09/12/2016 - MYANMAR
Mgr Philip Za Hawng describes the tragic situation in the northern region of Shan State, where fighting rages between the government army and rebel forces. Civilians have fled to China to escape the fighting. In the meantime, illiteracy and the drug trade grow. The prelate offers a proposal for lasting peace.
by Phillip Za Hawng*
09/12/2016 - BANGLADESH – VATICAN
Prime Minister Hasina to invite Pope Francis for a visit to Bangladesh (photos)by Sumon Corraya
Card D'Rozario met the prime minister in her office. The apostolic nuncio, Archbishop George Kocherry, was present at the meeting. "On behalf of the 600,000 members of the Christian community that I represent, I express my loyalty to the prime minister and the nation,” the cardinal said.
09/12/2016 - INDIA – UNITED STATES
After placing US Christian NGO under supervision, which puts thousands of poor children at risk, India has second thoughtsby Nirmala Carvalho
Compassion International operates in India with 580 partners, providing US$ 50 million a year. In February, the Indian government placed it under its supervision. The group has gone before the US Congress. Radical Hindu group criticises the explicit goal of evangelising children.
09/12/2016 - INDONESIA
Muslim extremists slam Christian university for “false” advertisingby Mathias Hariyadi
A banner at Duta Wacana University, a Protestant institution, shows a female student wearing a hijab. According to Islamic radicals, a Muslim should not be shown in an ad for a Christian institution. However, for one Muslim student, “no political agenda should interfere with academic studies”.
09/12/2016 - INDIA
Sister Meena Barwa: Handmaids of Mary mark Feast of the Immaculate with renewal of vowsby Nirmala Carvalho
Seven nuns operate in Madhya Pradesh. Yesterday 19 new sisters made their profession in Orissa. About 500 sisters in India and Germany. With particular preference for the poor, women and children, working in the field of social work, education and healthcare.
09/12/2016 - TIBET - CHINA
Gansu, Tibetan self immolates invoking the Dalai Lama
The 146th immolation since 2009. Police have taken the victim's body. The scene was filmed. The Dalai Lama: "Safeguarding life as the highest" value.
07/12/2016 - INDIA
In Andhra Pradesh, believers from every religion give thanks to Mary for miracles received
The Gunadala shrine it is one of the most important Marian sites in all of India. It was founded by PIME missionaries who brought a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes in 1928. A non-Catholic family thanked the Virgin for healing their child’s heart condition. Offering facial and head hair is a gesture of humility in praying to God.
07/12/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: the secular state is a good thing, but laicism is old-fashioned
In an interview with a Belgian weekly, Francis criticises laicism that “closes the doors to transcendence”, which instead is part of the human essence. "[N]o religion as such can foment war. Because in this case it would be proclaiming a god of destruction, a god of hatred." Synodality does not mean “descend[ing] from high to low”; it means instead “listen[ing] to the Churches, harmonis[ing] them, discern[ing]."
07/12/2016 - UAE - IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch: Save Iraq's cultural heritage threatened by warby Louis Raphael Sako*
In Abu Dhabi the international conference dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage in conflict areas. The goal is to collect 100 million to finance projects and initiatives. Unesco: Protection of heritage as "global strategy against hatred and extremism." Mar Sako: "Urgent need for decisive action by the international community" in cooperation with the Iraqi government.
07/12/2016 - INDONESIA
West Java: Islamic radicals disrupt a Christian Christmas celebrationby Mathias Hariyadi
The faithful of the Evangelical Reformed Church were gathered in a hall in Bandung, when dozens of people stormed interrupting the choir and dispersing the crowd: "You cannot celebrate in a place that is not a church."
06/12/2016 - ITALY – ORTHODOXY
For Bartholomew, Christians cannot be indifferent to migrants and fundamentalism
The Ecumenical Patriarch attended Mass in Bari’s Basilica of St Nicholas. We “cannot be silent before the scandal of the commodification of people, of religious fundamentalism that claims to act in the God’s name, of man's exploitation of man, of the depletion of natural resources for the benefit of a few to the detriment of the many, especially the poorest.”
06/12/2016 - SRI LANKA
Sri Lankan fishermen movement leader looks at 20 years of achievements and challengesby Melani Manel Perera
Herman Kumara, a Catholic, heads the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement. Bridging the gap between southern and northern fishermen, and influencing public policy are some of the group’s achievements. Nevertheless, its members still receive threats, and deep ethnic differences persist.
06/12/2016 - CAMBODIA
As New Humanity ends its work in Cambodia, this is "A new beginning,” not an end
Present in the country since 1992, the PIME NGO has handed over its activities to local organisations and dioceses. The PIME vicar general attended the closing ceremony. The “final aim of every development organisation should be to ‘help people to become independent [. . .].’ This is exactly what is happening today.”
05/12/2016 - ITALY
For Bartholomew, religions play a fundamental role in creating communion between peoples
The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople received the St Nicholas Ecumenical Prize, an award that Pope Francis in a telegram called a "significant acknowledgment" and a "sign of gratitude" for the services rendered by Bartholomew "to promote an ever greater communion among all believers in Christ."
05/12/2016 - BANGLADESH
Lisi Desai, a disabled Catholic woman who helps hundreds of disabled people in Bangladesh (Photos)by Sumon Corraya
The young woman is suffering from a degenerative muscle disease contracted at university. In Bangladesh there are more than a million disabled people, abandoned by the authorities and society. She helps educate them to be independent and self-reliant. The Church can change the faithful’s way of thinking. People with disabilities are "another aspect of God's grandeur."
05/12/2016 - UZBEKISTAN
Shavkat Mirziyoye is the new president of Uzbekistan
Mirziyoye, who won 88.61 per cent of the vote, replaces Islam Karimov who died in early September.
