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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".

 

 

| 07/12/2019
| VATICAN

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.

 

| 07/12/2019
| INDIA

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.

| 06/12/2019
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The victims were taken to the scene of the crime they were accused of, namely the rape and killing of a 27-year-old veterinarian. The social networks are full of messages of praising teh police. Dr. Carvalho recalls that "Pope Francis is against the death penalty" and that "there are other means to expiate the damage caused".

 

| 06/12/2019
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

A couple from Mumbai fears the hospital swapped the infant. Indian doctor: "The moral, social and cultural aspects of surrogacy create uncertainty in relationships, especially in a couple who are desperately looking for a child".

| 05/12/2019
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The Archbishop of Mumbai wants his message to reach every parish. The archdiocese’s social work office is coordinating projects aimed at child and youth mental and vocational development. About 1,400 minors, including some disabled, are involved in 127 groups.

| 03/12/2019
| INDIA

The foam reportedly caused by illegal discharges from hospitals and factories. The toxicity levels of the Adyar River, which flows into Marina Beach, are being investigated. Signaling buoys to monitor and prevent pollution of marine waters.

| 02/12/2019
| INDIA
by Purushottam Nayak

The service took place at the church in Raikia, one of the villages that suffered the most at the hands of Hindu radicals in 2008. For the Bishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, Christians are “ready for sacrifice, even death, to bear witness to the King of peace and justice.”

| 30/11/2019
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The faithful are also accused of offending the religion of others. The day before the arrest, which took place on 27 November, some Hindu radicals visited the village and asked where the prayer meetings took place.

| 29/11/2019
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

Saji Cheriyan built a mosque named after Mary for poor Muslim workers. Dubai Sheikh praised him for offering last year’s Iftar. For his wife, “God has blessed us so much”.

| 28/11/2019
| UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

Previously, the Supreme Court had established the release of two other Christians accused without evidence of the murder of the Hindu guru. The accusations against the Christians had triggered the 2008 pogrom. Bishop Barwa: "Happy and sad at the same time, because Christians have suffered through faults not theirs". In 2021 the Plenary of Indian Bishops will be held in Bhubaneswar.

| 27/11/2019
| INDIA

The Delhi-based International Human Rights Council picked the Archbishop of Guwahati as its 2019 Ambassador for Peace. Surprised by the news, the prelate dedicates the recognition to his colleagues with whom he has worked for years for dialogue and harmony in India and Asia.

| 26/11/2019
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The Indian Salesian was held for 18 months by an extremist group in Yemen. In his autobiography ‘By the Grace of God’, he recounts his experience of captivity and faith. His thoughts are for the Sisters of Mother Teresa in Yemen left without a priest since 2016 and for the four nuns who were killed. Forgiveness is “an effective weapon of prayer".

| 25/11/2019
| INDIA
by Purushottam Nayak

The water flows from the feet of Christ on the cross and from some rocks below.  It began to flow on 2 November, the feats of All Souls.  The sanctuary was erected in 1917 at the behest of people of all faiths, to give thanks to the Virgin Mary who had protected them from the plague.

 

| 23/11/2019
| INDIA
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Pope Francis celebrates mass with young people 3of3
Pope Francis celebrates mass with young people 2of3
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