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    26/08/2016 - INDIA

    The eighth anniversary of anti-Christian massacres was marked yesterday. Hindu nationalists use religion for nationalist purposes. Caste discrimination is still in force. The poor and the defenceless help radicals rule. What is needed is a break from the politics of “divide and rule”.


    by Nirmala Carvalho

    26/08/2016 - UNITED STATES - IRAN

    US bishops and Iranian Ayatollah unite against terrorism, to promote peace and dialogue


    In a joint statement catholics e muslims personalities calls for promoting tolerance, respect for others' religious traditions. The leaders of the two great faiths support the fight against terrorism, fundamentalism and the use of weapons of mass destruction. They are "immoral". Continued dialogue between religions united by "common concern" for life and dignity of the human person.


    26/08/2016 - INDIA

    Indian bishop: The new surrogacy bill is not acceptable

    by mons. Savio Fernandes*

    Mgr Savio Fernandes talks about the proposed law the Union Cabinet unveiled yesterday. “The life of every human person is to be respected and treated with dignity from the moment of conception.” Indian  authorities want to contain the womb-for-rent industry, that each year brings in  billon of dollars and expose women's body to exploitation. “A better option to surrogacy would be to adopt a child," the prelate said. "In India, there are so many children whose parents have abandoned them.”


    25/08/2016 - PAKISTAN

    As journalists get attacked, media workers in Pakistan ask for more protection

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Pakistan ranks as the fourth most dangerous country for journalists with 115 killings between 1990 and 2015, 28 just last year. Activists and journalists rally in support of Ary News workers whose offices were attacked two days ago.


    25/08/2016 - EGYPT

    Cairo: government and Copts agree on church construction law


    Dispute between government and Christian minority is settled after Copts criticised amendments to draft bill prepared by Egyptian Churches. For Coptic leaders, the new proposal is a step towards religious freedom. An armed man attacks a church in Cairo, wounds guard. Motives are still unknown. Christians back President al-Sisi.


    25/08/2016 - ITALY – MYANMAR

    Graces and "miracles" by the intercession of Brother Felice, "God's blacksmith"

    by Piero Gheddo

    In Myanmar, with his faith and strength, he built hospitals, churches, bridges, convents and orphanages. Since his death as miracles occur, evidence is being collected for the cause of his beatification.


    25/08/2016 - INDIA

    For Card Gracias, the victims of Kandhamal can be raised on the altar of martyrs

    by card. Oswald Gracias*

    The archbishop of Mumbai issued a message for the memorial day on 30 August. This year the fiercest anti-Christian violence by Hindu radicals will be commemorated. "May their blood suffering bring many fruits to the Church in Odisha”.


    25/08/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Msgr. Ma Daqin: We must learn from Matteo Ricci

    by Zhao Nanxiong

    A new article by the auxiliary bishop of Shanghai after his "U-turn" on the role of the Patriotic Association. The prelate emphasizes the work of the great Jesuit missionary, who married the Chinese "Classics" with the Gospel. Today we must proclaim the faith with commitment "without interfering in politics”.


    24/08/2016 - INDIA – VATICAN

    Humans have dignity and value, Mother Teresa's message for our time

    by Thomas Menamparampil*

    The apostolic administrator in Jowai met the future saint in 1958, when he was in the seminary. What struck him was the Mother’s devotion to others, especially the poorest. Faced with the irrational process that makes humans into consuming machines, Mother Teresa cried out to the world the sacredness of the human person and soul.


    24/08/2016 - BANGLADESH

    Instigator in liberal publisher’s murder arrested in Dhaka


    Moinul Islam Shamim is a leading member of a banned Islamic group, Ansarullah Bangla Team. His arrest took place overnight in a neighbourhood in the capital. He had ordered the stabbing of Faisal Arefin Dipan, who published progressive ideas. A new threatening letter promises death to five figures "guilty" of atheism and apostasy.


    24/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope cancels audience: Sorrow for earthquake victims in Italy


    Francis speaks to the pilgrims gathered in the square: "I express my great sorrow and closeness to all the people present in the places struck by the quake, to all the people who have lost loved ones and to those who still feel shock, fear and terror”. The Pope invites those present to recite the Sorrowful Mysteries. The tremors that devastated the Rieti area, were felt worst in Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto. 21 are confirmed dead, but many are still missing.


