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    30/07/2016 - POLAND – VATICAN – WYD

    Before a million young people gathered for the vigil in Krakow, Pope Francis called on them to answer in person Jesus’ call to change the world. To do so, they must avoid nodding off, as well as growing drowsy and dull by consumerism and sofa-happiness. Adults should heed the courage and risk taking attitude of the young. A young Polish woman, a Syrian woman from Aleppo and an ex drug addict from Paraguay told poignant stories.




    30/07/2016 - POLAND – VATICAN – WYD

    Campus Misericordiae: the beating heart of the Krakow WYD

    by V.F.P.

    Young pilgrims are coming in from around the world to be at the Field of Mercy in Brzegi (Wieliczka). Tonight they will take part in a vigil with Pope Francis and worship the Blessed Sacrament. Among those who will bear witness, one is a young Syrian from Aleppo; another is a former addict.


    29/07/2016 - INDIA – ASIA

    An activist and a singer from India among 2016 Asian “Nobel” Prize laureates


    Bezwada Wilson, a Dalit anti-manual scavenging activist, and Thodur Madabusi Krishna, a traditional singer, are recognised along with associations and volunteers from the Philippines, Indonesia, Laos and Japan. In India, waste collection is handed down from one generation to the next. About 180,000 Dalits clean 790,000 public and private facilities. Each year, the Magsaysay Award acknowledges leading Asian figures.


    29/07/2016 - INDIA

    Foreign Minister will lead Indian delegation at Mother Teresa's canonization

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The rest of the delegation names have not yet been revealed. Chief Minister of Delhi and West Bengal set to attend, perhaps privately. The first, Arvind Kejriwal, has been working with the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, at the direct request of the Blessed.


    28/07/2016 - POLAND - INDIA - WYD

    Orissa youth at WYD: In the name of our martyrs, we learn mercy

    by Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi

    A delegation of about 50 young people from the area of ​​Cuttack-Bhubaneswar is in Krakow to join the rest of the young people from around the world. Forgiveness, reconciliation and the Eucharist "are our encouragement to overcome the pain of the pogroms". John, 21, speaks of the impact of the vocational centers: "Come and See is a beautiful invitation. And in my heart I feel a love that I can not express. Perhaps it is the Lord who calls me, maybe not. But I could not go home without talking to a priest".


    26/07/2016 - INDIA

    Madhya Pradesh: abducted and beaten, two Christians are arrested by police for "forced conversions"

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Rev Ramlal Kori, a Pentecostal minister, and a friend named Nandalal were abducted by Hindu radicals in the village of Gadra, dragged into the forest and beaten with sticks. The police found them eight hours later tied to a tree. Instead of arresting the criminals, the authorities detained the Christians on the basis of the state’s anti-conversion law.


    24/07/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Appeals and prayer for Munich and Kabul massacres. The prayer of Our Father


    At the Angelus, Pope Francis makes the pilgrims pray for the victims of terrorist attacks in Germany and Afghanistan, against the "dark security and peace prospects." "The word 'Father' is the 'secret' of the prayer of Jesus, is the key that He gives to us so we too can enter into that confidential relationship of dialogue with the Father who accompanied and supported all his life”. The Pope’s upcoming trip for World Youth Day in Krakow, from 27 July.


    22/07/2016 - ASIA – WYD

    Card Gracias: young Asians bring Asian values to World Youth Day in Krakow

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    "Our Asian pilgrims not only bring the grandeur, the vitality and beauty of Asia, but also the multi-cultural diversity, pluralism as well as Asian values of hospitality and family and, of course, the Church of the young.” Asia youth come to discover Krakow and the charisma of John Paul II, founder of the WYD.


    22/07/2016 - INDIA

    Charged with recruiting terrorists in Kerala, under influence of preacher who instigated Dhaka massacre


    Arshid Qureshi is the public relations manager with the Islamic Research Foundation. He is accused of having converted 15 young people of Kerala to Islam, who then disappeared from home to fight with the Islamic State. Circle tightening around Salafi preacher Zakir Naik, after ban on his television programs in Bangladesh.


