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  • 22/11/2017 - INDIA

    A local BJP politician offers rich reward to have actress Padukone and director Bhansali beheaded. Padmatavi’s premiere has been postponed indefinitely. Alleged romantic scenes between a 13th century Hindu queen and a Muslim invader are the cause of the controversy.

    22/11/2017 - INDIA

    Claims Hindus declined because Christian conversions are unfounded, says Sajan George

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The president of the Global Council of Indian Christians describes Mohandas Pai’s views as unscientific and dangerous. The latter said that conversions increased the Christian group by 8 million and that Hindus have dropped from 85 per cent of the population to 77 per cent. In reality census shows that Christians number 27.8 million and account for about 2.3 per cent of the Indian population.

    21/11/2017 - INDIA

    Carmelites in Baroda celebrate the Presentation of Mary to the temple through prayers

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The cloistered nuns live in the Prem Jyot (Light of Love) monastery. For the mother prioress, the service of contemplative nuns is “prayer”. Pope Francis "never ceases to invite us to ‘meet Christ’.”

    20/11/2017 - INDIA

    Sajan K George: arrested Christians, India’s vulnerable

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    On November 19 some Pentecostals arrested in Madhya Pradesh; on November 15 an evangelical in Chhattisgarh. The leader of the Global Council of Indian Christians seeks protection for the celebrations of November 26, Solemnity of Christ the King.

    18/11/2017 - INDIA

    For Card Gracias, World Day of the Poor is an opportunity to be a “Church of the Poor for the Poor”

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The ACTS project has been launched to provide help to the needy, involving all of the parishes of Mumbai archdiocese. The cardinal will share a meal with the poor. Caritas India launches an initiative to counter child malnutrition.

    16/11/2017 - INDIA

    “Hindu radicals want to eliminate us. Help us,” says the bishop of Sagar

    Archbishop Anthony Chirayath complains about the climate of hostility towards Christians in his diocese. Extremists are backed by the nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. They want to “unify the entire population under a Hindu flag." Accusations of forced conversions are made to create fear and isolate Christians. The goal is political, ahead of the 2018 elections.

    16/11/2017 - INDIA

    Sister Meena Barwa: Share the passion of Christ to be witnesses of the Gospel

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The nun of the Servite religious order survived a rape during the anti-Christian pogroms of Kandhamal. "My suffering will not be in vain." An ex-convict starts a new life after the nun visited his prison. Sister Rani Maria, India's first woman martyr, "is already a saint."

    15/11/2017 - INDIA

    For Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Fr Tom offers a missionary example for all Salesians

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The rector major of the Salesians spoke about young people, the focus of the next Synod of Bishops. Salesians operate in 132 countries and are collecting the views of young people. There is a "communion of intent" between Pope Francis and Don Bosco to carry the mission to the edges of the world.

    15/11/2017 - INDIA

    St Thomas Missionaries at 50: the ad gentes mission of the Syro-Malabar Church

    by Gianni Criveller

    Established in Kerala, the missionary institute has outposts in Europe and the Americas with 345 members and 200 seminarians, a hundred in the major seminary. Despite difficulties and persecutions, there is no distrust or discouragement. It is committed to India and China.

    13/11/2017 - INDIA

    Mumbai, celebrations for the 60th anniversary of Don Bosco’s shrine to Our Lady

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The sanctuary was built in 1957 by the Italian Salesian missionary Fr. Aurelio Maschio. In 1964 Pope Paul VI blessed the statue of Mary Help of Christians. Card. Gracias emphasizes the value of good relationships within the family.

    10/11/2017 - INDIA

    Indian Church to celebrate Dalit Liberation Sunday on 12 November (Video)

    The CBCI Office for Scheduled Castes/Backward Classes is behind the initiative. India’s caste system is rooted in society and Church hierarchies. For Bishop Neethinathan, discrimination has divided Indians for generations.

    09/11/2017 - INDIA

    Toxic Delhi takes extremse steps to curb pollution like alternate licence plates, closing schools and construction sites

    The Indian capital is covered in a thick layer of smog. The level of pollution is like smoking 50 cigarettes a day. The Indian Medical Association wants the half marathon planned for 19 November cancelled. Local companies have handed out masks to employees, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have not.

    09/11/2017 - INDIA

    West Bengal, rapist of an elderly nun gets life in prison

    Nazrul Islam is from Bangladesh.  Five other criminals sentenced to 10 years for theft. The superior of the convent of the Religious of Jesus and Mary of Ranaghat forgives the aggressors.

    08/11/2017 - INDIA

    Calcutta tribunal condemns a Bangladeshi for the rape of an elderly nun

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The Superior of the Religious Sisters of Jesus and Mary of Ranaghat was raped in March 2015. The Sister had tried to prevent a theft. Thieves desecrated the chapel of the convent. Four Bangladeshi and one Indian condemned for theft and criminal conspiracy. 

    06/11/2017 - JAPAN - USA - ASIA

    Trump’s trip to Asia: one eye on North Korea, one on trade

    North Korean threat on agenda in meetings with leaders in Japan, South Korea, China. But also the balance of trade. Attempts to encircle Chinese economic power in talks with Hanoi and Manila. Overcoming the Asia-Pacific area, which now becomes "Indo-Pacific".

    06/11/2017 - INDIA

    Indore: 10,000 at beatification of Sr Rani Maria, including her reputed assassin

    The Franciscan Poor Clare was stabbed to death in 1995. Her social work in favor of poor tribal had become uncomfortable for Hindu leaders. Her assassin Samunder Singh was forgiven by the martyr's family.

