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04/16/2015 INDIA
Agra, four statutes of Our Lady vandalized
The vandalism occurred today in the church of St. Mary. A dog chain was tied around the statutes neck. The pastor files a complaint. Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC): "A vulgar and shameful act".
Mumbai (AsiaNews) - In the early hours of this morning, unidentified persons damaged four statues of the Virgin Mary in St. Mary’s church in Agra. The vandals removed the sculptures from the display cases and tied a dog chain...

04/16/2015 INDIA
Mumbai remembers the Holocaust, together with Pope Francis for Jews and Armenians
by Nirmala Carvalho
The Indian Jewish community celebrates Yom Hashoah, the recurrence with which Israel honors the extermination of the Jewish people during World War II. Solomon F. Sopher, from Keneseth Eliyahoo synagogue: "The annihilation of a community, a population that has faith in the Almighty, is a disgrace to the human race."
04/14/2015 INDIA
Haryana: yoga guru becomes "minister" to promote (radical) Hindu values
by Nirmala Carvalho
Baba Ramdev is set to promote and supervise Ayurvedic practices in the State. The government wants to make yoga compulsory in schools. For Dalit rights advocate Lenin Raghuvanshi, the appointment is designed “to boost fascist forces and the concept of Hindu state".
04/13/2015 INDIA
Radical Hindu leader calls for the forced sterilisation of Christians and Muslims
by Nirmala Carvalho
Deva Sadhvi Thakur, vice president of the All India Hindu Mahasabha, also wants to build a statue dedicated to the Mahatma Gandhi’s murderer. She also wants India’s federal government to impose a “state of emergency”. For the president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), she should be arrested for "sedition and xenophobia".
04/12/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Like Thomas, we contemplate the wounds of the Risen One and, in the Jubilee, we welcome God’s love
After the Mass for the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, Francis spoke during the Regina Coeli about the apostle’s “struggle”. Thomas “is not someone who just accepts things; he wants to find out about things, check them out in person, have his own personal experience.” Meanwhile, “Jesus was waiting for him, patiently”. The Jubilee “will be an intense and long period of time to welcome the immense riches of God’s merciful love”. The pope also expressed his Easter greetings to the Eastern Churches.

04/12/2015 VATICAN
Pope: as the extermination of human beings continues, we need a change of heart
Before the memorial Mass marking the centennial anniversary of the Armenian genocide, which he described as "the first genocide of the twentieth century”, Pope Francis spoke about the Armenian martyrs. “It is necessary,” he said, “indeed a duty, to honour their memory, for whenever memory fades, it means that evil allows wounds to fester.” In his homily, he mentioned how to do this when he said that the saints "teach us that the world is changed starting with the conversion of one's heart, and this is done through God’s mercy.”
04/10/2015 THAILAND – INDIA
For India’s Justice and Peace Commission, women are agents of peace and reconciliation in the Church and the world
by sr. Daphne Sequeira
The head of the Centre for the Development of Women in Torpa, who represented India at the international meeting currently underway in Bangkok, talked about the status of women in rural India, home to 70 per cent of the country’s population. “[M]ale domination arising from the ideology of patriarchal society and female subjugation internalised by women has to give way to a new relationship of complementarity and equality.”
04/10/2015 NEPAL
Nepal, criminal organization that sold women to the Islamic State uncovered
by Christopher Sharma
The Nepalese police has compiled a list of six Indian and Nepalese suspects, seizing false passports, photographs of the victims and 900 thousand dollars in cash. The women came from the poorer classes. Inspector General tells AsiaNews: "They were chosen because cheaper and submissive".
04/09/2015 THAILAND – INDIA – ASIA
For Justice and Peace Office, religious fundamentalism and neo-liberalism are the challenges of the Indian Church
by Charles Irudayam
The executive secretary of the Office for Justice, Peace and Development of the Bishops’ Conference of India addressed the international conference on ‘Peace and reconciliation in the context of Asia’. The Catholic Church must stand up to the country’s current situation and be a "prophetic witness and active agent of God’s Kingdom”.
04/08/2015 INDIA
Government eases regulations on industrial pollution
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), New Delhi is the most polluted capital in the world. Every year, 627,000 people die from airborne pollution-related diseases. The government launches an air quality index. Annual industrial pollution monitoring now will take place every five years.
04/07/2015 INDIA
Card. Gracias: An Easter people must transform the world with charity and love
by Nirmala Carvalho
On April 5, the archbishop of Mumbai visited the rector of the Basilica of Mount Mary for his 92nd birthday. With his gesture the cardinal recalled "the immense and indispensable contribution that elderly priests make to the Church and society."
04/06/2015 VATICAN
Pope: on the persecution of Christians, the international community should "not stand by mute and inactive” and “look away”
For the sixth time in a week, Pope Francis mentioned the martyrdom of Christians in today’s Regina Caeli (the Marian prayer at Easter), slamming the indifference of the international community towards this "alarming failure to protect basic human rights.” Today’s martyrs "are many, and we can say that they are more numerous than in the first centuries." In addition, “Faith in the resurrection of Jesus and the hope He has brought to us is the most beautiful gift that a Christian can and must offer his brothers and sisters. To one and all, therefore, do not tire of repeating: Christ is Risen!”
04/05/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Jesus, the Victor over death, lighten the sufferings of our many brothers and sisters who are persecuted for his name and of all those who suffer unjustly
In his Easter Urbi et Orbi Message, Pope Francis first recalls the places of persecution (Syria, Iraq, Kenya) and appeals for peace for the Holy Land, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, Congo, Nigeria, Ukraine. He expresses appreciation for the Lausanne agreement between Iran and world powers and calls on the international community not “stand by". Christians "are the seeds of another humanity", dominated by humility, service, and not pride, arrogance, violence. The way of Jesus, "humility, which involves humiliation", "is not weakness, but real strength."
04/03/2015 INDIA
Mumbai, A Way of the Cross against persecution of Christians
In St. Andrew's parish (Bandra West), the faithful will also stage an exhibition informing of recent attacks on churches and communities. Last week the Archbishop and members of the local clergy have discussed the situation with the National Minorities Commission.
04/02/2015 INDIA
Bishop of Vasai: Baptisms at Easter, the springtime of the Church
by Felix Machado*
The prelate speaks about the meaning of the Easter Triduum. "The suffering that is beyond human understanding," but Christians are fortunate because Jesus "has explained and shown the meaning of redemption by his example." The right to religious freedom "is two-way: no one should be forced against their will, but no one should be stopped if they want to convert."

