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    27/06/2016 - INDIA

    The archbishop of Mumbai celebrated the feast day of Our Lady of Perpetual Help at the shrine in St Michael in Mahim, one of India’s most venerated sites. " people of every faith come to venerate Our Lady of Perpetual Help”, who is “the largest recipient of mercy”.

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    27/06/2016 - ASIA-UNITED KINGDOM

    Hong Kong and Asia are still suffering from Brexit: "a new era of great uncertainty"

    Analysts speak of "economic chaos" worse than the 2008 crisis. This morning the Pound fell more than 2%. Financial stocks linked to London still negative. At the China's central bank think that it will take 5-10 years to get over the bumps. Indian Manager: Just a temporary reaction.

    25/06/2016 - VATICAN -ARMENIA

    The Pope at the Armenian Genocide Memorial: flowers and prayers for the victims

    Francis visits the "Hill of the Swallows," the Tzitzernakaberd Memorial Complex to commemorate those who died during the "Great Evil." A long silent prayer before the entrance of the building, then the Psalms and the Gospel in Armenian and Italian in the Flame Room of perpetual memory. Immediately after, a meeting with the descendants of those who were housed by Pope Benedict XV in Castel Gandolfo during the persecutions.

    24/06/2016 - INDIA

    Woman killed for her ovule. Catholic doctor: Surogacy is about business, not about life

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Maharashtra police uncover a racket in trafficking of human eggs. Poor women persuaded to donate theirs on the back of promises they will be richly compensated. But one of them rebelled and was killed. Dr. Pascoal Carvalho: "The child is never seen as a gift, but as an article to be bought and sold".


    24/06/2016 - ASIA - GREAT BRITAIN

    Asian markets panic over the victory of Brexit

    "Leave" campaign wins with 52% of the votes. Stock markets plummet. The pound loses 10% of its value. Jump in price of gold and oil drops below $ 50 again. The UK might lose a lot of investment from Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore. The British move goes against projects of a Euro-Asian market and communications network.

    22/06/2016 - INDIA

    India set to conquer space: 20 satellites sent into orbit in a single day

    The rocket left this morning from Andhra Pradesh space station, carrying three satellites manufactured in India and 17 other foreign-made, from the United States, Germany, Canada and Indonesia. India asserts itself as ambitious economic and technological power.

    21/06/2016 - INDIA

    Hindus MPs target Mother Teresa. Card. Toppo: Let them say whatever they want, she was loved by all

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The yogi Adityanath is a member of the ruling Hindu nationalist party, candidate Minister in the next cabinet reshuffle. He said that Mother Teresa was "part of a plot to convert India to Christianity". Separatist ambitions of northeastern part of the country result of attempted conversion to Christianity. The archbishop of Ranchi recalls that the Blessed "loved everyone with sincere love and served the poorest of the poor."


    20/06/2016 - INDIA

    Two Pentecostal churches destroyed in Telangana

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The first was demolished to widen a road. The second was torched after two weeks after it was inaugurated. The Hyderabad administration decided to tear down the church without informing its pastor. Christians fear for their lives and places of worship.

    17/06/2016 - INDIA

    Gujarat massacre: 11 life sentences for anti-Muslim riots, but "this is not justice"

    Ehsan Jafri's widow is deeply disappointed. Her husband was hacked to death and burnt alive. A court today sentenced 11 Hindu extremists to life in prison in connection with his death and that of 68 Muslims at the Gulbarg housing complex. Twelve were handed down a seven-year sentence, whilst ine accused got ten years.” We will appeal against the lesser sentence,” one activist said.

    16/06/2016 - INDIA

    For Caritas India director, Catholics help “for you and for all”

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Fr Frederick D'Souza speaks about the Catholic charity’s work in natural and human disasters around the world. He came to understand the words “shed for you and for all” when, whilst Christians were being slaughtered for their faith, Caritas was handing out keys to homes to Muslims affected by a flood.

    15/06/2016 - INDIA

    Jammu, Muslim stones a Hindu temple. Police impose curfew

    The man desecrated the temple of Aap Shamboo in Roop Nagar area. He is mentally unstable and since 2008 has been receiving treatment at a psychiatric clinic. The police rushed to the spot but an agent assaulted the priest of the temple. The chief minister invites everyone to calm, trying to defuse the tension between the communities.


