11/24/2015SRI LANKA Sri Lankan Christians organise food and clothing fair to help needy seniors by Melani Manel Perera The Ceylon Bible Society organised the charity event in Moratuwa. This is its 13th edition. Elderly former seamstresses provided hand-made clothing and cooks brought homemade food. For the Bible Society’s secretary general, seniors “are a huge resource for young people who can learn a lot from them”. Colombo (AsiaNews) – For the 13th consecutive year, the Ceylon Bible Society held a food and clothing fair to raise money for the elderly in need.
The event, which drew thousands of people, was held at the Queen of Angels Catholic Church in...
11/24/2015VIETNAM Church marks the anniversary of the 117 Vietnamese martyrs by Paul N. Hung Today is the anniversary of Saint Anrê (Andrew) Trần An Dũng Lạc and his 116 fellow martyrs, killed in the 19th century. Saint John Paul II canonised them in 1988. For Vicar in Ho Chi Minh City, they are an example to follow. “Through love, we can eliminate violence.” A group of Catholics visit the shrine built on the site where Saint Mátthêu (Matthew) Lê Văn Gẫm was beheaded in 1847 for carrying bishops and priests on his ship.
11/23/2015PAKISTAN Lahore: plant and three Ahmadi places of worship torched for "blasphemy" by Jibran Khan Pakistan’s Ahmadi Muslim community has about four million members, often victimised in “the name of religion". A chipboard factory was destroyed after its owner was falsely accused of having a copy of the Qur‘an burnt. For Catholic priest, “We must pray more to send a message of peace in such sad times."
11/23/2015BANGLADESH Bangladesh: Fr. Piero is fine but political tension remains high The health of the Catholic missionary improves by the hour. But he is very weak from his injuries and antibiotics. Political climate increasingly volatile, with the hanging of two opponents. The Islamic group Jamaat-e-Islami calls for a general strike. The priests of Dinajpur still live under police protection. Catholic source: "We need a dialogue between the communities."
11/23/2015JAPAN For the bishop of Niigata, integral human development is key to stopping terrorism by Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi After the attacks in Paris, the president of Caritas Asia reflects on the evil cycle of violence that seems to have gripped the world. For him, “violent retaliation” is unnecessary; “such a solution would be only short term”. It might stop new attacks but only integral human development is the answer on the basis of life’s sacredness, “God’s most precious gift”.
11/22/2015VATICAN Pope: The logic of the Gospel is expressed in humility and selflessness For the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, the pope said, "The worldly logic rests on ambition and competition, and fights with the weapons of fear, blackmail and the manipulation of minds." Francis entrusts "the many Christians who are, unfortunately, still persecuted today" to the intercession of the new blessed proclaimed in Spain. He calls for a Hail Mary for his trip to Africa.
11/21/2015BANGLADESH Bangladeshi Christians, Muslims and Hindus demand justice for Fr Parolari by Sumon Corraya Some 200 people take part in a protest in Dhaka, calling on the government to find those responsible for the attack against the PIME missionary. For Hindu lawyer, “It is a shame for us to be Bangladeshi,” unable to defend those who dedicate themselves to doing good. Ten Protestant clergymen receive death threat via text messages. “Only five days are left,” says one them.
11/20/2015LEBANON – SYRIA When held by the Islamic State, Fr Mourad had compassion for his captors by Fady Noun The Syrian Catholic priest speaks about his months of captivity in the hands of Jihadi militias. On several occasions, his abductors staged his mock execution. On one occasion, he was even flogged. Moving away from his initial fear, he experienced the grace of forgiveness and mercy. Praying and trust in Our Lady were crucial. His thoughts also go to Father Paolo Dall'Oglio.
11/20/2015BANGLADESH Dinajpur’s Christians and Muslims close to PIME missionary who escaped assassination attempt Fr. Piero Parolari is well and speaking, although with difficulty. He does not remember anything about the attempted murder. Catholic source: "No one expected the attack. He is a highly respected missionary ". The army continues to control the movements of PIME priests in Dinajpur; The situation is tense for foreigners. 12 other priests and Christian pastor have received death threats.
11/20/2015FRANCE – ISLAM French imams slam terrorists for destroying Islam’s future and that of its children by Consiglio degli imam di Francia Following the Paris attacks, the Council released a "solemn declaration" in 2,500 French mosques during today’s prayers. Foreign imams who know nothing about Europe are accused of pushing people towards hate and fanaticism. The council appeals to Muslim families to monitor their children, to avoid seeing them turned into “terrorist bombs”. It also expresses appreciation for the freedoms enjoyed in France and Europe. “We cannot stick our heads in the sand;” condemning attacks is no longer enough.
11/19/2015BANGLADESH PIME: attack against missionary blamed on politics rather than ISIS Fr Piero Parolari is recovering in Dhaka’s military hospital. Although the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attempted murder on Twitter, Italian Ambassador to Bangladesh "does not believe" ISIS was behind it. In his view, the country’s political tensions have more to do with it. AsiaNews publishes a press release issued by PIME.