12/12/2013INDIA Card. Gracias: Indian Church condemns the brutal attack on Delhi clergy by Card. Oswald Gracias The archbishop of Mumbai defines police attack (even with batons) on consecrated and lay women as "disgraceful , dishonorable and deplorable”. It is a behavior that " reflects the lack of dignity and respect for women in this country." The cardinal appeals to the Prime Minister of India. Mumbai (AsiaNews)
- The Church in India "strongly condemns
the Delhi police ," who yesterday attacked
, beat and arrested 300 members of the local clergy , including Archbishop
JT Anil Couto . This
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12/11/2013INDIA New Delhi: archbishop, priests and nuns arrested during peaceful demonstration Mgr Anil JT Couto, along with other members of the local clergy, was taking part in a protest for the rights of Dalit Christians and Muslims. Police apparently beat the religious leaders present, charging the crowd with water cannons. Several people have been injured. For Card Gracias, "violence on priests, religious and nuns" is a disgrace for India. The country "cannot move forward as long as one part of society is discriminated and deprived of something on religious grounds."
12/11/2013INDIA Karnataka, Christmas sees return of Hindu fundamentalist persecution Two women were arrested for distributing leaflets about Christianity . A mob of extremists threaten to launch a mass protest , to punish "those who practice conversions”. President of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC ), tells AsiaNews: "A shameful attack, as planned nationalist forces step up pressure on Christians at Christmas".
12/11/2013INDIA Supreme Court rules homosexuality is a crime. Archbishop of Mumbai: Gays are not criminals by Nirmala Carvalho The highest Indian court has overturned a 2009 judgment of the High Court of Mumbai , which had decriminalized homosexual acts. LGBT associations complain and accuse the Islamic and Christian religious organizations of lobbying to reinstate the ban. Card. Oswald Gracias, "No to gay marriage, but the Christian community is against any form of discrimination. Homosexuals have the same dignity as any other human being."
12/10/2013INDIA - SOUTH AFRICA Card. Gracias: We must learn from Mandela , champion of freedom, democracy and equality by Card. Oswald Gracias The Archbishop of Mumbai and president of the Catholic Bishops paints a portrait of the South African leader " icon of peace and reconciliation." Today, Heads of State and dignitaries from around the world participate in the celebrations in honor of Nelson Mandela. Card. Gracias recalls 27 years in prison lived "with great courage and dignity, never ceasing to pursue the values of peace, love and reconciliation."
12/09/2013INDIA Elections in India: "great concern" over victory of Hindu nationalists The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP ) wins in Rajasthan , Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. Local Catholic sources tell AsiaNews : "The results are serious, because the party is supported by the fundamentalists”. Congress (secular party at the helm of the central government) lost because "the people are exasperated with corruption, the party did not present a real political program ; inflation is bringing people to their knees ."
12/06/2013INDIA - VATICAN For Bangalore archbishop, Evangelii Gaudium spurs India to a new evangelisation by Giulia Mazza Archbishop Bernard Moras celebrated Mass with Pope Francis, bringing to a close the Year of Faith. "He is a Pontiff who is a good shepherd for everyone, one who calls on the universal Church to renew the proclamation of the Good News." Talking about Bangalore, the prelate explained that it "has become the fastest growing city in Asia" due to its large IT industry and the development of its health and education sectors. He also talks about recent attacks against Christians, the result of personal vendettas but also due to the lack of prudence on the part of minorities, which do not always respect their neighbours.
12/06/2013INDIA - SOUTH AFRICA India salutes Nelson Mandela , "an apostle of non-violence like Mahatma Gandhi " by Nirmala Carvalho Catholic priests and human rights activists pay tribute to the South African leader as "an ideal and an icon to follow." Mandela wanted not only to "end the segregation of blacks ," but also that " all his people lived , walked and worked together." And this is what India should do to try to "fight the caste system, violence of a religious nature and social exclusion ."
12/06/2013ASIA- SOUTH AFRICA The world bows down to Nelson Mandela by Paul Wang The South African leader passed away last night at the age of 95. He was the first black president of his country. Tributes of Desmond Tutu and FW de Klerk : He taught a divided nation to live together. Also from Nobel Peace Laureates Aung San Suu Kyi and the Dalai Lama. Even China calls him "friend", although many of Mandela petitions for Tibet and dissidents have been ignored .
12/05/2013INDIA Indian Hindu leader against inter-religious violence bill India's parliament opens its winter session today with the Communal Violence Bill on its agenda. Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), defines the bill as a "recipe for disaster" that must be stopped. He has been blamed for deadly violence between Hindus and Muslims in Gujarat in 2002, which led to the drafting of the bill currently before parliament.
12/04/2013INDIA Mumbai: inspired by Ecclesiastes, young Catholics say goodbye to the Year of Faith by Nirmala Carvalho Students at St Andrew's College stage a musical performance to celebrate the feast of their patron saint and mark the end of the Year of Faith proclaimed by Benedict XVI. Songs and dances are interspersed with readings on topical issues like drugs, family problems, violence against women and suicide.
12/02/2013INDIA Cardinal Gracias celebrates the start of Advent among Dharavi’s poor by Nirmala Carvalho Together with Caritas India, the Archbishop of Mumbai has launched a Christmas campaign to raise awareness of the "needy" living in the city. The initiative was launched with a visit to the largest slum in India and Asia, home to hundreds of thousands of inhabitants. The cardinal recalled Pope Francis, who "praised the courage of the poor , urging society to welcome them with love and compassion."
12/01/2013VATICAN Pope: the hope of Advent to end all wars Pope Francis mentions the prophecy of Isaiah, turning "swords" into "ploughshares" and "spears" in "pruning hooks". Humanity must find a shared horizon for its existence. The Church and the world are walking together toward the final goal. The Virgin Mary is the model to emulate. The Pontiff's thoughts also go out to people living with AIDS, grateful to missionaries and health care workers who quietly stand by them.
11/29/2013INDIA Orissa: fears over new Hindu temple built in front of Catholic church by Nirmala Carvalho The new building is on state land. According to the parish priest, the initiative is likely to cause tensions between the two communities, but local officials have so far failed to explain why the allowed the building of such a place of worship. For Christian leader, the state must "be courageous" and stop Hindu fundamentalists.