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    05/02/2016 - INDIA

    Rev Sebastian Marin was detained along with two members of the prayer centre he directs. The three are accused of violating the state’s Anti-Superstition and Black Magic Act, a law against witchcraft. For Sajan K George, "Jesus is the Healer and there's nothing magic about praying or laying hands”.




    05/02/2016 - INDIA – AUSTRALIA

    India-Australia interfaith pilgrimage, to reinvigorate the dialogue between faiths

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Australian religious leaders arrive tomorrow in the Indian capital. From here, they embark on a pilgrimage across the country. Islam expert Fr Victor Edwin SJ has arranged various meetings and visits, including to a Delhi mosque and shrine.


    04/02/2016 - INDIA

    Uttar Pradesh, Christian's head shaved and publically humiliated over alleged forced conversions

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The man was taken forcefully by a mob of 200 Hindu extremists. He is accused of having lured three men under the pretext of attending a meditation session. Police opened three cases, one against the Christian and two against extremists. Christian leader. "The accusations do not hold up. No sensible person would ever do what they say. Christians always respect the laws ".
     

     


    02/02/2016 - INDIA

    Msgr. Mascarenhas: A hospital for the poor and tribals in Ranchi


    Msgr. Theodore Mascarenhas is the Auxiliary Bishop of Ranchi, Jharkahand. The hospital will have 500 beds and will train nurses and health workers among "their own people". The bishop has tribal origin and underlines the importance of reinvigorating the pride of their culture "in the formation of faith."


    02/02/2016 - INDIA

    Tamil Nadu, priest and three Catholics assaulted and accused of "killing" a child in a center for AIDS patients

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The priest is still in shock and in intensive care suffering from head injuries. Hindu radicals suspected of attack in attempt to publicize today’s visit by Narendra Modi to Coimbatore. The police fail to help the victims. The "Assisi Snehalaya center ", founded by the Franciscans 12 years ago, praised for his service. Card. Gracias: The Catholic Church in India offers the largest health service, after the government, without distinction of race or creed.

     


    31/01/2016 - VATICAN – PHILIPPINES

    Pope to Cebu: Christ’s presence, a promise of joy and an invitation to mission


    sIn a video-message for the conclusion of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress, Francis stresses the joy of the meeting that "brought together so many people from the vast continent of Asia,” where bearing witness to Jesus takes place “through the testimony of lives”.  The next Congress will be held in Budapest, Hungary, in 2020.


    31/01/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: The only privilege in the eyes of God is not to have any privileges


    Speaking about today’s Gospel, Francis focused on the temptation "to which religious men are always exposed, to which we are all exposed, and from which we should definitely stay away. What is this temptation? It is the temptation of considering religion as a human investment so that we start to ‘bargain’ with God for our own self-interest." Young members of Rome’s Azione Cattolica were in the square for the annual Peace Caravan. The pope pleaded for people living with leprosy, a disease that still “affects mostly the poorest and the most marginalised”.


    30/01/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: the mission and mercy are the foundation of the faith, and every Christian is a Christopher


    Francis opens the jubilee general audiences with a reflection on the "wonderful circularity" between mission and mercy. The actual sign that we met Jesus "is the joy we feel in communicating it to others”. For the pontiff, “this this is not proselytising. It is giving a gift. I give you what gives me joy.” The pope ends calling on the crowd to pray for Ms Elvira, who worked at Casa Santa Marta, and was called by the Lord.


    30/01/2016 - INDIA

    Smiling is possible for people living with leprosy in Swarga Dwar


    Tomorrow is the 63rd World Leprosy Day. Last year, India had the most new leprosy cases in the world: 125,785.  With Brazil and Indonesia, that represents 81 per cent of all cases. PIME missionary Fr Bala Swamy Thota runs a dispensary in Taloja founded by F. Torriani. Despite his condition, one resident, Mahesh, “is happy here because he found friends”.


    29/01/2016 - INDIA

    Vijayawada: 3,000 Catholics take part in ceremony ending the Year of Consecrated Life

    by Benigna Menezes*

    The closing ceremony for the local Catholic Church took place on January 24. Several bishops and religious leaders from 12 dioceses attended the event. All stressed the value of consecrated persons "belonging to God and simultaneously belonging to people." During the year, dozens of meetings and services were held in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Now men and women religious are called to serve God in the Year of Mercy.

     


    29/01/2016 - INDIA - VATICAN

    "Jesus, give me a new heart to love and serve my people" in Orissa, says Msgr. John Barwa after heart surgery

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    As Saint John Paul II taught, through one’s illness, one shares in the sufferings of Jesus and the redemption of the world. During his long period of convalescence spent in long prayers and deepening intimacy with the mystery of Jesus, the archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar (Orissa) shows how to live the Year of Mercy and the Consecrated Life as a sick person.


