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  • 30/03/2017 - INDIA

    The state’s new chief minister Yogi Adityanath promised to close illegal slaughterhouses in the recent election. Sellers complain that the authorities have also shut down legal ones. Sacred in Hinduism, cows are a major source of revenue for minorities. India’s meat exports are worth US $ 4 billion a year, employing 2.5 million people in Uttar Pradesh alone.




    29/03/2017 - INDIA

    I, a Hindu Brahmin convert to Christianity, even though everyone thought I was already a Catholic

    by Rajesh Nayak

    Rajesh Nayak waited 20 years for his baptism, which will take place on Easter. He met the faith when he was very young, but his parents’ opposition prevented him from converting. Through Christian adult initiation he really learnt to pray. "Before I did not know which god I was addressing,” he said.


    28/03/2017 - INDIA

    Karnataka Catholic Organization appeals for prison ministry volunteers

    by Purushottam Nayak

    Prison Ministry India has worked with detainees for over 30 years. Now it is running a recruitment campaign to bring relief to 1,382 in Indian jails. "Nearly 400 thousand people languish without love, hope and help." Membership is open to all; training will last two weeks from May 8 to 23. 


    27/03/2017 - INDIA

    Mumbai, 25 thousand people make a pilgrimage for peace


    Great participation of Catholics and non-Catholics in the annual Lenten march for peace 20 km. The pilgrims walked through the night for 7 hours until the Mass in the Basilica of Mount Mary. Card. Gracias: "Peace, harmony and brotherhood will prevail." Large presence of young people.


    27/03/2017 - INDIA

    Uttar Pradesh: Christian graves vandalized; (False) accusations of forced conversions (VIDEO)

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Crosses taken down; tombstones smashed. State led by Hindu nationalist party. Growing violence against Christians in the region. The Hindu Yuva Vahini organization, founded by the Chief Minister, for the return of the Dalits to Hinduism.


    24/03/2017 - INDIA

    Card. Alencherry: The beatification of Sister Rani Maria is a blessing for the Church in India


    The nun was killed in 1995 with 54 stab wounds. Her assassin  is a radical Hindu fomented by village leaders, who wanted to stop her missionary activity in favor of the tribal poor. Today he repented because of the love of the Franciscan family, who forgave and accepted him. Sister Rani is a "martyr".


    22/03/2017 - INDIA

    The Ganges is a "living being." Raghuvanshi: historic decision, pulls wool from eyes of Hindu nationalists


    The High Court of Uttarakhand equates the waters of the sacred river for Hindus to a human being. The goal is to reduce the pollution caused by industrialization and urbanization. Indian activist: "The Hindu radicals use pollution to come to power." The courts must also take action for Dalits who live on the river banks.


    21/03/2017 - NEPAL – CHINA – TIBET

    Police arrest hundreds of Tibetans in the wake of Pema Gyaltsen’s self-immolation in Kardze

    by Christopher Sharma

    Fifty-eight years after Tibet’s uprising, protests continue in favour of the freedom of the Tibetan people and the return of the Dalai Lama. India and China are in a standoff over the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism. Nothing is known of the conditions of Pema Gyaltsen, who sacrificed himself in a week-end protest.


    20/03/2017 - INDIA

    Card Gracias tells Dalit leaders that the Catholic Church in India is 100 per cent with Christian Dalits

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The archbishop of Mumbai took part the meeting of the National Council of Dalit Christians. In India most Catholics are Dalits, 12 million out of 19 million. The Church has adopted new policies for greater integration.


    20/03/2017 - INDIA

    After the regional elections, the Hindu nationalists dominate in India

    by C. T. Nilesh

    In Uttar Pradesh the new chief minister is Yogi Adityanath, a radical guru accused of numerous crimes. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has attracted the sympathies of the population despite the rupee ban. The Congress Party, usually supported by minorities and Dalits in distributing positions of power, failed to win support.


