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  • 24/05/2017 - VATICAN - CHINA

    Fr Gianni Criveller gave his take on a book centred to the history of PIME in China. For him, the most significant issues are the evangelical value of charity and the continuity of 'Christianity' in China after the rise of communism and the expulsion of missionaries.




    24/05/2017 - VATICAN – CHINA

    AsiaNews Symposium: gray pragmatism must be dissipated, says Mgr Savio Hon


    Gray pragmatism is rooted in Deng Xia Ping’s maxim ‘It doesn't matter whether a cat is white or black, as long as it catches mice’. Today this means it is impossible to distinguish white from black, what is true from what is false. Heroes of the faith are thus challenged by wolves in sheep’s clothing.


    24/05/2017 - VATICAN – CHINA

    AsiaNews Symposium: We entrust the evangelisation of China to Our Lady of Sheshan, says Fr Cervellera


    AsiaNews editor welcomes participants to the Symposium ‘China: the Cross is the Red." The Patriotic Association shows off its power, claiming for example the right to appoint bishops. Sometimes underground Christians turn inward. Perhaps, diplomatic agreements and relations are not so important. Despite its atheist government, 85 per cent of China’s population adheres to some kind of faith.


    24/05/2017 - VATICAN – CHINA

    AsiaNews Symposium: The government's one-dimensional culture will not prevail over religion, says Richard Madsen


    A policy seeking “a one-dimensional, rigidly unified culture [. . .] would only superficially cover the dynamic diversity of multi-dimensional Chinese lives”. Religious sentiments have survived and are now undergoing a renaissance. “Marxist ideology was too thin to substitute for the multiple dimensions of Chinese culture. The "flattened official ideology” has failed. The Catholic Church has to deal with Xi Jinping’s ‘sinicisation’ policy.


    23/05/2017 - INDIA

    Catholics are discouraged their church is vandalised, but will rally for peace, says vicar of Hyderabad


    Bishop Bernard Swarna speaks about the attack against Our Lady of Fatima church. Police have provided protection to the diocese, and arrested 22 people. The Archdiocese plans a prayer meeting open to all. “We are not so far from” the persecution described in “the Acts of the Apostles.” For some, the incident has “political-religious motives”.


    23/05/2017 - INDIA

    For clergymen arrested in Uttar Pradesh, time in prison was a ‘God-given gift’


    Six clergymen spent ten days in jail after Hindu nationalists accused them of inciting hatred between religions and causing a riot. Inside, they were abused by police and other inmates, but their "cool and composed attitude” led some inmates to listen to “the message of Christ's love."


    23/05/2017 - ASIA-G.BRITAIN

    Manchester attack. Condolences of Xi Jinping, Modi and Card. Gracias


    At least 22 dead and 50 injured. Suspicion of a lone bomber. Solidarity with British people expressed by th Chinese president and the Indian premier. The Archbishop of Mumbai: The Church in Asia is mourning for the loss of lives, our heart suffers with families and we pray to God to console them. May Our Lady of Fatima touch the hearts of those who have perpetrated the massacre.


    22/05/2017 - INDIA

    Hyderabad, Our Lady of Fatima Church destroyed (Photos and Video)

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The crowd was composed by 100 attackers. The religious site inaugurated on May 13, on the centenary of the apparitions. The assault dictated by a land dispute. Archbishop Thumma Bala: "Deeply painful".


    19/05/2017 - INDIA

    For Indian Nun, prayers and closeness can change prisoners

    by Santosh Digal

    Sister Inigo Joachim works as a volunteer for Prison Ministry India, a Catholic Association involved with prisoners across India for the past 30 years. The biggest problem is the solitude of prisoners. Abandoned by their familiesthey need our presence, emotional support and a shoulder to cry". In turn, they "are our benefactors” since they “give meaning to our lives, vocation and mission."


    18/05/2017 - INDIA

    Bishop of Chingleput: Catholic schools to offer discounts to Dalits

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Archbishop Anthonisamy Neethinathan heads the Office on Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes. He issued a circular to all Catholic schools in his diocese, offering an example that "should be applied by all dioceses". Fee reductions apply to first generation and poor pupils.


