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    26/08/2016 - ITALY – INDIA – VATICAN

    The great missionary and journalist remembers his visits to the Mother since 1964. Mother Teresa will be canonised on 4 September. She set up a home for the dying in Kolkata and one for abandoned children. The first missionary Vigil was a procession of faith in a society marked by protests and violence. She proclaimed life as a gift and said abortion was murder. Mother Teresa was moderate and prayed at night. She slept on a mat. The 1977 Andhra Pradesh floods killed 100,000 and caused tens of thousands of refugees. Mother Teresa will be remembered for her work for the Church and around the world.


    by Piero Gheddo

    26/08/2016 - INDIA

    Some 400 people remember Kandhamal, a “threat to democracy"

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The eighth anniversary of anti-Christian massacres was marked yesterday. Hindu nationalists use religion for nationalist purposes. Caste discrimination is still in force. The poor and the defenceless help radicals rule. What is needed is a break from the politics of “divide and rule”.


    26/08/2016 - INDIA

    Indian bishop: The new surrogacy bill is not acceptable

    by mons. Savio Fernandes*

    Mgr Savio Fernandes talks about the proposed law the Union Cabinet unveiled yesterday. “The life of every human person is to be respected and treated with dignity from the moment of conception.” Indian  authorities want to contain the womb-for-rent industry, that each year brings in  billon of dollars and expose women's body to exploitation. “A better option to surrogacy would be to adopt a child," the prelate said. "In India, there are so many children whose parents have abandoned them.”


    25/08/2016 - INDIA

    For Card Gracias, the victims of Kandhamal can be raised on the altar of martyrs

    by card. Oswald Gracias*

    The archbishop of Mumbai issued a message for the memorial day on 30 August. This year the fiercest anti-Christian violence by Hindu radicals will be commemorated. "May their blood suffering bring many fruits to the Church in Odisha”.


    25/08/2016 - INDIA

    Delhi wants to ban surrogacy

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The government presents a bill imposing new rules. Only Indian couples married for at least five years can resort to artificial insemination and surrogate mothers should be parental relatives. They exclude singles, foreigners and homosexuals.


    24/08/2016 - INDIA – VATICAN

    Humans have dignity and value, Mother Teresa's message for our time

    by Thomas Menamparampil*

    The apostolic administrator in Jowai met the future saint in 1958, when he was in the seminary. What struck him was the Mother’s devotion to others, especially the poorest. Faced with the irrational process that makes humans into consuming machines, Mother Teresa cried out to the world the sacredness of the human person and soul.


    24/08/2016 - ITALY - VATICAN

    Mother Teresa is already a saint. Her canonization is for us and for the world (III)

    by Sebastian Vazhakala, MC

    Recognition of Mother Teresa's holiness serves as a stimulus for the Church and for the world. It is the beginning of a journey, an invitation to a spiritual deepening and to relive the Gospel as she lived it. Prayer and love are the most powerful weapons in the world, but they must not remain words: We need gestures and witnesses. Part three of Fr. Sebastian Vazhakala's story.


    24/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope cancels audience: Sorrow for earthquake victims in Italy


    Francis speaks to the pilgrims gathered in the square: "I express my great sorrow and closeness to all the people present in the places struck by the quake, to all the people who have lost loved ones and to those who still feel shock, fear and terror”. The Pope invites those present to recite the Sorrowful Mysteries. The tremors that devastated the Rieti area, were felt worst in Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto. 21 are confirmed dead, but many are still missing.


    24/08/2016 - INDIA

    Varanasi, as Ganges overflows, the dead cremated on rooftops


    Rains fall relentlessly for over two months. In Uttar Pradesh they have killed 40 people and forced at least another 100 thousand to flee their homes. For Hindus, a funeral rite on the banks of the sacred river frees the body from the cycle of rebirth.


    23/08/2016 - INDIA

    Mgr Barwa: the "martyrdom" of Kandhamal victims must be recognised

    by Santosh Digal

    The archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar calls on the Indian Church to celebrate Kandhamal Victims Day on 30 August. For him, “such violence should never take place” again. The Odisha government has said that it would also pay compensation for churches.