    18/03/2017 - INDIA

    Orissa, 3 thousand faithful attend Lenten retreat for spiritual renewal

    by Purushottam Nayak

    The spiritual exercises were held in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary in Cuttack. Participants rediscover "the value of prayer and grace of God." The retreat was led by Fr. Anil Dev, head of an ashram dedicated to the Virgin in Varanasi. The center is an example of coexistence between Christians and Hindus.


    17/03/2017 - INDIA

    Nagaland to get its Christian university open to everyone


    The North East Christian University is an initiative of the Council of Baptist Churches of North East India. American donors will bear most of the costs with courses set to start in 2018. About 90 per cent of the state’s population is Christian.


    16/03/2017 - INDIA

    Hindu, Muslim and Christian actors perform the Passion of Jesus in Kerala

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The show will be staged until 22 March in local parishes. Famous actors are among the performers. The Indian Missionary Society information Centre director wrote and directed the play. The scenes of the arrest and crucifixion move spectators.


    15/03/2017 - INDIA

    Catholic take 43 per cent of Goa State Assembly seats, but remain BJP stooges

    by C. T. Nilesh

    Catholics won 17 seats out of 40, seven under the BJP banner. Nation-wide, Christians do not support the BJP because of its repressive policies vis-à-vis religious minorities. Change will happen only lawmakers assert their views.


    15/03/2017 - INDIA

    India: after 48 years among poor children, Compassion International closes its doors

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The NGO has lost the license because of allegations of forced conversions. 76% of beneficiaries were Hindu children. The American Association operated throughout India through 589 partners, mostly Christian communities. The Narendra Modi government has imposed stricter controls on NGOs receiving funds from abroad.


    14/03/2017 - INDIA

    Modi triumphs in India's regional elections and pushes the decline of Rahul Gandhi

    by C. T. Nilesh

    Last week five Indian states elected local assemblies. The Prime Minister’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party excelled in two States, where it will rule alone, while in two others it will form a coalition. His victory comes from a political paralysis and the main opposition leadership, the Congress Party, chaired by Sonia Gandhi but driven by his son Rahul.

     


    13/03/2017 - INDIA

    CBCI launches portal for migrant workers

    by Purushottam Nayak

    The website will be inaugurated on 15 March. it will collect data on those who seek work in another Indian state or abroad. The Labour Office of the Bishops’ Conference and the Workers India Federation are behind the initiative.


    11/03/2017 - INDIA

    Modi wins in Uttar Pradesh


    Vote counting began this morning. The latest update indicates he won 305 seats out of 403. The election is a referendum on the prime minister's policies, following demonetisation. Christian leader expresses concern about the aggressive policies of the Hindu nationalists.


    08/03/2017 - INDIA

    Mumbai: Corinne Rodrigues, a widowed mother who inspired the vocation of three children

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The woman lost her husband in 1975 and reared three boys. Today all three are consecrated; John, the youngest, is a bishop and rector of the Basilica of Bandra. Corinne was a pivotal figure in the archdiocese, founding a movement to help widows and other charities.

     


    08/03/2017 - INDIA

    Isis, first time on Indian soil: cell leader killed in Uttar Pradesh


    The extremist called Saifulllah was hiding in an apartment in Lucknow. He was the head of a group of radicalized Muslims in India. Arrested eight others. The group has planned the bomb attack yesterday on a train in Madhya Pradesh, that left 10 wounded.

     


    07/03/2017 - ASIA

    At least 900 million people paid bribes in 2016 in Asia-Pacific region


    Transparency International found that India and Vietnam are the most corrupt whilst Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Australia are the least. The poor suffer the most, but in Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia the richest are asked for bribes the most. Bribes “can kill”. Many governments remain lukewarm towards the problem.


    06/03/2017 - INDIA

    Card. Toppo: No to the law which deprives tribal lands

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The Archbishop of Ranchi led a delegation of Christians to governor of Jharkhand which passed the amendments on the use of land. Eliminated the restriction that prevented the State and individuals to buy land. In the event of economic difficulties, the tribals would sell the properties to the highest bidder.


