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03/02/2015 INDIA
India's 2015-2016 budget calls for growth, but on the back of children
by Nirmala Carvalho
Lenin Raghuvanshi, director of the People's Vigilance Committee for Human Rights (PVCHR), slams the Finance minister's financial bill. Large infrastructure and energy investments come with heavy cuts in educational and development programmes for the country's children.
Mumbai (AsiaNews) - India's 2015-2016 Union (federal) budget "lacks direction," and "supports a neoliberal economic policy at the expense of the weaker segments of society, like children," said Lenin Raghuvanshi, director of the People's Vigilance...

03/01/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Let us not forget those who are suffering in Syria, Iraq and Venezuela; let us pray for them
Francis comments the Gospel of the Transfiguration of Christ. "Jesus reveals himself as the perfect icon of the Father, the irradiation of his glory. It is the fulfilment of revelation. [. . .] Jesus' journey always leads us to happiness [. . .]. Love transfigures everything." The task he leaves for the disciples and the faithful is simple: "Listen to and follow the Saviour." After the Marian prayer, the Holy Father issued an appeal to the peoples of the Middle East, noting that "We are praying insistently for an end to the intolerable brutality of which they are victims."
02/27/2015 INDIA
No more attacks on Mother Teresa, "beloved by India and the world".
by Anthony Charangat*
In an editorial Fr. Charangat, Director of Communications and Media for the Archdiocese of Mumbai, criticizes statements made by the head of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Accusing the founder of the Missionaries of Charity of helping the poor to get them to convert is "an arrogant, incorrect, misleading, malicious act and done in bad faith". "The Catholic Church does not recognize conversions made by force or deception".
02/26/2015 INDIA
Hindu radicals: We will convert Christians and Muslims until the government stops us
by Nirmala Carvalho
The provoking remark was made by the leader of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), which will celebrate the anniversary of the extremist group in Kandhamal. In 2008 the worst anti-Christian persecution of Indian history took place there. The Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC): "No concrete action of the Government after the statements on religious freedom by Prime Minister Modi."
02/26/2015 INDIA
Swine flu, more than 900 deaths in India since the beginning of the year
It is the worst epidemic since 2010. More than 16 thousand cases of infection recorded throughout the country. The worst affected States are Rajashtan and Gujarat. In Ahmedabad, the government prohibits gatherings of more than five people, and requires the use of a face mask at weddings and funerals

02/25/2015 INDIA
Indian Catholic physician: rethinking the health system to meet the needs of the elderly
by Pascoal Carvalho*
From 5 to 7 March, the Pontifical Academy for Life will hold its General Assembly. The theme of the gathering will be 'Assisting the Elderly and Palliative Care'. This is a sensitive issue in India, where the percentage of "grandparents" is quickly increasing. By 2021, there will be 140 million senior citizens. At least 30 per cent of them will be poor, without access to medical facilities and therapies.
02/24/2015 INDIA
Radical Hindus against Mother Teresa, but India rises up: "She is a Saint”.
by Santosh Digal
The head of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) paramilitary group has accused the founder of the Missionaries of Charity "of serving the poor in order to convert them." People of all faiths and walks of life condemn the words of the Hindu leader. Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC): "Mother Teresa often exhorted those who came to her to be good Hindus, Muslims, Christians or Sikhs"
02/23/2015 INDIA
First monument to the martyrs of anti-Christian pogroms erected in Odisha
by Santosh Digal
The initiative is undertaken in the village Tiangia, where residents wanted to remember local victims, "pillars of testimony." The archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar blessed a commemorative plaque in the presence of the local clergy and hundreds of faithful. The violence in Kandhamal in 2008 was the worst ever against India's Christian minority.
Afghanistan, Indian Jesuit freed after eight months in captivity
by Nirmala Carvalho
Fr. Alexis Prem Kumar, head of the Afghan section of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is back in Delhi. The organization expresses "immense gratitude" to the Indian government. Former regional director for South Asia: "Positive sign for the volunteers who work in Afghanistan."
02/22/2015 VATICAN
Pope gifts "Guard your heart" booklet as an aid to conversion in Lent
At today's Angelus Pope Francis gave away booklets containing "the wealth of our doctrine," the essentials of the faith: "the seven sacraments, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the Ten Commandments, the virtues, works of mercy. .. ". The booklet was distributed by volunteers and homeless people. "Those who are in need are also the ones who give us this great wealth." Lent is a time "for spiritual battle against the spirit of evil", already won by Jesus in the desert. "We go into the desert without fear, because we are not alone, we are with Jesus." This afternoon, the Pope goes to Ariccia on retreat with the Curia: "Pray so that in this desert we can hear the voice of Jesus and correct our many defects".
02/21/2015 INDIA
Vijayawada’s cloistered: Our solitude for the good of the world and of the Church
by Benigna Menezes*
The Carmelite community of women gathered to celebrate the 25th anniversary of profession of one of their sisters. An important anniversary because it falls in the Year of Consecrated Life, and the 500th anniversary of the birth of St. Teresa of Avila.
02/20/2015 INDIA - EGYPT
Card. Gracias: May the Martyrdom of the Egyptian Copts bring dialogue and peace among all religions
by Card. Oswald Gracias*
As president of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC), the Archbishop of Mumbai sends AsiaNews a message of condolence to the Christian communities in Egypt and Libya. "We pray for them and for the conversion of the hearts of those who have committed these crimes."
02/19/2015 INDIA
For Indian Jesuit, Narendra Modi's bluff will be called sooner or later
by Nirmala Carvalho
Fr Cedric Prakash, SJ, director of the Prashant Centre for Human Rights, Justice and Peace in Gujarat, speaks about the prime minister's statement on religious freedom. Leader of a right-wing Hindu nationalist party, Modi said that his "will be a government that gives equal respect to all religions". Yet, he has failed to mention attacks on churches and minorities across the country.
02/18/2015 INDIA
Tribal Mundari begin Lent with a pilgrimage to India's 'Black Lady'
by Nirmala Carvalho
People from Blessed Mother Teresa Parish in Siadih are planning to travel to the Dhori Matha Shrine to ask for Mary's intercession during this liturgical period. The holy place holds a black wooden statue depicting the Virgin, found in 1956 by a Hindu woman in a coalmine.
02/17/2015 NEPAL
Mobile phones given to naked 'Naga Baba' to spread messages of secularism and tolerance
Naked Hindu holy men gather in the name of the god Shiva. A million pilgrims are expected at Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. The naked sadhus will make Nepali temples famous. Last year, they were asked to protest against secularism; this year, they will do the opposite.

