12/27/2014BANGLADESH Christmas in Bangladesh, a faith that grows without being overcome by dejection by Franco Cagnasso* PIME's regional superior in Bangladesh takes stock of the activities carried out in 2014. Snehanir, a community for children and young people who have disabilities or are very poor, is set to welcome blind and deaf children. Some students tells their story: Mithun is ready to give up his dreams for his family's sake, and Ashis might become a PIME missionary. Dinajpur
(AsiaNews) - We publish below a Christmas
letter from Fr Franco Cagnasso, regional superior of the Pontifical Institute
for Foreign Missions (PIME) in Bangladesh (translated by AsiaNews).
Friends, a friendly...
12/27/2014NEPAL For Kathmandu bishop, a country that welcomes Christ is a fairer country by Christopher Sharma Christian leaders celebrated Christmas with a prayer service. Political leaders and members of civil society groups were present at the event. Nepal's prime minister pledges respect for freedom of worship and protection for minorities in the new constitution. For the apostolic vicar, "Christ was Christ was born [. . .] to limit the differences among human beings [. . .] Likewise, we must reject violence, discrimination and terrorism".
12/25/2014VATICAN Pope; May Christmas bring the hope of peace to those suffering in the Middle East and the world, especially the children In his 'Urbi et orbi' message, Francis turned his thoughts to the victims of war in the Middle East, Nigeria, Libya, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as to those who suffer from tensions in Ukraine. " May Jesus save the vast numbers of children who are victims of violence, made objects of trade and trafficking, or forced to become soldiers; children, so many abused children. May he give comfort to the families of the children killed in Pakistan last week. May he be close to all who suffer from illness, especially the victims of the Ebola epidemic".
12/25/2014VATICAN Pope: May the world and each of us accept "God's tenderness" at Christmas "The question the Child asks us with his presence is: Do I let God love me? And again, do we have the courage to accept with tenderness the difficult situations and problems of those next to us, or do we prefer impersonal solutions, more efficient perhaps but lacking the Gospel's warmth? How much does the world need tenderness today! God's patience, God's closeness, God's tenderness."
12/24/2014INDIA As India shifts towards fundamentalism, Indian priest urges Christmas prayers for religious freedom by Dominic Emmanuel* As Hindu nationalist parties and movements come to power, a nationalist and extremist definition of the nation is taking hold. Attacks against minorities, particularly Christians, continue. By his silence, the prime minister takes sides. India is now likely to become another Pakistan. A public relations officer at the Archdiocese of Delhi shares his thoughts.
12/24/2014ASIA Tears (and Best Wishes) for Christmas by Bernardo Cervellera At Christmas God shows us that he has not tired of us. Despite so many wars, injustice, torture, persecution, God has not stopped trusting in man and comes to his aid. The world lives of sterile immobility and apocalyptic terror. With Jesus' birth the world began to change and there are witnesses of hope in Iraq, in Hong Kong, in the Middle East. The revolution of solidarity.
12/23/2014INDIA Church prepared to use "any means" to stop laws that violate religious freedom, says Card Gracias The prelate issues a stinging statement against recent anti-Christian attacks and any plan to legislate in the matter of conversion. He said he would take "court action" to stop any draft bill of this kind. Instead, he insisted on the need to protect the rights guaranteed by the constitution, and defended the role of Christian schools, which are centres of excellence where no faith is imposed.
12/23/2014PAKISTAN Karachi, 13 Taliban killed in a shootout. Islamabad ready to execute 500 terrorists The militiamen killed in the crossfire belong to Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, the group that has claimed responsibility for the massacre at the military school in Peshawar. The terrorists were wearing "police uniforms." The Pakistani government has announced hundreds of hanging in the coming weeks. Criticism from the UN and human rights activists.
12/22/2014INDIA For Mgr Dabre, India should ensure respect for the rights and freedoms of all citizens by Thomas Dabre * In a country with different cultures, religions, and states, "cultural nationalism" is wrong. The same is true for attempts to impose the Hindu majority's culture, sacred books, festivities and even terminology on believers of other religions. Christians do not practice forced conversions, but uphold the right to change religion as guaranteed by the Constitution.
12/22/2014PAKISTAN Peshawar school massacre: Pakistani police arrest a group of suspects Those arrested are suspected of "aiding and abetting". For the Minister of Interior investigations are continuing "in the right direction." Intelligence sources: new attacks in the planning. Thousands of people have paid tribute to the 148 victims of the massacre at the military school, of whom 132 were children.