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  • 24/04/2017 - INDIA

    The meeting with Yogi Adityanath took place on 21 April. Local Church leaders extended their best wishes to him in his new capacity. They also asked him to guarantee the security and protection of the Christian minority and its places of worship.


    by Nirmala Carvalho

    22/04/2017 - INDIA

    Missionaries of Charity visit families, the sick and dying on the Andaman Islands

    by Santosh Digal

    The Sisters of Mother Teresa arrived in the capital of Port Blair in 1994. Four of them currently work on the archipelago, helping the sick and dying at their time of need as well as supporting the poor by funding their children’s education.


    20/04/2017 - INDIA

    Bishop Mascarenhas: Indian bishops condemn the disruption of the Way of the Cross in Tamil Nadu

    by Purushottam Nayak

    On Good Friday, police stopped Mass and prevented worshippers from carrying the cross up a hill. Previously they had torn down statues and crosses on a slope. Meanwhile, the other side of the hill is invaded by Hindu temples.


    20/04/2017 - INDIA

    Demolition of Babri Mosque: Supreme Court incriminates three Bjp leaders


    Lal Krishna Advani, Murali Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti will be tried within four weeks. The sentence will be issued at most within two years. Former Chef Minister of Uttar Pradesh escapes court proceedings thanks to governor immunity. Ram Puniyani: "Hopes of Justice After 25 Years".

     


    19/04/2017 - INDIA

    For Bihar nun, working for Dalit liberation is faith in action

    by Santosh Digal

    Sister Poonam belongs to the Congregation of Jesus, which was established by Mary Ward. She is part of a movement of consecrated people who are also social activists. In India 70 per cent of Catholics are Dalits. Nuns and priests "must be prophetic voices in the Church and society,” and raise awareness about the marginalised, identify leaders and educate them.


    18/04/2017 - INDIA

    More than 5,000 Christians and Hindus celebrate Easter in Kandhamal, the pogrom district

    by Santosh Digal

    The event was held in the Church of Our Lady of Charity in Raikia. In 2008 the district was the scene of the worst anti-Christian persecution in Indian history. Youth enacted passages from the Bible and Easter themes. "I have absorbed the message of love and peace,” a Hindu said.


    18/04/2017 - INDIA

    Tamil Nadu, police interrupt a Dalit Christian Via Crucis (Video)

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The officers climbed on the altar and prevented the continuation of the Good Friday celebrations. Local official: "The Dalits have a church in their village." Christian leader: "Since Prime Minister Modi has come to power, attacks against minorities have increased."


    15/04/2017 - VATICAN-ASIA

    An Easter for the Young

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    In Mark’s Gospel a young man announces the resurrection of Jesus. The crisis of youth: "distrust, indifference, indignation towards institutions", even toward the Church. They learn to live without God and the Church. The importance of next Synod and the testimony of those who are kept "young" through mission.


    13/04/2017 - INDIA

    Cross desecrated in Mumbai: garland of slippers twisted around body of Christ

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The desecration was discovered by a faithful who visited the church to pray. The case was registered against unknown persons. Christian Leaders condemns yet another act of intimidation against the Christian minority. "Clear indication of awakening sectarian strife".


    12/04/2017 - INDIA

    Kandhamal, three Christians baptised, willing to die for their faith

    by Santosh Digal

    Chandrika Digal and her two sons, Prabin and Rohim, were baptised today. The youngest also received the sacraments of confession and first communion. He wants to become a missionary. The three began reaching out to the Church six years ago and followed a training course with the help of local catechists.


    11/04/2017 - INDIA

    Masses interrupted, pastors arrested, allegations of forced conversions: Easter plight of India’s Christians

    by Santosh Digal e Nirmala Carvalho

    Bishops, activists and ordinary people complain about incidents of violence and intimidation across the country. Despite constitutional guarantees, the Christian minority is being persecuted. The threat on Palm Sunday: "If you want to pray, you must have official permission."

