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Jakarta Chinese Catholics told to renew themselves

JAKARTA, Feb. 8, 2016–Ethnic Chinese Catholics in Jakarta were urged to promote peace among their families and others, during Mass at a Central Jakarta church to celebrate Lunar New Year. “If there is peace and harmony, what we hope for — such as richness, success, health and safety — will go hand in hand in [...]

INDIA, Feb. 8, 2016–The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India has pledged the commitment and closeness of the Indian church to Christians in the eastern state of Odisha. Cardinal Baselios Cleemis of Trivandrum, conference president, expressed this in a message to Archbishop John Barwa of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, which covers Kandhamal district, a region in 2008 that witnessed [...]

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INDIA, Feb. 6, 2016–We remain “united in faith in Christ, who is the true shepherd who loves us and urges us to work for the Kingdom of God”, said Msgr. Joseph Raja Rao Thelagathoti during the ceremony of his inauguration in the Indian diocese of Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh), which took place on February 2nd. The [...]

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The Church mourns Archbishop. Destombes, pioneer of the mission after the rubble of Pol Pot

PHNOM PENH, Jan. 30, 2016–The Catholic Church in Cambodia mourns death of Msgr. Emile Destombes, apostolic vicar of Phnom Penh 2001 to 2010, died yesterday at age 80 due to heart problems. Expelled in 1975 along with all foreign missionaries by the Khmer Rouge, he was the first priest to be able to return to [...]

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BHUBANESWAR, Jan. 29, 2016–”Jesus, give me a new heart to love and to serve my people” is the silent prayer that Msgr. John Barwa, Archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar (Orissa) expressed on a stretcher while dragged by the nurses was brought into the operating room for an operation of cardiac surgery. The bishop was operated on last [...]

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Lunar Year 2016: the Church in Vietnam in the field for the poor and orphans

HANOI, Jan. 26, 2016–On the occasion of the beginning of the new lunar year, on 7 February, the Vietnamese Church has fielded a number of charitable and social projects to help more than 18 million people living below the threshold poverty (on less than a dollar a day). To lead by example is Msgr. Joseph [...]

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New bishop of Macau: Faith and Chinese values ​​’live together’

MACAU, Jan. 25, 2016–The new bishop of Macau Msgr. Stephen Lee Bun-sang, asked Catholics to be united and live the Catholic faith and the Chinese values ​​for the welfare of society. The invitation was sent by the bishop to the faithful during the installation ceremony, which took place on January 23 at the Cathedral dedicated [...]

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ULAANBAATAR, Jan. 25, 2016–On 28 August, in the cathedral dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul, the Catholic community of Mongolia will celebrate the ordination of its first priest. Joseph Enkhee-Baatar  was ordained deacon in December 2014  by Msgr. Lazzaro You Heung-sik, bishop of Daejeon. His priesthood will be celebrated instead of the Apostolic Prefect of [...]

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JAKARTA, Jan. 25, 2016–Catholic academics in Indonesia have criticized the education minister’s recent call to ban lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from entering university campuses. Muhammad Nasir told reporters Jan. 23 after inaugurating a new campus of a university in Semarang in Central Java that LGBT people could destroy the country’s moral values, which [...]

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Card. Ranjith and Sirisena: Religion is essential to build national unity

COLOMBO, Jan. 21, 2016–For peace and reconciliation in the country is important the contribution of religions, they do overcome the divisions between races and ethnicity. It is the contention of the President Maithripala Sirisena and the Archbishop of Colombo card. Malcolm Ranjith at the ceremony Thai Pongal , the most important Tamil festival which this [...]

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BAGHDAD, Jan. 21, 2016–The Islamic State terror group has destroyed the oldest Christian monastery in Iraq, satellite photos have confirmed, reducing to rubble the 1,400 year-old St. Elijah’s Monastery that stood as a place of worship before the Catholic-Orthodox split, the Christian Post reported. The Associated Press reported on Jan. 21 that it obtained satellite photos from imagery firm DigitalGlobe, [...]

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TAIYUAN, Jan. 21, 2016– Catholics in Taiyuan (Shanxi) “hope in the conversion during this Jubilee of Mercy, taking care of parents and grandparents, neighbors and the needy, illuminated by the light of the holy martyrs of our dioceses.” And ‘what it says Msgr. Paul Meng Ningyou, referring to dozens of holy martyrs, who were killed [...]

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German cardinal denied entry to visit Vietnam diocese

HO CHI MINH, Jan. 19, 2016–German Cardinal Reinhard Marx was denied access to Vinh Diocese during a weeklong visit to Vietnam in January, church officials in the communist country said. Cardinal Marx, head of the German bishops’ conference, led a five-member delegation during a Jan. 9-16 visit to Vietnam, at the invitation of Vietnamese bishops. [...]

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JAKARTA, Jan. 19, 2016–Reflect on married life, sharing happy moments but also the difficulties and challenges, to renew their marriage vows alongside the prayer of the sacrament of confession and forgiveness. In this spirit, 30 Catholic couples, made up of former members of the Indonesian Jesuit community, are meeting on 9 and 10 January in [...]

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Msgr. Stephen Lee is the new bishop of Macao

HONG KONG, Jan, 16, 2016–The Pope has appointed Bishop this morning. Stephen Lee Sang Bun new bishop of Macao. Until now the prelate served as auxiliary Hong Kong: Territory followed the Commission on Bioethics, has coordinated the pastoral family, the school pastoral, catechesis, the formation of the laity and the Office of Social Communications. He [...]

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JAKARTA, Jan. 15, 2016–Church leaders across Asia have condemned the attack in Jakarta and are calling for a concerted effort across religions and societies to help end the scourge of terrorism. “We have to work hand in hand to protect our people, particularly our young people, from any ideology that can harm society,” Father Paulus [...]

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