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    29/11/2016 - INDIA - SRI LANKA - ASIA

    The bishops gathered in Sri Lanka for the 11th plenary of the bishops' conference. This year's theme is the family in the relationship with the local Churches. On the agenda, the major challenges for family relationships. An inter-religious meeting with Islamic, Buddhist and Hindu leaders.

     


    by Santosh Digal

    29/11/2016 - INDIA

    "Day of Rage" against rupees recall brings tens of thousands to streets


    The protest was mostly peaceful. Opposition parties have called upon the population to protest the recall of the most used banknote. Premier asks party colleagues to show their bank statements to dispel doubts of complicity.

     


    28/11/2016 - INDIA

    Orissa, 15,000 faithful celebrate the feast of Mary, Queen of the Mission (Photos)

    by Purushottam Nayak

    The celebration is one of the most important in India. Usually, Christians come from all over the country, but this year, the rupee recall created problems. A procession with candles made its way through the streets of Berhampur in memory of Mary’s apparition to Saint Catherine Labouré.


    28/11/2016 - CUBA – VATICAN – ASIA

    World reactions to Fidel Castro’s death


    A few days after Fidel Castro’s death, many political leaders have reacted to his passing, expressing their condolences to the family. Pope Francis offered “prayers to the Lord for his repose” and hope for the Cuban people.


    27/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Advent, the contrast between our daily routine and the sudden coming of the Lord


    In the first Angelus of Advent, Pope Francis said that "the Lord’s visit with humanity", at Christmas, also takes place "every day" and will occur when "He will come in glory to judge the living and the dead." "The Gospel does not want to frighten us, but for us to widen our horizons". "... Our Lady help us to not consider ourselves owners of our lives, not to resist when the Lord comes to change it".


    26/11/2016 - CUBA - VATICAN

    Fidel Castro, father of the Cuban revolution, has died


    His body will be cremated today. He led the island for 50 years. In 2008 he passed the presidency to his brother Raul. He attempted to export the Marxist revolution to Latin America and Africa. Some economic and social achievements at home, along with a heavy oppression of human rights. The disappearance of myth after the fall of the USSR. The Catholic Church and the Popes, catalysts of a transformation on the island nation.


    26/11/2016 - INDIA

    Manmohan Singh: Rupees recall a failure, legalized theft


    After more than two weeks, the situation for the poor and the middle class is worsening. Long queues at ATMs remain, protests and clashes have caused 70 deaths. Bankers caught stealing money suspended. Opposition parties propose the "day of rage".


    24/11/2016 - INDIA

    Calcutta, thousands of mothers and pregnant women march for right to maternity benefits (Photos)

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The National Food Security Act was passed in 2013 but it is still in the pilot phase. It is applied to the 52 districts in the country. So far 55 million euro in aid have been distributed, but to start the project it would take two billion. Women forced to work until the ninth month of pregnancy.

     


    23/11/2016 - IRAQ

    "Adopt a Christian from Mosul": A Christmas gift to survive winter

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    As Iraqi troops advance in the Nineveh Plain and Mosul, a new wave of refugees could overshadow the fate of other refugees who found hospitality in Kurdistan. People need kerosene, winter clothes, aid for children, and money for rent. The campaign AsiaNews launched two years ago is more urgent than ever. Give up a superfluous gift to offer refugees an essential gift for life.


    23/11/2016 - IRAQ

    Pastor of Amadiya: Mosul’s Christian refugees, torn between emergency aid and the longing to return home

    by P. Samir Youssef

    In a letter Fr. Samir Youssef describes the situation of refugees, exiled from their home for more than two years. They are closely following the offensive to retake Mosul, although their homes and churches "are for the most part" burned or destroyed. With the arrival of winter there is a serve lack of heating oil, clothes, food and money to pay for their children’s school bus. An appeal to continue to support the AsiaNews campaign.


    22/11/2016 - INDIA – ITALY – AFGHANISTAN

    Selene Biffi, a Hindu Italian who educates young Afghans trhough comics

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    She is one of the recipients of the Mother Teresa Memorial Award. In 2009 she escaped an assassination attempt in Kabul and decided to help children and youth. She produced illustrated books and set up storytelling schools in which the country’s cultural heritage is passed down by word of mouth.


