22/09/2017 - VATICAN
This is the goal of a document released 50 years after the encyclical ‘Populorum progressio’, which was presented today in the Vatican. Humanising education and promoting a culture of meeting and dialogue are urgent and necessary.
22/09/2017 - NEPAL
As Dashain starts, mass slaughter of animals sparks protest by Buddhists and animal rights activistsby Christopher Sharma
The 15-day event is the most important religious celebration in Nepal. Animal rights activists have gone to Hindu temples to raise awareness among believers. The stench of rotting dead animals fills the areas near the places of worship. Police have been deployed to prevent confrontation.
22/09/2017 - PAKISTAN
Eleven schools celebrate World Peace Day in Faisalabadby Shafique Khokhar
The event was sponsored by the Holy Rosary Parish. Staging “such shows of peace” will make children “ambassadors of peace,” said Fr Shahzad. A “candle of peace” was lighted. Three groups call on the government to improve the situation of minorities who are often victims of kidnapping, conversions, and forced marriage.
21/09/2017 - BANGLADESH – VATICAN
Card D'Rozario says that the Church can be a field hospital for the Rohingyaby card. Patrick D’Rozario*
At least 420,000 Muslim refugees fled Myanmar for Bangladesh. They are “without many dreams or hope for the future, except only to save their lives, so human an urge, from sudden inhuman atrocities.” “The love of Bangladesh should put pressure on Myanmar to open the borders, their conscience and their hearts to receive their brothers and sisters”.
21/09/2017 - VATICAN
Pope says he will never pardon people guilty of sexual abuses
Francis met today with members of Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. He acknowledged that the Church was late in dealing with these crimes, but insisted that her policy now was “zero tolerance”. More importantly, “we can listen with interest to the voices of the victims and the survivors, as we have much to learn from them and their personal stories of courage and perseverance.”
21/09/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: the mafia is the result of corruption, inequalities, poverty, and deviant politics
Organised crime is fought at the political and economic levels against a financial system that “is now sovereign over democratic rules”. This requires “the construction of a new civil conscience [. . .] and working towards a new way of being citizens, including care and responsibility for others and for the common good”.
21/09/2017 - INDIA
Madhya Pradesh, Catholics and Protestants denounce Hindutva targeting of the poor.by Nirmala Carvalho
A college that hosted tribal students since 1997 closed. The police arrived with five trucks full of Hindu extremists, scaring the children. The college is accused of forced conversions. Sajan K George: "Nationalists are against Catholics because they want to continue to exploit dalit and tribal."
21/09/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: "Doctrine" does not come before mercy
The scandals, "There are so many, many ... And always, even in the Church today. They say, 'No, you can not, it's all clear, it's all, no, no ... Those are sinners, we have to turn them away.' Many saints have also been persecuted or suspected. " "The door that leads to encounter with Jesus is recognizing ourselves as we are, the truth. Sinners ".
20/09/2017 - INDIA
Heavy rains cause more flooding in Mumbai
In the past two days, 210 millimetres of rain have fallen, flooding roads and diverting air traffic. One plane skidded down the runway. Schools and universities remain closed. The intensity of weather events is due to climate change.
20/09/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: "Live, love, believe. And, by the grace of God, never despair "
At a general audience devoted to hope, Francis urges us to believe in the future: "God does not disappoint: if He has put hope in our hearts, He does not want to aggravate it with continued frustrations. Everything is born to bloom in an eternal spring. " A prayer for the victims of the earthquake that struck Mexico.
20/09/2017 - INDIA
Catholic college closed down in Madhya Pradesh. Bishop of Sagar: They want to drive out Christiansby Nirmala Carvalho
The college has been hosting the poor tribal students of the area for 20 years. The Church legally bought the property and the documents are in order. Bishop Anthony Chirayath: "False accusation of having converted 200 people". Archbishop Cornelio: "Nationalists want tribals to return to the Hindu religion. But they have not been converted. "
19/09/2017 - VATICAN
Pope creates an Institute for Matrimonial and Family Sciences
The new body replaces the one founded by John Paul II. The goal is to adapt to the journey undertaken by the Church with the Synods of 2014 and 2015 and with the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia of 2016.
19/09/2017 - INDIA
Sister Lissy: the mission among the poor fills stomachs and hungry hearts with Christby Lissy Maruthanakuzhy*
A member of the Congregation of the Daughters of St Paul, she eventually turned to poor fishermen in Kerala “While our media mission caters to the elite and intellectuals”. Then, in 2008, she travelled with Mgr Thomas Menamparampil to the jungle villages in Assam, where the missionaries can “enter into the agony of the masses who were like ‘sheep without a shepherd’".
19/09/2017 - ASIA
More than 40 million slaves and 152 million forced children labourers in 2016
The data are found in two reports by the International Labour Organisation, the Walk Free Foundation and the International Organisation of Migration. Forced marriage is one form of modern slavery. Three quarters of all victims are women and girls.
19/09/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: The Christian must "draw close" to those who suffer to restore their dignity
Following Christ’s example, we must suffer and empathize with the needy, not help them "from afar", because there are those who are dirty, who "do not shower," who "stink." With our "intercessory prayer," with our "work" as Christians, we must be able to help people who suffer, to "return to society", "family life", work; in short: to "everyday life".
18/09/2017 - MYANMAR – CHINA – UNITED NATIONS
UN criticises Myanmar over Rohingya ahead of Aung San Suu Kyi's address
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres calls for a stop to the military offensive before the crisis becomes irreversible. The Myanmar military have redoubled their action against Muslim "extremists" in the country’s north-west. Nobel Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has become popular in China for defending her people’s “interests”. China has a major stake in Rakhine State.
