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  • 27/06/2017 - INDIA - USA

    Repeated handshakes and hugs between Trump and Modi. Symbolic gestures mask real political intentions. US support in the dispute between Delhi and Islamabad on Islamic extremism. The chief of Kashmir separatists included in the list of terrorists worldwide. Sale of 22 Drones at $ 2 Billion. Sharing information in the naval field.




    26/06/2017 - INDIA

    Mgr Menamparampil warns against the obscurantist danger hanging over India

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Outlawed fundamentalist groups have the support of political and religious leaders, and are not punished for violence against minorities. The economy excludes the most vulnerable groups in society. “Vegetarian terrorism" is unleashed against killing cattle. For Hindu activists, violence against cows is criminal, but violence against human beings is simply punishment. The fear of conversion marks every Christian with suspicion. For one witness, “The better the person, the greater the danger”. Hindutva followers have historicised mythology. "By taking mythologies as histories they are humiliating the sense of history of their own people.” However, the prelate has confidence in Indian society. “All we have to do is create situations where interactions are possible; where everyone has an opportunity to explain himself."


    23/06/2017 - INDIA

    Although government and opposition pick Dalit candidate for the presidency, castes remain


    Ram Nath Kovind is backed by the Bharatiya Janata Party. Meira Kumar has the support of 16 opposition parties led by Congress. The two veteran politicians are in their seventies. For Lenin Raghuvanshi, the choice of Dalit candidates “does not change the evils of the caste system”. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has divided the opposition.


    23/06/2017 - INDIA

    Northeast India, Msgr. Menamparampil proposes an ecumenical prayer for peace


    The United Christian Forum in North East India welcomes the initiative of the emeritus Archbishop of Guwahati. From next August, the first day of every month, the invitation to all Christians "to stand for a few minutes of prayer". The "timely" response of the local Church, following the vandalism of the Bongaigaon cathedral.

     


    23/06/2017 - ASIA-EUROPE

    Asia-Europe: human rights crisis (and freedom of trade)

    by Luca Galantini

    The rare stand taken by the German ambassador Michael Clauss for the release of Msgr. Peter Shao Zhumin and Freedom of Commerce on the New Silk Road, under the shadow of the Chinese monopoly. The silence surrounding the fragmentation of the international legal system. Instead of democracies, there are autocratic regimes, violent nationalisms, oriental satrapies. And Trump sells arms to Saudi Arabia.


    22/06/2017 - INDIA

    For Bishop Menamparampil, vandalism against Catholic cathedral in Assam has hurt and raised concerns among Christians


    The cathedral is in Bongaigaon. Diocesan authorities have called for calm and organised a prayer vigil for peace and harmony. The pyx was stolen, and the tabernacle broken. For Sajan K George, the "robbery is a way to offend [Christian] religious feelings”.


    22/06/2017 - INDIA - CHINA

    UN says India's population will overtake China in seven years


    Today, 1.3 billion people live in the Republic of India, 1.4 billion in the People's Republic of China. The United Nations report highlights a decline in fertility. The aging of the population is likely to break the social security systems.


    20/06/2017 - INDIA - VATICAN

    Card. Ivan Dias, former Prefect of Propaganda Fide and Archbishop of Mumbai has died. Tribute of Card. Gracias


    "A blessing for India". He was the first Indian to cover the office of Prefect in the Vatican. He was the first to reach out to China. A great pastoral and diplomatic experience. Afflicted by various diseases, he was "a martyr of the mission".

     


    16/06/2017 - INDIA

    Madhya Pradesh: Nun arrested on false charges of abducting minors

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Sister Bina Joseph was charged under section 363 of the Indian Penal Code. Hindu fundamentalists forced the father of a girl who was travelling with the nun to file charges against her. For Sajan K George, the constitution “guarantees equal recognition to all religions,” but "Unfortunately, some are more equal than others”.


    16/06/2017 - INDIA

    Mumbai, school of the Islamic preacher who 'inspired' Dhaka massacre closed


    The institute is located in Mazgaon's central district and hosts 135 students. Zakir Naik is the founder of the Islamic Research Foundation, banned five years ago. He is one of the best-known exponents of the radical positions of Salaf Islam. 


