women.
29/04/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: A Christian does not say one thing and do another: He walks in the light, "because God is Light."
"The lie we know where it comes from: in the Bible, Jesus calls the devil 'father of lies', the liar". "Sin is ugly! But if you have sinned, He is watching and waiting for you to forgive you! '. Always! Because He - God - is greater than our sins".
29/04/2016 - INDIA
Msgr. Menamparampil: Amoris laetitia affirms values of Indian familiesby mons. Thomas Menamparampil
The apostolic administrator of Jowai comments on Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation. He believes that the papal document is applicable to the condition of the Indian tribal families. Amoris laetitia talks about "irregular" situations, marriages, divorces, abandoned children. All of this is also found in India where, as the Pope recalls, we must not give in to easy judgments, but to discern each situation case by case.
29/04/2016 - INDIA
Andhra Pradesh: Catholic bishop kidnapped and beaten for hours
Msgr. Gallela Prasad is the bishop of Cuddapah and was returning from Kadapa district, where he celebrated Mass. The car IN which was traveling was stopped by unknown persons, who blindfolded him and beat up the driver and prelate all night. The Telugu Federation of Churches filed a complaint and asked the authorities to register the case to "ensure the safety of Christians."
28/04/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: in the Church, there have always been resistance to the "surprises" of the Holy Spirit
“[G]et together, join together, listen, discuss, pray and decide. This is the so-called sinodality of the Church, which expresses the communion of the Church,” the pope said. “Let us ask the Lord for grace to understand how the Church can face the surprises of the Spirit, to be docile and to follow the path which Christ wants for us and for the whole Church.”
28/04/2016 - BANGLADESH
Church slams LGBT activists’ murder in Dhaka, a moral failure for the government
After two young LGBT activists are killed by persons unknown, the president of the Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace, says although the Church “does not approve the way of the LGBT life, it recognises the rights of all human persons,” including the right to life which is sacred. Killing people is what terrorists do. The government must guarantee protection to every citizen. For Rosaline Costa, a friend of one of the victims, “no more compromises with Islamist parties”.
28/04/2016 - INDIA
Madhya Pradesh, police interrupt a Christian marriage: "The spouses are Hindus"by Nirmala Carvalho
Security officers and Hindu extremists stormed a place of worship in Satna, arresting 10 people including the pastor and the groom's parents. He is accused of having converted the pair illegally to Christianity and celebrating a marriage between minors. Christian leaders: "This is abuse of anti-conversion laws".
27/04/2016 - INDIA
Indian bishop: Church must focus on priestly trainingby Benigna Menezes*
Mgr George Palliparambil is the bishop of the Diocese of Miao, Arunachal Pradesh. Yesterday, he celebrated the ordination of five new priests in Eluru from to the Missionaries of Compassion. In addition to India, they operate in Australia, Venezuela and the United States. The prelate spoke with concern about several suicide cases among Indian priests.
27/04/2016 - INDIA
Card Gracias: as one of the most polluted countries, India needs a serious commitment to the climate
The archbishop of Mumbai is among 260 religious leaders who signed an appeal to world leaders asking them to implement immediately the Paris climate agreement. Citing Pope Francis’ Laudato si’ encyclical, he stresses that it is the poor who pay for pollution. “Step outside in India, and often you will be breathing some of the dirtiest city air on the planet,” he writes.
27/04/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Indifference to the suffering of man is to ignore God
Jesus teaches us not to "categorize others to see who is our neighbor and who is not. You can become a neighbor to whomever you meet in need, and you will be if you have compassion in your heart, that is if you are capable of suffering with others".
26/04/2016 - PAKISTAN
Ahmadis increasingly victims of human rights violations in Pakistanby Kamran Chaudhry
According to the annual report on persecution against the group, 248 Ahmadis were murdered last year, with another 323 victims of attempted murder. Scores of their places of worship have either been seized or illegally disposed. Many of their tombs have been desecrated. Since 1974, Ahmadis have been treated as “non-Muslims” and a government ordinance bans them from using Islamic greetings and prayers, or to refer to their places of worship as mosques.
