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04/18/2014 INDONESIA
Charitable works, confession and Mass fill Holy Week for Indonesian Catholics
by Mathias Hariyadi
This is a time of meditation, devotions and deep introspection into the faith. In the Archdiocese of Jakarta, families offer small sums of money to fund community-wide projects. The head of the Archdiocese's communications commission releases some videos. During Chrism Mass, hundreds of priests renew their pledge to their bishops.
Jakarta (AsiaNews) - During Holy Week, the Indonesian Church is a beehive of activities that can only boost the ties between clergy and the community. The many initiatives undertaken for the Easter of Resurrection include fundraisers for diocesan projects, regular Masses, confession, audio and...

04/18/2014 NEPAL
Nepali Hindus and Buddhists also celebrating Easter
by Christopher Sharma
Many activities are being organised in the mountain nation to celebrate the Christian holy day. A priest at Kathmandu Cathedral hopes "that all the inhabitants of the country can share the Easter message, and that Easter will soon become a festivity for all faiths and communities". Thousands of cards and e-messages are exchanged for the occasion.
04/17/2014 SRI LANKA
Easter should spur Catholics to defend human rights in Sri Lanka
by Melani Manel Perera
Interview with Sister Deepa Fernando, a nun with the Congregation of the Holy Family, and a member of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) and the Christian Solidarity Movement (CSM). According to her, Christians in Sri Lanka sometimes "forget that we are all brothers and sisters." For this reason, we must follow in the footsteps of Jesus, who "died to protect the rights of others."
04/17/2014 INDIA
Easter among India's Christians, a challenge and a mission of hope
by Nirmala Carvalho
Through AsiaNews, Card Telesphore Toppo, archbishop of Ranchi, calls on his community to bear witness with their lives to the light of Christ. "The Church's task is to defend man's dignity, especially that of the most vulnerable".
04/17/2014 BANGLADESH
Bangladesh, tribal Catholic gang raped: Christians and Muslims demand justice
by Sumon Corraya
The rapists were four Muslim youths. The victim , 21, survived and reported her rapists , "I want them to go on trial". Student activist denounces : "When it comes to tribal women police do not want to deal with the case ."

04/16/2014 HOLY LAND
For Christian religious leaders in Jerusalem, Easter brings hope for peace in the region
In their traditional Easter message, Christian religious leaders in the Holy Land emphasise that true peace "springs from the Cross and is vindicated by the Resurrection." If peace "does not seek to abolish discrimination between different communities [it] is no peace at all." In their appeal, the religious leaders call on "people of good will" to pray for a resolution to the conflicts.
04/16/2014 TIBET - CHINA
A 32-year-old Tibetan dies in a blaze to protest Chinese occupation
Thinley Namgyal, who died from his burns, is the 131st person to choose self-immolation as a form of protest. Associations of Tibetans in exile hold a vigil in his memory.
04/16/2014 INDIA
Narendra Modi's right hand man stopped for inciting hatred against Muslims
Election Commission bars Amit Shah from any meeting or election speech in Uttar Pradesh. In early April, he had asked people not to vote for Muslim candidates because Muslims had raped, killed and humiliated Hindus. Modi, an ultra-nationalist Hindu, has been blamed in connection with the 2002 communal massacres in Gujarat, when almost a thousand Muslims were killed.
04/16/2014 MYANMAR
Benedict Rogers: My Easter in Myanmar, the land where I became a Catholic
by Francis Khoo Thwe

The Asian director of Christian Solidarity Worldwide speaks of his special bond with the country and the Archbishop of Yangon. Water as an element of purification, which unites Catholics and Buddhists who are celebrating major holidays together in 2014. The universality of the Church "does not mean uniformity", but appreciation of the local culture. The Burmese Church is "a vibrant Church".
04/16/2014 IRAQ
Mar Sako at Easter, the power of Christ's broken and risen body pushes Iraq to new life
by Mar Louis Raphael I Sako
The Chaldean Patriarch reminds faithful that "Jesus is the heart " of Easter, "the center of our faith," his resurrection "makes the sun rise" on Iraq and the whole of humanity . His Beatitude exhorts the faithful to come together and pray. Ahead of the upcoming general election, he appeals for a leader who embodies the values of freedom , dignity and social justice .
04/15/2014 INDIA
For Pune bishop, India is multi-religious because it is an authentic and healthy democracy
by Nirmala Carvalho
The 5th round in India's general election is set for Thursday. Mgr Thomas Dabre calls on the community in his archdiocese to vote for "candidates and parties who will take care of every citizen, [. . .] especially minorities. This is true secularism." Fearful of a victory by Hindu nationalists, the prelate notes that "No religious community has a monopoly over the nation's history and culture".
04/14/2014 BANGLADESH
Fr Silvano Garello, a missionary that translated Church into Bangla
by Sumon Corraya
The Xaverian priest, 74, has lived in the Asian country since 1970 where he has translated into Bangla Vatican II documents, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and some encyclicals. He has also written 200 Christian books directly in that language.
04/14/2014 PAKISTAN
Lahore: third postponement in Asia Bibi's appeal as Islamist threats against judges continue
by Jibran Khan
High Court began proceedings this morning, only to adjourn the hearing. A new date for a case that has lasted for years might be announced tomorrow. Optimistic, the defendant's lawyers hope to see her walk free soon. However, fundamentalist groups continue to make threats. For Lahore priest, "the situation in Pakistan is getting worse by the day, not only for minorities, but especially for women and girls."
04/14/2014 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka, Christian activists: With John XXIII, defending human rights
by Melani Manel Perera
The Christian Solidarity Movement (CSM ) celebrates the 51st anniversary of the Encyclical Pacem in Terris by the Roncalli Pope. The the arrest of Fr. Praveen and Catholic activist Ruki Fernando, "guilty of giving voice to the oppressed".
04/14/2014 SYRIA
I will miss you Fr Frans, you inspired us all, says Syrian Jesuit
by Tony Homsy*
A young priest from the Society of Jesus remembers the life and work of Fr Frans van der Lugt, who was killed in Homs after he refused to abandon residents beleaguered by hunger and war. "He gave and continues to give everything for the Church, Syria, and peace. His story and qualities made him an exceptional missionary and witness to the Gospel." Reprinted courtesy of 'The Jesuit Post'.

