28 July 2017
AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook
Geographic areas




  • > Africa
  • > Central Asia
  • > Europe
  • > Middle East
  • > Nord America
  • > North Asia
  • > South Asia
  • > South East Asia
  • > South West Asia
  • > Sud America
  • > East Asia


  • » 09/24/2013, 00.00

    INDIA - PAKISTAN

    Pune bishop: Christian massacre in Peshawar, a failure of the Pakistani government

    Nirmala Carvalho

    Mgr Thomas Dabre has decided that all the parishes in his diocese will devote next Sunday Mass to the victims of the attack in Pakistan. "The integrity and moral authority of a nation," he said, "depend on its firm commitment to ensuring the rule of law and defending its minorities." Religious freedom "is an inalienable human right."

    Mumbai (AsiaNews) - The massacre of Peshawar "shows the failure of Pakistani authorities to protect the country's vulnerable Christian community. The integrity and moral authority of a nation depends on its firm commitment to ensuring the rule of law and defend its minorities," said Mgr Thomas Dabre, bishop of Pune (Maharashtra).

    In remembrance of the victims of the attack, he has decided that every parish in his diocese will hold a solemn Eucharistic celebration on 29 September.

    "At every Mass after the reading of the Gospel," the prelate said, "we shall say a prayer for peace, harmony, respect and the security of all minorities of Pakistan." The bishop himself will celebrate the liturgy in Pune cathedral.

    "I am deeply saddened," the prelate said, "for the terrible and cruel attack on innocent Christians. The failure of the authorities [to protect them] is discouraging and a cause of great concern. The primary task and obligation of a nation is to protect minorities. I am proud of Pakistani Christians for the way they maintain and preserve their faith despite all the difficulties and the challenges they face every day in believing in Christ. "

    "The Christians of Pakistan are deeply integrated into the local culture," Bishop Dabre said. "Urdu is their mother tongue, which they use in worship. This is significant because it shows complete and genuine inculturation. The fact that this community is often persecuted and its members killed is even more serious."

    "Freedom of religion," he added, "is an inalienable human right, which is intrinsically connected to human dignity and moral compassion for a nation. It is urgent that the international community not remain silent in the face to the growing persecution of Christians in the world."

     

    e-mail this to a friend Printable version










    See also

    24/07/2015 INDIA – IRAN
    For Pune bishop, the Iran nuclear deal is "a sign of a better world"
    Mgr Thomas Dabre speaks about historic agreement reached in Vienna last week. Iran has become aware of its nuclear capability. Nuclear weapons make the world more insecure.

    30/04/2010 INDIA
    The funeral of murdered priest, Fr Peter, friend of the sick
    Fr Peter Bombach was killed with a pair of scissors, with a rope around his neck. The motive for the cold-blooded crime is still unknown. The priest lived in poverty near the sick, whom he urged to pray to Our Lady.

    23/03/2009 INDIA - PAKISTAN
    Massacre in Mumbai, case against surviving terrorist opened and postponed
    Mohammed Ajmal Amir Qasab has confirmed his Pakistani origins, and has asked for a public attorney. The trial has been postponed until March 30. The public ministry is asking for more time in order to examine the 11,000-page dossier.

    31/07/2006 BANGLADESH – INDIA – PAKISTAN
    Waiting for the first meeting between Pakistan and India after the Mumbai massacre
    The two countries' foreign secretaries are to meet in Dhaka to find ways to pursue their dialogue.

    23/01/2009 PAKISTAN – INDIA
    Pakistani delegation in India to promote peace after Mumbai massacre
    The group, made up of 24 leading elements of civil society, intends to defuse the climate of tension between the two countries and promote the common struggle against terrorism. The delegates express hope for collaboration in the search for the truth about the authors of the attack, and stress the importance of an organization to work for peace in the region.



    Editor's choices

    CHINA - VATICAN
    60 years of the Chinese Patriotic Association: the Church subordinated to Politics

    Shan Ren Shen Fu (山人神父)

    Although in a low key - perhaps because of talks with the Vatican - the slogan for an "autonomous" and "independent" Church (from the Holy See) is completely subjugated to Party politics. Official bishops die like "state officials" far from the faithful. The Party forces its members to atheism. There are few  "witnesses" among official bishops and many  "opportunists".

     


    VATICAN
    Pope appeals for "moderation and dialogue" in Jerusalem



    At the Angelus Francis, concerned about the violence in the Holy City, asks all to pray "so that the Lord may inspire intentions of reconciliation and peace in all." Evil and good are "intertwined" in each of us, and it is not for man to distinguish or judge.


    AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!

    AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.
     

    SUBSCRIBE NOW

    News feed

    Canale RSScanale RSS 

    Add to Google









     

    IRAN 2016 Banner

    2003 © All rights reserved - AsiaNews C.F. e P.Iva: 00889190153 - GLACOM®