09/12/2016 - INDIA – UNITED STATES
After placing US Christian NGO under supervision, which puts thousands of poor children at risk, India has second thoughts
Compassion International operates in India with 580 partners, providing US$ 50 million a year. In February, the Indian government placed it under its supervision. The group has gone before the US Congress. Radical Hindu group criticises the explicit goal of evangelising children.
by Nirmala Carvalho
09/12/2016 - INDIA
Sister Meena Barwa: Handmaids of Mary mark Feast of the Immaculate with renewal of vowsby Nirmala Carvalho
Seven nuns operate in Madhya Pradesh. Yesterday 19 new sisters made their profession in Orissa. About 500 sisters in India and Germany. With particular preference for the poor, women and children, working in the field of social work, education and healthcare.
07/12/2016 - INDIA
In Andhra Pradesh, believers from every religion give thanks to Mary for miracles received
The Gunadala shrine it is one of the most important Marian sites in all of India. It was founded by PIME missionaries who brought a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes in 1928. A non-Catholic family thanked the Virgin for healing their child’s heart condition. Offering facial and head hair is a gesture of humility in praying to God.
07/12/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: the secular state is a good thing, but laicism is old-fashioned
In an interview with a Belgian weekly, Francis criticises laicism that “closes the doors to transcendence”, which instead is part of the human essence. "[N]o religion as such can foment war. Because in this case it would be proclaiming a god of destruction, a god of hatred." Synodality does not mean “descend[ing] from high to low”; it means instead “listen[ing] to the Churches, harmonis[ing] them, discern[ing]."
06/12/2016 - SRI LANKA
Sri Lankan fishermen movement leader looks at 20 years of achievements and challengesby Melani Manel Perera
Herman Kumara, a Catholic, heads the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement. Bridging the gap between southern and northern fishermen, and influencing public policy are some of the group’s achievements. Nevertheless, its members still receive threats, and deep ethnic differences persist.
05/12/2016 - BANGLADESH
Lisi Desai, a disabled Catholic woman who helps hundreds of disabled people in Bangladesh (Photos)by Sumon Corraya
The young woman is suffering from a degenerative muscle disease contracted at university. In Bangladesh there are more than a million disabled people, abandoned by the authorities and society. She helps educate them to be independent and self-reliant. The Church can change the faithful’s way of thinking. People with disabilities are "another aspect of God's grandeur."
05/12/2016 - INDIA
Bandra’s St Andrew Parish celebrates 400 yearsby Nirmala Carvalho
Built in 1595, the church was elevated to parish status in 1616 with the arrival of permanent clergy. Renovated several times, the building has kept to its original plan. Festivities lasted a whole year with social activities, and support for families and the needy.
03/12/2016 - SRI LANKA
President Sirisena thanks Asian bishops and the Church for their workby Melani Manel Perera
The Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences is taking place in Sri Lanka. On the eve of the meeting, Sri Lanka’s president met with a delegation of bishops. Catholics promote the social and religious life of the population.
03/12/2016 - PHILIPPINES
Manila, the world's tallest monument of the Divine Mercy
The 30-metre statue of Jesus will stand in the Marialo national shrine, north of Manila. The inauguration and blessing are scheduled for 19 January 2017, during the 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (WACOM). The event will draw 5,000 local and international delegates.
02/12/2016 - VIETNAM – VATICAN
For Vietnamese bishop, no progress in religious freedom can be expected from Hanoiby Tran Vinh
Mgr Micae Hoàng Đức Oanh is critical of the recent Vatican meeting between the pope and Vietnam’s president. Official talks have been held in the past without positive results for religious freedom. The new religious law could worsen the situation. Hanoi is caught between communism and red capitalism.
02/12/2016 - SRI LANKA - ASIA
Papal envoy to the Asian Bishops: The tribal families authentic Gospel schools (Photo)by Santosh Digal
Card. Toppo spoke at the Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences. "Faith in the family educates its members to be followers of Jesus in spite of the challenges." The example of the family of Nazareth. The tribal families have traditions and culture that reflect the values of Christianity.
