24/02/2017 - INDIA
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.
by Nirmala Carvalho
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 - 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 - 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.
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 - 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 - 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.
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."
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”.
16/02/2017 - INDIA
Elections in Mumbai: the Archdiocese does not endorse any candidate or political partyby Nirmala Carvalho
A video posted a few days ago seemed to show an alleged support of the Hindu nationalist party in government. An official statement reiterates that the local Church does not endorse any particular group. Catholic leaders invite people to vote. Awareness campaign in schools.
14/02/2017 - INDIA
Jharkhand, a Christian dies a martyr’s death for refusing to recant and return to tree religionby Santosh Digal
Bartu Urawn, 50, lived in the village of Kubuaa. A group of 15 Hindu Adivasi bound him and threw him into a cold pond. "I will not deny Christ . . . I will continue to believe till my last breath,” he said. A report by the Mumbai-based Catholic Secular Forum found that in 2016 at least ten Christians were killed for their faith.
13/02/2017 - INDIA
Some 200,000 people celebrate centennial of Our Lady of Lourdes shrine in Odishaby Purushottam Nayak
The shrine opened on 11 February 1917 on the initiative of the local population that survived an outbreak of cholera and smallpox in 1866. The Missionaries of St Francis de Sales d’Annecy were the first to bring relief. The faithful give thanks for miraculous healings.
13/02/2017 - INDIA
Catholic Indians to Modi: Use your influence to release Fr. Tom, kidnapped in Yemenby Santosh Digal
The All India Catholic Union is the largest association of lay Catholics. A letter to the Prime Minister asks him to use his diplomatic channels in the Middle East. In December, the native of Kerala Salesian appeared in a video, visibly tried, stating his need for urgent care.
11/02/2017 - INDIA
Thousands of faithful at the feast of Our Lady in Gunadalaby Sr. Benigna Menezes
Some 1.5 million pilgrims are expected this year. Plans are underway to equip the shrine with facilities and devotional accommodations similar to those of other Marian shrines around the world. A Vatican delegation is expected to visit the site soon. The shrine itself was founded by PIME missionaries in 1923.
10/02/2017 - INDIA
Ultranationalist chief: Everyone is Hindu in India, even Muslimsby Nirmala Carvalho
09/02/2017 - INDIA
India, Protestants launch a "coal fast" against global warming
Rev. Thomas K Oommen, moderator of the Church of South India, invites believers to change their lifestyle and approach to the environment during Lent. "Spend time with friends and family, eat simple food, traveling less and rejoice in God's creation."
08/02/2017 - INDIA
Indian nun sees cry for life in the eyes of children used as slavesby Gracy Rodrigues*
Today marks the third international day of prayer and reflection against human trafficking, instituted by Pope Francis to fall on the liturgical memorial of St Josephine Bakhita. Sister Gracy belongs to the Asian Movement of Women Religious Against Human Trafficking. Various initiatives are set to take place worldwide against slavery.
08/02/2017 - INDIA - VATICAN
Three Indian Cardinals meet Prime Minister Modi: Fr. Tom's kidnap and the Pope's visit to India discussedby Nirmala Carvalho
Cardinals Cleemis, Alencherry and Card. Gracias present. Modi and his government in favor of a visit by Pope Francis. Immediate and necessary actions for the release of Fr. Tom Uzhunallil.
07/02/2017 - INDIA
Banging empty plates: women protest in West Bengal for jobs (Photos)by Nirmala Carvalho
Women from rural villages complain that the budget estimates for the next fiscal year will not support job creation in their areas. Demonetisation has forced nine million people to emigrate. The Finance Minister's statements are "misleading".
04/02/2017 - INDIA
Director of Caritas India: Investing in human resources is a prerequisite for industrial growthby Nirmala Carvalho
Father Frederick D'Souza comments of the Union budget 2017-2018. It allocates more resources to infrastructure and rural areas. The director of the social arm of the Catholic Church points out some deficiencies. They need more money for agriculture, protection of women and the development of castes, tribal groups and minorities.
03/02/2017 - INDIA
India’s 2017-2018 budget targets rural areas badly affected by demonetisation
Survey expects growth to slow from 7.5 per cent to 7.1 per cent. Demonetisation has badly affected demand and increased uncertainty. Growth in defence spending has been cut despite tensions with Pakistan and China. More money will go for women, the poor, health care, and infrastructure.
02/02/2017 - JAPAN - UNITED STATES
The movie ‘Silence’, apostasy and the joy of martyrdomby Bernardo Cervellera
The movie is not an apology for apostasy. It has the courage to raise religious questions about God, suffering, his silence in an age of indifference. It reiterates the topicality of martyrdom, but lacks the Catholic joy shown by Japanese saints and all the martyrs of the Church. Japan is not a "swamp," but a land of concerns and conversions.
01/02/2017 - INDIA - USA
Christian leader: not just Trump, India does not welcome Muslims eitherby Sajan K George
World opinion is shocked by the US President decision to block the entry of citizens from seven Muslim majority countries. In India, an amendment to the Citizenship Act provides for a similar solution. Muslims are excluded altogether. They may be naturalized persecuted minorities in neighboring countries, especially Hindus.
31/01/2017 - INDIA
Mgr Allwyn D'Silva is Mumbai’s new auxiliary bishop
For years the new bishop worked with the city’s prisons. He has been active in the social field as well as human rights and environmental protection. Maharashtra’s state capital has nine penitentiaries, and 90 per cent of the inmates are waiting for trial.
31/01/2017 - INDIA
For Odisha governor, the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes is a symbol of unity and peaceful coexistenceby Purushottam Nayak
French missionaries founded the place of worship in 1917 to meet the wishes of local people convinced that the Virgin’s intercession would protect them from hunger and pestilence. Each year attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over India. The anniversary will be preceded by a novena of prayer.
31/01/2017 - INDIA - CANADA
Card. Gracias: Church in Asia grieves for Quebec City victimsby Nirmala Carvalho
The Archbishop of Mumbai is praying for the six victims and family members. He expresses deep sorrow on behalf of the entire Catholic Church. He recalls how in 2008 Quebec hosted the 49th International Eucharistic Congress, and that the streets were full of joy. "Today, however, the city is in mourning." Religions lead to peace.
30/01/2017 - USA - ASIA
Demonstrations and criticism worldwide against Trump’s anti-immigrant decree
From 27 January, for at least three months entry forbidden to travelers from Yemen, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Iraq. All refugee reception programs blocked for 120 days. Protests at the White House and the US airports. Iran: Trump’s choice "is a great gift to the extremists." Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Laureate: America is turning its back on its past as a shelter for refugees and migrants.
27/01/2017 - NEPAL
India awards prize to Anuradha Koirala, a Nepali fighting women traffickingby Christopher Sharma
In 1993 she founded Maiti Nepal, an NGO that has saved hundreds of girls from prostitution abroad. Every year, at least 5,000 women end up in India, China, as well as Arab and African countries. The Padma Shri is India’s fourth highest award.
26/01/2017 - INDIA
Indian Church: Women need medical care, not "safe abortion"by Santosh Digal
In India 10 women die each day for abortions beyond 20 weeks. Every year the number of abortions reaches nearly seven million. The reasons are primarily economic and social. Reduce selective abortions of girls; more prevention; grant protection to women who tend to resort to harmful practices.
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