26/04/2016 - SRI LANKA
As it celebrates Sri Lanka’s National Laity Sunday, the Church says no one can be a bystanderby Melani Manel Perera
Mgr Norbert Andradi, president of the National Laity Commission, issued a message for the occasion, reprinted in a Catholic weekly. “The lay apostolate is as important as the priesthood,” he wrote. Lay people can serve children, youth, young couples, and new families. By “sharing the roles and the abilities of one another,” the laity can “manifest the merciful face of the Father.”
26/04/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: "It is not for the pastor to determine what the faithful have to say in different arenas"
In a letter to the president of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America Francis speaks of the "temptation" of clericalism that "not only cancels out the Christian personality, but also tends to belittle and underestimate the baptismal grace that the Holy Spirit has placed in the heart of the our people ".
26/04/2016 - INDIA
Bishops meet Prime Minister Modi in Delhi, ask him to invite Pope Francis to Indiaby Nirmala Carvalho
The leaders of the Indian Catholic Church asked the prime minister to lead a government delegation to Rome for the canonisation of Mother Teresa. The bishops praised the government's involvement in trying to get the release of Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, who was abducted in Yemen. Modi pledged support for Ranchi hospital for the poor and Tribals, an initiative of local Catholics.
26/04/2016 - BANGLADESH
Bangladesh, two LGBT activists killedby Sumon Corraya
Xulhaz Mannan and Tonoy Majumder were hacked to death with machetes. Six men raided the apartment of Xulhaz and also wounded the building’s security guard. The US official had founded the first newspaper that deals with the rights of the LGBT community in the country. In Bangladesh homosexual relations are illegal.
25/04/2016 - NEPAL
A year after the earthquake, thousands of survivors still in tents or under tree branchesby Christopher Sharma
25/04/2016 - INDIA
Madhya Pradesh: Kumbh Mela begins. A Catholic dispensary caring for Hindu pilgrimsby di Nirmala Carvalho
The rally takes place from April 22 to May 21 in the city of Ujjain. The largest Hindu pilgrimage in the world, about 50 million pilgrims are expected to bathe in the waters of the sacred river Kshipra. 13 Akharas of the country, the training school for seers and holy men, also take place. The local church offers free care for the medical needs of the pilgrims.
24/04/2016 - VATICAN
Pope Francis tells young people that “genuine love” is not a “soap opera”, but Christians’ real identity card
In his homily for the Jubilee of Teens, Pope Francis asked questions and gave answers to the 70,000 present. Stressing the great ideal of love as giving oneself “without being possessive”, he noted that freedom is “being able to choose the good”. He warned young people “who dare not dream,” telling them that “If you do not dream at your age, you are already ready for retirement”. He also received funds raised for the Ukraine, and appealed for the release of bishops and the priests held in Syria.
23/04/2016 - BANGLADESH
Rajshahi: English professor hacked to death, police blame Islamic radicalsby Sumon Corraya
Rezaul Karim Siddique taught at Rajshahi University. Known and liked by the local community, he participated in local cultural activities. His wife said he had no enemies. For anonymous journalist, undoubtedly "He was killed for his poems." The attack’s modus operandi is the same used in killing other bloggers and liberal thinkers.
23/04/2016 - PAKISTAN
Minority leaders slam murder of Sikh minister who was a friend of the Christiansby Kamran Chaudhry
Two men on motorbikes gunned down their victim. At the start of his mandate as minister, he had asked a bishop for his blessing. Muslims liked him for his welfare work. For one observer, the incident highlights the government’s failure to protect minorities.