    21/07/2016 - INDIA

    Attack against four Dalits for skinning cow sparks mass protests in Gujarat


    A group of cow vigilantes brutally beat four men for harming sacred animal. Prime Minister Modi’s home state is now in turmoil and voters’ dissatisfaction might negative impact the BJP's campaign among low caste voters.


    19/07/2016 - INDIA - UNITED STATES

    Card Dolan is guest of honour at event celebrating the founder of the Syro-Malankara Church

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The archbishop of New York praised the great diversity of the Indian Catholic Church, speaking at the celebrations in honour of Aboon Geevarghese Mar Ivanios, founder of the rite and "Servant of God." Strong bonds of friendship have tied the Archdiocese of New York and the Syro-Malankara Church since the late forties.


    18/07/2016 - INDIA

    Bangalore Diocese welcomes African migrants, “precious before God”

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The Diocese organised a meeting for economic and political migrants from Africa’s poorest areas and conflict zones. In order to meet their spiritual needs, large parts of the liturgy are in French. The pastoral care of migrants is "central to our Jubilee of Mercy".


    18/07/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Pakistani Church calls for ban on TV preacher who inspired Dhaka terrorists

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Zakir Naik, a major Salafist advocate, is the founder of Peace TV and a well known TV preacher. His network has broadcast in Pakistan since 2009. Dhaka massacre investigators found a direct link between his sermons and one of the attackers.


    17/07/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: More important than serving are listening and welcoming guests


    Francis spoke today about Jesus’s visit to two sisters, Martha and Mary, one of whom was “busy” and the other was “contemplative”. The right attitude belongs to those who "value the most important thing, i.e. the presence of the guest, Jesus." After the Marian prayer, the pope turned his thoughts to the Nice massacre. “May God, the good Father, welcome all the victims into his peace, support the wounded and comfort the families. May he dissolve every project of terror and death, so that no one dares to spill his brother's blood.” He also greeted “the great Chinese brothers and sisters” in the square.


    15/07/2016 - VATICAN - FRANCE

    Pope condemns "blind violence" of Nice attack


    Solidarity with the French people hit "again" and with the victims' families. The pain of the Asian churches in a statement by Cardinal Gracias.


    14/07/2016 - INDIA

    India, Caritas at forefront in flood relief efforts

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Incessant rains have hit in the central states of Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Assam. In recent days 24 people have died and 170 thousand others had to leave their homes. The operators of the social arm of the Church have set up field hospitals and are distributing tents and survival kits to thousands of families.

     


    13/07/2016 - ITALY - INDIA

    India teaches us how to search for God

    by Piero Gheddo

    A journey made almost 40 years ago and the meeting with Father Bede Griffiths. My wish for you all this hot summer, is that you learn how to find, in our hectic days, the time needed for rest, silence and prayer that allows us to encounter God.

     


    12/07/2016 - INDIA

    Kashmiri Imams take steps to stop violence


    The All India Organisation of Imams met today with the Home Minister Rajnath Singh and announced they want to speak with the Chief Minister and religious leaders to restore calm.

     


    11/07/2016 - INDIA

    Kandhamal: Christians mistakenly killed as" Maoists"

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The five victims were returning from market where they worked. Two of them were Pentecostal Christians, one was a two-year-old child. When their car got stuck in the mud, they decided to continue on foot. Police had prepared an ambush for Maoist rebels. The incident brings back memories of the 2008 pogroms.


    11/07/2016 - INDIA

    Kashmir, clashes between separatists and police: 23 dead and 250 injured


    The violence was unleashed following the killing of Burhan Wani, a popular seperatist militant. Authorities impose a curfew, shut schools, offices, highways.  Internet sut down. Kashmir is a disputed territory between India and Pakistan since 1947. A latent conflict has caused tens of thousands of deaths.


    10/07/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: May good works grow within us, for we will be judged by our mercy


    Francis comments on the parable of the Good Samaritan: "Let us ask ourselves: Is our faith fruitful? Does it produce good works? Or is it rather sterile, and therefore more dead than alive? Do I stop to help others or simply pass by?". After the Angelus prayer he recalls Sea Sunday: "May Mary, Star of the Sea, watch over you."


    06/07/2016 - INDIA

    Card Gracias: Church in Asia mourns Dhaka

    by card. Oswald Gracias

    The president of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences spoke on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim month of prayer and fasting. The prelate remembers the Bangladesh victims and encourages religious leaders to build bridges of peace.


