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  • 22/08/2017 - PAKISTAN

    The German-born nun spent her life helping Pakistan’s lepers. Her state funeral was held on Saturday in Karachi. Students should learn about her to stay away from terrorism.


    by Kamran Chaudhry

    22/08/2017 - INDIA

    Pastor beaten in Rajasthan, crosses destroyed in Kerala

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Harjot Sethi was attacked while on a rally and suffered numerous injuries. The crosses were demolished at a pilgrimage site. Sajan K George: "It seems that only the majority can enjoy freedom in India."


    21/08/2017 - INDIA

    Caritas brings aid to flood victims in Assam and Bihar

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The Catholic charity set aside about US$ 780,000. In Bihar, they handed out aid worth around US$ 312,000. Caritas "has done a unique job, helping people of every faith.” Lucknow bishop offers his condolences after a train crash kills 23 in Uttar Pradesh.


    21/08/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating migrants and refugees


    Message for 2018 World Migrant and Refugee Day, which will be celebrated next January 14th, released. Exhortations and suggestions for a reception that facilitates "personal encounter". No to expulsion and aptitude. A law that guarantees citizenship in accordance with international rules. The care of minors. Ensure religious freedom for migrants. Aid to developing countries supporting the greatest number of refugees. Push the UN to approve the two global pacts on refugees and migrants.


    21/08/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Lahore, playing cricket to build harmony between religions

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Yesterday the Pakistan Peace League final was held. The tournament was won by the team of St. Francis Church in Lahore, headed by a Muslim student. The agonistic passion "creates team spirit, which strengthens ties". Fighting religious discrimination in sport.


    17/08/2017 - INDIA

    For Jesuit activist, India is still ruled by tyrants after 70 years of independence


    Fr Cedrik Prakash, who works for the Refugee Service in Lebanon, speaks on the 70th anniversary of India’s independence. The country has fallen into the hands of Hindu nationalists, and religious minorities, the education system, and freedom of expression are its victims. He cites the poem ‘Where the Mind does not Fear’.


    16/08/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Christian prisoner who refused to reject his faith dies in custody in Lahore


    Indaryas Ghulam died under mysterious circumstances in police custody. He had burns and cuts on his body. He was one the 42 people arrested for lynching two Muslims after the Youhanabad church attacks. The prisoner could have saved his life had he denied Christ.


    16/08/2017 - INDIA

    Indian Associations: On 25 August we remember the Christian victims of Kandhamal

    by Purushottam Nayak

    The National Solidarity Forum includes over 70 organizations and was born following the 2008 pogroms against Christians. "Kandhamal Day" not to forget the victims and give them justice. "Your solidarity will inspire those still struggling." The Forum's demands.


    14/08/2017 - INDIA

    Card. Cleemis: Church mourns for children who died in Uttar Pradesh hospital

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The toll climbs to 79 victims. The tragedy caused by lack of oxygen in neonatal pediatric and neurology wards . Gorakhpur hospital had failed to pay debt with the supplying company. Political repercussions on newly elected chief minister Yogi Adityanath.


    12/08/2017 - KOREA

    Korean Bishops say no to “unreasonable provocations', call for a stop to the nuclear escalation by working for the “coexistence of humanity”


    Korean bishops issued an Exhortation today on the rising tensions around the Korean peninsula. North Korea but also "neighbouring countries" are at risk of "hasty unrestrained action" that could lead to the "death of innumerable people" and "deep wounds for the whole of humanity." They call for reduced military budgets and more spending on human and cultural development. They urge using "conscience, intelligence, solidarity, piety and mutual respect". A prayer is set for the feast day of the Assumption, which is also Korean Independence Day.


    11/08/2017 - JAPAN – SOUTH KOREA – UNITED STATES

    Mgr Kikuchi: The Church in Japan praying for peace, while political leaders fuel tensions

    by Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi

    For the bishop of Niigata, tensions on the Korean peninsula go back 70 years, but new political leaders "have been fueling the existing fire." A solution involving US military aggression would only bring devastating results to everyone. Ten days of praying for peace are being held. Japanese and Korean bishops are working together.


