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    26/05/2016 - SRI LANKA

    Heavy rains hit 237,000 people, including some 62,000 forced out of their homes. Death toll now stands at 102. Government has set up 250 sites for people displaced by floods. Catholic bishops have appealed to fellow Sri Lankans’ solidarity, and churches have opened their doors. Catholics and Buddhists are donating money slated for other uses, like personal birthday, and the Buddha’s own birthday.


    by Melani Manel Perera

    26/05/2016 - INDIA

    Bishop of Pune: The new shrine to St. Anthony, "monument of mercy" for the poor

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The structure will be inaugurated on May 29. The first stone was laid in 2012 by Msgr. Salvatore Pennacchio, Apostolic Nuncio in India. The sanctuary over the years has attracted the faithful of every religion. It became the "symbol of the relations among the faithful." The bishop of Pune hopes it will foster fraternity and friendship.

     


    25/05/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Activists from different religions pursue peace-building in Pakistan, against hatred and terrorism

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Tehreek Rwadari, an interfaith movement that promotes respect for all religions and peace building in the country, celebrated its first anniversary yesterday. At the event, activists stressed the difficulties minorities, women and children face, as well as the lack of security. Extremism, mistrust and intolerance are the root causes.


    25/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "Our duty to protect all children, especially those exposed to high risk of exploitation"


    Prayer keeps the faith and transforms our desire modeling it according to the will of God, but "it is not a magic wand." A prayer for the victims of Monday's bombings in Syria. May Mary  "convert the hearts of those who sow death and destruction."


    25/05/2016 - INDIA - GERMANY

    India: Berlin awards Sister Hermanelde Pulm, for 50 years of service for poor

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The missionary has worked in an Indian hospital since 1963. She is 79 years old and belongs to the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit. The Cross of Merit is the most important award of the German Federal Republic. Sister Hermanelde honored for her tireless and silent work, "far from the limelight."

     


    24/05/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Lahore High Court rules on divorce law, ends marriage discrimination for Christians

    by Shafique Khokhar

    The 1869 law is restored. In 1981, under General Zia’s rule, an amendment was introduced that allowed Christian couples to divorce only in case of adultery. This chained women to violent and polygamous marriages, and forced Christians who wanted to end a marriage to convert to Islam.


    24/05/2016 - PHILIPPINES

    Duterte’s attack on Filipino bishops "violent and unprovoked"


    The new president has attacked the church calling it "the most hypocritical institution" in the world, offending bishops and accusing them of being corrupt. He adds that he will "challenge the Catholic faith", imposing a limit of three children per family, free the former president Arroyo and bury the dictator Marcos in the "graveyard of heroes." Catholic source: "I am surprised by this violent and unprovoked attitude, particularly unsuitable in a president."

     


    23/05/2016 - INDIA

    Three evangelical Christians arrested in Madhya Pradesh for "forced conversions”

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Rev V A Anthony V, his wife Prabha and another woman are arrested after police and Hindu radicals stopped them and took them into custody. Extremists waited until the court rejected the accused’s request for bail. For Christian leaders, religious freedom is at risk under Hindu nationalist rule.


    22/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: May Chinese Catholics become concrete sign of love and reconciliation


    After the Angelus, Francis remembers the Day of Prayer for the Church in China, which falls on May 24: "Let us ask Mary to give to his children in China the ability to discern at all times the signs of the loving presence of God, that always welcomes and forgives. " Before the Marian prayer, a reflection on the Holy Trinity: "This feast invites us to engage in the daily events to be leaven of communion, of consolation and of mercy."


    20/05/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Lahore attack: Christians and Muslims thank Caritas for financial aid

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Caritas Pakistan hands out cheques worth US$ 380 to 19 beneficiaries, including four Muslim families. The Taliban’s Easter Sunday attack killed 78 and wounded 350, mostly Muslims. “I pray to Allah that others follow the example of the Christians,” Muslim doctor says.