     


    10/04/2017 - INDIA

    Varanasi: instead of palms, hyacinths collected to purify the Ganges tributaries

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The Palm Sunday initiative of the Indian Missionary Society’s Vishwa Jyoti Communications office. The missionaries have rallied activists of all religions. New Nationalist government has blocked the work of cleaning water.

     


    10/04/2017 - VATICAN-ISLAM-EGYPT

    Even the West contributes to the massacre of Christians and of hope in the Middle East

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    The cliché of the conflict of civilizations and religious wars. Daesh targets Christians, but also coexistence between Christians and Muslims. Al Sisi’s struggle for full citizenship of Christians in Egypt. Al Azhar and condemnation of fundamentalism. The West sells weapons to the Middle East, which end up in the hands of the Islamic State. Benedict XVI’s Regensburg address needs to be reconsidered.

     


    10/04/2017 - INDIA

    Kashmir, clashes in by-elections: eight dead and hundreds injured


    The vote took place in three districts to replace a State Assemblyman. Protesters announce a boycott until tomorrow. Internet services suspended until April 12. Voter turnout at 7.14%.


     


    08/04/2017 - INDIA

    Kandhamal’s first Carmelite priest to help Hindus understand the Catholic faith

    by Santosh Digal

    Johnson Digal, 29, comes from a village of 20 families, mostly Hindus. During the 2008 pogroms, his home was burnt down, forcing him to live in a refugee camp. Since he started to visit his neighbours, they began “changing their negative attitudes towards the Catholic Church”.


    07/04/2017 - INDIA – SYRIA

    Card Gracias expresses sorrow, offers prayers for Syria following Idlib chemical attack and US retaliation

    by card. Oswald Gracias*

    The archbishop of Mumbai expressed Asia’s solidarity and offered prayers to Card Zenari. Children in Asia weep for those in Syria. Bombing worsens the unspeakable horrors of war.


    06/04/2017 - ASIA

    Terrorism expanding worldwide: + 14% in 2016


    In Western countries there has been an increase of 175%. But they represent only 3% of all terrorist acts in the world. The territorial losses of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq point to a militia dispersion and an increased risk of new attacks in 2017.

     


    05/04/2017 - INDIA

    Rajasthan, Muslim kicked and punched to death by "cow guardians" (Video)


    The 55-year-old man was called Pehlu Khan and was a native of Haryana. Together with four other people he had participated in a cattle fair. The assailants belong to the Hindu nationalist and paramilitary groups Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal.


    04/04/2017 - INDIA

    The Archdiocese of Goa and Daman getting ready for the centenary of the apparitions of Fatima

    by Purushottam Nayak

    The first apparition of Our Lady took place on 13 May 1917, followed by four others until 13 October of the same year. The Indian archdiocese is organising special celebrations for the centenary, particularly on the five dates of the apparitions. The message of Fatima is still relevant. Penance remains important to sanctify the Christian life.


    31/03/2017 - INDIA

    Pentecostal pastor arrested in Tamil Nadu for criticising compulsory yoga in schools

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The clergyman had praised the benefits of yoga for body and mind. His Church welcomes Dalits and the poor held down by the caste system. In Uttar Pradesh another Pentecostal pastor was beaten and arrested. A pastor and five members of the Life Worship Centre were also detained but later released.


    30/03/2017 - INDIA – VATICAN

    Vatican calls on Jains to work together for peace and non-violence, starting with families

    by Purushottam Nayak

    The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue issued a message for the Jain festival of Mahavir Jayanti, which marks the 2,615th anniversary of the birth of the Tirthankar Mahāvīra. In India Jains number 4,5 million or 0.4 per cent of the population.


    30/03/2017 - INDIA

    Abattoirs shut down in Uttar Pradesh to protect cows, putting at risk the poor, Muslims, Christians


    The state’s new chief minister Yogi Adityanath promised to close illegal slaughterhouses in the recent election. Sellers complain that the authorities have also shut down legal ones. Sacred in Hinduism, cows are a major source of revenue for minorities. India’s meat exports are worth US $ 4 billion a year, employing 2.5 million people in Uttar Pradesh alone.