18/09/2017 - SRI LANKA
‘Open Mosque Day’ in Colombo to bridge gap between Muslims and othersby Melani Manel Perera
18/09/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: Those who rule must pray, it is a sin not to pray for those who rule
Whoever is in the government should be aware of being "subordinate" to the "people who gave them power, and God, from whom power comes through the people". The ruler who does not pray "closes in his own self-referentiality or in that of his party, in that circle from which he cannot escape; he is a man closed in on himself. "
18/09/2017 - BANGLADESH
Dhaka, the Good Shepherd exhibition attracts hundreds of Hindus and Muslims (Photo)by Sumon Corraya
More than 300 spectators admired the watercolors of Adward Arther, a young Baptist Christian. A Hindu visitor: "The most important element of the Christian religion is love of God and of his Son for humanity." A Muslim: "Christ who came to earth for our salvation."
18/09/2017 - JAPAN - VATICAN
Archbishop Kikuchi: In tune with the Pope and Card. Filoni for mission in Japanby Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi
The bishop of Niigata and President of Caritas Japan comments on yesterday’s papal message sent to the bishops of Japan. The journey stages of Card. Filoni, which will also touch Fukushima. The question of the relationship with the Neocatechumenal Way is still "unresolved".
18/09/2017 - VATICAN - JAPAN
Pope to Japanese Bishops: Be the salt and light of society, even going against the trends
During the pastoral visit of Card. Fernando Filoni, Prefect of Propaganda Fide, to the Land of the Rising Sun, Pope Francis urges the bishops and the Japanese Church to renew their missionary commitment to society, marked by suicides, divorces, religious formalism, material and spiritual poverty. The request to collaborate with ecclesial movements, perhaps in memory of the controversy with the Neocatechumenal Way.
17/09/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: Always, you must always forgive!
At the Angelus, Pope Francis comments on the parable of the merciful king and the ruthless servant. It is necessary to forgive because "the human being, created in the image of God, is always greater than the evil that he commits." "The heavenly Father is full of love and wants to offer it, but he can not do this if we close our hearts to love for others."
16/09/2017 - INDIA
Mumbai celebrates Card. Gracias, 'prophetic voice' and guide of the Indian Churchby Nirmala Carvalho
Celebrations for the 20th anniversary of his episcopal ordination. The cardinal is highly esteemed by religious and political leaders. The relationship of friendship with Mother Teresa and her battles for the marginalized. The Archbishop of Mumbai's commitment to the universal Church.
16/09/2017 - VATICAN
Pope to the Sacred Heart Missionaries: 'Good Wine' and mission among Young People
In an audience with the group of participants in the general chapter, Pope Francis calls on them to find "possible new ways" to live the charism of the congregation founded in 1854. To learn from Jesus to "love with a human heart." The educational emergency to "accompany young generations". Valorise the laity and not give in to the evil of clericalism.
16/09/2017 - PAKISTAN
Lahore, Christian condemned to death for 'blasphemy on Whatsapp'
The sentence was issued on 14 September. Nadeem James was detained in July 2016. A friend accused him of sending a poem that offends Islam. The lawyer will appeal to the High Court. He has received death threats and remains in prison.
15/09/2017 - PAKISTAN – MYANMAR
Lahore Catholic NGO to help Rohingya in troubleby Kamran Chaudhry
The ten-day mission involves the distribution of various items to a hundred families, moved by the need to help "Muslim brothers". Refugees “are ordinary, peace-loving people caught between rival groups."
15/09/2017 - BANGLADESH – VATICAN
Dhaka: Catholics, Protestants and Muslims waiting with joy for Pope Francisby Sumon Corraya
The pastoral visit is set for 30 November to 2 December 2017. The local Church has set up ten multi-faith subcommittees whose members will meet the pontiff. Muslim politicians are looking forward to the visit. "I hope he will talk about the violence that women are forced to submit to,” said a government adviser. Protestants are helping to organise the visit.
15/09/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: Under the Cross Mary "gave birth to us all: She gave birth to the Church"
The "mystery" of the Sorrowful Virgin "is more than to reflect, to contemplate". "Contemplate the Mother of Jesus, contemplate this sign of contradiction, for Jesus is the winner, but on the Cross."
15/09/2017 - VATICAN ORTHODOX
Catholic-Orthodox dialogue resumes. Moscow has a greater weightby Vladimir Rozanskij
The Russian Orthodox return to the fore in the Joint Commission and focus on uniatism and "Primacy and Communion in the Second Millennium." Metropolitan Ioannis Zizioulas, historian of dialogue, replaced due to age limit. The fruits of the meeting at Cuba between Francis and Kirill and the visit of Card. Parolin to Moscow.
15/09/2017 - INDIA
Punjab, Dalit tied to a tree and beaten for 'theft'. Then he disappears
The man is called Tikka Masih and is 30 years old. Since September 9, the family no longer has had no more news. Sunita's wife attempted to file a complaint, but the police would not listen to witness accounts. The about 200 million Dalit Indians are still victims of abuse and discrimination.
14/09/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: Christ cannot be reduced to that status of "spiritual master", nor can we lose hope in salvation
On the day dedicated to the Exaltation of the Cross, Francis stressed how the latter represents a "mystery of love," one that is not easy to understand. When he wants to explain it to Nicodemus, as in today’s gospel, Jesus uses two verbs "to go up" and "come down". "Jesus came down from Heaven to bring all of us up to Heaven."
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