    24/08/2016 - IRAQ - UN

    Mosul offensive "will have a huge impact, 1.2 million people at risk"


    The United Nations warn: "The humanitarian consequences of the Iraqi army offensive to wrest the metropolis of the north from the Islamic State will be devastating". An estimated 400 thousand people will flee towards the south of the metropolitan area, more 250 thousand to the east and 100 thousand north-west. Only 38% collected of the $ 584 million needed to address the emergency.


    23/08/2016 - INDIA

    Mgr Barwa: the "martyrdom" of Kandhamal victims must be recognised

    by Santosh Digal

    The archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar calls on the Indian Church to celebrate Kandhamal Victims Day on 30 August. For him, “such violence should never take place” again. The Odisha government has said that it would also pay compensation for churches.


    23/08/2016 - CHINA

    The decline of China’s Catholic population and its impact on the Church

    by Anthony Lam Sui-ky

    Dr. Anthony Lam Sui-ky, a researcher at the Holy Spirit Study Centre of the diocese of Hong Kong and a leading expert of the Church in China, analyses the "plateau" phenomenon that affects Chinese Catholics. After a great wave of baptisms and vocations, the numbers show a slowdown that keeps the number of the Catholic community stable but stagnant. Catholics are now about 10.5 million. The official and underground Church have the same dilemma and must work together to overcome it. Courtesy of Tripod.


    23/08/2016 - SRI LANKA

    Military not returning land to 9,000 civil war displaced people in Jaffna

    by Melani Manel Perera

    The refugees live in precarious conditions in 43 refugee camps. Military leaders justify the decision on national security. IDPs claim the army built Buddhist temples on their land, when most of them are Hindu or Catholic. Government IDP figures do not coincide with those of activists.


    23/08/2016 - TIBET - CHINA

    Tibet, Beijing tightens laws against protests and self-immolations


    The government plans of the prison "longer" for anyone who sets himself on fire, manifested for independence or autonomy for Tibet, sends abroad about the situation of the province. Chinese repression threatens to exacerbate even more the situation.


    23/08/2016 - FRANCE - ISLAM

    Young Muslim: I am very pessimistic about a reform of Islam

    by Kamel Abderrahmani

    23/08/2016 - INDIA

    Curfew in Kashmir: Children get to school thanks to volunteers


    The curfew has been in place for almost two months. The protests between separatists and security forces killed at least 60 people. Volunteers working in private homes, in mosques and reception rooms, after several couples have decided to postpone their wedding.


    22/08/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Catholic hospital in Sialkot provides free treatment to tuberculosis patients (Video)

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The Bethania Hospital is run by the Archdiocese of Lahore. Physicians also fight stigma associated with the disease through counselling and outreach to locals. Each year, 70,000 people die of TB in Pakistan.


    22/08/2016 - INDIA

    New attacks against Christians in southern India

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    An Evangelical Christian is kicked and punched in Kerala. He was saved by friends, attracted by his shouts. Stones are thrown at a Pentecostal church in Karnataka. The faithful are living in fear, victims of violence perpetrated by Hindu ultra-nationalists.


    21/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: The door of God's mercy is always wide open. For everyone!


    The goal, says Pope Francis before the Angelus prayer, "is Jesus himself. He leads us into fellowship with the Father, where we find love, understanding and protection. But why is this door is narrow? It is a narrow door not because it is oppressive, but because it asks us to restrict and limit our pride and our fear, to open ourselves with a humble and trusting heart to Him, recognizing ourselves as sinners, in need of his forgiveness. " An appeal for peace "in dear Turkey ".

     


    19/08/2016 - FRANCE – ISLAM

    The burkini affaire, a noose to strangle East and West

    by Kamel Abderrahmani

    The decision by seven French mayors to ban the swimsuit that covers the whole body except the face has been justified in the name of security, state secularism, and women’s dignity. However, the real security issues in France and elsewhere are in mosques, among radical clerics, and on Islamist websites. At the same time, European Muslims must re-examine their faith and adapt it to new times and places, avoiding the schizophrenia of preserving a culture of a 1,000 years ago. A young Muslim gives his opinion.


