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08/27/2014 INDIA
Pilar Missionary: Witnessing the Gospel to tribal Mundari, amid poverty and malnutrition
by Nirmala Carvalho
Fr. Lino Fernandes presides at the funeral of two young men, belonging to the same family, who died from "poverty". Conditions of the tribal community worsened by lack of access to medical facilities. The Indian president praises the work of the Church, but state institutions do not help the priests in their mission. Like Mother Teresa, serving "the poorest of the poor."
Delhi (AsiaNews) - The death from disease in only one week of two young Mundari tribal belonging to the same family has underlined the terrible living conditions of this Indian minority, present in the eastern state of Jharkhand. On...

08/26/2014 INDIA
Mumbai's Jewish center re-opens after 2008 terrorist attack
by Nirmala Carvalho
Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, his wife Rivky and 4 other people died in the attack: the small Moshe, their son, survived thanks to his Indian nanny. Today the structure has been restored: "This project is a seed of light and hope, reminding us how we can survive even in the most terrible of the challenges. Evil will not prevail".
08/25/2014 BANGLADESH
Bangladesh, targeted attacks and social injustices behind the "disappearance" of Hindus
by Sumon Corraya
In 1947 the Hindus in the then East Pakistan were 28% of the population, they are now below 8.5% and continue to decline day by day. The Prime Minister Hasina launched an appeal in favor of a multi-religious country in which all citizens are equal, but experts argue: "They have no protection and no justice, so they flee".
08/25/2014 INDIA
Orissa, six years on from pogrom "faith in the crucified Christ never abandons us"
by Nirmala Carvalho
The Indian State,scene of terrible anti-Christian persecution in 2008, today holds a Day of Remembrance in memory of the victims and to demand justice from the government. The Archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar tells AsiaNews: "The testimony of victims has produced fertile seeds, which nourish faith and vocations." Card. Gracias: "The suffering of Christians in India, offered for peace in Iraq".
08/24/2014 VATICAN
Pope appeals for peace in Ukraine. Peter's blind faith and hearts of "rock" or "sand"
At the Angelus, Pope Francis recalls situation of conflict that create "so much suffering among the civilian population". A bishop writes a letter to the pope, "describing this pain." As for Peter, Jesus expects a "reliable", faith on which to build the Church. "What is your faith like? We should all find the answer in our hearts. What does the Lord find in our hearts? A stable heart like stone, or a heart like sand, that is incredulous, doubtful, suspicious?". He makes the pilgrims repeat Peter's profession three times: "You are Christ, the Son of the living God."

08/22/2014 INDIA
Kerala: Syro-Malabar bishops to allow Catholic cremation
The decision is partly due to shrinking burial space. The Synod calls on the faithful to continue "offering" prayers for the dearly departed, whilst using public crematoriums for the last rites.
08/22/2014 INDIA
India, film on assassination of Indira Gandhi barred from release
According to the critics the film "glorifies" the murderers of the renowned Indian Prime Minister and could trigger a "law and order situation". The film tells the story of Gandhi's Sikh bodyguards, who apparently killed her in 1984 to avenge the massacre of Sikhs in the Golden Temple of Amritsar.
08/21/2014 INDIA
India's infertility clinics, the other side of surrogacy in India
In three years, the number of facilities rose 20 per cent. Although infertility has not increased in the country, a high number of people (64 per cent) prefer artificial insemination or surrogate mothers. Surrogacy is thus spreading among Indian couples.
08/20/2014 EGYPT
Attacks on Egyptian churches a year later
by Nirmala Carvalho
In an interview, the principal of a Jesuit school in Minya talks about "an anniversary that the world wanted to forget." Today, "the situation has improved" in the city, especially in the relations between Muslims and Christians. The Islamic community "reassures us of the need of our presence here."
08/19/2014 INDIA
For ultranationalists, India is Hindu and its people cannot be secular
by Nirmala Carvalho
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) officials issue new statements to that effect. The head of the paramilitary group says he wants "equality" for the people. For the leader of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), "it is ironic that the RSS should speak of equality, when it has always opposed the struggle for minority rights".
08/18/2014 INDIA - IRAQ
Indian bishop invokes Mary Queen of Heaven to bring peace to Iraq
by Felix Machado*
The President of the Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC) reflects on the persecution of Iraqi Christians. ISIS is "destroying the historical and human heritage of the country" and bringing the state "towards the total destruction of its religious history."
08/18/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Pope: Reconciliation and peace in Korea and world need conversion of hearts
by Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi
At the great final Mass of his apostolic visit to South Korea, Francis once again calls on Koreans to "firmly to reject a mindset shaped by suspicion and instead shape a culture formed by the teaching of the Gospel. Trust in the power of the Cross". All Koreans "are brothers and sisters, continue with humanitarian aid." An unscripted prayer Card. Filoni, sent to Iraq, and for all minorities who suffer in that country. Before the Mass the Pope meets with a former "comfort woman", who gifts the Pope a badge of her association which he wore throughout the Mass. Leaders of other religions: "We walk together, in the presence of God".
08/17/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Pope tells Asia's young people to wake up and not to be afraid to bring faith to society
At the final Mass of the sixth Asian Youth Day Francis took the opportunity to spur young Asians. "Wake up!" he told them. The martyrs who defeated death speak "to you of a duty, a responsibility" to bring Christ to every reach of Asia. You "are not only a part of the future of the Church; you are also a necessary and beloved part of the Church's present." The next Asian Youth Day is set for 2017 in Indonesia.
08/17/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Card Gracias: the Church's "small engine" in Asia can generate huge changes
The Archbishop of Mumbai told AsiaNews that "Francis encouraged us, boosting our hope and confidence. Whilst it is true that in this continent we are few, a minority, it is equally true that from a small engine huge changes can come."
08/17/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Pope ready to talk to countries that do not have diplomatic relations with Vatican
"I earnestly hope that those countries of your continent with whom the Holy See does not yet enjoy a full relationship, may not hesitate to further a dialogue for the benefit of all," the pope said during a meeting with Asian bishops. The pontiff also mentioned the many nameless martyrs of the faith, who died for the Gospel in Asia and "deserve our love." For Gwangju archbishop Hyginus Kim Hee-joon, the meeting was "brotherly and friendly". As he "walked about us [. . .] he spoke instead of staying on the stage," spending "a few minutes with each of us." He is a "trailblazer even in the Church."