    10/08/2017 - BANGLADESH

    The rights of indigenous peoples should be enshrined in the constitution

    by Sumon Corraya

    Thousands of people mark International Day for Indigenous Peoples with dances, music and candlelit processions. For writer and educator Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, diversity is beauty. The government has however forgotten minority rights.


    09/08/2017 - CHINA

    Agency workers protests shake up state-owned enterprises


    Agency workers at the FAW-Volkswagen have been campaigning for months for equal pay. Ditto for agency workers at China Mobile in Guangyuan. At Shaanxi Yanchang, long-time workers get entry level salaries, no overtime, and no benefits.


    07/08/2017 - BANGLADESH

    Fr Regan, PIME’s newest priest, from Bangladesh to Guinea Bissau

    by Sumon Corraya

    He is the only son of the family. His father died a few years ago. His sister is already nun. His mother encouraged him to follow his vocation. The example of PIME’s Italian missionaries in Bangladesh will help him become a true missionary. Fr Regan John Gomes, from Tumilia parish in Gazipur, is the fifth PIME missionary from Bangladesh.


    07/08/2017 - INDONESIA

    Pope Francis sends message to mark end of Asian Youth Day

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    The pontiff calls on young Asians to look at the Mother of the Lord, and listen “ever more attentively to God’s call and respond with faith and courage to their vocation.” More than 20,000 Catholics from the island of Java join participants for the AYD’S closing ceremony. The 8th edition is slated for India, in 2020.


    04/08/2017 - HONG KONG - VATICAN

    Card John Tong’ s letter to the Diocese of Hong Kong

    by Card. John Tong

    Hong Kong’s new bishop emeritus (as of 4 days ago) takes stock of his eight years as pastor. He salutes and thanks all the faithful with special gratitude for the missionaries. Evangelisation has led to 60,000 new baptised in the faith. He talks about schools and teaching, the new Catholic university, and the permanent deacons. He expresses hope for talks between China and the Vatican.


    04/08/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Fr. Sebastiano D'Ambra: Mission 'possible' in Mindanao, among Christians and Muslims


    Weekends of friendship, meetings between catechists and madrasa teachers, are just some of the initiatives launched by the Silsilah movement. Not giving in to discouragement even when a Muslim boy tells the teacher at school: "Do you know that we can kill Christians?" The memory of PIME confreres, Salvatore Carzedda and Antimo Villano is a stimulus to move on. After 500 years of history in the Philippines (in 2021), Christians should understand that devotion is not enough.


    03/08/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Colombo Caritas promotes interfaith coexistence

    by Melani Manel Perera

    "We must overcome violence," said the Venerable Yatawatte Ganarama Thero. "We bless and appreciate the action taken by the Catholic Church to promote interfaith coexistence,” said Muslim representative Abdhul Rahuman. "The challenge for us today is to build a peaceful country," said Father Lawrence Ramanayake, director of Seth Sarana-Caritas Colombo.


    02/08/2017 - INDONESIA – PHILIPPINES

    Therese Maria, from the Philippines in Indonesia for the 7th Asian Youth Day

    by Santosh Digal

    Therese Maria Abigail V. Ledesma, 21, hosted from 30 July by an Indonesian family, explains her expectations. "As I come from a predominant Catholic country, I am keen to learn how youth and Catholics in Indonesia live their faith in a Muslim majority nation,” she said.


    01/08/2017 - VATICAN

    Vatican issues statement on sustainable tourism as development tool


    Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, which Pope Francis recently set up, issues its first statement. Tourism represents 10 per cent GDP and 7 per cent of total exports. One person in 11 is employed in the sector. Sustainable tourism must protect the environment, the cultural heritage of peoples, the dignity of workers, and the disadvantaged. The Dicastery and the UN are on the same wavelength.


    01/08/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    New Evangelisation conference in Manila comes to a close with bishops Auza and Fisichella

    by Santosh Digal

    The University of Santo Tomas hosted 7,000 delegates on 28-30 July. Archbishop Bernardito Auza, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, a native of Talibon (Philippines), urged those present to work for peace in families. Italian Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of New Evangelisation, called for action to promote the dignity of human life as the moral responsibility of everyone.