    19/08/2016 - INDIA

    Doubts surround death of a Protestant pastor healer, accused of black magic


    His center organized prayers and healings. Last February the manager was arrested , but the pastor had fled


    19/08/2016 - CHINA

    After the crosses, Zhejiang bans religion from hospitals


    For the past two years the authorities of the Eastern Province have been carrying out a campaign against the symbols and the Christian presence. The latest act involves treatment centers, where today "all forms of religious activity are banned". It is now forbidden to pray, preach and receive priests or Protestant pastors at the bedside of the sick.


    18/08/2016 - SOUTH KOREA

    Patriarch Rai arrives in Seoul to talk about peace and reconciliation


    The Lebanese Cardinal was welcomed by the Archbishop of the capital, Card. Andrew Yeom: "Here in Korea it's hot, but your welcome warms my heart so much more." Two days of meetings with Catholic leaders, peace activists and experts gathered to show Korea the path of unity.


     


    18/08/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    In China-Holy See talks, silence shrouds future of underground priests

    by Zhao Nanxiong

    Later this year, all priests must register to receive a certificate that allows them to exercise their ministry. But the request has to go through the Patriotic Association, whose statutes are "incompatible" with Catholic doctrine. Many priests, official and unofficial, now face an enormous dilemma.


    18/08/2016 - INDIA - VATICAN

    Orissa: Kandhamal victim, Sr. Meena Barwa, recalls Msgr. Cheenath

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The nun was raped and beaten during the anti-Christian pogrom of 2008. At the funeral of the archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar Sr Meena message sent a of gratitude for the support she received.


    18/08/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Lahore, Muslims and Hindus celebrate festival of friendship

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    During the Hindu festival of Raksha Bandhan people tie a sacred thread on their friend's wrist. For the first time the Hindu community was able to celebrate in public, and many Muslims helped in the preparation. Eventually all those present signed a statement against religious hatred: "We must protect our multiculturalism".


    17/08/2016 - IRAQ

    For the archbishop of Erbil, the feast of the Assumption brings hope for the future of Christians in Mosul (Photos)


    More than 2,000 faithful, many of them refugees, attended the solemn Eucharistic celebration. Mgr Warda speaks of a "feast for the whole community", made possible thanks to the work of dozens of young volunteers. The diocese provided free bus transportation from shelters. The situation has improved but aid is still need.


    17/08/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Random thoughts on "imminent" China-Holy See relations

    by Cheng Zhi

    The author is a priest of the underground Church in China Eastern. A lot of media speak as if the agreements between Beijing and the Vatican were already ready. The problems of illegitimate bishops with lovers and children. Card. Tong and Card. Zen, separated only by optimism and pessimism. Doubts about the freedom that "the Chinese Empire" will grant the Church.


    16/08/2016 - IRAQ

    Alqosh, despite the Islamic State, the Church celebrates the first communion of one hundred children


    On the feast day of the Assumption the whole community attended the function, celebrated by Mar Sako. For the patriarchal vicar, this is an historic moment for the frontier town long threatened by jihadists. The Chaldean primate calls on children to "contribute to the community." In Kirkuk His Beatitude opened a grotto dedicated to Our Lady.






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    CHINA - VATICAN
    In China-Holy See talks, silence shrouds future of underground priests

    Zhao Nanxiong

    Later this year, all priests must register to receive a certificate that allows them to exercise their ministry. But the request has to go through the Patriotic Association, whose statutes are "incompatible" with Catholic doctrine. Many priests, official and unofficial, now face an enormous dilemma.


    IRAQ
    Alqosh, despite the Islamic State, the Church celebrates the first communion of one hundred children



    On the feast day of the Assumption the whole community attended the function, celebrated by Mar Sako. For the patriarchal vicar, this is an historic moment for the frontier town long threatened by jihadists. The Chaldean primate calls on children to "contribute to the community." In Kirkuk His Beatitude opened a grotto dedicated to Our Lady.


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