Altri articoli
08/16/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Disabled, men and women religious and lay people in the pope's "ministry of compassion"
08/15/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Pope tells young people in Asia to pray for Korea's reunification, that God never tires of forgiving
08/14/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Seoul, Francis’ first immersion among crowd. To the bishops: "May we be saved from spiritual worldliness" by Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi
08/14/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - CHINA - AYD
Beijing "recalls" Chinese priests from Seoul and blocks 80 young people from travelling for the AYD
08/13/2014 INDIA
Karnataka: four Christian’s arrested, later released, on charges of forced conversions by Nirmala Carvalho
08/13/2014 KOREA - VATICAN
Gu-Won Lee, with Pope Francis I will proclaim the Gospel of life with no legs or arms by Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi
08/12/2014 IRAQ-ITALY
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul," the thanks of the Patriarch Louis Sako; the concerns of the Bishop of Kurdistan by Bernardo Cervellera
08/12/2014 VATICAN - ISLAM
Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue slams Islamic Caliphate crimes and barbarism
08/12/2014 INDIA
Ultranationalist Indians to impose Hindutva on religious minorities
08/11/2014 IRAQ - MIDDLE EAST
US air support is not enough. We must save Islamic-Christian coexistence and Iraq by Bernardo Cervellera
08/11/2014 INDIA
Mgr Machado: Pope Francis' visit to Korea will provide missionary impulse to interreligious dialogue by Felix Machado*
08/10/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Dismay and disbelief at news from Iraq. No to war in the name of God
08/08/2014 KOREA - VATICAN
Msgr. You: Pope Francis in Korea, a "volcano" who will inflame mission among youth by Bernardo Cervellera
08/07/2014 NEPAL - INDIA
Nepal Hindu leaders against Modi for letting down their religion, not helping them by Christopher Sharma
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IRAQ-ITALY
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul," the thanks of the Patriarch Louis Sako; the concerns of the Bishop of Kurdistan
by Bernardo CervelleraThe head of the Chaldean Church is grateful for the AsiaNews campaign and hopes that "this chain of solidarity will reach far and wide”. Helping refugees to remain in Iraq. But many want to flee abroad. The bishop of Amadiyah where thousands of displaced people have found haven in churches and homes: We also help the Arabs (Muslims), and Yazidis, for free and without looking at our confessional differences.
VATICAN
"Stop! I am asking you with all my heart. Stop!" says pope as he speaks out on the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine He mentions children, victims of war, "from whom we take away the hope for a decent life," urging the parties to address "every diatribe with the tenacity of dialogue and negotiation and the power of reconciliation". As tomorrow marks 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, "a day of mourning," we should learn the lessons of history. The Gospel makes us know the true Jesus, the living Jesus, who speaks to the heart and is a life changer as he was for Saint Francis of Assisi. "The joy of finding the treasure of the Kingdom of God comes through, can be seen. Christians cannot hide their faith."
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08/21/2014 INDONESIA - ISLAM
Borobudur, Islamists target Indonesia’s most important Buddhist temple
by Mathias Hariyadi
08/21/2014 UKRAINE - RUSSIA
Greek Catholics warn the time of martyrdom is upon their Church in Eastern Ukraine
08/21/2014 LEBANON - IRAQ
For Eastern Churches, the use of force is legitimate to defend Iraq's Christians
08/25/2014 IRAQ
Patriarch of Baghdad: While politicians argue, Iraqi Christians continue to suffer and die
by Joseph Mahmoud

08/21/2014 CHINA
Churches and crosses demolished: lawyers challenge Zhejiang government in defense of religious freedom
08/23/2014 VATICAN - IRAQ
The Pope donates 1 million US dollars for Christians and other minorities in Iraq
08/21/2014 IRAQ - LEBANON
Erbil: patriarch tells refugees fleeing Islamists "Today, we are all the Chaldeans"
by Fady Noun 

08/24/2014 VATICAN
Pope appeals for peace in Ukraine. Peter's blind faith and hearts of "rock" or "sand"
08/22/2014 UNITED STATES - IRAQ - ISLAM
For the United States, the Islamic State is the "biggest threat" and must be fought in Syria
08/21/2014 CHINA-VATICAN
Chinese experts: cautious openings in relations with Vatican
by Wang Zhicheng

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