23/04/2016 - ISRAEL – PALESTINE
For Fr David, Tel Aviv kindergarten for migrant children is like Jesus’ family
The facility has 52 children from the Philippines, Sudan, Eritrea, India and Sri Lanka, including two with autism, and one with Down. The “multi-faceted project” is not profit oriented, manager says. For one parent, children get “children everything they need”.
23/04/2016 - INDIA
Two newly ordained priests to serve Christians in Odisha’s Kandhamal districtby Santosh Digal
Mgr John Barwa, archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, ordained Fr Pritam Singh and Fr Bhanja Kishore Singh in a ceremony attended by more than a thousand Catholics, as well as 35 priests and 50 nuns. The district now has 12 priests, the highest number in the state. The increase in consecrations confirms that the Christian community has not been intimidated by Hindu radical violence.
23/04/2016 - SRI LANKA
For Sri Lankan environmentalists, the Paris climate agreement is not enough to save the planetby Melani Manel Perera
The Paris climate agreement was signed yesterday in New York. More than 150 heads of state and government have pledged to keep the increase in global temperature "well below 2 degrees", and limit the increase to 1.5 degrees. Despite this, islands are likely to face rising sea levels. In Sri Lanka, coal plants continue to pollute.
23/04/2016 - VATICAN
Pope tells youth that without Jesus, “there is no signal. Talking becomes impossible”
In a video message to the boys and girls taking part in the Jubilee for Teens, Pope Francis stressed forgiveness and works of mercy, even for “Young people like yourselves, who are hungry, thirsty; who are refugees or foreigners or sick and in need of our help, and friendship.”
22/04/2016 - NEPAL
One year after the earthquake, Nepal still reeling
On 25 April, Nepal marks the first anniversary of a quake that killed 9,000 and displaced five million. Reconstruction requires up to US$ 8bn. Four have already been pledged, but the government is not releasing funds for fear of graft and embezzlement. Meanwhile, four million have no home, power, or building materials. NGOs hope to start work soon.
22/04/2016 - INDIA
First alternative medicine hospital run by the Sisters of Nazareth opens in Bihar
This is the first facility of its kind in the state. During the opening ceremony on Wednesday, Mgr William D'Souza SJ, Archbishop of Patna, stressed the importance of finding “wellness and integrity” in a busy life. The centre offers yoga, herbal massages, and Ayurvedic treatments, as well as dietary and joint pain advice.
22/04/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Announcing the Gospel, intercession and hope, lynchpins of Christian life
"Each one of us, let’s ask ourselves: How is the announcement (of Jesus) in my life? How is my relationship with Jesus who intercedes for me? And how is my hope? Do I truly believe that the Lord is risen? Do I believe that he prays to the Father on my behalf? Each time that I call him, He is praying for me, He is interceding? ".
22/04/2016 - BANGLADESH
New Auxiliary Bishop of Dhaka: Be witnesses of Christ to win people’s heartsby Sumon Corraya
Today the archdiocese celebrates the installment of Msgr. Shorot Francis Gomes, appointed by Pope Francis in February. The bishop comes from a Catholic family, where the example of their parents' faith led the three children to embark on the journey of consecration. He will offer the local Church his experience with families and the formation of priests.
21/04/2016 - PAKISTAN – INDIA
Pilgrimage of peace between Lahore-Delhi to boost unity and mercy between the two peoplesby Nirmala Carvalho
Mgr Sebastian Francis Shaw, archbishop of Lahore, visited the Indian capital with 16 priests from his diocese, where they were “greeted so warmly”. Despite being divisions and conflicts since 1947, “A strong sense of brotherhood and communion binds our two peoples”, and this calls for “a new culture of mercy".
21/04/2016 - INDIA
Chhattisgarh: 11-year-old girl cuts off tongue to offer to lord Shiva
The incident occurred on Wednesday in Sangeetarai village. After initially losing consciousness, she continued to pray in front of a religious symbol, drawing a crowd of curious onlookers. Local authorities deputed a medical doctor to monitor her health.
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