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by Nirmala Carvalho

In a statement, the National United Christian Forum calls on Christians to vote in the upcoming general election (19 April-1 June). Expressing a preference is not only "a symbol" but also a "powerful tool for growth and good governance" to build a “society that is inclusive and which uplifts all the members.”

 

| 12/04/2024
| INDIAN MANDALA
by card. Anthony Poola *

The Archbishop of Hyderabad looks at the media reaction to the declaration released by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith on human dignity. The media are “focused on gender theory, sex change, surrogacy etc., but” people who “struggle with poverty, exploitation, discrimination, lack of access to primary healthcare” cannot leave others indifferent.

| 11/04/2024
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The Bishops' Conference sets guidelines for the thousands of Church-run educational establishments, with suggestions on how to promote respect for all faiths, such as reciting the Preamble of the country’s constitution every morning. The goal is to rediscover “justice, liberty, equality and fraternity” as “the essence of India’s core values.”

| 09/04/2024
| INDIA
by Jonali Buragohain

From India, the testimony of a woman who recently received Baptism together with her husband and son: "Jesus came into my life on a dark night in Africa. Then for years, He led me, guided me, taught me and brought me back to His fold every time I strayed. His way is the best way".

| 07/04/2024
| ECCLESIA IN ASIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The sisters founded by Fr James Alberione celebrated their centenary and 70 years of presence in India. Card. Gracias: 'An occasion to question ourselves again on the proclamation of the Gospel in this Easter time'. The encounter between liturgy and Indian tradition in the experience of the Divya Kala Kendra.

| 04/04/2024
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The official charitable organisation of the Catholic Church is also in the crosshairs of an 'anti-conversion' campaign promoted by an organisation linked to fundamentalists. A complaint was sent to the Ministry of the Interior. Fr D'Souza: "Unfounded accusations against a work that serves everyone. This only fuels prejudice and fear'.

| 02/04/2024
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

In the Indian state shaken by ethnic violence, the state government had announced that this Sunday, 31 March, would be a working day, using as a pretext the fact that it is the last day of the fiscal year. After protests by Christians (who are over 40 per cent of the local population), state authorities backtracked.

| 28/03/2024
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The church, symbol of the row over the liturgy, was closed for 486 days due to violence that broke out when Archbishop Andrew Thazhath tried to enforce compliance with the Synod's decision on the "uniform liturgy”. For now, to avoid tensions, the Holy Qurbana will not be celebrated. “The reopening during Holy Week is a positive step,” said a Syro-Malabar Church spokesman.

| 27/03/2024
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

Local churches proved too small to contain everyone from communities displaced by the ethnic violence that has plagued the north-eastern state. Meanwhile, rehabilitation and reconstruction continue, noted Fr Varghese Velickakam. In Karnataka, thousands gathered at the Miraculous Cross in Nandgad on the Day of Prayer for India.

| 25/03/2024
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

On the strength of their triumph in Ayodhya, nationalists linked to the BJP took the case of the Kamal Maula, an Islamic place of worship that allegedly stood where there was a temple of the goddess Sarasvati in the 11th century, to the local High Court. Local Muslims: we will continue to pray here five times a day.

| 23/03/2024
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

"Let us offer our supplications for the purification of the Church and the good of the nation". The initiative was decided during the Assembly of the Bishops' Conference, concerned about the 'unprecedented religious polarisation that is damaging social harmony and endangering democracy itself'. From 19 April to 1 June, almost one billion voters will be called to vote.

| 19/03/2024
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

In the year when the Islamic holy month and Lent overlap, Profs Gaetano Sabetta and Nadjia Kebour of the Pontifical Urbaniana University and Jesuit Fr Victor Edwin have coordinated an initiative of interfaith dialogue between Rome and India as a way to learn to “disagree better”, respecting each other.

