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    26/05/2016 - INDIA – ITALY

    The Italian marine had been held in India for four years. He could go home in a few days. The court accepted his application on humanitarian grounds. He is involved in the Enrica Lexie case in which two Indian fishermen were mistaken for pirates and shot dead. The court has set four conditions for his release, which he must respect or risk going back to India.




    26/05/2016 - INDIA

    Bishop of Pune: The new shrine to St. Anthony, "monument of mercy" for the poor

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The structure will be inaugurated on May 29. The first stone was laid in 2012 by Msgr. Salvatore Pennacchio, Apostolic Nuncio in India. The sanctuary over the years has attracted the faithful of every religion. It became the "symbol of the relations among the faithful." The bishop of Pune hopes it will foster fraternity and friendship.

     


    25/05/2016 - INDIA - GERMANY

    India: Berlin awards Sister Hermanelde Pulm, for 50 years of service for poor

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The missionary has worked in an Indian hospital since 1963. She is 79 years old and belongs to the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit. The Cross of Merit is the most important award of the German Federal Republic. Sister Hermanelde honored for her tireless and silent work, "far from the limelight."

     


    24/05/2016 - IRAN – INDIA – AFGHANISTAN

    Delhi, Tehran and Kabul sign historic Chabahar port agreement


    India grants a US$ 500 million line of credit to build and maintain the facility. Indian goods will be able to reach Central Asia and Europe, halving time and costs. The port will be directly linked to Afghanistan. The goal is to boost cooperation and take advantage of the end of sanctions in Iran.


    23/05/2016 - INDIA

    Three evangelical Christians arrested in Madhya Pradesh for "forced conversions”

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Rev V A Anthony V, his wife Prabha and another woman are arrested after police and Hindu radicals stopped them and took them into custody. Extremists waited until the court rejected the accused’s request for bail. For Christian leaders, religious freedom is at risk under Hindu nationalist rule.


    22/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: May Chinese Catholics become concrete sign of love and reconciliation


    After the Angelus, Francis remembers the Day of Prayer for the Church in China, which falls on May 24: "Let us ask Mary to give to his children in China the ability to discern at all times the signs of the loving presence of God, that always welcomes and forgives. " Before the Marian prayer, a reflection on the Holy Trinity: "This feast invites us to engage in the daily events to be leaven of communion, of consolation and of mercy."


    20/05/2016 - INDIA

    Congress in massive defeat as Hindu nationalists grab historic victory in Assam

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The results of the administrative elections in five states are released. The most important fact is that Sonia Gandhi's party has been undermined by corruption and by the disastrous political leadership of her son Rahul. Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘s party has won in one of the poorest and tribal states. At a regional level, policies in favor of minorities were rewarded. The comments of three Christian leaders.

     


    19/05/2016 - INDIA

    Dalit Jesuit tells bishops that the Indian Church discriminates against Dalits

    by AXJ Bosco sj

    In an open letter to Card Baselios Cleemis, president of the Indian Bishops' Conference, the clergyman denounces the silence surrounding the abduction and violence against Mgr Prasad Gallela. He asks the cardinal to speak on behalf of the entire Catholic Church in expressing solidarity with the kidnapped bishop, and identify the racist bishops to move them to other dioceses.


    18/05/2016 - INDIA

    University Grants Commission wants to impose Hindu mantras on all students for International Yoga Day

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    International Yoga Day falls on 21 June. An Indian department issued a protocol on how to celebrate it. This includes Hindu sacred mantras. However, imposing Hindu rituals on Christians and Muslims goes "against their freedom of religion."


    17/05/2016 - INDIA

    Indian doctor: Giving birth at 72 years of age, the result of the globalization of indifference

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The story of an elderly woman becoming a mother has raised the debate on "inhuman and immoral medical practices." India has become a preferred destination for medical tourism. Fertility industry yields over 4.4 billion euro per year. Clinics that allow the in vitro treatments and offer surrogacy services are scattered throughout the country.

     


    14/05/2016 - ASIA

    WHO: Asia home to world’s most polluted cities


    Foremost Peshawar, Pakistan, which has a concentration of fine particles of 540 micrograms / m3. The threshold established by WHO is 20 mg / m3. In India there are four of the five most polluted cities in the world. Each year 7 million people die of causes related air pollution.

