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How the possible Vatican-China agreement could be problematic

WASHINGTON D.C., Feb 18, 2017–The archbishop emeritus of Hong Kong expressed serious concerns about a possible agreement between the Vatican and China on the appointing of bishops. The agreement would essentially allow the government to pick candidates for bishops and put pressure on the Pope to veto them. “Because how can you allow the initiative […]

BHOPAL, Feb 17, 2017–A church official in Madhya Pradesh has welcomed the Indian Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the disqualification of 634 medical professionals after an investigation found they had bribed their way into medical schools. The Supreme Court’s Feb. 13 decision came after a lower court judged that some students had gained access to […]

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SEMARANG, Feb 17, 2017–Twice a week Petrus Legiman leaves home early in the morning on a motorbike fully loaded with vegetables packed in bamboo containers, and rides to a local market where he sells the crops from his farm. Dozens of other farmers from several villages also sell their produce and products, such as vegetables, […]

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YANGON, Feb 16, 2017–Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon has said that only the Blessed Mother can unite all who come from different ethnic groups and religions in Myanmar, which has been beset by civil wars, and conflicts in its western and northern regions. “We need to pray to her that this country may be […]

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SEOUL, Feb 10, 2017–Korean Catholics will surely make their “ears attentive to wisdom” when Seoul Archdiocese establishes the first Radio Vatican branch outside the Vatican in the Korean capital. The archdiocese will take charge of running the Korean version of Radio Vatican so local Catholics can hear news from the Vatican and around the world […]

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VIJAYAWADA, Feb 11, 2017–This year our Lady, the Mother of health, gathered at his feet thousands of faithful for the three-day festival in Gunadala, from 9 to 11 February. Two days ago, under a colorful pavilion, hundreds of people have been raised very early to attend the first Mass of the day. Msgr. Telagathoti Raja […]

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BHOPAL, Feb 10, 2017–India’s bishops have decided to give special pastoral attention to people estranged from the church and their families. The Latin-rite bishops were attending the 29th plenary assembly of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India in Bhopal and which concluded Feb. 8. The 137 bishops attending were from 132 Latin dioceses and issued a statement after deliberating […]

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BANGKOK, Feb 10, 2017–Msgr. Philip Banchong Chaiyara, bishop of the northeastern diocese of Ubon Rachathanee and president of the Episcopal Commission for social work has sent a letter to the faithful on the occasion of the 25th World Day of the Sick. The celebration will take place tomorrow, February 11, 2017 at the memory of […]

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SEOUL, Feb 9, 2017–Seoul Archdiocese wants to become the ecclesiastical version of a dandelion, spreading priests the world over to “fall on good soil,” as Jesus said. On Feb. 3, Seoul Archdiocese ordained 27 priests making the total number in the archdiocese 892. Archbishop Osvaldo Padilla, apostolic nuncio to Korea, was at the ordination in […]

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Plainclothes policemen attack a group of priests, block prayer service

HANOI, Feb 3, 2017–Plainclothes police from Hue, in central Vietnam, yesterday detained a group of Catholic priests, who were attending a prayer service. Local priest Fr. Phan Van Loi, told Radio Free Asia (RFA) that local officers resumed monitoring his activities after the five-day Tet holiday, Vietnam’s annual New Year celebration which fell on Jan. […]

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SEOUL, Feb 3, 2017–A historic parish church in Seoul, which was doomed to be demolished, survived after it was moved to a nearby site. Gusan Church in Hanam, southeast of Seoul, was moved some 220 meters over two months using a craning technique. The technique is usually used to move traditional wooden houses intact, but […]

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DHAKA, Feb 1, 2017–Bangladesh has a new ecclesiastical province. Yesterday Pope Francis erected the Archdiocese of Chittagong, on the east coast of the country, raising the bishopric of the same name to Metropolitan See. At the same time, Msgr. Moses Costa, now Bishop of the diocese, was appointed first Metropolitan Archbishop of Chittagong. Upon hearing […]

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China ‘forcing churches to conform to Party agenda’

BEIJING, Jan 27, 2017–The government of Chinese president Xi Jinping focused heavily on forcing Christianity in the country to conform to the Communist Party’s agenda, according to a major report on religious persecution. According to Radio Free Asia, China Aid, which has been documenting abuses against Christian churches, pastors, activists, and human rights lawyers, said in […]

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HO CHI MINH CITY, Jan 28, 2017–Catholic and Protestant leaders in Vietnam called on Christians to restore harmony and worship God together at an ecumenical encounter on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. “Catholics and Protestants should be reconciled with one another so that we can become God’s envoys and bring God to other people,” […]

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KERALA, Jan 27, 2017–A two-hour stage show premiered in India’s Kerala state recently depicting Jesus as Indian, thus correcting European Christianity’s “misrepresentation” of Christ, according to the director. The show, titled Ente Rakshakan (“My Savior”), was created by a well-known showman Soorya Krishna Moorthy. It presents Jesus Christ as having black hair, eyes and Indian mannerisms. An audience […]

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Card. Gracias: Soon the holy martyrs of Orissa. The joy of Christians

BHUBANESHWAR, Jan 21, 2017–The Vatican is willing to open the canonization of 100 Christian martyrs killed in 2008 in Kandhamal district in the Indian state of Orissa. This was announced by Cardinal Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai and president of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC), reporting an interview with Card. Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for […]

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