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  • 25/09/2017 - INDIA

    Catholics, Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims demonstrated against the Jharkhand Freedom Religious Bill 2017 and the Land Acquisition Act 2013 amendments, the rule that protected tribal lands. Now these lands will be sold out to the best bidder. The anti-conversion law "used to divert attention" from economic interests.


    by Nirmala Carvalho

    23/09/2017 - INDIA

    Sister Palmira Biancolin at 100, 64 in India

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The missionary is a member of the Religious of Mary Immaculate. She left Italy in 1953 for India. Her congregation helps and protects girls in growth and education, until they find work.


    21/09/2017 - INDIA

    Madhya Pradesh, Catholics and Protestants denounce Hindutva targeting of the poor.

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    A college that hosted tribal students since 1997 closed. The police arrived with five trucks full of Hindu extremists, scaring the children. The college is accused of forced conversions. Sajan K George: "Nationalists are against Catholics because they want to continue to exploit dalit and tribal."


    20/09/2017 - INDIA

    Heavy rains cause more flooding in Mumbai


    In the past two days, 210 millimetres of rain have fallen, flooding roads and diverting air traffic. One plane skidded down the runway. Schools and universities remain closed. The intensity of weather events is due to climate change.


    20/09/2017 - INDIA

    Catholic college closed down in Madhya Pradesh. Bishop of Sagar: They want to drive out Christians

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The college has been hosting the poor tribal students of the area for 20 years. The Church legally bought the property and the documents are in order. Bishop Anthony Chirayath: "False accusation of having converted 200 people". Archbishop Cornelio: "Nationalists want tribals to return to the Hindu religion. But they have not been converted. "


    19/09/2017 - INDIA

    Sister Lissy: the mission among the poor fills stomachs and hungry hearts with Christ

    by Lissy Maruthanakuzhy*

    A member of the Congregation of the Daughters of St Paul, she eventually turned to poor fishermen in Kerala “While our media mission caters to the elite and intellectuals”. Then, in 2008, she travelled with Mgr Thomas Menamparampil to the jungle villages in Assam, where the missionaries can “enter into the agony of the masses who were like ‘sheep without a shepherd’".


    16/09/2017 - INDIA

    Mumbai celebrates Card. Gracias, 'prophetic voice' and guide of the Indian Church

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Celebrations for the 20th anniversary of his episcopal ordination. The cardinal is highly esteemed by religious and political leaders. The relationship of friendship with Mother Teresa and her battles for the marginalized. The Archbishop of Mumbai's commitment to the universal Church.


    15/09/2017 - INDIA

    Punjab, Dalit tied to a tree and beaten for 'theft'. Then he disappears


    The man is called Tikka Masih and is 30 years old. Since September 9, the family no longer has had no more news. Sunita's wife attempted to file a complaint, but the police would not listen to witness accounts. The about 200 million Dalit Indians are still victims of abuse and discrimination.


    14/09/2017 - INDIA

    Jharkhand, Card. Toppo 'in flames'. Msgr Mascarenhas: curb the hatred of the chief minister

    by Theodore Mascarenhas*

    A photo of the archbishop's effigy in flames circulated in Ranchi. The General Secretary of the Bishops' Conference asks the Premier Modi to intervene. Citizens’ money spent for defamatory campaigns against Christians. Tribals and Dalits converted by missionaries because "simple and mute like cows". A  letter-appeal to curb religious hatred against Christians.


    14/09/2017 - INDIA - JAPAN

    Gujarat: India and Japan launch first project of 'bullet train'


    Technology and funds from Tokyo. The train will connect the cities of Ahmedabad and Mumbai (500 km) in less than three hours; now it takes eight. Criticism of the safety standards on the Indian rail network, one of the most obsolete in the world.


    13/09/2017 - INDIA

    'I am Gauri': in Bangalore, 15,000 demand justice for the murdered journalist


    Gauri Lankesh was killed on September 5 and her assassins are still at large. The intellectual was known for her criticisms of the Hindu nationalist party in the government. Fr. Prakash: "Hers was an unstoppable crusade for the freedom of thought and expression."


