03/30/2015INDIA 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,...
03/30/2015NEPAL 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."
03/30/2015INDIA 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."
03/30/2015INDIA 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 "
03/26/2015INDIA 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.
03/26/2015INDIA 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".
03/25/2015INDIA 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.
03/25/2015IRAN – 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.
03/23/2015INDIA 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."
03/23/2015VATICAN 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".
03/19/2015INDIA 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.
03/19/2015VATICAN 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.
03/18/2015INDIA 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."
03/18/2015VATICAN 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".