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Hong Kong religious leaders voice climate change alarm

Hong Kong religious leaders voice climate change alarm

HONG KONG, Jan. 24, 2015–Hong Kong’s six main religions have joined forces to urge world governments to come to a consensus on tackling climate change, among the first interfaith organizations in Asia to do so. In a statement on Thursday, the Colloquium of Six Religious Leaders of Hong Kong — including Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam, Buddhism, [...]

NEW DELHI, Jan. 24 2015–Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCP) has asked Indian Prime Minister Narendara Modi to urgently intervene and stop activities that challenge nation’s secular nature. The bishops urged Modi “to urgently intervene and take appropriate action to stop incidents that pose big threat to the unity of this secular nation,” said a [...]

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JOHOR, Jan. 24, 2015–Allow Christ to move from within the Church to outside the Church, the Apostolic Nuncio to Malaysia told bishops from Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. “The goal is always to make Christ more present not only within the communities that you serve, but also towards those who embrace and live other faiths,” said Archbishop [...]

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HANOI, Jan. 23 2015–Cardinal Filoni meets with Vietnam officials during visit to Hanoi – Photo Courtesy: Reuters Vatican representative Cardinal Fernando Filoni accompanied by Cardinal Nguyen Van Nhon of Hanoi met with the Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Pham Quang Nghi on January 20. Cardinal Filoni, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of [...]

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HONG KONG, Jan. 22, 2015–China’s oldest priest, Father Ye Yaomin of Guangzhou, died on Tuesday at the age of 105, bringing to an end to an epic life that spanned the fall of emperors, wars and a Communist Party intolerant of his devout faith. In good health until his final weeks, Father Ye had recently [...]

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HONG KONG, Jan 22 2015–The annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has begun in Hong Kongon January 18 and will continue up to 26. Themed, Give me to drink (John 4:7), this year’s messages exhorted that salvation can become a reality only with a love for every person as Jesus showed. To be a [...]

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Jesuits mark 400 years in Vietnam

HO CHI MINH, Jan. 19, 2015–More than 3,000 people joined 210 Jesuits in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday for the climax of yearlong celebrations marking the arrival of the first Jesuits in Vietnam 400 years ago. Bishop Cosmas Hoang van Dat, the Jesuit bishop of Bac Ninh diocese near Hanoi in Vietnam’s north, celebrated [...]

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MANILA, Jan. 19, 2015–Cardinal designate Charles Maung Bo of Yangon has said he plans to work towards peace and reconciliation between the country’s divergent religious groups, particularly majority Buddhists and minority Muslims. Myanmar has seen surging Buddhist nationalism in recent years leading to several riots across the country. In an interview with Vatican Radio, during [...]

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COLOMBO, Jan. 19, 2015–The prayers, blessings and paternal guidance of Pope Francis “will help us to try and find a true reconciliation of the heart, the strength to ask for forgiveness and to forgive and forget the sad past. All to build bridges of understanding between the parties injured in the bitter conflict”: said Card. [...]

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DHAKA, Jan. 19, 2015–Fear is spreading among the Bangladeshi population over continued violence that, from January 5 to today, has already killed at least 24 people and injured hundreds more. Msgr. Gervas Rozario, Bishop of Rajshahi and vice president of the Bishops’ Conference of Bangladesh, spoke to AsiaNews of “deep concern”, explaining that “the political situation of [...]

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For Sri Lanka, Pope’s visit solidifies peace after brutal civil war

ROME, Italy, Jan 12, 2015–Falling just five years after the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, Pope Francis’ visit to the country is seen as a sign of reconciliation, a message expected to be shown through his gestures more than his words. “We are going to have (Pope Francis) in an atmosphere in which we [...]

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ERBIL, Iraq, Jan 11, 2015–“Thank you, thank you, thank you:” Suheila, an elderly Christian woman from Mosul was effusive in expressing her gratitude to a group of European visitors. “May God make things easy for you in your lives.” Home for Suheila is the Sports Club Center in Ankawa, where more than 200 Christian families [...]

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BANGKOK, Thailand, Jan 10, 2015–When Archbishop Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovithavanij of Bangkok learned he would be elevated to cardinal there was no formal announcement, no courier from Rome to tell him the news.  Instead a friend called to say he read a report on the Internet. “We better find out if this is true,” the [...]

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NEW DELHI, India, Jan. 9, 2015–Christians in Goa are divided over a state government subsidy covering travel costs of poor Catholic pilgrims to Sri Lanka for the canonization of Blessed Joseph Vaz during Pope Francis’ visit to the island nation next week. Blessed Vaz, a 17th century Catholic priest of Goan origin, evangelized Sri Lanka under [...]

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Bangkok archbishop asks God for the strength to be a good cardinal

BANGKOK, Jan. 7, 2015–On receiving the news last Sunday that Pope Francis appointed him as cardinal, Mgr Kriengsak Kovithavanij said, “I entered the chapel near my office, and opened my heart to God and asked him for the strength to face as best I could such news. I promised the Lord that I would dedicate all [...]

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YANGON, Jan. 7, 2015–Myanmar’s first cardinal said Tuesday he would push for an end to sectarian violence in his country, two days after he was elevated to the heights of the Roman Catholic Church. Charles Maung Bo, 66, was promoted to cardinal on Sunday by Pope Francis alongside 19 others. Many hail from the developing [...]

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