Saturday, January 30, 2021

Sunday Holy Mass Online : Sun. January 31, 2021 - #Eucharist on 4th of Ordinary Time in Your Virtual Church


Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 71
Reading I
Dt 18:15-20
Moses spoke to all the people, saying:
“A prophet like me will the LORD, your God, raise up for you
from among your own kin;
to him you shall listen.
This is exactly what you requested of the LORD, your God, at Horeb
on the day of the assembly, when you said,
 
 ‘Let us not again hear the voice of the LORD, our God,
nor see this great fire any more, lest we die.’
And the LORD said to me, ‘This was well said.
I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their kin,
and will put my words into his mouth;
he shall tell them all that I command him.
Whoever will not listen to my words which he speaks in my name,
I myself will make him answer for it.
But if a prophet presumes to speak in my name
an oracle that I have not commanded him to speak,
or speaks in the name of other gods, he shall die.’”
Responsorial Psalm
Ps 95:1-2, 6-7, 7-9
R. (8) If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Come, let us sing joyfully to the LORD;
    let us acclaim the rock of our salvation.
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
    let us joyfully sing psalms to him.
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Come, let us bow down in worship;
    let us kneel before the LORD who made us.
For he is our God,
    and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides.
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Oh, that today you would hear his voice:
    “Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
    as in the day of Massah in the desert,
Where your fathers tempted me;
    they tested me though they had seen my works.”
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Reading II
1 Cor 7:32-35
Brothers and sisters:
I should like you to be free of anxieties.
An unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord,
how he may please the Lord.
But a married man is anxious about the things of the world,
how he may please his wife, and he is divided.
An unmarried woman or a virgin is anxious about the things of the Lord,
so that she may be holy in both body and spirit.
A married woman, on the other hand,
is anxious about the things of the world,
how she may please her husband. 
I am telling you this for your own benefit,
not to impose a restraint upon you,
but for the sake of propriety
and adherence to the Lord without distraction.
 
Alleluia
Mt 4:16
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The people who sit in darkness have seen a great light;
on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death,
light has arisen.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
 
Gospel
Mk 1:21-28
Then they came to Capernaum,
and on the sabbath Jesus entered the synagogue and taught.
The people were astonished at his teaching,
for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes.
In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit;
he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have you come to destroy us?
I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”
Jesus rebuked him and said,
“Quiet!  Come out of him!”
The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him.
All were amazed and asked one another,
“What is this?
A new teaching with authority.
He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.”
His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.
Prayer to Make a Spiritual Communion-
People who cannot communicate now make spiritual communion

At your feet, O my Jesus I bow down and offer you the repentance of my contrite heart, which abysses itself into its nothingness and Your holy presence. I adore you in the Sacrament of Your love, the ineffable Eucharist. I wish to receive you in the poor home that my heart offers you. In anticipation of the happiness of sacramental communion, I want to possess you in spirit. Come to me, oh my Jesus, that I may come to you. May Your love inflame my whole being, for life and death. I believe in you, I hope in you, I love you. So be it. Amen

Saint January 31 : St. John Bosco who was Devoted to Our Lady and the Patron of: Editors, Publishers, School Children, Young people


Today, January 31, we celebrate the feast day of Saint John Bosco (1815-1888), Salesians Father, Founder, Confessor, and teacher and patron saint of youth. Saint John worked tirelessly throughout his life to provide education and spiritual instruction to the poor and orphaned children of the world. The orders he founded continue to pursue that mission today. Saint John is remembered for accepting anyone, loving everyone, saying: “A piece of Heaven fixes everything.”


