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    23/09/2016 - INDIA - PHILIPPINES

    A retreat for the enrichment of marriage was held in Bhubaneshwar. Five members of ‘Couples for Christ from the Philippines and two from Bangalore, Karnataka, led the event. The lay movement was established in Manila in 1981. It obtained Vatican recognition in 2005 as a private international association for lay faithful.

    by p. Purushottam Nayak*

    23/09/2016 - ASIANEWS SYMPOSIUM

    Mother Teresa, Mercy for Asia and for the world (VIDEO)

    We publish the video recordings of the presentations made at the international symposium organised by AsiaNews on 2 September. In order of appearance: Fr Ferruccio Brambillasca, PIME Superior General; Card Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation of Propaganda Fide; Sr Mary Prema, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity; Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, postulator of the Cause of Mother Teresa; Card Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai; Fr John A. Worthley, on the influence of Mother Teresa in China; a witness to the influence of Mother Teresa in the Islamic world; and Mgr Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia.

    22/09/2016 - INDIA

    Some 10,000 students celebrate Mother Teresa with a "peace march" in Guwahati

    The students, including many non-Christians, come from 30 schools. The event was enlivened with posters, as well as white and blue balloons. About a thousand teachers took part in a seminar on the ‘Joy of giving’. People are “mostly non-Christian,” but everyone is “grateful for the work of the Missionaries of Charity,” archbishop says.

    21/09/2016 - INDIA

    Pentecostal pastor and his wife beaten by Hindu extremists in Maharashtra

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Rev Prashant Bhatnagar was abducted, beaten, and threatened with death. One attacker urinated on his wounds. Unconscious, he was dumped on a road. His wife too endured physical and verbal abuse. Their “fault” was handing out leaflets about a religious service. A case has been filed against the attackers.

    21/09/2016 - INDIA

    Delhi, teacher fatally stabbed 20 stab times amid complete indifference of passers-by (VIDEO)

    The victim's name was Karuna and she was 22 years old. She had been stalked for a year by her neighbor who then murdered her. The woman died under the eyes of dozens of passers-by, who did nothing to stop the aggressor. It is the third attack in the capital in 48 hours.

    20/09/2016 - INDIA

    Card. Gracias: United with the Pope in prayer for peace, in India and around the world

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Today the universal Church is united with the Pope, who has asked that September 20 become a "world day of prayer for peace". The archbishop of Mumbai is in Bangalore for a meeting of the Episcopal Conference of Bishops of the Latin rite, which he chairs. The Church in India "welcomes everyone, without discrimination." The work of Catholic health care facilities and education of young people.


    19/09/2016 - NEPAL

    Nepal: population is still divided on first anniversary of Constitution

    by Christopher Sharma

    The new Prime Minister Prachanda has invited everyone to celebrate the event. The parties of the madhese minority have instead launched a "Black Day", a counter-celebration in which they are ready to burn the fundamental text. The Nepalese prime minister in India to mend relations after the embargo. Foreign Minister: "We will no longer be influenced by Indian pressure."

    17/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Nuncios are "three way" missionaries

    Francis celebrates Mass in Santa Marta in the presence of the papal representatives from around the world, in Rome for the Jubilee. Their’s "is a vagabond’s life , constantly on the move. But you must remember three ways of going out: physically, culturally and spiritually. Never forget this ."

    17/09/2016 - NEPAL - INDIA

    Buddhist nuns pedal for 4 thousand kilometers against human trafficking

    The sisters belong to the Drukpa order and are experts in martial arts. This is why they are called "Kung Fu nuns". They crossed the Himalayas cycling and arrived in India. After the earthquake of 2015, the exploitation of women and children has increased. On their journey the nuns distributed food and medical care. 

    17/09/2016 - INDIA

    Msgr. Menamparampil: Dialogue always possible, even with Maoists

    A US research reports 791 attacks in India in 2015. 43% by the Naxalite insurgency, associated with the Maoists: they are fourth in the world rankings for violence. The other major terrorist groups are the Islamic State (931), Boko Haram (491) and the Taliban (1093). The apostolic administrator of Jowai speaks of  rebels motivations and the path to overcoming the difficulties.

    16/09/2016 - INDIA

    Goa, Christians against tourism plan that "destroys people and resources"

    The local government has approved the "Goa Tourism Master Plan and Policy 2016". It will beach resorts for daytime leisure and nighttime entertainment for holidaymakers. "The plan only considers the promotion of trade and profits." Unbridled tourism has already caused river pollution, poisoning fish. "The casino culture has destroyed families".