 

| 18/03/2024
| INDIA

Goa’s BJP chief minister has asked the Prime Minister Modi to renew the invitation he made in 2021 to the pope to visit India. Set for 21 November 2024-5 January 2025, the decennial exposition attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over India. But some fear the announcement is just an electioneering move to woo Christian voters in the coming spring general elections.

| 17/03/2024
| ECCLESIA IN ASIA

Celebrations were held yesterday for the diocesan Catholic weekly, a respected voice in India and beyond. In his speech, the cardinal recalled the commitment to promoting dialogue and the legacy based on quality information. Fr. Irudayasamy delved into the topic of artificial intelligence. An award to AsiaNews correspondent Nirmala Carvalho.

| 11/03/2024
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The Sisters Led Youth Initiatives programme offers new opportunities to 1,200 young people in vulnerable situations, with special focus on women, starting with the recognition of their rights.

| 08/03/2024
| INDIAN MANDALA
by Nirmala Carvalho

Seven people have died in just a few weeks crushed by elephants or run over by bisons. More than 55,000 attacks have been reported in the past eight years, with fears about wildlife are growing, even close to inhabited areas. For Syro-Malabar Major Archbishop Raphael Thattil, the current approach to the problem “does not value human life”.

| 06/03/2024
| INDIA

The victim, 31-year-old Pat Nibin Maxwell from Kerala, arrived in northern Israel just two months ago to work on a farm. He had a five-year-old daughter and his wife is expecting a second child. Two other Indian nationals were wounded. The Israeli embassy in Delhi extended its condolences to the victim’s family and slammed the "cowardly" attack that puts the spotlight back on the fate of migrant workers, the war’s "forgotten” victims.

| 05/03/2024
| ISRAEL – LEBANON – INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The Belgian Jesuit who pioneered studies and encounter with Islam in India in the mid-20th century is remembered in Dehli. Fr Edwin: "He encouraged people to bear mutual witness to their faith, to recognise the heavenly Father in each other". Dedicated to the way of St Francis in dialogue was this year's Curtois Memorial Lecture.

| 04/03/2024
| INDIA

In the diocese with the most Catholics in Telangana, the new pastor, originally from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, met for the first time with his flock in a festive atmosphere. Appointed by Pope Francis two weeks ago, he will be ordained on 9 April. “I come to be one of you,” he said, citing Saint Charles de Foucauld as a model of spirituality.

| 02/03/2024
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

In her address to the state Legislative Assembly, Governor Anusuiya Uikey assessed the situation following months of interethnic strife between Meitei and Kuki. Some 10,000 First Information Reports have been filed in connection with the violence. Compensation has been paid to victims’ families. For Archbishop Lumon, the latter is important but the “situation remains difficult.” It is unclear whether churches and businesses will be compensated.

| 01/03/2024
| INDIAN MANDALA

Gautan Adani's mega-complex opens in Uttar Pradesh, supplying the Indian military with bullets and missiles. For General Manoj Pande, self-reliance is an essential goal in today's geopolitical context. Adani is working with Israeli firms making submachine guns and drones used in Gaza.

| 26/02/2024
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The court’s ruling states that adoption is not a fundamental right under Article 21 of the constitution nor do prospective parents have a right to choose the child. Parents with two biological children cannot apply for “normal” children. About 98 per cent of children at home run by the Sisters of Charity have special needs, nun says.

| 21/02/2024
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

From five different places on a penitential walk through the night in the footsteps of St Joseph Vaz. Card. Felipe Neri Ferrao: "A gesture to put in first place God, who gave us life, and to live selflessly for the good of others".

| 19/02/2024
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The Assam Christian Forum issued a statement, saying that the bill violates religious freedom. It is based on "misconceptions” about healing practices, the role of "faith and prayer" in illness, and fails to respect religious "diversity". Christian leaders also express concerns about "threats" to educational establishments and calls for the "removal of Christian symbols”.