    23/08/2016 - INDIA

    Curfew in Kashmir: Children get to school thanks to volunteers


    The curfew has been in place for almost two months. The protests between separatists and security forces killed at least 60 people. Volunteers working in private homes, in mosques and reception rooms, after several couples have decided to postpone their wedding.


    22/08/2016 - INDIA

    New attacks against Christians in southern India

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    An Evangelical Christian is kicked and punched in Kerala. He was saved by friends, attracted by his shouts. Stones are thrown at a Pentecostal church in Karnataka. The faithful are living in fear, victims of violence perpetrated by Hindu ultra-nationalists.


    22/08/2016 - ITALY - VATICAN

    Fr. Sebastian: My vocation from an encounter with Mother Teresa (I)

    by Sebastian Vazhakala, MC

    As a student he was destined for a banking career, but was always dominated by the desire to be a missionary to the poor of India. His encounter with Calcutta and Mother Teresa changed his life. We speak to the first missionary of charity, co-founder along with the future saint of Calcutta, of the contemplative branch of the Missionaries. First in a series.


    21/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: The door of God's mercy is always wide open. For everyone!


    The goal, says Pope Francis before the Angelus prayer, "is Jesus himself. He leads us into fellowship with the Father, where we find love, understanding and protection. But why is this door is narrow? It is a narrow door not because it is oppressive, but because it asks us to restrict and limit our pride and our fear, to open ourselves with a humble and trusting heart to Him, recognizing ourselves as sinners, in need of his forgiveness. " An appeal for peace "in dear Turkey ".

     


    19/08/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Beloved by Muslims, Mother Teresa changed a bishop’s life

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The bishop of Faisalabad tells AsiaNews about his first meeting with the founder of the Missionaries of Charity. "I was about to be ordained priest, and was thrilled. She told that, that was ‘nice, but not enough. The world needs good priests'." Muslims respect her, an example for the world.


    19/08/2016 - INDIA

    Doubts surround death of a Protestant pastor healer, accused of black magic


    His center organized prayers and healings. Last February the manager was arrested , but the pastor had fled


    19/08/2016 - INDIA - VATICAN

    Official logo of Mother Teresa's canonization created in Mumbai

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    18/08/2016 - INDIA - VATICAN

    Orissa: Kandhamal victim, Sr. Meena Barwa, recalls Msgr. Cheenath

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The nun was raped and beaten during the anti-Christian pogrom of 2008. At the funeral of the archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar Sr Meena message sent a of gratitude for the support she received.


    17/08/2016 - INDIA

    Mumbai: ‘shepherd of the last’, Mgr Cheenath’s funeral celebrated

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The funeral was held in the Church of the Sacred Heart in the presence of thousands of faithful. After communion, Mgr John Barwa talked about his predecessor, calling him a “dynamic leader, who gave 42 years of life to serve us, the lost, the least and the last. [. . .] Thank you Archbishop Cheenath for All you have done for Orissa.”


    16/08/2016 - INDIA - VATICAN

    Mother Teresa: Her contribution to humanity

    by P. Felix Raj

    Opposed, misinterpreted or misunderstood, Mother Teresa was always dominated by Christ's love for the dignity of every human being. A presence which generated change. The testimony of a Jesuit who met her.


    16/08/2016 - INDIA

    Card. Gracias: The Church is always an agent of reconciliation and peace in India

    by Card. Oswald Gracias

    On the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of Independence, celebrated yesterday, the Archbishop of Mumbai thanks God for the gifts granted to the Catholic community. The festival falls in the year of the Jubilee and Mother Teresa's canonization, a "special gift" for the whole world. The commitment of Catholics is dedicated to mutual understanding. Condemnation of forced proselytism but a firm request for freedom of religion and conscience.


