In 2008, Hindu extremists killed more than a hundred Christians because of the murder of a Hindu cleric by Maoists but blamed on Christians. Out of approximately 6,600 arrests, only 79 ended in a conviction. In 2020-2021 the local Church will host the Plenary Assembly of the Latin Synod so that it “will take the bishops to the places of the massacres.” For the archbishop, “it will be a moment of blessing for our people, to strengthen faith and courage.”
Francis’ message is dedicated "to the theme of narration". God himself is both creator and narrator. "In fact, he pronounces his Word and things exist." "Even the Gospels are stories." The story of Jesus, then, shows how God took man to heart and that for Him "there are no insignificant or small human stories".
The Australian missionary and his 10- and 6-year-old sons were burnt alive as they slept in his car. The clergyman helped lepers, the poor, Dalits and tribal people. For the Archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, the country urgently needs unity. The murders’ anniversary falls during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
Intervention of religious leaders at the World Forum to "generate global awareness for change". The Oxfam report highlighted that wealth remains highly concentrated at the top of the distribution pyramid: the wealthiest 1%, in mid-2019, held more than double the net wealth owned by 6.9 billion people.
The victims contested the rebirth of a movement that defended the tribal land, even with violence. Some media reports that those killed are Christians; the local Church does not confirm. The "inexplicable" violence between two factions both fighting for survival.
Prabahath Gamage, 62, came close to losing his life as a child. He was healed by invoking the forgiveness of the Christian martyr, whom he had offended in a gesture he took lightly.
Overnight hooligans vandalised the altar and destroyed the tabernacle. Hosts were scattered on the ground, dishonouring “Our Blessed Lord and Saviour”. Archbishop Machado proclaimed a day of reparation and prayer for Friday.
Francis' message to the World Economic Forum. "We are all members of one human family", from which derives "the moral obligation to take care of each other", as well as the principle "to place the human person and not the search for power or profit, at the center of politics ".
More than 400 youth attended the 35th National Youth Day. One student from Rajshahi said that she understands that her “life is a gift from God. It is to serve others, not myself.” University vice rector was quite impressed by the meeting. For her, young Christians can “grow through higher education.” She told young people “If you want to reach the highest positions in administration, you must prepare yourself by studying.”
Located in the village of Raja Ulatu, the St Anne's Hospital and Research Centre has a capacity of 100 beds and will offer cutting-edge health services to the poor and needy. For the superior general of the congregation, “all mankind has the full right to have quality care”.
In Kerala, not all Syro-Malabar rite churches have followed the reading of the directive. The Indian bishops are concerned about the alleged conversions forcibly extracted from Christian girls, seduced and then radicalized in the Islamic "holy war".
The conference took place from 13 to 15 January in Palghar district, sponsored by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India. The topics covered included the protection and development of tribal rights, women, arts and language. This is “part of the mission of the Church and it is the message of Jesus and the values of the Gospel,” a priest says.
Many Pakistanis, both Christians and Muslims, back the appeal by the family of the 14-year-old girl. The latter was forcibly converted and married to her captor. In Pakistan, only Sindh province has banned underage marriages. A Catholic activist urges Muslim clerical authorities to protect minorities.
The suicide rate fell to 15.8 people per 100,000, a decline of 0.7 over 2018. Increased psychological services and hotlines played a key role in the improvement. So has a law limiting overtime and requiring a government-imposed annual stress tests on business with over 50 employees.
The bishops cite official police reports that several converted Christians have joined ISIS. The police must "treat the issue as a problem of public order and not religious".