 

| 17/02/2024
| INDIA

Three years after massive protests to halt Modi's market liberalisations, Indian farmers are back in the capital to protest at the government's “broken promises”, demanding once again guaranteed minimum prices and loan waivers for small farmers who risk going out of business.

| 16/02/2024
| INDIAN MANDALA

The Middle East’s largest Hindu place of worship is in a country that is home to 3.6 million Indian workers. Its ruler, Mohammad bin Zayed, wants to make it a crossroads for interfaith dialogue. During his visit to the Gulf country, Modi also said laid the foundation stone of Bharat Mart, a huge "Indian market" in Dubai, hosting logistics services for exports from India to Europe and Africa.

| 14/02/2024
| INDIA – UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
by Nirmala Carvalho

In the State of Tripura a group wants to impose a Hindu celebration at the Don Bosco School. In Assam they use the clothes of Christian religious as a pretext to cry out for conversions. Bishop Moolachira: "The government protect us". The bishop of Agartala: 'We serve everyone selflessly. And in our classes the poor have found dignity'.

| 13/02/2024
| INDIA

Founded by PIME missionaries, it is the destination of pilgrimages of hundreds of thousands of faithful. Bishop Raja Rao: "Mary is blessed here even by non-Christians". PIME Superior General Fr. Brambillasca: "Let it be a place where missionary vocations continue to be born for the whole world".

| 11/02/2024
| ECCLESIA IN ASIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The initiative started in 1958 by the congregation of the Little Sisters of the Poor. A mission inspired by Jeanne Jugan and has so far welcomed more than 300 people aged 65 and over. Today, to coincide with World Day of the Sick, a mass with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and benediction.

| 10/02/2024
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The extreme gesture of a girl who left a note accusing a nun has aroused the wrath of Hindu nationalists who cry "incitement to suicide". The diocese: she had simply summoned her parents to the school. Bishop Bara of Ambikapur: "We are close to the grief of the family. But we also ask for justice for Sr Mercy".

| 09/02/2024
| INDIA
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by Daniele Frison
The auxiliary bishop of Jerusalem and patriarchal vicar for Palestine looks at the protests in Amman. Diplomatic relations with Israel allow aid to be sent to Gaza. Some students from Gaza’s Holy Family Parish arrived in Amman thanks to the Patriarchate’s ...
| 12/04/2024
| JORDAN
 
The Holy See has officially announced the long journey to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, and Singapore. Card Goh of Singapore hopes the pope will bring to his predominantly Chinese city, “renewed fervour to all Catholics [. . .], especially ...
| 12/04/2024
| VATICAN
 
by card. Anthony Poola *
The Archbishop of Hyderabad looks at the media reaction to the declaration released by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith on human dignity. The media are “focused on gender theory, sex change, surrogacy etc., but” people who “struggle ...
| 11/04/2024
| INDIA
 
The Vatican Secretary for Relations with States presides over Mass in the cathedral, the focal point of this historic trip for the local Church since the breaking of diplomatic relations between Hanoi and the Vatican in 1975. In the meeting with ...
| 11/04/2024
| VIETNAM
 
The Custody, a Jewish group and Tag Meir activists offered gifts to Muslims leaving al-Aqsa every Thursday at the Damascus Gate. Fr. Pari: An initiative that has been  carried out  for some time, but this year takes on special value in the context ...
| 06/04/2024
| HOLY LAND
 
Bishop Philip Huang Chao-ming of Hualien, near the epicentre of the 7+ quake, offers words of comfort. Some buildings are partially collapsed. Nine people are confirmed dead, while more than a hundred are still missing. For Fr Matteucig, a Taipei-based ...
| 03/04/2024
| TAIWAN
 
by sr. Regina *
Sister Regina, of the Sisters of Repair, offers her testimony. “Without humanitarian aid, children and the elderly are suffering in the forests because the roads are blocked by the military. Conscription is used to provide human shields to force ...
| 28/03/2024
| MYANMAR
 
by Dario Salvi
The conflict with Hamas and the question of hostages is one of the "sensitive issues", but not the only one. From Jerusalem - the day after Pope Francis' letter to the Christians of the Holy Land - the patriarchal vicar for Israel recalls the tensions ...
| 28/03/2024
| ISRAEL - PALESTINE
“L’Asia: ecco il nostro comune compito per il terzo millennio!” - Giovanni Paolo II, da “Alzatevi, andiamo”