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12/26/2014 VATICAN
Pope: like Saint Stephen, in the trials accepted because of one's faith, violence is defeated by love
During the Angelus, Pope Francis notes that the festivity of the first martyr continues "the celebration of Christmas", stripping it of "that false sugar-coating that does not belong to it." He mentions "those who are discriminated against, persecuted and killed for bearing witness to Christ." Religious freedom is "an inalienable right of every human person."
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - "In the trials accepted because of one's faith, violence is defeated by love, death by life," said Pope Francis on the day the Church remembers the first martyr of its history, Saint Stephen. The pontiff's teaching came as...

12/24/2014 INDIA
As India shifts towards fundamentalism, Indian priest urges Christmas prayers for religious freedom
by Dominic Emmanuel*
As Hindu nationalist parties and movements come to power, a nationalist and extremist definition of the nation is taking hold. Attacks against minorities, particularly Christians, continue. By his silence, the prime minister takes sides. India is now likely to become another Pakistan. A public relations officer at the Archdiocese of Delhi shares his thoughts.
12/24/2014 ASIA
Tears (and Best Wishes) for Christmas
by Bernardo Cervellera
At Christmas God shows us that he has not tired of us. Despite so many wars, injustice, torture, persecution, God has not stopped trusting in man and comes to his aid. The world lives of sterile immobility and apocalyptic terror. With Jesus' birth the world began to change and there are witnesses of hope in Iraq, in Hong Kong, in the Middle East. The revolution of solidarity.
12/24/2014 INDIA
Assam: separatist guerrilla attacks, 56 dead and over 80 injured. Curfew imposed.
Villagers taken from their homes and gunned down in summary executions; women and children amongst the victims. Revenge in response to the army offensive against separatists of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB). Condemnation of the Indian Premier and Head of State.
12/23/2014 INDIA
Church prepared to use "any means" to stop laws that violate religious freedom, says Card Gracias
The prelate issues a stinging statement against recent anti-Christian attacks and any plan to legislate in the matter of conversion. He said he would take "court action" to stop any draft bill of this kind. Instead, he insisted on the need to protect the rights guaranteed by the constitution, and defended the role of Christian schools, which are centres of excellence where no faith is imposed.

12/22/2014 INDIA
For Mgr Dabre, India should ensure respect for the rights and freedoms of all citizens
by Thomas Dabre *
In a country with different cultures, religions, and states, "cultural nationalism" is wrong. The same is true for attempts to impose the Hindu majority's culture, sacred books, festivities and even terminology on believers of other religions. Christians do not practice forced conversions, but uphold the right to change religion as guaranteed by the Constitution.
12/21/2014 VATICAN
Pope: At Christmas, once more, Christ comes by and knocks on the doors of our hearts, and we should not let him get away
On the fourth Sunday of Advent, Francis emphasises two aspects in Mary's life, "a model to prepare for Christmas," namely her faith and her capacity to recognise God's time. "The example of Mary and that of her husband Joseph are an invitation to accept with total openness of mind Jesus, who became our brother out of love." What is more, "If you feel the desire to improve, Christ will come by and knock at your door: open it!"
12/19/2014 INDIA
For Christian leaders, the government needs to rid itself of Hindu radicals because India is not a theocracy
The archbishop of Delhi and other members of the Christian clergy sign a statement on the situation of religious freedom in the country. "In a secular and democratic India, there is no place for a state religion. Religion has no place in the national political discourse." Grieving over the victims of the Peshawar attack, they note that such violence is "evidence of the dangers of fanaticism".
12/18/2014 INDIA
Clergy tunes "in to God's message" to mark Christmas in Vijayawada
by Benigna Menezes*
Priests and nuns from the diocese gathered for their annual Christmas meeting, which this time also included the inauguration of the Year of Consecrated Life. The variety of orders and congregations is "a gift from God that enriches the Church."
12/18/2014 INDIA
Radical Hindus' Christmas reconversions postponed, not cancelled
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) takes a step back to let parliament's winter session to end. It pledges however to reconvert 5,000 Christian and Muslim families "before the end of the year". Opposition call on the prime minister to speak on the matter, but the ruling party says no.
12/17/2014 INDIA
Christmas in Mumbai, bringing Jesus to the lepers of Heaven's Gate
About 300 people - including Hindus, Muslims and some Christians - will celebrate the birth of Christ at Swarga Dwar, Mumbai, an ashram founded by PIME. The days leading up to the celebration are special for its children who play cricket, football and other games. "The kids wait for this festival with joy. They like to prepare the tree and put the star on the crèche," the facility's head said.
12/17/2014 INDIA
Radical Hindus attack Christians singing Christmas carols
by Nirmala Carvalho
About 30 people assaulted the Pastor and the faithful of a Pentecostal community, including women and children, with sticks and clubs. The fundamentalists accuse the Christians of promising money to convert tribal people in the area. Police deny the allegations: "No forced conversion in the area, the Christians are innocent."
12/16/2014 INDIA
Catholic activist against handing education over to Hindu fundamentalists
by Santosh Digal
AsiaNews interviews John Dayal, member of the National Integration Council who looks at the influence of radical Hindu Sangh Parivar groups on the educational policy of India's new Union government. "To demonize western and Islamic contribution to the evolution of the India we know today, is an exercise in futility, and very fraught with dangers."
12/16/2014 IRAQ - VATICAN
As 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' continues, Mosul bishop notes that Jesus is born amid refugee containers
by Amel Nona
Persecuted by the Islamic state, refugees have lost everything: belongings, home, jobs, school, and their future. Yet, their faith and mission remain strong. For them, almost 900,000 euros have been raised and sent. Pope Francis sends a message of closeness. The campaign continues according to the Patriarch of Baghdad's proposal of fasting and moderation at Christmas and New Year, with the money saved offered to the Christians of Mosul.
12/16/2014 INDIA
Christmas reconversions, police in Uttar Pradesh "will stop Hindu radicals"
Security force would take "strict actions" against the organisers. The paramilitary group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) planned to convert 4,000 Christian and 1,000 Muslim families next 25th December.