    21/11/2016 - VATICAN

    The everyday time of Mercy

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    The apostolic letter "Misericordia et miserable" shows how to pour out the "extraordinary" Jubilee into  everyday life. The need to energize the world with the experience of mercy in order to heal grief and despair. No mention of illegal Chinese bishops. Everything comes back to the "center" of Christianity, which is the mercy of God in Jesus Christ. A turning point to relaunch society and dialogue between the conservatives and progressives within the Church.


    21/11/2016 - INDIA

    Christians and Muslims in Mumbai as "co-pilgrims" on the path of dialogue and collaboration

    by Errol D’Lima

    The Jesuits organised a seminar with Islamic scholars to highlight the similarities between the two religions and foster collaboration. This included explanations about Islam, the Qur‘an and the interpretations that affect Islamic doctrine.


    21/11/2016 - INDIA

    Indian bishops: Deep sorrow for victims and injured in Uttar Pradesh train crash


    The general secretary of the Episcopal Conference: unacceptable tragedy, affecting means of transport most used by ordinary people. The Indore-Patna train derailed near Kanpur, perhaps due to crack in rails. At least 133 dead and 180 wounded. Rescue operations still ongoing.


    20/11/2016 - VATICAN – SYRIA

    Card Zenari addresses Pope: Church of Mercy where millions are "left dead or half-dead"

    by Card. Mario Zenari

    In his greetings to the pontiff, the new cardinal, the apostolic nuncio to Syria, highlights some elements in Pope Francis’s pontificate and the Church's commitment to being "Good Samaritan" in many parts of the earth, experiencing the joy of faith and martyrdom.


    20/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: even if the Holy Door closes, the true door of mercy always remains open wide for us


    Francis Pope celebrated the Mass ending the Jubilee of Mercy. He also handed the Apostolic Letter ‘Misericordia et misera’ to a delegation of bishops, priests and laity, including Card Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, a nun from South Korea, a young engaged couple, a disabled person and a sick person. “The lure of power and success seem an easy, quick way to spread the Gospel,” he said. “God has no memory of sin, but only of us, of each of us, we who are his beloved children.  And he believes that it is always possible to start anew, to raise ourselves up.” The pontiff thanked the sick and cloistered nuns for the prayers they offered for the success of the Jubilee.


    19/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope tells new cardinals to say no to the virus of polarization, yes to concerns for our brothers without faith


    In the public consistory creating 17 new cardinals, Pope Francis urged new cardinals to love one’s "enemies" and not “demonize them” in order to “have a ‘sacred’ justification for dismissing them.” The College of Cardinals reflects the geographic, linguistic, liturgical and ethnic diversity that "is one of our greatest riches." Three new cardinals are from or based in Asia. Card Zenari, apostolic nuncio to Syria, presented the initial greeting and expression of gratitude. Afterwards, pope and cardinals paid a visit to Benedict XVI.


    18/11/2016 - INDIA

    Demonetisation hits India hard, could cause unrest


    India’s opposition parties have given the government three days to resolve the situation. About 50 people have died in connection with demonetisation across the country. For most, there is no money for weddings, while a BJP tycoon spent US$ 74 million to marry off his daughter. Meanwhile, India’s central bank wrote off the debts of 63 big businesses, owned by friends of the prime minister, for US$ 740 billion.


    18/11/2016 - INDIA – BANGLADESH

    Ban on NGO of Islamic preacher who inspired the Dhaka massacre


    Zakir Naik is a radical Salafist. His Islamic Research Foundation promotes sermons via a private TV network. Bangladeshi and Pakistani authorities have already banned the latter. The preacher has praised Osama bin Laden and terrorism. India’s Muslim react with feelings.


    17/11/2016 - INDIA

    Fr Antonio Grugni: treating TB patients in India is my total giving (pictures)


    Born in Legnano (Italy), he was fascinated from a young age by the care of the sick and became a cardiologist. But then he realised that that was “not enough", and in 1976 took the opportunity to go to India. In 2005 he set up an association that takes care of people living with leprosy, tuberculosis and HIV. Every month, 40 new cases of tuberculosis are diagnosed but more than 90 per cent are healed.


    17/11/2016 - INDIA

    Kashmir: after 133 days of revolt, separatists announce two day respite


    Next weekend businesses and shops will reopen their doors. Even public transport can circulate. For four months, the separatists leaders have dictated the calendar of protests. Delhi authorities are "apathetic" about the issue of the Valley.

