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Church hosts confab to strengthen friendship, dialogue between religions

JAKARTA, Indonesia, Oct 26, 2014–Hundreds of people, 812 to be precise, from the six recognized religions in Indonesia (Muslims, Catholics, Protestants, Buddhists, Hindus and Confucians), will participate in a three-day conference, to strengthen bonds of friendship, understanding and the dialogue. Theinitiative, which began yesterday and will last for the whole weekend, is being held in [...]

HONG KONG, Oct 25, 2014–”This is the one who fights with a ‘sling’,” said the pope when he greeted Hong Kong’s Bishop Emeritus Card Joseph Zen Ze-kiun after the beatification Mass of Paul VI, wrote the bishop himself in his Chinese-language blog. The pontiff’s choice of words, the prelate said, was a reference to his [...]

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SINGAPORE, Oct 25, 2014–About 500 Catholics and Protestants attended an ecumenical Charismatic healing service on October 6 at the Aldersgate Methodist Church. Archbishop William Goh of Singapore, Methodist Bishop Dr Wee Boon Hup and Lutheran Bishop Terry Kee joined the event aimed at providing Christians from different Churches an opportunity to come together. “There was [...]

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India, Catholics and Hindus ‘working together against the globalization of indifference’

MUMBAI, Oct 21, 2014–Christians and Hindus “must deepen their mutual respect and friendship, not by ignoring the essential differences that exist between the two religious traditions, but rather by understanding, acknowledging, and accepting them, and thus mutually respecting them. The Catholic Church never imposes the faith on others, and has always been at the service [...]

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SYLHET, Oct 20, 2014– The Diocese of Sylhet held its third pastoral meeting on 15-18 October in Lokhipur parish. The seminar focused, among other things, on the reality of the Christian family as well as on the problems couples and marriage face every day, this at a time of challenges and dangers, including the global [...]

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BANGALORE, India, Oct 20, 2014–Catholic leaders in Pakistan will appeal to their country’s Supreme Court after a lower court upheld the death penalty for a blasphemy ruling against a Christian mother of five children. “Like it or not, we have to accept the court order,” Father Emmanuel Yousaf Mani, director of the National (Catholic) Commission [...]

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KATHMANDU, Oct 20, 2014–A digitally recorded “audio-Bible” to bring the Christian message as many people as possible  and “protect them from false religious practices”.  This is the initiative of World Mission, a Protestant Christian organization, which is engaged an extensive tour of Nepal in order to distribute “to those who are interested,” a copy of [...]

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Hard winter looms for Iraq’s ‘betrayed’ Christian refugees

ERBIL, Iraq, Oct 18, 2014–Despite efforts by northern Iraq’s Catholic bishops to ensure that Christians and other refugees can survive the winter, housing shortages and a significant lack of financial support pose serious threats. “The Church is pretty much alone in caring for them; so far the Iraqi government has not done anything for them. [...]

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VATICAN CITY, Oct 18, 2014–Pope Francis met with Vietnamese prime minister Nguyen Tan Dung Saturday morning, which is a move seen as a important step in strengthening ties between the Vatican and Vietnam. A statement released by the Vatican regarding the Oct. 18 encounter explained that during their “cordial conversations,” the Pope and the prime [...]

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VIJAYAWADA, Oct 18, 2014–A moment of reflection and activity with which the Church “calls on the religious to renew their consecrated life, bearing in mind the need for evangelization and vocations in the world”.  This is how Vincentian priest, Fr. Jose, the associate director of the Mangalagiri retreat centre, Vijayawada,  Andhra Pradesh, described the Year [...]

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ROME, Italy, Oct 17, 2014–An Iraqi priest who has chosen to return to his city, which lies just six miles from ISIS-controlled territory, said that in the midst of an increasingly desperate situation, the help of world powers is greatly needed. “The only solution is to return the people to their homes. This is the [...]

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VATICAN CITY, Oct 17, 2014–”I have talked about our situation, as Iraqis and as Christians, and I have asked him to write a letter to my community, to confirm them in the faith and hope, as did Saint Paul when he addressed the faithful in the early days of the Church. He answered right away [...]

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Asia Bibi’s sentence is heart breaking, may the world pray for her, says Islamabad bishop

LAHORE, Oct 16, 2014–After a hearing that lasted several hours, the Lahore High Court today upheld the death penalty sentence passed by a lower court against Asia Bibi, following her conviction in 2010 on blasphemy charges in 2010. Since then she has been on death row. In Pakistan, many civil society groups have expressed solidarity [...]

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DINAJPUR, Oct 15, 2014–The Bangladesh Ministry of Education has awarded a Catholic school, St. Philip’s High School and College, a certificate as best school in the District of Dinajpur. The missionary-run facility “is an ideal educational institution. Teachers of this school are dedicated and made possible a 100 per cent pass in the public examination,” [...]

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CHINA, Oct 15 2014–Churches showed that they are still a place of sanctuary as the parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Wanchai, the church closest to the mass of people gathered in Admiralty for the Umbrella Movement, kept its doors open throughout the night of September 28 and following days as a place [...]

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SINGAPORE, Oct 15 2014–Representatives of the Myanmar Catholic community in Singapore in a recent interview with Catholic News said the main challenge they face is the lack of a fixed venue to hold their service. “We always have a problem of finding a place during the big occasions. I think we need a proper, specific [...]

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