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Card. Thottunkal: The Risen Jesus overcomes marginalization and oppression

MUMBAI, India, April 22, 2014–”Jesus is Risen, gives us strength to overcomes difficulties, struggles and sufferings and all the situation of , of alienation and discrimination, marginalisation and oppression. At Easter Time, we are empowered with His Resurrection to affirm that the Lord is great and human plans and human designs are nothing before the [...]

HO CHI MINH CITY, April 22, 2014–Despite the fear of arrest and repression, but boosted by a strong faith, Catholics celebrated the rites of Holy Week and Easter in the remote and mountainous areas of the Diocese of Kontum, in the central highlands of Vietnam. For many people, the solemn celebrations for the death and [...]

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NEW DELHI, India, April 21, 2014–Catholics in India are praying as they vote in the midst of five weeks of the nation’s parliamentary elections, now going on in the world’s largest democracy. “We are very hopeful that the general elections underway will be conducted in a free and democratic way,” Bishop Henry D’Souza of Bellary [...]

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SEOUL, April 21 2014–Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul has urged Catholics to imitate Korean martyrs and “bravely put love into action.” “How can we follow the example of the martyrs?” the cardinal asked in his Easter message released on April 18. Cardinal Soo-jung also prayed “for those suffering from pain either materially or spiritually, and [...]

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SINGAPORE, Apr 21 2014–Easter invites the faithful to proclaim the Gospel with joy in our reality in Singapore,” Archbishop William Goh of Singapore said in his Easter message. Archbishop Goh recalled that Resurrection meant to win over despair with hope, overcome hatred with love and injustice with forgiveness. The prelate urged the faithful to practise [...]

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Easter among India’s Christians, a challenge and a mission of hope

MUMBAI, April 20, 2014–In India, a country “where poverty is dehumanising and people live in the utmost despair and suffering, Easter is a challenge for its small Christian community. They have to shine the light of Christ into the darkness and suffering of people’s lives, bringing them hope,” said Card Telesphore Toppo, archbishop of Ranchi. [...]

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SEOUL, South Korea, April 19, 2014–Seoul Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung urged Catholics to imitate the Korean martyrs and “bravely put love into action.” In his Easter message, released April 18, the cardinal also prayed “for those suffering from pain either materially or spiritually, and also for our brothers split apart from us in North Korea; [...]

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TOKYO, April 19, 2014–For years work has been underway to revise the Japanese Missal, but the task of updating the 1978 edition has proven to be a thorny problem. The work is daunting. The goal is not so much a word-for-word, literal translation as one based upon a close examination of the cultural background and [...]

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MALAYSIA, April 18, 2014–The Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) will move its operations out of Selangor to Kuala Lumpur, a federal territory, following the raid by the state’s Islamic Religious Department (Jais) on January 2, 2014. BSM president Lee Min Choon said yesterday that the move was needed as the federal administrative centre, Putrajaya, offered [...]

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MYANMAR, April 17, 2014–Archbishop Charles Maung Bo of Yangon in his Easter message invited Christians and all men of good will in Myanmar to be promoters of reconciliation. The prelate said that the key message of the Resurrection is reconciliation. “In Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, and He gave us the ministry [...]

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NAM DINH, Vietnam, April 17, 2014–Lenten initiatives in in the Diocese of Bui Chu in the province of Nam Dinh focussed on the poor and marginalised in the diocese that was one of the first in northern Vietnam to experience evangelisation in the past. More than 500 people, Catholic and non-Catholic, living on the edges [...]

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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 [...]

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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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