    15/06/2016 - INDIA

    Indian religious present 40 rules for Jubilee of Mercy

    The Conference of Religious India has come up with a five-part action plan to carry out concrete works of mercy wherever they live. Its members plan to meet before the end of the Jubilee to take stock of their work. The latter includes avoiding gossip, respecting employees, and keeping the Church simple and poor.

    15/06/2016 - INDIA

    Karnataka, parents of young Catholic killed in accident donate her eyes

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The girl's name was Shwetha D'Souza and she was 22 years old. Her younger sister encouraged their parents so that "another person can see through her eyes." In India cornea donation is not widespread. Each year about 140 thousand people in need of a the transplant.


    12/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: The true meaning of life also involves acceptance of suffering

    Francis celebrates the Jubilee of Disabled and Sick People: "We are in an age when care for one’s body has become an obsession and a big business. anything imperfect has to be hidden away, since it threatens the happiness and serenity of the privileged few and endangers the dominant model". Jesus is "the doctor who treats with the medicine of love ". An Angelus an appeal against child slavery: "We must renew efforts to remove the causes of this phenomenon."


    11/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Diversity is a resource. The Church must welcome all or close its doors

    Francis holds audience with participants in the Convention "... and you will always eat at my table!", Promoted by the Italian national catechetical office disabled persons’ section. He responds to questions posed by two girls with disabilities: "Shaking hands is communion, but many think it is more convenient to ignore diversity". To the priests who do not welcome he proposes "a pastoral ear". The full text of this unscripted speech.

    11/06/2016 - INDIA

    Criticism and praise for Sikh "blasphemous hero" who uses turban to save dog

    Sarwan Singh, 28, unwound the ritual headdress to use it as a rope and pull the drowning animal out of the water. A video  of the scene goes viral and unleashes a debate in the country, divided between those who believe him a good person and those who see him as a "traitor" of religious rules. The video of the rescue.


    10/06/2016 - INDIA

    Carmelite in Gujarat: God's love conquers all, touches hearts and transforms them

    by suor Marie Gemma Ocd

    Sister Marie Gemma Ocd is the superior of the Prem Jyot monastery (Light of love). She witnesses to her vocation with a reflection on the mysticism of St. John of the Cross, the Order of the Discalced Carmelite reformer. The mysticism of the Carmelites is not "heroic asceticism," but an encounter of hearts with the love of God.

    09/06/2016 - INDIA

    Indian Jesuits offer online theology courses for Catholics in Malaysia

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Delhi’s Vidyajyoti College of Theology has opened a new regional centre in Kuala Lumpur that offers distance courses to the laity. This follows the indications of the Second Vatican Council and Pope Francis’s vision to integrate “theology in everyday life”.

    08/06/2016 - INDIA - UNITED STATES

    Modi in the US: Increasingly strong friendship with Obama causes discontent in China and Pakistan

    The heads of state of India and the US have signed a broad package of agreements. Cooperation on economy, climate and energy, maritime safety and counter-terrorism. Obama has supported India's candidature in the group of nuclear powers that control atomic energy. China and Pakistan react with fury. Defenders of minorities: " Modi’s silence on the violence against Christians is criminal."


    06/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope calls for return to "mystical" in mission, for young Churches to help revive older ones

    by Papa Francesco

    Pope Francis receives the Assembly of the Pontifical Mission Societies marking one hundred years since foundation of the Pontifical Union. "The missionary fervor that consumed the Blessed Paolo Manna still continues today to burn, excite, renew, rethink and reform the service that this work is called to offer to the whole Church ". Mission "belongs to all: the faithful and pastors, married and consecrated virgins, the universal Church and the particular Churches." The full text of the speech.


    03/06/2016 - INDIA

    Some 50,000 Muslim women challenge quick Islamic divorce

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Islamic marriages are governed by a 1937 law adopted under British rule, which applies to marriage, divorce, inheritance, and property. Women are discriminated against and exploited. The Indian Constitution calls for a “uniform civil code”, but the power lies with parliament.