01/12/2016 - MONGOLIA
"Whispering the Gospel to the heart of Asia" as a model of mission for Mongolia (Photos)
Fr Giorgio Marengo is a Consolata missionary who has lived in the Asian country since 2003. His approach to evangelisation is more adapted to the complexity of the Asian context. It entails putting people and human relations at the centre of things, creating empathy and confidence. This way, the Christian witness will not remain on the surface. Karakorum, the ancient imperial capital, can thus become a place for inter-faith dialogue.
01/12/2016 - VATICAN
Pope asks young people to be builders of a more healthy and caring society
"Those who have the gift of being able to study also have a responsibility to serve for the good of humanity. Knowledge is an easy path to the integral development of society". "In the modern concept of the intellectual, working for the realization of self and in search of personal recognition, often without care for their neighbor, it is necessary to counter with a model built on solidarity, which works for the common good and for peace". Through "viable employment opportunities" in society, you can avoid the so-called 'brain drain'.
01/12/2016 - KOREA - SRI LANKA - ASIA
Card. Yeom to Asian Bishops: Preach the Gospel with dedicationby Santosh Digal
The Archbishop of Seoul speaks at the Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences. This year's theme is the family and its challenges. Open the doors of the Church, the sacraments and affection; reflect on children, youth and seniors; the consequences of the weakening of family relationships.
30/11/2016 - SRI LANKA
Sri Lankan fishermen's movement celebrates 20 years of activities (Photos)by Melani Manel Perera
The anniversary was celebrated to coincide with World Fisheries Day. The first step towards the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement took place in 1993. Formally, the association was established in 1997, with people from all religious backgrounds. It advocates human rights, sustainable development, and the protection of the environment, land and resources.
30/11/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: those who found Jesus have an “irrepressible desire” to bring him to others
‘Led by the Spirit for Mission’ is Francis’s message for the 54th World Day of Prayer for Vocations. “Commitment to mission is not something added on to the Christian life as a kind of decoration, but is instead an essential element of faith itself. A relationship with the Lord entails being sent out into the world as prophets of his word and witnesses of his love.”
30/11/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: pray for others and bury the dead, works of mercy in everyday life
29/11/2016 - INDIA - SRI LANKA - ASIA
Card. Gracias to Asian bishops: We pray for families and for Christians in Syriaby Santosh Digal
The bishops gathered in Sri Lanka for the 11th plenary of the bishops' conference. This year's theme is the family in the relationship with the local Churches. On the agenda, the major challenges for family relationships. An inter-religious meeting with Islamic, Buddhist and Hindu leaders.
28/11/2016 - INDIA
Orissa, 15,000 faithful celebrate the feast of Mary, Queen of the Mission (Photos)by Purushottam Nayak
The celebration is one of the most important in India. Usually, Christians come from all over the country, but this year, the rupee recall created problems. A procession with candles made its way through the streets of Berhampur in memory of Mary’s apparition to Saint Catherine Labouré.
28/11/2016 - VATICAN
Pope says normative system to protect nature is "essential"
Speaking to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences Francis returns to highlight how "the he submission of politics to a technology and an economy which seek profit" is demonstrated by the failure or delay in implementing the agreements on environmental protection or the "continued wars of domination camouflaged by righteous claims".
28/11/2016 - BANGLADESH
Gazipur, Catholic church burgled. Fear among the faithfulby Sumon Corraya
Twenty thieves broke in overnight on Saturday, November 26 and tied up the guards and pastor. The latter was threatened with death and had to reveal where the valuables were. In the past three years, six similar robberies of church property, and two burglaries at a convent.
