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    22/10/2016 - INDIA

    The archbishop of Mumbai opened a national symposium titled ‘A call to freedom and justice in the family and society: ethical concerns and pastoral approaches’ on the liturgical feast day of the Polish saint, the "pope of the family, the basis for the Church and its work.”

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    21/10/2016 - INDIA

    Gujarat: 14 defendants acquitted in Muslim massacre

    The court granted 11 defendants the benefit of the doubt, and found no clear evidence in the case of the three others. In all, 31 people had been convicted in connection with the death of 33 Muslims burnt to death in a house where they had sought shelter during a riot by Hindus.

    21/10/2016 - INDIA – JAPAN

    Japanese nun leaves India after 40 years of service to the disabled

    by Sr.Bindu Michael

    Born into a Buddhist family, she converted when she was 12. Drawn to the monastic life and the adoration of the Eucharist, she became a nun. During her 40 years in India she taught children with intellectual disabilities, “seeing Christ” in them.

    20/10/2016 - INDIA

    In northeastern India, the Church is growing in terms of members and vocations

    by mons. Thomas Menamparampil*

    Mgr Thomas Menamparampil draws a picture of 120 years of the mission. In the northeast, the “young Catholic community" has almost two million members. Christians across the country are 27.8 million, 2.3 per cent of the population. The Church leadership "has moved from foreign hands to Indian hands, from Indian hands to indigenous hands". Catholics "are proud of their faith and are not ashamed to share it with others.”

    20/10/2016 - INDIA

    Indian Hindu nationalist minister pays tribute to Mother Teresa

    Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh was the guest of honour at a commemoration ceremony organised by the Bishops’ Conference. Several times, BJP members have tried to belittle the character of the Saint of Kolkata.

    19/10/2016 - INDIA

    The world’s tallest religious building, a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna, under construction

    The structure includes a 213-metre skyscraper-temple, a theme park and facilities for social programmes. The construction, financed by the Hare Krishna movement, is being carried out by a US firm already known for breaking records in structural engineering.

    18/10/2016 - INDIA

    Mgr Barwa’s deep sorrow over 20 people who died in Bhubaneshwar hospital

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    A fire broke out due to a short-circuit. Carbon monoxide spread to dialysis and intensive care units, killing hapless patients. The ventilation system helped the poisonous gas spread. The archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar prays for the families of the victims.

    18/10/2016 - VATICAN-ASIA

    The "enemies" of Pope Francis

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    The charge made against AsiaNews that we are against the Pope and in favor of Putin, is an opportunity to outline what motivates our commitment to evangelization. And also to ask for greater professionalism from those who write about the Pope. The Pope does not need public defenders. Facilitating dialogue between "conservatives" and "progressives" to realize the Council and concern ourselves with the world so that it encounters Jesus Christ. Christ’s “enemies” were also his "friends."

    17/10/2016 - INDIA

    Mumbai: Christian, Hindu and Muslim experts discuss Laudato si’

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    An international seminar took place today under the auspices of the Consulate General of Argentina. Leading figures from three major religions spoke at the event, which provided an “opportunity to bring together some of the values” of the Argentinian government “with a social document of Pope Francis” and “the richness of Indian thought and the long tradition of India”.

    17/10/2016 - INDIA

    Karnataka: six Jehovah's Witnesses arrested on charges of forced conversions

    Two far-right Hindu groups filed a complaint against the Witnesses. Leaflets encouraging conversions to their beliefs were found in a car. For Christian leader, "India is a secular nation” and “the Constitution guarantees freedom of religion."

    15/10/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope to elderly: Society needs your smile and the beautiful brightness of your eyes

    Pope Francis meets with members of the National Older Workers Union and the Italian Seniors Federation, in the context of the national  Day of the Elderly. "Maturity and wisdom accumulated over the years" are vital to the Church and to society. Elderly should not be marginalized or considered “unproductive". "In countries that have suffered a severe religious persecution, the grandparents passed on the faith to new generations." Pray to "the grandmother of Jesus, Saint Anne" to be "good and wise grandparents."