John was born in Turin, in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy, to a peasant family. His father died when John was only two years old, leaving he and his two brothers in the solitary care of his mother. The family, quite poor, struggled to make ends meet, and John began to work as soon as he was old enough to correctly manipulate tools. He also demonstrated piety and devotion to the Lord from an early age, and professed his wish to become a priest at the age of nine, following a dream. His goal, even from that early age, was to assist youth who suffered in the same manner in which he did. John wished to spread the word of the Gospel, even as a child. He demonstrated great initiative and creativity and learned magic tricks and acrobatics in an attempt to gather an audience so that he could later evangelize and catechize the children and adults of his town. He would begin with a prayer, and while he still had a crows, would often repeat the homily he had heard in church earlier in the week.
His mother approved his wish to become a priest, but to make that happen, John would have to leave home to receive an education in the city. Being larger than his peers, and noticeably more impoverished, John was the constant focus of his classmates’ ridicule and teasing. To pay for his education, John spent his evenings working in whatever capacity he could—as a tailor, cobbler, and a waiter—returning back to his small room to study through the night be candlelight. Upon graduation, he began his studies for the priesthood.
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Like most things he set his mind to, John Bosco was ordained a priest at only twenty-six. During his time as a seminarian, he devoted his spare hours to looking after the urchins who roamed the slums of the city. Every Sunday he taught them catechism, supervised their games and entertained them with stories and tricks. He spent weekdays recruiting the roughest and dirtiest he could find, inviting them to the Sunday gatherings. Before long, his kindness had won their confidence, and his “Sunday School” became a ritual with them.
Upon ordination, Saint John immediately sought to formalize his ministry to the poor boys of the city, opening a hospice. When he was unable to secure a building in a “good” section of town, he took one in the slums. This first “oratory” was soon joined by three others, as educators and religious sought to join him in his ministry. His mother joined him as well, serving as housekeeper. Saint John fed and clothed the boys, but also spent long hours providing them with a basic education, and teaching them skills to obtain employment. Within the hospice was a tailoring and shoemaking room, as well as a printing press. Above all, he instructed the boys in the Gospel, modeling by example the life of Jesus Christ, and creating the atmosphere of a Christian family built on trust and love.
Noting the transformation of the youth he ministered to, Don (Father) Bosco began to gather followers to him, who accepted him as their spiritual advisor, leader, and guide. As their number grew, the Salesian Society of priests and lay brothers was formed. Named after Saint Francis de Sales, noted for his gentleness and kindness, Saint John Bosco dedicated this new society to the saint. Saint John traveled to Rome in 1858, and met with Pope Pius IX who encouraged his new religious community. Four years later, he founded an order for women, The Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians, to care for abandoned girls in the same manner.
By 1868, over 800 boys were being cared for in the Salesian oratories. Along with this, Saint John oversaw the writing, printing and distribution countless pamphlets that popularized Catholic teaching and answered the objections of anti-Catholics. Moreover, he was reported to receive supernatural guidance from the Lord, it the form of vivid dreams and visions, many of which he recounted. At times, he was able to predict the deaths of those he was close to, revealed by God, so that he might provide Last Rites. He also received a vivid vision of Hell, which he shared with all he encountered. Saint John is also remembered for working miracles, especially the multiplication of food when funds were short.
Saint John Bosco reformed the manner in which children were educated. Rather than the punitive system which was common at the time, John enacted a preventative system which rejected corporal punishment. By tending to basic needs, educational needs, and spiritual needs, the Salesians sought to put children in an environment which reduced the likelihood to commit sin. He advocated frequent reception of the sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion. He combined catechetical training and fatherly guidance, seeking to unite the spiritual life with his boys’ work, study and play. He is remembered for saying to those he ministered to: "It is enough to know that you are young and abandoned for me to love you very much." Saint John Bosco died on January 31, 1888. His incorrupt relics are frequently taken on pilgrimage around the world, to visit the faithful. The work begun by Saint John continues today, with thousands dedicated to education youth at risk. The international society of the Salesians of Don Bosco administers over 3,000 schools, colleges, technical schools, and youth centers throughout the world (in 125 countries). All at risk children are served, regardless of religion or social inequalities. The mission of this tireless ministers is to be “signs and bearers of God’s love to the young.”
Prayer: 
Saint John Bosco, you reached out to children whom no one cared for despite ridicule and insults. Help us to care less about the laughter of the world and care more about the joy of the Lord. Amen
Admirable apostle of youth, founder of religious Congregations, catechist, educator, writer, and a light that shone brightly in our time, you know that one of the greatest powers today is the power of the Press. Prompt editors to be always truthful and to work for the good of human beings, thus serving the greater glory of God. Amen. Text shared from 365 Rosaries - Image Google  

Top 10 Pro-Life Quotes by Pope Francis to SHARE - Pro-Life Inspiration!