     


    11/05/2016 - INDIA

    Chhattisgarh: Evangelical Christian arrested for handing out brochures on Gospel

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Police arrested and took into custody Umesh Patel in Dhamtari, a city south of Raipur, where he is still held. For Christian leader, the Evangelical did not break any law. However, the Hindu nationalist BJP runs the state. Nationalist extremists benefit from political and police complicity.


    09/05/2016 - INDIA

    Odisha: evangelical clergyman killed, throat cut, body dumped under a bridge

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Abraham Biswas Surin was the pastor of the Gossner Evangelical Lutheran Church in Khunti, Jharkhand. His mutilated body was found in Odisha. The incident remains murky since the pastor was supposed to attend a meeting in another city. CCTV cameras show him in the company of an unknown man.


    09/05/2016 - INDIA

    Indian bishops: Total condemnation of rape and murder of young Dalit woman

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Jisha was a 28-year law student. She was raped, stabbed 38 times and then killed. The the Indian Bishops' Conference Office for Women joins protests of civil society. Catholic physician: "The life of women is considered less important than that of men. Their exploitation starts even before birth, with sex-selective abortion; then continues with the industry of wombs for rent ".


    08/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Conversion and forgiveness of sins, the mission of bearing witness everywhere


    On the Solemnity of Jesus’ Ascension to heaven, Francis stressed the importance of the mission entrusted to his disciples and the whole Church. We “should leave our churches every Sunday to go into homes, offices, schools, meeting places, hospitals, prisons, seniors’ centres, crowded immigrant gatherings, city suburbs [. . .]”.


    07/05/2016 - INDIA

    New hospital to serve four million patients in Miao Diocese


    The ‘Kirck and Bourry’ Hospital is named after Arunachal Pradesh’s first two Catholic martyrs. The new facility will be the only of its kind in a radius a few hundreds of kilometres. The building is completed; all it needs now is beds, medical equipment, and US$ 200,000 to pay for them. Nuns have come from Kerala to run the hospital.


    06/05/2016 - INDIA

    Vasai: inaugurated a new church for tribal Catholics

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    ‘Holy Mother of God’ parish church is located in Talasari, in the heart of the Adivasi mission. During the celebration, the archbishop of Vasai confirmed 260 children and adults. “Our brothers and sisters are quite well settled as solid Christians,” Mgr Machado said. They will be the “the solid leaders of tomorrow”.


    05/05/2016 - INDIA

    Andhra Pradesh: abducted bishop investigation lands three priests in jail


    The three clergymen are Fr Nalladimmu Raja Reddy from Mylavaram, Fr Lingala Vijaya Mohan Reddy from Vallur, and Fr Sanivarapu Marreddy from Renigunta. Police says the three resented Mgr Gallela’s decisions not to give them money and positions.


    05/05/2016 - INDIA

    Madhya Pradesh, Hindu extremists stone Protestant church

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The incident happened in the early hours of this morning. According to the fundamentalists, two parishioners damaged saffron flags (the symbol color of Hindu nationalism) exposed outside the church for the festival of Rama. The US religious freedom Commission's report confirms the escalation of violence against Christians in India.

     


    03/05/2016 - INDIA - ITALY

    Widow of Indian fisherman: Let Italian marines return home


    Dora Jelastine is the wife of Valentine, mistaken for a pirate by the two Italian marines. Yesterday, the Hague Tribunal decided that Salvatore Girone will return to Italy until the end of the arbitration proceedings. Rome expresses satisfaction, Delhi throws doubt on ruling accusing Italy of "misconstruing the judgment."

     


    03/05/2016 - INDIA

    Andhra Pradesh: Priest among 14 arrested for bishop's kidnapping

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Fr. Raja Reddy is from the same diocese as Mgr. Gallela Prasad. The bishop was kidnapped and locked up a facility run by the priest. The police speak of kidnapping for ransom, injury, damage and criminal conspiracy. The kidnappers had already attempted the kidnapping four times.


    02/05/2016 - INDIA

    May Day in India: justice and mercy in the workplace

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Mgr Oswald Lewis heads the Labour Commission of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India. He spoke about workers’ conditions, many of whom are unorganised, without health insurance or social security. He stressed the need to eliminate child labour.