    17/05/2017 - INDIA

    Christ drives Odisha nun to save women from human trafficking

    by Santosh Digal

    Sister Manjula Bars belongs to the Congregation of the Servants of Mary. Sundargargh District has become a regular place for human trafficking. Tribal women and girls lured with promises of jobs end up sold as brides or into the human flesh market. For the nun, "Our biggest challenge and task is to network with” government, Church and society.


    16/05/2017 - INDIA

    Four nuns of the Cross act as ‘messengers of Christ’ among Hindus and Muslims in Uttar Pradesh

    by Santosh Digal

    The state, which is the most populous in India with more than 200 million people, is now ruled by a Hindu nationalist cleric. The missionaries work in social and educational fields, including help to students, visit remote villages and listen to people's requests. Despite challenges and problems, they “do no lose heart," said one.


    16/05/2017 - INDIA

    Karnataka, Pentecostal Christians assaulted by Hindu extremists for 'forced conversions'

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The episodes of violence occurred at Ramamurthy Nagar and Lingarajapuram, suburbs of Bangalore. In both cases, the extremists attacked the Christians and burned brochures with Gospel songs. Sajan K George: "The only goal is to foment sectarian tensions."


    15/05/2017 - CHINA – INDIA

    New Silk Road praised by 27 countries, suspected by many others, boycotted by India


    India did not attend the Beijing summit because it is against the US$ 57 billion Kashmir corridor project between China and Pakistan. President Xi Jinping got 27 countries to sign up to fund the ambitious Chinese infrastructure plan. He says China will “share” and not interfere in the social models of the countries concerned, renewing China’s push for globalisation.


    15/05/2017 - INDIA

    Karjat, 3,000 Catholics and non-Catholics celebrate Fatima's centenary. Card Gracias: Pray for Peace (Photo)

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The sanctuary in Maharashtra is the oldest in Asia. The Archbishop of Mumbai blesses the new altar. All faithful lunch together. Families consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.


    15/05/2017 - ASIA

    Ransomware cyberattack due to governments carelessness


    Microsoft warns national security agencies not to "store up" viruses – to only let them leak- but to make them known. South Korea, almost untouched. Russia, Britain, Germany, France hit as well as universities in China, Italy and Greece.


    11/05/2017 - INDIA

    Street kids offer Bangalore Salesian the best lesson of life

    by Santosh Digal

    Inspired by the Gospel of Luke, Fr George Kollashany has been working with street kids since 1975. Children have changed educators’ approaches and policies. The way they face the challenges "is an inspiration". Kids are the "pulse of society".


    10/05/2017 - GREAT BRITAIN - INDIA

    London Dalit Conference: discrimination is a “disgrace” for society


    The Christian Network against Caste Discrimination organised the event. The caste system is at present a problem in India, even within the Church. Dalits are the majority of Catholics. “It is significant that Card Turkson will attend the seminar,” a sign that the issue matters for the Vatican.


    10/05/2017 - INDIA

    Celebrating Our Lady of Fatima in Maharashtra, in the first shrine built in Asia

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The shrine was consecrated in Karjat in 1935. Its statue of the Virgin was brought by the Portuguese in 1920. Card Oswald Gracias of Mumbai will lead the celebrations on 13 May and bless the new altar. The cult of the Virgin begins to spread even among non-Catholics.


    08/05/2017 - INDIA

    Mumbai, two Christian religious symbols desecrated in intimidating theft

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    On 6 May the statue of Our Lady of Vailankanni was damaged and ornaments stolen. On May 3, a cross was desecrated in the Kalina district - one person arrested. Sajan K George: "Christians are an easy objective of social anti-elements."


    06/05/2017 - INDIA

    Sister Parmar: caring for orphans is a ‘life-giving experience”

    by Santosh Digal

    Since 1980, the Sisters of Charity of Saint Ann have cared for orphans in Nadiad. Sr Sheetal I. Parmar has been doing this since 2011. She works with four other sisters and a lay staff of 30. For them, this is not only a labour of love, but also a way to "build a life".


