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03/30/2015 INDIA
For the bishop of Vasai, suicide among farmers is a deep wound for the Church
Mgr Machado led a rally of farmers and their families. "If the family is intact,” he said, “then we can be witness to progress in our communities, society and the nation.”
Mumbai (AsiaNews) - "The suicide of farmers is a deep wound for the Church and families of India,” said Mgr Felix Anthony Machado, archbishop of Vasai (Maharashtra). “The Church,” he went on to say,...

03/30/2015 NEPAL
Nepal on alert for Indian terrorists travelling in Europe with fake passport
by Christopher Sharma
An investigation by Nepali and Indian police identified four Indian terrorists who used fake Nepali passports to travel for at least six years. The men were able to get into the Nepal illegally and bribe local officials. The government announced that corrupt officials would be properly punished. For a former Nepali Interior minister, “the terrorists take advantage of the country’s political instability, poverty and rampant corruption."
03/30/2015 INDIA
The conversion of Rupali, a seed that will bear fruit at Easter
by Rupali Belose
Born into a Hindu family, the young woman always had "a lot of questions about God, but no one gave me answers." Her interest in Christianity grew from meeting a Catholic, who spoke of Christ and familiarized her with the Bible. Today they are engaged, and after a journey of catechumenate she is ready to receive baptism and first communion. "I learned that everyone must carry his or her own cross, but should never feel lost, because God gives us the courage and strength to face it."
03/30/2015 INDIA
Kashmir, Christian leader arrested for "fomenting sectarian clashes"
by Nirmala Carvalho
The authorities have detained Rev. Paul Augustine, local coordinator for Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC). The Christian pastor was attending a Sunday service. Sajan George, president of the association: "The law of the majority prevails. Where the will of the greatest number enforces that the beliefs and practices of the minority remain threatened "
03/28/2015 INDIA
Protestant leader demands protection during Holy Week from radical Hindu attacks
by Nirmala Carvalho
Violence against individual Christians and Churches continues unabated. Near Agra, a group of Protestants, who met to pray for an elderly woman, were beaten and accused of trying to convert the family.

03/26/2015 INDIA
India’ Narendra Modi to speed up adoption of "anti-farmer" law
The Hindu nationalist-led government wants to change existing legislation to make it easier to expropriate land for large companies. To do so, the prime minister plans to employ a legislative measure only used three times since independence. For the opposition, this will promote divisions and social disharmony.
03/26/2015 INDIA
West Bengal, death threats against a Catholic girls' school
by Nirmala Carvalho
The Sisters of the Child Mary have received letters in threatening to “burn the school and the local church” if they do not leave. The police step up security around the institute. Archbishop of Calcutta: "We do not know who is behind the threats, but we are not scared. The sisters will never leave their mission".
03/25/2015 INDIA
Mumbai bishop: the Annunciation for unborn children and the needy
by Dominic Savio Fernandes*
Today the Indian Church celebrates its Pro-life Day. For Mumbai’s auxiliary bishop, every human being has “the imprint of God" and therefore should "be respected and treated with dignity and love." The tendency to evaluate people based on their utility drives people to "eliminate" the elderly, disabled, sick and those in need.
03/25/2015 IRAN – ASIA
As the prospects for a nuclear deal improve, Asians line up for Iranian oil
Some of Asia’s biggest refiners are betting on a positive outcome to negotiations. Once international sanctions are lifted, Tehran could boost crude oil production by one million barrels per day to pre-sanctions levels and more. China, South Korea, India and Japan are vying for a slice of the pie.
03/23/2015 INDIA
India, fresh attacks on two Catholic churches "evil and dangerous"
by Nirmala Carvalho
Stones fired at St. George’s in Mumbai (Maharashtra); extremists beat and rob some faithful in Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh), and then demolish the door of the cathedral. Catholic bishops condemn the attacks to AsiaNews. Religious leaders denounce the pervasive climate of impunity: "Extremists are becoming increasingly brazen."
03/23/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Where there is no mercy, there is no justice, not even in the Church
"When the people of God come voluntarily to ask forgiveness, to be judged" they often find vicious people "capable of trying to exploit them," they find "dealmakers" who "do not give oxygen to that soul, do not give hope" or they find "the rigid who punish in the penitent they themselves hide in their own soul".
03/19/2015 INDIA
Card Gracias calls on Joseph of Nazareth for help against violence on women
by Nirmala Carvalho
The archbishop of Mumbai co-celebrated Mass on the feast day dedicated to the saint. In his homily, he mentioned "the atrocities that happen in so many parts of our country and for the Middle East," as well as "the nun who was violated" in West Bengal. Today, the prelate also led a Mass of reparation for the attack on the convent of Jesus and Mary.
03/19/2015 VATICAN
After two years, the pope is appreciated even from a distance
Francis began his pontificate on the feast day of Saint John in 2013. An inspiration for world leaders like Obama, he is also appreciated by the Church's critics who love more his ways than his words, treated as slogans more than ideas. He chose Francis so that the poor be the focus. As he enters the third year of his pontificate, he will face crucial moments, like the Synod on the family but especially the Jubilee of Mercy, whose impact will be felt both within and without the Church. The same is true for his reform of the Roman Curia.
03/18/2015 INDIA
Mumbai: online spiritual retreat for people who have to work
by Nirmala Carvalho
Fr Errol Fernandes SJ, professor of Scriptures at Mumbai's archdiocesan seminary, is behind the initiative. This year's 'Net Retreat' will run from 23 March to 5 April. "It is my constant endeavour to make God's word as practical and tangible as possible."
03/18/2015 VATICAN
Pope: better a society with the "trouble" of children than "sad and gray" without children
The "little ones" are in themselves "a treasure for humanity and for the Church", they understand God and "God has no difficulty in making Himself understood", they remind us that "we did make our own life, but we received it", so we are not the masters. "A society can be judged on how it treats its children, not only morally, but also if it is a free society or a slave to international interests".