    05/07/2016 - BANGLADESH – ISLAM

    Dhaka massacre and the half understood Regensburg lecture

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    After years of the good life, “derailed youth” converted to radical Islam. Moderate Islam must condemn fundamentalist Islam. Muslims blame uncultured imams who sow hatred and contempt. The West should read again Benedict XVI’s lecture and rethink its marginalisation of religion as irrational. Fundamentalist Islam and the godless West mirror each other.


    04/07/2016 - INDIA

    Miao diocese fighting drug abuse among youth


    Catholic youth association campaigns in Arunachal Pradesh schools to raise awareness of drugs’ negative effects. At least one youth in ten has tried drugs. The State is a point of transit and production for drugs.


    04/07/2016 - TIBET

    Dalai Lama arrives in Mundgod to ordain over 3000 monks


    The 80 year old spiritual leader will be bestowing full ordination vows to 81 monks each for the next four days, performing the vital ceremonial initiation for close to 3200 monks in total: “Maintain the rigorous standards necessary to preserve this unique tradition”.


    02/07/2016 - INDIA

    Protestant churches and believers attacked, one church under reconstruction

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Telangana, Karnataka and Haryana are the scene of violent incidents. In Hyderabad, the authorities tore down a church, but later allow it to be rebuilt. In Haveri, a congregation lost its place of worship. In Panchkula, 100 Hindu radicals harass worshippers.


    01/07/2016 - INDIA

    Mgr Menamparampil: on being peacemakers in India

    by mons. Thomas Menamparampil*

    Ethnic insurgencies in the ‘seven sister states" of India’s north-east goes back a long time. In 1996 local Churches set up a Joint Peace Mission Team. The former archbishop of Guwahati describes what makes a good peacemaker. Peacemaking succeeds if mediators can sympathise with both sides. Appealing for peace must be sincere, excessive publicity can be harmful, and influential people can come together. The power of prayer is a key lesson.


    30/06/2016 - INDIA

    Church in India mourns the death of Mgr D'Souza, "spiritual son" of Mother Teresa

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The bishop led the Archdiocese of Kolkata during the revolution brought about by the soon-to-be-canonised Albanian saint. He himself revolutionised his archdiocese’ educational system, whilst remaining close to his former flock in Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar who went through horrific pogroms.


    30/06/2016 - INDIA

    Hyderabad, held Isis group planning attacks during Ramadan


    The National Investigation Agency in India held 11 person, including 5 arrests. They are youth in their 20s and 30s and held regular jobs. They were in touch with the head of a group of Indian jihadists based out of Raqqa in Syria. They wanted to trigger communal riots between Muslim and Hindu communities.


    27/06/2016 - INDIA

    For Card Gracias, there are no restrictions on the mercy of Mary, the mother of us all

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The archbishop of Mumbai celebrated the feast day of Our Lady of Perpetual Help at the shrine in St Michael in Mahim, one of India’s most venerated sites. " people of every faith come to venerate Our Lady of Perpetual Help”, who is “the largest recipient of mercy”.






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    POLAND - CHINA - WYD
    Beijing's tricks and violence to stop Chinese youth from reaching WYD

    Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi

    The government yesterday blocked a group of 50 young pilgrims who had already boarded a plane bound for Krakow. Interrogated for hours by immigration, they were "admonished" and sent home with orders not to contact anyone abroad. Meanwhile, "young Chinese Catholics" hang around central World Youth Day locations in groups of five or six, with the task of spying on fellow countrymen. They work for cultural institutes or Chinese companies in Poland.


    ISLAM - EUROPE
    Fr Samir: Islamic terror in France and Germany a crisis of integration, but above all of politics

    Samir Khalil Samir

    The kidnapping and murder of a priest near Rouen (France) and the various attacks in Würzburg, Munich, Ansbach (Germany) were carried out by young people, who were indoctrinated with ease. Germany was a model for the integration of refugees. But radical Islam cannot be assimilated. It is supported by Saudi Arabia and Qatar. There is no other road other than integration. But we must tell the truth: the Koran contains elements of war and violence. Western politicians suffer from ignorance and a loss of all moral sentiment.


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