    03/03/2017 - NEPAL

    International investors in Kathmandu: Funds in exchange for political stability

    by Christopher Sharma

    "Nepal Investment Summit 2017" underway, strongly supported by the local government initiative. More than 250 investors from around the world are discussing the fight against poverty, crime control and the growing Islamic terrorism. Continuous changes at the top do not create favorable conditions for funding; pockets of poverty are reservoir for the recruitment of extremists.

     


    02/03/2017 - INDIA

    Indian Supreme Court denies the abortion of a child with Down syndrome. Catholic physician: abortion is never the best choice

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Judges state: "We have a life on our hands." The mother is 37 years old and 26 weeks pregnant. The anomaly of the fetus does not pose risks to the health of pregnant women. Dr. Carvalho: "When you discover problems with prenatal diagnosis, the predominant trend is abortion."

     


    02/03/2017 - INDIA

    Madhya Pradesh, Hindu radicals interrupt a mixed marriage in a church

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The radicals belong to the group of extreme right-wing Hindu Vahini. They accuse Christians of wanting to convert the groom, of Hindu religion. The couple was forced to postpone the wedding and celebrate with a Vedic ritual. The state has a law against forced conversions that discriminates against minorities.

     


    28/02/2017 - INDIA

    A carbon fast for Lent in the Archdiocese of Mumbai

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    For two years the local Church proposes initiatives to reduce global warming. Auxiliary Bishop: "The Carbon fast is becoming popular and is also practiced after Lent". Pope Francis has created "a new beatitude: Blessed are those who protect and take care of our common home."


    27/02/2017 - INDIA

    Gujarat, Isis lone wolves arrested: they planned an attack on a Hindu temple


    They are the brothers Wasim and Naeem Ramodiya, both computer scientists. Within "one or two days" they would have hit the famous temple of Chamunda, in Surendranagar district. A military arsenal and Islamic propaganda material found in their apartment.

     


    25/02/2017 - NEPAL

    Hindu parents forbid their children from attending Shia celebrations because of drug use

    by Christopher Sharma

    During the festival, Hindu holy men sell drugs and invite young people to smoke hashish and cannabis. Hundreds of young people have become addicts. The Hindu festival accused of driving many to crime. Attendance at the Pashupatinath Temple drops from 500,000 to 200,000.


    25/02/2017 - INDIA

    For Kolkata nun, serving the poor means welcoming everyone, regardless of their faith

    by Santosh Digal

    Sister Mary Mukta Kindo has worked at the Mother Veronica Social Centre for Women of Barrackpure since 2001. The centre makes garments like uniforms and tunics as well as church linen. Some 200 women have been trained allowing them to be independent and help their families.


    24/02/2017 - INDIA

    Bangalore archbishop inaugurates first family counselling service

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The goal is to solve the crisis of the family, and emphasise again the sanctity of the institution of marriage. The archdiocese will rely on the expertise of 20 Holy Cross priests. The disintegration of families is evident in the rise in marriage annulments.






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    VATICAN
    Pope tells young people to remember the past, to have courage in the present and hope for the future



    The Message for the 32nd World Youth Day was issued today centred on “The ‘great things’ that the Almighty accomplished’.” In her meeting with Elizabeth, Mary becomes a model. The pontiff calls on young people to avoid being couch potatoes, safe and cosy, urges them to rediscover the relationship with seniors. The Church experience is not a flash mob. The future should be experienced in a constructive way, and “the institutions of marriage, consecrated life and priestly mission” should not be devalued.


    AFGHANISTAN
    Fr. Moretti: The Little Sisters of Jesus, for 60 years " Afghan among Afghans"



    They have lived for 60 years at the service of the needy. They remained in Kabul under Soviet occupation, the Taliban control and the NATO bombing. Respected by all, even by the Taliban. This February their experience will end, according to Fr. Moretti "an example for us all."


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