    12/09/2017 - INDIA

    Hundreds of activists and poor farmers in New Delhi for jobs

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The rally is currently underway at the Jantar Mantar monument. Udayani, Calcutta’s Jesuit social outreach, is behind the initiative. The implementation of a law protecting rural workers is at the heart of the dispute. Demands include an increase in guaranteed working days from 100 to 240.


    12/09/2017 - YEMEN - INDIA

    Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil is freed


    The Salesian priest had been kidnapped by Islamic terrorists in Aden in 2016 when four Sisters of Mother Teresa were murdered. The vicar of southern Arabia and the president of the Indian Bishops' Conference thank the governments that have helped in securing his release and all those who have prayed for his release. The thanksgiving of Sr. Prema, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity: Fr. Tom's photo was placed on the Mother's tomb. 


    11/09/2017 - INDIA

    New Delhi’s rupee ban, an ‘act of suicide'

    by Jaswant Kaur*

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's monetary policy was presented as a fight against money counterfeiting. In fact, "Demonetisation certainly helped the government in winning the UP elections.” It has also led to a decline in the purchasing power of consumers, lower business investments, higher public debt and currency printing costs.


    09/09/2017 - INDIA

    The Missionaries of Charity hand out food and clothing to the poor in Bhubaneswar

    by Purushottam Nayak

    The liturgical memory of Mother Teresa of Calcutta fell on 5 September. Sisters brought rice, red lentils, biscuits, and clothes to 130 Christian families, an example of Mother Teresa's real love to the needy in the slums.


    08/09/2017 - INDIA

    “Mary stands as our hope” against the selective abortion of girls

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Today, the feast day of the Nativity of Mary, the Indian Catholic Church celebrates the Day of the Girl Child. Sex selection remains widespread with thousands of female foetuses killed each year. Mary "shows how to live the Christian mysteries". Fr Anthony Charangat, editor of the Mumbai Archdiocese weekly, offers his commentary.


    07/09/2017 - INDIA

    Indian Supreme Court tells States to move against lynching over sacred cows


    Justices urge state governments to appoint a special police officer to prevent attacks on minorities. State authorities have a week to name candidates.


    07/09/2017 - INDIA

    Fr. Joe Pereira: Mother Teresa taught me compassion for drug addicts


    The priest is the president of the Kripa Foundation, a Mumbai NGO, that also cares for AIDS patients. In 1971 a spiritual crisis, then his meeting with the Saint from Calcutta. "She taught me to look for the poorest of the poor among the sick." His book "Dependency - A spiritual paradox" presented to the public.


    06/09/2017 - INDIA

    Indian bishops condemn the murder of 'courageous' journalist Gauri Lankesh


    The editor of  Lankesh Patrike was assassinated yesterday on her doorstep. She was a famous critic of Hindu nationalist politics. "We salute her for the courage with which she wrote, the conviction with which she lived her life and the boldness with which she fought the forces of evil, hatred and corruption."


    06/09/2017 - INDIA

    Bangalore: Gauri Lankesh, well-known critic of Bjp, assassinated


    The woman was shot three times on her way home. She had denounced a local leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party. A Maoist sympathizer, she believed in the "Constitution that teaches me to be a secular, non-sectarian citizen".


    05/09/2017 - BANGLADESH - INDIA

    Celebrating Mother Teresa’s feast day among Bangladesh's flood victims


    Fr. Frederick D'Souza is in the southern part of Sunderbans, hit by monsoon rains. The priest was inspired by an encounter with the Saint of Calcutta, for his mission in Caritas. On a pilgrimage to Calcutta, to the Mother's Tomb.


    05/09/2017 - INDIA

    Archbishop D'Souza: Mother Teresa will be the co-patron of Calcutta

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Today is the liturgical memory of the Mother of the Poor. Tomorrow, Msgr. Giambattista Diquattro, apostolic nuncio in India and Nepal, will read the decree proclaiming Mother Teresa the second patron of the Archdiocese, after St. Francis Xavier. An interreligious meeting at Mother's Tomb, a witness that was loved by all.


