10/21/2014INDIA India, Catholics and Hindus "working together against the globalization of indifference" by Nirmala Carvalho The President of the Office for Inter-religious Dialogue and Ecumenism of the Indian Catholic Bishops Conference, Msgr. Felix Machado, speaks to AsiaNews about the Vatican’s message for the Hindu festival of Diwali: "We must not ignore the differences that separate us, but understand them and accept them. In the footsteps of Pope Francis, we must strive for the common good". Mumbai (AsiaNews) - Christians
and Hindus "must deepen their mutual respect and
friendship, not by ignoring the essential differences that exist between the
two religious traditions, but rather by understanding, acknowledging,...
10/20/2014VATICAN Pope: We cannot resign ourselves to thinking of a Middle East without Christians Many of our brothers and sisters are being persecuted and have had to leave their homes in a brutal way" and "in the general indifference of so many". Cardinal Pietro Parolin: international community must respond to the terrorism of the Islamic State with a negotiated solution to all the problems in the Middle East, starting from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
10/20/2014INDIA Mumbai: threats to life undermine God in society, says Card Gracias by Nirmala Carvalho In conjunction with the Synod on the Family, the Church in Mumbai organised a conference on 'Protecting, Preserving and Promoting the Gift of Human Life: Emerging Challenges'. "It is sad to see that many people today think they do not need God in their lives," says Mumbai archbishop. "The traditional family has deep roots" in India, but "the country's rapid industrialisation" creates challenges that must be met right away, says a professor of moral theology.
10/18/2014VATICAN Synod Message: Admiration and gratitude to the families who follow Christ, Way, Truth and Life The Message (which we publish in full) is addressed to "ordinary" families and speaks of the beauty of the love between a man and a woman. Little or no space to the issues discussed in the media: communion to remarried; gay families. A prayer to the Father, in union "with the family of Nazareth," which shows the family as the transforming cell of society and the world.
10/17/2014INDIA Karnataka's state government rejects (false) report on 2008 attacks on churches by Nirmala Carvalho The report by Judge BK Somasekhar exonerated Hindu radicals, despite overwhelming evidence and testimonies against them. For Christian leader, it "is good news, which we hope will soon bring justice and reparations to the victims". During their attacks, fundamentalists destroyed more than 20 churches and Christian places of worship.
10/16/2014INDIA India, Modi government slams western schools says Hindu schools are better by Nirmala Carvalho The Interior Minister has criticized the school model introduced by the British and still in force today. Preferable to the only "Indian culture and its model of values" for the development of young people. In Gujarat the current Prime Minister of India had imposed textbooks of a radical Hindu intellectual. Catholic Bishop: "History is about facts, and facts must not be distorted."
10/16/2014ITALY With Pope Francis, the mission ad gentes renews the Church by Piero Gheddo The pontiff begins with the proclamation of Christ and with young churches in order to give new impetus to the older ones that are perhaps moored too much to old patterns. The missionary spirit can teach a lot even to those who, like us, are rich in spirituality, theology, law, liturgical rites, and pastoral experiences. . . . The apostles themselves did not remain in Jerusalem, but gave breath and universal consistency to Catholicism by "going into the whole world."
10/14/2014IRAQ - ITALY Almost 700,000 euros raised as the 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' campaign continues by Bernardo Cervellera A second instalment is sent with funds raised in September. The fate of East-West relations is being played out in the Middle East and Iraq. Pope Francis and the Synod issue an appeal. Governments are lukewarm. Aid is coming from around the world. A new international community is defeating the "globalisation of indifference."
10/14/2014INDIA Indian Bishops: after cyclone displaces 500,000 people, Church gets directly involved Winds reaching 200 km/h devastate coastal areas in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. An early weather warning helps the authorities to evacuate residents, limiting death toll to 26. The bishops from the affected dioceses tell AsiaNews: "The most serious damage was caused by uprooted trees and collapsed houses. Pray for the victims and the many wounded."
10/13/2014INDIA Satyarthi and Malala, their Nobel for Christian children in Kandhamal by Nirmala Carvalho The president of the Global Council of Indian Christians hopes that this recognition will bring justice to the little victims of the 2008 pogroms in Odisha (Orissa). Dalit activist Lenin Raghuvanshi speaks about his friend Kailash Satyarthi.