1. “The right to life is the first human right. Abortion is killing someone that cannot defend him or herself.” – Cardinal Bergoglio with Rabbi Abraham Skorka in a book.
 2. “All life has inestimable value even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.” – Message to Catholics taking part in annual Day for Life in Britain and Ireland July 28, 2013
3. “Let’s say ‘Yes’ to life and ‘No’ to death.” – Message to Catholics taking part in March for Life in France Jan. 19, 2014.
 4. “Every child who, rather than being born, is condemned unjustly to being aborted, bears the face of Jesus Christ, bears the face of the Lord, who even before he was born, and then just after birth, experienced the world’s rejection. And every elderly person…even if he is ill or at the end of his days, bears the face of Christ. They cannot be discarded, as the ‘culture of waste’ suggests!” – Speech to Catholic healthcare professionals and gynecologists Sept. 20, 2013

 
 5. "... it is frightful even to think there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day; children being used as soldiers, abused and killed in armed conflicts; and children being bought and sold in that terrible form of modern slavery which is human trafficking, which is a crime against humanity.” – Speech to diplomats Jan. 13, 2014
 6. “The victims of this [throwaway] culture are precisely the weakest and most fragile human beings — the unborn, the poorest, the sick and elderly, the seriously handicapped, etc. — who are in danger of being ‘thrown away,’ expelled from a system that must be efficient at all costs. …It is necessary to raise awareness and form the lay faithful, in whatever state, especially those engaged in the field of politics, so that they may think in accord with the Gospel and the social doctrine of the church and act consistently by dialoguing and collaborating with those who, in sincerity and intellectual honesty, share — if not the faith — at least a similar vision of mankind and society and its ethical consequences. – Speech to a delegation from the Dignitatis Humanae Institute Dec. 7, 2013
7. “Since everything is interrelated, concern for the protection of nature is also incompatible with the justification of abortion. How can we genuinely teach the importance of concern for other vulnerable beings, however troublesome or inconvenient they may be, if we fail to protect a human embryo, even when its presence is uncomfortable and creates difficulties? ” – Laudato Si
8. "Every life counts: from the beginning to the end, from conception to natural death" Tweet Jan.19,2018
9. The fight against abortion is “part of the battle in favor of life from the moment of conception until a dignified, natural end. This includes the care of the mother during pregnancy, the existence of laws to protect the mother postpartum, and the need to ensure that children receive enough food, as well as providing healthcare throughout the whole length of life…” …On science being aware it is human life: “A pregnant woman isn’t carrying a toothbrush in her belly, or a tumor…We are in the presence of a human being.” – Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio in book of interviews “Pope Francis: His Life in His Own Words”
10. "Defend the Unborn Against Abortion even if they persecute you calumniate you set traps for you take you to court or kill you."'
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Wow Famous Athlete Tim Tebow's Powerful March for Life Testimony @TimTebow - How He was almost Aborted "I do believe that every single life matters to God."

 

During the March for Life 2021 held on January 29, 2021 the famous athlete Tim Tebow gave a powerful testimony: (see below)

In 1986 a missionary preaching in a remote village in the Philippines, before he went on stage God pricked his heart. God started to put on his heart all the babies around the world that were being aborted. And he began to weep uncontrollably. And God put in his heart and in his head that night that even though he already had 4 kids; that he needed to have another one.  He needed to have a fifth and he needed to make him a preacher. So he went on stage and he to preach that night and afterwards made the long voyage home to his wife and four kids He told his wife honey I really feel that God put on my heart that we need to have another baby. And his wife's like listen God didn't put that on my heart. But a few days later God put it on his wife's heart as well. And so the missionary and his wife and all four kids started to pray that she would get pregnant and that they could have another baby. A little while later she got pregnant. But the pregnancy wasn't easy - it was really hard and it was really difficult. actually in fact they didn't even believe that she was pregnant at first they actually thought, it was a tumor; a mass of fetal tissue.

