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  • 25/09/2017 - BANGLADESH

    The parish was founded by Msgr. Giovanni Battista Anselmo in 1922. Only the tribal Santorum and Hindus lived in the area, who had never heard the Word of God. The church created three more parishes; runs a primary school and a hostel for boys and girls.


    by Sumon Corraya

    25/09/2017 - INDIA

    Ranchi: 5,000 protest against the anti-conversion law and the lands

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Catholics, Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims demonstrated against the Jharkhand Freedom Religious Bill 2017 and the Land Acquisition Act 2013 amendments, the rule that protected tribal lands. Now these lands will be sold out to the best bidder. The anti-conversion law "used to divert attention" from economic interests.


    24/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: there are no unemployed in the Kingdom of God


    During the Angelus, Pope Francis explained the parable of the day workers called up at different times but paid the same remuneration. "Jesus wants to open our hearts to the logic of the love of the Father, which is free and generous.” US missionary Stanley Francis Rother, killed in 1981 by death squads in Guatemala, is beatified.


    22/09/2017 - VATICAN

    ‘Educating to fraternal humanism’ 60 million students in Catholic schools and universities


    This is the goal of a document released 50 years after the encyclical ‘Populorum progressio’, which was presented today in the Vatican. Humanising education and promoting a culture of meeting and dialogue are urgent and necessary.


    22/09/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Eleven schools celebrate World Peace Day in Faisalabad

    by Shafique Khokhar

    The event was sponsored by the Holy Rosary Parish. Staging “such shows of peace” will make children “ambassadors of peace,” said Fr Shahzad. A “candle of peace” was lighted. Three groups call on the government to improve the situation of minorities who are often victims of kidnapping, conversions, and forced marriage.


    22/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: in Europe "signs of rejection" of migrants also among Catholics


    Francis warning to the European national directors of pastoral care for migrants. "From a missiological point of view, contemporary migratory flows constitute a new missionary frontier, a privileged opportunity to announce Jesus."


    21/09/2017 - BANGLADESH – VATICAN

    Card D'Rozario says that the Church can be a field hospital for the Rohingya

    by card. Patrick D’Rozario*

    At least 420,000 Muslim refugees fled Myanmar for Bangladesh. They are “without many dreams or hope for the future, except only to save their lives, so human an urge, from sudden inhuman atrocities.” “The love of Bangladesh should put pressure on Myanmar to open the borders, their conscience and their hearts to receive their brothers and sisters”.


    21/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: the mafia is the result of corruption, inequalities, poverty, and deviant politics


    Organised crime is fought at the political and economic levels against a financial system that “is now sovereign over democratic rules”. This requires “the construction of a new civil conscience [. . .] and working towards a new way of being citizens, including care and responsibility for others and for the common good”.


    21/09/2017 - INDIA

    Madhya Pradesh, Catholics and Protestants denounce Hindutva targeting of the poor.

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    A college that hosted tribal students since 1997 closed. The police arrived with five trucks full of Hindu extremists, scaring the children. The college is accused of forced conversions. Sajan K George: "Nationalists are against Catholics because they want to continue to exploit dalit and tribal."


    20/09/2017 - INDIA

    Catholic college closed down in Madhya Pradesh. Bishop of Sagar: They want to drive out Christians

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The college has been hosting the poor tribal students of the area for 20 years. The Church legally bought the property and the documents are in order. Bishop Anthony Chirayath: "False accusation of having converted 200 people". Archbishop Cornelio: "Nationalists want tribals to return to the Hindu religion. But they have not been converted. "


    19/09/2017 - INDIA

    Sister Lissy: the mission among the poor fills stomachs and hungry hearts with Christ

    by Lissy Maruthanakuzhy*

    A member of the Congregation of the Daughters of St Paul, she eventually turned to poor fishermen in Kerala “While our media mission caters to the elite and intellectuals”. Then, in 2008, she travelled with Mgr Thomas Menamparampil to the jungle villages in Assam, where the missionaries can “enter into the agony of the masses who were like ‘sheep without a shepherd’".


