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    » 03/26/2013, 00.00

    NEPAL

    In the footsteps of Pope Francis, young Nepali Catholics are ready for mission

    Kalpit Parajuli

    Nearly a thousand people took part in Palm Sunday Mass at Kathmandu Cathedral. Most were young, many non-Christians. The Catholic Church has a mission in a country hit by a crisis that touches politics, economics and values.

    Kathmandu (AsiaNews) - Young Nepali Catholics say they are ready to get involved in the Church's mission in their country "thanks to the witness of Francis Pope, Catholic bishops and priests in Nepal."

    A thousand people, mostly students, teenagers and children, attended Palm Sunday Mass on 24 March at the Cathedral of the Assumption in Kathmandu.

    Like every year, the service many non-Christians were present. Alongside Catholics, they prayed for the new pope and the Church's mission in the world.

    "We will carry the cross to deal with the problems of our society," Kishor, a local youth leader, told AsiaNews as he announced that young Nepalis will meet at the same time as World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) 23-28 July.

    Rev Anthoni Sharma, bishop of Kathmandu, called on worshippers at the Mass to pray "for the pope, but also for the dramatic situation of the country."

    In June, the country will elect a new constituent assembly that is likely to adopt a secular constitution after having Hinduism as the state religion for centuries.

    After Christians began enjoying greater religious freedom following the fall of the Hindu monarchy in 2006, many Catholics stopped hiding their faith in public.

    Tired of political instability and cosy ties between politicians and Hindu religious leaders, this year many young non-Christians started to take part in the initiatives of the Catholic Church.

    On Christmas Day 2012, hundreds of students joined events organised in the various parishes across the country.

    For Catholics, the presence of hundreds of young people at the Palm Sunday Mass is evidence of this new atmosphere of true respect and openness for the Christian religion and its message.

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    20/03/2016 11:45:00 VATICAN
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    At the beginning of Holy Week, Pope Francis urges us to look at the crucifix, the "cathedra of God", where "the Son of God", "emptied" and "humbled" himself" and encourages us to "learn about the humble love which saves and gives life, so that we may give up all selfishness, and the seeking of power and fame". The Pope brings to mind "the many marginalized, the many refugees" left to die in indifference. Tens of thousands of young people in preparation for the World Youth Day in Krakow in July.



    13/04/2014 VATICAN
    Pope asks, Am I like Pilate? When the situation gets tough, do I wash my hands?
    In an unscripted speech for his Palm Sunday homily, the pontiff asks, "Am I able to welcome Jesus as he enters Jerusalem? Am I like the Pharisees, like the man from Cyrene, like the crowd that chose Barabbas? Or am I like the apostle who wanted to solve everything with the sword? Or like the courageous women at the sepulchre? Where is my heart? Let this question accompany us throughout the week. Afterwards, during the Angelus, he saw young Brazilians hand over the cross to young Poles. "John Paul II will be patron of World Youth Day. God willing, I shall be in Korea in August."

    21/03/2016 14:15:00 NEPAL
    Nepali Hindu woman who celebrated Palm Sunday to become Catholic soon

    Jyoti Shrestha participated in the Mass along with scores of Hindus and Buddhists. "In our religion, many suffer from discrimination, whilst in Christianity there is equality." For Apostolic Vicar Mgr Paul Simick, who led the liturgy, "We have to think whether we are ready to die for Jesus or not. If we are not ready to die for him, then we must at least be prepared to live for Jesus”.





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