But then they realized that she was pregnant and that she did have a baby in her womb. But the doctors said You need to have an abortion you need to get you to get rid of him. But she decided that she was going to trust God. Even when the doctor said it could and might cost her her life. She decided she was going to trust God. The pregnancy was so tough so many set backs and heart aches. But the whole time she continued to trust God. Then it came time to give birth. A doctor who had been doing it for over 35 years, and this was his specialty, helping women give birth. he helped deliver that baby in over 35 he looked at her and said; of all my years this is the greatest miracle that I've ever seen because I have no idea how he survived. The placenta is not attached and there is so many different issues and I don't know how he had the nourishment and the food to be able to survive. This is a miracle baby. Here is your baby Mrs. Tebow. 

(Tim Tebow's Testimony starts at 55:45 mark on video below)

 

 And that day I got to meet my mom and I'm so grateful that my mom gave me a chance at life. Because many times could she have made the choice to do something different. But because of her pro-life story I now get to share my story. But it's only because my mom gave me a chance. And I'm so grateful that every single one of you are here today that you have made the choice to choose life; that it matters to you. Because I do believe that every single life matters to God. 

You know who else I believe, stood and stands for life, is our savior Jesus. You know he said in John I came to give life and give life abundantly. See he had a mission. That mission, was a rescue mission for us. That mission was to come down to this Earth and go to the cross, and defeat death, and overcome the world, That was his mission. See but he also had a motivation. Heb. 12:2 tells us  fixing our eyes our eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of faith who for the joy set before him endured the cross despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand at the throne of God. What was his motivation? It tells us right there; for the joy set before him. When Jesus was going to the cross, what was the joy set before Him? It was you. It was me. It was us being made right with His death. It was us having life and life abundantly and ether life in heaven that was the joy set before him. See he had a mission and he accomplished it....

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Pope Francis Explains "Catechesis is the echo of the Word of God." FULL TEXT on Catechesis


 

ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS

TO THE PARTICIPANTS IN
THE MEETING PROMOTED BY THE NATIONAL CATECHISTIC OFFICE OF THE ITALIAN EPISCOPAL CONFERENCE

Sala Clementina
Saturday, January 30, 2021

Dear brothers and sisters,

I welcome you and thank Cardinal Bassetti for his kind words. He regained his strength, thank you! I greet the Secretary General, Mons. Russo, and all of you who support the commitment of the Italian Church in the area of ​​catechesis. I am happy to share with you the memory of the 60th anniversary of the birth of the National Catechetical Office. Established even before the configuration of the Bishops' Conference, it was an indispensable instrument for catechetical renewal after the Second Vatican Council. This anniversary is a precious occasion to remember, give thanks for the gifts received and renew the spirit of the announcement. To this end, I would like to share three points which I hope will help you in the work of the coming years.

The first: catechesis and kerygma . Catechesis is the echo of the Word of God. In the transmission of faith, Scripture - as the Basic Document recalls - is « the Book; not an aid, even if it were the first "(CEI, The renewal of catechesis, no. 107). Catechesis is therefore the long wave of the Word of God to transmit the joy of the Gospel in life. Thanks to the narration of the catechesis, Sacred Scripture becomes the "environment" in which to feel part of the same history of salvation, meeting the first witnesses of the faith. Catechesis is to take by the hand and accompany in this story. It gives rise to a journey, in which each one finds his own rhythm, because the Christian life does not flatten or homologate, but values ​​the uniqueness of every child of God. Catechesis is also a mystagogical path, which advances in constant dialogue with the liturgy, in which symbols shine which, without imposing themselves, speak to life and mark it with the imprint of grace.

