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First Youth Day held in Cambodia and Laos

First Youth Day held in Cambodia and Laos

CAMBODIA, Sept 4, 2015–More than 100 young people gathered from August10-16 under the aegis of the Episcopal Conference of Laos and Cambodia (CELAC) to celebrate the first Youth Day of Cambodia and Laos. In the manifesto of the final Day, the youth highlighted that they intend to “affirm the dignity of every man and commit [...]

DHAKA, Sept 3, 2015–Catholics in Bangladesh are calling for a speedy canonization process of a former Dhaka archbishop that local people already revere as a saint. More than 1,000 Catholics gathered Sept. 2 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Dhaka to honor Bangladesh’s first local bishop and first local candidate for sainthood on his 38th death [...]

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CHINA, Sept 2, 2015–Chinese Catholics in Hebei province have repeated an appeal for the release of long-imprisoned underground Bishop James Su Zhimin of Baoding. The request came after Chinese President Xi Jinping granted amnesty on Aug. 29 to jailed war veterans and bedridden or disabled elderly prisoners to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World [...]

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HONG KONG, Sept 1, 2015–The head of the largest Chinese Catholic diocese in the world will be absent from the World Synod of Bishops in October because he has been deemed to be too old. Cardinal John Tong Hon of Hong Kong was not invited to participate in this year’s synod, which will focus on [...]

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Baghdad patriarch calls for a govt of ‘national emergency’ to save Iraq

BAGHDAD, August 30, 2015–In a letter to Iraq’s highest political authorities, including President Fuad Masum, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Parliamentary Speaker Abdullah Salim al-Jabouri, Chaldean Patriarch Mar Louis Raphael I Sako calls for “a government of national emergency” that would represent “all of the country’s components” – whether Shia, Sunni, Christian, Yazidi, Kurdish, Arab [...]

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MALAYSIA, August 29, 2015–Seeking to clarify the basis of the availability of three Catholic Churches for Bersih 4.0 rally goers on August 29 and 30, Archbishop Julian Leow of Kuala Lumpur confirmed the apolitical nature of the Catholic Church. “The Catholic Church is not aligned to any political party,” said a media release issued from [...]

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BANGALORE, August 28 2015–Salesians in Sri Lanka sought their Indian confreres help to strengthen the congregation’s work in the island nation at a meeting of the leaders of Salesian Provincial Conference of South Asia (SPCSA) in Bangalore last week. All the members of the SPCSA Council – the Regional Councillor Father Maria Arokiam Kanaga, eleven [...]

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MANDYA, August 28 2015–Pope Francis has extended the boundaries of Syro-Malabar eparchy of Mandya and included neighbouring six civil districts having significant presence of Syro-Malabar faithful. The new districts added to Mandya eparchy are Bangalore Urban, Bangalore Rural, Chickballapur, Kolar, Tumkur and Ramnagara. The Synod of the Syro-Malabar bishops has elected Father  P. Antony Kariyil [...]

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Thai Catholics join in interreligious prayer service after Bangkok bomb

BANGKOK, Aug 26, 2015–Catholics in Bangkok gathered together with their fellow countrymen last Friday to pray for peace in the wake of the bombing at a Hindu shrine in the city which had killed 20 people and injured scores earlier in the week. The Aug. 21 interreligious service held just outside the Erawan shrine included [...]

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JAKARTA, Aug 26, 2015–Church leaders in Atambua in Indonesia’s East Nusa Tenggara province rejoiced this week after a Malaysian court on Aug. 25 ordered a Catholic migrant worker released from death row. Wilfrida Soik, who comes from the province’s Belu district and worked as a domestic helper in Malaysia, was charged with murder after her 60-year-old employer [...]

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SEOUL, South Korea, Aug 25, 2015–With an increasing number of faithful, the Catholic Church in South Korea may foster a climate of reconciliation and peace, as the nation has reportedly made a deal with North Korea to avoid military escalation after days of fire exchanged between the nations. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported Aug. [...]

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Catholics in Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei use rosary and website against human trafficking

SINGAPORE, Aug 24, 2015–In the context of initiatives for the Year of Consecrated Life, Catholics in Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei have launched a special campaign against human trafficking, a phenomenon that is closely related to their own region of South- East Asia. To spread awareness of the phenomenon and its impact, the religious of the [...]

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KATHMANDU, Aug 24, 2015–A Jesuit primary school located near Kathmandu is using increased counselling and student-parent orientation programs to help both children and parents to cope with the experience of the earthquake which struck Nepal in April. “After the massive earthquake of 7.9 magnitude that struck the nation, we as educators had also a bigger [...]

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SINGAPORE, Aug 24, 2015–Three teams of migrant workers, mostly from the Indian sub-continent, and a church team had a fun-filled day of cricket and comradeship on Aug 10 to mark 50 years of Singapore’s nationhood (SG50). A make-shift cricket pitch on an empty plot of land in Sengkang made the National Day weekend very special for [...]

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JAVA, Aug 21, 2015–A Marian shrine in Central Java, Indonesia, has become a beacon of interreligious peace and understanding for visiting groups of Muslims and Catholics. Dozens of non-Catholics have been coming to the shrine in Kerep village every day for their own version of contemplative prayer, said Yohanes Aris Widyatmoko, head of the shrine’s [...]

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HOMS, Syria, Aug 21, 2015–Reports surfaced on Thursday that Islamic State militants have bulldozed Mar Elian Monastery, an ancient structure located just outside a Syrian town captured by the group earlier this month. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based monitoring group, on Aug. 20 said that the Islamic State had destroyed the monastery [...]

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