04/16/2015INDIA 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...
04/16/2015INDIA 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."
04/14/2015INDIA 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".
04/13/2015INDIA 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".
04/12/2015VATICAN 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.
04/12/2015VATICAN 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.”
04/10/2015THAILAND – 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.”
04/10/2015NEPAL 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".
04/08/2015INDIA 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.
04/06/2015VATICAN 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!”
04/03/2015INDIA 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.
04/02/2015INDIA 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."