The heart of the mystery is the kerygma , and the kerygma is a person: Jesus Christ. Catechesis is a privileged space for fostering a personal encounter with him. Therefore it must be interwoven with personal relationshipsThere is no true catechesis without the testimony of men and women in flesh and blood. Who among us does not remember at least one of his catechists? I remember it: I remember the nun who prepared me for my first communion and did me so much good. The first protagonists of catechesis are they, messengers of the Gospel, often lay people, who generously put themselves on the line to share the beauty of having encountered Jesus. «Who is the catechist? He is the one who guards and nourishes the memory of God; he guards it in himself - he is a "mindful" of the history of salvation - and knows how to awaken it in others. It is a Christian who puts this memory at the service of the announcement; not to be seen, not to talk about himself, but to talk about God, his love, his fidelity "( Homily for the day of catechists in the Year of Faith, 29 September 2013).

To do this, it is good to remember "some characteristics of the proclamation that today are necessary in every place: that it expresses God's saving love prior to moral and religious obligation - you are loved, you are loved, this is the first, this is the door - which does not impose the truth and which appeals to freedom - as Jesus did - which possesses some note of joy, stimulus, vitality, and a harmonious completeness which does not reduce preaching to a few doctrines at times more philosophical and evangelical. This demands from the evangelizer some dispositions that help to better welcome the announcement - and what are these dispositions that every catechist must have? -: closeness, openness to dialogue, patience, cordial welcome that does not condemn "(Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium , 165 ). Jesus had this. It is the entire geography of humanity that the kerygma , the infallible compass of faith, helps to explore.

And on this point - the catechist - I take up something that must also be said to parents, to grandparents: the faith must be transmitted "in dialect". A catechist who does not know how to explain in the "dialect" of young people, children, those who ... But with the dialect I am not referring to the linguistic one, of which Italy is so rich, no, to the dialect of proximity, to the dialect that can understand, in the dialect of intimacy. To me it touches so much that passage of the Maccabees, of the seven brothers ( 2 Mac7). Two or three times it is said that their mother supported them by speaking to them in dialect ["in the language of the fathers"]. It is important: true faith must be transmitted in dialect. Catechists must learn to transmit it in dialect, that is, the language that comes from the heart, which is born, which is precisely the most familiar, the closest to everyone. If there is no dialect, the faith is not transmitted totally and well.

The second point: catechesis and the future . Last year was the 50th anniversary of the document The renewal of catechesis , with which the Italian Episcopal Conference received the indications of the Council. In this regard, I make my own the words of Saint Paul VI , addressed to the first General Assembly of the CEI after Vatican II: “We must look to the Council with gratitude to God and with confidence for the future of the Church; it will be the great catechism of the new times "( June 23, 1966 ). And returning to the theme, on the occasion of the first International Catechetical Congress, he added: "It is a task that is incessantly reborn and incessantly renewed for catechesis to understand these problems that rise from the human heart, to lead them back to their hidden source: the gift of love that creates and saves" ( September 25, 1971 ). Therefore, the catechesis inspired by the Council is continually listening to the heart of man, always with an open ear, always attentive to renew itself.

This is the magisterium: the Council is the magisterium of the Church. Either you stay with the Church and therefore follow the Council, and if you don't follow the Council or you interpret it in your own way, as you want, you are not with the Church. At this point we must be demanding, strict. The Council must not be negotiated, to have more of these ... No, the Council is like that. And this problem that we are experiencing, of selectivity with respect to the Council, has been repeated throughout history with other Councils. It makes me think so much about a group of bishops who, after Vatican I, left, a group of lay people, groups, to continue the "true doctrine" that was not that of Vatican I: "We are the true Catholics" . Today they ordain women. The most severe attitude, to keep the faith without the magisterium of the Church, leads you to ruin. Please,

