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    24/01/2017 - USA-ASIA

    The new US president receives the support of Bernie Sanders: these agreements are "a disaster" and have cost "millions of jobs" for Americans. John McCain: The US withdrawal from the Pacific leaves all the space open for Chinese hegemony. Cuts to funding of international organizations that procure abortions.




    23/01/2017 - NEPAL

    As government is slow in providing aid, young Christian volunteers Christians step in to help quake victims

    by Christopher Sharma

    About 100 high school and university students spent their winter holidays bringing aid to the 14 most affected districts, fixing tents and providing hot meals. The government pledged funding in three installments, but not even the first has been provided.


    23/01/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Christ’s priesthood, he forgave sins, intercedes for us and will return to take us with Him


    The three stages of the "wonder" of the priesthood of Christ. "The Lord forgives everything if we open our heart a little", "but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven."

     


    23/01/2017 - INDIA

    The Indian Church remembers the missionary Graham Staines, burned alive by Hindu radicals

    by Santosh Digal

    The Australian pastor was working for leprosy patients in Orissa. He was killed in 1999 along with his two small children. The Supreme Court "did not understand the murderous ideology of Hindutva". The political responsibilities of his murder covered up. Prime Minister Modi had spoken of "international conspiracy."

     


    23/01/2017 - INDIA - YEMEN

    Catholics and others in pray for Fr. Tom’s release, Indian Salesian kidnapped in Yemen

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    A day of prayer organized by the Bishops' Conference. The initiative was also joined Protestant communities. Rev. Thomas Jacob: "Let us pray for him to return home safely." Hundreds of faithful at candlelight vigil organized at Our Lady’s Cathedral Trivandrum.


     


    22/01/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: All areas of human life are soil on which to cast Gospel seeds. New Year wishes for Far East


    At the Angelus Pope Francis speaks of how early Christians preached Gospel in a "geographically peripheral and religiously impure land", and that from there “the light on which we have reflected over the past few Sundays spread: the light of Christ." "The joy of proclaiming and witnessing to our faith”.  Wishes that during the New Year of the Rooster, the families of the Far East "increasingly become a school of respect for each other". Closeness to earthquake victims in central Italy. Prayers for victims and rescuers. Vespers in St. Paul Outside the Walls together with representatives of other Christian confessions.


    21/01/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Pakistan, Taliban hit a Shiite market in "revenge against Assad." The condemnation of the Church


    The explosion took place in Parachinar market, in one of the semi-autonomous tribal areas. The provisional toll is 20 dead and over 40 injured. The area is known for clashes between Sunnis and Shiites. Anglican bishop calls for prayers for the wounded.


    21/01/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope to the Roman Rota: It takes great courage to get married today. The Church must lend its support


    An audience for the beginning of the judicial year in the Vatican, Pope Francis calls for greater effort in preparing couples for marriage to mature in "love and truth". The importance of not abandoning young couples, but "welcoming, accompanying and helping them". Going beyond legal formalism for a catechesis which would show the faith and the value of agreement. "The ruinous pitfalls of the dominant culture of the ephemeral and the provisional".


    21/01/2017 - INDIA

    Card. Gracias: Orissa martyrs will soon be saints. The joy of Christians

    by Santosh Digal

    The archbishop of Mumbai reveals the Vatican willingness to open up the cause of canonization. He spoke with Card. Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Christians "have chosen to embrace death rather than deny Christ." Keeping the memory of the martyrs alive "for future generations who face the challenges of religious fanaticism."


    21/01/2017 - VATICAN - USA

    Pope to Trump: America’s greatness is measured by its attention to the poor


    Pope Francis exalts the "rich spiritual and ethical values that have shaped the history of the American people” and the nation’s “commitment to the advancement of human dignity and freedom worldwide ". Concerns " for the poor, the outcast and those in need who, like Lazarus, stand before our door ". The oath Trump preceded by various prayers of Catholic, Protestant, Jewish Representatives. The slogan "America first" will guide political choices. String criticism of the establishment. China’s caution and the enthusiasm of the president of Taiwan.