     


    15/11/2016 - INDIA

    Kashmir, students defy curfew and separatists: over 95% sit annual exams


    Yesterday exams for the 12th grade took place. Today there will be those for the 10th. The student turnout was higher than that of last year. The Ministry of Education has determined that tests only incorporate half of the curriculum, given that the students have been unable to go to school for four months.


    15/11/2016 - INDIA

    A week after rupee notes were pulled, cinemas, markets and shops are "empty and losing money”


    The initiative by the Modi government stems from a desire to fight the counterfeiting of money. However, the surprise move has badly penalised ordinary people. The new notes are not accepted in shops. Bollywood is also in crisis. Media show BJP officials holding the new notes before the announcement was made.


    14/11/2016 - INDIA

    Young Mumbai seminarians among tribal Adivasi to experience the challenges of the mission

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    First year seminarians from St Pius College in Goregaon East were divided into four groups. Living for a week among poor people in Maharashtra hill villages “made them understand their many blessings".


    14/11/2016 - INDIA

    India, "disastrous" conditions of the poor. The withdrawal of rupees is "just a political move"


    The banks have no money, ATMs are out of order. Ordinary people are huddled in the streets, hoping to exchange the banknotes of 500 and 1000 rupees. The suspicion is that the BJP leaders knew in advance of the move, and have had time to secure their money. Perhaps the ruling party is the only one with the money for the election campaign in Uttar Pradesh next year.


    12/11/2016 - INDIA - JAPAN

    India and Japan sign historic agreement for the civilian use of nuclear energy


    The agreement provides for the supply of energy only for peaceful purposes and has a clause allowing Japan to terminate the pact if India conducts a nuclear test. Tokyo’s first agreement with a country that has not signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Other agreements in the field of infrastructure, textiles, transport and aerospace exploration.


    11/11/2016 - INDIA

    Uttar Pradesh, illegal jeans factory burns down killing 13 workers in their sleep


    The employees were sleeping in a room beside the sewing machines. The flames flared after a short circuit. Poor safety conditions. In 2013, over 40 thousand victims out of about 402 million workers.

     


    10/11/2016 - INDIA

    India, endless queues in front of banks to exchange banknotes removed from market


    Yesterday, the government has eliminated 500 and 1000 rupees banknotes. The decision is part of the policy against corruption and money forgery. The banned banknotes accounted for 85% of money in circulation.

     


    09/11/2016 - NEPAL

    After Indian president’s visit, China warns Nepal

    by Christopher Sharma

    India’s Pranab Mukharjee visited Nepal on 2-4 November. Afterwards, the Nepali Congress leader visited India where he met the Dalai Lama. Beijing reacted by calling on Kathmandu for explanations. Nepal responded reiterating its support for the ‘One China’ policy.


    09/11/2016 - ASIA – MIDDLE EAST – UNITED STATES

    Asia greets Trump’s victory with concerns


    The election of the 45th president of the United States sparks various reactions, from Trump’s friend Putin who wants to renew relations to Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia who want to revive old ties. Iran is afraid for its nuclear deal. In China, the focus is on the "uncertainties" that will emerge after the vote. Card Parolin calls for action on peace in a world of “grave wounds."






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    IRAQ
    "Adopt a Christian from Mosul": A Christmas gift to survive winter

    Bernardo Cervellera

    As Iraqi troops advance in the Nineveh Plain and Mosul, a new wave of refugees could overshadow the fate of other refugees who found hospitality in Kurdistan. People need kerosene, winter clothes, aid for children, and money for rent. The campaign AsiaNews launched two years ago is more urgent than ever. Give up a superfluous gift to offer refugees an essential gift for life.


    IRAQ
    Pastor of Amadiya: Mosul’s Christian refugees, torn between emergency aid and the longing to return home

    P. Samir Youssef

    In a letter Fr. Samir Youssef describes the situation of refugees, exiled from their home for more than two years. They are closely following the offensive to retake Mosul, although their homes and churches "are for the most part" burned or destroyed. With the arrival of winter there is a serve lack of heating oil, clothes, food and money to pay for their children’s school bus. An appeal to continue to support the AsiaNews campaign.


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