Just as in the post-Council period the Italian Church was ready and capable in welcoming the signs and sensitivity of the times, so too today she is called to offer a renewed catechesis, which inspires every area of ​​pastoral care: charity, liturgy, family, culture, social life, economy ... From the root of the Word of God, through the trunk of pastoral wisdom, fruitful approaches to the various aspects of life flourish. Catechesis is thus an extraordinary adventure: as the "vanguard of the Church" it has the task of reading the signs of the times and of accepting present and future challenges. We must not be afraid to speak the language of today's women and men. Of speaking the language outside the Church, yes, we must be afraid of this. We must not be afraid to speak the language of the people. We must not be afraid to listen to their questions, whatever they may be, the unresolved questions, to listen to the frailties, the uncertainties: we are not afraid of this. We must not be afraid of developing new tools: in the seventies theCatechism of the Italian Church was original and appreciated; even the present times require intelligence and courage to develop up-to-date tools, which transmit to the man of today the richness and joy of the kerygma , and the richness and joy of belonging to the Church.

Third point: catechesis and communityIn this year marked by the isolation and the sense of loneliness caused by the pandemic, we have repeatedly reflected on the sense of belonging that is the basis of a community. The virus has dug into the living fabric of our territories, especially existential ones, fueling fears, suspicions, mistrust and uncertainty. It has put in check established practices and habits and thus provokes us to rethink our being a community. We have understood, in fact, that we cannot do it alone and that the only way to get out of crises better is to get out of them together - nobody saves himself alone, to get out of them together -, embracing the community in which we live with more conviction. Because the community is not an agglomeration of individuals, but the family in which to integrate, the place to take care of each other, the young of the elderly and the elderly of the young, we of today who will come tomorrow. Only by rediscovering the sense of community can each one find his own dignity in fullness.

Catechesis and proclamation can only place this community dimension at the center. This is no time for elite strategies. The big community: what is the big community? The holy faithful people of God. One cannot go on outside the holy faithful people of God, which - as the Council says - is infallible in credendo . Always with the holy people of God. Instead, seeking elitist affiliations distances you from the people of God, perhaps with sophisticated formulas, but you lose that belonging to the Church which is the holy faithful people of God.

This is the time to be artisans of open communities who know how to value everyone's talents. It is the time of missionary communities, free and disinterested, which do not seek relevance and profit, but walk the paths of the people of our time, bending over those on the sidelines. It is the time of community that the disappointed young people look in the eyes, that they welcome strangers and give hope to the disheartened. It is the time for communities to dialogue without fear with those who have different ideas. It is the time of community which, like the Good Samaritan, know how to come close to those who are wounded by life, to bind their wounds with compassion. Don't forget this word: compassion. How often, in the Gospel, it is said of Jesus: "And he had compassion", "he had compassion". As I said at the Ecclesial Conference in Florence, I want a Church "ever closer to the abandoned, the forgotten, the imperfect. […] A happy Church with the face of a mother, which understands, accompanies, caresses ». What I then referred to Christian humanism is also valid for catechesis: it "radically affirms the dignity of every person as the Son of God, establishes a fundamental fraternity between every human being, teaches us to understand work, to inhabit creation as a common home, provides reasons for cheerfulness, humor, even in the midst of a life that is often very hard "(Speech at the V National Convention of the Italian Church , Florence, 10 November 2015).

I mentioned the Florence Convention. After five years, the Italian Church must return to the Florence Convention, and a process of national Synod, community by community, diocese by diocese, must begin: this process will also be a catechesis. In the Florence Convention there is precisely the intuition of the way to go in this Synod. Now, take it back: it's time. And start walking.

Dear brothers and sisters, I thank you for what you do. I invite you to continue to pray and to think creatively about a catechesis centered on the kerygma , which looks to the future of our communities, so that they may be more and more rooted in the Gospel, fraternal and inclusive communities. I bless you, I accompany you. And you, please, pray for me, I need it. Thank you!

FULL TEXT Source: Vatican.va - Unofficial Translation

 

Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Pakistan Calls for Action to Stop Religious Intolerance

 


Asia News reports of an Open letter to the Pakistani prime minister which calls for action to stop religious intolerance
by Shafique Khokhar
Samson Salamat, president of an inter-religious movement indicates some priorities "to control the further damage and destabilization" of the country, including the "revision" of the blasphemy law which "continues to frighten citizens belonging to minorities and has led to 'killing of innocents.”