    18/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Those who rule must pray, it is a sin not to pray for those who rule


    Whoever is in the government should be aware of being "subordinate" to the "people who gave them power, and God, from whom power comes through the people". The ruler who does not pray "closes in his own self-referentiality or in that of his party, in that circle from which he cannot escape; he is a man closed in on himself. "


    18/09/2017 - BANGLADESH

    Dhaka, the Good Shepherd exhibition attracts hundreds of Hindus and Muslims (Photo)

    by Sumon Corraya

    More than 300 spectators admired the watercolors of Adward Arther, a young Baptist Christian. A Hindu visitor: "The most important element of the Christian religion is love of God and of his Son for humanity." A Muslim: "Christ who came to earth for our salvation." 


    16/09/2017 - INDIA

    Mumbai celebrates Card. Gracias, 'prophetic voice' and guide of the Indian Church

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Celebrations for the 20th anniversary of his episcopal ordination. The cardinal is highly esteemed by religious and political leaders. The relationship of friendship with Mother Teresa and her battles for the marginalized. The Archbishop of Mumbai's commitment to the universal Church.


    16/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope to the Sacred Heart Missionaries: 'Good Wine' and mission among Young People


    In an audience with the group of participants in the general chapter, Pope Francis calls on them to find "possible new ways" to live the charism of the congregation founded in 1854. To learn from Jesus to "love with a human heart." The educational emergency to "accompany young generations". Valorise the laity and not give in to the evil of clericalism.


    16/09/2017 - VIETNAM

    Mother Teresa, an example of vibrant charity for the parishes of Thủ Đức

    by Thanh Thuy

    Every year in September the community celebrates the saint and draws inspiration from her witness. She influenced the Vietnamese faithful approach to social commitment. Fr. John Nguyễn Thiên Khải: "She Sees God in Others." Charitable programs and initiatives of parishes.


    15/09/2017 - BANGLADESH – VATICAN

    Dhaka: Catholics, Protestants and Muslims waiting with joy for Pope Francis

    by Sumon Corraya

    14/09/2017 - INDIA

    Jharkhand, Card. Toppo 'in flames'. Msgr Mascarenhas: curb the hatred of the chief minister

    by Theodore Mascarenhas*

    A photo of the archbishop's effigy in flames circulated in Ranchi. The General Secretary of the Bishops' Conference asks the Premier Modi to intervene. Citizens’ money spent for defamatory campaigns against Christians. Tribals and Dalits converted by missionaries because "simple and mute like cows". A  letter-appeal to curb religious hatred against Christians.


    13/09/2017 - PAKISTAN

    School uniform became son’s shroud, says father of murdered Christian student

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Sharoon Masih was murdered by his classmates on the third day of school. For the National Commission for Justice and Peace, the boy’s murder is the fault of school authorities. His death was not the result of “a fight among teenagers, but in fact it was caused by intolerance, discrimination and inhuman attitude”.


    13/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Trip to Colombia to bless the reconciliation effort


    "A country with strong Christian roots, but where" it is evident that the evil one wanted to divide the people to destroy the work of God. " "Peace is also founded, and perhaps above all, on the blood of many witnesses of love, truth, justice, and even true martyrs, killed for faith," such as Bishop Jesús Emilio Jaramillo Monsalve, and Pedro María Ramírez Ramos, a priest, beatified in Villavicencio ".


    13/09/2017 - INDIA

    'I am Gauri': in Bangalore, 15,000 demand justice for the murdered journalist


    Gauri Lankesh was killed on September 5 and her assassins are still at large. The intellectual was known for her criticisms of the Hindu nationalist party in the government. Fr. Prakash: "Hers was an unstoppable crusade for the freedom of thought and expression."


    12/09/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Duterte’s war on drugs is unjustified, says Mgr Pabillo

    by Santosh Digal

    The war on drugs “is nothing but extra-judicial killing". More than 12,000 people have died in police operations. Church outreach towards addicts and families includes relief and rehabilitation. Government figures about drug addiction are inflated.