    04/09/2017 - INDIA

    Sister Medard in Mumbai: Mother Teresa's spirit lives in our service to the poor

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The Missionary of Charity who worked side by side with Mother managed adoption procedures at the Nirmala Shishu Bhavan children's center. More than 7,000 couples enjoyed the gift of parenthood. Work "wherever there is poverty. That poverty which is not only material, but derives from loneliness and unwantedness. "


    04/09/2017 - KOREA-ASIA

    Global reactions to the 'earthquake' of Pyongyang's nuclear test.


    UN Security Council convokes  emergency meeting for this afternoon.  Yesterday’s hydrogen almost 10 times stronger than the previous one. North Korea celebrates "perfect success". Seoul and Tokyo demand maximum increase in sanctions to bring Kim Jong-un to the negotiating table. Military exercises with missiles in the south. Threats to military operations by the US. For some analysts, the aim is to provoke China's embarrassment.


    01/09/2017 - INDIA

    Mother Teresa's Sisters, 'front-line missionaries' in the Orissa pogroms

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Sister Suma is the regional superior of the Missionaries of Charity in Akhola, Maharashtra. In 2008, she led the congregation in Orissa. They brought relief to the Christian victims and survivors and risked lynching. The memory of the Saint of Calcutta, a few days ahead of the first anniversary of her canonization. The example of Saint Francesca Saverio Cabrini, "a challenge for the life of the Mother".


    01/09/2017 - INDIA - VATICAN

    Card. Gracias appeals for an ecological conversion, on World Day for the Care of Creation

    by Oswald Gracias*

    The cardinal publishes a message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Observe this day as a day of prayer. In the present ecological crisis, "to place our trust in the Lord". On the first Friday of the month, an appeal to "stay together as a family".


    01/09/2017 - VATICAN-ORTHODOX

    Pope Francis and Bartholomew: Joint Message for the Care of Creation


    The Pope and Patriarch of Constantinople, for the first time, co-sign the Message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, marked on 1 September. Nature is not seen as a gift, but as a private possession to lord over. "The human and the natural environment are deteriorating together." Climate change affects primarily the poor. We need a "shared and accountable" responsibility, giving priority to “solidarity and service”.


    31/08/2017 - ASIA

    UN report says 80 per cent of rivers in Asia-Pacific are polluted with 1.8 million deaths a year


    The United Nations Environment Programme report covers 41 countries. About 1.7 billion people do not have access to basic sanitation. Almost 80 per cent of wastewater goes into water bodies with serious consequences for health and the environment.


    31/08/2017 - INDIA

    Mumbai, a building collapses: 6 dead, dozens trapped. The city still underwater


    The building located in the Bhendi Bazaar area, one of the most crowded in the megalopolis. The collapse may have been caused by heavy rains in the last few weeks. In India the collapse of old and crumbling buildings is very frequent. About 10 people drown in the flood; The rebound of responsibilities between government officials begins.


    30/08/2017 - INDIA

    Mumbai archdiocese opens schools and parishes after floods (Photo)

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The 20 million inhabitants of the megalopolis are submerged by water. The schools are closed; Flights canceled airplane flights; Locked transport. In all diocesan structures offered hot meals, dry clothes, blankets and bed linen.

     






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    New Vicar of Jerusalem to focus on young people and education, future of peace and hope



    Mgr Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo stressed the importance of education to ensure the future of new generations. The Church is a sign of "unity" in a context "marked by divisions" and a bridge in interfaith dialogue. The situation has gone from euphoria for peace to resignation over permanent conflict. He appeals to Western Christians to come as pilgrims to the Holy Land.


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    As Dashain starts, mass slaughter of animals sparks protest by Buddhists and animal rights activists

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    The 15-day event is the most important religious celebration in Nepal. Animal rights activists have gone to Hindu temples to raise awareness among believers. The stench of rotting dead animals fills the areas near the places of worship. Police have been deployed to prevent confrontation.


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