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  • 20/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Inequality and exploitation "are not a fatality nor a historical constant," but depend on human action and economic rules. The call to “eliminate the pressures of public and private lobbyists that defend sectoral interests" and that "political action is truly in the service of the human person, the common good and respect for nature".

    20/10/2017 - BANGLADESH – VATICAN

    Dhaka, young Christians anxiously await Pope Francis’s visit

    by Sumon Corraya

    On 2 December more than ten thousand youth will attend the meeting with the pontiff at Notre Dame College. About 130,000 people will come together for the pastoral visit from all over the country. The coming of the pope "will help us later on".

    18/10/2017 - VATICAN – INDIA

    Christian-Hindu dialogue is difficult but imperative to know each other

    by Anna Chiara Filice

    A Hindu-Christian international conference on ‘Enlightenment and tantra’ was held in Rome. For Mgr Spreafico, “ignorance brings many evils”. Card Tauran noted Pope Francis’s many appeals in favour of dialogue. “Every religion and every believer thinks that his or her belief is the best’” said Hindu scholar. Spirituality should be the starting point, Christian mystic said.

    18/10/2017 - INDIA

    Thousands in Belgaum celebrate the centennial of Fatima's apparitions

    by Peter Machado*

    A novena of prayers preceded the celebrations. Marian devotion in the diocese dates back to the 1940s. for Card Gracias, Our Lady’s “message of peace” is even more important today.

    18/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: All religions are called to invoke peace

    Francis receives delegates from the "World Conference of Religions for Peace". "All men of good will, especially those who hold responsibilities, are called to work for it." "Whoever commits violence or justifies it in the name of religion severely offends God".

    17/10/2017 - INDIA

    Card Gracias highlights Amoris Laetitia's responses to the challenges of the Indian family

    Delegates from 41 dioceses attend national symposium. A "growing cultural, ideological, social and spiritual crisis” makes families feel like "a burden". There is a “spiralling rate of atrocities and violence against women” who, along with children, are victims of trafficking and exploitation. Couples in crisis "require a constructive response” because the Church never condemns anyone for eternity.

    17/10/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Sinhalese girls: Blessing to spend one’s life for others

    by Melani Manel Perera

    They created the "Supatha" group of the Holy Family four years ago. Since then, they have worked on behalf of people in distress and the environment. The desire to live as "one family" in gratitude to God.

    16/10/2017 - BANGLADESH

    The late Fr Benjamin Costa, a well-known educator, is mourned in Dhaka

    by Sumon Corraya

    More than 3,000 people attended his funeral. The priest was involved in education for 35 years. He founded the country’s first Catholic university. Prime Minister Hasina and former students praise him.

    16/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope tells FAO to use love and solidarity against war and climate change that cause migration

    During his visit to the UN agency, Francis spoke about how food security can affect human mobility. To overcome conflicts good will, dialogue, and disarmament are needed. "There is a re-emergence of the nonchalance towards the delicate balances of ecosystems, the presumption of being able to manipulate and control the planet’s limited resources, and greed for profit,” he said. “’I am hungry, I am a stranger, I am naked, sick, confined in a refugee camp’. It is a request for justice, not a plea or an emergency call.”

    13/10/2017 - INDIA

    Jharkhand, poor tribal denied food rations because Christians

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    In September 13, families did not receive the benefits they are entitled to. The rations cancelled because Christians did not want to pay the fee for a Hindu festival. Sajan K George: "These policies want to divide tribals."

    12/10/2017 - VATICAN - ITALY

    The fire of mission ad gentes helps Gospel wonder re-emerge

    by Piero Gheddo

    Pope Francis’ Message for World Mission Day 2017 to wake us up from our indifference. The testimonies of missionaries awaken enthusiasm at home. The words of Card. Martini. The stories of  Giovanni Mazzucconi (Papua New Guinea), Sr. Ida (India), Clemente Vismara (Myanmar), Marcello Candia (Brazil) bear fruits of commitment and the desire to imitate them.

