03/04/2015INDIA Religious freedom increasingly at risk in India as new attacks are perpetrated against Christians by Nirmala Carvalho In Rajasthan, police beat 20 Christians for handing out leaflets. In Madhya Pradesh, a group of rightwing Hindus disrupted a local Pentecostal prayer service. For the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), "India is a secular democracy, not a theocracy." Mumbai (AsiaNews) - India's Christian communities have suffered new
attacks, casting doubts over the status of religious freedom in the country.
The Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) has reported two...
03/04/2015INDIA Maharashtra bans beef: 5 years in prison for those who eat it The law on the slaughter, consumption and sale of cows, bulls and steers approved after 19 years. 80% of the country's population is Hindu, a religion that worships the cow. Major consequences for the Muslim community, responsible for beef trade. Christian Association: "Religion is something personal, and the government should not mix it with their norms".
03/03/2015INDIA In India, the Pious Disciples of the Divine Master beat indifference through worship by Nirmala Carvalho The congregation has many chapels across the country, all open to Hindus, Muslims and Christians. During her fraternal visit, the Pauline superior general found a growing and developing nation. It is important not to lose from sight that 'Atithi Devo Bhav', the guest is God. We should regain the ability to share not only material goods, but also time and space.
03/02/2015INDIA India's 2015-2016 budget calls for growth, but on the back of children by Nirmala Carvalho Lenin Raghuvanshi, director of the People's Vigilance Committee for Human Rights (PVCHR), slams the Finance minister's financial bill. Large infrastructure and energy investments come with heavy cuts in educational and development programmes for the country's children.
03/01/2015VATICAN Pope: Let us not forget those who are suffering in Syria, Iraq and Venezuela; let us pray for them Francis comments the Gospel of the Transfiguration of Christ. "Jesus reveals himself as the perfect icon of the Father, the irradiation of his glory. It is the fulfilment of revelation. [. . .] Jesus' journey always leads us to happiness [. . .]. Love transfigures everything." The task he leaves for the disciples and the faithful is simple: "Listen to and follow the Saviour." After the Marian prayer, the Holy Father issued an appeal to the peoples of the Middle East, noting that "We are praying insistently for an end to the intolerable brutality of which they are victims."
02/27/2015INDIA No more attacks on Mother Teresa, "beloved by India and the world". by Anthony Charangat* In an editorial Fr. Charangat, Director of Communications and Media for the Archdiocese of Mumbai, criticizes statements made by the head of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Accusing the founder of the Missionaries of Charity of helping the poor to get them to convert is "an arrogant, incorrect, misleading, malicious act and done in bad faith". "The Catholic Church does not recognize conversions made by force or deception".
02/26/2015INDIA Hindu radicals: We will convert Christians and Muslims until the government stops us by Nirmala Carvalho The provoking remark was made by the leader of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), which will celebrate the anniversary of the extremist group in Kandhamal. In 2008 the worst anti-Christian persecution of Indian history took place there. The Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC): "No concrete action of the Government after the statements on religious freedom by Prime Minister Modi."
02/26/2015INDIA Swine flu, more than 900 deaths in India since the beginning of the year It is the worst epidemic since 2010. More than 16 thousand cases of infection recorded throughout the country. The worst affected States are Rajashtan and Gujarat. In Ahmedabad, the government prohibits gatherings of more than five people, and requires the use of a face mask at weddings and funerals
02/25/2015INDIA Indian Catholic physician: rethinking the health system to meet the needs of the elderly by Pascoal Carvalho* From 5 to 7 March, the Pontifical Academy for Life will hold its General Assembly. The theme of the gathering will be 'Assisting the Elderly and Palliative Care'. This is a sensitive issue in India, where the percentage of "grandparents" is quickly increasing. By 2021, there will be 140 million senior citizens. At least 30 per cent of them will be poor, without access to medical facilities and therapies.
02/24/2015INDIA Radical Hindus against Mother Teresa, but India rises up: "She is a Saint”. by Santosh Digal The head of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) paramilitary group has accused the founder of the Missionaries of Charity "of serving the poor in order to convert them." People of all faiths and walks of life condemn the words of the Hindu leader. Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC): "Mother Teresa often exhorted those who came to her to be good Hindus, Muslims, Christians or Sikhs"
02/23/2015INDIA First monument to the martyrs of anti-Christian pogroms erected in Odisha by Santosh Digal The initiative is undertaken in the village Tiangia, where residents wanted to remember local victims, "pillars of testimony." The archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar blessed a commemorative plaque in the presence of the local clergy and hundreds of faithful. The violence in Kandhamal in 2008 was the worst ever against India's Christian minority.
02/23/2015INDIA - AFGHANISTAN Afghanistan, Indian Jesuit freed after eight months in captivity by Nirmala Carvalho Fr. Alexis Prem Kumar, head of the Afghan section of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is back in Delhi. The organization expresses "immense gratitude" to the Indian government. Former regional director for South Asia: "Positive sign for the volunteers who work in Afghanistan."
02/22/2015VATICAN Pope gifts "Guard your heart" booklet as an aid to conversion in Lent At today's Angelus Pope Francis gave away booklets containing "the wealth of our doctrine," the essentials of the faith: "the seven sacraments, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the Ten Commandments, the virtues, works of mercy. .. ". The booklet was distributed by volunteers and homeless people. "Those who are in need are also the ones who give us this great wealth." Lent is a time "for spiritual battle against the spirit of evil", already won by Jesus in the desert. "We go into the desert without fear, because we are not alone, we are with Jesus." This afternoon, the Pope goes to Ariccia on retreat with the Curia: "Pray so that in this desert we can hear the voice of Jesus and correct our many defects".