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Hong Kong holds Ecumenical Way of the Cross

Hong Kong holds Ecumenical Way of the Cross

HONG KONG, Mar 30 2015–Over 100 people of different Christian denominations in Hong Kong came together on March 14 for an ecumenical Way of the Cross to mediate on the passion of Jesus Christ, relating it to their lives. The service was organised by a Christian youth group called the Family Love and Solidarity to [...]

MUMBAI, Mar 30, 2015–”The suicide of farmers is a deep wound for the Church and families of India,” said Mgr Felix Anthony Machado, archbishop of Vasai (Maharashtra). “The Church,” he went on to say, “proclaims life in all its fullness. The suffering of our farmers pain us; their death is a tragedy. Faced with lies, [...]

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VINH, Mar 28, 2015–The authorities have targeted again the small, remote parish of Dông Yên, in the diocese of Vinh, in the northern province of Nghe An, and used force to drive the faithful out of the area. Most Catholics (80 per cent) have already left of their own accord to rebuild their community elsewhere, [...]

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INDIA, Mar 28 2015–The Pope has appointed Bishop Jacob Mar Barnabas Aerath and Bishop Thomas Mar Anthonios Valiyavilayil respectively as the bishops for the new Diocese of Gurgaon and Exarchate of Khadki. Pope Francis on March 26 created the diocese of St John Chrysostom of Gurgaon and Exarchate of St Ephrem of Khadki, both belonging [...]

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Threats, intimidation continue against Christian institutions in India

WEST BENGAL, Mar 27, 2015–Christian institutions continue to be targeted in India with a school in West Bengal reporting threats received, while schools in Jharkhand complain of intimidation by State authorities. A Christian school Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal has received letters threatening to set it ablaze if the nun, who heads the institute, does [...]

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BEIJING, Mar 27, 2015–A Chinese court on Wednesday released eight Christians on reprieve after all pleaded guilty to illegally gathering a crowd in a failed attempt last year to prevent authorities from demolishing the Sanjiang Church in Wenzhou. Those freed included Zhao Rendi, a pastor, who received a three-year prison sentence with a four-year reprieve [...]

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BANGKOK, Thailand, Mar 26 2015–Young Vietnamese Catholics living in Thailand came together for an annual Lenten retreat, themed “Service in Love”, focused on spiritual nourishment for the challenges of life as migrant workers in a foreign country. About 40 youth leaders attended the March 17-18 retreat held at the Cristina Retreat Center in Nonthaburi province, located [...]

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KABUL, Afghanistan, Mar 25, 2015–After last week’s horrific mob killing of a young woman in Afghanistan, Catholics are calling for a re-dedication to religious liberty and human rights worldwide. A U.S. bishops conference representative told CNA on Tuesday that “the bishops have concerns” about “blasphemy laws that contribute to incidents of this nature.” The 28 [...]

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BANGKOK, Thailand, Mar 25, 2015–Young Vietnamese Catholics living in Thailand came together for a Lenten retreat focused on spiritual nourishment for the challenges of life as migrant workers in a foreign country. About 40 youth leaders came to the Cristina Retreat Center in Nonthaburi province, located about 13 miles northwest of Bangkok, for a March [...]

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Pakistani Christians mourn bomb victims, protest lack of security

LAHORE, Pakistan, Mar 22, 2015–Christians in Pakistan are grieving the loss of 15 people who were killed in suicide bomb attacks on two churches in Lahore on Sunday, and are protesting the lack of security provided by the government to the nation’s tiny Christian minority. Within minutes of each other, suicide bombers blew themselves up [...]

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KHULNA, Mar 21, 2015– “He taught us how to explain the catechism to children and parishioners with expertise. To be simple, pious and honest people, like him. He understood our needs and our sorrows: he loved our country and our people so much”. Speaking to AsiaNewsLucas Halder, catechist of the parish Baniachor (diocese of Khulna), remembers [...]

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FAISALABAD, Mar 20, 2015–Church attacks in Youhanabad “have made Pakistan’s Christian community feel more vulnerable. The lynching of two people by [members of] the minority in reaction to the attack shows that people are tired of the current situation and have no confidence in public institutions, since they never provide justice for minorities,” said Mohammad [...]

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VATICAN CITY, Mar 20, 2015–It was a fraternal gathering and a time to share our experience of the mission in Japan with Holy Father. Instead of meeting individual bishops separately this morning, the Holy Father invited all 16 Bishops currently working in Japan for a meeting that lasted more than an hour. It was not [...]

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Families must not be split up after disasters: Apostolic Nuncio

JAPAN, Mar 18 2015–Archbishop Joseph Chennoth, the Apostolic Nuncio to Japan, addressing the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Prevention at Sendai in Japan said families should not be split up after disasters. In his address, the papal diplomat spoke of how families play “a crucial role” in fostering resilience and solidarity that help communities to [...]

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CHINA, Mar 18, 2015–In preparing for Easter and following the Lenten Message of Pope Francis, Catholics in mainland China celebrated “24 hours for the Lord” on March13 and 14 with Eucharistic adoration. The observation of the “24 hours for the Lord” in the diocese of Jinan celebrated the fraternal life of the community.The diocese of [...]

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CHINA, Mar 17 2015,–At least, 1,400 years after his death, St. Columban continues to inspire and his life is a reminder that inter-cultural communication and multi-cultural life is possible in today’s world. To kick off the year-long celebration of the 1,400th death anniversary of St. Columban and to mark the saint’s feast day, the Missionary Society of St. [...]

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