27/11/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Advent, the contrast between our daily routine and the sudden coming of the Lord
In the first Angelus of Advent, Pope Francis said that "the Lord’s visit with humanity", at Christmas, also takes place "every day" and will occur when "He will come in glory to judge the living and the dead." "The Gospel does not want to frighten us, but for us to widen our horizons". "... Our Lady help us to not consider ourselves owners of our lives, not to resist when the Lord comes to change it".
26/11/2016 - VATICAN
Pope on economy of religious institutes: fidelity to charism and discernment
In a message to 1000 general economists from institutes of consecrated life and societies of apostolic life, Pope Francis asks them to rethink their economic strategies never putting profits first rather fidelity to their charisma and self-giving. Reviewing their works, collaborating with other institutes and with the local Church, to implement a "responsible austerity". "The hypocrisy of consecrated persons who live like the rich - he said - hurts the consciences of the faithful and damages the Church".
26/11/2016 - CUBA - VATICAN
Fidel Castro, father of the Cuban revolution, has died
His body will be cremated today. He led the island for 50 years. In 2008 he passed the presidency to his brother Raul. He attempted to export the Marxist revolution to Latin America and Africa. Some economic and social achievements at home, along with a heavy oppression of human rights. The disappearance of myth after the fall of the USSR. The Catholic Church and the Popes, catalysts of a transformation on the island nation.
25/11/2016 - SRI LANKA
Petition calling for the release of political prisoners given to Sri Lankan President Sirisena (Photos)by Melani Manel Perera
At least 160 people have been detained since 2009. At the end of the civil war nearly 15,000 were arrested on suspicion of links with the Tamil Tigers. Families slam confessions obtained by deception.
24/11/2016 - INDIA
Calcutta, thousands of mothers and pregnant women march for right to maternity benefits (Photos)by Nirmala Carvalho
The National Food Security Act was passed in 2013 but it is still in the pilot phase. It is applied to the 52 districts in the country. So far 55 million euro in aid have been distributed, but to start the project it would take two billion. Women forced to work until the ninth month of pregnancy.
23/11/2016 - VATICAN – VIETNAM
Pope receives Vietnamese president, highlighting good relations and a "shared spirit of dialogue"
Francis met with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang. The meeting stressed the “constant search for the most appropriate tools to advance” bilateral relations as well as “The collaboration between Church and State in various domains of local society”.
23/11/2016 - PAKISTAN
Pax Christi International award for 2016 goes to Pakistan’s National Commission of Justice and Peaceby Shafique Khokhar
Presented in Geneva, the award was shared by the NCJP and the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. For 30 years, the Catholic association has promoted the protection of human rights, especially those of religious minorities. Its aims include child education, and textbooks without insults and intolerant comments.
23/11/2016 - IRAQ
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul": A Christmas gift to survive winterby Bernardo Cervellera
As Iraqi troops advance in the Nineveh Plain and Mosul, a new wave of refugees could overshadow the fate of other refugees who found hospitality in Kurdistan. People need kerosene, winter clothes, aid for children, and money for rent. The campaign AsiaNews launched two years ago is more urgent than ever. Give up a superfluous gift to offer refugees an essential gift for life.
23/11/2016 - IRAQ
Pastor of Amadiya: Mosul’s Christian refugees, torn between emergency aid and the longing to return homeby P. Samir Youssef
In a letter Fr. Samir Youssef describes the situation of refugees, exiled from their home for more than two years. They are closely following the offensive to retake Mosul, although their homes and churches "are for the most part" burned or destroyed. With the arrival of winter there is a serve lack of heating oil, clothes, food and money to pay for their children’s school bus. An appeal to continue to support the AsiaNews campaign.
23/11/2016 - VATICAN
Pope admits to having doubts but says they help to grow in faith
"They are a sign that we want to know God, Jesus, and the mystery of his love for us better and more deeply " but "doubts must also be overcome." Lack of education is a source of discrimination and thus of injustice . "The Church, over the centuries, has felt the need to engage in education because her mission of evangelization entails the commitment to restore dignity to the poor".
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