03/08/2014INDIA India, 67 Kashmiri expelled from university for cheering on Pakistan They are accused of subversion . The students denounce being charged without a fair hearing. Hindu nationalists call for exemplary punishment. The fear is that the case is likely to fuel new tensions between the two countries. Srinagar ( AsiaNews / Agencies) - Accused of subversion and expelled
from the university for having rooted for the opposing team (Pakistan), rather
than for their own...
03/06/2014INDIA Jharkhand, a Lenten "journey" among Mundari tribal by Nirmala Carvalho Lino Fernandes SFX, of the parish of Blessed Mother Teresa Siadih, will visit 45 families divided into 25 villages. In each he will officiate the sacrament of Reconciliation, will make the Way of the Cross and will teach catechism. "Evangelizing - he explains - means being involved in the development of every human being.
03/05/2014INDIA India, dates set for general elections. 814 million voters estimated It will be the world’s largest vote in terms of registered voters. The elections will go ahead in nine stages, from April 7 to May 12 . By May 31 there will be the new Parliament and a new Prime Minister will be appointed. The main challenge is between Sonia Gandhi’s Congress and the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP ) .
03/04/2014INDIA Kandhamal Christians "live in fear because of Hindu fundamentalists " by Nirmala Carvalho Sajan George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC ) sounds alarm as group of extremists damage a prayer hall under construction and threaten eight Christian families. Police arrest two people, but dismiss case as "family dispute".
03/01/2014INDIA Indian Jesuit: Re-reading the Bible to better understand Evangelii Gaudium by Errol Fernandes sj Fr. Errol Fernandes SJ is Principal of St. Xavier 's College, Mumbai and an expert in new media. The priest recalls that all Christians must "reveal Christ to those who have not had the privilege to encounter him". This includes the Indian faithful, who are a minority in their own country.
02/24/2014INDIA Indian fundamentalist leader calls for an "immediate" stop to conversions . . . except to Hinduism by Nirmala Carvalho A leader of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), an extremist Hindu organisation responsible for attacks against the country's ethnic, religious and social minorities, made the anti-conversion statement recently. The "VHP wants to intimidate and persecute Christians by raising the bogeyman of conversions to instil Hindutva ideas in in the population," Christian leader said.
02/23/2014VATICAN Pope: Work for Church unity with the new cardinals During the Angelus, Pope Francis emphasised the value of the Catholicity of the College of Cardinals, characterised by "diverse backgrounds" and the unity of "faith in and love for Christ and his Church". Dioceses, parishes, associations and movements must not contradict the shared dignity that comes with baptism. "Everyone, in Jesus Christ, is God's child." Cardinals must be "servants", not "masters".
02/23/2014VATICAN Pope: Cardinals must be holy for they enter the Church of Rome, not a court During the Mass he celebrated with the cardinals he created yesterday, Pope Francis called on them to "avoid, habits and ways of acting typical of a court: intrigue, gossip, cliques, favouritism and preferences." Instead, they must experience the higher justice of the Kingdom of God, do good deeds with generosity, and love their enemies. "Jesus did not come to teach us good manners, [. . .] To be a saint is not a luxury. It is necessary for the salvation of the world. [. . .] A heart without love is like a deconsecrated church, a building withdrawn from God's service".
02/21/2014INDIA India salutes its newest state, Telangana The Rajya Sabha ( Upper House ) approves the decree for the division of Andhra Pradesh. Now it only needs the signature of President Pranab Mukherjee for the "official" birth of the 29th state in the country. Many continue to criticize the decision: "The development of the area will stop".