    04/05/2017 - INDIA

    Ursuline nun, an “agent of God’s love and healing” through the medical profession in Assam

    by Santosh Digal

    Sister Jyothsna is a pediatrician and works at the Nirmala Hospital in the village of Balukdubi. The Ursulines have been in the Indian state since 2006. About 90 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line, facing difficult diseases like malaria, typhoid fever, hepatitis, tuberculosis, and intestinal worms. Bad health practices and superstition thrive.


    03/05/2017 - INDIA

    Mumbai Christians hold silent protest over demolished cross (Photo)

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The press statement of the Archdiocese of Mumbai. Bandra's Cross demolished despite being in a private estate. The demonstrators wear a black band on their arm and hold the sign "Build My Cross". Another cross demolished in Mumbai.


    02/05/2017 - INDIA

    Cow protectors lynch two Muslims in Assam. For activist, this is hatred against Islam


    The victims had been accused of planning to steal cattle. Two people have been arrested on murder charges. Episodes of intolerance towards minorities have increased with the rise of Hindu nationalists. At least, ten Muslims have been killed since 2015.


    02/05/2017 - INDIA

    Card Gracias: Illegal Demolition of a Cross in Bandra (Video)

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The Mumbai authorities authorized the destruction of the Christian religious symbol. The archbishop complains that the cross was on the wall of a private property. The owner of the property and ecclesiastical hierarchies had all the necessary documents. There is a makeshift cross to allow prayers.


    26/04/2017 - INDIA

    Madhya Pradesh: After eight years, bishop absolved from charge of forced conversion

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Bishop Mathew Vaniakizhakkel is the emeritus bishop of Satna. Along with five Catholics, in 2009 he was denounced for conversion, conspiracy and disturbance of peace among religions. The accuser then repented and asked for forgiveness. Christian Leader: "Anti-conversion law is a tool to harassing Christians." 


    25/04/2017 - INDIA

    Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar: 3,000 faithful attend First Communion of 34 children (Photo)

    by Purushottam Nayak

    The ceremony took place on April 23, Sunday of Divine Mercy. The catechism lasted five months during which the children learned the importance of the sacrament of the Eucharist. Sister catechist: "We planted seeds of faith and provided them with tools to help it grow."


    24/04/2017 - INDIA

    Uttar Pradesh: bishops call on new chief minister to defend persecuted Christians

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The meeting with Yogi Adityanath took place on 21 April. Local Church leaders extended their best wishes to him in his new capacity. They also asked him to guarantee the security and protection of the Christian minority and its places of worship.


    22/04/2017 - INDIA

    Missionaries of Charity visit families, the sick and dying on the Andaman Islands

    by Santosh Digal

    The Sisters of Mother Teresa arrived in the capital of Port Blair in 1994. Four of them currently work on the archipelago, helping the sick and dying at their time of need as well as supporting the poor by funding their children’s education.


    20/04/2017 - INDIA

    Bishop Mascarenhas: Indian bishops condemn the disruption of the Way of the Cross in Tamil Nadu

    by Purushottam Nayak

    On Good Friday, police stopped Mass and prevented worshippers from carrying the cross up a hill. Previously they had torn down statues and crosses on a slope. Meanwhile, the other side of the hill is invaded by Hindu temples.






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    VATICAN
    Pope: together with the faithful in China on 24 May to celebrate Our Lady of Sheshan



    During the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis speaks about the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, instituted by Benedict XVI. Chinese Catholics must make a “personal contribution to communion among believers and to harmony in the whole society." AsiaNews Symposium on the Church in China is set for this week. Francis appeals for peace in the Central African Republic, and for loving “one another following the example of the Lord”. For him, “Sometimes conflicts, pride, envy, and divisions leave a blotch on the beautiful face of the Church.” Five new cardinals will be named, including a bishop from Laos.


    VATICAN-CHINA
    May 24, 2017: 'China, the Cross is Red', AsiaNews Symposium

    Bernardo Cervellera

    The event will be held to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. A title with many meanings: the Cross is red from the blood of the martyrs; From attempts to suffocate the faith with state control; Bceause of the contribution of hope that Christianity gives to a population tired of materialism and consumerism that is seeking new moral criteria. The theme is also about the great and unexpected religious rebirth in the country. Guests to include: Card. Pietro Parolin, Msgr. Savio Hon, the sociologist of religions Richard Madsen, the testimonies of Chinese priests and laity.


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