01/05/2016 - VATICAN
After the Marian prayer of the Regina Caeli Francis appeals for peace in Syria: "There is a spiral of violence in the country that continues to aggravate the already desperate humanitarian situation of the country, particularly in the city of Aleppo, and claim innocent victims, even among children, the sick and those who with great sacrifice pledged to provide assistance to others ". Economic development "must take into account human dignity and fully respect labor laws". Pedophilia "is a tragedy. We must not tolerate it, the guilty must be severely punished."
30/04/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: No one be distanced from God because of man-made obstacles!
At an extraordinary Jubilee audience, Francis returns to the theme of reconciliation, "God has never failed to offer his forgiveness to men: his mercy is felt from generation to generation." An appeal to confessors: "You are in the place of God the Father." A special Jubilee greeting for the police and the Armed Forces: "Faced with every day challenges, irradiate Christian hope, which is the certainty of the victory of love over hatred and peace over war."
29/04/2016 - INDIA
Card Gracias, saddened by the attack on Bishop Gallela Prasad, champion of the poorby card. Oswald Gracias
The archbishop of Mumbai and president of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conference condemns the attack against the bishop of Cuddapah. He calls on the authorities to act quickly. He also prays that God may “touch and turn the hearts of those who committed this sacrilegious assault.” The attacked bishop is closely involved in empowering the poor and women.
29/04/2016 - INDIA
Msgr. Menamparampil: Amoris laetitia affirms values of Indian familiesby mons. Thomas Menamparampil
The apostolic administrator of Jowai comments on Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation. He believes that the papal document is applicable to the condition of the Indian tribal families. Amoris laetitia talks about "irregular" situations, marriages, divorces, abandoned children. All of this is also found in India where, as the Pope recalls, we must not give in to easy judgments, but to discern each situation case by case.
29/04/2016 - INDIA
Andhra Pradesh: Catholic bishop kidnapped and beaten for hours
Msgr. Gallela Prasad is the bishop of Cuddapah and was returning from Kadapa district, where he celebrated Mass. The car IN which was traveling was stopped by unknown persons, who blindfolded him and beat up the driver and prelate all night. The Telugu Federation of Churches filed a complaint and asked the authorities to register the case to "ensure the safety of Christians."
28/04/2016 - INDIA
Madhya Pradesh, police interrupt a Christian marriage: "The spouses are Hindus"by Nirmala Carvalho
Security officers and Hindu extremists stormed a place of worship in Satna, arresting 10 people including the pastor and the groom's parents. He is accused of having converted the pair illegally to Christianity and celebrating a marriage between minors. Christian leaders: "This is abuse of anti-conversion laws".
27/04/2016 - INDIA
Indian bishop: Church must focus on priestly trainingby Benigna Menezes*
Mgr George Palliparambil is the bishop of the Diocese of Miao, Arunachal Pradesh. Yesterday, he celebrated the ordination of five new priests in Eluru from to the Missionaries of Compassion. In addition to India, they operate in Australia, Venezuela and the United States. The prelate spoke with concern about several suicide cases among Indian priests.
27/04/2016 - INDIA
Card Gracias: as one of the most polluted countries, India needs a serious commitment to the climate
The archbishop of Mumbai is among 260 religious leaders who signed an appeal to world leaders asking them to implement immediately the Paris climate agreement. Citing Pope Francis’ Laudato si’ encyclical, he stresses that it is the poor who pay for pollution. “Step outside in India, and often you will be breathing some of the dirtiest city air on the planet,” he writes.
26/04/2016 - INDIA
Bishops meet Prime Minister Modi in Delhi, ask him to invite Pope Francis to Indiaby Nirmala Carvalho
The leaders of the Indian Catholic Church asked the prime minister to lead a government delegation to Rome for the canonisation of Mother Teresa. The bishops praised the government's involvement in trying to get the release of Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, who was abducted in Yemen. Modi pledged support for Ranchi hospital for the poor and Tribals, an initiative of local Catholics.
25/04/2016 - INDIA
Madhya Pradesh: Kumbh Mela begins. A Catholic dispensary caring for Hindu pilgrimsby di Nirmala Carvalho
The rally takes place from April 22 to May 21 in the city of Ujjain. The largest Hindu pilgrimage in the world, about 50 million pilgrims are expected to bathe in the waters of the sacred river Kshipra. 13 Akharas of the country, the training school for seers and holy men, also take place. The local church offers free care for the medical needs of the pilgrims.
