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Relics of Saints John XXIII, John Paul II light fires of faith in Thailand

Relics of Saints John XXIII, John Paul II light fires of faith in Thailand

CHANTHABURI, Thailand, May 24, 2015–Scores of Catholic faithful are taking part in the Thailand tour of the sacred relics of St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II. “The visit of the relic is a blessing of God for us in our dioceses as the saints are visiting us and they light the fire of [...]

KATHMANDU, May 23, 2014–”Pope Francis and the Vatican deeply love Nepal. The Holy Father is close to Nepal since the early days of the earthquake,” said Mgr Salvatore Pennacchio, apostolic nuncio to Nepal, as he led a solemn Eucharistic celebration and a special blessing for the country. As Nepal mourned the tragic earthquake that hit the [...]

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KATHMANDU, May 22 2015–Fr. Silas Bogati, pro-Vicar Apostolic of Nepal, said that the Catholic Church continues with its aid to quake survivors in Nepal. “The Christian witness in Nepal today passes through the works of mercy and compassion for people who have lost everything,” the priest said. “The work of solidarity of the Catholic Church [...]

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TAIPEI, May 22, 2015–A group of young people from Taipei’s Sacred Heart Parish(台北 聖 心 堂)  are staging the parables of Jesus in the Gospel.  The aim of the theatre event is to tell the life of Christ through and involve as many faithful as possible in performance, which is enjoying great success in the [...]

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NEW DELHI, May 22, 2015–Mining activities in India pose a threat to the country’s Adivasi (tribal) communities, this according to the ‘Mining and migration’ seminar organised at the pastoral centre in Utkal Jyoti Jharsuguda (Odisha) by the Office for Justice, Peace and Development of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) in collaboration with the [...]

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Good Shepherd nuns campaign for Rohingya refuges

ASIA, May 22, 2015–The Good Shepherd Sisters and their mission partners of the Asia Pacific Justice Peace Network have launched signature campaign to help Rohingya refugees.  The campaign seeks the intervention of ASEAN secretary general Le Luong Minh and governments of Asian nations to help thousands of Rohingya refugees trying to reach the shores of [...]

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CAIRO, Egypt, May 21, 2015–Egypt’s Christians continue to face worrisome persecution, despite the words and actions of its president to show goodwill to the community, an expert in religious freedom testified to the US Congress on Wednesday. Egypt has historically has been more tolerant and  relaxed towards Christians than its Middle Eastern neighbors, said Samuel [...]

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BEIJING, May 21, 2015–Religions in China must be “Chinese” and free from any “foreign influence”. They must integrate into China’s “socialist society” and, under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC), they must serve the nation’s development, said Chinese President Xi Jinping in a speech he delivered before the United Front, which ended [...]

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PHNOM PENH, May 21, 2015–”Charity is always a source of hope. When the heart is open to hope it is ready to accept the faith,” said Fr Mario Ghezzi, a 15-year veteran with the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME) in Cambodia. For him theological virtues found a concrete embodiment in a small hostel in [...]

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ROME, May 20, 2015–Caritas Thailand “manages nine refugee camps on the western border of the country, from north to south. They are home to about 120 thousand refugees from Myanmar, mostly ethnic Karen. We prepare them to return home, even though we do not know when it will happen”, Jirawat Chenpasuk, Caritas Thailand’s ‘program coordinator’ [...]

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A modern-day St Francis? Archbishop works to rebuild Syrian Church amid destruction

ALLEPO, Syria, May 16, 2015–A four-year civil war in Syria has left a mounting death toll and displaced millions of persons, but one bishop is staying to rebuild the Church in Aleppo, in the northwest corner of the country. “The Church is living,” Melkite Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart of Aleppo told CNA earlier this month. “Here, [...]

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INDIA, May 16, 2015–Suspected Hindu radicals on May 12 attacked three churches in Indoreand a temporary home of Augustinian nuns (OAS) in Pipaldhar which houses a centre for disabled children in the northern Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.  While, unknown attackers threw heavy bricks on the roof of the building, which is home to rehabilitation [...]

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KARACHI, May 15, 2015–The National Commission of Justice and Peace (NCJP) of the Catholic Church of Pakistan issued a statement saying that “The killing of innocent people on the basis of their faith is unacceptable. The government must investigate the attack and bring the perpetrators to justice.” The Catholic organisation was responding to Wednesday’s terror attack against [...]

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ROME, May 14, 2015–”The Lord’s mandate is to bring the Gospel to the entire world,” said Card Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, the outgoing president of Caritas Internationalis, which is currently holding its 20th general assembly in Rome. “With 60 per cent of the world’s population in Asia, the Holy Father has naturally turned his attention to Asia,” the [...]

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We hope all 17 Laotian martyrs can be celebrated together: Bishop

LAOS, May 15, 2015–Bishop Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun, Apostolic Vicar of Paksè in southern Laos and head of the martyrs Office in the Bishops’ Conference of Laos and Cambodia (CELAM), expressed hope that all 17 Laotian martyrs would be recognised soon. The Vatican announcement last week recognised the martyrdom of Fr. Mario Borzaga of the missionary [...]

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HONG KONG, May 14, 2015–Catholic and Protestant leaders in Zhejiang have widely criticized draft legislation by authorities that aims to reduce the appearance of Church crosses across the province. The proposed law would add legal weight to a campaign over the past 18 months that has seen authorities forcibly remove at least 470 crosses and [...]

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