21/02/2018 - PAKISTAN
The initiative is part of Caritas’s environment-related development plans inspired by Pope Francis’s Laudato Si’. A "spiritual ecological conversion" is needed to save the environment that surrounds us.
by Shafique Khokhar
21/02/2018 - INDIA
Holy Spirit Sisters support women's development in Madhya Pradeshby Purushottam Nayak
The congregation set up the Uday Social Development Society in 2009. "[E]ducation is the key to success in life". The NGO offers sewing, embroidery, cooking and home economics courses. Its goal is to make women independent and "agents of social transformation".
20/02/2018 - INDIA
The year 2017 was the worst for Christians in Indiaby Purushottam Nayak
An evangelical group issued a report highlighting 351 cases of violence, but the figure is not exhaustive, as many victims are afraid to come forth to report attacks to police. In three years, attacks against churches and other places of worship increased by 28 per cent.
20/02/2018 - BANGLADESH
Snehonir, the 'house of tenderness' for the disabled (photos)
Founded 25 years ago by Shanti Rani Sisters and PIME missionaries in Rajshahi, the facility is open to the mentally and physically disabled, deaf, blind, orphans, poor, and abandoned. The guiding principle is to start them in life.
19/02/2018 - INDIA – VATICAN
Sr Arina Gonsalves joins Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minorsby Nirmala Carvalho
The Indian nun has a long experience with the Archdiocese of Mumbai. In 2016 Card Gracias chose her as a member of the expert group for child protection. In India, abuses occur “in schools and even in orphanages,” she notes.
19/02/2018 - BANGLADESH
Garo Christians attacked, robbed in Dhaka complain attackers want to ‘steal our land’by Sumon Corraya
Christian tribal organisations organised a protest in the capital, but police prevented them from doing so in front of the National Museum to censor the fact that soldiers raped two sisters.
19/02/2018 - PHILIPPINES
Church offers prayers and solidarity to Filipino migrants abroadby Santosh Digal
About ten million Filipinos work abroad. From January to November last year, they sent home about 1.4 trillion pesos (US$ 2.6 billion). They often endure abuse and exploitation. The country’s bishops back the government’s "the total ban" on workers going to Kuwait.
17/02/2018 - PAKISTAN
Assassin of little Zainab condemned to death: 'hanging is not the solution'by Kamran Chaudhry
The sentence was read today in Lahore prison. The 24-year-old Imrat Ali received four death sentences, a life sentence and a sixth indictment of seven years imprisonment. Activist: "In this case justice was fast. But in others, it takes up to 15 years ".
17/02/2018 - BANGLADESH
Lima Chisim, first woman Christian sergeant of Bangladesh (Video)by Sumon Corraya
The policewoman comes from a poor family from the diocese of Mymensingh. The local Church and the priests helped her to pay for her studies. "My dream is to help other poor students who do not have the money to pay for school".
17/02/2018 - HONG KONG - CHINA - VATICAN
The Church 'doesn't care about politics and human rights' ... Wrong!by John Mok Cit Wai
In an attempt to please China, several commentators dare to conceal or manipulate the teaching of the Church. The Church's mission is linked to support for human rights and commitment to society. Jesus never challenged the Roman Empire, but created a revolution. Msgr Romero defending the poor and the Church, had to face the military junta. A comment by John Mok Cit Wai.
16/02/2018 - VATICAN
Pope: fasting is real when concerned with helping others
Fasting is "stripping oneself a little"; maybe thanking the Lord because we are able to fast: "poor people", they must fast because they do not have anything to eat "and you even despise them ". Do penance in peace: "You cannot talk to God on one side and talk to the devil on the other" because it is inconsistent.
16/02/2018 - SINGAPORE-VATICAN
Archbishop of Singapore: 'Building a vibrant, evangelical and missionary Church' (III)by Paolo Fossati
"The faithful crave the Word of God and feel the need to find a link between faith and their lives". "We have to prepare students for the new evangelization among the many cultures and religions of our continent". The formation of lay people "fundamental to mission". Every year there are 3 thousand new baptisms.
16/02/2018 - VIETNAM
Lunar New Year: Redemptorists for homeless veteransby Hung Quoc
Lộc Hưng parish set up a shelter for 13 war veterans. Since 2013, priests have organized initiatives for health care and spiritual support for over 6,000 veterans, 3,500 since 2017. Most are Buddhist or follow ancestral worship, but some of them have become Catholics.
16/02/2018 - INDIA
Madhya Pradesh, Pentecostals sentenced to 6 months in prison for 'forced conversions'by Nirmala Carvalho
13 convicted include a vision impaired couple. Most Pentecostals are day laborers. The government led by Hindu nationalists "arrests Pentecostal Christians with groundless imputations".
15/02/2018 - PAKISTAN
Spinal fluid theft from unsuspecting women in Punjab is a crime against humanityby Shafique Khokhar
Police arrested four people in connection with phoney blood samples taken from at least 12 women. The criminals promised government medical assistance but instead took advantage of the victims’ poverty.
