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    26/09/2016 - BANGLADESH

    Ashim Gomes, Christian, and Munira Islam, Muslim, have been married for 11 years. They have an eight year old daughter, and have chosen to baptize her. The couple speak of their joys and their sorrows at a pastoral meeting organized by the archdiocese. The major disagreements arise when both try to convince the other that their religion is the best.

     


    by Sumon Corraya

    23/09/2016 - INDIA - PHILIPPINES

    "Couples for Christ", from the Philippines to Odisha give strength to Catholic families

    by p. Purushottam Nayak*

    A retreat for the enrichment of marriage was held in Bhubaneshwar. Five members of ‘Couples for Christ from the Philippines and two from Bangalore, Karnataka, led the event. The lay movement was established in Manila in 1981. It obtained Vatican recognition in 2005 as a private international association for lay faithful.


    23/09/2016 - ASIANEWS SYMPOSIUM

    Mother Teresa, Mercy for Asia and for the world (VIDEO)


    We publish the video recordings of the presentations made at the international symposium organised by AsiaNews on 2 September. In order of appearance: Fr Ferruccio Brambillasca, PIME Superior General; Card Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation of Propaganda Fide; Sr Mary Prema, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity; Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, postulator of the Cause of Mother Teresa; Card Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai; Fr John A. Worthley, on the influence of Mother Teresa in China; a witness to the influence of Mother Teresa in the Islamic world; and Mgr Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia.


    22/09/2016 - INDIA

    Some 10,000 students celebrate Mother Teresa with a "peace march" in Guwahati


    The students, including many non-Christians, come from 30 schools. The event was enlivened with posters, as well as white and blue balloons. About a thousand teachers took part in a seminar on the ‘Joy of giving’. People are “mostly non-Christian,” but everyone is “grateful for the work of the Missionaries of Charity,” archbishop says.


    20/09/2016 - ITALY – VATICAN

    Pope in Assisi says "Peace alone, and not war, is holy"


    "In war, everyone loses, including the victors" is the message that ended the day in Assisi where religious leaders of most of the world prayed again for peace. “We do not have weapons. We believe, however, in the meek and humble strength of prayer.” In the appeal for peace 2016, men and women of various religions called for “encounters through dialogue, [. . .] to oppose every form of violence and abuse of religion which seeks to justify war and terrorism


    20/09/2016 - ITALY – VATICAN

    Pope in Assisi says Christians should live close "to those who are now living crucified"


    Francis says his meditation at the ‘Thirst for Peace: Faiths and Cultures in Dialogue’ meeting. "The victims of war, which sullies people with hate and the earth with arms, plead for peace; our brothers and sisters, who live under the threat of bombs and are forced to leave their homes into the unknown, stripped of everything, plead for peace.”


    20/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: War is the work of evil, there is no "god of war"


    At Mass celebrated before leaving for Assisi, Francis says that religions, overcoming their divisions, are to pray for peace in the common belief that "God is peace." ". "We frightened" by "some act of terrorism" but "this has nothing to do with what happens in those countries, in those lands where the bombs fall and fall day and night" and "kill children, old, men, women…".


    20/09/2016 - INDIA

    Card. Gracias: United with the Pope in prayer for peace, in India and around the world

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Today the universal Church is united with the Pope, who has asked that September 20 become a "world day of prayer for peace". The archbishop of Mumbai is in Bangalore for a meeting of the Episcopal Conference of Bishops of the Latin rite, which he chairs. The Church in India "welcomes everyone, without discrimination." The work of Catholic health care facilities and education of young people.

     


    19/09/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Christians visit a Shia place of worship in Lahore (VIDEO)

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    A group of Christians and local activists meet at the Karbla Gamay Shah, a Shia ceremonial hall, to send a clear message to extremists that “we are not divided." They received a warm welcome from Shias, who are preparing to celebrate the most important day of the holy month of Muharram.


    17/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Nuncios are "three way" missionaries


    Francis celebrates Mass in Santa Marta in the presence of the papal representatives from around the world, in Rome for the Jubilee. Their’s "is a vagabond’s life , constantly on the move. But you must remember three ways of going out: physically, culturally and spiritually. Never forget this ."


    17/09/2016 - BANGLADESH

    Rajshahi, Church ponders the "joy of love in the Christian family"

    by Sumon Corraya

    The meeting on the subject was organized by the diocese and was held September 12 to 14. Attended by 203 Catholics from 21 parishes.  Rajshahi is home to over 60 thousand faithful. The biggest challenges in families: lack of dialogue between husband and wife, increasingly frequent cohabitation outside of marriage, alcoholism, drugs. Practical advice on how to overcome the difficulties.


