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Hong Kong Diocese launches minibus service

Hong Kong Diocese launches minibus service

HONG KONG, May 20, 2016–Hong Kongers have another public transport option thanks to the Hong Kong Diocese’s new minibus service that celebrates the Jubilee Year of Mercy. The 20 decorated minibuses run 10 routes on Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula and the New Territories. The buses are for public use and they charge a standard [...]

KATHMANDU, May 20, 2016–More than 1,000 government and religious leaders, including monks and nuns, from 28 countries gathered in Kathmandu to spread the message of world peace on the occasion of the 2,560 birth anniversary of Buddha, to be celebrated on May 21. Inaugurating the three-day International Buddhist Conference on May 19, Nepal’s Prime Minister [...]

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SEOUL, May 19, 2016–To arouse Catholics’ interest and concern on national reconciliation, the Korean bishops’ conference has recommended that every parish set up a pastoral committee on reunification. The bishops’ Committee for the Reconciliation of the Korean People made its recommendation during its May 4 spring general assembly. The committee said that a parish-level program [...]

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SEOUL, May 13, 2016–On the occasion of the Buddhist feast day of Vesak, which falls on May 14, South Korean church leaders released messages calling for Buddhists and Christians to cooperate for building peace through the spirit of love and mercy. Archbishop Hyginus Kim Hee-joong of Kwangju said “The peace, love and mercy that Buddhism [...]

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PAKISTAN, May 13, 2016–The Lahore Archdiocese has honored a Muslim engineer for working on preserving the Sacred Heart Cathedral damaged in last November’s earthquake in Pakistan. The 52-meter cathedral tower had rotted and cracked and the cross had fallen after the 6.2 magnitude earthquake. The cathedral was built in 1907. Father Joseph Shehzad, the cathedral [...]

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SINGAPORE CITY, May 13, 2016–If being Singaporean means fighting for Singapore, “the same way if we are proud of being Catholics we have to fight for Jesus. We have to make him known and loved. The Good News can not be hidden, but to be seen by others so that their gifts light “. It [...]

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Refugee camp attack, odd for Syrian bishop; “blind violence” intensifies in Aleppo

DAMASCUS, May 6, 2016–Yesterday’ air raid against a refugee camp in Idlib province near the Turkish border – and killed 28 people, women and children included, wounding another 50 – has a number of “anomalies”, this according to Mgr Georges Abou Khazen, Vicar Apostolic of Aleppo of the Latins about First and foremost it is [...]

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TALASARI, May 6, 2016–More than 3,000 Catholics gathered in Talasari, a city in the Diocese of Vasai (Maharashtra), for the opening of a new parish church dedicated to the Holy Mother of God’ in the heart of the mission to the Adivasi.*   Mgr Felix Machado, bishop of Vasai, celebrated the first Mass on 30 [...]

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LAHORE, Pakistan, May 5, 2016–Teaching religious how to use social media, a useful tool to boost mission, communicate the faith and give rise to new vocations. This is the purpose of the “Conference on online directives for Catholic nuns” held last May 1 in Lahore. The event, which was attended by 23 women, was the [...]

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Indian bishop tells of being kidnaped and assaulted

NEW DELHI, April 29, 2016–A Catholic bishop in southern India was kidnapped and assaulted by unknown attackers demanding money. Bishop Prasad Gallela of Cuddapah in Andhra Pradesh state was blind-folded, handcuffed and forcibly taken away while he was travelling home after celebrating Mass at Karunagiri Shrine April 25. The 54-year-old said that unidentified kidnappers came [...]

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MUMBAI, April 29, 2016–Parishioners from a 461-year-old Catholic Church in the Indian city of Mumbai are trying to save its cemetery from proposed roadwork development. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation sent a notice to the parishioners of Our Lady of Remedy Church in Kandivli West, saying that part of the church’s graveyard are to be demolished [...]

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HONG KONG, April 28, 2016–The latest statistics of the Catholic Church in China compiled by Hong Kong Diocese’s Holy Spirit Study Centre shows the number of “open” bishops or those recognized by the government is more than double that of those from the unrecognized or “underground” community. The 2016 Spring issue of Tripod, the center’s quarterly [...]

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In India, this Marian devotion uses coconut oil – and draws quite a crowd

PANJIM, India, April 23, 2016–In a small town in India’s Goa state, the Feast of Our Lady of Miracles draws devotees from multiple religions – and coconut oil plays a role in their observances. “It’s a unique Marian devotion, where Catholics and devotees of other faiths, with their deep conviction of the presence of God, [...]

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SINGAPORE, April 22, 2016–The Singapore Archdiocesan Commission for the Family is launching a mentoring program for married couples to help young couples adjust to married life. In the Couple Mentor Journey program newlyweds will be paired with couples who have been married for at least five years, reported CatholicNews, Singapore’s Catholic newspaper. According to the archdiocese, [...]

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DILI, April 22, 2016–Teachers in Timor-Leste were told that teaching moral values and ethics was just as important as teaching their students how to read and write. “You should spend 5-10 minutes every day teaching them moral values and ethics. It will help them become a better person in society,” Franciscan Father Sebastianus Gaguk, principal [...]

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SEOUL, April 21, 2016–The South Korean bishops’ conference is readying relief funds to send to victims of the recent earthquakes that devastated parts of Japan and Ecuador. “I would like to express our profound sorrow and sympathy for the tragic effects of earthquakes in Kumamoto, Japan, and pray for all the victims and their families,” [...]

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