    20/01/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Lahore: Muhammad Akram goes from church vandalism to interfaith dialogue

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The young Muslim was one of 2,000 people who attacked a Christian village in 2005, incited by radicals on false blasphemy charges. An interfaith youth group was set up in 2010. Pakistanis “desperately need role models.”


    20/01/2017 - CHINA - UNITED STATES

    The Trump era begins: The China-US relationship and the risk of war

    by Wei Jingsheng

    As the inauguration ceremony of the Trump presidency approaches, the Propaganda Bureau of the Chinese Communist Party has banned all journalists from “unauthorized criticism" of Trump’ words and deeds. According to the great dissident Wei Jingsheng there is a chance that Trump will force China into fair trade deals, possibly leading to political and legal reforms. A trade war is an option.


    20/01/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: "Change your heart, change your life", to belong only to the Lord


    "When God forgives, He forgets." "He forgets, He forgives. In front of a repentant heart, forgive and forget: 'I will forget, I will not remember their sins'. This is an invitation not to remind the Lord of our sins but to sin no more. "

     


    20/01/2017 - MALAYSIA - MYANMAR

    Kuala Lumpur, Muslim nations against Myanmar: Enough violence against Rohingya


    The "special session" of the OIC focused on persecution of the Muslim minority in Myanmar. Najib Razak calls for the perpetrators to be "brought to justice." Bangladesh Minister: Respond to the question concerning citizenship.

     


    20/01/2017 - INDIA

    Msgr. Barwa: In Orissa Hindu pogroms have united Christians. Blood ecumenism

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    In 2008, the extremists targeted everyone, regardless of denomination. "The cross of Christ was proof that united us, our faith was visible." In Bhubaneshwar a common burial ground. Catholic educational, health and social institutions  must not discriminate against anybody, "even those who have persecuted us."


    20/01/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Card. Ranjith inaugurates the Year of St. Joseph Vaz, the Apostle of Sri Lanka (Photo)

    by Melani Manel Perera

    The Archbishop of Colombo said that he was an "outstanding example of reconciliation." He spoke both Tamil and Sinhalese and lived in communion with both ethnicities. A relic exhibited for the devotion of the faithful. Foundations laid of the new national shrine dedicated to him.

     


    19/01/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Christian life is a struggle, because the Father draws us to Jesus but "another pulls us the other way”


    "Jesus came to destroy Satan! To destroy his influence on our hearts. " "If you want to go forward," you have to fight! Feel the heart that struggles, because Jesus will win. " "We ask the Lord to be Christians who are able to discern what's going on in our heart and choose the right path on which the Father draws us to Jesus."

     


    19/01/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Pakistan, Christians and Muslims call for the release of the disappeared activists and intellectuals (Photos)

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The Commission on Human Rights organizes a seminar. Relatives of the abducted intellectuals reject the accusations of blasphemy, brought forward by Islamic radicals. "It's just a move to lock them up behind bars after their eventual release."

     


    18/01/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Fourth World Apostolic Congress on Mercy underway in Manila


    Some 5,000 delegates from around the world are attending the five-day congress that opened on Monday. Its main themes are mercy, compassion, and value of human life against the background of a country in a war mode.


    18/01/2017 - SRI LANKA

    UN agency report indicates that more than 900,000 people are affected by drought (photos)

    by Melani Manel Perera

    Water shortages affect 23 out of 25 districts. Rain has not fallen in some parts of the country since March. Government emergency toll-free number is available. Officials have been mobilised in the most affected areas. Tamils make offerings to the gods to get rain.


    18/01/2017 - INDIA

    Card Gracias calls for joint prayer in favour of Christian unity

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    For the first time in Mumbai, Catholics and Pentecostals jointly organise the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The archbishop will lead at an ecumenical prayer on 20 January. For Christian leader, “existing divisions between Christian denominations are used by radical Hindus to undermine the Christian icons of charity, education, and care for the sick."