    12/10/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Social activists demand apology after lawmaker suggests Ahmadi ban

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Safdar is a retired Captain and son-in-law of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He spoke against Ahmadi believers, who already are discriminated in Pakistan. A Muslim faithful: “An online petition will be launched.”

    12/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Eastern Christians, victims of the "spread of international terrorism"

    Francis celebrates the centenary of the founding of the Pontifical Oriental Institute and the Congregation for the Oriental Churches. Created during the World War and while "another World War is in progress, albeit piecemeal". An "eminently ecumenical" horizon. "God does not forget His children, His memory is for the righteous, for those who suffer, who are oppressed and who are wondering why," yet they never cease to trust in the Lord. "

    12/10/2017 - BANGLADESH

    Cox's Bazaar: Caritas distributes food to 70,000 Rohingya

    by Sumon Corraya

    Dhaka's government grants permission to bring food and basic necessities for 60 days. The social arm of the Catholic Church collaborates with the World Food Program in the Ukhiya refugee camp. Every day volunteers distribute beans, hot meals, sugar and oil.

    12/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope says doctrine shouldn’t be kept in moth balls, it is a living reality that progresses

    Speaking at the meeting for the 25 years of the Catechism, Francis said that "It is not enough to find a new language to speak of the same faith; faced with the new challenges and perspectives that open to humanity, the Church urgently needs to express the novelties of the Gospel of Christ which, although contained in the Word of God, have not yet come to light."  The death penalty is "inadmissible".

    11/10/2017 - INDIA

    Catholic and Protestant Bishops: We forgive Hindu guru’s false allegations regarding Mother Teresa

    Swami Paripoornananda Saraswathi had attacked Calcutta's Saint during a television show. The professor who has debated with him now receives death threats. "The offenses against Mother Teresa have hurt not only Catholics, but people of all religions who regard her as a Saint."


    Pope Francis travels to Yangon and Dhaka, to meet Asia’s smaller Churches

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    10/10/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Asia Bibi's former lawyer, 'fighter for minorities', has died

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Choudry Naeem Shakir was 73 and had been ill for some time. He is one of the most illustrious socialist exponents in his country. Asia Bibi winner of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2017, but "she does not even know". Messages of condolence from Christians and Muslims.


    09/10/2017 - INDIA

    Catholic bishops denounce burning of Hindu deities in Mizoram: it is fundamentalism

    by Theodore Mascarenhas*

    Young Protestant Christians set ablaze images of deities and the Indian national flag. Msgr. Mascarenhas: “We are shocked that anyone could show disrespect to members of another religion in the name of Christ.” “Religion is meant for building bridges.”

    06/10/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Sufi Mausoleum attacked to punish the tradition of music and dance, say activists

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The Rawadari Tehreek group condemns the attack on the Pir Rakhel Shah shrine, in Balochistan. Radicals are against ‘dhamal’, the whirling dance, because it provides an emotional outlet. For Sufi poet, “terrorism poses greater challenges to activists who cure the evils of society.”

    06/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Everyone must commit to protecting children from the dark net

    The "serious phenomena" online that primarily affects children, from pornography to live-online rape and violence. Do not underestimate the problem, do not rely solely on automatic technical solutions, such as filters built on more sophisticated algorithms, do not ideologize the freedom of the network. The Rome Declaration.

    06/10/2017 - INDIA

    In Jharkhand, Hindu extremists accuse a Catholic headmaster of boycotting their shops

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Dilip Ekka heads St Joseph’s School. Nationalists want to undermine India’s Catholic educational system. For Sajan K George, Christians have "been targeted by extremist groups” because they work for tribal development.

    05/10/2017 - BANGLADESH – VATICAN

    For Cardinal D'Rozario, the visit is a "pilgrimage of the Holy Father to the soul of the people" of Bangladesh

    The pontiff is expected from 30 November to 2 December. This will be the first visit after John Paul II's visit in 1986. It is a state visit as well as a pastoral visit for Christians and Muslims that will stimulate dialogue between religious communities. An interview with the archbishop of Dhaka follows.