23/04/2016 - INDIA
Two newly ordained priests to serve Christians in Odisha’s Kandhamal districtby Santosh Digal
Mgr John Barwa, archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, ordained Fr Pritam Singh and Fr Bhanja Kishore Singh in a ceremony attended by more than a thousand Catholics, as well as 35 priests and 50 nuns. The district now has 12 priests, the highest number in the state. The increase in consecrations confirms that the Christian community has not been intimidated by Hindu radical violence.
22/04/2016 - INDIA
First alternative medicine hospital run by the Sisters of Nazareth opens in Bihar
This is the first facility of its kind in the state. During the opening ceremony on Wednesday, Mgr William D'Souza SJ, Archbishop of Patna, stressed the importance of finding “wellness and integrity” in a busy life. The centre offers yoga, herbal massages, and Ayurvedic treatments, as well as dietary and joint pain advice.
21/04/2016 - PAKISTAN – INDIA
Pilgrimage of peace between Lahore-Delhi to boost unity and mercy between the two peoplesby Nirmala Carvalho
Mgr Sebastian Francis Shaw, archbishop of Lahore, visited the Indian capital with 16 priests from his diocese, where they were “greeted so warmly”. Despite being divisions and conflicts since 1947, “A strong sense of brotherhood and communion binds our two peoples”, and this calls for “a new culture of mercy".
21/04/2016 - INDIA
Chhattisgarh: 11-year-old girl cuts off tongue to offer to lord Shiva
The incident occurred on Wednesday in Sangeetarai village. After initially losing consciousness, she continued to pray in front of a religious symbol, drawing a crowd of curious onlookers. Local authorities deputed a medical doctor to monitor her health.
21/04/2016 - INDIA
Guwahati’s "monuments of mercy": scholarships for deserving students
Msgr. John Moolachira speaks of the initiatives implemented in response to the call of Pope Francis. For years the archdiocese finances studies for worthy young people. From now on, the scholarships will become official. Those who pass the 10th class exams with good grades, will receive subsidies until the third year of university. A contribution of 2,600 euros for catechists; building schools in villages far from major urban centers.
20/04/2016 - INDIA
Madhya Pradesh: ‘baby farm’ discovered in hospital, five people arrested
Infants were sold to childless couples for US$ 1,500. Mothers were convinced to complete unwanted pregnancies and give their babies up for adoption. But then hospital staff resold them illegally. Babies were born out of illicit affairs or rape. India has one of the worst rape problems in the world.
19/04/2016 - INDIA
Ranchi: a hospital for the poor and the tribals, a "monument of mercy"
19/04/2016 - INDIA
Chhattisgarh, another attack on Pentecostals: a pastor and his pregnant wife assaultedby Nirmala Carvalho
The attackers remain unidentified, but are probably Hindus. They beat up the family and forced them to sing "Jai Sri Ram", or "Victory to Ram". Then they burned the church and also threw petrol on the Christians. Recently there has been a similar attack against another Pentecostal group. State applies anti-conversion law and many local councils have banned all non-Hindu religious events.
18/04/2016 - SRI LANKA
Catholics celebrate the Virgin of Madhu during Sinhalese New Yearby Melani Manel Perera
Taking advantage of a three-day public holiday, thousands of Catholics headed to the Marian shrine, one of the country’s most famous religious sites. Whole families with children in tow prayed for their loved ones and thanked Our Lady for healings. “It was really worth spending three days of our holiday,” said one pilgrim.
18/04/2016 - INDIA
For Indian activist, papal visit to Lesbos’ refugees reveals the hypocrisy of Muslim rulers
Lenin Raghuvanshi heads the Peoples' Vigilance Committee on Human Rights. Pope Francis’s humanitarian trip to the Greek Island highlighted the plight of migrants. According to the activist, fascist politics rule the Middle East where Muslim leaders are rich with oil, but ignore the plight of their peoples.
18/04/2016 - INDIA
Bihar, Hindu extremists attack Pentecostal communities and torture a Christianby Nirmala Carvalho
The group was participating in a peaceful two day rally. After the naming ceremony of some Christians, the radicals attacked the faithful. Previously they had tortured a Christian, who refused to insult the name of God, for five hours. The man was beaten with chains, sticks and a scythe; his wounds rubbed with water and alcohol; his body subjected to electric shocks.
