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  • 22/07/2017 - INDIA

    The initiative of Indian Bishops' Conference Office for Dalits and Disadvantaged Classes. The constitutional order of 1950 excludes all non-Hindus from the advantages reserved to the former "untouchables". In the following years, the changes included Sikhs and Buddhists. Christian and Muslim Dalits are marginalized


    by Purushottam Nayak

    21/07/2017 - INDIA

    Indian bishops urge new president to uphold the constitution and the law


    The Indian Bishops' Conference congratulates Ram Nath Kovind for his election yesterday. A former governor of Bihar, he is a member of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party. CIBC general secretary urges him to “devote himself to the service and well-being of the people of the Republic of India.”


    21/07/2017 - INDIA

    In 2016, 11,400 farmers committed suicide in India over debt


    The figures are from the Agriculture Ministry. In 2015, another 12,602 farmers took their own lives. Among the states, Maharshtra is ranked first with 4,291 cases.


    20/07/2017 - INDIA

    Nationalists are jubilant, Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit, is India’s 14th president


    The former governor of Bihar won with 66 per cent of the votes with the support of the Hindu nationalist party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A foregone conclusion, the outcome confirms the prime minister’s political acumen. The next Union elections are set for 2019. Once marginalised, Dalits are courted today given their size (16 per cent) in the electorate.


    20/07/2017 - CHINA - INDIA

    Modi’s Hindu nationalism could trigger another war, the Global Times says


    A belligerent editorial in the Chinese Communist Party newspaper clarifies Beijing's position. Tensions have reignited between China and India near the border with Bhutan, on the Doklam plateau claimed by China. The armies have been facing off for about a month. India feels still surrounded.


    18/07/2017 - INDIA

    Pentecostal clergyman killed in Punjab. For Bishop Mulakkal, it is an attack on Christians

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Rev Sultan Masih was the pastor of the Temple of God Church. He was gunned down whilst talking on his mobile. For the bishop of Jalandhar, "This attack against Christians has deeply wounded the whole community". The victim's family blocks motorway. A “lynching culture” prevails across the country, says Sajan K George.


    18/07/2017 - INDIA

    Our Lady of Carmel, the encounter with Jesus in “the suffering flesh of our brothers and sisters”


    Amid the frenzy of everyday life, the search for the meaning of life takes place. Those who reach Mount Carmel, like the prophet Elijah, serve as an example. God's quest for happiness “is so important and all-consuming that some persons are ready to give up literally everything for this”. “Not all of us are called to climb up a faraway mountain; but all of us can try to make a little space for silence in our hearts to allow the voice of the Lord to reach us.” Helping the neediest is a way to meet Jesus, as Mary did at the foot of the Cross.


    17/07/2017 - INDIA

    Catholic arrested in connection with smashed crosses in Goa, but some see a cover-up


    Francis Pereira, 54, reportedly confessed that he wanted to free “trapped souls". A group of experts wonder how one man could do so much damage. The general perception is that Hindu radicals "encouraged" the incidents.


    15/07/2017 - INDIA

    Crosses broken and cemetery desecrated in Goa due to religious hatred, Mgr Neri Ferrao says


    The broken crosses were left on the side of the road. Some 28 niches, five wooden crosses, nine granite crosses, 16 graves and the big entrance cross at the Guardian Angel cemetery were damaged. At a Hindu extremist meeting, a leader said “those who eat cow should be hanged in public,” noted Sajan K George.


    14/07/2017 - BANGLADESH

    Eleven Christians elected in local elections in Mymensingh

    by Sumon Corraya

    Voting took place yesterday in 56 Union Parishad, the country’s smallest administrative units. There are 4,554 in Bangladesh. “Once we were forced to flee to India because of persecution by Muslims. Later we realised that to save ourselves as a minority in this country, we had to get involved in politics,” said Protestant leader.


