11/24/2014INDIA Hindu leaders against Christian missionaries: "They corrupt Indian culture" This was stated by Swami Pranavananda, a prominent member of the fundamentalist Hindu Mahasaba association. Hindus "respect women", but in the State of Karnataka fewer girls are born. Christian leader: "Statements that foment hatred between communities." Mumbai (AsiaNews) - "The
foreign Christian missionaries are corrupting traditional Indian culture"
claims Swami Pranavananda,
president of the Karnataka section of Hindu
Mahasaba, a fundamentalist association,
at a rally in Mangalore November 21 last.
The meeting was called to launch...
11/24/2014NEPAL Kathmandu: bishop tells young people at the First Communion to enlighten the lives of those who seek God by Christopher Sharma More than 3,000 people took part in the procession for the feast of Christ the King, which ended in the Cathedral of the Assumption with the sacrament of the Eucharist. Mgr Simick told young people to "reach out to" those "waiting to walk Christ's path" and "Lead them to a life in the Lord". Young Hindu convert is so happy "to live in the light of Christ" that he will "do everything to share the need for God's kingdom in my community".
11/24/2014VATICAN Pope: A poor and humble Church is faithful, "shines" the light of Jesus, not its own When the Church "is faithful to hope and to her Bridegroom, she is joyful to receive the light from Him, to be in this sense 'his widow'," while waiting for His return. All services that we do in the Church are to help us receive this light. "A service without this light is no good: it makes the Church rich, or powerful, or makes the Church seek power, or take the wrong road, as has happened many times in history".
11/24/2014IRAN-US Iranian nuclear talks end today amid rumors (and hopes) of an extension United States and Iran face last hurdles. Clearance of Iran in the international community could change the face of the Middle East, creating opportunities for peace in Syria, in the fight against the Islamic state, in Lebanese politics. The enemies of the agreement are Israel and Saudi Arabia.
11/24/2014PHILIPPINES - CHINA - US South China Sea: Beijing builds a new island, with naval and air base According to US sources, China is building a fourth island in the Spratly. Washington asks for a halt to the project and calls for "diplomatic initiatives" to release the tension. Philippine court sentences nine Chinese fishermen for poaching in its territorial waters. They risked up to 20 years in prison, but will have to pay a fine of 103 thousand dollars.
11/23/2014VATICAN - INDIA Pope on six new saints, two from India: They served the kingdom of God, of which they became heirs During the canonisation of new saints in St Peter's Square, Pope Francis stressed that "The starting point of salvation is not the confession of the sovereignty of Christ, but rather the imitation of Jesus' works of mercy through which he brought about his kingdom." We can enter the kingdom of God "by being close in concrete ways to our brothers and sisters who ask for bread, clothing, acceptance, solidarity," and catechesis. At least 20,000 Indians came for the two Indian saints, Euphrasia Eluvathingal of the Sacred Heart, and Kuriakose Elias Chavara, from the Syro-Malabar Church.
11/22/2014VATICAN Pope: "A missionary Church can only 'go out', without fear of meeting others, to discover new things" Christians must proclaim the Gospel "to everyone without distinction, not proselytising, to tell others about what we have and what we want to share without forcing anyone”. “Going out means overcoming the temptation of talking among ourselves and forgetting the many who wait for a word of mercy from us, a word of comfort, of hope." “The mission is accomplished by all Christians, not just the few. It is a task for children as well”.
11/22/2014VATICAN Pope: mission to evangelise is the real reason to renew one's life Francis makes a number of suggestions to the participants of the Third World Congress of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities, like preserving "the freshness of charisma," respecting people's freedom in their education and always seeking Communion, whilst remembering that to achieve this goal "conversion must be missionary".
11/22/2014BAHRAIN Bahrain's first post-Arab Spring vote boycotted by Shia majority Polling stations are open today. A second round of voting is set for next Saturday. Some 350,000 voters are eligible to cast their ballot in parliamentary and municipal elections. Al Wefaq and three other Shia groups are boycotting the vote, a "farce" that can only bolster Sunni domination.
11/22/2014TAIWAN Blessed Imelda's School gest first prize for AIDS prevention by Xin Yage The Catholic school wins over the government with an innovative multimedia project that explains to young people the risks related to the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. Professor Wu's work includes teaching students about human dignity.
11/22/2014INDONESIA Jakarta sets up task force to fight energy mafia by Mathias Hariyadi Red tape, graft and malfeasance have pushed up prices. Oil and gas sector comes under closer scrutiny. Despite its huge reserves, Indonesia has to import energy to meet its needs. Transparency and a crackdown against mafia infiltration have become necessary.
11/22/2014BANGLADESH PIME missionary says his blood is that of the people of Bonpara by Sumon Corraya About 2,500 Catholics celebrated Fr Dino Giacominelli's 25 years as a priest. Now the clergyman is getting ready to leave the parish where he served for 23 years. "Without him," said one faithful, "this community would be much weaker".
11/21/2014ISRAEL - PALESTINE Jerusalem: calm returns to the Esplanade of the Mosques Israeli police drops age limit on men visiting the holy place. For now, things are under control. A spate of attacks shake but do not break the calm. PM Netanyahu attacks mayor of Ashkelon for banning Arab workers from his town.