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  • 22/03/2017 - HOLY LAND

    An ecumenical ceremony marked the reopening of the aedicule. Representatives of the Franciscan community, Greek Orthodox and Armenian Churches spoke at the event. Mgr Pizzaballa also spoke. Pope Francis donated money for the restoration of the Holy Sepulchre and the basilica in Bethlehem. Bartholomew I, Patriarch of Constantinople, expressed his gratitude.




    22/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Protect water, a common good, also by enhancing the cultural and religious significance


    The Word of God "feeds a hope that concrete results in sharing in mutual service." "Our hope is not based on our own strength or means, but on the support of God and the faithfulness of His love, that is, on God's strength and consolation of God." "That of migrants is the biggest tragedy since the Second World War".


    21/03/2017 - AFGHANISTAN

    Fr. Moretti: The Little Sisters of Jesus, for 60 years " Afghan among Afghans"


    They have lived for 60 years at the service of the needy. They remained in Kabul under Soviet occupation, the Taliban control and the NATO bombing. Respected by all, even by the Taliban. This February their experience will end, according to Fr. Moretti "an example for us all."


    21/03/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Young Catholics want to learn more about Christian teachings on sexuality and personal growth

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The Catholic Youth Commission carried out a survey on youth needs. Sexuality, emotions and spirituality of marriage are still taboo in Pakistan. The Synod of Bishops in 2018 will focus on young people. Missionary schools must play a decisive role in building the personality of the students.


    20/03/2017 - INDIA

    Card Gracias tells Dalit leaders that the Catholic Church in India is 100 per cent with Christian Dalits

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The archbishop of Mumbai took part the meeting of the National Council of Dalit Christians. In India most Catholics are Dalits, 12 million out of 19 million. The Church has adopted new policies for greater integration.


    18/03/2017 - INDIA

    Orissa, 3 thousand faithful attend Lenten retreat for spiritual renewal

    by Purushottam Nayak

    The spiritual exercises were held in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary in Cuttack. Participants rediscover "the value of prayer and grace of God." The retreat was led by Fr. Anil Dev, head of an ashram dedicated to the Virgin in Varanasi. The center is an example of coexistence between Christians and Hindus.


    18/03/2017 - INDONESIA

    Yogakarta set to welcome youth from 29 countries for next Asian Youth Day

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Pluralism of Indonesian society inspired the theme of the event. The Catholic Church in Asia in the wide variety of ethnic groups, languages ​​and cultures. Msgr. Suharyo: "All participants deeply understand the importance of the concept of unity in diversity". Msgr. Prapdi: "Diversity is a priceless" social and cultural asset.


    17/03/2017 - INDIA

    Nagaland to get its Christian university open to everyone


    The North East Christian University is an initiative of the Council of Baptist Churches of North East India. American donors will bear most of the costs with courses set to start in 2018. About 90 per cent of the state’s population is Christian.


    16/03/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Saint Joseph Vaz, a pioneer in interfaith dialogue and a promoter of the laity in Sri Lanka

    by Melani Manel Perera

    This year has been dedicated to the Apostle of Sri Lanka. Born in India, he landed on the island in 1687 during the persecution by Dutch Calvinists. At that time there were no priests. He set up a religious congregation to train missionaries. He worked for the poor and the sick, for dialogue with other religions, and for the development of lay leaders.


    16/03/2017 - INDIA

    Hindu, Muslim and Christian actors perform the Passion of Jesus in Kerala

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The show will be staged until 22 March in local parishes. Famous actors are among the performers. The Indian Missionary Society information Centre director wrote and directed the play. The scenes of the arrest and crucifixion move spectators.


    15/03/2017 - ITALY

    Jesus teaches us how to become missionaries

    by Piero Gheddo

    The "new evangelisation" calls for a new Christian consciousness, that of having to represent Jesus to the people Christians meet. It requires overcoming the barrier of secularism, whereby talking about religious topics is seen an inappropriate, almost a taboo that prevents many from expressing the religious feeling we all carry in our hearts.


    15/03/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Pakistani Catholics: Social media ban "is not the solution" to online blasphemy

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Yesterday, the National Assembly has ordered the closure of websites that contain insults against the prophet. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif promised to bring the perpetrators to justice. The announcement could also affect Radio Veritas. Secretary of the Commission for the Conference of Social Communication of the Bishops: "The mistake of a few should not compromise the good of many."


    15/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Sin of taking work from people is "very serious”


    "This work gives us dignity, and those in charge of people, leaders, have an obligation to do everything possible so that every man and every woman can work and thus hold their heads high, face others, with dignity". "We are called to love, to love", but we must avoid the risk that our charity is "hypocritical."


    15/03/2017 - INDIA

    India: after 48 years among poor children, Compassion International closes its doors

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The NGO has lost the license because of allegations of forced conversions. 76% of beneficiaries were Hindu children. The American Association operated throughout India through 589 partners, mostly Christian communities. The Narendra Modi government has imposed stricter controls on NGOs receiving funds from abroad.


    13/03/2017 - INDIA - VATICAN

    Msgr. Machado: Pope Francis, a gift to the Church against the globalization of indifference

    by Felix Machado*

    A brief reflection on the fourth year of his pontificate. A source of motivation for ministers, the Pope has brought people who had fallen away closer to the Church. We must fight indifference and poverty. Ecumenical encounter and evangelical mission in a suffering world.


    13/03/2017 - INDIA

    CBCI launches portal for migrant workers

    by Purushottam Nayak

    The website will be inaugurated on 15 March. it will collect data on those who seek work in another Indian state or abroad. The Labour Office of the Bishops’ Conference and the Workers India Federation are behind the initiative.


