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    20/10/2016 - INDIA

    Mgr Thomas Menamparampil draws a picture of 120 years of the mission. In the northeast, the “young Catholic community" has almost two million members. Christians across the country are 27.8 million, 2.3 per cent of the population. The Church leadership "has moved from foreign hands to Indian hands, from Indian hands to indigenous hands". Catholics "are proud of their faith and are not ashamed to share it with others.”

    by mons. Thomas Menamparampil*

    20/10/2016 - INDIA

    Indian Hindu nationalist minister pays tribute to Mother Teresa

    Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh was the guest of honour at a commemoration ceremony organised by the Bishops’ Conference. Several times, BJP members have tried to belittle the character of the Saint of Kolkata.

    20/10/2016 - BANGLADESH

    Bangladesh, the Catholic students movement marks 25 years

    by Sumon Corraya

    The organization was founded in 1991 to bring young people and bishops together. Students receive formation and are involved in social and charitable activities. As adults, they come to occupy senior posts, because in the movement "they learn to express themselves and to take on responsibility".


    19/10/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "Our relationship with God passes through giving food to the hungry and drink to the thirsty"

    "It is necessary to cultivate a public conscience that preserves food and access to water as universal rights of all human beings, without distinction or discrimination". "One of the consequences of the so-called 'wellbeing' is to lead people to withdraw into themselves, making them insensitive to the needs of others."

    18/10/2016 - INDIA

    Mgr Barwa’s deep sorrow over 20 people who died in Bhubaneshwar hospital

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    A fire broke out due to a short-circuit. Carbon monoxide spread to dialysis and intensive care units, killing hapless patients. The ventilation system helped the poisonous gas spread. The archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar prays for the families of the victims.

    18/10/2016 - VATICAN-ASIA

    The "enemies" of Pope Francis

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    The charge made against AsiaNews that we are against the Pope and in favor of Putin, is an opportunity to outline what motivates our commitment to evangelization. And also to ask for greater professionalism from those who write about the Pope. The Pope does not need public defenders. Facilitating dialogue between "conservatives" and "progressives" to realize the Council and concern ourselves with the world so that it encounters Jesus Christ. Christ’s “enemies” were also his "friends."

    17/10/2016 - INDIA

    Mumbai: Christian, Hindu and Muslim experts discuss Laudato si’

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    An international seminar took place today under the auspices of the Consulate General of Argentina. Leading figures from three major religions spoke at the event, which provided an “opportunity to bring together some of the values” of the Argentinian government “with a social document of Pope Francis” and “the richness of Indian thought and the long tradition of India”.

    17/10/2016 - BANGLADESH

    PIME sisters mark 50 years in Bonpara treating Muslims, Hindus, and Catholics

    by Sumon Corraya

    The Missionaries of the Immaculate, a female congregation associated with the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, run a medical dispensary whose staff provide medical care and a smile to the poor. Some 75 sisters work across the country in schools, health facilities and parishes.

    15/10/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope to elderly: Society needs your smile and the beautiful brightness of your eyes

    Pope Francis meets with members of the National Older Workers Union and the Italian Seniors Federation, in the context of the national  Day of the Elderly. "Maturity and wisdom accumulated over the years" are vital to the Church and to society. Elderly should not be marginalized or considered “unproductive". "In countries that have suffered a severe religious persecution, the grandparents passed on the faith to new generations." Pray to "the grandmother of Jesus, Saint Anne" to be "good and wise grandparents."

    15/10/2016 - ASIA

    "Monumental" international agreement against greenhouse gases

    Rich nations - the EU, US, and others - will reduce the use of fluoro-hydrocarbons by 10% by 2019. But China - main producer - will begin the reduction by 2029. India will reduce by 10% only in 2032.

    14/10/2016 - SRI LANKA

    Sri Lankan Catholic heard the voice of Mary Rosa Mystica and forgave

    by Melani Manel Perera

    Catholic woman lived in sin because of a "great pain". Her niece had left the family to marry a Buddhist man. "We lived in hatred for eight years, but then we realised that we cannot refuse her husband if we really want to put into practice God’s teachings." The clear voice of the Virgin Mary said, "My daughter, forgive him."

