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  • 24/02/2017 - INDIA

    The goal is to solve the crisis of the family, and emphasise again the sanctity of the institution of marriage. The archdiocese will rely on the expertise of 20 Holy Cross priests. The disintegration of families is evident in the rise in marriage annulments.


    by Nirmala Carvalho

    23/02/2017 - SOUTH KOREA

    The testimony of Fr Lee Tae-seok in South Sudanese school books


    The South Korean missionary and doctor will be remembered in elementary and high school textbooks. He served as priest, doctor, teacher and architect in the small village of Tonj in a country devastated by war. For Education minister, he is an example for new generations.


    23/02/2017 - BANGLADESH

    Rajshahi, proclaiming the Gospel of young people to other young people

    by Sumon Corraya

    About 400 young students took part in a five-day seminar, which included meeting some families. The goal was to “help young people be free from the slavery of consumerism, materialism, and capitalism”. For Mgr Rozario, “Our young people need to be like salt."


    23/02/2017 - INDIA

    India, Franciscan nuns promote inter-religious dialogue: An experience of deliverance

    by Santosh Digal

    In 1986 the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary created groups for Interreligious Dialogue. Their work is developed in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and other parts of India. They created a network of collaboration with other organizations that support friendly relations between religious communities. Thanks to mutual understanding, conflicts between Christians and Muslims defused.

     


    22/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: sin has also ruined creation, but we know that God is preparing "a new earth"


    "Human pride, exploiting Creation, destroys. However, the Lord does not leave us alone and, even in this desolate picture, He offers us a new prospect of liberation, of universal salvation." For South Sudan, where "a serious food crisis is underway which condemns millions of people to death by starvation, including many children", "declarations are not enough, concrete aid is needed".

     


    22/02/2017 - INDIA

    Punjab Church launcehs "Sport for young people" against drug abuse

    by Santosh Digal

    Eight hockey coaches give lessons to 540 children and young people, most of which have dropped out of school or are unemployed. The state has the highest rate of crimes linked to drug use. The program was conceived by the Social Service of the Diocese of Jalandhar, in collaboration with Caritas India.

     


    21/02/2017 - INDONESIA

    Taizé meeting for youth in Jambi to learn the true love of Jesus in their lives

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Kristopel House in Jambi held a meeting to strengthen Catholic morality and raise awareness of the true love of Jesus. About 250 young people from many parishes in the province took part in the event. Fr Christopher Wahyu Triharyardi told AsiaNews that spiritually participants were made aware of the real presence of God as well as love for family and neighbours in everyday life.


    21/02/2017 - INDIA

    The passion of Jesus drove Franciscan Sister to build 54 houses for the poor in Kerala

    by Santosh Digal

    Sister Lizzy Chakkalakal heads Our Lady's Convent Girls Higher Secondary School in Kochi. In 2012 she provided the first house to a needy family. For her, “the birth of a culture of sharing and mutual care among local people" is more important than just providing housing.


    21/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: it is "our duty" to welcome, protect, promote and integrate migrants


    "The human promotion of migrants and their families begins with their communities of origin.  That is where such promotion should be guaranteed, joined to the right of being able to emigrate, as well as the right to not be constrained to emigrate." "In the face of tragedies which take the lives of so many migrants and refugees – conflicts, persecutions, forms of abuse, violence, death – expressions of empathy and compassion cannot help but spontaneously well-up."

     


    21/02/2017 - BANGLADESH

    Khulna, Islamic leader promises protection to Christians and Hindus

    by Sumon Corraya

    The Commission for Dialogue and Ecumenism organized a workshop, attended by Catholics, Hindus and Muslims. "Politicians often work only for their own benefit." "Christians must create more interfaith seminars to reduce religious fanaticism in Bangladesh"


     


    20/02/2017 - Vietnam

    Vietnam remembers Father Malo, a missionary who loved Asia very much

    by Thanh Thuy

    A Mass was celebrated in Vinh, but Mgr Girelli was not allowed to lead the service. Still, "love always leads us to victory. It is the reality that is needed to build our future in a climate of peace."


    20/02/2017 - INDIA

    World Day of Social Justice: for auxiliary bishop of Mumbai, people must come before profits


    The United Nations established the day in 2007 to highlight global issues like poverty, exclusion, employment, and gender equality. For Mgr D'Silva, violence is the result of inequalities. Existing economic structures must be revisited out of “compassion for our brothers and sisters”.


    20/02/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Protests continue for the war against drugs and the decision to reinstate the death penalty


    More than 20 thousand faithful gathered in Manila to pray, march and protest against the "reign of terror" operated by President Rodrigo Duterte. In recent months, the campaign of violence has resulted in about 7 thousand victims including drug addicts and drug dealers.

     


    18/02/2017 - INDIA

    Mumbai, Mary’s Clan 30 years of palliative care for alcoholics and the abandoned

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The rehabilitation center was opened in 1983. Since then he has welcomed 350 patients, accompanying them to the end of life. Patients often recover relationships with families. "This is because palliative care addresses hope and the basic needs of everyone: humanity."


    17/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Unity in Diversity, where there is no dialogue there is violence


    Visiting the University of Roma Tre, Francis answers questions from students. The fundamental importance of dialogue, the search for "truth, goodness and beauty"; unity that needs differences; integration and "respect" as a response to the fear of the migrant, "but each country has to see what number it can accommodate. It's true: you cannot welcome [migrants] if there are no possibilities[for them]".


