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    » 03/26/2013, 00.00

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    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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    29/03/2015 VATICAN
    Pope: Holy Week, God’s way is humility, it is Jesus’ way, and “we will take this path”
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    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."

    24/03/2013 VATICAN
    Pope Francis on Palm Sunday: Joy, Cross, Youth, waiting for Rio de Janeiro
    The Pope begins the rites of the Holy Week. The meeting between the Pope and the crowd in silence and prayer. Joy born of our encounter with Jesus. An invitation not to be "discouraged". The cross of Christ washes away personal sins and those of the world "wars, violence, economic conflicts that affect those who are weakest, greed for money, power, corruption, divisions, crimes against human life and against creation." "We must never become accustomed to evil." The invitation to young people to "carry the cross" to all "to tell everyone that on the cross Jesus broke down the dividing wall of enmity that separates peoples and nations, and brought reconciliation and peace." Youth invited to the World Youth Day of Rio de Janeiro.

    02/04/2007 LEBANON
    Crisis shadows Palm Sunday celebrations
    Catholic and Orthodox mark the festivity by calling political groups to greater responsibility. Patriarch Sfeir criticizes all those who block reconciliation, the Maronite bishop of Beirut asks the International community to protect the Christian presence in the Middle East



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