Altri articoli
12/15/2014 INDIA
Indian bishop: "conversions" are a blow to democracy and human dignity by Felix Machado*
12/14/2014 VATICAN
On the "Sunday of Joy", pope gives a prayer booklet, telling the faithful to "always carry it"
12/13/2014 INDIA
Odisha: Catholic missionaries offer "permanent" scholarships to ten poor girls by Santosh Digal
12/12/2014 INDIA
Advent in Orissa: Christ makes "the ordinary extraordinary" by Simon Kaipuram CM*
12/12/2014 INDIA
Hindu radicals raise funds to pay for "re-conversions" to Hinduism by Nirmala Carvalho
12/12/2014 ASIA - OPEC
Oil falls below 60 US dollar a barrel
12/11/2014 INDIA
Conversion in exchange for food and money: that's how Hindu radicals "re-convert" 300 Muslims
12/10/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - PEACE 2015
Korean priest rescues N Korean women sold as slaves in China
12/10/2014 INDIA
Delhi wants a digital "single archive" for 1.2 billion of people
12/10/2014 RUSSIA - INDIA
Putin, between Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping by Nina Achmatova
12/10/2014 INDIA
The Christmas of Hindu radicals: We will reconvert 5,000 Christian and Muslim families by Santosh Digal
12/09/2014 INDIA
Advent in Orissa: With love, let prepare ourselves to the birth of Christ by Santosh Digal
12/07/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Be witnesses of God's love, to rekindle the hope of the world
12/05/2014 INDIA
India, a trip among children intoxicated (and murdered) by mercury pollution
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IRAQ - VATICAN
As 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' continues, Mosul bishop notes that Jesus is born amid refugee containers
by Amel NonaPersecuted by the Islamic state, refugees have lost everything: belongings, home, jobs, school, and their future. Yet, their faith and mission remain strong. For them, almost 900,000 euros have been raised and sent. Pope Francis sends a message of closeness. The campaign continues according to the Patriarch of Baghdad's proposal of fasting and moderation at Christmas and New Year, with the money saved offered to the Christians of Mosul.
IRAQ - ITALY
Almost 700,000 euros raised as the 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' campaign continues
by Bernardo CervelleraA second instalment is sent with funds raised in September. The fate of East-West relations is being played out in the Middle East and Iraq. Pope Francis and the Synod issue an appeal. Governments are lukewarm. Aid is coming from around the world. A new international community is defeating the "globalisation of indifference."
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12/21/2014 VATICAN
Pope: At Christmas, once more, Christ comes by and knocks on the doors of our hearts, and we should not let him get away
12/22/2014 VATICAN
Pope: the 15 "diseases" of the Curia, from careerism to "gossip", from pomposity to accumulation of wealth
12/22/2014 INDONESIA
Indonesian Islamists threaten Christmas celebrations
by Mathias Hariyadi
12/22/2014 MYANMAR - CHINA

Growing illegal tiger and wild cat trade from Myanmar to China
12/22/2014 SYRIA
Aleppo: Christmas among Christian families broken by war, praying for peace
by Giorgio Istifan
12/23/2014 CHINA
As more than 400 crosses are destroyed in Zhejiang, violence spreads to Henan, Shandong, and Anhui
by Bernardo Cervellera
12/22/2014 MALAYSIA
Kuala Lumpur, religious leaders: Dialogue, the basis of coexistence between different faiths
12/23/2014 PHILIPPINES - VATICAN
Manila, rector of Catholic University: the meeting with the Pope, an inspiration for young people
12/23/2014 VATICAN
Pope: the suffering of Christians and other persecuted religious groups in the Middle East "cries out to God"
12/24/2014 INDIA
As India shifts towards fundamentalism, Indian priest urges Christmas prayers for religious freedom
by Dominic Emmanuel*

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