    13/10/2016 - INDIA

    March in 55 Indian cities on World Sight Day to push people to donate corneas

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The biggest awareness campaign in the world is the brainchild of an Indian priest who in 2013 set up ‘The Project Vision’. In India 15 million people live with poor vision. Annually, 140,000 transplants are needed, but only 53,000 donors were found in 2015. Pope Francis sent a message to express his closeness.

    13/10/2016 - INDIA

    For the first time, four sisters of an Italian-founded congregation take perpetual vows in Odisha

    The sisters made their solemn profession on 7 October. Their congregation was founded in 1889 by Blessed Maria Schininà Arezzo, a nun of aristocratic origins from Ragusa. They are the first nuns to take their vows in the Asian country.

    13/10/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Reception, protection and integration for migrant children

    Francis message for the next World Day of Migrants is titled "Child migrants, vulnerable and voiceless". The phenomenon of migration "is not divorced from the history of salvation, in fact, is part of it." Children "who in a threefold way are defenceless: they are children, they are foreigners, and they have no means to protect themselves.".


    13/10/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Asia Bibi’s final appeal postponed once again. The local Church invites us to pray

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The final appeal was set to be heard today in Islamabad, after having been postponed from 2014. A judge refused to show up, perhaps out of fear. She is accused of blasphemy, but has always denied any wrongdoing. She has been in prison since 2009. Muslims call for a "quick hanging".


    12/10/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: the “enemy” teaches us "the ecumenism of blood"

    Those who persecute Christians make no distinction between Catholics, Orthodox or Protestants. The path to unity is not only the work of theologians, however important it may be, but it is also praying for each other, and working together for those in need.

    11/10/2016 - INDIA

    Indian Salesian: A "Children's parliament" to avoid the phenomenon of child brides

    Today we celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child. According to UNICEF, 700 million girls are married in childhood. Another report said that every seven seconds a minor is forced to marry a much older man. "Betting on education. Forming children aware of their rights ".


    10/10/2016 - ASIA – UNITED STATES

    Asians on the Trump-Clinton debate

    Yesterday’s presidential debate marginally touched Asian matters, focusing instead on domestic and crude level (especially sexual) issues. The Japanese favour Clinton. South Koreans appear undecided. Singapore is concerned about the lack of a position on the issues like the South China Sea. China remains officially neutral, but Chinese immigrants favour Trump. Indian immigrants support Clinton.

    10/10/2016 - INDIA - ASIA - VATICAN

    Card. Gracias: The Church in Asia welcomes three new cardinals with gratitude and joy

    by card. Oswald Gracias

    The president of the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences comments on yesterday’s announcement. In his message he underlines the profound gratitude of Pope Francis for the work that the cardinal-designates carry out in their countries. "Our hearts are full of joy for the choice of Msgr. Zenari, who works for the suffering Syrian people".


    10/10/2016 - BANGLADESH - VATICAN

    Cardinal-designate Patrick D'Rozario: My appointment is "a gift for Bangladesh"

    by Sumon Corraya

    In a surprise move yesterday Pope Francis announced a consistory for the creation of 17 new cardinals. The Archbishop of Dhaka learned of his appointment while celebrating Mass and was overcome by a strong emotion. Local priest: "I prayed a lot to God to give us a cardinal. Eventually God responded".


    06/10/2016 - INDIA

    Catholic doctor against euthanasia explains what suffering and death mean for the Church

    by Pascoal Carvalho

    Dr Pascoal Carvalho is set to speak at the National Symposium organised for the 20th anniversary of the diocesan Commission for human life in Mumbai. In his address, published here, he explains the Christian value of suffering. Euthanasia has become a way to end “the lives of [. . .] human beings deemed to be a burden”.

    06/10/2016 - BANGLADESH - VATICAN

    Visit of Pope Francis in Bangladesh: happy Christians and Hindus; Muslims divided

    by Sumon Corraya

    On his return from Azerbaijan, the Pope announced that it is "almost certain" that in 2017 he will visit India and Bangladesh. Christians are preparing to welcome him with enthusiasm. The police will increase controls to prevent terrorist attacks. Some Muslims consider him a "model of peace"; others oppose the visit.


