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For Sri Lanka bishops, Easter is a time of reconciliation for our people

For Sri Lanka bishops, Easter is a time of reconciliation for our people

COLOMBO, April 16, 2014–”Whilst we observe certain positive signs of development in the country, the need is also felt to promote unity and reconciliation among the people in our motherland. This can only be done if we respect one another and safeguard each other’s dignity,” said the Catholic bishops of Sri Lanka in their Easter [...]

MUMBAI, April 16, 2014–”India belongs to people of all religions”, and “minorities in the country should be protected and promoted. That is the test of an authentic and healthy democracy. [. . .] so please look for candidates and parties who will take care of all the citizens [. . .] especially religious minorities. This [...]

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KATHMANDU, April 15, 2014–Nepal’s politicians “should all learn from Jesus’ self-sacrifice in the name of the interests of the people and the nation. To speak about good things during the election campaign and fail to turn them into reality means mocking people,” said Mgr Anthony Sharma, apostolic vicar of Nepal. In his homily during Palm [...]

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SINGAPORE, April 15, 2014–”In our celebration of Easter, we are reminded once again that through the Paschal mystery, His death and resurrection has given us a certain hope of new life. The reality of the Resurrection reminds us of God’s supreme reign over creation. Despair is overcome by Easter hope; hatred is overcome by love; [...]

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COLOMBO, April 14, 2014–”Tamil priest, Fr. Praveen Mahesan and Sinhalese activist Ruki Fernando, are authentic Christians. They give voice to the oppressed of Sri Lanka, as preached by Pope John XXIII, in Pacem in Terristhrough which he invited people to lead peaceful and united lives”.  The witness of these two Catholic activists -arrested last March - is [...]

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Easter in Yangon: Catholics ‘source of reconciliation, peace and prosperity for the country’

YANGON, Myanmar, April 14, 2014–The promotion of “greater tolerance among religions” is first of all the duty of “religious leaders ” who have to emphasize what “is holy and good” in their faith, not ” attack the other”.  This is because “unity in diversity” animates Myanmar’s “destiny”: This will be the Archbishop of Yangon’s Easter [...]

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Lent of prayer and solidarity with Catholic and non-Catholic poor in Bùi Chu

HANOI, April 12, 2014–Lent has been a time for initiatives in favour of the poor, the marginalised and the unfortunate in the Diocese of Bui Chu, in the province of Nam Dinh, one of the first in northern Vietnam to experience evangelisation in the past. The province includes 13 districts and 700 parishes and is [...]

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ROME, April 11, 2014–The prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, has sent a message of condolence to His Beatitude Raphael Louis Sako I, Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, following the death of his predecessor, Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly. Cardinal Filoni recalled having lived with Patriarch Delly in Baghdad [...]

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JEJU, April 11, 2014–The South Korean government arrested two priests, a nun and a lay Catholic in the Diocese of Cheju on charges of “interfering with police business.” Police took the four into custody because they were demonstrating peacefully against the construction of a naval base on the Jeju Island, where local residents are up [...]

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Migrants in Holy Land look forward to papal visit

JAFFA, Israel, April 10, 2014–Migrant workers in the Holy Land are eagerly awaiting Pope Francis’ pilgrimage to Palestine, Israel and Jordan next month, and are praying for its success. “The migrant workers’ communities are eagerly awaiting the Pope with joyful expectation,” Fr. Tojy Jose, OFM, head of the Indian Chaplaincy in the Holy Land, told [...]

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MUMBAI, India, April 10, 2014–”Christians in Kandhamal are concerned about who will win this election, but they believe in democracy and the power of the vote”, Msgr. John Barwa, Archbishop of Cuttack -Bhubaneshwar, Kandhamal district (Orissa) tells AsiaNews. Today, more than 13 million people will go to vote in 10 districts of Orissa, in the third [...]

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BAGHDAD, Iraq, April 10, 2014–”For the Chaldean Church, this is a day of mourning and prayer so that the soul (of the patriarch emeritus) may rest in peace. However, it is also a day of remembrance to think about what he went through and suffered during these years,” said Mar Raphael I Louis Sako as [...]

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Poso, Christian and Muslim women unite for peace in Sulawesi

JAKARTA, Indonesia,  April 9, 2014–Ordinary women, the vast majority with a basic education from rural backgrounds but with a great desire to boost civic awareness, justice and the pursuit of peace in an area long plagued by sectarian violence held at bay by a fragile truce . These were the participants in the recent Poso [...]

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HOMS, Syria, April 8, 2014– “Fr Frans was killed in the monastery garden with two shots to the head. It was a deliberate act,” said Fr Said Ziad Hilal SJ who talked to the Arabic service of Vatican Radio about the priest who was slain yesterday in Homs. Fr Bimal Kerketta SJ, an Indian priest who runs a Jesuit [...]

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WENZHOU, China, April 7, 2014–Thousands of Christians in the eastern province of Zhejiang have been engaged in a peaceful sit-in for days in front of the church of Sanjiang, in the town of Ou Bei (near Wenzhou), so that the building will not be demolished by the authorities. The Protestant congregation that built the church [...]

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DAEJEON, South Korea, April 4, 2014–The announced visit of Pope Francis to South Korea is also helping the interreligious movement and ongoing dialogue in the country. For Koreans of all religions the expression “Francis effect” means: “The spirit of the pope and his action for the poor stirs the hearts of Catholics but also of non-Catholics”. And [...]

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