    28/01/2016 - INDIA

    Two years after its adoption, India’s anti-hunger law still "unconvincing"

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Fr Irudaya Jothi sj, a well known social activist, speaks about the legislation that was supposed to eliminate hunger in India. In its original version, its reach was much wider. Under its current form, it excludes various groups. in addition, the problem of corruption still hangs over its implementation. The Church remains on the forefront of the campaign to increase the visibility of the problem of hunger.


    28/01/2016 - INDIA

    Guwahati: young religious encouraged to "know the poor, the heart of the mission"


    Mgr Moolachira, archbishop of Guwahati, explains the goal of the annual event for young Catholic students. Seminarians, nuns, novices and postulants visit some of diocese’s villages of the diocese to bring help and consolation to families. The idea is the brainchild of Mgr Thomas Menamparampil. This year’s edition, the eighth, attracted more than 600 people.


    27/01/2016 - INDIA

    Indian women marching to temple to demand the “right to pray” stopped


    Police in Maharashtra stopped a peaceful protest by about a thousand women demanding the right to enter the Hindu Shani Shingnapur temple. Because they are "impure" according to Hindu tradition, they cannot enter places of worship. Social media back women. In Kerala, a guru calls for a machine to detect women’s fertility.


    26/01/2016 - INDIA

    Indian priest ordained in Abu Dhabi could not resist the Lord’s calling


    Fr Darick Paul D'Souza was ordained in early January by Mgr Hinder in Abu Dhabi. Son of migrant parents, his calling came when the apostolic vicar of southern Arabia was ordained bishop. “I never really imagined that one day I would become a priest,” he said. In fact, despite having a good job, “I had to become a priest." For now, “my place is in India."


    25/01/2016 - INDIA

    Republic Day: terrorism and development still hding India’s problems

    by p. Anthony Charanghat

    India tomorrow celebrates the 67th Republic Day. Activities are planned across the country despite fear of attacks. For the editor of Mumbai’s diocesan weekly, the “country must be a democracy based on respect of the rule of law,” and rediscover the “multi-religious and multicultural” character of its people.


    22/01/2016 - INDIA

    Sister Bertilla Capra receives a one-year Indian visa


    From now on, the missionary of the Immaculate has to apply for a new visa every year, as an NGO employee. The Vimala Dermatological Centre is supported by local people. Among them are Hindus, Christians and Muslims.


    20/01/2016 - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – INDIA

    Vicar of southern Arabia: Even in Muslim countries vocations are born


    Mgr Paul Hinder led the ordination ceremony of Fr Darick Paul D'Souza and Fr Arun Raj Manuel. Both priests were born into Indian immigrant families for whom the Church is "the spiritual home".  Indeed, “those who live abroad call the Christian community home amid a cultural environment of different traditions". The best evidence that different religions can coexist "is based on the daily expression of Christian life."


    20/01/2016 - india

    Bandra: India’s harvest festival like Francis’ Laudato si’

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The Sister Disciples of the Divine Master celebrated Pongal in Prarthanalaya chapel. The festival celebrates harvest time and is one of Hinduism’s foremost rituals. For Sister Amita, Laudato si’ “is based on [the principle of] integral ecology and the link between ecology, society and economy,” like Pongal festival.


    18/01/2016 - INDIA – RUSSIA

    Delhi-Moscow spat over visa denied to Orthodox priest

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Russia’s ambassador to India had invited Fr Seraphym for a prayer with diplomats and their families. Instead, he was deported from Chennai, some believe because of concerns over possible “evangelisation”. For anonymous source, the incident bodes nothing well for Indian-Russian relations.


    18/01/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "Habits must be renewed in the newness of the Spirit, in the surprises of God”


    “This is the message the Church gives us today. This is what Jesus says so forcefully: ‘New wine in new wineskins.’ Habits must be renewed in the newness of the Spirit, in the surprises of God.”


    15/01/2016 - INDIA

    Religion can only be a tool of peace, says bishop of Vasai in the wake of Jakarta attacks

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Mgr Felix Machado chairs the Office for Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue of the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences. Deeply pained, he calls the Jakarta attacks, "cowardly acts against innocent people in the name of religion, which does not help either God nor the people of God.” For him, inter-faith dialogue is crucial. Religions can teach “the greatness and dignity of the human person by spreading a clearer sense of the oneness of the human family.”