17/04/2016 - VATICAN - GREECE
Pope Francis brings three Syrian refugee families home to the Vatican
They arrived with the pontiff from Lesbos. They join the two families already living inside the Vatican. Pope alights first from the plane bringing him back to Rome to shake hands with each of them. The reception and the maintenance of three families will be borne by the Vatican. The initial hospitality - said Father Lombardi - will be guaranteed by the Community of Sant'Egidio.
17/04/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Our life is safe in Christ’s hands, we no longer need fear
At the Regina Caeli Francis stresses the importance of listening, as followers, to Christ's words: "An engaging not superficial, listening, to enable a true mutual knowledge". After the Marian prayer, the Pope thanks people for their prayers for his recent visit to Lesbos with Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop Hieronymus: "The unity in the charity of all the disciples of the Lord". The Pope speaks of a young Muslim man whose wife was slain by terrorists because she was a Christian: "She was a martyr, and he was crying so much." A prayer for the victims of the earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan.
16/04/2016 - VATICAN - GREECE
Pope calls on Europe to be a land of welcome, says migrants are not numbers but faces
Meeting the people of Lesbos, Francis expresses "admiration" for the Greek people who - despite difficulties - welcomes those who suffer: "God will reward this generosity, like that of other surrounding nations, which from the first moments have received with great availability many forced migrants. " The people's "concerns are legitimate," but we must never forget that in front of us we have people who are suffering. A common prayer.
16/04/2016 - VATICAN - GREECE - ORTHODOX
Migrant crisis, the "worst humanitarian disaster since the Second World War"
Francis, Bartholomew and Jerome sign a lengthy joint declaration on the situation of refugees. "World opinion can not ignore the colossal humanitarian crisis created by the spread of violence and armed conflict, the persecution and displacement of religious and ethnic minorities, and the uprooting of families from their homes, in violation of their human dignity and their fundamental human rights and freedoms". Renewed commitment to Christian unity, an appeal for the end of the war in the Middle East. The full text of the declaration.
16/04/2016 - GREECE - VATICAN
Pope to refugees in Lesbos: You are not alone, I plead with the world for a solution
Along with the Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop of Athens Hieronymus, Francis visits the large Moria refugee camp on the Greek island. Moving, painful but also much joy, especially from the young people. Many throw themselves at the Pope’s feet to tell stories of pain and suffering. The pope: "Do not lose hope." Special thanks to the Greek people who "despite their own suffering" opened hearts and homes to those fleeing from pain.
16/04/2016 - CAMBODIA - INDIA
Cambodia wants tigers and seeks "loan" from India
For the first time in recent years there has been an increase in the global feline population. More than half are in India. Phnom Penh’s program for restocking will cost 20 to 50 million dollars.
15/04/2016 - INDIA
Jyoti Kumari’s story, from street urchin to child journalist in Delhi
Since 2002, the CHETNA Association, which works in favour of homeless children, has published Balaknama, a paper by and for kids. A quarterly in the beginning, it now prints 10,000 copies a month with stories about everyday lives and abuses. Street kids are themselves the reporters. Through this tool, the NGO wants to offer them a better future.
14/04/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: The Holy Spirit accomplishes things, not so-called fidelity to the law
Commenting on Phillip’s evangelization of Ethiopia, Francis stresses the importance of openness to the Spirit: "Philip, one of the Apostles, was busy as all bishops are, and this day surely he had his plan to work". But the Spirit tells him to leave what he was planning to go to Ethiopia "and he obeyed."
14/04/2016 - INDIA
"The right to pray" in India: women attacked by gurus for entering temple
The women are part of the Bhumata Ranragini Brigade, who have been protesting for months. Mumbai High Court has confirmed their right to pray even in the inner sanctum of a Hindu temple. The activists were attacked for having "disobeyed" the order to wear the sari, the traditional Indian women’s dress.
13/04/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: I am going to Lesbos to be close to refugees. Pray for me
At the General Audience Francis comments on the call of Matthew, a sinner in the eyes of the world: "The Church is not a perfect community, but disciples on a journey, who follow the Lord because they know that they are sinners and in need of his forgiveness. The Christian life then is a school of humility that opens us to grace". Arrogance and pride "is a wall preventing our relationship with God." After the catechesis an appeal: "I will go to Greece to express sympathy and solidarity with, migrants and the Greek people who welcome them so generously."
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