Caritas Colombo and the Negombo interreligious committee are behind the initiative. Sinhalese, Catholics and Buddhists remain suspicious of Muslims. Visit includes exams for blood pressure and breast cancer, as well as free medicines.
For Advent, Card Sako calls on people to pray for Iraq and its northern region, the cradle of the country's Christians. He appeals to those who have fled in recent years to come back and rebuild in order to "live happily and peacefully”. He stresses the need for an overall development plan, starting from health.
The sick need only one language: love. Christmas “reminds us that we are a family”. For missionary, “if we allow the light of God to penetrate our hearts and see the other in the divine light - it is Christmas.”
The archbishop of Manila is the new prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples. “As Filipinos, we are happy to contribute to the glory of the Church through the task given to our beloved cardinal,” said Mgr Mangalinao. For PIME Missionary, “the pontiff’s choice is providential and inspired".
Members of the city’s small Russian Orthodox community meet every Sunday to pray listening to taped songs. Many belong to mixed Russian-Chinese and Russian-Uyghur families.
The march was the first after weeks of bans by the police. There were some incidents, but overall it was peaceful. Card Zen and some priests and Catholics among the participants. Nearly 6 thousand arrests; among them many under-18s.
Today the lower house passed the bill. Its goal is to give refuge to Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Christians, Sikhs and Parsees persecuted in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. For critics, “it is “deeply troubling that the Bill uses religion as a legal criterion for determining Indian citizenship.”
Francis meets non-governmental organizations of Catholic inspiration, which have gathered in the last two days in Rome. "We need more imagination, new ways of encountering culture".
The young couple are married with an interreligious rite and each maintain their own faith. However, the girl's relatives oppose the marriage and accuse the Christian of kidnapping. The couple is forced to live in a secret location. He faced trial and their marriage was declared legal.
Friar John Peter Savarinayagam was a "model of holiness", with a continuous tension for the contemplative life. He dedicated his life to the poor and to the spiritual formation of seminarians. He is remembered for his serene smile, even at the point of death.
Archbishop Simon Peter Poh Hoon Seng, Archbishop of Kuching, led a group of 89 Bidayuh ethnic pilgrims to the Holy Land. The prelate held a blessing ceremony in front of a mosaic with the "Sama koih" written on it
Bishop Gervas Rozario calls on the faithful to prepare themselves in spirit and body to welcome the coming of Christ. Advent is a “time of waiting and confession". He urges Catholics in tribal communities to celebrate with neighbours in accordance with their own culture.
A 23-year-old woman was attacked yesterday in Uttar Pradesh and is currently fighting for her life. In India, a woman is raped every 15 minutes. For Archbishop Gerald John Mathias, "Respect for women is learnt in the family". Discrimination against them "starts in the mother's womb". Everywhere the Indian Church is working for female empowerment.
Sister Elenita Belardo is a member and former leader of an advocacy group branded by the Filipino government as a front for the underground Communist movement. National security adviser accuses the nun of lying about the group’s legal status. For the group, the authorities want to stop them from “speaking about widespread human rights violations.”
The organization, which includes 48 pro-democracy groups, is among the most active in popular protests. The new chief police officer flies to Beijing to meet with Chinese security leaders. Agents "ready to intervene in the event of disorder".