    19/05/2016 - INDIA

    Dalit Jesuit tells bishops that the Indian Church discriminates against Dalits

    by AXJ Bosco sj

    In an open letter to Card Baselios Cleemis, president of the Indian Bishops' Conference, the clergyman denounces the silence surrounding the abduction and violence against Mgr Prasad Gallela. He asks the cardinal to speak on behalf of the entire Catholic Church in expressing solidarity with the kidnapped bishop, and identify the racist bishops to move them to other dioceses.


    19/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "fear and misunderstanding" should not hamper action in favour of those forced to emigrate


    In his meeting with new ambassadors, Francis insisted that international action should help people stay at home and “remove weapons” from those who perpetrate violence and engage in human and drug trafficking. The pontiff also expressed solidarity with persecuted Christian communities.


    19/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: The exploitation of labour is a mortal sin


    "We consider this drama of today: the exploitation of the people, the blood of these people who become slaves, the traffickers of people—and not just those who deal in prostitutes and children for child labour, but that trafficking we might call “civilized”: “I’ll pay you this much, without vacation, without health care, without… everything under the table… But I will become rich!”'.


    19/05/2016 - PHILIPPINES

    Filipino bishop: To soon to judge contentious Duterte. No to death penalty


    Msgr. Broderick Pabillo, Auxiliary of Manila, says that "the newly elected president has introduced a language of hatred and violence into the political landscape. We do not know how much of what he says is just propaganda". The mayor of Davao wants to ban alcohol, impose a curfew on minors and reintroduce hanging. "Death is never the way to build a better life."


    18/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "to ignore the poor is to show contempt for God"


    "God's mercy towards us is related to our mercy towards our neighbor. When this is lacking, then [God’s mercy] finds no place in our closed heart, it cannot enter". "Good and evil has been distributed to compensate the earthly injustice." "A lasting peace" for Ukraine.


    16/05/2016 - VIETNAM

    For Justice and Peace Commission, Hanoi hindered fish death investigation, beat protesters

    by J.B. Nam Nguyen

    Commission president Mgr Paul Nguyen Thai Hop issued a pastoral letter slamming "the government’s iron fist against protesters who demand the restoration of a clean environment”. Thousands of dead fish began showing up a month and half ago due to pollution by the Hung Nghiep steel, threatening human health. "As Pope Francis wrote in Laudato si, we cannot tolerate crimes against nature, which are sins against God."


    16/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: priests belong to God, are poor to the poor, and must not have ambitions or seek material goods


    Francis presided over the opening of the General Assembly of Italian bishops whose main topic is the renewal of the clergy. “Belonging to the Lord, to the Church, [and] to the Kingdom” is what characterises the priestly life. It is a "treasure" that bishops must safeguard and promote "with patience and willingness of time, hands and heart."


    15/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Mission is a "great work of spiritual and material mercy “


    "Missionary Church, witness of mercy" is the title of Francis' message for the 90th World Mission Sunday, which will be celebrated Sunday, October 23, 2016, published today. The growing presence of women and families.

     


    14/05/2016 - JORDAN

    Amman, Pope Francis’ "Garden of Mercy" offers work to Iraqi refugees


    The work commissioned by the Pope was financed with money collected in the Holy See's pavilion at Expo 2015. It aims at providing work and dignity to the thousands of displaced Iraqi people and to become a place of encounter and interreligious dialogue. Patriarch Twal: the "seeds of good" planted by Bergoglio "in the fields of the world."


    14/05/2016 - VIETNAM

    Priest beaten by police after reporting corruption

    by Ngoc Thanh

    Fr Joseph Nguyễn Văn Thế is the assistant of Đồng Chuong parish, in the diocese of Bắc Ninh. The parish covers a vast territory, with more than 6 thousand faithful. The priest was attacked brutally with sticks, batons and iron bars. He was headed to two remote areas to celebrate mass. The local faithful believe that it is premeditated violence.


    13/05/2016 - SRI LANKA

    Jaffna: Navy builds the new St Anthony Church in Kachchativu

    by Melani Manel Perera

    The island lies off the coast of northwestern Sri Lanka. The local church is a pilgrimage destination, including from Tamil Nadu. The building will be completed for the saint's day in February of 2017. Almost US$ 67,000 were spent onth project.