    14/07/2017 - INDIA

    Environmental court bans dumping of trash and bodies in the Ganges


    The ordinance applies to within 500 meters of the shore. You cannot build within 100 meters. Fines of up to 680 euros for those who break the rules. The leather-making industries in Uttar Pradesh will need to be moved. Ban on setting corpses afloat in river as per Hindus funerary tradition


    13/07/2017 - INDIA

    Maharashtra, another Muslim lynched in the name of "sacred cows" (Video)


    The "cow watchers" suspected that he was transporting cattle. The episode takes place a few hours after the Supreme Court ruling suspending the ban on beef. The issue of cows is fracturing Indian society.


    12/07/2017 - INDIA – YEMEN

    Abducted in Yemen, Fr Tom is still alive


    Yemen’s deputy prime minister made the announcement. His government will do everything possible to free the Salesian clergyman. India’s External Affairs Ministry offers its assistance to obtain the release.


    12/07/2017 - INDIA

    Supreme Court suspends ban on beef: it damages Muslims


    Judges have accepted the petition of All India Jamiatul Quresh Action Committee. The government will revisit the norm and may issue and exemption for buffalo meat, which accounts for almost all Indian bovine exports. 


    11/07/2017 - INDIA

    Hindu pilgrims killed in Kashmir. Bishop Machado: break the chain of hatred


    The faithful were on board a coach, returning from the temple of Amarnath. The bus was caught in the cross fire. Assault fuels tension. "No ideology can teach peace." "Peace comes with a conversion of the heart."


    10/07/2017 - INDIA

    Mother Teresa's white and blue sari becomes a registered trademark

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The trademark was registered on the day the Mother of the Poor was canonised after application was made in 2013. The sari is a symbol of peace and charity all over the world. "The Cross worn on the left shoulder symbolises that for the Missionaries of Charity Jesus on the Cross is the key to the heart."


    10/07/2017 - NORTH KOREA – UNITED STATES

    Pyongyang reacts to US bombers in Korean skies


    "The US, with its dangerous military provocation, is pushing the risk of a nuclear war on the peninsula to a tipping point,” wrote North Korea’s Rodong Sinmun newspaper in an editorial. “The US saying it will regularly deploy strategic bombers to the Korean Peninsula is the same as a crazy act of playing fire on top of an ammunitions locker. A small misjudgement or error can immediately lead to the beginning of a nuclear war, which will inevitably lead to another world war,” the paper added. Meanwhile, South Korean President Moon Jae-In tries to keep the door open to dialogue.


    10/07/2017 - INDIA

    Supreme Court: Ganges 'not a living being'


    The judges overturn a ruling by the Upper Court of Uttarakhand. The river is highly polluted by industrial waste, urbanization, pesticides. The new legal status threatened to make the river responsible for flood damage.


    08/07/2017 - UN

    Over 100 countries vote for the prohibition of nuclear arms, but big powers rebel


    The text was approved with 122 votes in favor, one against, one abstention. But none of the nine nuclear countries -  US, Russia, China, France, Great Britain, India, Pakistan, North Korea, Israel - took part in the debate or vote. Vatican support and the appreciation of UN Secretary-General Guterres.


    08/07/2017 - INDIA -ISRAEL

    Modi signs defense and technology deals in Israel but ‘forgets’ about the Palestinians


    A visit to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv from July 4 to 6. Narendra Modi is the first Indian premier to travel to Israel. signed agreements include a $ 40 million package for innovation; Contracts worth $ 2.6 billion for defense and $ 4.3 billion for business. The prime minister does not visit Ramallah and the Palestinians.


    07/07/2017 - INDIA

    Supreme Court allows abortion at the 26th week. Bishop Fernandes: Life is sacred

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Judges welcome the request of a 33-year-old due to "psychological harm". The baby, if born, would have serious cardiac complications. Auxiliary Bishop of Mumbai: "God is the author of life." "If people are no longer useful or considered as a weight, they try to eliminate them."