    02/11/2017 - INDIA

    Tamil Nadu authorities stop worship in ten Protestant churches

    Religious services were stopped following complaints by Hindu extremist groups, who threaten to close another 20 places of worship. The police have gone along with the radicals. Christians have called on the State’s Internal Affairs Minister for help.

    02/11/2017 - MALAYSIA

    Kuala Lumpur grants permanent residency to Zakir Naik, who inspired the Dhaka massacre

    Indian authorities have filed charges against the Islamic preacher. According to Bangladeshi investigators, there is a direct link between Naik’s TV sermons and one of the Holey Artisan Bakery Café attackers. Activists call for the deportation of the Islamic televangelist.

    31/10/2017 - INDIA

    Pentecostal missionaries, seven Christian children arrested then released

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The members of the Gospel Echoing Missionary Society were accused of forced conversions in Uttar Pradesh. The children were locked up for a week in a Madhya Pradesh juvenile facility without access to their parents.

    31/10/2017 - INDIA

    Indore’s Sister Rani Maria will beatified on November 4th

    The Franciscan nun was stabbed to death with 54 blows in 1995. She spent and gave her life to serve the poor. 10,000 people are expected to attend beatification.

    30/10/2017 - INDIA

    Centennial of the Pauline Cooperative Association and Friends of the Divine Master in Mumbai

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The ceremony marking the anniversary was held yesterday in Prarthanalaya, Bandra. For the occasion, ten new members joined the lay association. “May Jesus Our Divine Master help us become, as Pope Francis says, missionary disciples of Jesus,” Card Gracias said.

    30/10/2017 - INDIA

    Nationalist party: India is not a country for Christians

    Today, a Shiv Sena editorial states that India belongs to the Hindus. Since the Bharatiya Janata Party has been in power, the violence against the Christians has intensified. In 2015, 365 episodes of violence occurred.

    27/10/2017 - INDIA

    Evangelisation is possible in Tamil Nadu refugee camps

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Some 56 Sri Lankan families have found refugee in the diocese of Tuticorin where local basic Christian communities "share the Word of God".

    27/10/2017 - INDIA

    In rethink, Uttar Pradesh chief minister says Taj Mahal is 'gem of India'

    Yesterday Yogi Adityanath visited famous Islamic monument dedicated to eternal love. The government had decided not to allocate maintenance funds. The site attracts between 40 and 50 thousand tourists per day.

    26/10/2017 - INDIA

    India: Amoris Laetitia, a 'gift' for the difficulties of mixed pairs

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Lynette and Atiq are married since 2011. They told their story at the National Symposium in Mumbai. The Christian woman had divorced her previous husband. Atiq was a Muslim, but he "could not grasp God's love in Islamic prayers." Family pressures; the distance of the communities.

    25/10/2017 - INDIA

    Christian Kandhamal victims deserve greater compensation, says Bishop Barwa

    Odisha Christian leaders today handed the authorities a memorandum, in which they call on them to enforce the Supreme Court ruling that awards 2008 pogrom victims higher compensation. The archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar calls on the faithful to pray for the seven innocent Christians still in prison.

    24/10/2017 - INDIA

    Two Christians arrested in Madhya Pradesh for “forced conversions” of minors

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Anita Joseph and Amrit Kumar were stopped at the Indore Railway Station. Hindu radicals accuse them of abducting six children. A Christian activist reports that those arrested were accompanying the children to a prayer meeting with their parents’ consent.

    23/10/2017 - INDIA

    Kashmir: the bell of Srinagar church to toll again after 50 years

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The interreligious ceremony is set for 29 October. The previous bell was destroyed in a fire that gutted the bell tower in 1967. Hindu, Sikh, and Muslim representatives will ring the bell with Christians.

    21/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Cardinal Filoni: World Mission Day is not a question for only priests and religious

    "The Christian faith is born precisely because, as Saint Matthew says in Chapter 28, Jesus gave the last commandment, the last mandate to his disciples: Thus go, baptise, and make disciples.” The number of Catholics in the world is up, but their proportion is down. The number of bishops is up, as are permanent deacons, but that of priests and religious is down.

    19/10/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Hindu Tamils celebrate Diwali, asking the god Ganesh to bless their future

    by Melani Manel Perera

    During the "festival of lights", the faithful offer rituals and prayers to worship the gods. Since the temple in Sri Siththi Vinayagar (Trincomalee) is undergoing renovation, votive rituals are celebrated in a temporary hut.

    Editor's choices

    Mass for a deceased underground priest. Card. Zen asks for God ‘s grace to save the Church in China and the Holy See from the 'precipice'

    Li Yuan

    Fr. Wei Heping, 41, died in mysterious circumstances, his body dumped in a river in Taiyuan (Shanxi). For the police claim he committed suicide. Family members are not allowed to even see the autopsy report. For Card. Zen the Holy See (which "is not necessarily the Pope") seeks a compromise at all costs with the Chinese government, risking "to sell out the faithful Church". Justice and Peace publish a booklet about Fr. Wei, not to forget.

    Pope: No more war, its only fruit is death, 'our self-destruction'

    Marking the Feast of All Souls, Francis celebrated Mass at the American Cemetery in Nettuno. "When so many times in history men think of a war, they are convinced of bringing a new world, they are convinced of making a 'spring'. It ends in a winter, ugly, cruel, with the reign of terror and death."


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