    16/02/2017 - SRI LANKA

    As the government comes out in favour of abortion, Bishops' conference calls on Catholic believers and politicians to oppose it

    by Melani Manel Perera

    Every year, 400,000 women become pregnant in Sri Lanka. Some 15,000 resort to illegal abortions and ten die each year. A report by the Health Ministry last year says that 658 abortions occur each day.


    10/02/2017 - THAILAND

    Thai Bishop on World Day of the Sick

    by Weena Kowitwanij

    Mgr Philip Banchong Chaiyara sent a letter to the faithful, exhorting them to meditate on the pope's message, attend mass, and visit the sick.


    08/02/2017 - INDIA

    Indian nun sees cry for life in the eyes of children used as slaves

    by Gracy Rodrigues*

    Today marks the third international day of prayer and reflection against human traffickinginstituted by Pope Francis to fall on the liturgical memorial of St Josephine Bakhita. Sister Gracy belongs to the Asian Movement of Women Religious Against Human Trafficking. Various initiatives are set to take place worldwide against slavery.


    08/02/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Filipino bishops and believers against violent drug war, culture of death


    The Filipino bishops' conference takes a stand against President Duterte’s bloody drug war. Agreeing or allowing the killing of alleged drug users makes people responsible for the latter’s deaths. More than 7,000 extrajudicial killings have taken place in recent months.


    08/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope callas for prayers "for our Rohingya brothers and sisters "


    They are "tortured, killed, just because they carry on their traditions, their Muslim faith." Christian hope is not only personal, but it has a "Community, ecclesial breath", all are called to pray for one another and invoke the Holy Spirit, to "make us understand that we need not fear that the Lord is near, and takes care of us; and it is He who shapes our communities. "

     


    07/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Lent a time of conversion, it invites to listen assiduously to the Word of God


    In the Message for Lent 2017, Francis comments on the parable of the rich man and poor Lazarus saying that it "teaches us that the other is a gift. The right relationship with people is to recognize the value of" gratitude. "The Holy Spirit will guide us to make a real journey of conversion, to rediscover the gift of the Word of God, to be cleansed of sin that blinds us and serve Christ present in the needy.

     


    06/02/2017 - LEBANON

    Card Tagle in Beirut speaks out against walls and prejudices, calls for listening to real stories, heeding real people

    by Fady Noun

    The President of Caritas Internationalis spoke at a meeting organised by Caritas Lebanon on "preparing the heart". The prelate stressed that the Catholic charity is very different from other NGOs. It represents "God’s presence among men" and must serve everyone. Populism and globalisation call for a moral transformation.


    02/02/2017 - JAPAN - UNITED STATES

    The movie ‘Silence’, apostasy and the joy of martyrdom

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    The movie is not an apology for apostasy. It has the courage to raise religious questions about God, suffering, his silence in an age of indifference. It reiterates the topicality of martyrdom, but lacks the Catholic joy shown by Japanese saints and all the martyrs of the Church. Japan is not a "swamp," but a land of concerns and conversions.


    02/02/2017 - SOUTH KOREA-VATICAN

    “Francis effect” taking root and spreading in Daejeon Diocese


    A diocesan synod to root the turning point in Korean society caused by the Pope’s visit in 2014. A "journey together" that has given birth to two currents: one is to actively live the spirituality of martyrdom; the other is to apply professional knowledge and skills of the laity in evangelization.

     


    31/01/2017 - CAMBODIA

    A Christian "model" of the Cambodian family proposed by the Church in Phnom Penh


    A letter from the Bishop Schmitthaeusler announces a three-year plan for the family. Consumerism, poverty, migration and interfaith marriage are the challenges to the proposal of the Catholic family.


    30/01/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope strongly condemns the attack in Quebec City


    Two gunmen opened fire on the faithful in a prayer hall of an Islamic Cultural Centre. Six people are dead and eight wounded, some serious. "The Holy Father again strongly condemns the violence that engenders such suffering; and, imploring God for the gift of mutual respect and peace."


    30/01/2017 - USA - ASIA

    Demonstrations and criticism worldwide against Trump’s anti-immigrant decree


    From 27 January, for at least three months entry forbidden to travelers from Yemen, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Iraq. All refugee reception programs blocked for 120 days. Protests at the White House and the US airports. Iran: Trump’s choice "is a great gift to the extremists." Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Laureate: America is turning its back on its past as a shelter for refugees and migrants.

     


    29/01/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: "if in our communities there were more poor in spirit, there would be fewer divisions, conflicts and controversies"


    “The happiness of the poor in spirit has two dimensions: towards goods and God. With respect to material goods, this poverty in spirit is sobriety: not necessarily surrender, but the ability to taste what is essential, sharing; the ability to renew every day the wonder for the goodness of things without added weight in the opacity of voracious consumption: the more I have, the more I want.”


    28/01/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: consecrated life should shy away from worldliness, offer the "freshness" of the Gospel


    Concerned about the declining numbers of the consecrated, the pontiff notes that a world dominated by the culture of the provisional and money forgets "the beauty of a simple and austere life". He calls for evangelising in lieu of the culture of success at any price, shying away from worldliness, yet maintaining the "strength of mission".


    27/01/2017 - PHILIPPINES – KUWAIT

    Bishops express sorrow for Filipina executed in Kuwait


    The woman, who maintained her innocence, was executed along with six other people. Duterte wants to reintroduce the death penalty in the Philippines right away. For Bishops' Conference, “death should make us all advocates against the death penalty.”






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