    05/10/2016 - SRI LANKA

    Sri Lanka Catholics to take concrete actions during the last month of the Jubilee

    by Melani Manel Perera

    About a thousand Holy Family members discussed love and mercy, setting up various groups, each suggesting initiatives like not marginalising classmates, organising Masses for the sick, and making decisions in the family together.

    05/10/2016 - INDIA

    Indian bishops’ president calls for joint prayers for the nation on October 16

    Card Baselios Cleemis invites all dioceses to organise liturgies and prayers. The month of October is full of religious celebrations. Meanwhile, India is facing "extraordinary challenges, especially on its borders."

    04/10/2016 - VATICAN – ITALY

    Pope spends his name day among quake victims, “close to the people" to “pray for you”

    Francis visited Amatrice. " Let’s move forward; there is always a future. There are many loved ones who have left us, who fell here under the rubble,” he said. Addressing fire fighters, with whom he took a picture, he said, “Every day I pray for you so you do not have to work, because your work is painful.”

    04/10/2016 - INDIA – PAKISTAN

    Indian bishops urge prayers for peace in Kashmir

    by Santosh Digal

    Card Oswald Gracias, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (Latin rite), and Mgr Kuriakose Bharanikulangara, archbishop of Faridabad, speak out on the issue. Fighting between separatists and the Indian Army could lead to a disastrous conflict between India and Pakistan, both of which have nuclear weapons.

    04/10/2016 - INDIA

    West Bengal, Federal government pays tribute to Saint Teresa of Calcutta

    by Purushottam Nayak

    The ceremony took place on October 2, Gandhi’s birthday. The organization was impressive, with the participation of the highest federal officials and the West Bengal government. There were over 20 thousand faithful, the apostolic nuncio, three cardinals, 49 bishops, 500 priests and 1,000 nuns.


    03/10/2016 - NEPAL

    Nepalis, Catholic and non-Catholic, bid farewell to apostolic nuncio Mgr Salvatore Pennacchio

    by Christopher Sharma

    The archbishop was appointed nuncio to Poland. He served in Nepal for six years, making visible the Church’s commitment in the most difficult moments. During the 2015 earthquake, he asked everyone to be united to help.

    03/10/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: One thing is to welcome homosexuals, another gener indoctrination in schools

    On the return flight from Azerbaijan Francis responds to questions about his upcoming trips, peace between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the next consistory, ecumenism and the Nobel Peace Prize. "Relations between the Vatican and China has to be fixed once and we're speaking about this slowly but slow things always go well. Fast things don't go well".

    02/10/2016 - AZERBAIJAN - VATICAN

    Azerbaijan: leave no stone unturned to achieve peace

    "We must exclude attitudes and approaches which instrumentalize their own convictions, their own identity or the name of God in order to legitimize subjugation and supremacy." " I am confident that, with the help of God, and the good will of those involved, the Caucasus will be a place where, through dialogue and negotiation, disputes and differences will be resolved and overcome".

    Editor's choices

    On “Hong Kong sectors” supposedly "against Francis"

    John Mok Chit Wai

    A scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, who collaborates with AsiaNews, responds to accusations against the agency and people in Hong Kong with respect to criticism of the Vatican’s diplomatic approach towards China. Religious freedom is a fundamental human right and a universal value, whether in China, Russia or the Middle East. Between "Right" and "Left", China defines itself as left, yet it practices state capitalism and unfettered capitalism just as "right-wing governments" do. Gaudium et Spes calls on the faithful to engage in politics against the "arbitrary domination by [. . .] a political party,” like in China.

    The "enemies" of Pope Francis

    Bernardo Cervellera

    The charge made against AsiaNews that we are against the Pope and in favor of Putin, is an opportunity to outline what motivates our commitment to evangelization. And also to ask for greater professionalism from those who write about the Pope. The Pope does not need public defenders. Facilitating dialogue between "conservatives" and "progressives" to realize the Council and concern ourselves with the world so that it encounters Jesus Christ. Christ’s “enemies” were also his "friends."


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