    16/09/2016 - INDIA

    The Indian Church "committed to strengthening the family"

    by Santosh Digal

    Fr. Milton Gonsalves is the executive secretary of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India Latin Rite Commission for Family. Since 2014 he has been traveling around the country to learn about the reality of families. There are two main problems in India: not enough space to spirituality in family life and alcoholism. Common manual for pre-marriage courses, enrichment programs for spouses even after the wedding.

    15/09/2016 - TAIWAN - TIBET - CHINA

    Taiwan invites Dalai Lama and Beijing explodes warning of very serious consequences

    A Taipei deputy asks the Tibetan Buddhist leader to visit the island for a series of religious conferences. China reacts promising "disasters" over the Strait and warns: "Anyone who claims the 'from monaco wolf dressed' and its separatist is our enemy."


    15/09/2016 - INDIA

    Punjab, Christian hacked to death: "suspected" of having profaned a sacred Sikh text

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Balwinder Kaur suffered from mental retardation due to an electric shock. Last year she was reported to police for having entered a place of worship with her slippers on. She was struck several times below the knee and bled to death after four hours of agony.


    14/09/2016 - INDIA

    Nun in Kandhamal: the faith of persecuted Christians has strengthened my vocation

    by Santosh Digal

    Sister Santowna Singh belongs to the Congregation of the Servants of Mary. She professed her first vows in December 2008, as the Odisha pogroms by radical Hindus raged against Christians. The nun confirmed her choice on 8 September with 18 other sisters. After the massacres of Kandhamal, there was an exponential increase in vocations.

    13/09/2016 - INDIA

    Nagpur: a procession for Mother Teresa, "100 per cent missionary"

    by Santosh Digal

    Catholics and representatives of the Islamic and Sikh communities took part in the event. State (Maharashtra) and Union government officials were also present. The celebration included a torchlight procession and the recitation of the Rosary. A message of blessing from Pope Francis was read.

    12/09/2016 - INDIA

    Franciscan Sister: the challenge of the mission in the Andaman Islands

    by Santosh Digal

    Sister Hilda Mary belongs to the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. An archipelago of 572 islands, the union territory is home to various tribal groups speaking different languages. The only diocese was set up in 1985. Male, female and youth groups are involved in the parish. Missionaries serve locals.

    12/09/2016 - INDIA

    Odisha: widows, orphans and disabled people thank Mother Teresa (Photos)

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    About 2,000 people attended a Mass in St Vincent Cathedral led by the Archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar. “Even if Mother Teresa never sought fame, she wielded immense charm,” said regional superior of the Missionaries of Charity. “The persuasive power of Mother Teresa's love could win hearts,” local official said.

    11/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: God has open arms, treats sinners with tenderness and compassion

    Before the Angelus, Francis commented the "Chapter of mercy", the 15th in Luke's Gospel, which presents us with parables with which Christ responds to the whispers of the scribes and the Pharisees: the lost sheep, the coin, and the prodigal son. There is no sin in which we have fallen, the pope said, " from which, by the grace of God, we cannot rise again; there is no individual beyond redemption because God never ceases to want our good, even when we sin!” After the Marian prayer, he dedicates a prayer for Gabon and speaks about the beatification of Ladislaus Bukowinski, in Kazakhstan.

    10/09/2016 - VATICAN

    For Pope, man's freedom is not enough, God’s redemption is needed

    In today’s jubilee audience, Francis looked at the "illusion" of those who think they are free. How many illusions are being sold under the pretext of freedom, and how many new forms of slavery are being created in our time in the name of a false freedom!” Only the liberation that comes from God is needed. After the catechesis, the pontiff turned his thoughts to the members of Italy’s Civil Protection Service, “who were supposed to be present, but cancelled to continue the valuable work of aid and assistance to people affected by the 24 August earthquake. I thank them for their dedication and the generous help offered these days! Thank you, brothers and sisters!”

    10/09/2016 - INDIA

    The life of Manipur Christians "is illuminated by faith"

    by Santosh Digal

    Sister Mabel Culpeper belongs to the Congregation of Saint Joseph of Annecy. She has taught for two years at a school near the parish of St Teresa. She is impressed by the strong bond among local Christians, who help each other at every opportunity. They "are hungry for the Word of God".

    09/09/2016 - ITALY - KOSOVO

    Mother Teresa’s biographer: A cathedral in Pristina dedicated to her (Photos)

    Fr Lush Gjergji is the vicar of Prizren, in Kosovo. "As soon as I met Mother Teresa in 1968, I quickly realised she was a saint." The priest hopes that in 2017 Pope Francis will consecrate the shrine under construction. He talks about the question of the "dark night", the homes of the Missionaries of Charity, the size of the Catholic Church in Kosovo.