    03/06/2016 - INDIA

    Gujarat massacre of Muslims: 24 guilty, but 36 acquitted

    The convictions relate to the death of 69 Muslims in Ahmedabad’s Gulbard Society, victims of retaliation by Hindu extremists. The incident sparked three months of fierce violence, in which more than 1,000 Muslims died. Premier Modi has always been criticized for failing to stop the massacres.


    01/06/2016 - INDIA

    Bandra, Msgr. Rodrigues: Serve with love like Mary

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The rector of the Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount leaves his office after 21 years. He invites the faithful to "bear witness to Jesus with joy." The farewell ceremony took place during the last recitation of the Rosary in the month dedicated to the Virgin Mary.


    01/06/2016 - INDIA

    India, the world's fastest growing economy: Boom of 7.6%

    The figures were released yesterday and refer to the fiscal year 2015-2016, which ended in March. In the last quarter economic growth arrived at 7.9%. Leader is the service sector, followed by trade, tourism, manufacturing, transport

    31/05/2016 - INDIA – GERMANY

    An Indian bishop attends Germany’s Katholikentag

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The 100th edition of Germany’s Catholics Day was held between 25 and 29 May in Leipzig. Some 30,000 people took part in the event, plus 15,000 visitors. Only 4 per cent of the eastern German city is Catholic; 12 per cent is Protestant. The others are non-believers or indifferent. The gathering included well organised prayers, exhibits, discussions, and conferences.

    31/05/2016 - ASIA

    Nearly 50 million modern slaves: 60% are in Asia

    Five Asian countries have the highest percentages of slaves: North Korea, Uzbekistan, Cambodia, India and Qatar. The largest number of slaves in the absolute sense is held by India, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Uzbekistan. Loan sharks also creating slavery. Slavery fueled by businesses in search of cheap labor; organized crime, which exploits human trafficking; the exploitation of man by man. The need for legislation, transparency in production chain, but also a change of mentality to combat consumerist frenzy.

    31/05/2016 - INDIA

    Card. Gracias: Deep sorrow for the deaths of soldiers in ammunition depot fire

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Death toll of 17 victims and 19 seriously injured, but out of danger. Around 1000 people evacuated. The deposit is located in Pulgaon, Maharashtra, and is the largest in the country. The explosions occurred in the early hours of this morning. The flames were quelled after several hours.


    30/05/2016 - INDIA

    Bandra, BJP politician finances convent restructuring

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Ashish Shelar is a member of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party. He offered his own money because "here every person is welcomed and the sisters are serving the community." Prarthanalaya (house of prayer) is a complex that houses the convent of the Sister Disciples of the Divine Master and a chapel.


    27/05/2016 - INDIA

    Modi after two years: economic boom, and Hindu nationalist revival

    India’s PM acknowledges the huge task ahead. More economic growth, investments and largescale projects are still to come. However, this has included a crackdown on freedom of expression, and tense relations with India’s neighbours, upset by its geopolitical ambitions.

    26/05/2016 - INDIA – ITALY

    Indian Supreme Court to allow Salvatore Girone to return to Italy right away

    The Italian marine had been held in India for four years. He could go home in a few days. The court accepted his application on humanitarian grounds. He is involved in the Enrica Lexie case in which two Indian fishermen were mistaken for pirates and shot dead. The court has set four conditions for his release, which he must respect or risk going back to India.

    Editor's choices

    Vatican silence over Shanghai’s Mgr Ma Daqin causing confusion and controversy

    Bernardo Cervellera

    For some, Mgr Ma’s blog post praising the Patriotic Association and acknowledging his mistakes is nothing but “dirt”. For others, he chose humiliation for the “sake of his diocese”. Many wonder why the Holy See has remained silent about the article’s content and the bishop’s persecution. Some suspect the Vatican views the episode in positive terms. Yet, the Ma Daqin affair raises a major question. Has Benedict XVI’s Letter to Chinese Catholics (which describes the Patriotic Association as “incompatible with Catholic doctrine”) been abolished? If it has, who did it? A journey of compromises without truth is full of risks.

    Mgr Ma Daqin: the text of his “confession”

    Mons. Taddeo Ma Daqin

    Four years after quitting the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, the bishop of Shanghai “admits” his faults on his blog, praising the organisation that controls the Church. We publish his article, almost in its entirety. Translation by AsiaNews.


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