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    26/06/2016 - VATICAN - ARMENIA

    At the conclusion of his visit Francis signed a joint declaration with Catholicos Karenin II. The "constant conflicts based on ethnicity, political and religious in the Middle East and other parts of the world." The willingness of the Catholic Church and the Armenian Apostolic Church to continue on the path towards full unity.

     




    25/06/2016 - VATICAN - ARMENIA

    Pope in Armenia: reconciliation with Turkey and peace in Nagorno Karabakh


    At the ecumenical encounter and prayer for peace Francis says "we are walking together on a journey that has already taken us far". In the Middle East, "where so many of our brothers and sisters suffer violence and persecution on account of hatred and interminable conflicts.  Those conflicts are fueled by the proliferation of weapons and by the arms trade".

     


    25/06/2016 - VATICAN -ARMENIA

    The Pope at the Armenian Genocide Memorial: flowers and prayers for the victims


    Francis visits the "Hill of the Swallows," the Tzitzernakaberd Memorial Complex to commemorate those who died during the "Great Evil." A long silent prayer before the entrance of the building, then the Psalms and the Gospel in Armenian and Italian in the Flame Room of perpetual memory. Immediately after, a meeting with the descendants of those who were housed by Pope Benedict XV in Castel Gandolfo during the persecutions.


    24/06/2016 - VATICAN – ARMENIA

    Pope in Armenia condemns genocide, calls for action against those who use God to commit violence


    The ‘Great Evil’, the genocide that struck the Armenian people "was the first of the deplorable series of catastrophes of the past century, made possible by twisted racial, ideological or religious aims”. Hence, “it is vitally important that all those who declare their faith in God join forces to isolate those who use religion to promote war, oppression and violent persecution, exploiting and manipulating the holy name of God.”


    24/06/2016 - BANGLADESH

    “God has called me to this task,” says Caritas’s new director; for him it is “the vocation of my life”

    by Sumon Corraya

    Francis Atul Sarkar yesterday replaced Benedict Alo D'Rozario who led the Church’s social arm for 29 years. The new director wants to bring the Church’s help to as many people as possible. Caritas has 92 projects to its credit.


    24/06/2016 - INDIA

    Woman killed for her ovule. Catholic doctor: Surogacy is about business, not about life

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Maharashtra police uncover a racket in trafficking of human eggs. Poor women persuaded to donate theirs on the back of promises they will be richly compensated. But one of them rebelled and was killed. Dr. Pascoal Carvalho: "The child is never seen as a gift, but as an article to be bought and sold".

     


    23/06/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Christians and Muslims mourn Sufi singer killed by the Taliban for blasphemy

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Amjad Sabri was killed yesterday with three gunshots in his car in Karachi. A Taliban group claimed responsibility for the murder. He had been sued for blasphemy because one of his songs mentioned Muhammad’s relatives. For Christian activist, “He had fans of all religions”.


    22/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Refugees are our brothers, we must welcome them


    At the General Audience Francis urges people to "touch the excluded" and the poor who need us. "Every night I pray: 'Lord, if you want you can make me clean' and I say five Our Fathers, one for each of Jesus’ wounds". "The grace working in us does not seek sensationalism. Usually it moves quietly and without fanfare".


    21/06/2016 - VATICAN

    For pope, the death penalty is unacceptable and contradicts God’s plan


    In a video message, Francis addressed the 6th World Congress against the Death Penalty, which opened today in Oslo. “The commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ has absolute value and applies both to the innocent and to the guilty.” The pontiff also called for improved living conditions for prisoners.


    21/06/2016 - BANGLADESH

    Christians hold ecumenical prayer to wake up humanity against terrorism

    by Sumon Corraya

    Protestants, Catholics and other Christians hold a prayer meeting in Dhaka and Khulna. In the capital, Mgr D'Rozario called on “dormant humanity [to] become aware of the violence". In Khulna, “I feel comforted by this prayer,” said one Protestant. “I hope the terrorists stop persecuting us”.


