09/16/2014INDIA Madhya Pradesh, Hindu radicals attack university professor: he spoke in favor of Kashmir by Nirmala Carvalho The vice-chancellor of Vikram University is “guilty” of speaking out in favour of Kashmiri students (and Muslims) affected by the floods. The police have not yet arrested anyone. The victim is hospitalized for trauma. Mumbai (AsiaNews)
- Ultranationalist Hindu militants belonging to the Vishwa Hindu
Parishad (VHP) and the Bajrang Dal yesterday raided the
office of the vice-chancellor
of the Vikram University (Ujjain,
09/15/2014INDIA Andhra Pradesh, Msgr. Ramazzotti "inspiration and provocation for all Indian Catholics" by sr. Benigna Menezes* Great celebrations in Eluru for the opening of the year dedicated to the PIME founder. The local bishop, Msgr. Maipan, recalls his life "worthy of a saint" and urges the faithful to be "true disciples" of the founding father of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions. The delivery of the crucifix to a young Indian, who is leaving for Papua New Guinea, "demonstrates the PIME vocation which is increasingly an expression of the missionary will of the local churches."
09/14/2014VATICAN Pope: Celebrate the Holy Cross, and think of our brothers and sisters, persecuted and killed At the Angelus Pope Francis recalls the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross: "We do not exalt just any cross, but the Cross of Jesus," where " God’s love for humanity was revealed most". The cross is not a sign of "magic": "Belief in the Cross of Jesus means following Jesus on his path”. An appeal for the Central African Republic. He returns to his prayer at Redipuglia: "War is a madness ... When will we learn this lesson?"
09/14/2014VATICAN Pope: Christ’s love sustains married couples' love and renews it when, humanly speaking, it becomes lost Pope Francis celebrates Mass during which 20 couples are united in marriage. Some of them have lived together for some time and have children. Families are the “bricks” for the building up of society". The merciful love that flows from the Cross heals "those who succumb to the dangerous temptation of discouragement, infidelity, weakness, abandonment”. An added piece of advice: Never let the sunset on an argument
09/13/2014VATICAN Pope in Redipuglia: War is madness. This is the time to weep At the cemetery that is the final resting place for the mortal remains of over 10 thousand victims of the First World War, Pope Francis condemns past and present wars, their destructive power, motivated by Cain’s attitude: "What does it matter to me?". The "the merchants of war perhaps have made a great deal of money, but their corrupted hearts have lost the capacity to cry". "... Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction ...". Present cardinals and bishops from Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia, ordinary soldiers and representatives of Orthodox and Muslims in Europe. Pope Francis’ grandfather fought in the Great War on the Piave. The gift of "Light of St. Francis" to the military ordinary military in commemorations of the First World War. The full text of the papal homily.
09/12/2014INDIA - ITALY Italian marines case: Latorre back in Italy for four months India's Supreme Court authorises his return to Italy on medical grounds (plus written pledge for his return) after the marine suffered a brain ischemia. For Indian source, "big media interest around this story has waned. Now we are just waiting to see justice take its course".
09/12/2014VATICAN Communio: special issue for the Synod on the Family by Bernardo Cervellera The issues dominating discussions thus far - the pastoral care of divorced, communion for the remarried, gay couples - are likely to overshadow the positive beauty of married life and of the sacrament, bound to the Eucharist. Mercy towards the remarried should not be psychological benevolence, but help that comes from the mystery of the Cross. The conflict between the Christian mentality and the individualistic mentality is leading the contemporary world to treat heterosexual marriages like "gay marriage." The summer issue of the prestigious magazine, with articles by Cardinals Ouellet and Scola, and other personalities related to the John Paul II Institute for the family.
09/10/2014VATICAN - IRAQ - UNITED STATES For the fight against the Islamic state, Obama chooses the Saudis, the Vatican chooses the UN by Bernardo Cervellera The US president is set to present a plan to fight caliphate militias. His would-be alliance includes states that have provided ISIL with financial and ideological support, and excludes Syria, Iran and Russia. Pope Francis, Card Sandri, and Mgr Tomasi, the Vatican observer at the UN, demand that the United Nations be involved to enhance the fight's effectiveness.
09/10/2014INDIA Card Gracias: conversions are worrisome, require more dialogue by card. Oswald Gracias The archbishop of Mumbai speaks about new cases of people returning to Hinduism in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. "Everyone should enjoy freedom of conscience and religion;" however, "it is urgent to examine these cases to see if they are really episodes of conversion/reconversion or fabrications instigated by ideological groups who seek to sow divisions" for political reasons. For him, dialogue is the only path to build peace and tolerance.
09/10/2014INDIA Uttar Pradesh, Hindu radicals "reconvert" 23 Christians by Nirmala Carvalho The people involved had chosen Christianity two years ago. The ceremony of "reconversion" was organized by two extremist groups, which in the Indian state promotes the so-called "homecoming programs “. Christian leader: "Groups prey on simplicity of the people and indulge in a propaganda of hatred against Christianity."
09/09/2014ASIA World Bank: global employment crisis At least 100 million people are unemployed in G20 countries with an additional 447 million working poor. Persistent slow growth will dampen employment prospects, with real wages stagnating or dropping. An extra 600 million jobs are needed worldwide by the year 2030 just to cope with the expanding population.
09/09/2014INDIA Church to maintain unity between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Christians by Nirmala Carvalho The Andhra Pradesh Federation of Churches (APFC), an umbrella organisations for Christians denominations in the two states, has been renamed the Federation of Telugu Churches (FTC). The new name, which reflects the fact that Andhra Pradesh and Telangana share the same language, is meant to prevent further divisions.