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Myanmar celebrates 500 years of Catholicism with music, art

Myanmar celebrates 500 years of Catholicism with music, art

YANGON, Myanmar, Aug 30, 2014–Celebrating 500 years since the arrival of Catholicism in Myanmar, Catholic artists have pooled together to evangelize through a new musical endeavor. Catholic Creative Artists Association – an indigenous group of Catholic professional artists inspired by Biblical experience – has composed, developed and released a music album entitled “Revelation” in honor [...]

SEOUL, South Korea, Aug 29, 2014–A former Korean ambassador to the Holy See spoke of the effects of Pope Francis’ recent visit to South Korea, saying that all of Asia now feels a long-term challenge to imitate his humble ways. “All the media in Korea are already speaking of ‘Francis syndrome,’” former ambassador Thomas Han told [...]

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Tamil-speaking Catholics attend family retreat

SINGAPORE, Aug 28 2014–About 450 Catholics took part in a family retreat in Tamil held at St Joseph Church in Singapore’s Bukit Timah over the National Day weekend. The Commission for the Apostolate of the Tamil Speaking (CATS) organised the retreat, which drew participants from eight parishes where Tamil Masses are available. The retreat was [...]

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Adelaide to host Australian Catholic Youth Festival 2015

ADELAIDE, Australia, Aug 28, 2014–The Australian bishops have announced that next year’s national Catholic youth festival will be held in Adelaide, the capital of the state of South Australia. “I am proud that we are able to host the Festival in Adelaide in 2015, and I look forward to welcoming thousands of young people from [...]

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ROME, Italy, Aug 27, 2014–Bishop William Shomali of Jerusalem hopes the new indefinite ceasefire in Gaza will hold, cautioning that victory cannot come from violence and that compromise is vital on both sides for it to last. “This time we are much more hopeful for one important reason: no one is victorious after two months. [...]

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NEW DELHI, Aug 27, 2014–The death from disease in only one week of two young Mundari tribal belonging to the same family has underlined the terrible living conditions of this Indian minority, present in the eastern state of Jharkhand. On the front line is supporting these people is Fr. Lino Fernandes SFX, a missionary of [...]

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KATHMANDU, Nepal, August 25, 2014–Today is Father’s Day in Nepal. In order to celebrate it in a worthy manner, Nepal’s Catholic community dedicated the day to the “parents in the faith” and the Holy Father. “We have nothing against our Hindu friends,” a young Catholic woman told AsiaNews. “It is good for them to spend time [...]

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Asia still basks in the Pope Francis effect

SEOUL, August 25, 2014–Many across Asia from all ages and stages in life voiced their enthusiasm in seeing Pope Francis during his recent visit to South Korea, saying he has shown great closeness to the Asian people. “It’s a very overwhelming experience. At first we didn’t put very high expectations, but when he’s here, personally, [...]

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ERBIL, Aug 25, 2014– “I visited the camps of the displaced persons in the provinces of Erbil and Dohok and what I saw and what I heard is beyond any imagination!
”. Iraqi Christians and other minorities in the country, have received “a terrible blow” to the “heart of their life,” deprived of all rights, property, [...]

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JAKARTA, Aug 23, 2014–Hundreds of young Indonesian Catholics recently gathered in Jakarta, for a three day meeting entitled “Live for God, Life for Good”. The initiative, strongly supported by the archdiocese and the Jesuit seminarians of the capital, was organized by Persink activists, a movement born in 1984 to promote “fraternity among Catholic students who [...]

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NEW DELHI, India, Aug 23, 2014–The president of India’s Catholic bishops Cardinal Baselios Cleemis (Isaac) Thottunkal met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, pledging the Church’s support for government education, health care and anti-poverty programs. The Indian Church extended its support to Modi for his agenda of good governance and appealed to all Indians to set aside [...]

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Franciscan friars in Pakistan celebrate 75 years of mission

KARACHI, Pakistan, Aug 20, 2014–The Franciscan friary in Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, celebrated its platinum jubilee earlier this month on the feast of Our Lady of the Angels of Porziuncola, an important observance in their tradition. “We are grateful to God for being with us for the past many years,” Archbishop Sebastian Shaw, O.F.M., of [...]

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ERBIL, Aug 19, 2014–The taking of the Mosul dam is an important first step, which marks a “change” in the political and military situation in Iraq and the start of the “liberation” of the villages in the Nineveh Plains. However, teams of bomb disposal experts are needed to clear the anti-personnel mines laid down by [...]

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YANGON, Aug 19, 2014–”Peace is possible in this country” and that’s why the Burmese government, army, ethnic minorities and rebel groups, particularly in Kachin State home to a bloody three year war, are called upon to find a “lasting solution to the conflict”, by the bishops of the dioceses of Banmaw, Myitkyina and Lashio. In [...]

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KATHMANDU, Aug 18, 2014–For two days, Nepali Catholics filled the Cathedral of the Assumption in Kathmandu to celebrate the feast day of the Assumption and the 19th anniversary of the church. Dozens of worshipers, foreign diplomats, priests and nuns attended the special Mass and prayers, which took place on 16 and 18 August, with many forced [...]

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SEOUL, Aug 18, 2014–The Pope’s visit to Korea “has sent a very clear and beautiful message to young people across Asia: wake up and be vigilant. Francis wanted to embrace and shake up our youth, to tell them to get up on their feet and never give up, even if their situation in seems like [...]

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