    15/08/2016 - INDIA - VATICAN

    Msgr. Raphael Cheenath, Archbishop emeritus of Orissa's martyrs, has died

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    He died in Mumbai and not in Orissa because he had received death threats. He led the Church during the Kandhamal pogroms and fought for the rights of victims and survivors.


    11/08/2016 - INDIA

    Organ trafficking land five Mumbai doctors in jail


    Police in India’s economic capital stop phoney couple from going through organ donation. Private hospital CEO and medical director charged in the case.


    10/08/2016 - INDIA

    Indian Church marks "Black Day" against the discrimination of Dalits

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Rules discriminating against Christian and Muslims were adopted on 10 August 1950. The Bishops' Conference called on all Catholics to take part in demonstrations, candle vigils and hunger strikes to protest. For Card Gracias, the Christian community “does not require special favours; it wants justice and equality".


    09/08/2016 - INDIA – VATICAN

    Ranchi: Sister Mary Bernadette Prasad Kispotta, first tribal Servant of God


    The founder of the Congregation of the Daughters of St. Anne died in 1961, after a lifetime working to educate villagers. In November 2015, the first diocesan commission to vet her holiness was set up. in July came the 'nihil obstat' from the Holy See. For Card Toppo, “It is all God's mercy”.


    06/08/2016 - BRAZIL – ASIA

    Rio Olympics open amid controversy and poverty


    At the opening ceremony, Acting President Michel Temer was jeered for his role in President Dilma Roussef’s impeachment. Outside, protesters demanded “jobs, healthcare, education”. The first-ever Refugee team is present. Doping scandals involving Russia, China and other countries hover over the games.


    06/08/2016 - INDIA

    Karnataka’s St Lawrence Shrine elevated to minor basilica (photos)


    The ceremony took place on 1 August in the presence of more than 200 cardinals, bishops and priests. More than 15,000 faithful gathered for the celebration. "This is a place of miracles,” said the Bishops’ Conference president. The basilica “is not just for Catholics, but for everyone,” said a minister of state.


    04/08/2016 - INDIA

    Caritas India, aid for flood victims in Bihar and Assam

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    More than 150 dead and over 2 million displaced. The monsoon rains continue to fall. Caritas has activated emergency operations immediately, but roads and bridges are flooded and remote villages are inaccessible.


    04/08/2016 - INDIA

    New tax on goods: the economy will grow by 2%


    The upper house of parliament yesterday approved the "Goods and Services Tax". The law simplifies the intricate Indian tax system, which varies from state to state. With a single tax on the entire territory domestic trade will be encouraged and exports will be more competitive.


    03/08/2016 - INDIA

    Supreme Court: More compensation to Christian victims of Kandhamal

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The supreme court ruled that the payment granted previously is inadequate. In 2011 the local government of Kandhamal has allocated 273 thousand euro for reconstruction. It is not yet established the extent of reparation. Catholic activist: "It is important that the judges are concerned."


    03/08/2016 - INDIA

    Maharashtra, a bridge on Mumbai-Goa highway collapses: dozens missing


    The collapse took place at around one o'clock in the morning, due to heavy rains that have eroded the colonial era bridge. The only certainty is the disappearance of two bus carrying 22 people. It is feared that many more vehicles may have been swallowed by the waters of the River Savitri.






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    CHINA - VATICAN
    In China-Holy See talks, silence shrouds future of underground priests

    Zhao Nanxiong

    Later this year, all priests must register to receive a certificate that allows them to exercise their ministry. But the request has to go through the Patriotic Association, whose statutes are "incompatible" with Catholic doctrine. Many priests, official and unofficial, now face an enormous dilemma.


    IRAQ
    Alqosh, despite the Islamic State, the Church celebrates the first communion of one hundred children



    On the feast day of the Assumption the whole community attended the function, celebrated by Mar Sako. For the patriarchal vicar, this is an historic moment for the frontier town long threatened by jihadists. The Chaldean primate calls on children to "contribute to the community." In Kirkuk His Beatitude opened a grotto dedicated to Our Lady.


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