    16/09/2016 - INDIA

    Goa, Christians against tourism plan that "destroys people and resources"


    The local government has approved the "Goa Tourism Master Plan and Policy 2016". It will beach resorts for daytime leisure and nighttime entertainment for holidaymakers. "The plan only considers the promotion of trade and profits." Unbridled tourism has already caused river pollution, poisoning fish. "The casino culture has destroyed families".

     


    16/09/2016 - INDIA

    The Indian Church "committed to strengthening the family"

    by Santosh Digal

    Fr. Milton Gonsalves is the executive secretary of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India Latin Rite Commission for Family. Since 2014 he has been traveling around the country to learn about the reality of families. There are two main problems in India: not enough space to spirituality in family life and alcoholism. Common manual for pre-marriage courses, enrichment programs for spouses even after the wedding.


    14/09/2016 - SRI LANKA

    Love, faith and devotion: Sri Lanka celebrates Saint Teresa of Calcutta

    by Melani Manel Perera

    The ceremony began with a procession of the statue of the saint. The apostolic nuncio and the auxiliary bishop of Colombo celebrated the service. Nuncio stressed three reasons "why Mother Teresa is really important to us.” Some who met her remember.


    14/09/2016 - INDIA

    Nun in Kandhamal: the faith of persecuted Christians has strengthened my vocation

    by Santosh Digal

    Sister Santowna Singh belongs to the Congregation of the Servants of Mary. She professed her first vows in December 2008, as the Odisha pogroms by radical Hindus raged against Christians. The nun confirmed her choice on 8 September with 18 other sisters. After the massacres of Kandhamal, there was an exponential increase in vocations.


    14/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "It’s satanic to kill in God’s name"


    Francis celebrated Mass in suffrage for Father Jacques Hamel, killed July 26 in the church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, and the entire community of Rouen. "Today in the Church there are more Christian martyrs than in the early days. Today there are Christians who are murdered, tortured, imprisoned, slaughtered because they will not deny Jesus Christ".


    13/09/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Lahore: for 20 years, a Catholic driver takes pilgrims to the national Marian shrine for free (Video)

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Arif Sadiq began carrying passengers as a vow to the Virgin Mary. At that time, he could not have children; now he has five. This year he drove 60 Christians from a settlement near Lahore. During the trip, passengers sang for the Virgin. At the shrine, they prayed, gave offerings, and attended the final Mass.


    12/09/2016 - INDIA

    Franciscan Sister: the challenge of the mission in the Andaman Islands

    by Santosh Digal

    Sister Hilda Mary belongs to the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. An archipelago of 572 islands, the union territory is home to various tribal groups speaking different languages. The only diocese was set up in 1985. Male, female and youth groups are involved in the parish. Missionaries serve locals.


    12/09/2016 - INDIA

    Odisha: widows, orphans and disabled people thank Mother Teresa (Photos)

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    About 2,000 people attended a Mass in St Vincent Cathedral led by the Archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar. “Even if Mother Teresa never sought fame, she wielded immense charm,” said regional superior of the Missionaries of Charity. “The persuasive power of Mother Teresa's love could win hearts,” local official said.


    11/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: God has open arms, treats sinners with tenderness and compassion


    Before the Angelus, Francis commented the "Chapter of mercy", the 15th in Luke's Gospel, which presents us with parables with which Christ responds to the whispers of the scribes and the Pharisees: the lost sheep, the coin, and the prodigal son. There is no sin in which we have fallen, the pope said, " from which, by the grace of God, we cannot rise again; there is no individual beyond redemption because God never ceases to want our good, even when we sin!” After the Marian prayer, he dedicates a prayer for Gabon and speaks about the beatification of Ladislaus Bukowinski, in Kazakhstan.


    10/09/2016 - VATICAN

    For Pope, man's freedom is not enough, God’s redemption is needed


    In today’s jubilee audience, Francis looked at the "illusion" of those who think they are free. How many illusions are being sold under the pretext of freedom, and how many new forms of slavery are being created in our time in the name of a false freedom!” Only the liberation that comes from God is needed. After the catechesis, the pontiff turned his thoughts to the members of Italy’s Civil Protection Service, “who were supposed to be present, but cancelled to continue the valuable work of aid and assistance to people affected by the 24 August earthquake. I thank them for their dedication and the generous help offered these days! Thank you, brothers and sisters!”