    15/10/2016 - ASIA

    "Monumental" international agreement against greenhouse gases

    Rich nations - the EU, US, and others - will reduce the use of fluoro-hydrocarbons by 10% by 2019. But China - main producer - will begin the reduction by 2029. India will reduce by 10% only in 2032.

    14/10/2016 - INDIA

    The Jains present list of 19 children who are doing well after fasting for 60 days and more

    The Jain community is under fire after the death of Aradhana, a young 13 year old who died after 68 days without drinking or eating. She fasted to favor the fate of the family. Jain leaders want to "prove" that the even for small children fasting is not a harmful practice.


    13/10/2016 - INDIA

    March in 55 Indian cities on World Sight Day to push people to donate corneas

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The biggest awareness campaign in the world is the brainchild of an Indian priest who in 2013 set up ‘The Project Vision’. In India 15 million people live with poor vision. Annually, 140,000 transplants are needed, but only 53,000 donors were found in 2015. Pope Francis sent a message to express his closeness.

    13/10/2016 - INDIA

    For the first time, four sisters of an Italian-founded congregation take perpetual vows in Odisha

    The sisters made their solemn profession on 7 October. Their congregation was founded in 1889 by Blessed Maria Schininà Arezzo, a nun of aristocratic origins from Ragusa. They are the first nuns to take their vows in the Asian country.

    12/10/2016 - INDIA

    Indian bishops close to Muslim brethren on the day Ashura

    Mgr Theodore Mascarenhas, secretary of the Bishops' Conference (CBCI), sent a message to Muslims for the Shia observance in the holy month of Muharram. In India, Christians and Muslims live in peace and harmony.

    11/10/2016 - INDIA

    Indian Salesian: A "Children's parliament" to avoid the phenomenon of child brides

    Today we celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child. According to UNICEF, 700 million girls are married in childhood. Another report said that every seven seconds a minor is forced to marry a much older man. "Betting on education. Forming children aware of their rights ".


    10/10/2016 - INDIA

    For Indian activist, 13-year-old’s death after 68 days of fasting is absurd

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Aradhana, who died of cardiac arrest, fasted to bring luck to her economically troubled family. Parents organised a funeral to venerate their daughter as a "holy child". Now they are being investigated for culpable homicide.

    10/10/2016 - ASIA – UNITED STATES

    Asians on the Trump-Clinton debate

    Yesterday’s presidential debate marginally touched Asian matters, focusing instead on domestic and crude level (especially sexual) issues. The Japanese favour Clinton. South Koreans appear undecided. Singapore is concerned about the lack of a position on the issues like the South China Sea. China remains officially neutral, but Chinese immigrants favour Trump. Indian immigrants support Clinton.

    10/10/2016 - INDIA - ASIA - VATICAN

    Card. Gracias: The Church in Asia welcomes three new cardinals with gratitude and joy

    by card. Oswald Gracias

    The president of the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences comments on yesterday’s announcement. In his message he underlines the profound gratitude of Pope Francis for the work that the cardinal-designates carry out in their countries. "Our hearts are full of joy for the choice of Msgr. Zenari, who works for the suffering Syrian people".


    07/10/2016 - INDIA

    Indian Jesuit says we must learn from the legacy Mother Teresa left us

    by Cedric Prakash sj

    Today is the anniversary of the foundation of the Missionaries of Charity. After he met Mother Teresa, Fr Cedric Prakash SJ found the courage to admit what he dared not confess, namely that he wanted to become a priest and join the Jesuit order. This calls for courage to challenge the mighty and timeliness in responding to crisis situations.

    06/10/2016 - INDIA

    Catholic doctor against euthanasia explains what suffering and death mean for the Church

    by Pascoal Carvalho

    Dr Pascoal Carvalho is set to speak at the National Symposium organised for the 20th anniversary of the diocesan Commission for human life in Mumbai. In his address, published here, he explains the Christian value of suffering. Euthanasia has become a way to end “the lives of [. . .] human beings deemed to be a burden”.