Lahore (AsiaNews) - Samson Salamat (pictured), Mr. Samson Salamat, Chairman Rwadari Tehreek has urged Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr. Imran Khan and his government for immediate, effective and serious actions to stop the increasing incidents and trends of religious intolerance, instigation of violence, provocation, hate speech, and religiously motivated violence.
Salamat in his Open Letter to Prime Minister writes, “On behalf of my fellow Pakistanis and members of Rwadari Tehreek- Pakistan, I would like to thank and congratulate your government for sponsoring the resolution titled “Promoting a culture of peace and tolerance to safeguard religious sites” (document A/75/L.54) which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on January 21, 2021, to condemn all acts of threats and violence, destruction, and damage directed against religious sites, to denounce any move to obliterate or forcibly convert any religious sites and also expresses concerns on the rise of racial and religious intolerance and negative stereo-typing of religions and condemns any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that promotes discrimination, hostility or violence.”  
The letter further says, “While we welcome this latest initiative of your government at the United Nations, we would like to draw your attention to the rise of religious intolerance, hatred, and religiously motivated violence in our own society which needs to be addressed immediately, seriously, and effectively to control the further damage and de-stabilizing of Pakistan - the violent attacks on Hazara community, destruction of Hindi Temple in Karak and attacks on temples in Sindh, hate speech and use of abusive and instigative language on the issue of construction of Hindu temple in Islamabad, consistent target the killing of Ahmadi citizens, consistent hate speech against Christians on social media, misuse of blasphemy laws, abduction, and forced religious conversion of the Christian and Hindu minor girls are some of the critical issues which need your immediate attention”.
Salamat adds in his letter that sadly, in almost all the above mentioned issues and incidents the authorities’ remained failed to provide safeguards and there has been hardly any significant action (s) against the extremist and terrorist outfits or individuals involved in creating this menace and destroying the spirit of the vision of the Quaid-e-Azam Muhammed Ali Jinnah, the founder of our beloved country.
Chairman Rwadari Tehreek Pakistan on behalf of Rwadari Tehreek recommended the following steps and initiatives to deal with religious intolerance, extremism and terrorism:  
Ensure that the constitutional and legal systems provide effective guarantees of freedom of thought, religion or belief, including the provision of effective remedies in cases where the right to freedom of religion or belief is violated.
Furthermore, ensure, in particular, that no one within their jurisdiction is deprived of the right to life, liberty, and security of a person and not to be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment on the basis of religion or belief.
The Government should notify the promises made with the Hazara Community after your visit to Quetta as Prime Minister after Mach incident to ensure that the commitments are translated into policies and practical actions to effectively protect the lives of Hazara citizens to end more than a decade of bloodshed.    
In order to ensure that the society is free of intolerance, violent extremism and terrorism, the implementation of the National Action Plan should be ensured in letter and spirit.
Indiscriminate stern action is immediately required against banned extremist outfits to stop their activities e.g. Public Rallies, meetings, funds collection, Sit-ins and all acts of hate speech and instigation of violence.
The misuse of blasphemy laws continues to settle personal and frightening the citizens belonging to minorities and has led to the killings of innocent, and destruction of their worship places and other properties, therefore a review of these laws should be initiated to refrain from further damage.
The Syllabus should be made free of all biases and bigotry to de-radicalize youth and the entry of extremist elements to the educational institutions should be stopped. 
Zero Tolerance Policy should be adopted and implemented against hate speech, abusive and instigative language against Hindus, Christians, Ahmadi community, and Shia Muslims which is currently at a peak.   
Salamat hoped that the issues and concerns mentioned in the letter shall be thoroughly addressed by the Prime Minister of Pakistan and his Government with practical steps to end religious intolerance, hate speech, and religiously motivated violence from our society.   
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