    09/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: divisions and money are the devil’s weapons to destroy the Church


    Receiving the bishops attending the refresher seminar sponsored by the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Francis recommended they ensure that everything is put in place for evangelization and the various pastoral activities "are not damaged or nullified by existing divisions or those that can be created. " "The devil enters through our pockets and destroys with tongues, with gossip that divides and the habit of gossip is a habit of terrorism."


    09/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Evangelization starts with witness, living the faith


    Proclaiming the Gospel is not proselytizing, it should not be reduced to "functionalism" nor an “easy” task". It is  "becoming all things to all", it is "going out and sharing in the lives of others, accompanying them; accompanying their journey of faith, to grow in the journey of faith. "

     


    09/09/2016 - ITALY - KOSOVO

    Mother Teresa’s biographer: A cathedral in Pristina dedicated to her (Photos)


    Fr Lush Gjergji is the vicar of Prizren, in Kosovo. "As soon as I met Mother Teresa in 1968, I quickly realised she was a saint." The priest hopes that in 2017 Pope Francis will consecrate the shrine under construction. He talks about the question of the "dark night", the homes of the Missionaries of Charity, the size of the Catholic Church in Kosovo.


    08/09/2016 - INDIA

    Bishop of Vasai: Mother Teresa, the "Saint of the Gutters" that put the poor at the centre

    by mons. Felix Machado*

    Mgr Felix Machado says that before the canonisation, everyone already revered Mother Teresa as a saint. Brooding over the past, without thinking about what one can do in the present, is a waste. Offences, which haunt us because we keep them alive, must be forgiven. “People who find themselves unhappy, sad and depressed are often mostly those who are very self-centred and selfish in their life.”


    07/09/2016 - TIBET

    Dalai Lama says he admires Mother Teresa


    The head of Tibetan Buddhism sends a letter to Sister Mary Prema, superior of the Missionaries of Charity. In 1988 he met the saint in Oxford, and immediately realised that she was someone "exemplary". “She revealed the true practice of love in her charitable activities.”


    07/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: God is not a "psychological refuge" and Jesus is not an "ethics teacher"


    Saying no to a "DIY faith" which distorts the image of God,  was the focus of Pope Francis catechesis at the General Audience today on the theme of mercy "that saves."

     


    07/09/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Commission for Justice and Peace: Mother Teresa, a testament for all mankind

    by Shafique Khokhar

    Profound joy at the canonization on September 4 in the Vatican. Msgr. Arshad: "The Mother showed that serving others before ourselves defeats the evil of today." Priest and activist recalls the message of the Saint: love, a "language that everyone understands."

     


    06/09/2016 - INDIA

    Pune Bishop says love and humility were Mother Teresa’s special attraction

    by mons. Thomas Dabre*

    Mgr Thomas Dabre met the saint of Calcutta when he was young. In his diocese, the Missionaries of Charity run three homes. Mother Teresa remained humble despite the glory and fame. She showed that religion is not an abstract concept, but that it is way of knowing how to live and act according to one’s faith.


    06/09/2016 - BANGLADESH

    Dhaka, believers of all religions remember Mother Teresa

    by Sumon Corraya

    About 500 Hindus, Christians and Muslims flocked to the Christian community center in the capital. The commemoration of the saint took place on the eve of the canonization. Mother Teresa as an example and inspiration for young people, social workers, politicians.

     






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    ASIANEWS SYMPOSIUM
    Mother Teresa, Mercy for Asia and for the world (VIDEO)



    We publish the video recordings of the presentations made at the international symposium organised by AsiaNews on 2 September. In order of appearance: Fr Ferruccio Brambillasca, PIME Superior General; Card Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation of Propaganda Fide; Sr Mary Prema, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity; Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, postulator of the Cause of Mother Teresa; Card Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai; Fr John A. Worthley, on the influence of Mother Teresa in China; a witness to the influence of Mother Teresa in the Islamic world; and Mgr Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia.


    CHINA-VATICAN
    Beijing issues new, harsh draft regulations on religious activities

    Bernardo Cervellera

    Fines of up to 200 thousand yuan (27 thousand euro) for "illegal religious activities" by Catholic or other members of underground communities. "Illegal activities" include "dependence from abroad" (such as the relationship with the Vatican). The regulations preach non-discrimination, but party members are forbidden to practice their religion, even in private. Strict control of buildings, statues, crosses. Clampdown on the internet. It could be the end of the underground community.
     


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