News

Over the past five days one church was attacked and another re-opened following the order of a High Court. The Indian state is the most dangerous for Christians. For one activist, some “people think that they can do anything in the name of religion and get away with it without consequences."

| 17/04/2019
| INDIA

The 17 km walk lasted four hours. Catholic youth organised the event via social media whose aim was individual penance and group prayer for India.

| 16/04/2019
| INDIA

The court has ordered the Indian territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli (Dnh) and Daman and Diu to restore the festivity, which this year is celebrated on 19 April. The bishops' secretary thanks the many Hindus - starting with the lawyer - who supported the Catholic petition.

| 16/04/2019
| INDIA
by Bernardo Cervellera

Persecution and martyrdom are signs of today's Christians. In Holy Week, we should remember our commitment to evangelization. Even as a minority.

| 16/04/2019
| EDITORIAL

The Constitutional Court ruled that an absolute ban is contrary to the Charter and called for a legislative amendment. In his Easter message the Archbishop of Seoul expresses fears for the consequences on the social fabric of the country. "A nation has the responsibility to protect the life and safety of its people under all circumstances."

| 16/04/2019
| SOUTH KOREA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The three-city trip (Sydney, Nowra and Melbourne) lasted from 25 March to 8 April. The first Mass in Bengali was held in St John Mary Vianney Parish.

| 15/04/2019
| BANGLADESH - AUSTRALIA

The victim, Prakash Lakra, was lynched to death by a group of 25 "cow protectors". Bishops General Secretary: "In Jharkhand politics fuels hatred". The list of harassment of Christians.

| 15/04/2019
| INDIA

According to the PIME priest, isolation is main challenge that awaits the missions in northern Thailand. PIME runs four centres in Fang, Ban Thoet Thai, Mae Suay and Ngao. Fr Ribolini will leave Ban Thoet Thai for Mae Suay after Easter. "As soldiers of the Kingdom of God, we missionaries must be ready to go where the Lord and his Church send us,” he said.

| 12/04/2019
| THAILAND

84 million first time voters. The next election date is April 18 (Holy Thursday). Episodes of violence at the polling stations; Maoists cause two attacks. The radical "secret" faction of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh launches door to door search for votes.

| 12/04/2019
| INDIA
by Lavina John Gonsalves

The young woman lives in Mumbai where she studied in a Catholic college. Here she learned to pray while living with other baptized children. Her employer gave her a day off a week to attend a Christian course for adults. “[N]ow I do not only pray when I need something but I pray to come closer to” God.

| 12/04/2019
| INDIA

In fact, trafficking disfigures the humanity of the victim, offending his freedom and dignity. But, at the same time, it dehumanizes those who carry it out, denying them access to "life in abundance". Those who aim to "restore and promote" our humanity and that of others are in line with the mission of the Church.

| 11/04/2019
| VATICAN

The rule of 1953 prohibits the killing of the unborn in almost all cases. The government called to review it before the end of next year. The Court states it is unconstitutional to punish doctors. Card. Yeom before the sentence: "Welcome every life and improve social assistance".

| 11/04/2019
| SOUTH KOREA

The polls will remain open from 7am to 6pm. The final results will be announced on May 23rd. There are long queues and malfunctions of the electronic voting system. The Telegu Federation of Churches invites to vote for candidates who work in favor of adivasis, tribals and Dalits.

| 11/04/2019
| INDIA
by Melani Manel Perera

In the village of Siyambalanduwa, the church has been closed for years due to the opposition of Buddhist monks. The protests have also prevented catechism lessons. Alocious, 94, the first Catholic in the settlement, prays every day: “Please Lord, bring back our church to us."

| 10/04/2019
| SRI LANKA
Editor's choices
 
In his Urbi et Orbi message, Francis cited conflicts and tensions in the world, from the Middle East and Africa to the Americas. "Christ is alive and he remains with us. Risen, he shows us the light of his face, and he does not abandon all those experiencing ...
| 21/04/2019
| VATICAN
 
The Iranian Foreign Minister: "Our thoughts are with the French and all the Catholics". The Thai Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, expresses "pain". Japan has indicated its willingness to support France in its restoration work. South Korea announces ...
| 16/04/2019
| ASIA-FRANCE
 
At the end of the spiritual retreat in the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis called on South Sudan’s civil and Church authorities present to pay attention to the gaze of God and the people. He urges them to “reflect on our own lives and the ...
| 11/04/2019
| VATICAN – SOUTH SUDAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
In a long essay published today, the Pope Emeritus highlights the causes of the moral crisis in the Church, which he attributes to the sexual revolution and liberation of 1968, along with a relativism in moral theology and a misunderstanding of the Vatican ...
| 11/04/2019
| VATICAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
The building had an upper floor for the liturgy and a lower one that housed the nuns who offered medical visits and medicines to the population of the very poor area. The parish community is composed of 2 thousand faithful. Motive for destruction unc...
| 04/04/2019
| CHINA-VATICAN
 
by Felix Machado
Today and tomorrow the pontiff is visiting the North African country at the invitation of King Mohammad VI and the bishops. For the archbishop of Vasai, "religions should be bridges of peace" and "no nation should live with a closed mind" because this ...
| 30/03/2019
| INDIA - MOROCCO - VATICAN
 
by Wang Zhicheng
The new measures are aimed primarily at Protestant house churches, but it is almost certain that they will be applied to Catholics and other religions and across the country. Clues are worth 3,000 yuan; informing on foreigners can earn up to 5,000 yuan; ...
| 29/03/2019
| CHINA
 
The police also detained the episcopal vicar, Fr. Zhang Jianlin. A priest banned from ministry accused him of "not following the Vatican's instructions" and urged the police to arrest him. The faithful and the priests of the diocese are asking Christians ...
| 29/03/2019
| CHINA-VATICAN
Uttar Pradesh: la Passione delle chiese a Pasqua
Xuanhua worshipers call for the return of their priest kidnapped by security forces
Air chief marshall Hadi Tjahjanto on elections
Search in AsiaNews archive