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04/15/2014 INDIA
For Pune bishop, India is multi-religious because it is an authentic and healthy democracy
by Nirmala Carvalho
The 5th round in India's general election is set for Thursday. Mgr Thomas Dabre calls on the community in his archdiocese to vote for "candidates and parties who will take care of every citizen, [. . .] especially minorities. This is true secularism." Fearful of a victory by Hindu nationalists, the prelate notes that "No religious community has a monopoly over the nation's history and culture".
Mumbai (AsiaNews) - "India belongs to people of all religions", and "minorities in the country should be protected and promoted. That is the test of an authentic and healthy democracy. [. . .] so please look for candidates and parties who will take care of all the citizens [. . .]...

04/11/2014 INDIA
For Card Gracias, canonising popes John Paul II and John XXIII will consecrate India to Mary
by Card. Oswald Gracias
Mumbai's archbishop will make a pilgrimage tomorrow to Mount Mary's Basilica in Bandra, which holds a relic from Pope John Paul II. There he will also mark the 51st anniversary of the 'Pacem in Terris' encyclical, and "pray for Pope Francis and the deep, spiritual continuity of the Petrine ministry shared by the [three] popes."
04/10/2014 INDIA
Archbishop of Orissa: Today's vote "worries Christians. But we believe in democracy"
by Nirmala Carvalho
In 2008, the area was hit by violent anti-Christian pogroms carried out by radical Hindus. Archbishop John Barwa of Cuttack -Bhubaneshwar, tells AsiaNews: "We hope that the new government will give justice to the victims of the carnage". Today sees the third phase of the general elections, one of the most important.
04/09/2014 INDIA
Indian elections, 70 % of candidates in Maharashtra under investigation
The most serious situation concerns the Bharatiya Janata Party (Hindu nationalist BJP): Four out of seven politicians are accused of kidnapping, criminal intimidation and extortion. State citizens will vote in three rounds: the first tomorrow.
04/08/2014 SYRIA - INDIA - EGYPT
For Indian Jesuit, the murder of Fr Frans is a loss for Muslims in Syria
by Bimal Kerketta sj*
Fr Bimal Kerketta, a priest who runs a school in Minya (Egypt) tells AsiaNews about his friendship with the Jesuit clergyman killed yesterday in Homs. "He was killed in the monastery garden," a fellow Jesuit in Homs says.

04/07/2014 INDIA
Christian leader wants to see a "new" democratic India that is against corruption and for the elderly
by Nirmala Carvalho
Sajan George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), lays out an "agenda" for the new Indian government. He talks to AsiaNews about the discrimination experienced by Christian and Muslim Dalits, the gap between rich and poor, and the need to empower women. He focuses on people with disabilities, who are still the victims of "of a medieval and retrograde mind-set that keeps them on the margins of the community."
04/07/2014 PAKISTAN - INDIA
Paul Bhatti: "We want concrete answers against unjust death sentences for blasphemy"
A couple from Gojra recently ended on death row for sending text messages to the local imam that contained insults against Muhammad. In this, as in the cases involving Sawan Masih and Asia Bibi, the charges are false, a tool to settle personal scores. In response to the situation, the bishop of Islamabad announces another day of fasting and prayer. Indian Christians also express their solidarity.
04/07/2014 INDIA
India, 2014 general election begins
Today the north-eastern Assam and Tripura vote; tribal majority and home to tea plantations. There are 7.6 million registered voters, out of a total of 814 million across the country. The voting will close on May 12. For the first time in the history of the nation, the people will have “None of the above" option.
04/05/2014 INDIA
India, Babri Masjid demolition "planned by Hindu party"
by Nirmala Carvalho
Reported by Cobrapost, an online agency that specializes in investigative journalism and confirmed to AsiaNews by the activist Ram Puniyani. The destruction of the mosque (6 December 1992) did not take place as a "violent consequence" of a meeting among some Hindu radicals, but was ordered by the leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP nationalists) .
04/04/2014 INDIA
For Karnataka bishop, future elected officials must respect human dignity and religious freedom
by Henry D'Souza*
In the Diocese of Bellary, the Catholic and other Christian communities are constituted largely of Dalits. Speaking to AsiaNews, the prelate noted that it is important for them to exercise "their right to vote," which they should do "with intelligence and good sense" by "choosing leaders who can really bring reforms to the country." At the same time, he calls on the authorities to improve education and health care.
04/03/2014 INDIA
Indian elections: IT bosses running for seats in Bangalore
Nandan Nilekani (Congress) and V Balakrishnan (Aam Aadmi Party) are former executives for Infosys, one of India's largest information technology (IT) companies. Both want to be a new and transparent alternative in the country's political landscape, far from the corruption that has tired so many voters.
04/02/2014 INDIA
The conversion of Dharmesh and Asha: Christ freed our family
by Dharmesh Rami
Dharmesh is 40 years old, an ethnic Gujarati and a Hindu for whom money and security counted above all else. When his wife left him and took away their child, he felt "a loser, a nobody, an absolute nothing." He did not find the answers and the peace he was looking for in holy men, but "in Jesus, His love, and [in the fact] that Christ came to give us life and heal our wounds through his blood.
For Indian Jesuit, US should not grant Narendra Modi diplomatic immunity
A report by the US Congressional Research Service (CRS) acknowledges that the Hindu nationalist leader "could return to the US" if he wins the election. Fr Cedric Prakash SJ tells AsiaNews that "Many in India are hoping that Narendra Modi never becomes prime minister." For nine years, Washington has denied him a visa for "violations of religious freedom" in connection with the 2002 Gujarat riots.
03/31/2014 INDIA
Card Gracias calls on Indians to fast and pray before the election to save democracy
by Card. Oswald Gracias
For Mumbai archbishop, 814 million registered voters should "exercise his/her right and duty to vote and do so prudently, carefully and judiciously" because we must all "get involved in bettering the history, culture and destiny of our nation." The Church does not side with any political party, but calls among other things on new leaders to "promote communal harmony and a spirit of inter-religious dialogue and understanding" and "Care for the minorities and weaker sections of society".
03/30/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Like the blind man healed, "come to see the light", reborn to new life
At the Angelus Francis Pope compares the blind man who comes to believe in Jesus and "those who supposedly see but remain blind in their soul”. Our life is sometimes "similar to that of the blind man" and sometimes "to that of the doctors of law: in our lofty pride we judge others, and even the Lord”. The invitation to read the Gospel of John for "the path of the light and the path of blindness”. A greeting to the Italian soldiers who "work for peace".