    12/01/2016 - INDIA

    Non-Christians queue to cross Bandra Holy Door (Photo)

    by Nirmala Carvalho
    Pilgrims to the Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount kneel in front of the priest and ask to confess. Msgr. Nereus Rodrigues is rector of the Basilica, where Card. Gracias opened the Holy Door. The bishop has set up panels that draw attention to the corporal works of mercy. The Holy Door decorated with messages. Thousands of pilgrims visiting.

    11/01/2016 - INDIA

    Nirmala Giri Mary Matha: the Holy Door in Eluru

    by Benigna Menezes*
    Mgr Jaya Rao Polimera opened the Holy Door of Mercy in the Marian shrine. Inaugurated in 2000, the latter attracts thousands of pilgrims each year. Opening the Door "is an unusual thing for Indians, who are used to immersion in river waters." For a Missionary of the Immaculate, "Even Hindus and Muslims are coming here to experience God's mercy." For months, the bishop of Eluru has been unable to get into the cathedral, because of conflicts with rebels and miscreants.

    11/01/2016 - INDIA

    For Indian Jesuit, reports that RSS Hindu radicals plan to join forces with Christians are false

    by Nirmala Carvalho
    An Indian newspaper reported an alleged meeting between the Hindu group and Catholic Church leaders. The alleged purpose of the meeting was the creation of a joint organisation. For Fr Joseph Xavier, the claim is an attempt at “false propaganda” for electoral purposes. “There was no meeting for that purpose,” he said; “there was a Christmas celebration,” which the Catholic Bishops Conference of India organises every year.

    07/01/2016 - INDIA

    Orissa, process opens for canonization Kandhamal martyrs


    The process will be led by Msgr. John Barwa, Archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar. He has the task of forming a group of experts and gather information about the martyrs. In August 2008, Hindu radicals killed about 100 Christians. The violence forced 56 thousand people to flee their homes; 10 thousand of them still have not returned. Over 6,500 houses destroyed and 395 churches desecrated.

    05/01/2016 - INDIA

    Orissa pogroms: Catholics in prayer ahead of final hearing for 7 innocent Christians

    by Nirmala Carvalho
    The seven Christians were accused without proof of murdering guru Laxamananda Saraswati. They have been held for seven years, even though Maoist rebels have always claimed the murder. A profile of the seven accused. New episodes of tension in Kandhamal district. In Barkhama, Christians stopped from celebrating Christmas.

    04/01/2016 - BANGLADESH - INDIA

    India: 6.7 magnitutide quake on border with Bangladesh and Myanmar. Eight victims

    by Sumon Corraya
    The quake registered 29 kilometers from the Indian city of Imphal, in the state of Manipur, at a depth of 17 kilometers and also felt by the Burmese. The initial toll is five victims in India and three in Bangladesh; over 30 injured. The people took to the streets in Bangladesh for fear of collapsing buildings.

    04/01/2016 - INDIA

    "Second Class Citizens": 15 Christians arrested for alleged forced conversions

    by Nirmala Carvalho
    Police in Puttur in Karnataka stop celebrations to "protect" the Church, surrounded by Hindu radicals. The religious authorities called to testify and handed rules for future prayer services. These included the obligation to notify the police. Catholic leader: "In secular India, Christians are persecuted and vulnerable."

    31/12/2015 - INDIA

    Kerala: the Supreme Court prohibits the sale of alcohol in bars


    Over the next 10 years the sale of liquors will be phased out, while the sale of drinks such as wine and beer will continue. Associations believe that the decision will lead to the closure of 700 businesses. The sale of spirits will be allowed only in five star hotels. Kerala is the Indian state with the highest annual per capita consumption of alcohol.





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    CHINA – VATICAN
    Global Times: the pope should accept the independence of the Chinese Church



    After 24 hours of silence, China’s media today published excerpts, comments and editorials about Pope Francis’ interview with Asia Times. Although the pope did not address religious issues or Church problems, many saw the interview as an attempt to improve diplomatic relations between China and the Vatican, and advised Francis to accept Mao Zedong’s "three principles of independence" (theology, administration, jurisdiction), which would leave the power to appoint bishops in the hands of the Party. The People's Daily’s Global Times publishes an editorial on the issue.


    INDIA – PHILIPPINES
    Archbishop of Guwahati: In Asia religion is not dying, the faithful take strength from the Eucharist



    Mgr Menamparampil is among the speakers at the International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu, Philippines. He was also a conflict mediator between various ethnic groups. He told AsiaNews about the value of the Congress for the Catholic Church in Asia and how people can bear witness the Gospel today, even amid tensions and violence of those who "hate us." "with the same pain in our hearts that we descend to our depths during a Eucharistic adoration."


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