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  • 21/03/2018 - INDIA

    The Office for Scheduled Castes/Backward Classes wants to commemorate the people who struggle for the emancipation of the former "untouchables". Applications can be submitted until 25 March.

    by Purushottam Nayak

    20/03/2018 - INDIA

    Delhi Methodist church façade and entrance destroyed

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    According to the authorities, the cemented part was not authorized. Priest denounces not having received any notification. It had been built with church funds to facilitate the entry of elderly people. Sajan K George: "This demolition, during this holy period for the Christian community, hurts the religious feelings of the community and reinforces the growing anti-Christian sentiments and propaganda".

    19/03/2018 - INDIA

    Franciscan missionary: rural despair supplies sexual exploitation

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Sexually exploited women and girls do not come out of nothing. They do not choose to become prostitutes; they are tricked into it. Poor areas are vulnerable to traffickers who “dress up their evil as benevolence. “[T]here is always greed, always vulnerability and always deception” as well as a place of “origin – a location”. For the nun, “where I work, I am almost alone. And there are so many like me.”

    15/03/2018 - INDIA

    BJP anti-minority policies in north-eastern India

    by Ram Puniyani*

    Last week the nationalist party won big in state elections. The anti-Bangladeshi feelings and the illusory promise of development were decisive in Tripura. Through its flexibility, the prime minister’s party has been able to use manipulation to gain power.

    14/03/2018 - INDIA

    BJP 'betrays' Hindutva to win in the north-east of India

    by John Dayal*

    Last week saw elections in Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland. In Tripura, the nationalists overturned 25 years of left-wing government. The party of premier Narendra Modi "compromised with the rampant corruption". "The 'Christian' image of the north-east is a myth".

    14/03/2018 - INDIA

    Tamil Nadu’s Lenten passion: four Pentecostal prayer centres attacked

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The places of worship are all located in the Madurai district. Pastors and faithful verbally assaulted with obscene language. Hindu radicals threaten to attack the homes of Christians.

    13/03/2018 - INDIA – VATICAN

    Church in India celebrates the fifth anniversary of the election of Pope Francis

    A special Eucharistic adoration and prayer will be held tonight for the Holy Father. Thirty-three bishops have gathered in Mumbai, in addition to Card Gracias and the apostolic nuncio Mgr Giambattista Diquattro. Pope Francis is "the Pope of mercy" who "has a great love for Asia".

    13/03/2018 - INDIA

    Catholic hospital attacked over a land dispute in Madhya Pradesh

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Hindu nationalist BJP member Chintamani Malviya has claimed ownership of the hospital land. Attackers beat up nurses and pushed around nuns. The Pushpa Mission Hospital was founded in 1974 at a time when no medical facilities existed in the area.

    13/03/2018 - INDIA

    Maharashtra farmer’s victory: Government concedes to demands

    The administration will extend the scheme for the extinction of agricultural debts and the ownership of forest land will pass to the farmers. The demonstrators marched for about 180 km for six days. The voice of women.

    12/03/2018 - INDIA

    Maharashtra farmers’ 'long march' invades Mumbai

    50 thousand farmers march demanding the extinction of agricultural debts that cause thousands of suicides each year and the ownership of the land they cultivate. The peaceful protest started six days ago from the district of Nashik. They walked about 180 km.

    09/03/2018 - INDIA

    Indian Catholic Church against passive and active euthanasia

    Today the Indian Supreme Court has admitted the possibility of stopping treatment for the terminally ill. Parliament will have to legislate in the matter of living will. For the bishops, the "taking of innocent life is never a moral act." They oppose over-zealous treatment and are in favour of palliative care. “The mark of a good society is its ability and willingness to care for those who are most vulnerable.”

    09/03/2018 - INDIA

    Bandra, Pious Disciples of the Divine Master observe '24 hours for the Lord '

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The chapel of Prarthanalaya will remain open until 7 o'clock tomorrow morning. The initiative offers the opportunity to gather in adoration and confession. Sr. Amita: "Come and adore the Eucharistic Lord and ask for his intercession for humanity".

    07/03/2018 - INDIA

    A statue of Our Lady beheaded in Odisha

    by Purushottam Nayak

    The sculpture of the Virgin is in the grotto of the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Aligonda. The “religious feelings of the Christian minority in India are hurt." In Partama, more than 15,000 devotees of Mary celebrate the feast dedicated to her. Muslims and Hindus are also present.

    06/03/2018 - INDIA

    Kerala, the elderly mother of murdered priest, forgives her son's killer

    Yesterday Thressia Thelakat visited the family of the former sacristan. The images of the woman who embraces the crying wife of the murderer shared on social media.

    05/03/2018 - INDIA – GERMANY

    Caritas India and Misereor Germany share Lent campaign on Laudato Si’

    The campaign in Germany started on 17 February; in India on 18 February. Fr D'Souza calls on young Germans to eat vegetarian, use public transit, and not waste water.

