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12/22/2014 INDIA
For Mgr Dabre, India should ensure respect for the rights and freedoms of all citizens
by Thomas Dabre *
In a country with different cultures, religions, and states, "cultural nationalism" is wrong. The same is true for attempts to impose the Hindu majority's culture, sacred books, festivities and even terminology on believers of other religions. Christians do not practice forced conversions, but uphold the right to change religion as guaranteed by the Constitution.
Pune (AsiaNews) - In a country like India where different cultures and religious beliefs live side by side, the government must ensure respect for the rights and freedoms of all its citizens, including the right to change one's religion, which is...

12/21/2014 VATICAN
Pope: At Christmas, once more, Christ comes by and knocks on the doors of our hearts, and we should not let him get away
On the fourth Sunday of Advent, Francis emphasises two aspects in Mary's life, "a model to prepare for Christmas," namely her faith and her capacity to recognise God's time. "The example of Mary and that of her husband Joseph are an invitation to accept with total openness of mind Jesus, who became our brother out of love." What is more, "If you feel the desire to improve, Christ will come by and knock at your door: open it!"
12/19/2014 INDIA
For Christian leaders, the government needs to rid itself of Hindu radicals because India is not a theocracy
The archbishop of Delhi and other members of the Christian clergy sign a statement on the situation of religious freedom in the country. "In a secular and democratic India, there is no place for a state religion. Religion has no place in the national political discourse." Grieving over the victims of the Peshawar attack, they note that such violence is "evidence of the dangers of fanaticism".
12/18/2014 INDIA
Clergy tunes "in to God's message" to mark Christmas in Vijayawada
by Benigna Menezes*
Priests and nuns from the diocese gathered for their annual Christmas meeting, which this time also included the inauguration of the Year of Consecrated Life. The variety of orders and congregations is "a gift from God that enriches the Church."
12/18/2014 INDIA
Radical Hindus' Christmas reconversions postponed, not cancelled
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) takes a step back to let parliament's winter session to end. It pledges however to reconvert 5,000 Christian and Muslim families "before the end of the year". Opposition call on the prime minister to speak on the matter, but the ruling party says no.

12/17/2014 INDIA
Christmas in Mumbai, bringing Jesus to the lepers of Heaven's Gate
About 300 people - including Hindus, Muslims and some Christians - will celebrate the birth of Christ at Swarga Dwar, Mumbai, an ashram founded by PIME. The days leading up to the celebration are special for its children who play cricket, football and other games. "The kids wait for this festival with joy. They like to prepare the tree and put the star on the crèche," the facility's head said.
12/17/2014 INDIA
Radical Hindus attack Christians singing Christmas carols
by Nirmala Carvalho
About 30 people assaulted the Pastor and the faithful of a Pentecostal community, including women and children, with sticks and clubs. The fundamentalists accuse the Christians of promising money to convert tribal people in the area. Police deny the allegations: "No forced conversion in the area, the Christians are innocent."
12/16/2014 INDIA
Catholic activist against handing education over to Hindu fundamentalists
by Santosh Digal
AsiaNews interviews John Dayal, member of the National Integration Council who looks at the influence of radical Hindu Sangh Parivar groups on the educational policy of India's new Union government. "To demonize western and Islamic contribution to the evolution of the India we know today, is an exercise in futility, and very fraught with dangers."
12/16/2014 IRAQ - VATICAN
As 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' continues, Mosul bishop notes that Jesus is born amid refugee containers
by Amel Nona
Persecuted 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.
12/16/2014 INDIA
Christmas reconversions, police in Uttar Pradesh "will stop Hindu radicals"
Security force would take "strict actions" against the organisers. The paramilitary group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) planned to convert 4,000 Christian and 1,000 Muslim families next 25th December.
12/15/2014 INDIA
Indian bishop: "conversions" are a blow to democracy and human dignity
by Felix Machado*
The bishop of Vasai talks to AsiaNews about recent of 'Ghar Vapsi' (homecoming) cases orchestrated by radical Hindus to convert Christians and Muslims to Hinduism. For him, "In professing their faith, people express their deepest aspirations and develop what is their innermost self, the inner sanctuary of their being that no one can violate."
12/14/2014 VATICAN
On the "Sunday of Joy", pope gives a prayer booklet, telling the faithful to "always carry it"
After the Angelus prayer, Pope Francis gave the crowd a pocketbook of prayers "for the various times of the day and for different situations in life". Earlier, he had blessed the "Baby Jesus" figurines for Nativity scenes brought by the children from Roman oratories. He also said, "With Jesus, joy dwells in us". He also shared the Christmas candle in solidarity with Polish faithful.
12/13/2014 INDIA
Odisha: Catholic missionaries offer "permanent" scholarships to ten poor girls
by Santosh Digal
The Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit (SSpS) celebrate the 125th anniversary of their congregation by following the girls from kindergarten to university, until they find a job and become independent.
12/12/2014 INDIA
Advent in Orissa: Christ makes "the ordinary extraordinary"
by Simon Kaipuram CM*
AsiaNews publishes the message of the Bishop of Balasore. Mgr Kaipuram notes that Advent is a season that is much more than "a time to prepare for Christmas". God chose to come into the world like all of us, to be born child in a world full of chaos, because he "may not always choose the easy answer" to fix the world's problems.
12/12/2014 INDIA
Hindu radicals raise funds to pay for "re-conversions" to Hinduism
by Nirmala Carvalho
A Christian "costs" 200,000 rupees, a Muslim, 500,000 rupees. Speaking to AsiaNews, the president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) said, "Hindu nationalist forces have targeted the poorest and most marginalised groups in of society" who "are already treated contemptuously by the majority community". For re-conversion backers, Christianity and Islam are "a problem" for India.

