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  • 20/02/2018 - INDIA

    An evangelical group issued a report highlighting 351 cases of violence, but the figure is not exhaustive, as many victims are afraid to come forth to report attacks to police. In three years, attacks against churches and other places of worship increased by 28 per cent.


    by Purushottam Nayak

    20/02/2018 - BANGLADESH

    Snehonir, the 'house of tenderness' for the disabled (photos)


    Founded 25 years ago by Shanti Rani Sisters and PIME missionaries in Rajshahi, the facility is open to the mentally and physically disabled, deaf, blind, orphans, poor, and abandoned. The guiding principle is to start them in life.


    19/02/2018 - INDIA – VATICAN

    Sr Arina Gonsalves joins Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The Indian nun has a long experience with the Archdiocese of Mumbai. In 2016 Card Gracias chose her as a member of the expert group for child protection. In India, abuses occur “in schools and even in orphanages,” she notes.


    19/02/2018 - BANGLADESH

    Garo Christians attacked, robbed in Dhaka complain attackers want to ‘steal our land’

    by Sumon Corraya

    Christian tribal organisations organised a protest in the capital, but police prevented them from doing so in front of the National Museum to censor the fact that soldiers raped two sisters.


    19/02/2018 - PHILIPPINES

    Church offers prayers and solidarity to Filipino migrants abroad

    by Santosh Digal

    About ten million Filipinos work abroad. From January to November last year, they sent home about 1.4 trillion pesos (US$ 2.6 billion). They often endure abuse and exploitation. The country’s bishops back the government’s "the total ban" on workers going to Kuwait.


    17/02/2018 - PAKISTAN

    Assassin of little Zainab condemned to death: 'hanging is not the solution'

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The sentence was read today in Lahore prison. The 24-year-old Imrat Ali received four death sentences, a life sentence and a sixth indictment of seven years imprisonment. Activist: "In this case justice was fast. But in others, it takes up to 15 years ".


    17/02/2018 - BANGLADESH

    Lima Chisim, first woman Christian sergeant of Bangladesh (Video)

    by Sumon Corraya

    The policewoman comes from a poor family from the diocese of Mymensingh. The local Church and the priests helped her to pay for her studies. "My dream is to help other poor students who do not have the money to pay for school".


    17/02/2018 - HONG KONG - CHINA - VATICAN

    The Church 'doesn't care about politics and human rights' ... Wrong!

    by John Mok Cit Wai

    In an attempt to please China, several commentators dare to conceal or manipulate the teaching of the Church. The Church's mission is linked to support for human rights and commitment to society. Jesus never challenged the Roman Empire, but created a revolution. Msgr Romero defending the poor and the Church, had to face the military junta. A comment by John Mok Cit Wai.


    16/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: fasting is real when concerned with helping others


    Fasting is "stripping oneself a little"; maybe thanking the Lord because we are able to fast: "poor people", they must fast because they do not have anything to eat "and you even despise them ". Do penance in peace: "You cannot talk to God on one side and talk to the devil on the other" because it is inconsistent.


    16/02/2018 - SINGAPORE-VATICAN

    Archbishop of Singapore: 'Building a vibrant, evangelical and missionary Church' (III)

    by Paolo Fossati

    "The faithful crave the Word of God and feel the need to find a link between faith and their lives". "We have to prepare students for the new evangelization among the many cultures and religions of our continent". The formation of lay people "fundamental to mission". Every year there are 3 thousand new baptisms.


    16/02/2018 - VIETNAM

    Lunar New Year: Redemptorists for homeless veterans

    by Hung Quoc

    Lộc Hưng parish set up a shelter for 13 war veterans. Since 2013, priests have organized initiatives for health care and spiritual support for over 6,000 veterans, 3,500 since 2017. Most are Buddhist or follow ancestral worship, but some of them have become Catholics.


    16/02/2018 - INDIA

    Madhya Pradesh, Pentecostals sentenced to 6 months in prison for 'forced conversions'

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    13 convicted include a vision impaired couple. Most Pentecostals are day laborers. The government led by Hindu nationalists "arrests Pentecostal Christians with groundless imputations".


    15/02/2018 - PAKISTAN

    Spinal fluid theft from unsuspecting women in Punjab is a crime against humanity

    by Shafique Khokhar

    Police arrested four people in connection with phoney blood samples taken from at least 12 women. The criminals promised government medical assistance but instead took advantage of the victims’ poverty.


    15/02/2018 - SINGAPORE-VATICAN

    Singapore Archbishop calls on Europe 'to let itself be inspired by religion' (II)

    by Paolo Fossati

    "The West has become rationalist, materialistic and individualistic. Religion, however, cannot be explained, it is something that comes from the heart, it is an encounter. Faith and reason do not contradict each other, but faith is greater than reason". In Singapore, many entrepreneurs become philanthropists.


    15/02/2018 - INDIA

    Nagaland, BJP offers Christians free pilgrimages to Jerusalem: 'Political opportunism'


    On February 27, the states of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura will vote. In Nagaland, 88% of the population is Christian. The Council of Baptist Churches in Nagaland boycotts the nationalist parties and denounces violence against Christians.


