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Cardinal Bo warns of ‘environmental holocaust’

Cardinal Bo warns of ‘environmental holocaust’

MANDALAY, Mar 3, 2017–Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon warned that greed is fueling the world’s ecological crisis while equating the destructive powers of climate change to that of nuclear weapons. “Today we face an environmental holocaust. It is a scary moment,” Cardinal Bo said in his keynote speech at the Asia-Oceania Meeting of Religious […]

SINGAPORE, Mar 3, 2017–The Archbishop of Singapore, William Goh, sent the faithful the traditional pastoral letter for Lent. Exhorting the faithful to question the “void that can not explain” in their lives, Msgr. Goh encourages them to seek reconciliation with God, to repentance and forgiveness. This, according to the archbishop, is the way to happiness […]

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CAIRO, Egypt, Mar 2, 2017–A spike in attacks on Coptic Christians in Egypt, spurred by a video threat from ISIS, has drawn the prayers and concern of advocates, who are urging global leaders to take notice. “Americans need to know that one of the oldest Christian communities in the world is under threat from being […]

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HONG KONG, Mar 2, 2017–For Lent, the bishop of Hong Kong, Cardinal. John Tong, addressed to the faithful the traditional pastoral letter. On the occasion, he emphasized the role of the family and marriage, as a place of construction of the person and of growth in reciprocal communion. Citing Amoris Letitia Pope Francis, Cardinal urges […]

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Iraqi Christians erect large cross in area liberated from ISIS

MOSUL, Iraq, Feb 28, 2017–After years of darkness, hope has returned to Telekuf-Tesqopa. Located just 17 miles from Mosul, the village is rebuilding after being liberated from ISIS. As a visible sign of the rebuilding, a giant cross was erected on a hill, marking the victory of the Christian faith against the darkness of the […]

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PYONGYANG, Feb 27, 2017–North Korea’s Pyongyang Diocese will celebrate its 90th anniversary in March. The diocese was the cornerstone of evangelization efforts in the northern part of the Korean peninsula in the early 1900s. Pyongyang Diocese, which is now administered from Seoul because religion is banned in the north, will celebrate the anniversary at Myeongdong Cathedral […]

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TOKYO, Feb 27, 2017–An Argentinian born priest has been appointed provincial of the Japan Province of the Society of Jesus. Father Renzo De Luca SJ succeeds Father Yoshio Kajiyama SJ, and assumes office on March 1. Born in born in Larroque, Entre Rios, Argentina in 1963, Father De Luca enters into his work as provincial […]

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CAIRO, Feb 27, 2017–Tens of Coptic families have fled from Al Arich, the capital of the governorate of North Sinai after a series of attacks last week that killed seven Christians . Already in 2014 the Islamic state had proclaimed the area “Wilayat Sinai” (Province of Sinai), located to the east of Egypt, with an […]

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BANGALORE, Feb 24, 2017–Msgr. Bernard Moras, Archbishop of Bangalore (Karnataka), opened the first family planning clinics of the local Church. He explained that the initiative stems from “deep concern about the growing number of Catholics who choose to live together and underestimate the sanctity of the institution of marriage”. The service offered by the archdiocese […]

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COLOMBO, Feb 24, 2017–Church officials have urged Catholics in Sri Lanka to voice their opposition to government plans to ease the island nation’s abortion laws. In a country where abortion is currently illegal, except to save the life of the mother, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka said they were concerned about media reports […]

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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 […]

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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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