The Good Shepherd Christian Hospital will be inaugurated early next year. The nearest public hospital is Lahore, 95 km away. The Christian cross is visible on the façade.
It is called Kohli Veri Rughani Pato and there are 100 Hindu families. The Christian cross is engraved on the water tanks; in the nearby town of Mithi, no beef can be seen at the market. Muslims respect the beliefs of Hindus. Caritas has activated programs against drought and in favor of farmers.
The focus of 14 reports are the need for a Church in dialogue that is not self-referential or biased, but is focused on the credibility of testimony. Digital culture and the risk of compulsive behaviour engendered by the "screen culture" were discussed. Pastors must be trained to face the pastoral, missionary and spiritual challenges of a culture of globalisation, secularism and technology.
In 1968 the first four nuns arrived in Mumbai where they set up a school in a bungalow. Later the institute opened homes for the disabled, taught nursing courses, and provided aid to the poor. For the current superior, the congregation is “experiencing a new missionary era, which pushes us out towards the peripheries".
The police have accepted the complaint of the local inhabitants, but they acted on the basis of simple gossip. Some religious texts were also seized. Sajan K George: "The state has become the repository of anti-Christian intolerance".
The Christian woman has been in jail since 2009 on blasphemy charges. Supreme Court justices want to prevent unrest. Journalists have been warned against commenting the case. “After her release, Western countries must offer her asylum immediately,” British Pakistani Christian Association leader says.
Today the final hearing before the Supreme Court judgement. The trial has been delayed on numerous occassions for security reasons. A death sentence for blasphemy hangs over the Christian mother. Appeals for justice and prayers from all over the world on social media.
The Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops writes an open letter to the former nuncio to Washington. In it, he describes the former nuncio’s accusations as a baseless “political manoeuvre”. “I cannot understand how you could have allowed yourself to be convinced of this monstrous accusation which has no standing,” he writes.
Chinese faithful, official and underground communities, express their feelings about the present and the future of the Sino-Vatican provisional agreement. Many ask for the publication of the agreement document; others that bishops held in prison are freed and that the unofficial bishops are recognized by the government. The fear that China will belittle the Vatican. Fidelity to the Pope and to the unity of the Church, but concern for the rise in "collaborator" bishops.
For the optimists the provisional agreement is "historic"; for the pessimists it is the beginning of the total sell out of the Church to the Party. The Pope is involved in naming bishops. But we know nothing of a right of veto. The lifting of excommunications is good, but the faithful expect a public request for forgiveness. China has not asked for a break with Taiwan as a prior condition. Praise for Lithuanian martyrs, amid silence on the Chinese ones.