    15/06/2017 - INDIA

    Christians of Madhya Pradesh demand justice for the sister arrested with false accusations of forced conversions

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Sister Bina Joseph is "traumatized". The religious was detained for 12 hours along with four tribal girls. The Archdiocese of Bhopal presents an complaint to the head of state railways. The women are in the Pastoral Center. Provincial of the Carmelites: "We will continue to serve the poor."


    14/06/2017 - INDIA

    Madhya Pradesh, a sister arrested (and released) for 'forced conversions'

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Sister Bina Joseph and four girls remained in police custody for 12 hours. Released after interrogation. The denunciation of the young Hindu fundamentalists of Bajrang Dal and Matrushakti. Bishop of Bhopal: "The attitude of the police officers is to be condemned".


    13/06/2017 - INDIA – PANAMA

    Bishop Machado: May God wipe away the tears of suffering children


    The 5th Forum of the Global Network of Religions for Children was held in Panama City. Participants agreed to a declaration to end violence against children. The family is basic “cell of society". Married couples and the extended family of grandparents, relatives, and neighbours must be helped.


    12/06/2017 - INDIA

    “The Church of Odisha is a persecuted Church, but the Holy Spirit strengthens us," said Mgr Barwa during 19 confirmations (photos)

    by Purushottam Nayak

    The ceremony was held in St Antony of Padua parish during the solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. The Odisha Church is a "persecuted Church". The behaviour of Christians "must show that we belong to God".


    12/06/2017 - INDIA

    Maharashtra: Government abolishes debts and farmers suspend revolt


    Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis raises the prices of agricultural products and announces new loans. Farmers protest from June 1st. In Madhya Pradesh, the chief minister sets new prices for grain. Small farmer's demands are that Premier Modi keeps his promises. The agricultural issue is a potential bomb for politics.


    09/06/2017 - INDIA

    Gujarat textbook describe Jesus as a “demon”


    The offending word for Christians is found in a textbook for the ninth grade published by the Gujarat State School Textbook Board. Christians have called for its removal before schools re-open.


    08/06/2017 - INDIA

    Indian farmers protest against debt-related suicides

    by Nalini R Mohanty

    Five farmers died in clashes with the police in Madhya Pradesh. Farmers’ action began in Maharashtra. Both states are governed by the BJP. Overproduction has led to the collapse of prices. Protesters throw milk, onions and potatoes in the streets. “[W]hat the agriculture sector today needs are the long-term policy measures”.


    07/06/2017 - INDIA

    Archbishop of Calcutta: saddened by vandalism of St. Luke's Church

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Vandals struck at dawn on 6 June. The Christian place of worship is just a few hundred yards from the convent, where a religious sister,  72 years of age, was raped in 2015. The robbers broke the hosts, stole old vestments, and about 3,000 rupees


    06/06/2017 - INDIA

    Successful launch of first rocket "made in India"


    The GSLV-MKIII D1 / GSAT-19 lifted off at 17.28 yesterday from the Sriharikota Space Station in Andhra Pradesh. Prime Minister Modi: "The nation is proud!" Launch reduces dependence on European technology.


    05/06/2017 - INDIA

    Indian bishops meet head of Hindu party: a 'wasted opportunity'

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Amit Shah is the chairman of the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party. A "casual encounter". Talks focus on domestic issues, not main arguments for the Christian minority. The political goal of the visit is to attract Christian electorate.


    04/06/2017 - VATICAN - WMD

    Message for World Mission Day: The mission at the heart of the Christian faith

    by Papa Francesco

    The Church is missionary by nature. The world is “marked by confusion, disappointment and frustration, and torn by numerous fratricidal wars,” and “vitally needs the Gospel of Jesus Christ”. Indeed, “the Gospel helps to overcome narrowness, conflict, racism, tribalism, and to promote everywhere, and among all, reconciliation, fraternity, and sharing.” But “being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a Person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction”.