    21/06/2016 - INDIA

    Hindus MPs target Mother Teresa. Card. Toppo: Let them say whatever they want, she was loved by all

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The yogi Adityanath is a member of the ruling Hindu nationalist party, candidate Minister in the next cabinet reshuffle. He said that Mother Teresa was "part of a plot to convert India to Christianity". Separatist ambitions of northeastern part of the country result of attempted conversion to Christianity. The archbishop of Ranchi recalls that the Blessed "loved everyone with sincere love and served the poorest of the poor."

     


    20/06/2016 - INDIA

    Two Pentecostal churches destroyed in Telangana

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The first was demolished to widen a road. The second was torched after two weeks after it was inaugurated. The Hyderabad administration decided to tear down the church without informing its pastor. Christians fear for their lives and places of worship.


    20/06/2016 - UN

    More than 65 million refugees worldwide


    It is the highest ever recorded figure. The data published on the occasion of World Refugee Day. 50% come from Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia. 80% are housed in poor countries. Europe's divisions. The positive example of Iran. Pope Francis’s admonition.


    17/06/2016 - SRI LANKA

    Colombo: celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first Sinhalese Catholic newspaper

    by Melani Manel Perera

    Gnarath Pradeepaya (Lamp of Wisdom) is one of Asia’s oldest papers. Published weekly, it carries news about economics, politics, and social issues as they relate to the Church. Readers like it because it focuses on “human affairs”. Founded in 1866 by a layman, today it is owned by the Archdiocese of Colombo.


    16/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: pastoral outreach should “accommodate, accompany, discern and integrate” families


    Francis opened the Ecclesial Conference of the Diocese of Rome, dedicated to Amoris laetitia. He called for “Reflecting on the lives of our families, as they are” rather than ideologising, avoiding a “separatist logic”, and giving seniors some room.


    16/06/2016 - INDIA

    For Caritas India director, Catholics help “for you and for all”

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Fr Frederick D'Souza speaks about the Catholic charity’s work in natural and human disasters around the world. He came to understand the words “shed for you and for all” when, whilst Christians were being slaughtered for their faith, Caritas was handing out keys to homes to Muslims affected by a flood.


    15/06/2016 - MYANMAR

    Card Bo calls for an end to the violence, urges working together for peace in Kachin State


    The Archbishop of Yangon appeals to the government, rebels and the international community to end the fighting. More than 150,000 people live in refugee camps surrounded by minefields. The July peace conference is an opportunity that should not to be missed. Religious leaders, Catholic and Protestant, “are failing our people” on the path of peace.


    15/06/2016 - INDIA

    Indian religious present 40 rules for Jubilee of Mercy


    The Conference of Religious India has come up with a five-part action plan to carry out concrete works of mercy wherever they live. Its members plan to meet before the end of the Jubilee to take stock of their work. The latter includes avoiding gossip, respecting employees, and keeping the Church simple and poor.


    15/06/2016 - INDIA

    Karnataka, parents of young Catholic killed in accident donate her eyes

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The girl's name was Shwetha D'Souza and she was 22 years old. Her younger sister encouraged their parents so that "another person can see through her eyes." In India cornea donation is not widespread. Each year about 140 thousand people in need of a the transplant.

     


    14/06/2016 - PAKISTAN

    For Faisalabad bishop, God’s love fills the world through the Sacred Heart of Jesus

    by mons. Joseph Arshad

    Mgr Joseph Arshad shares a message released for festivity celebrated on 3 June. “[W]e have a duty to do our best to make” the Sacred Heart of Jesus known, he writes. Jesus’ biblical call to sinful humanity must inspire humans, who are facing the crisis of the meaning of life, the challenges of current needs and the need to defend the dignity of every human being.


    14/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Ecclesial movements and Church hierarchy are "co-essential" and must live in harmony


    A Letter Iuvenescit Ecclesia (The Church rejuvenates), published today by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith states that the “institutional” Church  is not in opposition to a Church "of charity." The problem of "recognition" of "authentic" charismatic gifts and the "criteria" for such recognition.


    13/06/2016 - SRI LANKA

    Exhibition on environmental protection comes a year after Laudato si’ (Video)

    by Melani Manel Perera

    Sri Lanka’s largest Catholic movement of renewal in the Holy Spirit organised the event. Thousands of kids visited the three-day exhibit. Copies of the encyclical in the local languages were handed out.