    13/05/2016 - SINGAPORE

    Singapore archbishop calls on the faithful to be proud of Jesus, fight for his values


    In his Pentecost message, Mgr William Goh tells the faithful to be proud of Christ and renew their commitment to society. "We cannot afford to remain as spectators on the sidelines when our faith is challenged, denigrated and ridiculed.” He also highlights the limits of the Church in the city-state, with congregations that are "too concerned with the 'doing'”and members who are too individualistic.


    13/05/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Lahore funding the restoration of the tower of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Last November's earthquake damaged the church, its tower, and cross, which toppled. Until recently, engineers refused to work on the project because of its height. A local city official, a Muslim, helped secure US$ 30,000 in public funding.


    13/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: migrant crisis and the fight against poverty a moral rather than economic issue


    Beyond the immediate and practical aspect of providing material support to our brothers and sisters, the international community is called upon to identify political, social and economic responses long-term matters that cross national and continental borders and involve the whole human family".

     


    13/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: women must count for more in the Church, even in decision making


    Francis announces his intention to create a commission to study the question of “women deacons" in the early Church. Men and women "should be complementary, and it is important that women are involved in consultations". A woman may give the homily during a Liturgy of the Word, but not in the Mass.


    13/05/2016 - PHILIPPINES

    Caritas Philippines: Duterte tell where Yolanda victims’ money is


    Fr. Gariguez, executive secretary of the organization, appeals to the new government to shed light on the investigation into billions of pesos spent on recovery projects. In 2013, the typhoon struck 11 million people, and many of them never received aid. The president-elect has promised to tackle corruption in six months. Find out how this money " has been spent would be a good start."

     


    12/05/2016 - LEBANON

    The utopia of the Islamic State against a self-deified atheistic West

    by Fady Noun

    Economic need and desire for revenge are the reasons that drive young Syrians to join the Jihadis. The conflict between Arab East and the liberal West is sterile. Arab societies and Arab Springs have failed. We need a new model of civilisation and international relations as well as the contribution of Arab Christians to fight Jihadism.


    11/05/2016 - INDIA

    Chhattisgarh: Evangelical Christian arrested for handing out brochures on Gospel

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Police arrested and took into custody Umesh Patel in Dhamtari, a city south of Raipur, where he is still held. For Christian leader, the Evangelical did not break any law. However, the Hindu nationalist BJP runs the state. Nationalist extremists benefit from political and police complicity.


    11/05/2016 - BANGLADESH

    Promode Mankin, Bangladesh’s first Catholic minister, dies

    by Sumon Corraya

    The 77-year-old politician died at Mumbai’s Holy Family Hospital, where he was undergoing treatment. Dhaka’s archbishop visited the family. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina chose him twice as Social Welfare minister.


    11/05/2016 - PAKISTAN

    An ordinary story of persecution: Michael Masih, a bullet in the ribs for defending Christians

    by Shafique Khokhar

    He tried to stop some Muslims who were insulting and beating fellow Christians at the end of the Sunday Mass. In so doing, he “dared” challenge one of the sons of rich local landlord. In order to punish Masih, the attackers beat his paralysed father. A “peace deal” between Christians and Muslims turned out to be a sham. He appeals for help to find work.






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    CHINA - VATICAN
    The persecution of Catholics during the Cultural Revolution

    Sergio Ticozzi

    The documentation of that violent period was burned or buried in archives. Only a few survivors speak. The persecutors are silent in fear. The burning of religious objects and furnishings in Hebei. Bishops humiliated and arrested in Henan; nuns beaten with sticks and killed, or buried alive. A persecution that "is not over yet"; Today it is perhaps only more subtle.


    CHINA
    Silence shrouds 50th anniversary of Cultural Revolution in China and in the West

    Bernardo Cervellera

    The bloody campaign launched by Mao Zedong killed nearly 2 million people and sent  a further 4 million to concentration camps. Every Chinese has been marked by fear. But today, no memorial service has been planned and no newspaper article has appeared. The Party’s internal struggles and Xi Jinping’s fear of ending up like the USSR. Even today, as then, there are those in Europe who keep quiet and laud the myth of China. Many are predicting a return to the "great chaos".

     


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