    18/01/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity "makes us think about Christ’s love that urges reconciliation"


    Francis recalls that the week begins today, he says that "Communion, Reconciliation and Unity are possible. As Christians, we have a responsibility to give this message and we have to bear witness with our lives". "Prayer carries hope and when things are dark more prayer, so there will be even more hope."

     


    18/01/2017 - INDIA - YEMEN

    Indian Church in prayer for Fr. Tom, the Salesian priest kidnapped in Yemen


    On January 21 and 22 the Bishops' Conference has invoked a day of prayer for the liberation of the Salesian missionary. Card. Cleemis: We await with "anguish and prayer,"  news of his "release", that he is "alive and safe." Salesian Vicar: Amid the difficulties prayer is "essential" to "keep hope alive".

     


    18/01/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Lahore, student tortured for tweeting in favor of missing activists


    Suhail Ahmad studied law at the University Law College and was a distinguished debator. A group of radicals dragged him from his room on campus to a secret location. He was tortured and held hostage for three hours. An investigation opened.

     


    17/01/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Overcoming mistrust during the Week for Christian Unity, says Lahore priest

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Fr Inayat Bernard runs the St Mary minor seminary in Punjab’s capital. He gave new impetus to the Committee for ecumenical solidarity, a group that includes Pakistan’s four main Christian denominations. Fighting religious extremism needs deeper mutual understanding.


    17/01/2017 - INDIA

    For Catholic leaders, the Indian Church must speak out against inequality

    by Santosh Digal

    Oxfam releases its report on inequality. It shows India below China and Pakistan. Overall, 1 per cent of the population owns 58 per cent of the wealth. There is no welfare state, and no health insurance for the poor. Corporate debts have been forgone, but nothing has been done in education.


    17/01/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: No to "parked Christians." The courage of hope


    At Mass in Santa Marta, Pope Francis exhorts people to walk in hope, which is like "an anchor" to which we are attached. "To live by hope, always looking ahead with courage ... even where everything seems dark". "Stop to selfish Christians."


     


    17/01/2017 - INDIA

    Mangalore hosts tenth national meeting of young Catholics

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The event will be held January 18 to 22. Over 3 thousand youth leaders are expected from all over India. The meeting will end with a march for peace. The "Youth Cross", a symbol of Christ's love, has traveled 2 thousand kilometers.

     


    16/01/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Emeritus Bishop of Multan: his disability has not stopped him (Video)

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Mgr Andrew Francis celebrated 45 years of priesthood. He praised Christians who struggle for their faith. In 1996, he survived an assassination attempt, whilst in 2013, a car accident left him disabled. But for him, “there is no downside in my life."


    16/01/2017 - INDIA

    Odisha soldier who converted is proud of his faith in Jesus Christ

    by Santosh Digal

    Naba Kishore Patra is a catechist in the diocese of Balasore. Born and raised in a Hindu family, he married a Catholic woman, who introduced him to the Christian faith. Vincentian priests and nuns nurtured the seed of his faith. Now he wants "to work hard for the mission".






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    VATICAN - USA
    Pope to Trump: America’s greatness is measured by its attention to the poor



    Pope Francis exalts the "rich spiritual and ethical values that have shaped the history of the American people” and the nation’s “commitment to the advancement of human dignity and freedom worldwide ". Concerns " for the poor, the outcast and those in need who, like Lazarus, stand before our door ". The oath Trump preceded by various prayers of Catholic, Protestant, Jewish Representatives. The slogan "America first" will guide political choices. String criticism of the establishment. China’s caution and the enthusiasm of the president of Taiwan.


    CHINA - UNITED STATES
    The Trump era begins: The China-US relationship and the risk of war

    Wei Jingsheng

    As the inauguration ceremony of the Trump presidency approaches, the Propaganda Bureau of the Chinese Communist Party has banned all journalists from “unauthorized criticism" of Trump’ words and deeds. According to the great dissident Wei Jingsheng there is a chance that Trump will force China into fair trade deals, possibly leading to political and legal reforms. A trade war is an option.


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