    29/03/2017 - INDIA

    I, a Hindu Brahmin convert to Christianity, even though everyone thought I was already a Catholic

    by Rajesh Nayak

    Rajesh Nayak waited 20 years for his baptism, which will take place on Easter. He met the faith when he was very young, but his parents’ opposition prevented him from converting. Through Christian adult initiation he really learnt to pray. "Before I did not know which god I was addressing,” he said.


    28/03/2017 - INDIA

    Karnataka Catholic Organization appeals for prison ministry volunteers

    by Purushottam Nayak

    Prison Ministry India has worked with detainees for over 30 years. Now it is running a recruitment campaign to bring relief to 1,382 in Indian jails. "Nearly 400 thousand people languish without love, hope and help." Membership is open to all; training will last two weeks from May 8 to 23. 


    27/03/2017 - INDIA

    Mumbai, 25 thousand people make a pilgrimage for peace


    Great participation of Catholics and non-Catholics in the annual Lenten march for peace 20 km. The pilgrims walked through the night for 7 hours until the Mass in the Basilica of Mount Mary. Card. Gracias: "Peace, harmony and brotherhood will prevail." Large presence of young people.


    27/03/2017 - INDIA

    Uttar Pradesh: Christian graves vandalized; (False) accusations of forced conversions (VIDEO)

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Crosses taken down; tombstones smashed. State led by Hindu nationalist party. Growing violence against Christians in the region. The Hindu Yuva Vahini organization, founded by the Chief Minister, for the return of the Dalits to Hinduism.


    24/03/2017 - INDIA

    Card. Alencherry: The beatification of Sister Rani Maria is a blessing for the Church in India


    The nun was killed in 1995 with 54 stab wounds. Her assassin  is a radical Hindu fomented by village leaders, who wanted to stop her missionary activity in favor of the tribal poor. Today he repented because of the love of the Franciscan family, who forgave and accepted him. Sister Rani is a "martyr".


    22/03/2017 - INDIA

    The Ganges is a "living being." Raghuvanshi: historic decision, pulls wool from eyes of Hindu nationalists


    The High Court of Uttarakhand equates the waters of the sacred river for Hindus to a human being. The goal is to reduce the pollution caused by industrialization and urbanization. Indian activist: "The Hindu radicals use pollution to come to power." The courts must also take action for Dalits who live on the river banks.


    21/03/2017 - NEPAL – CHINA – TIBET

    Police arrest hundreds of Tibetans in the wake of Pema Gyaltsen’s self-immolation in Kardze

    by Christopher Sharma

    Fifty-eight years after Tibet’s uprising, protests continue in favour of the freedom of the Tibetan people and the return of the Dalai Lama. India and China are in a standoff over the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism. Nothing is known of the conditions of Pema Gyaltsen, who sacrificed himself in a week-end protest.


    20/03/2017 - INDIA

    Card Gracias tells Dalit leaders that the Catholic Church in India is 100 per cent with Christian Dalits

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The archbishop of Mumbai took part the meeting of the National Council of Dalit Christians. In India most Catholics are Dalits, 12 million out of 19 million. The Church has adopted new policies for greater integration.






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    CHINA - VATICAN
    Msgr. Peter Shao Zhumin, bishop of Wenzhou (underground) seized by police

    Bernardo Cervellera

    Public security will not reveal where he was taken, but allow the faithful to deliver some clothes for their pastor. The bishop will celebrate Easter with his faithful. Pressures on the prelate to adhere to the Patriotic Association. A similar fate to that of Msgr. Guo Xijin. It is also pressure on the Holy See.


    CHINA – VATICAN
    Underground Mindong Bishop Guo Xijin missing for four days

    Wang Zhicheng

    After being detained at the Religious Affairs Office in Fuan, he was taken to an undisclosed location "to study and learn." Catholics believe that he will be pressured into joining the Patriotic Association. His refusal will likely mean that he won’t be allowed back to his diocese.


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