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Bishop of Kalay: In my diocese plagued by abandonment, faith grows

Bishop of Kalay: In my diocese plagued by abandonment, faith grows

KALAY, Myanmar, July 27, 2016–The situation of the Chin people “getting better than before, according to my point of view. It is located in a development process, which mainly involves certain areas of my diocese. Some people have returned from foreign countries to resettle in the mother country, but still many are forced to go [...]

MAKU, July 27, 2016–Hundreds of Assyrians, Armenians and Catholics are expected from Iran and other countries to the monastery of Saint Thaddeus (also called Qara Kelisa) to honor the memory of the saint and to party for a few days in late July . The place of worship is one of the oldest of the [...]

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NAGASAKI, July 26, 2016–The oldest church in Japan has been nominated to be a UNESCO World Heritage site for 2018. Oura Catholic Church in Nagasaki and several other Christian sites in southwestern Japan were selected as candidates for the world heritage list by a government panel on July 25, reportedJapan Today. Following a long period [...]

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KOLKATA, July 26, 2016–A film festival celebrating the life of Blessed Mother Teresa will begin in her adopted hometown of Kolkata just weeks before she is canonized in September. Predominantly featuring documentaries, the three-day long Mother Teresa International Film Festival begins Aug. 26 at Kolkata’s Nandan multiplex. “No saint or blessed in the Catholic Church’s [...]

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Card. Gracias: At World Youth Day in Krakow young Asians lead Asian values

MUMBAI, India, July 22, 2016–The large participation of young Asians to World Youth Day in Krakow “is the springtime of the Church”; they bring not only the size, vitality and beauty of Asia, but also the multi-cultural diversity, pluralism and hospitality Asian values, family. This was said by Cardinal Oswald Gracias, president of the Federation [...]

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MUMBAI, India, July 22, 2016–The large participation of young Asians to World Youth Day in Krakow “is the springtime of the Church”; they bring not only the size, vitality and beauty of Asia, but also the multi-cultural diversity, pluralism and hospitality Asian values, family. This was said by Cardinal Oswald Gracias, president of the Federation [...]

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Mumbai Catholics protest churches ‘missing’ from city plan

MUMBAI, July 20, 2016–Thousands of Catholics gathered in India’s financial capital Mumbai on July 18 to protest a development plan for the city, which they say will make church property illegal. With many holding placards, an estimated 5,000 people participated in the peaceful protest in the city against the Revised Plan for Greater Mumbai 2014-2034. The [...]

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SEOUL, July 20, 2016–The Korean Church is concerned that the peninsula could become “the center of a new cold war” if the government of Seoul, in cooperation with the United States, will carry on the project of Thaad (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) , the anti-missile system short and medium range, launched last week . [...]

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ROME, July 19, 2016–Chinese sources they know AsiaNews that dozens of young people and priests from several dioceses in China have been blocked by the authorities forbidding them to go to Poland to meet with Pope Francis and attend the World Youth Day (WYD). The 31st World Youth Day will be held in Krakow in [...]

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South Korea’s Daejeon Diocese prepares for 2017 synod

DAEJON, July 18, 2016–South Korea’s Daejeon Diocese has set up and launched a preparatory committee for its synod to be held in 2017. Auxiliary Bishop Augustine Kim Jong-soo attended the committee launch ceremony along with more than 120 of its members at Solmoe Shrine, the birthplace of Korea’s first priest St. Father Andrew Kim Tae-gon. [...]

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KERALA, July 15, 2016–Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan of New York, who is on a five-day visit to Kerala state in southern India, has lauded the Catholic Church in India for its diversity. Cardinal Dolan is chief guest of the Syro-Malankara Church to preside over a program connected with the 63th death anniversary of Servant of [...]

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Asian young people prepare to leave for Krakow

KRAKOW, July 14, 2016–There will be more numerous than in Rio de Janeiro young Asians who will be taking part in the 31st World Youth Day in Krakow.Their exact number is not predictable for the difficulties that lay the political or economic reasons which in some cases prevent the participation or the lack of reliable [...]

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SEOUL, July 14, 2016–Bishop John Bosco Chang Shin-ho was consecrated as an auxiliary bishop for Daegu Archdiocese on July 12 at the newly built Beomeo Cathedral in South Korea. “I thank all the people who prayed for me with their heart even in hidden areas. Also, I ask you to pray for Daegu Archdiocese to grow in [...]

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MUMBAI, July 14, 2016–In India in recent days have hit torrential rains that killed at least 24 people and forced 170 thousand others to flee their homes. The most affected areas are the central states of Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Assam.Here the volunteers of Caritas India are bringing aid to the populations and are distributing [...]

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COLOMBO, July 13, 2016–The lands that were expropriated in the name of tourism development in Sri Lanka, “do not create any kind of development, peace and reconciliation among the local population Sinhalese and Tamil”. They say toAsiaNews Catholic activists and fishermen who oppose the international conference taking place in these days in conjunction with the [...]

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Sri Lanka begins process for first native-born saint

COLOMBO, July 8, 2016–The Congregation for the Causes of Saints in the Vatican announced that ‘Sister’ Helena, a laywoman from Gonawila in Sri Lanka is to be called “Servant of God,” launching the first cause for the canonization of a local Catholic. Father Chaminda Fernando from Chilaw Diocese said that a team is already collecting [...]

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