Sr Lidwin Fernandes is the executive secretary of the Women’s Commission of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India. She has a long experience in youth outreach. Not worried about taking on great responsibilities, she is interested in making sure that everyone feels precious “in the eyes of God”.
The priest is the new executive secretary of the Youth Office of the Indian Bishops' Conference. He had been set to join the Armed Forces of India, "but the Lord called me to be a priest through a friend of mine, who then got married". Young people "bring newness, creativity and vitality. They rivitalise the Church and the country”. The Church must "encourage vocations and the study of theology".
Edwardes College was founded by the Church Missionary Society in the 1850s. The institute resisted the nationalisation of Christian schools after Bhutto took over in 1971. For activists and Catholics, "Grabbing missionary institutions is against the constitution of Pakistan”.
The congregation's annual meeting brought together some 180 members and leaders of the Indian Church. The "Theological Consultation" serves to give "direction" to mission of the following year. Founded in Goa, the Company operates in all continents.
The Diocese of Bellary has decided to dedicate 2020 to the mission. A regional convention of young people will be held in Karnataka on 24-27 October centred on ‘Young people caring for the earth for a better world’. The diocese makes recommendations to fully live Pope Francis’s invitation to the "outgoing" Church.
A group of intellectuals comes out in favour of critics of Prime Minister Modi. The latter were indicted for sedition. In less than 10 years, 254 hate crimes based on religion have been recorded, over 90 per cent since Modi came to power.
The Archbishop of Tokyo writes to AsiaNews about the urgent issues in Japan today as it awaits the visit of Pope Francis. The no to atomic weapons from Nagasaki and Hiroshima, but also a message for the dignity of life for disabled, immigrants and hopeless people. In the country, with fewer and fewer children and more and more elderly, there are over 20 thousand suicides a year.
Card Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo, backs Fr Ashok Stephen’s action to force the government “to take care of the people and protect the innocent".
Much has been said about the ecology, migrations and predatory extractive models in the 3rd General Congregation of the Synod, but also about the formation of seminarians and laity, of the ordination of married elders and female deaconates. Violence against nature and against the natives who defend it was another very present topic. "The destruction of nature contradicts the Christian faith, and invokes the responsibility of all to seek a new concept of development and progress".
The organisation defends the rights of the weakest, calls for compliance with the law and the arrest of criminals, helps people regain possession of land seized by powerful local owners. It has 101 offices across the country and 13 abroad. Some Catholics tell their stories about the help they received.
The meeting was organized by the archdiocese and the Salesian community. A video was shown which explains the meaning of the Missionary Month, wanted by Pope Francis to renew missionary zeal and mission ad gentes.
A widely held idea is that God and nature are the same thing. However, being "close to nature" or "in union with the cosmos" is not being holy. "Over-spiritualising Creation can result in measures which devalue the human person and his integral development."
The Holy Hour on the first Friday of the month was led by Mgr John Rodrigues, rector of the basilica. God, he said, “is asking you not simply to go through life, but to give life; not to complain about life, but to share in the tears of all who suffer.”
The work of the Special Assembly opens. The goal, indicated by Francis, is "to find new ways to evangelize that portion of the People of God, especially the indigenous, often forgotten and without the prospect of a peaceful future, also due to the crisis of the Amazon forest, lung of capital importance for our planet ”.
A Christian lawmaker presented the constitutional amendment to allow non-Muslims to be president and prime minister. Right-wing Islamic parties praise the rejection. For experts, minorities continue to be subordinate.