    01/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: May the Holy Spirit help us to understand and to remember the words of Jesus


    After the Marian prayer of the Regina Caeli Francis appeals for peace in Syria: "There is a spiral of violence in the country that continues to aggravate the already desperate humanitarian situation of the country, particularly in the city of Aleppo, and claim innocent victims, even among children, the sick and those who with great sacrifice pledged to provide assistance to others ". Economic development "must take into account human dignity and fully respect labor laws". Pedophilia "is a tragedy. We must not tolerate it, the guilty must be severely punished."


    30/04/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: No one be distanced from God because of man-made obstacles!


    At an extraordinary Jubilee audience, Francis returns to the theme of reconciliation, "God has never failed to offer his forgiveness to men: his mercy is felt from generation to generation." An appeal to confessors: "You are in the place of God the Father." A special Jubilee greeting for the police and the Armed Forces: "Faced with every day challenges, irradiate Christian hope, which is the certainty of the victory of love over hatred and peace over war."


    29/04/2016 - INDIA

    Card Gracias, saddened by the attack on Bishop Gallela Prasad, champion of the poor

    by card. Oswald Gracias

    The archbishop of Mumbai and president of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conference condemns the attack against the bishop of Cuddapah. He calls on the authorities to act quickly. He also prays that God may “touch and turn the hearts of those who committed this sacrilegious assault.” The attacked bishop is closely involved in empowering the poor and women.


    29/04/2016 - INDIA

    Msgr. Menamparampil: Amoris laetitia affirms values of Indian families

    by mons. Thomas Menamparampil

    The apostolic administrator of Jowai comments on Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation. He believes that the papal document is applicable to the condition of the Indian tribal families. Amoris laetitia talks about "irregular" situations, marriages, divorces, abandoned children. All of this is also found in India where, as the Pope recalls, we must not give in to easy judgments, but to discern each situation case by case.
     


    29/04/2016 - INDIA

    Andhra Pradesh: Catholic bishop kidnapped and beaten for hours


    Msgr. Gallela Prasad is the bishop of Cuddapah and was returning from Kadapa district, where he celebrated Mass. The car IN which was traveling was stopped by unknown persons, who blindfolded him and beat up the driver and prelate all night. The Telugu Federation of Churches filed a complaint and asked the authorities to register the case to "ensure the safety of Christians."

     


    28/04/2016 - INDIA

    Madhya Pradesh, police interrupt a Christian marriage: "The spouses are Hindus"

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Security officers and Hindu extremists stormed a place of worship in Satna, arresting 10 people including the pastor and the groom's parents. He is accused of having converted the pair illegally to Christianity and celebrating a marriage between minors. Christian leaders: "This is abuse of anti-conversion laws".


    27/04/2016 - INDIA

    Indian bishop: Church must focus on priestly training

    by Benigna Menezes*

    Mgr George Palliparambil is the bishop of the Diocese of Miao, Arunachal Pradesh. Yesterday, he celebrated the ordination of five new priests in Eluru from to the Missionaries of Compassion. In addition to India, they operate in Australia, Venezuela and the United States. The prelate spoke with concern about several suicide cases among Indian priests.


    27/04/2016 - INDIA

    Card Gracias: as one of the most polluted countries, India needs a serious commitment to the climate


    The archbishop of Mumbai is among 260 religious leaders who signed an appeal to world leaders asking them to implement immediately the Paris climate agreement. Citing Pope Francis’ Laudato si’ encyclical, he stresses that it is the poor who pay for pollution. “Step outside in India, and often you will be breathing some of the dirtiest city air on the planet,” he writes.






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    CHINA - VATICAN
    The persecution of Catholics during the Cultural Revolution

    Sergio Ticozzi

    The documentation of that violent period was burned or buried in archives. Only a few survivors speak. The persecutors are silent in fear. The burning of religious objects and furnishings in Hebei. Bishops humiliated and arrested in Henan; nuns beaten with sticks and killed, or buried alive. A persecution that "is not over yet"; Today it is perhaps only more subtle.


    CHINA
    Silence shrouds 50th anniversary of Cultural Revolution in China and in the West

    Bernardo Cervellera

    The bloody campaign launched by Mao Zedong killed nearly 2 million people and sent  a further 4 million to concentration camps. Every Chinese has been marked by fear. But today, no memorial service has been planned and no newspaper article has appeared. The Party’s internal struggles and Xi Jinping’s fear of ending up like the USSR. Even today, as then, there are those in Europe who keep quiet and laud the myth of China. Many are predicting a return to the "great chaos".

     


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