Altri articoli
12/12/2014 ASIA - OPEC
Oil falls below 60 US dollar a barrel
12/11/2014 INDIA
Conversion in exchange for food and money: that's how Hindu radicals "re-convert" 300 Muslims
12/10/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - PEACE 2015
Korean priest rescues N Korean women sold as slaves in China
12/10/2014 INDIA
Delhi wants a digital "single archive" for 1.2 billion of people
12/10/2014 RUSSIA - INDIA
Putin, between Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping by Nina Achmatova
12/10/2014 INDIA
The Christmas of Hindu radicals: We will reconvert 5,000 Christian and Muslim families by Santosh Digal
12/09/2014 INDIA
Advent in Orissa: With love, let prepare ourselves to the birth of Christ by Santosh Digal
12/07/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Be witnesses of God's love, to rekindle the hope of the world
12/05/2014 INDIA
India, a trip among children intoxicated (and murdered) by mercury pollution
12/05/2014 INDIA
Jammu and Kashmir, Caritas India helps thousands of flood victims by Santosh Digal
12/04/2014 INDIA
Odisha: a bicycle pump used in mass sterilisations of women
12/03/2014 INDIA
Card Gracias calls for the rediscovery the new evangelisation in the footsteps of Saint Francis Xavier by card. Oswald Gracias*
12/03/2014 INDIA
Bishop of Delhi: We strongly condemn the blasphemous and hateful burning of our church by Nirmala Carvalho
12/02/2014 VATICAN
Pope: modern day slavery, the exploitation of people, is "a crime and often an aberrant crime "
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IRAQ - VATICAN
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.
IRAQ - ITALY
Almost 700,000 euros raised as the 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' campaign continues
by Bernardo CervelleraA second instalment is sent with funds raised in September. The fate of East-West relations is being played out in the Middle East and Iraq. Pope Francis and the Synod issue an appeal. Governments are lukewarm. Aid is coming from around the world. A new international community is defeating the "globalisation of indifference."
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12/20/2014 VATICAN
Pope: the most dangerous misery is "the presumption that we can do without God"
12/17/2014 INDIA
Radical Hindus attack Christians singing Christmas carols
by Nirmala Carvalho
12/16/2014 IRAQ - VATICAN
As 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' continues, Mosul bishop notes that Jesus is born amid refugee containers
by Amel Nona
12/17/2014 INDONESIA
Central Java, Islamist threat: Scrap Christmas symbols and no celebrations
by Mathias Hariyadi
12/15/2014 CAMBODIA
Christmas for Vuon, a Cambodian who converted and beat illness thanks to Jesus
by Luca Bolelli
12/17/2014 MIDDLE EAST - ISLAM
Secularism, Sunni-Shia divide, and the Islamic state are wiping out Christians from the Middle East
by Fady Noun
12/18/2014 VATICAN
Pope: God walks with us in history, and when we go wrong he correct history and brings it forward
12/18/2014 PALESTINE - ISRAEL
Palestine presents peace plan to the UN Council, Israel calls it an act of aggression
by Joshua Lapide
12/15/2014 VATICAN
Pope: the heart of Christians "is built on the rock" and not "plastered over" in a "cast" of discipline"
12/15/2014 VIETNAM - VATICAN
The soon to be Saint Father Diep, Vietnamese priest and martyr honored even by non-Christians

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