    02/06/2017 - INDIA

    India, Effects of Rupee ban: Economic growth drops from 8% to 6.1%


    Data released by the Central Statistical Office. The economic crisis refers to January-March  2017. The collapse of the construction industry and financial services. For 2018 perhaps a recovery around 7.6-7.8%.


    01/06/2017 - INDIA

    Bandra: “Say yes to God’s will like Mary,” says Bishop Rodrigues

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The feast of the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth was celebrated in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, marking the end of the Marian month. The Rosary was recited every day by Mary’s Clan. Hindus and ordinary people were "touched" by the Mother of Jesus.


    31/05/2017 - INDIA

    For Indian Nun, street children deserve a future

    by Santosh Digal

    Sister Alice Kakkattupilliyil belongs to the Daughters of Charity. Since 2015, she has followed the education of 160 children aged 4 to 12 years . Her biggest difficulty is that children often do not want to go to school. "We must guide them with tenacity and fill them with optimism, patience, love and care."


    30/05/2017 - INDIA

    Cow meat is banned across the Union. For activist, this is terrorism against minorities


    The government approves the Regulation of Livestock Markets 2017, which applies to livestock bought and sold for slaughter. New health rules ban using animals for sacrifices. This will cause huge damage to the economy. Dalit and Muslims will be deprived of their main source of protein.


    29/05/2017 - INDIA

    Archbishop of Hyderabad carries out rituals to rites of reparation in church attacked by fundamentalists


    The archdiocese comes up a programme of spiritual activities ending on 9 June with a ritual of purification of the vandalised place. "We got to know from the concerned officials that [. . .] some religious fundamentalists and anti-social elements [. . .] instigated the people,” said Archbishop Bala.


    27/05/2017 - INDIA

    Caritas India: a network of religious organizations to intervene in disasters

    by Santosh Digal

    The social arm of the Catholic Church has rescued nearly a million people. It has expertise in reducing disaster risk and connecting rescue and rehabilitation to development. The guiding principle must be "readiness", that is to know how to respond promptly and appropriately.


    26/05/2017 - INDIA

    Sister Annmary helps "untouchable" women find work in Odisha

    by Santosh Digal

    The nun belongs to the Congregation of the Union of Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In 2014 she was the first Catholic to arrive in Boudh district. Since then, she has taught children, and helped women learn to sew. For the first time, 30 women went to a government office.


    24/05/2017 - VATICAN - CHINA

    AsiaNews Symposium: Fr Gianni Criveller on evangelisation through charity and martyrdom


    Fr Gianni Criveller gave his take on a book centred to the history of PIME in China. For him, the most significant issues are the evangelical value of charity and the continuity of 'Christianity' in China after the rise of communism and the expulsion of missionaries.


    24/05/2017 - VATICAN – CHINA

    AsiaNews Symposium: gray pragmatism must be dissipated, says Mgr Savio Hon


    Gray pragmatism is rooted in Deng Xia Ping’s maxim ‘It doesn't matter whether a cat is white or black, as long as it catches mice’. Today this means it is impossible to distinguish white from black, what is true from what is false. Heroes of the faith are thus challenged by wolves in sheep’s clothing.






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    VATICAN – CHINA
    Holy See has expressed “grave concern” over the fate of Mgr Shao Zhumin, held by police for more than a month

    Bernardo Cervellera

    The bishop of Wenzhou (Zhejiang), who belongs to the underground community, is said to be undergoing brainwashing to join the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association. Since China and the Holy See resumed talks three years ago, this is the first time that the Holy See Press Office speaks about a detained bishop. The faithful have felt too much pain over the Vatican’s extended silence. Germany’s ambassador in Beijing, Michael Clauss, has talked about the case. The Vatican’s press office calls on the faithful to pray for Bishop Shao Zhumin and “the path of the Catholic Church in China.”


    VATICAN
    Pope: The Churches of the East are alive, despite persecution and terrorism



    Receiving the participants at the "Reunion of Aid Agencies for the Oriental Churches" Assembly, Francis recommends the formation of the clergy. "Let us not forget that in the East even today, Christians - no matter whether Catholics, Orthodox, or Protestants - spill their blood as a seal of their witness."


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