    14/02/2018 - INDIA

    For Card Gracias, Lent is a time of fasting and works of mercy

    by Oswald Gracias*

    About 500 Catholics took part in Ash Wednesday Mass in the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Mumbai. They heard practical indications for the Lenten period. In lieu of abstinence, people can perform works of charity and exercises of piety. They can also benefit from the sacrament of reconciliation.


    14/02/2018 - PAKISTAN

    Christians pay tribute to Asma Jahangir at her funeral in Lahore

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The funeral ceremony of the late activist took place at Gaddafi Stadium amid tight security. Pauline sisters carried a placard that said ‘Asma, the true spirit of humanity’. For the National Commission for Justice and Peace, she was the voice of the “oppressed and marginalised".


    13/02/2018 - PHILIPPINES

    The diocese of San Jose promoting organic farming

    by Santosh Digal

    Farming is the main activity for 80 per cent of the population of a region known as the country’s rice greenery. The local Church has undertaken various social development initiatives, including women’s empowerment and a feeding programme for children.


    13/02/2018 - PAKISTAN

    Valentine's Day: a ban for Muslims, divisions among Christians

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Media regulators ban Valentine Day promotion on all channels. Pauline Books and Media are not selling Valentine Day-related greeting cards, which have been replaced by digital cards. The "Catholic Church will not celebrate the day because this year it falls Ash Wednesday."


    12/02/2018 - INDIA

    Odisha: Christians and Hindus remember Fr Marian Żelazek, 'missionary of compassion' (photos)

    by Purushottam Nayak

    More than 2,500 people took part in the memorial service for the missionary’s centennial, who spent five years in the Dachau concentration camp, an experience that helped him prepare for his future mission in India. Fr Marian dedicated his life to the poor and those living with leprosy; in them he saw the face of God.


    12/02/2018 - PAKISTAN

    'Human rights and democracy champion' Asma Jahangir has died

    by Shafique Khokhar

    The woman passed away at the age of 66 from cardiac arrest. She was a famous activist and Supreme Court lawyer. She co-founded the Pakistani Human Rights Commission and the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan. "We lose a legend. Pakistani civil society has been orphaned".


    11/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: With hearts turned toward Lourdes, we contemplate Jesus as the true physician of our bodies and souls


    During the Angelus, Pope Francis said that today is the World Day of the Sick. The pontiff also registered via the Internet for World Youth Day in Panama in January 2019, and mentioned that 23 February will be day of prayer and fasting for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


    09/02/2018 - INDIA

    Indian nuns, alone fighting human trafficking

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    AMRAT is an organisation that brings together more than 100 nuns from across India. Founded in 2009, it has established a network of civil and social groups. Yesterday was the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Trafficking in Persons. At least, 18 million people live in slave-like conditions in India.


    09/02/2018 - PHILIPPINES

    International Day against human trafficking marked in Manila


    Some 40 million people are victims each year, including about 150,000 Filipinos. Catholics work closely with government agencies. For Mgr Ruperto Cruz Santos, education, outreach, and policy programmes are among their priorities.


    09/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope calls for 'serious examination' of complicities that exist in human trafficking


    "Experience shows that such modern forms of slavery are far more widespread than previously imagined, even – to our scandal and shame –within the most prosperous of our societies," he told the "Santa Marta Group".


    09/02/2018 - BANGLADESH

    Sister Roberta Pignone, from Italy to Bangladesh to serve God among lepers (Photo)

    by Anna Chiara Filice

    The PIME missionary manages the Damien Hospital in Khulna. Since 2012, the cases of infection of Hansen's disease have doubled. In 2017, 35 new cases of leprosy and 400 of tuberculosis were treated. The missionary destination of Bangladesh "a gift of the Holy Spirit".


    09/02/2018 - INDIA

    Card. Oswald Gracias is the new president of the Indian bishops (Video)


    The cardinal also chairs the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences and the Conference of Latin Rite Indian Bishops. He is a fervent supporter of the social work of the Catholic Church in India. He is following the process of canonization of the martyrs of Kandhamal (Orissa).


    08/02/2018 - BANGLADESH

    Dhaka church ransacked, priest beaten and threatened with death (photos)

    by Sumon Corraya

    Canterbury St Augustine is one of Bangladesh’s oldest churches. Robbers broke into the building, tied up and beat the parish priest, Fr Pereira, ransacked the church, and broke open the offering boxes.


    08/02/2018 - PHILIPPINES

    Silsilah, dialogue and education at the centre of World Interfaith Harmony Week


    Celebration the transforming power of the love of God and the love of neighbour for the common good’ was the theme of the 2018 edition. About 250 Muslim teachers took part in the meeting, together with Zamboanga’s most respected religious leaders. For Fr Sebastiano D’Ambra, “the reflections of some of the Muslim leaders” were in line with the pope’s message against violence in the name of religion.


    07/02/2018 - PAKISTAN

    Killer of 'blasphemous' student sentenced to death, 30 others get jail time

    by Shafique Khokhar

    An anti-terrorism court in Haripur announced its verdict today against 57 accused. Pakistan’s blasphemy law is used to settle “personal scores”. For one observer, the verdict “is just a first step”.






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