    08/09/2016 - INDIA

    Bishop of Vasai: Mother Teresa, the "Saint of the Gutters" that put the poor at the centre

    by mons. Felix Machado*

    Mgr Felix Machado says that before the canonisation, everyone already revered Mother Teresa as a saint. Brooding over the past, without thinking about what one can do in the present, is a waste. Offences, which haunt us because we keep them alive, must be forgiven. “People who find themselves unhappy, sad and depressed are often mostly those who are very self-centred and selfish in their life.”

    08/09/2016 - CHINA – INDIA – VATICAN

    For bishop of Shanghai, Mother Teresa is the love that defeats religious parochialism

    From the seminary next to the Marian shrine of Sheshan, where he is still confined, Mgr Thaddeus Ma Daqin celebrates the canonisation of the saint of Calcutta. She looked at the world for what it is and defeated the “ossification” of the faith. “Inside the barrier mutual love, forgiveness, acceptance, trust, or hope no longer matter. What is important is only the law." She defeated this way of thinking. The bishop remembers the Mass at Sheshan.

    08/09/2016 - PAKISTAN - INDIA

    Nobel Laureate Malala: UN, Pakistan and India find a solution on Kashmir

    The Nobel Peace Laureate has launched an appeal to stop the violence. Yesterday there were another 100 wounded, in addition to 1,500 in the last two months; 60 people were killed. "My heart goes out to my brothers and sisters in Kashmir".


    07/09/2016 - ITALY - SYMPOSIUM - ASIA

    For Fr Brian, Mother Teresa’s mercy is love in action that provokes us all

    by Brian Kolodiejchuk*

    The postulator of the cause of Mother Teresa’s canonization remembers the "providential" nature of the sanctification of the Holy Year of mercy. We are all called to be “witnesses of God's infinite love”. The action of the founder of the Missionaries of Charity was "always marked by the awareness of being an instrument, not the engine." Her first companions remember her. She practiced forgiveness in front of scandals and pain. Here is the address delivered at the AsiaNews 2016 International Symposium.

    06/09/2016 - INDIA

    Pune Bishop says love and humility were Mother Teresa’s special attraction

    by mons. Thomas Dabre*

    Mgr Thomas Dabre met the saint of Calcutta when he was young. In his diocese, the Missionaries of Charity run three homes. Mother Teresa remained humble despite the glory and fame. She showed that religion is not an abstract concept, but that it is way of knowing how to live and act according to one’s faith.

    06/09/2016 - INDIA – SYMPOSIUM – ASIA

    Mother Teresa “recognized the deepest hunger in all of us: the hunger for God”

    by Sister Mary Prema MC

    The superior of the Missionaries of Charity, Sr. Mary Prema, speaks about the life and mission of the new saint, underlining their most important aspect: her total submission to God's will. The Mother always kept her gaze fixed on Christ, recognising in him in suffering and poverty. Her all consuming desire to "follow Christ everywhere in search of souls". Sr. Prema's intervention at the 2016 AsiaNews international symposium.

    06/09/2016 - INDIA

    Orissa, "Saint Mother Teresa Road" inaugurated (photos)

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The new road was inaugurated  on the day of the canonization of the founder of the Missionaries of Charity. The chief minister paid homage to her and recalled that she "chose India as her home, to serve the poor and the afflicted." Msgr. Barwa: "She was the woman of the woman."

    05/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Saint Teresa of Calcutta, a "pencil that wrote extraordinary poems"

    Card. Pietro Parolin celebrates the Thanksgiving Mass for the canonization of Mother Teresa: "She saw in unborn children the 'poorest of the poor', because they depend totally on others. Bravely she defended unborn life, with the frankness of speech and linearity of action which is the bright sign of the presence of the Prophets and the Saints, who do not kneel to anyone except the Almighty."

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    Mother Teresa, Mercy for Asia and for the world (VIDEO)

    We publish the video recordings of the presentations made at the international symposium organised by AsiaNews on 2 September. In order of appearance: Fr Ferruccio Brambillasca, PIME Superior General; Card Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation of Propaganda Fide; Sr Mary Prema, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity; Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, postulator of the Cause of Mother Teresa; Card Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai; Fr John A. Worthley, on the influence of Mother Teresa in China; a witness to the influence of Mother Teresa in the Islamic world; and Mgr Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia.

    Beijing issues new, harsh draft regulations on religious activities

    Bernardo Cervellera

    Fines of up to 200 thousand yuan (27 thousand euro) for "illegal religious activities" by Catholic or other members of underground communities. "Illegal activities" include "dependence from abroad" (such as the relationship with the Vatican). The regulations preach non-discrimination, but party members are forbidden to practice their religion, even in private. Strict control of buildings, statues, crosses. Clampdown on the internet. It could be the end of the underground community.


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