15/02/2018 - SINGAPORE-VATICAN
Singapore Archbishop calls on Europe 'to let itself be inspired by religion' (II)by Paolo Fossati
"The West has become rationalist, materialistic and individualistic. Religion, however, cannot be explained, it is something that comes from the heart, it is an encounter. Faith and reason do not contradict each other, but faith is greater than reason". In Singapore, many entrepreneurs become philanthropists.
15/02/2018 - INDIA
Nagaland, BJP offers Christians free pilgrimages to Jerusalem: 'Political opportunism'
14/02/2018 - INDIA
For Card Gracias, Lent is a time of fasting and works of mercyby Oswald Gracias*
About 500 Catholics took part in Ash Wednesday Mass in the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Mumbai. They heard practical indications for the Lenten period. In lieu of abstinence, people can perform works of charity and exercises of piety. They can also benefit from the sacrament of reconciliation.
14/02/2018 - SINGAPORE - VATICAN
The Church’s real challenges are in Asia, says Singapore archbishop (I)by Paolo Fossati
“The Asian continent is different from all the others since it is extremely varied in terms of religions, cultures and economic realities," the prelate said. In Singapore, faith is a “fundamental component for the country’s development.”
14/02/2018 - PAKISTAN
Christians pay tribute to Asma Jahangir at her funeral in Lahoreby Kamran Chaudhry
The funeral ceremony of the late activist took place at Gaddafi Stadium amid tight security. Pauline sisters carried a placard that said ‘Asma, the true spirit of humanity’. For the National Commission for Justice and Peace, she was the voice of the “oppressed and marginalised".
13/02/2018 - PHILIPPINES
The diocese of San Jose promoting organic farmingby Santosh Digal
Farming is the main activity for 80 per cent of the population of a region known as the country’s rice greenery. The local Church has undertaken various social development initiatives, including women’s empowerment and a feeding programme for children.
13/02/2018 - PAKISTAN
Valentine's Day: a ban for Muslims, divisions among Christiansby Kamran Chaudhry
Media regulators ban Valentine Day promotion on all channels. Pauline Books and Media are not selling Valentine Day-related greeting cards, which have been replaced by digital cards. The "Catholic Church will not celebrate the day because this year it falls Ash Wednesday."
12/02/2018 - INDIA
Odisha: Christians and Hindus remember Fr Marian Żelazek, 'missionary of compassion' (photos)by Purushottam Nayak
More than 2,500 people took part in the memorial service for the missionary’s centennial, who spent five years in the Dachau concentration camp, an experience that helped him prepare for his future mission in India. Fr Marian dedicated his life to the poor and those living with leprosy; in them he saw the face of God.
12/02/2018 - PAKISTAN
'Human rights and democracy champion' Asma Jahangir has diedby Shafique Khokhar
The woman passed away at the age of 66 from cardiac arrest. She was a famous activist and Supreme Court lawyer. She co-founded the Pakistani Human Rights Commission and the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan. "We lose a legend. Pakistani civil society has been orphaned".
11/02/2018 - VATICAN
Pope: With hearts turned toward Lourdes, we contemplate Jesus as the true physician of our bodies and souls
During the Angelus, Pope Francis said that today is the World Day of the Sick. The pontiff also registered via the Internet for World Youth Day in Panama in January 2019, and mentioned that 23 February will be day of prayer and fasting for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
09/02/2018 - INDIA
Indian nuns, alone fighting human traffickingby Nirmala Carvalho
AMRAT is an organisation that brings together more than 100 nuns from across India. Founded in 2009, it has established a network of civil and social groups. Yesterday was the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Trafficking in Persons. At least, 18 million people live in slave-like conditions in India.
09/02/2018 - PHILIPPINES
International Day against human trafficking marked in Manila
Some 40 million people are victims each year, including about 150,000 Filipinos. Catholics work closely with government agencies. For Mgr Ruperto Cruz Santos, education, outreach, and policy programmes are among their priorities.
09/02/2018 - VATICAN
Pope calls for 'serious examination' of complicities that exist in human trafficking
"Experience shows that such modern forms of slavery are far more widespread than previously imagined, even – to our scandal and shame –within the most prosperous of our societies," he told the "Santa Marta Group".
09/02/2018 - BANGLADESH
Sister Roberta Pignone, from Italy to Bangladesh to serve God among lepers (Photo)by Anna Chiara Filice
The PIME missionary manages the Damien Hospital in Khulna. Since 2012, the cases of infection of Hansen's disease have doubled. In 2017, 35 new cases of leprosy and 400 of tuberculosis were treated. The missionary destination of Bangladesh "a gift of the Holy Spirit".
09/02/2018 - INDIA
Card. Oswald Gracias is the new president of the Indian bishops (Video)
The cardinal also chairs the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences and the Conference of Latin Rite Indian Bishops. He is a fervent supporter of the social work of the Catholic Church in India. He is following the process of canonization of the martyrs of Kandhamal (Orissa).
08/02/2018 - BANGLADESH
Dhaka church ransacked, priest beaten and threatened with death (photos)by Sumon Corraya
Canterbury St Augustine is one of Bangladesh’s oldest churches. Robbers broke into the building, tied up and beat the parish priest, Fr Pereira, ransacked the church, and broke open the offering boxes.
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