11/22/2014BANGLADESH PIME missionary says his blood is that of the people of Bonpara by Sumon Corraya About 2,500 Catholics celebrated Fr Dino Giacominelli's 25 years as a priest. Now the clergyman is getting ready to leave the parish where he served for 23 years. "Without him," said one faithful, "this community would be much weaker". Bonpara
(AsiaNews) - At least 2,500 members of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Church in
Bonpara (Diocese of Rajshahi) celebrated Fr Dino Giacominelli's 25 years of
For the 53-year-old
member of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME), this is a milestone.
The same is true for Bonpara. In fact, after serving the community for 23 years,
11/21/2014CHINA - VATICAN For Global Times, Beijing open on Vatican choosing bishops, closed on Patriotic Association by Bernardo Cervellera Anonymous sources suggest Beijing could propose two names with the Vatican choosing one. Even Pope Benedict XVI called for an agreement with the government on episcopal appointments. The CCPA is however considered an important, untouchable "historic legacy". It is also a one of China's most Maoist and corrupt agencies involved in business dealings worth billions, spared so far, from Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign.
11/21/2014MYANMAR - VATICAN Archbishop of Yangon: Myanmar's Jubilee Church, rebuilding the nation by Francis Khoo Thwe From November 21 to 23 in the final stage of celebrations for the 500th anniversary of the Catholic presence in Myanmar will be held. A reality that has taken 500 years, born and nurtured by missionary institutes. From the "sacrifices” in order to proclaim the Gospel gushed "seed" of faith. The prelate calls for a renewal, "according to the guidelines laid down by Pope Francis."
11/21/2014MYANMAR - VATICAN Church in Myanmar, five centuries of missionary history (a profile) The first proclamation of the Gospel in Burma dates back to the sixteenth century, thanks to the work of the Dominicans, Franciscans and Jesuits. Of particular value the work of the PIME in remote areas, including among the tribals, who they help to discover building with bricks, writing and sanitation. Catholicism is stronger than the persecution of the military regime.
11/20/2014ISRAEL - PALESTINE Israeli Soldiers ready to demolish Palestinian attackers' homes by Joshua Lapide Abd al-Rahman al-Shaludi's house of in Silwan was demolished yesterday. The families of Ibrahim al-Akkari, Muhammad Jaabis and Mutaz Hijazi received their demolition notices. "Violence begets violence." For B'Tselem, it is wrong to punish innocent people just because their relatives carried out acts of violence. Haaretz notes that the homes of Israeli terrorists remain intact. Selective justice is not justice - it is vengeance.
11/20/2014NEPAL A Hindu "living goddess" chooses to study with Catholics by Christopher Sharma Samita Bajracharya has spent the last few years as "Kumari" or "living goddess", the incarnation of Kali worshiped by both Hindus and Buddhists. After her "divine" period, she chose to enrol in the St Francis Xavier Catholic School. "I am still a Hindu," she told AsiaNews, "but I received solidarity and respect from Catholics."
11/19/2014CHINA - VATICAN Yujiang's underground bishop released but under police surveillance The prelate cannot leave Jiangxi province or exercise his episcopal ministry. The government might be trying to favour the official bishop, who toes the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association line. For now, the bishops of Shanghai, Baoding, and Yixian are still imprisoned.
11/19/2014NORTH KOREA - UNITED NATIONS UN committee slams North Korea for crimes against humanity The General Assembly Human Rights Committee passes resolution to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court. This is not likely to pass the Security Council because of the veto power of North Korea's ally, China, and Russia. In February, a UN report shed light on the atrocities committed by the regime on its people.
11/19/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Occupy Central condemns attack on Hong Kong's parliament by Paul Wang Four of the protesters, some of whom used metal barriers and bricks to break LegCo windows, have been arrested. This is the first violent incident in almost 50 days of peaceful and calm protest. The action was apparently prompted by rumours concerning a new law cracking down on the Internet. Occupy Central reiterates the non-violent nature of the pro-democracy movement.
11/19/2014INDIA For Indian bishop, Christian-Muslim dialogue needs actions, not words by Nirmala Carvalho In India, both communities are a minority. For Mgr Felix Machado, archbishop of Vasai, change begins in the school, which must be "an environment that teaches reciprocity, as well as respect for the natural dignity and freedom of every human being". He calls on Muslims to "use their own tools for the good of all and for building the nation."