Altri articoli
03/29/2014 VATICAN
Pope to the blind and deaf: Jesus encounters people marked by disease to make them witnesses
03/29/2014 INDIA
Indian activist: Narendra Modi and Arwind Kejriwal, as dangerous as "Hitler and Mussolini" by Nirmala Carvalho
03/28/2014 INDIA - ITALY
Indian Supreme Court upholds Italian Marines' plea
03/28/2014 INDIA
Pavithra, from Hinduism to Catholicism: "Without Christ we are nothing " by Pavithra Subramaniyan Iyer
03/27/2014 INDIA
Jesuit priest urges fight against India's culture of death by Nirmala Carvalho
03/26/2014 INDIA
Seeking reconciliation, Mumbai Catholics set to celebrate the 'Festival of Forgiveness' with Pope Francis by Nirmala Carvalho
03/26/2014 INDIA
India, anti-corruption leader chooses Varanasi to beat Modi in elections
03/25/2014 RUSSIA - EU - US
As G-8 goes back to G7, Russia turns to China and India
03/25/2014 INDIA
India's Communist Party against Modi, a Nazi who lies to the people
03/24/2014 INDIA
Vasai bishop: for the Church, Easter represents "springtime," 130 baptisms planned by Nirmala Carvalho
03/24/2014 INDIA
Madhya Pradesh, two Pentecostal pastors arrested on false charges of forced conversions
03/23/2014 VATICAN
Pope announces a 'festival of forgiveness' for 28-29 March in St Peter's Basilica and churches around the world
03/21/2014 INDIA
Discrimination in India: Christians are 6 per cent of the prison population by Nirmala Carvalho
03/19/2014 INDIA - VATICAN
Card Gracias: Pope Francis' first year of mercy, tenderness and hope by Nirmala Carvalho
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Pope announces a 'festival of forgiveness' for 28-29 March in St Peter's Basilica and churches around the worldPope Francis made the announcement after today's Angelus. "We must celebrate the forgiveness the Lord gives us as did the father in the parable of the prodigal son, who, when the latter returned, organised a party, putting out of his mind all the things the son had done." When Jesus met the woman of Samaria, he "tore through the biased mind-set against women." The pontiff also called on the pilgrims to say, "Every encounter with Jesus changes one's life; every encounter with Jesus fills us with joy." He also sent his greetings to a Japanese school.
One year of Pope Francis: Revolution in tradition
by Bernardo CervelleraSince becoming the “bishop of Rome” on March 13, 2013, Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been transforming the Church with his personal witness. His appeal for a Church of the poor, an outward bound Church, ‘the worlds' field hospital’ are the best fruit of the Second Vatican Council. Conservative and progressive interpretations abound, right and left, but this Pope just wants the world to encounter the salvation of Jesus Christ.
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04/09/2014 KOREA
Pyongyang arrests scores for "religious activities", questions 100 people who could end up in concentration camps
04/14/2014 VATICAN
For pope, the seminary is not a refuge, hence 'Woe do the wicked shepherds'
04/09/2014 VATICAN
Pope: new "heartfelt appeal to Syrian authorities and the international community” to “silence the weapons"
Patriarch Sako: mourning and prayer for Card Delly who kept us united in dark times
by Joseph Mahmoud
04/10/2014 VATICAN
Pope: "Dictatorship of thought" suppresses "freedom of conscience, people’s relationship with God"
04/14/2014 PAKISTAN
Lahore: third postponement in Asia Bibi's appeal as Islamist threats against judges continue
by Jibran Khan
04/11/2014 SRI LANKA
Christ's Passion changed my life, young Buddhist says
by Melani Manel Perera
04/10/2014 CHINA - ISRAEL
After two centuries, Henan Jews prepare to celebrate Passover
04/11/2014 VATICAN
Pope: defend the rights of the child to life, not to be exploited, not to become the subject of "educational experiments"
04/09/2014 CHINA
Beijing, trial begins of two more anti-corruption activists


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