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02/16/2015 SRI LANKA - INDIA
Sri Lanka, the new president chooses India to "deter” China
02/16/2015 INDIA
Varanasi, spiritual leaders: Religious diversity, foundation of peace and dialogue by Nirmala Carvalho
02/15/2015 VATICAN
For pope, Christ fights the world's evils and sufferings by taking them on and defeating them through God's mercy
02/13/2015 INDIA
Mumbai, Dalit activist Arun Ferreira thrown out of university
02/13/2015 INDIA
Delhi, more attacks on the Church as Catholic school targeted by Nirmala Carvalho
02/12/2015 INDIA
Hindu temple dedicated to Narendra Modi is a "threat to secular India"
02/11/2015 INDIA
As one family, Christians and Buddhists meet in Bodh Gaya, India by Nirmala Carvalho
02/10/2015 INDIA
Indian Christians view Delhi elections as a victory over fascism by Nirmala Carvalho
02/10/2015 INDIA
Archbishop of Delhi: The people voted against Modi and the political use of religion
01/31/2015 ASIA
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02/09/2015 INDIA
India's Catholic Bishops call for a stop to anti-Christian violence, say Christians are not second-class citizens by Nirmala Carvalho
02/09/2015 INDIA
Anticorruption party close to victory in Dehli elections
02/06/2015 INDIA
Delhi poll pits Hindu nationalists against anti-corruption party
02/05/2015 INDIA
Peaceful march in Delhi: police beat and stop priests, nuns and children by Nirmala Carvalho
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As 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' continues, Mosul bishop notes that Jesus is born amid refugee containers
by Amel NonaPersecuted by the Islamic state, refugees have lost everything: belongings, home, jobs, school, and their future. Yet, their faith and mission remain strong. For them, almost 900,000 euros have been raised and sent. Pope Francis sends a message of closeness. The campaign continues according to the Patriarch of Baghdad's proposal of fasting and moderation at Christmas and New Year, with the money saved offered to the Christians of Mosul.
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For head of Al-Azhar, religious education reform is needed to stop Islamic extremism
02/24/2015 EGYPT - ISLAM
What Tayeb and Sisi said is big step towards a revolution in Islam
by Samir Khalil Samir
02/23/2015 EGYPT-LIBYA
Escape from Libyan hell: Egyptian migrants tell of ordeal and Islamic State torture
by André Azzam
02/25/2015 SYRIA
IS abducts 150 Christians, rapes and kills women, a "tragic situation" for vicar to Aleppo
02/23/2015 TURKEY
Bartholomew I’s Lenten message
by NAT da Polis
02/24/2015 INDIA
Radical Hindus against Mother Teresa, but India rises up: "She is a Saint”.
by Santosh Digal
02/23/2015 TIBET - CHINA
Tibet, thousands of Buddhists celebrate the Dalai Lama’s birthday in public
02/26/2015 SYRIA
IS holding more than 250 Christians, for vicar to Aleppo, pope's prayers are a source of courage
03/01/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Let us not forget those who are suffering in Syria, Iraq and Venezuela; let us pray for them
02/26/2015 BANGLADESH
Prostitution and forced labour: trafficking in human beings in Bangladesh
by Sumon Corraya


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