Altri articoli
03/18/2015 INDIA
Anti-Christian pogroms in Orissa, one of the rapists of a Dalit girl acquitted
03/17/2015 INDIA
Christian leader: Hindu radicals are a danger to the women of India by Nirmala Carvalho
03/16/2015 INDIA
Card. Gracias: Despicable, immoral and depraved attack on Ranagath sisters by Nirmala Carvalho
03/15/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Christians are persecuted and the world tries to hide it
03/14/2015 INDIA
West Bengal: after elderly nun raped, faithful march to demand justice by Nirmala Carvalho
03/13/2015 VATICAN
Pope: A Jubilee Year of Mercy, starting December 8
03/13/2015 SRI LANKA - INDIA
Narendra Modi in Sri Lanka to discuss fishery, visas and support for Tamils by Melani Manel Perera
03/12/2015 INDIA
Rajasthan: "escorted" by police, radical Hindus attack Christians Pentecostals by Nirmala Carvalho
03/12/2015 INDIA
Manmohan Singh investigated in coal scandal: I will prove my innocence
03/11/2015 INDIA
Set to become a saint, Mariam Baouardy represents hope for peace in the Middle East by Nirmala Carvalho
03/10/2015 INDIA
Mumbai Catholics to celebrate '24 hours for the Lord' with Pope Francis by Card. Oswald Gracias
03/09/2015 INDIA
Modi's Indian Ocean tour to counter Chinese influence in the region
03/07/2015 INDIA
Calcutta to boast India’s first digital municipal archive
03/06/2015 INDIA
Christian leader calls on Karnataka to stop Hindu radicals, who are dangerous to minorities by Nirmala Carvalho
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VATICAN
Pope: Christians are persecuted and the world tries to hide itDuring the Angelus, Francis prayed for the victims of today's church massacres in Pakistan. Before the Marian prayer, he said that God "loves us, really love us, and loves us very much! This is simplest expression that sums up the whole Gospel, faith, and theology. God loves us freely and boundlessly." The pontiff also spoke about typhoon victims in Vanuatu. "I pray for the dead, the wounded and the homeless. I thank all those who reacted immediately to bring relief and aid." The pope also made a plea on behalf of persecuted Christians. "May the persecution against Christians, which the world is trying to hide, come to an end, and may there be peace."
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03/24/2015 INDONESIA
Authorities seize schoolbook that praises Islamic radicalism
03/24/2015 PAKISTAN
Attacks in Lahore, police arrest 200 Christians
by Jibran Khan
03/24/2015 IRAN
Time for a deal with Tehran, a reliable partner against the Islamic State group
by Bernardo Cervellera
03/27/2015 UNITED NATIONS – MIDDLE EAST
Patriarch of Baghdad addresses UN, calling for new laws against states or individuals who support terrorists
by Louis Raphael I Sako*
03/24/2015 CHINA
The “endgame of communist rule has begun", a coup cannot be excluded
03/27/2015 LAOS - CHINA
Laos, workers march against a Chinese company that does not pay wages
03/24/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "May Holy Week will help us leave behind the temptation to be ‘Yes, but Christians...'"
03/27/2015 IRAQ
Mar Dinkha IV, Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, has died
03/26/2015 PHILIPPINES
Muslim and Christian leaders against prejudices, for “still possible” peace in Mindanao
03/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope: people can be "doctors of the law" without faith, without hope, without joy

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