    12/09/2017 - INDIA

    Hundreds of activists and poor farmers in New Delhi for jobs

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The rally is currently underway at the Jantar Mantar monument. Udayani, Calcutta’s Jesuit social outreach, is behind the initiative. The implementation of a law protecting rural workers is at the heart of the dispute. Demands include an increase in guaranteed working days from 100 to 240.


    12/09/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Punjab, Christian student killed, victim of religious racism

    by Shafique Khokhar

    Sheron Masih was 17 years old and had just begun attending public school. Classmates beat him to death with sticks because he tried to drink water. His murder, "just the tip of the iceberg; below, a great mountain of hatred and discrimination against minorities. "


    11/09/2017 - VATICAN – COLOMBIA

    Pope on climate change, "Man is stupid, stubborn, someone who does not see"


    On his flight back to Rome, Francis talked about climate change, Venezuela and migrants. Italy and Greece are doing a good job on migrants, accepting and integrating, “But a government must handle this problem with the virtue of prudence.” He also hopes Trump will go back on his decision concerning the "dreamers".


    11/09/2017 - NEPAL

    Nepal’s new criminal code punishes all religious conversions

    by Christopher Sharma

    Parliament approved the legislation, which will come into effect in August 2018. Anyone caught proselytising risks up to five years in prison. Those who hurts others’ religious sentiment can be fined and get up to two years of prison. Minority religious leaders slam the new provision as a restriction on freedom of belief.


    11/09/2017 - VATICAN-COLOMBIA

    Pope in Colombia: political peace is not enough to make peace, it is a "social and cultural pact"


    From Cartagena the last stop of the trip to Colombia, Francis makes an appeal to "take the first step" towards reconciliation. "Put an end to drug trafficking," which sows "death and destruction, destroying so many hopes and destroying so many families."


    10/09/2017 - VATICAN – COLOMBIA

    Pope in Colombia: working for the dignity of everyone, especially the poor and the excluded


    From Cartagena, on the last stop of his visit to Colombia, Francis made an appeal “for the rejection of all violence in political life” in Venezuela. He also visited the shrine of Saint Peter Claver, ‘the slave of the blacks forever” who “witnessed in a formidable way to the responsibility and care that we should have for one another.”


    09/09/2017 - VATICAN – COLOMBIA

    Pope in Colombia calls on “the Church to commit itself, with greater boldness, to forming missionary disciples”


    During the Mass, Francis told those present that “Even if it may seem that you are getting yourself dirty or stained, get involved,” which means “to be brave” and have “evangelical courage”. For him, “the Church is not a customs house. She wants open doors because the heart of her God is not only open, but pierced by the love that has become pain."

     


    08/09/2017 - VATICAN – COLOMBIA

    Pope in Colombia: Reconciliation means opening a door, not legitimising injustices


    Francis travelled to Villavicencio for a visit centred on national reconciliation. During his stay, he beatified a bishop and a priest killed "in hatred of the faith". “In communities where we are still weighed down with patriarchal and chauvinistic customs, it is good to note that the Gospel begins by highlighting women who were influential and made history.”


    08/09/2017 - INDIA

    “Mary stands as our hope” against the selective abortion of girls

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Today, the feast day of the Nativity of Mary, the Indian Catholic Church celebrates the Day of the Girl Child. Sex selection remains widespread with thousands of female foetuses killed each year. Mary "shows how to live the Christian mysteries". Fr Anthony Charangat, editor of the Mumbai Archdiocese weekly, offers his commentary.






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    ISRAEL – PALESTINE
    New Vicar of Jerusalem to focus on young people and education, future of peace and hope



    Mgr Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo stressed the importance of education to ensure the future of new generations. The Church is a sign of "unity" in a context "marked by divisions" and a bridge in interfaith dialogue. The situation has gone from euphoria for peace to resignation over permanent conflict. He appeals to Western Christians to come as pilgrims to the Holy Land.


    NEPAL
    As Dashain starts, mass slaughter of animals sparks protest by Buddhists and animal rights activists

    Christopher Sharma

    The 15-day event is the most important religious celebration in Nepal. Animal rights activists have gone to Hindu temples to raise awareness among believers. The stench of rotting dead animals fills the areas near the places of worship. Police have been deployed to prevent confrontation.


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