    05/03/2018 - INDIA

    Uttarakhand pastor arrested and then released without charges

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The Rev. Vipin Kumar was held in custody for eight hours. Far-right thugs interrupted a prayer gathering. The accusations of forced conversions "are used to intimidate India’s tiny Christian community".

    02/03/2018 - INDIA

    Kerala, priest stabbed to death by the former sacristan

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Father Xavier Thelekat was the rector of the church of Kuruishmala. The former employee Jomy was fired three months ago. The attacker is missing. The faithful "shocked" by the terrible murderous act.

    01/03/2018 - INDIA

    Gandhi's only letter on Jesus Christ is for sale

    The letter can be bought for US$ 50,000 from the Raab Collection. It is dated 1926 and belonged to a private collection until the 1960s. In it the Mahatma says that Christ "was one of the great teachers of mankind".

    27/02/2018 - SRI LANKA

    More than 10,000 Tamil and Sinhalese together for the feast of St Anthony on Katchatheevu (photos)

    by Melani Manel Perera

    Representing the two communities, Mgr Justin Bernard Gnanapragasam and Mgr Raymond Kingsley Wickramasinghe concelebrated the solemn Mass. The Sri Lankan Navy organised the feast, including meals, shelters for pilgrims and temporary piers for their boats.

    27/02/2018 - INDIA

    Amnesty International reports recurring human rights violations in India in 2017

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The human rights group just released its annual report on the state of the world's human rights. In India, the authorities have been openly critical of human rights defenders. Mass violence has intensified, including by the cow vigilante groups.

    26/02/2018 - INDIA

    Mumbai has highest executive salaries

    The data revealed in a survey by HSBC Bank International. Asian cities financially attractive. European and US destinations offer the best career opportunities.

    23/02/2018 - INDIA

    Indian Church celebrates the day of prayer and fasting for peace

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Pope Francis called on the faithful to pray for the resolution all conflicts, in particular for South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Syro-Malankara Church met in Trivandrum cathedral, in Kerala. Sister Meena Barwa, raped by Hindu radicals, prays "for peace in Kandhamal".

    23/02/2018 - INDIA

    Bishops launch website to encourage marriages among the castes

    The link dedicated to young people accessible through site of the Office for Disadvantaged castes of the Episcopal Conference. In India there are 12 million Catholic Dalits, or 60% of the faithful.

    21/02/2018 - INDIA

    Holy Spirit Sisters support women's development in Madhya Pradesh

    by Purushottam Nayak

    The congregation set up the Uday Social Development Society in 2009. "[E]ducation is the key to success in life". The NGO offers sewing, embroidery, cooking and home economics courses. Its goal is to make women independent and "agents of social transformation".

    21/02/2018 - MALDIVES - INDIA - CHINA

    State of emergency scuppers tourism, Chinese and Indian warships nearby

    The Parliament extended the measure for another 30 days. Tour operators cancel hotel and flight reservations. The crisis is part of the regional power struggle between Beijing and Delhi.

    20/02/2018 - INDIA

    The year 2017 was the worst for Christians in India

    by Purushottam Nayak

    An evangelical group issued a report highlighting 351 cases of violence, but the figure is not exhaustive, as many victims are afraid to come forth to report attacks to police. In three years, attacks against churches and other places of worship increased by 28 per cent.

    19/02/2018 - INDIA – VATICAN

    Sr Arina Gonsalves joins Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The Indian nun has a long experience with the Archdiocese of Mumbai. In 2016 Card Gracias chose her as a member of the expert group for child protection. In India, abuses occur “in schools and even in orphanages,” she notes.

    16/02/2018 - NEPAL

    China’s friend KP Sharma Oli sworn in as Nepal’s prime minister

    Oli leads the Communist Party of Nepal-United Marxist Leninist. He began his political career in the 1970s. During that time, he spent 14 years in prison for his opposition to the Hindu monarchy. Now he has pledged to work for peace, stability and development.

    16/02/2018 - INDIA

    Madhya Pradesh, Pentecostals sentenced to 6 months in prison for 'forced conversions'

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    13 convicted include a vision impaired couple. Most Pentecostals are day laborers. The government led by Hindu nationalists "arrests Pentecostal Christians with groundless imputations".

    15/02/2018 - INDIA

    Nagaland, BJP offers Christians free pilgrimages to Jerusalem: 'Political opportunism'

    On February 27, the states of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura will vote. In Nagaland, 88% of the population is Christian. The Council of Baptist Churches in Nagaland boycotts the nationalist parties and denounces violence against Christians.

    Editor's choices

    Putin's victory seen from West and East

    Xi Jinping sent a highly congratulatory message. Japan and Germany issued polite words. The Observatory for Security and Cooperation in Europe criticised restrictions on fundamental freedoms. Tensions with Britain remain over the ex-spy poisoning. For Chinese scholar, as the West continues to attack Russia and China, the two will move closer.

    NPC: silence on constitutional amendment, scripted media coverage

    John Ai

    Spokespeople provide scripted answers to scripted questions. Various “foreign” media are funded by China as propaganda tools. The end of term limits for Xi Jinping is the will of the people even though the people did not know about it.


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