    05/10/2017 - VATICAN - IRAQ

    Pope: Iraq needs "a process of national reconciliation"

    Francis, receiving the participants in the Chaldean Synod urges them to "be builders of unity ". For some regions of Iraq "a tragic page has come to an end" and in the current context there are "new uncertainties about the future". "Difficulties that still remain despite what has been done in the reconstruction work especially on the Nineveh Plain."

    05/10/2017 - INDIA

    Kanchan Kumari Sao: I want to manage myself, against child marriages

    by Kanchan Kumari Sao

    The girl was educated in a Don Bosco school in India. Family tradition demanded her marriage after the 10th grade. Her illiterate father wanted her to continue studies. Kanchan wants to be a businesswoman. She also wants to create working opportunities for the girls in her village and prevent them from getting married at a young age.

    04/10/2017 - INDIA

    Hindu Swami attacks Mother Teresa. For Sajan K George, her His holiness speaks for itself

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Hindu guru Paripoornananda accuses the saint of Kolkata of trafficking 50,000 women. For Christian Leader, “we can only pray for the swami, that Jesus' love may also touch him through the intercession of Mother Teresa”.

    04/10/2017 - INDIA

    Missionary: Attack on Catholic schools strike against the jewel of Christian presence in India

    The testimony of Fr. Carlo Torriani, in India for 50 years. Institutes are closed over bureaucracy. Hindu radicals accuse teachers of forced conversions. The real purpose of nationalists is to stain the image of the Church. The Hindus want to curb the Dalit's social advancement educated by Catholics and to perpetuate the caste system.

    03/10/2017 - INDIA

    Remembering Gandhi in Bhopal at Interfaith prayer for 'Unity in Diversity'

    The Commission for Dialogue and Ecumenism is behind the initiative, which drew about 500 people. In addition to Archbishop Cornelio, Hindu, Sikh, Muslim, Buddhist and Protestant leaders attended the event. The goal was to stress harmony and peace despite the climate of intolerance against Christians.

    03/10/2017 - INDIA

    Calcutta, the Archdiocese synod and legacy of Mother Teresa

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The meeting took place from September 26 to 30. 12 points of intervention outlined in the parish pastoral plan. Evangelization, women, young people, social communication, lay people among the topics discussed. 

    02/10/2017 - INDIA

    Samkuru Vani: a child bride freed thanks to Salesian 'angels of mercy'

    by Samkuru Vani

    She is now studying technology in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. Her family had chosen her destiny: a child bride, a wife and a mother. But she rebelled and was almost tortured to death. Her salvation came through education and the loving care of Salesians.

    02/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: an "evangelisation of gestures" standing with the "littlest ones"

    This is how Francis described what the Little Sisters of Jesus do. In situations that are “difficult from a human point of view, [. . .] they are not primarily concerned with caring, educating, and catechising, but with loving, being with the littlest ones, just as Jesus did, to announce the Gospel with the simple life of work, presence, friendship, unconditional welcome.”

    Editor's choices

    Rohingya not only group persecuted in Myanmar, Christian minorities are as well

    Ethnic Kachin, Chin and Naga endure suffering. Religious discrimination is in some cases even institutionalised. Christians are seen as the expression of a foreign religion, outside of the nationalist view. For years the military regime has applied stringent discriminatory measures.

    The world is in urgent need of the Church's mission

    Bernardo Cervellera

    October is a month devoted to awakening the call to mission among Christians. In the world there is indifference or enmity towards God and the Church. Religions are considered the source of all wars. Christianity is the encounter with a Person who changes the life of the believer and places him at the service of the wounds of the world, torn by frustrations and fratricidal wars. The example of the Patriarch of Baghdad and of the President of South Korea.


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