02/01/2015VATICAN Pope: The Gospel changes our lives when we let ourselves be transformed by the Word of God Before the Angelus prayer, Francis noted how Jesus "did not postpone, once in Capernaum, the proclamation of the Good News. His main concern was to communicate the Word of God. [. . .] Read every day a passage from the Gospel, bring it with you always. It can change the heart." On 6 June, the pope will be in Sarajevo: "I ask you to pray even now for those dear people." May the Day for Life "help a new humanism: the humanism of solidarity." Vatican City (AsiaNews) - The main concern for Christians, following in
the footsteps of our Master Jesus, "should be the proclamation of the
Gospel. The Gospel changes lives and hearts, when we let ourselves be
transformed by it. That is why I call upon you to take it always with you: read
a passage a day. The Gospel is the word of life: it does not...
01/31/2015INDIA Indian missionaries of the Immaculate celebrate Sister Nirmala's jubilee by Benigna Menezes* Staff and students from the Nirmala High School marked 50 years of consecrated life of one of their own. A local bishop and 40 priests celebrated the thanksgiving Mass. Participants carried 50 candles in procession. The nun's nephew, a priest, marked his 25 years as a clergyman. The missionary embodies Mary's "Yes", serving Church and community.
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01/30/2015NEPAL Nepal government revokes license from "unofficial" religious schools by Christopher Sharma The decision concerns institutions that are not run by religious organisations that can operate and finance them. For the authorities, "economic sustainability" and "suspicious fundamentalist activity" are the reasons for closure. Madrassas are affected.
01/30/2015IRAQ Mar Sako, two years as Chaldean Patriarch: Main challenge is "the unity of the Church in the East" by Louis Raphael I Sako* On the second anniversary of his election, the Patriarch appeals for the unity of the Eastern Churches and announces the formation of "a joint committee of dialogue". He recalls the "joyful mission" to "witness" the Gospel "to the world today." Finally, Mar Sako appeals for Christians to "remain" close to the suffering of "our displaced brothers and sisters of all denominations."
01/29/2015ASIA The mission to the nations is in Asia by Piero Gheddo Francis' apostolic journeys to Korea, Sri Lanka and the Philippines indicate that the missionary choice is still of huge relevance. The Church must support and develop this aspect, and bring Christ's "Good News" to those peoples who still consider it as an emanation of Western colonialism. In this, PIME has a task to play.
01/29/2015EGYPT - ISLAM For Catholic Church spokesman, al-Sisi's Egypt is more liberal on new churches and freedom of expression The government has issued construction permits for a new church in New Cairo and two in Upper Egypt. Some permit applications go back 8-10 years. Mubarak never favoured church construction. After the elections, the new parliament is required to upgrade legislation governing the construction of places of worship. Representatives of Christian Churches drafted the bill. A Christian family law is also on the drawing board.
01/29/2015MYANMAR Chin Christians ready to go to jail to stop cross removal by Francis Khoo Thwe Built by members of the Christian community in Hakha, the 16-metre cross targeted by local authorities stands on a hill that overlooks the state capital. Since it lacked the proper permit, the authorities ordered the cross' removal and said that they would prosecute its builders. "If the authorities say I have to go to jail, I am not afraid; I am ready to go to jail for this case," a Chin Christian said. For human rights activists, such an action "continues a decades-long pattern of religious discrimination against Chin Christians."
01/29/2015CAMBODIA - VIETNAM Montagnards flee to Cambodia, to escape Hanoi’s persecution 18 more people, including two women, have left the villages of origin and crossed the border. They sought shelter in a remote area, in the forest of the northeastern province of Rattanakiri. Cambodian activist: "They are seeking political asylum and count on UN help”.
01/28/2015KOREA Korean religious leaders in Pyongyang to pray for peace North Korea allows the Korean Conference of Religions for Peace to organise a meeting in its capital to mark the 70th anniversary of liberation from Japanese colonial rule. In Seoul, Iranian religious from Iran take part in a conference to counter misunderstandings about Islam.
01/28/2015INDIA - UNITED STATES Christian leader thanks to Obama for defending freedom of religion by Nirmala Carvalho During his official visit to India, the US president spoke out in defence of freedom of worship, citing Article 25 of the Indian Constitution. Sajan K George welcomed the words of the US leader in a nation "where violence against minorities, especially Christians, is commonplace." Hindu extremist movements support the government, a "stain" on the country's secular credentials.
01/28/2015SAUDI ARABIA A forest of crosses and names of martyrs in the desert of Saudi Arabia A Franco-Saudi archaeological team is responsible for the discovery. Prof Frédéric Imbert dated the graffiti to 470-475, a time when anti-Christian persecution began, culminating under the usurper Yusuf. Even the Qur'an refers to it indirectly. The findings show how far Christianity had spread at the time, until the arrival of Islam.