    31/07/2017 - INDONESIA

    Youth from all over Asia in Yogyakarta for Asian Youth Day

    by Mathias Hariyadi (*)

    Participants come from India, Myanmar, Vietnam, Singapore, Mongolia, Philippines, Hong Kong, and Cambodia. Indonesians have come from some of the remotest regencies to attend the event. For Bishop Pius Riana Prapdi, the young are the heart of the Church.


    30/07/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: everyone against the modern slavery of human trafficking. Treasure and pearl


    Pope Francis has Hail Mary recited at the Angelus “to support the victims of trafficking and convert the hearts of traffickers.” The world seems to be getting used to this "aberrant plague", which is “ugly, cruel, criminal!" The pontiff mentioned the parables of the treasure and precious pearl. The quest "is the essential condition for finding". The discovery of the treasure and the pearl entails "sacrifice, detachment and renunciation”. The joy of the farmer and merchant in the parable "is the joy of each of us when we discover the closeness and consoling presence of Jesus in our lives."


    29/07/2017 - INDONESIA

    Mgr Pius Riana Prapdi: Young people, Asian Day, new evangelisation

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Asian Youth Day opens tomorrow with 3,000 young people from all over Asia. The final ceremony will see 20,000 young people from all of Indonesia's provinces. At the start, young people will stay with families in 11 dioceses. AYD activities will follow. The event sparks memory of John Paul II, who urged young people to be missionaries in daily life together with their peers.


    28/07/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Supreme Court disqualifies Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. For minorities, justice has won

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The prime minister, his favourite daughter and other family members are involved in the Panama Papers affair through suspicions funds in offshore companies used to buy luxury apartments in London. Sikh leader voices doubts. For him, "it seems that plots to remove elected premiers are again successful.”


    28/07/2017 - INDIA

    For administrator of Baroda, Dalit Christians have to speak out against marginalisation

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Mgr Fernandes spoke at the annual meeting of the National Council of Dalit Christians. The constitutional order of 1950 excludes Dalit Christians and Muslims from employment and education quotas. An India-wide protest has been set for 7 December.


    28/07/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Card. Tagle: proclaim Jesus and his message every day

    by Santos Digal

    The Assembly for the Year of the Parish as a Communion of Communities proposes to address issues such as: "How do we speak of communion in the midst of so many exclusions, inequalities, abuses and oppression? How do we talk of solidarity, being one heart and one soul, when is there so much that separates us? How do we meet Jesus in the context of poverty, suffering and conflict? How can we embody our identity as a Church of communion and solidarity especially with the poor?".f


    28/07/2017 - SRI LANKA

    No funds means no young Sri Lankans at Asian Youth Day

    by Melani Manel Perera

    The event is scheduled from July 30 to August 6 in Jogyakarta, on Indonesia's Java Island. No diocese is able to pay travel and formation expenses. Cultural programs and shows to raise funds for the next World Youth Day.


    27/07/2017 - BANGLADESH

    Dhaka, priests study how to improve closer collaboration with lay people

    by Sumon Corraya

    From 24 to 27 July, the Bangladesh Diocesan Priests' Fraternity Seminar was held. The association wants to promote "healthy relationships" between religious and lay people in the parishes. Encourage collaboration to "increase Church activities".


    27/07/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Girl victim of revenge rape in Mulan. For Justice and Peace Commission, such is the plight of women

    by Shafique Khokhar

    A 16-year-old girl is raped to wash away her brother’s sin of raping a 12-year-old girl. Multan police arrest 20 people involved. The violence is the fruit of a feudal mindset. Locals do not trust government institutions and turn to illegal village councils.






    Editor's choices

    VATICAN - RUSSIA
    Card. Parolin in Moscow: Ostpolitik conquers distrust

    Vladimir Rozanskij

    The theme is a meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill, not in Moscow, but in some holy place of the Christian East, or in Bari. An international conference on the future of Ukraine and Crimea. Commitment to Christians and Peace in the Middle East. 


    LEBANON – MIDDLE EAST – VATICAN
    For Eastern Catholic patriarchs, the genocide of Christians is an affront to all humanity

    Fady Noun

    Afflicted by wars, emigration and insecurity, Christian communities have now become "a small flock" amid the indifference of the international community. Patriarchs appeal to Pope Francis and the international community. Catholics and Orthodox share the same problems. The end of Christians in the East would be "a shameful stigma for the whole 21st century".


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