    06/10/2016 - BANGLADESH - VATICAN

    Visit of Pope Francis in Bangladesh: happy Christians and Hindus; Muslims divided

    by Sumon Corraya

    On his return from Azerbaijan, the Pope announced that it is "almost certain" that in 2017 he will visit India and Bangladesh. Christians are preparing to welcome him with enthusiasm. The police will increase controls to prevent terrorist attacks. Some Muslims consider him a "model of peace"; others oppose the visit.


    05/10/2016 - INDIA

    Indian bishops’ president calls for joint prayers for the nation on October 16

    Card Baselios Cleemis invites all dioceses to organise liturgies and prayers. The month of October is full of religious celebrations. Meanwhile, India is facing "extraordinary challenges, especially on its borders."

    04/10/2016 - INDIA – PAKISTAN

    Indian bishops urge prayers for peace in Kashmir

    by Santosh Digal

    Card Oswald Gracias, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (Latin rite), and Mgr Kuriakose Bharanikulangara, archbishop of Faridabad, speak out on the issue. Fighting between separatists and the Indian Army could lead to a disastrous conflict between India and Pakistan, both of which have nuclear weapons.

    04/10/2016 - INDIA

    West Bengal, Federal government pays tribute to Saint Teresa of Calcutta

    by Purushottam Nayak

    The ceremony took place on October 2, Gandhi’s birthday. The organization was impressive, with the participation of the highest federal officials and the West Bengal government. There were over 20 thousand faithful, the apostolic nuncio, three cardinals, 49 bishops, 500 priests and 1,000 nuns.


    03/10/2016 - INDIA

    Tired of burying dead cows, Dalits go on strike in Gujarat

    The beating of four Dalit youths sparked the peaceful protest. They were accused of killing a cow, but the authorities show their innocence. In India, Dalits represent 16.6 per cent of the population, or almost 200 million. They perform the most menial jobs, and are denied access to culture and temples.

    30/09/2016 - INDIA

    Xaverian missionary goes from Goa to the Andamans to spread the joy of the Gospel

    by Santosh Digal

    Fr Pritam Toppo SFX has been working in the archipelago in the Bay of Bengal for years. He served three parishes and their congregations, providing educational and pastoral outreach. His experiences include an encounter of tribesmen armed with bows and arrows, and staying overnight in thatched bamboo huts with snakes hanging from the ceiling. Everyone – Hindus, Catholics, Muslims, animists – "participate with solidarity in all the joys and sorrow of each other.”

    29/09/2016 - INDIA

    India opts for first come, first served basis for 50 hard-to-place children

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Would-be adoptive couples received a message asking them to “reserve” children online. The scheme is designed to help placement of disabled or older children whom no one wants. For the president of the Family Commission of the Bishops' Conference, “This is a pure commodification of babies”.

    29/09/2016 - INDIA

    India, one year after lynching beef still source of controversy

    The case of the murder of Mohammad Akhlaq has shocked the public and prompted intellectuals and critics of religious nationalism to act. Writers have returned prestigious awards; students demonstrated at universities. Meanwhile, ‘cow protection vigilante groups’ refine their techniques.


    Editor's choices

    On “Hong Kong sectors” supposedly "against Francis"

    John Mok Chit Wai

    A scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, who collaborates with AsiaNews, responds to accusations against the agency and people in Hong Kong with respect to criticism of the Vatican’s diplomatic approach towards China. Religious freedom is a fundamental human right and a universal value, whether in China, Russia or the Middle East. Between "Right" and "Left", China defines itself as left, yet it practices state capitalism and unfettered capitalism just as "right-wing governments" do. Gaudium et Spes calls on the faithful to engage in politics against the "arbitrary domination by [. . .] a political party,” like in China.

    The "enemies" of Pope Francis

    Bernardo Cervellera

    The charge made against AsiaNews that we are against the Pope and in favor of Putin, is an opportunity to outline what motivates our commitment to evangelization. And also to ask for greater professionalism from those who write about the Pope. The Pope does not need public defenders. Facilitating dialogue between "conservatives" and "progressives" to realize the Council and concern ourselves with the world so that it encounters Jesus Christ. Christ’s “enemies” were also his "friends."


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