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  • 21/11/2017 - INDIA

    The cloistered nuns live in the Prem Jyot (Light of Love) monastery. For the mother prioress, the service of contemplative nuns is “prayer”. Pope Francis "never ceases to invite us to ‘meet Christ’.”


    by Nirmala Carvalho

    21/11/2017 - VATICAN - BANGLADESH

    Pope to the people of Bangladesh: I come to proclaim Christ’s message of reconciliation (Video)


    Pope Francis's video message for his upcoming pastoral journey from November 30 to 2 December. The Pope emphasizes that his visit wants to confirm the Christian community, but he also places great importance on meeting with religious leaders. 


    21/11/2017 - BANGLADESH - VATICAN

    Dhaka: Waiting for Pope Francis, Catholics recall John Paul II’s visit

    by Sumon Corraya

    The Polish pontiff went to the capital of Bangladesh on November 19, 1986, and ordained 19 priests. Some of them recall the moment of consecration, embrace, and touch of his hands. "He preached a society free from violence."


    20/11/2017 - INDIA

    Sajan K George: arrested Christians, India’s vulnerable

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    On November 19 some Pentecostals arrested in Madhya Pradesh; on November 15 an evangelical in Chhattisgarh. The leader of the Global Council of Indian Christians seeks protection for the celebrations of November 26, Solemnity of Christ the King.


    19/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Taking care of the poor is an “evangelical duty”, pope says


    Francis celebrated Mass on the First World Day of the Poor noting that "God will not ask if we felt righteous indignation, but whether we did some good.” The “great sin” against the poor is “indifference”, turning away “from a brother or sister in need,” growing “indignant at evil but do[ing] nothing about it.” For the pope, “God will not ask if we felt righteous indignation, but whether we did some good.”


    18/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: not everything that is technically possible is ethically acceptable


    Great progress in science raises "great and serious" questions. “Scientific and technological progress is needed for the good of all humanity, and its benefits cannot only profit a few”.


    18/11/2017 - INDIA

    For Card Gracias, World Day of the Poor is an opportunity to be a “Church of the Poor for the Poor”

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The ACTS project has been launched to provide help to the needy, involving all of the parishes of Mumbai archdiocese. The cardinal will share a meal with the poor. Caritas India launches an initiative to counter child malnutrition.


    18/11/2017 - INDONESIA

    In Jakarta, the bishops remember the important role played by the Church in Indonesian history

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    The prelates renewed their support for the nation’s values ​​of unity and harmony to which Catholics were committed before and after independence. The Vatican was among the first foreign states to recognise the new country, which the Indonesian Catholic Church helped stabilise. Mgr Albertus Soegijapranata of the Semarang Apostolic Vicariate played an important role.


    17/11/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Interfaith conference of young people in Lahore for harmony and peace

    by Shafique Khokhar

    Called AAWAZ (Voice and Responsibility) programme, the event drew more than a hundred young people from 30 districts. Participants used games and exchanges to improve socialisation.


    17/11/2017 - BANGLADESH - VATICAN

    Dhaka, over 8,000 police to ensure security for Pope Francis’ visit

    by Sumon Corraya

    The pontiff will arrive in the capital on November 30. At least 550 Catholic volunteers do training courses to support police. CCTV installed. All events will be monitored and each participant checked.


    16/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope says euthanasia is always wrong, but so is overzealous treatment


    Francis sends a message to a meeting on end-of-life in which he says the sick must be accompanied with love in the last phase of their life, given information and allowed to decide. This requires “careful discernment of the moral object, the attending circumstances, and the intentions of those involved”. From this perspective, palliative care plays a major role.


    16/11/2017 - INDIA

    “Hindu radicals want to eliminate us. Help us,” says the bishop of Sagar


    Archbishop Anthony Chirayath complains about the climate of hostility towards Christians in his diocese. Extremists are backed by the nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. They want to “unify the entire population under a Hindu flag." Accusations of forced conversions are made to create fear and isolate Christians. The goal is political, ahead of the 2018 elections.


    15/11/2017 - INDIA

    For Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Fr Tom offers a missionary example for all Salesians

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The rector major of the Salesians spoke about young people, the focus of the next Synod of Bishops. Salesians operate in 132 countries and are collecting the views of young people. There is a "communion of intent" between Pope Francis and Don Bosco to carry the mission to the edges of the world.


    14/11/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Card Ranjith calls for prayers and practical action on World Day of the Poor

    by Melani Manel Perera

    The Day must be observed with "a special prayer and practical action” to “show the Christian duty to the poor of the country." Priests, men and women religious as well as lay people are "agents of social transformation and sanctification." "In our Liturgy and sermons, [we reiterate] our Christian duty towards the poor and the respect and dignity with which we should treat them, organise campaigns to help the poorer families and other sections of society afflicted by egoism."


    14/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope to mark World Day of the Poor, with lunch for 1,500


    More than four thousand indigent will attend Mass. They will come from Rome and from Lazio, diocese including Paris, Lyon, Nantes, Warsaw, Krakow, Malines-Brussels and Luxembourg. Among the initiatives, a medical field hospital set up near the Vatican that will carry out free clinical tests, specialist medical examinations in cardiology, dermatology, infectivity, gynaecology and andrology.


    13/11/2017 - BANGLADESH – VATICAN

    Poor Clares in Mymensingh prepared the hosts for the pope's visit (Video)

    by Sumon Corraya

    The nuns have prepared 150,000 hosts, including 50,000 free. The congregation is also preparing the vestments for the 16 deacons who will be ordained by Pope Francis.