05/12/2016 - INDIA
Bandra’s St Andrew Parish celebrates 400 yearsby Nirmala Carvalho
05/12/2016 - SYRIA - EU
Grand Mufti of Damascus: Europe aid Syria to extinguish the fire of fundamentalism
An inter-religious meeting of Muslim and Christian leaders in Dublin. Sheikh Ahmad Badr El Din Hassun against the Arab nations and the Gulf monarchies who want to destroy the multi-ethnic and cultural soul of the country. Gregory III Laham: work for peace, not for blame. "We are all guilty in war."
05/12/2016 - MYANMAR
Clashes in Shan State: St. Francis Xavier church in Mung Koe destroyed
03/12/2016 - SRI LANKA
President Sirisena thanks Asian bishops and the Church for their workby Melani Manel Perera
The Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences is taking place in Sri Lanka. On the eve of the meeting, Sri Lanka’s president met with a delegation of bishops. Catholics promote the social and religious life of the population.
03/12/2016 - PHILIPPINES
Manila, the world's tallest monument of the Divine Mercy
The 30-metre statue of Jesus will stand in the Marialo national shrine, north of Manila. The inauguration and blessing are scheduled for 19 January 2017, during the 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (WACOM). The event will draw 5,000 local and international delegates.
02/12/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN
A "quiet" ordination with an illegitimate bishop in Xichangby Wang Xiang
Again in Xichang, as in Chengdu, police deployed to ensure the participation of the excommunicated Bishop Lei Shiyin. Comment: "Chinese bishops are spineless." The Diocese of Xichang is formed by 35 thousand faithful and 10 priests. Its sisters run a leper colony.
02/12/2016 - VIETNAM – VATICAN
For Vietnamese bishop, no progress in religious freedom can be expected from Hanoiby Tran Vinh
Mgr Micae Hoàng Đức Oanh is critical of the recent Vatican meeting between the pope and Vietnam’s president. Official talks have been held in the past without positive results for religious freedom. The new religious law could worsen the situation. Hanoi is caught between communism and red capitalism.
02/12/2016 - SRI LANKA - ASIA
Papal envoy to the Asian Bishops: The tribal families authentic Gospel schools (Photo)by Santosh Digal
Card. Toppo spoke at the Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences. "Faith in the family educates its members to be followers of Jesus in spite of the challenges." The example of the family of Nazareth. The tribal families have traditions and culture that reflect the values of Christianity.
02/12/2016 - CHINA
Peng Ming, Christian ecologist and activist, dies in prison. Three other disappeared "at the risk of torture"by Wang Zhicheng
Peng Ming was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2005. In the past he had a brilliant managerial career. Later he wrote books on democracy and environmental protection against the violent industrialization in the country. He was convicted of "terrorism." Still no word on Christian lawyer Jiang Tianyong. Dissident Xie Yang beaten by prison officers. Lawyer Huang Qi and reporter Liu Fei detained by police.
01/12/2016 - IRAQ
Refugees hope to rebuild Mosul together and in harmony (Videos)by Samir Youssef
The heads of four families – one Christian, one Yazidi, one Sabian, and one Arab Muslim – talk about their fears and hopes. All four fled Mosul and region in 2014 when the Islamic state seized them. Now they wish to live together again, and rebuild an atmosphere of togetherness and harmony. No one is exempt from Islamic fanaticism. Only God can heal us and be a source of salvation. Here is second part of the conversation (the first one was published yesterday).
01/12/2016 - MONGOLIA
"Whispering the Gospel to the heart of Asia" as a model of mission for Mongolia (Photos)
Fr Giorgio Marengo is a Consolata missionary who has lived in the Asian country since 2003. His approach to evangelisation is more adapted to the complexity of the Asian context. It entails putting people and human relations at the centre of things, creating empathy and confidence. This way, the Christian witness will not remain on the surface. Karakorum, the ancient imperial capital, can thus become a place for inter-faith dialogue.
01/12/2016 - KOREA - SRI LANKA - ASIA
Card. Yeom to Asian Bishops: Preach the Gospel with dedicationby Santosh Digal
The Archbishop of Seoul speaks at the Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences. This year's theme is the family and its challenges. Open the doors of the Church, the sacraments and affection; reflect on children, youth and seniors; the consequences of the weakening of family relationships.
01/12/2016 - INDONESIA
Unity will defeat sectarianism: demonstrations across the country against Islamic fundamentalistsby Mathias Hariyadi
Thousands of people took to the streets in 33 provinces to defend Indonesia’s founding principle of ‘Bhinneka Tunggal Ika’, unity in diversity. Wearing red and white ribbons (the colours of the national flag) lay people, religious and members of the military sent a message to the radical movements that want to divide the country.
01/12/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN
Ankang and Chengdu ordinations: "Faith is not dead”. “Kowtow diplomacy" a failureby Shan Ren Shen Fu - Bo Duo Shen Fu
Initial reactions to the episcopal ordinations which took place yesterday. Ankang ceremony took place in a calm manner, with many bishops present, with older women who were photographed next to their new pastor. In Chengdu, the presence of an illegitimate bishop - criticized by the faithful - has turned the sacrament into a battlefield with controls and police imposing the presence of an excommunicated bishop.
30/11/2016 - IRAQ
Mosul refugees: the Church’s love and warmth vs the Islamic State madness (Videos)by Samir Youssef
Fr Samir spoke to four heads of family who fled in 2014 with the arrival of the Islamic State. From Christian, Yazidi, Sabian and Arab Muslim backgrounds, they recount the Jihadi violence and the difficulties of exile, along with their hopes for the liberation of Mosul. The loving help provided by the Church and the Christian community is an answer to Jihadi violence. Part one.
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