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Church in Taiwan split on same-sex marriage

Church in Taiwan split on same-sex marriage

HONG KONG, Dec. 6, 2016–Taiwanese Catholics are polarized over the country’s same-sex marriage bill even as over 200,000 people rallied against it over the weekend. Taiwan Family, an amalgamation of different pressure groups which oppose same-sex marriage, organized three rallies on Dec. 3 to protest the bill that, if passed, would make Taiwan the first Asian nation [...]

COLOMBO, Dec. 6, 2016–A Sri Lankan priest is using social media to rally support against the building of the world’s tallest artificial Christmas tree in Colombo. Using social media, Father Sarath Iddamalgoda believes the Christmas tree being installed at the Galle Face Green esplanade in the country’s capital is a waste of money. Estimated to [...]

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COLOMBO, Dec. 5, 2016–Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena met with a delegation of bishops visiting Colombo for the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) plenary assembly and praised their devotion to service. The president met the bishops at his official residence in Colombo on Nov. 30. He took the opportunity to praise the Catholic Church and [...]

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Japanese bishops want nuclear power abolished worldwide

TOKYO, Dec. 1, 2016–The bishops’ conference of Japan has issued a statement calling for the worldwide abolition of nuclear power, five and a half years after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan (CBCJ) issued their statement, On the Abolition of Nuclear Power Generation: A Call by the Catholic Church in Japan, [...]

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SEOUL, Dec. 1, 2016–The Korean bishops’ Committee for the Reconciliation of the Korean People has decided to publish a nationwide manual for parishes to help them found committees for the reunion of the two Koreas. The decision was made at the 19th Catholic Network for National Reconciliation on Nov. 24-25. The annual gathering intended to [...]

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NGHE AN, Nov. 30, 2016–Seminarians in Vietnam have visited and offered donations to flood victims and those suffering marine pollution in the country’s central provinces as an expression of solidarity. Some 165 seminarians and professors from St. Francis Xavier Major Seminary based in Nghe An province paid pastoral visits to three parishes in the provinces [...]

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BHOPAL, Nov. 30, 2016–Young people in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh are looking to church personnel to help them fight violence against women. “Violence against women, especially domestic violence, is common. Most women are victims and the only difference is the degree to which they suffer,” said Teenager Chirag Tiwari,  the 18-year-old studying at the [...]

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ASIA, Nov. 26, 2016–Bishops from Japan and Korea are worried that South Korea’s decision to deploy a U.S. anti-ballistic missile system and Japan’s political swing to the right threatens peace in Northeast Asia. At their annual meeting, bishops from the two countries discussed war, peace and the media and pledged to raise the awareness of [...]

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LAHORE, Nov. 26, 2016–A population census in Pakistan is urgently needed, to also update the data related to religious minorities: is the request raised by the Pakistani Bishops gathered in recent days in Lahore in their annual assembly. The census is important for the good governance of the State and for better management of social [...]

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SEOUL, Nov. 25, 2016–The Catholic bishops’ conference is renewing its opposition to the death penalty with an awareness-raising campaign utilizing media, education and cultural events. The Subcommittee for the Abolition of Capital Punishment held its annual plenary and talked about how to further promote the church’s stance on the death penalty to Korean society. The [...]

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Cardinal Bo criticizes looters of Myanmar’s resources

YANGON, Nov. 21, 2016–It is time for Myanmar to “reverse the trend” of a 60-year decline said Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon who stressed that all of the country’s people should be beneficiaries of the country’s resources. Speaking at a national conference on Nov. 15, Cardinal Bo said none of the wealth created from the [...]

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SEOUL, Nov. 21, 2016–For compiling a dictionary on canon law, Father Joseph Rhee Chan-woo was awarded the 20th Catholic Academic Award at a ceremony held at Francis Hall in Myeongdong Cathedral Nov. 10. The Canon Law Dictionary is the first such text in Korean that explains every aspect of church law. “In today’s society, haunted by secularism [...]

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AGARTALA, Nov. 18, 2016–More than 6,000 Catholics took part in the closing of the Holy Door of Mercy in the Salesian parish of Nandan Nagar, in the diocese of Agartala (Tripura State). The door opened on 8 December 2015, simultaneously with the one opened by Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square in the Vatican. The Door [...]

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KUWAIT CITY, Nov. 18, 2016–The Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac, the spiritual leader of the Catholic Copts, the largest Egyptian Catholic community, began his first pastoral visit to Kuwait, which will end on November 20. Upon arriving at the airport, the patriarch said he was very happy to visit the country for the first time: “Thousands of [...]

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SEOUL, Nov. 18, 2016–Holy doors closed across South Korea marking the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, when Catholics try extra hard to bring forth the quality of mercy through charity, prayer and reflection. Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul celebrated the jubilee’s closing Mass at Myeongdong Cathedral on Nov. 13 where he shut the [...]

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Pope Francis appoints new bishop of Hong Kong

VATICAN CITY, Nov 13, 2016–Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung Coadjutor Bishop of the diocese of Hong Kong, the Vatican announced Sunday. Bishop Yeung, 69, has been auxiliary bishop of Hong Kong since Aug. 30, 2014. At the same time, he was also named Titular Bishop of Mons in Numidia by Pope Francis. [...]

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