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Seoul Catholic parish baptizes 60 North Korean refugees

Seoul Catholic parish baptizes 60 North Korean refugees

SEOUL, June 24, 2016–Sixty North Korean refugees of all ages were baptized Catholics at a church in Seoul on June 18. “Everyone here has wounds and pain. You came a long way and now you are newly born in God who cares and loves you endlessly. I wish you all have a new happy life,” [...]

HANOI, June 23, 2016– A group of Catholic nuns, together with some Buddhist nuns and volunteers, have joined forces to help Vietnamese women prevent breast cancer and cope with the social stigma associated with it. In ten years, breast cancer increased 69 per cent. The group held its first seminar to raise awareness last month [...]

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SEOUL, June 23, 2016–A prison choir established by a Catholic priest gave its first performance in Seoul Nambu Prison on June 14. Made up of 29 prisoners, the Nambu Dream Choir performed to 490 of their fellow inmates in the prison’s auditorium. The choir’s opening piece was the pop song You Raise Me Up. Father Samuel [...]

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Hanoi, the Sisters of Saint Paul de Chartres defend their land against expropriation

HANOI, June 20, 2016–For three days, the Sisters of Saint Paul de Chartres Hanoi oversee a field of their property to prevent its seizure by a local business woman. In the night between 16 and 17 June last, the religious have found a large amount of building materials and work tools deposited on land owned [...]

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Korean Catholic heritage to be displayed at Vatican Museum

ROME, June 20, 2016–A special exhibition on the history of the Korean Catholic Church will be held at the Vatican next year. Seoul Archdiocese announced on June 10 that the exhibition, titled 230 Years of Catholic Church in Korea, would go on display at the Vatican for three months starting September 2017. Plans to hold [...]

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Sri Lankan cardinal warns against sketchy ‘Sunday Mass’ ad

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, June 17, 2016–The Catholic faithful shouldn’t believe a misleading newspaper ad that says Sunday Masses are being held in a hotel room in the city of Colombo, the Archbishop of Colombo has said. The ad appeared on the first page of the late City Edition of the Daily Mirror June 9. It [...]

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ALEPPO, Syria, June 17, 2016–Despite the war raging around them, Syriac Orthodox Christians in Aleppo have decided to provide food to poor Muslim families throughout the Islamic month of Ramadan. According to Agenzia Fides, the information service of the Pontifical Mission Societies, faithful of the Syriac Orthodox Archdiocese of Aleppo are offering breakfast and evening [...]

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Director of Caritas India: The help of Catholics ‘for you and for all’

MUMBAI, June 16, 2016–”Caritas tries to intervene in any situation of disaster.Brings food, water, medicine, clothing and other relief supplies. It is in effect the concrete experience of Christ ‘shed for you and for all’. ” It tells AsiaNews p.Frederick D’Souza, Executive Director of Caritas India, speaking of the numerous interventions Catholic association in catastrophic [...]

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SEOUL, June 16, 2016–The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea has confirmed a miracle attributed to Father Thomas Choe Yang-up who died in 1861, paving the way for his beatification. The conference’s Special Episcopal Commission to Promote Beatification and Canonization held its first session on Sept. 8, 2015 to investigate the miracle, which occurred in Uijeongbu [...]

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YEREVAN, June 15, 2016–The Armenian Church, the Christian community, the faithful, they share “the same feeling of excitement” in the process of preparation for the “material and spiritual” to the visit of Pope Francis , scheduled from 24 to 26 June. This is what tells AsiaNews Mgr. Raphael François Minassian, Armenian Catholic Bishop in Yerevan, [...]

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YANGON, June 15, 2016–The chronic war that for years has bloodied the Kachin State “returned no winners but only losers, innocent people languishing in refugee camps in the midst of minefields, victims of human trafficking and drugs. For this next peace conference organized by the government it should not be boycotted by anyone. ” This [...]

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Police assault Catholics, breakup Mass in Vietnam

HO CHI MINH, June 13, 2016–Police assaulted several Catholics when authorities broke up a Sunday Mass held at a home in northeastern Vietnam, June 12. Some 30 police and officials forcibly dispersed around 70 Catholics attending a Mass conducted by Father Joseph Nguyen Van Than held in a layperson’s home in the town of Muong [...]

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BEIRUT, June 12, 2016–The Maronite Patriarch, Cardinal Bechara Rai, has renewed yesterday the consecration of Lebanon and all the countries of the Middle East to the “Immaculate Heart of Mary”  ( pictured ) . The devotional gesture comes within the framework of the apparitions of Fatima (1917), during which the Blessed Virgin had explicitly asked [...]

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Church of Jakarta: Let us repent for damage to the environment and start over

JAKARTA, June 11, 2016–The ecological challenge is promoted through education of the younger generation, who must learn to love nature and to respect it. This is the focus of the new project launched by the Archdiocese of Jakarta on the occasion of World Environment Day (June 5) and called “Šilih ekologis” or “ecological repentance.” In [...]

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BANGKOK, Thailand, June 8, 2016–Inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical on caring for creation, and concerned by environmental threats around them, Catholic parishioners in Thailand are planting hundreds of new trees. “Pope Francis has enlightened us and appealed to us in his encyclical ‘Laudato Sì’ for collective action and bold cultural revolution to tackle environmental issues,” [...]

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KUALA LUMPUR, June 9, 2016–India’s Jesuit-run Vidya Jyoti College of Theology has launched a distance education facility based in Kuala Lumpur to cater to the increasing needs of the church in Muslim-majority Malaysia. Archbishop Julian Leow Beng Kim of Kuala Lumpur was the chief guest for the June 4 opening of the Distance Education Program [...]

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