    13/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: poverty and hunger, neither "natural" or abstract, but people who suffer


    Visiting the World Food Programme, Francis denounces that while aid is hampered by ideology and bureaucracy, weapons "circulate with brazen and virtually absolute freedom in many parts of the world.  As a result, wars are fed, not persons.  In some cases, hunger itself is used as a weapon of war".


    13/06/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Pakistani activist: Stop calling them "honor killings", it is murder


    In the past months three girls were killed and burned for disobeying their family. In 2015 more than 1,100 women died to "save the honor" of the family. Most of the violence occurs in the home, and they are very few those who denounce. The practice of "karo-kari", which justifies the murder of "corrupt women." The works of the Church in favor of women in danger.


    12/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: The true meaning of life also involves acceptance of suffering


    Francis celebrates the Jubilee of Disabled and Sick People: "We are in an age when care for one’s body has become an obsession and a big business. anything imperfect has to be hidden away, since it threatens the happiness and serenity of the privileged few and endangers the dominant model". Jesus is "the doctor who treats with the medicine of love ". An Angelus an appeal against child slavery: "We must renew efforts to remove the causes of this phenomenon."

     


    11/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Diversity is a resource. The Church must welcome all or close its doors


    Francis holds audience with participants in the Convention "... and you will always eat at my table!", Promoted by the Italian national catechetical office disabled persons’ section. He responds to questions posed by two girls with disabilities: "Shaking hands is communion, but many think it is more convenient to ignore diversity". To the priests who do not welcome he proposes "a pastoral ear". The full text of this unscripted speech.


    10/06/2016 - INDIA

    Carmelite in Gujarat: God's love conquers all, touches hearts and transforms them

    by suor Marie Gemma Ocd

    Sister Marie Gemma Ocd is the superior of the Prem Jyot monastery (Light of love). She witnesses to her vocation with a reflection on the mysticism of St. John of the Cross, the Order of the Discalced Carmelite reformer. The mysticism of the Carmelites is not "heroic asceticism," but an encounter of hearts with the love of God.


    09/06/2016 - INDIA

    Indian Jesuits offer online theology courses for Catholics in Malaysia

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Delhi’s Vidyajyoti College of Theology has opened a new regional centre in Kuala Lumpur that offers distance courses to the laity. This follows the indications of the Second Vatican Council and Pope Francis’s vision to integrate “theology in everyday life”.


    09/06/2016 - VIETNAM

    Vietnam Caritas providing medical care and education to AIDS patients

    by Thanh Thuy

    Eight dioceses in the country are involved in raising awareness and providing treatment. People infected with the virus are often poor and forced to live on the margins, without access to medical care or jobs. “We do not provide only material help. We also offer spiritual encouragement,” says Caritas director.


    08/06/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Lahore: Caritas teaching Christian women to read and write

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Free courses are part of a project launched in 2014. Since then, at least 175 students have completed the six-month programme, which is offered in five locations in the city’s slums. Education means helping “female leaders to think about the development of the community."






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    CHINA - VATICAN
    Vatican silence over Shanghai’s Mgr Ma Daqin causing confusion and controversy

    Bernardo Cervellera

    For some, Mgr Ma’s blog post praising the Patriotic Association and acknowledging his mistakes is nothing but “dirt”. For others, he chose humiliation for the “sake of his diocese”. Many wonder why the Holy See has remained silent about the article’s content and the bishop’s persecution. Some suspect the Vatican views the episode in positive terms. Yet, the Ma Daqin affair raises a major question. Has Benedict XVI’s Letter to Chinese Catholics (which describes the Patriotic Association as “incompatible with Catholic doctrine”) been abolished? If it has, who did it? A journey of compromises without truth is full of risks.


    CHINA – VATICAN
    Mgr Ma Daqin: the text of his “confession”

    Mons. Taddeo Ma Daqin

    Four years after quitting the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, the bishop of Shanghai “admits” his faults on his blog, praising the organisation that controls the Church. We publish his article, almost in its entirety. Translation by AsiaNews.


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