    10/03/2017 - NEPAL

    Nepal, Christian parties united in local elections: the first after 19 years

    by Christopher Sharma

    The local elections will be held May 14. The four Christian political parties want to have more weight in the country. The election is the first in 19 years. Two problems to solve: who will lead the coalition and the symbol of the party.

     


    09/03/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Punjab government to change Christian marriage law "to protect women"

    by Shafique Khokhar

    In Pakistan, Christian marriage is governed by rules dating back to British-era legislation. Divorce is permissible only in the case of the wife’s adultery. This has led many Christian men to convert to Islam to end their marriage.


    08/03/2017 - INDIA

    Mumbai: Corinne Rodrigues, a widowed mother who inspired the vocation of three children

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The woman lost her husband in 1975 and reared three boys. Today all three are consecrated; John, the youngest, is a bishop and rector of the Basilica of Bandra. Corinne was a pivotal figure in the archdiocese, founding a movement to help widows and other charities.

     


    06/03/2017 - HOLY LAND

    Mgr Pizzaballa speaks about Lent in the Latin Patriarchate


    The apostolic administrator looks at the Patriarchate’s administrative and financial errors. Lent is a way to conversion. Priests and the community are committed. The treasure will shine in earthen vessels.


    03/03/2017 - SINGAPORE

    For the archbishop of Singapore, Lent is a time of reconciliation with God to overcome the emptiness of life


    Bad habits take away peace and joy. God forgives, but confession and penance are needed. The community is important to experience grace. Penance, prayer and almsgiving are the three pillars of Lent.


    03/03/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Filipino bishops issue last appeal as death penalty set to be approved


    The bill passed a second reading yesterday. Tuesday, March 7 final approval. The Church calls MPs to Christian values ​​and oppose the norm. The bishops call for a roll call vote. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle: "Human life is a gift from God, we cannot pretend to be gods."

     


    02/03/2017 - BANGLADESH

    Justice and Peace Commission condemns Bangladesh’s new child marriage law

    by Sumon Corraya

    Mgr Gervas Rozario says the Catholic Church will not abide by the new Child Marriage Restraint Bill 2017, which acknowledges "special circumstances" for child marriage to save a girl’s honour.


    02/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Wealth redistribution is a "prerequisite" for saving the environment and biodiversity


    A workshop organised by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences concludes that responsibility for degradation lies with the “enormous increase in economic activity based on profit and on the use of fossil fuels”, and the rich are main culprit.


    02/03/2017 - INDIA

    Indian Supreme Court denies the abortion of a child with Down syndrome. Catholic physician: abortion is never the best choice

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Judges state: "We have a life on our hands." The mother is 37 years old and 26 weeks pregnant. The anomaly of the fetus does not pose risks to the health of pregnant women. Dr. Carvalho: "When you discover problems with prenatal diagnosis, the predominant trend is abortion."

     


    02/03/2017 - HONG KONG

    Bishop of Hong Kong: Lent, "walk with Jesus" by helping the poor and families

    by Card. John Tong

    Life as a pilgrimage toward God. Marriage and family at the center. The importance of the readings and liturgy. Pope Francis’ message of mercy. Helping couples and frail people. The faithful must be prophets against injustice.

     


    02/03/2017 - INDIA

    Madhya Pradesh, Hindu radicals interrupt a mixed marriage in a church

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The radicals belong to the group of extreme right-wing Hindu Vahini. They accuse Christians of wanting to convert the groom, of Hindu religion. The couple was forced to postpone the wedding and celebrate with a Vedic ritual. The state has a law against forced conversions that discriminates against minorities.

     


    01/03/2017 - NEPAL

    For Nepali youth, Communism has failed, call for conversion to God’s love

    by Christopher Sharma

    Some Christian and non-Christian students react to Pope Francis' Lent message. Some young people read the recently released message. Some “non-Catholics said that that the Pope's message about Lent is applicable to Nepal’s context,” says Catholic youth leader. “My friends and I would like to welcome God’s grace through conversion,” student says.


    28/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: each country should accept all the migrants it can accommodate


    In an interview, Francis stressed the need to integrate and not ghettoise those fleeing war or famine. The latter have a right to emigrate. A homeless Polish man attended seminary with John Paul II.


    28/02/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Lent: Catholic Church to help widows, visit the disabled, offer food baskets to the poor

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Local parishes are preparing for the period before Easter. In Hyderabad funds have been raised to help widows and their children. In Lahore, buses will take volunteers to visit the sick. In Karachi, catechism students, seniors, and children will take part in activities.






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    VATICAN
    Pope tells young people to remember the past, to have courage in the present and hope for the future



    The Message for the 32nd World Youth Day was issued today centred on “The ‘great things’ that the Almighty accomplished’.” In her meeting with Elizabeth, Mary becomes a model. The pontiff calls on young people to avoid being couch potatoes, safe and cosy, urges them to rediscover the relationship with seniors. The Church experience is not a flash mob. The future should be experienced in a constructive way, and “the institutions of marriage, consecrated life and priestly mission” should not be devalued.


    AFGHANISTAN
    Fr. Moretti: The Little Sisters of Jesus, for 60 years " Afghan among Afghans"



    They have lived for 60 years at the service of the needy. They remained in Kabul under Soviet occupation, the Taliban control and the NATO bombing. Respected by all, even by the Taliban. This February their experience will end, according to Fr. Moretti "an example for us all."


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