05/20/2013INDIA - CHINA Chinese Premier in Delhi, to strengthen "trust" and trade It is the first foreign trip of Prime Minister Li Keqiang, who then will go on to Pakistan, Switzerland and Germany. He met his Indian counterpart Singh and recalled the "great importance" of bilateral relations., But did not mention the recent tension on the borders, caused by Chinese troops invading Indian territory. New Delhi
(AsiaNews / Agencies) - China and India want to build a relationship of mutual
esteem and trust, a prerequisite for ensuring peace in the world. This
was the what emerged at the end of the meeting, which lasted an hour, between
Indian Prime Minister...
05/19/2013VATICAN Pope to Movements: The action of the Spirit is newness, harmony, mission At Mass for Pentecost, along with movements and lay associations, Francis asks believers not close in on themselves for fear the 'God’s surprises', defending ourselves " barricaded in transient structures which have lost their capacity for openness." The harmony of the Spirit brings unity, not exclusivism or standardization. "The Holy Spirit ... saves us from the threat of a Church which is gnostic and self-referential, closed in on herself" and " drive us to the very outskirts of existence in order to proclaim life in Jesus Christ." The final thanks of the Pope: "You are a gift and a treasure for the Church."
05/19/2013VATICAN Pope to Movements: man is in crisis. No to a church closed in on itself, but a Church that goes out, At the Vigil for Pentecost, Pope Francis pushes Christian witness in a world that has become the enemy of man, where the collapse of financial markets makes the news, but not the death of workers or child hunger. A great event for the Year of Faith, 200 thousand people are present: from CL and Renewal in the Spirit, to the Neocatechumenal Way, Focolare, Sant'Egidio, international associations. The testimony of John Waters, an Irish journalist, and Paul Bhatti, former minister for minorities in Pakistan. The Pope invites all to pray every day for persecuted Christians and to work for religious freedom. The Church is not an efficient NGO. Her main contribution is "to live the Gospel."
05/18/2013INDIA Orissa, two Hindu extremists linked to the murder of missionary Graham Staines arrested Arrest comes almost 14 years after the massacre of missionary and his two children. Ramjan Mahanta and Ghanshyam Mahanta were part of the group of dozens of Hindu extremists responsible for the massacre. They will be tried by a special tribunal. To date, only two of the authors of the massacre have been sentenced to life imprisonment.
05/17/2013INDIA Bishop John Rodrigues: "Building the Body of Christ in the Year of Faith" by Nirmala Carvalho The new auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Mumbai speaks to AsiaNews: "My appointment by Pope Francis a joy and an honor. I will try to be an instrument of the divine ministry with ever greater strength”. Growing religious intolerance in India "witnessing to the values of the Gospel is not only a right but a necessity."
05/12/2013VATICAN Pope: Fidelity to Christ even unto martyrdom and in mission, as witness of charity During Mass in St Peter's Square, Francis canonises the 800 martyrs of Otranto slaughtered by the Turks in 1480; Sister María Laura Montoya Upegui, the first Colombian saint, teacher and evangeliser of the poor and the Indians; Sister María Guadalupe García Zavala, a Mexican apostle of the poor and the sick. Martyrdom and mission are born from love of God and express themselves in the witness of charity. "[L]let us ask God to sustain those many Christians who, at this time in many parts of the world, continue to endure violence, and give them the courage of fidelity to respond to evil with goodness." Speaking ad-lib, the pope also said, "Individualism eats away at the Christian community and our hearts . . . . How much damage does the easy life and the embourgeoisement of the heart do?" Serving the sick and the abandoned means "touching Christ's flesh." The "sick, the poor, the dying are the flesh of Christ." The pope pleads on behalf of life in the womb and the rights of embryos.
05/09/2013INDIA Elections in Karnataka: people say enough to the Hindu fundamentalists by Nirmala Carvalho Sajan George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), comments on the defeat of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the last election in the state. The results of the vote are a warning to all parties "not to misuse religion, protect minorities and work for the common good."
05/08/2013INDIA Elections in Karnataka: after nine years, Hindu nationalists lose power Congress, the first party in the country, won with a large majority and will be able to form the government alone. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is supporter of Hindu ultranationalist groups, perpetrators of attacks against religious and social minorities in the country.
05/07/2013INDIA Jesuit: Minorities are second-class citizens in Gujarat by Nirmala Carvalho Fr. Cedric Prakash comments on the latest report of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), which analyzes the situation of the Indian state. The anti-conversion law in Gujarat imposes the civil authorities permission to change religion. For years, the U.S. deny head of the government a visa, for his role in the massacres of 2002.
05/06/2013INDIA Card. Gracias: India can not grow without religious freedom by Card. Oswald Gracias The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has placed India among the countries where violations of freedom of religion and persecution are growing. The president of the Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI) comments on the report: "It is urgent that government agencies, laws and practical actions ensure protection of religious freedom for all, as enshrined in our Constitution."
05/05/2013VATICAN Pope to Confraternities: Be missionaries of God’s love and tenderness towards 'little ones' Francis celebrates mass for the confraternities, an event of the Year of Faith, along with 100 thousand members of the lay associations from around the world. Gospel authenticity, ecclesial spirit, missionary spirit, characterize these groups. Popular piety is a "treasure", a "mysticism", "a legitimate mode of" living the faith "of the Church. Fraternities are evangelizing initiatives," bridges "that lead to Christ, involving" the senses, affections, the symbols of different cultures. " At the Regina Caeli, best wishes for Eastern Churches who today celebrate Easter, also amid "between trials and sufferings." The joy of the Brazilian Church for the beatification of Francisca de Paula De Jesus, known as "NháChica."