Altri articoli
04/02/2015 ASIA
Easter: The silence of the innocent and the gag by Bernardo Cervellera
04/02/2015 INDIA
West Bengal, four men arrested for the rape of religious superior of Jesus and Mary
04/01/2015 YEMEN
Raid in Yemen: India, China, Pakistan and Somalia evacuate their citizens
03/31/2015 INDIA - TANZANIA
Diocese of Mangalore: school, catechism and solar panels for mission in Africa
03/30/2015 INDIA
For the bishop of Vasai, suicide among farmers is a deep wound for the Church
03/30/2015 NEPAL
Nepal on alert for Indian terrorists travelling in Europe with fake passport by Christopher Sharma
03/30/2015 INDIA
The conversion of Rupali, a seed that will bear fruit at Easter by Rupali Belose
03/30/2015 INDIA
Kashmir, Christian leader arrested for "fomenting sectarian clashes" by Nirmala Carvalho
03/28/2015 INDIA
Protestant leader demands protection during Holy Week from radical Hindu attacks by Nirmala Carvalho
03/26/2015 INDIA
India’ Narendra Modi to speed up adoption of "anti-farmer" law
03/26/2015 INDIA
West Bengal, death threats against a Catholic girls' school by Nirmala Carvalho
03/25/2015 INDIA
Mumbai bishop: the Annunciation for unborn children and the needy by Dominic Savio Fernandes*
03/25/2015 IRAN – ASIA
As the prospects for a nuclear deal improve, Asians line up for Iranian oil
03/23/2015 INDIA
India, fresh attacks on two Catholic churches "evil and dangerous" by Nirmala Carvalho
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VATICAN
Pope: on the persecution of Christians, the international community should "not stand by mute and inactive” and “look away”For the sixth time in a week, Pope Francis mentioned the martyrdom of Christians in today’s Regina Caeli (the Marian prayer at Easter), slamming the indifference of the international community towards this "alarming failure to protect basic human rights.” Today’s martyrs "are many, and we can say that they are more numerous than in the first centuries." In addition, “Faith in the resurrection of Jesus and the hope He has brought to us is the most beautiful gift that a Christian can and must offer his brothers and sisters. To one and all, therefore, do not tire of repeating: Christ is Risen!”
ASIA
Easter: The silence of the innocent and the gag
by Bernardo CervelleraViolations of religious freedom and the West's hypocricy surrounding this issue are likely to drag the world into an unprecedented chaos. But even in silence - of death accepted for love or death inflicted by power - God is at work. An indestructible hope rises on Easter morning and a small opening of the heart is just enough for it to invade a lifetime. Happy Easter.
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04/16/2015 TAJIKISTAN
Former jihadist escapes from the Islamic state: We had to kill everyone, without pity
04/13/2015 INDIA
Radical Hindu leader calls for the forced sterilisation of Christians and Muslims
by Nirmala Carvalho
04/14/2015 SYRIA
As the conflict escalates, the situation in Aleppo’s Christian quarter worsens, says apostolic vicar
04/13/2015 VATICAN - TURKEY
Erdogan's Turkey threatens "response" to Pope’s affirmation of Armenian "genocide"
04/11/2015 VATICAN
The Holy Year of Mercy sums up “the mystery of the Christian faith”
04/12/2015 VATICAN
Pope: After the genocide, may God grant that the people of Armenia and Turkey take up again the path of reconciliation
04/14/2015 BANGLADESH
Muslims, Hindus, and Christians celebrate peace during Bengali New Year
by Sumon Corraya
04/15/2015 TURKEY – VATICAN
And the sultan "warned" the pope
04/11/2015 VATICAN
Pope: a Jubilee of Mercy so that the Church may recover the sense of mission the Lord entrusted in her
04/16/2015 RUSSIA
St. Petersburg Smolny Cathedral restored to Church of, a symbol of the city of the tsars

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