    13/11/2017 - INDIA

    Mumbai, celebrations for the 60th anniversary of Don Bosco’s shrine to Our Lady

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The sanctuary was built in 1957 by the Italian Salesian missionary Fr. Aurelio Maschio. In 1964 Pope Paul VI blessed the statue of Mary Help of Christians. Card. Gracias emphasizes the value of good relationships within the family.


    11/11/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Colombo, environmental protection: Catholic and Buddhist girls clean up a beach

    by Melani Manel Perera

    They are students of the Holy Family Convent of Kalutara. The School Prefects Union launched the "Green School" environmental reclamation project. Waste has been differentiated for recycling.


    10/11/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Young Catholics: Church supporting Filipino youth

    by Santosh Digal

    The country faces numerous social problems, from human trafficking to teen pregnancies. In this context, young people seek the guidance of the Church. Some programmes educate them in spirituality and their faith.


    10/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: an 'effective and inclusive' progress for a world without atomic weapons


    Francis, receiving participants in the Symposium on Perspectives for a world free of nuclear weapons, and for an integral disarmament, spoke of a scenario characterized by "an unstable climate of conflict" and a "non-stop" arms race. "Weapons of mass destruction, particularly nuclear weapons, create nothing but a false sense of security. They cannot constitute the basis for peaceful coexistence between members of the human family, which must rather be inspired by an ethics of solidarity." 


    10/11/2017 - INDIA

    Indian Church to celebrate Dalit Liberation Sunday on 12 November (Video)


    The CBCI Office for Scheduled Castes/Backward Classes is behind the initiative. India’s caste system is rooted in society and Church hierarchies. For Bishop Neethinathan, discrimination has divided Indians for generations.


    09/11/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Card Ranjith calls for a ban on Sunday classes to save catechism


    Colombo's archbishop wrote a letter to the president of Sri Lanka saying that children are too busy with classes and can no longer run and play.


    09/11/2017 - INDIA

    West Bengal, rapist of an elderly nun gets life in prison


    Nazrul Islam is from Bangladesh.  Five other criminals sentenced to 10 years for theft. The superior of the convent of the Religious of Jesus and Mary of Ranaghat forgives the aggressors.


    08/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: "It makes me so sad" to see people lift up their phones to take photos during Mass


    Today Francis began a cycle of catechesis devoted to the value and significance of Mass. "We cannot forget the great number of Christians who, throughout the world, in two thousand years of history, have endured to death to defend the Eucharist; and those who, even today, risk their life to participate in Sunday Mass. "


    08/11/2017 - SRI LANKA

    In Colombo Caritas celebrates 50 years of activity for the poor

    by Melani Manel Perera

    Fr Joe Fernando founded the Catholic Church’s main charitable organisation in Sri Lanka in 1968. Today it has a national centre and 13 diocesan offices. A new website has been set up. The official song of the jubilee was presented. The charity’s 2018-2021 action plan was made public.


    08/11/2017 - INDIA

    Calcutta tribunal condemns a Bangladeshi for the rape of an elderly nun

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The Superior of the Religious Sisters of Jesus and Mary of Ranaghat was raped in March 2015. The Sister had tried to prevent a theft. Thieves desecrated the chapel of the convent. Four Bangladeshi and one Indian condemned for theft and criminal conspiracy. 


    07/11/2017 - BANGLADESH

    No justice a year after the attack in Gaibandha against Santal Christians

    by Sumon Corraya

    A protest was held yesterday to remember the attack of November 2016 when police and Muslims looted houses and seized lands belonging to tribal Christians. Investigations have led to three arrests, but the accused are out on bail.


    07/11/2017 - INDONESIA

    Dayak priest’s pastoral outreach among tribal youth in Kalimantan

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Young people are often exposed to things like drug use and gambling. Fr Lukas Ahon has set up a faith coaching programme for youth. The last meeting, entitled "Eucharist for Young People", was held in Gunung Benuah. Some members of the organising committee and some youth speak about their experiences.


    06/11/2017 - BANGLADESH - VATICAN

    Pope Francis to ordain 16 priests in Dhaka

    by Sumon Corraya

    The ordination ceremony will be on December 1st during the Mass at Suhrawardy Udyan Park. The deacons came from the Major Seminary of the Spirit. A "great gift" to be ordained by the pope.


    06/11/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Manila, Nun campaigns against Human Trafficking

    by Santosh Digal

    Human Trafficking is a profitable business, involving a large network of organized crime associations. Women and children in indigenous communities and remote areas are the most vulnerable. The experience of the Visayan Forum Foundation and Sister Cecil Espenilla's commitment to fighting the phenomenon. 






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    HONG KONG - CHINA - VATICAN
    Mass for a deceased underground priest. Card. Zen asks for God ‘s grace to save the Church in China and the Holy See from the 'precipice'

    Li Yuan

    Fr. Wei Heping, 41, died in mysterious circumstances, his body dumped in a river in Taiyuan (Shanxi). For the police claim he committed suicide. Family members are not allowed to even see the autopsy report. For Card. Zen the Holy See (which "is not necessarily the Pope") seeks a compromise at all costs with the Chinese government, risking "to sell out the faithful Church". Justice and Peace publish a booklet about Fr. Wei, not to forget.


    VATICAN - ITALY
    Pope: No more war, its only fruit is death, 'our self-destruction'



    Marking the Feast of All Souls, Francis celebrated Mass at the American Cemetery in Nettuno. "When so many times in history men think of a war, they are convinced of bringing a new world, they are convinced of making a 'spring'. It ends in a winter, ugly, cruel, with the reign of terror and death."


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