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04/14/2014 MYANMAR
Easter in Yangon: Catholics "source of reconciliation, peace and prosperity for the country" by Francis Khoo Thwe

04/11/2014 SYRIA
Syria rebel commander denies charges of violence against Armenian community
04/11/2014 SRI LANKA
Christ's Passion changed my life, young Buddhist says by Melani Manel Perera
04/11/2014 JAPAN
Japanese airports becoming 'Islam-friendly' to cater to growing Muslim tourism
04/11/2014 VIETNAM
Vietnamese political prisoner Dinh Dang Dinh dies as a 'son of God'
04/10/2014 KYRGYZSTAN
Authorities grab Protestant church in Bishkek, angering faithful who turn to the courts
04/10/2014 CHINA - ISRAEL
After two centuries, Henan Jews prepare to celebrate Passover
04/10/2014 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Christians ask for less police checkpoints in Jerusalem during Easter celebrations
04/10/2014 INDIA
Archbishop of Orissa: Today's vote "worries Christians. But we believe in democracy" by Nirmala Carvalho
04/09/2014 INDONESIA
Exit polls show Megawati leading in Indonesian elections thanks to the "Widodo effect"
04/09/2014 IRAQ - UNITED STATES
Patriarch Sako: mourning and prayer for Card Delly who kept us united in dark times by Joseph Mahmoud
04/09/2014 KOREA
Pyongyang arrests scores for "religious activities", questions 100 people who could end up in concentration camps
04/09/2014 INDONESIA
Poso, Christian and Muslim women unite for peace in Sulawesi by Mathias Hariyadi
04/08/2014 SYRIA - INDIA - EGYPT
For Indian Jesuit, the murder of Fr Frans is a loss for Muslims in Syria by Bimal Kerketta sj*
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SYRIA
I will miss you Fr Frans, you inspired us all, says Syrian Jesuit
by Tony Homsy*A young priest from the Society of Jesus remembers the life and work of Fr Frans van der Lugt, who was killed in Homs after he refused to abandon residents beleaguered by hunger and war. "He gave and continues to give everything for the Church, Syria, and peace. His story and qualities made him an exceptional missionary and witness to the Gospel." Reprinted courtesy of 'The Jesuit Post'.
FRANCE - IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch on the uncertain future of eastern Christians, a bridge between the West and Islam
by Mar Louis Raphael I SakoThe wars in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan have made things worse for their peoples, especially minorities. As Western policies have been a failure, fundamentalism has grown with the Arab Spring losing out to extremism. Muslim authorities have a role in protecting rights and religious freedom. The presence of Christians in the Middle East is crucial for Muslims.
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04/14/2014 VATICAN
For pope, the seminary is not a refuge, hence 'Woe do the wicked shepherds'
04/14/2014 PAKISTAN
Lahore: third postponement in Asia Bibi's appeal as Islamist threats against judges continue
by Jibran Khan
04/11/2014 VATICAN
Pope: defend the rights of the child to life, not to be exploited, not to become the subject of "educational experiments"
04/11/2014 SRI LANKA
Christ's Passion changed my life, young Buddhist says
by Melani Manel Perera
04/11/2014 JAPAN
Japanese airports becoming 'Islam-friendly' to cater to growing Muslim tourism
04/11/2014 INDIA
For Card Gracias, canonising popes John Paul II and John XXIII will consecrate India to Mary
by Card. Oswald Gracias
04/11/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Satan exists "even in the 21st century" and continues to tempt us because "he does not want us to follow Christ"
04/14/2014 SYRIA
I will miss you Fr Frans, you inspired us all, says Syrian Jesuit
by Tony Homsy*
04/12/2014 CHINA
With benzene in water, residents in Gansu city storm supermarkets to buy bottled water
04/11/2014 PHILIPPINES
Manila Cathedral reopens after restoration. Card Tagle: "It is the mother of all churches "

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