    07/07/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope to G20: Address ongoing conflicts and migration for an inclusive and sustainable global economy


    Following the request of Angela Merkel, Pope Francis writes to heads of state and government in Hamburg for the summit of the world's major economies. A "heartfelt appeal"  to address the tragic situations of South Sudan, Lake Chad, Horn of Africa and Yemen, where there are 30 million people who have no food and water to survive. " The contradiction between apparent unity in the "common economic forums" and the persistence of "armed conflicts". Take an example from the great leaders of the recent past: Schuman, De Gasperi, Adenauer, Monnet. Bear in mind the great majority of the population, even though it represents only 10% of the world economy.


    06/07/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Islamabad tests Nasr missile: 'credible deterrence' against belligerent India


    It is a short-range surface weapon with a range around 60-70 kilometers. It is meant to por “cold water” on Delhi’s “Cold Start” strategy. Arms race is likely to increase military tensions between long-time enemies.


    05/07/2017 - INDIA

    Asia mourns Fr. Augustine Kanjamala, 'a holy man of God'

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The Divine Word Missionary was a well-known theologian and missiologist. He taught at major seminaries in India. As an academic researcher, he realized that the traditional concept of Christian mission is no longer relevant in Asia. From provincial superior, he opened a Mumbai center for migrant and domestic workers. The commitment to tribal and dalit has led to a change in the Hindu mentality of those who knew him.

     


    04/07/2017 - INDIA

    Sisters in Bhopal set up a legal cell for women abuse victims

    by Purushottam Nayak

    The Holy Spirit nuns are active in Madhya Pradesh through the Uday Social Development Society. The congregation picked 12 nuns to staff the Nyaya Chaupal or legal cell. For Archbishop Leo Cornelio, "empowering women is a symbol of family development."


    03/07/2017 - INDIA

    Danger of corruptions hovers over India’s Goods and Services Tax


    India’s parliament approved a Good and Services Tax for all Indian states at four basic rates. For Finance minister, the new tax will help the economy grow by 2 per cent. Party views are only "political speculation". Without opposition, people will eventually get used to paying more."


    03/07/2017 - INDIA

    Indian Christians, a small minority, that make large scale social contributions

    by Purushottam Nayak

    Christians account for 2.3% of the population, or 27.8 million people. Christianity was introduced by St. Thomas the Apostle. The teachings of Christ are rooted in Portuguese missionaries. In the country, the Christian minority manages thousands of schools, hospitals, facilities for sick and poor people. There is no active participation in politics.


    01/07/2017 - INDIA – UNITED STATES

    Modi and Trump cozy up to check China’s expansion

    by Luca Galantini

    Despite the economic rivalry, Indo-US friendship turns into a military alliance against the Pakistan-China axis and the development of the New Silk Road. Washington will sell weapons to Delhi and allow the manufacturing of F-16 in India.


    30/06/2017 - INDIA – UNITED STATES

    Trump and Modi meet amid silence over India’s persecuted Christians

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The US president has pledged to eradicate Islamic extremism. India is the largest democracy in the world, but for Sajan K George, “not everyone is the same. Minorities, Tribals and Dalits do not enjoy the same equality as the majority."


    30/06/2017 - INDIA

    Indian PM condemns murders on cows’ name, but for activist it is only lip service (video)


    Narendra Modi spoke at a rally in Gujarat. A few hours later, cow vigilantes lynched to death another Muslim in Jharkhand. Eight-six per cent of nationalist murders are against Muslims; 97 per cent since the prime minister took office. Protest against Modi go online #NotInMyName".






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    CHINA
    Liu Xiaobo: a torch that enlightens human civilization



    The testimony of the great nonviolent dissident is the highest contribution to humanity in the last (sterile) 500 years of Chinese history. A priest from North China offers an elegy in memory of Liu (and his wife).


    INDIA
    Crosses broken and cemetery desecrated in Goa due to religious hatred, Mgr Neri Ferrao says



    The broken crosses were left on the side of the road. Some 28 niches, five wooden crosses, nine granite crosses, 16 graves and the big entrance cross at the Guardian Angel cemetery were damaged. At a Hindu extremist meeting, a leader said “those who eat cow should be hanged in public,” noted Sajan K George.


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