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Indian bishops push for pluralism in new education policy

Indian bishops push for pluralism in new education policy

NEW DELHI, Aug. 24, 2016–The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India has issued its response to a draft education policy, saying the government was attempting to ignore Christian contributions and push forward a Hindu ideology. Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, CBCI secretary-general, made public an 11-page response to the policy at a press conference on Aug. 19 in [...]

SYDNEY, Aug. 23, 2016–Vietnamese-born Australian Bishop Vincent Long has called for a prophetic “reframing” of the church’s attitudes rather than a “retreat into restorationism,” Catholic Outlook reports. “Not only are we afflicted by such things as the decline in Sunday worship, the fall in religious practices, the dearth of the priesthood and religious life etc…, we also [...]

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KARACHI, Aug. 23, 2016–The Catholic Church in Pakistan has condemned attacks on media houses and journalists in the southern city of Karachi. Scores of protestors belonging to Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the largest and most influential political party in Karachi, stormed the offices of ARY News, SAMAA TV and Neo TV, leading to clashes that [...]

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India creates official logo of Mother Teresa’s canonization

MUMBAI, Aug. 19, 2016—It is a designer Mahim, a Mumbai neighborhood to scoring the official logo of the canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, which will take place at the Vatican next September 4th. Vaswani nee Karen D’Lima is a Roman Catholic parish of Our Lady of Victories in Mahim. He started his carrier as [...]

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YANGON, Aug. 18, 2016–The “Panglong Conference of the XXI Century” to be held on August 31 “is a pilgrimage of peace. I encourage all compatriots, men and women, to face this journey with hope. It is a historic moment and an opportunity of immense significance for our people. ” So the card. Charles Maung Bo, [...]

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IRAQ, Aug 17, 2016–A “big celebration”, a “day of celebration” attended by “over 2 thousand faithful, many of whom were refugees” in Mosul and the Nineveh plain, fled to Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan and in the summer of 2014 with the rise of the Islamic State (IS). So the Chaldean Archbishop of Erbil, Mgr. Bashar [...]

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INDONESIA, Aug. 17, 2016–Archbishop Ignatius Suharyo of Jakarta has called on Indonesian Catholics to serve the country, and avoid self-serving and corrupt practices that could destroy the nation. “A spirit or willingness to serve should be put into practice,” he told about 300 Catholics attending an Aug. 13 seminar in Jakarta. The seminar entitled “Mental [...]

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Archbishop Cheenath, defender of India’s persecuted Christians, dies at 81

BHUBANESHWAR, India, Aug. 17, 2016–Archbishop Raphael Cheenath, who lived through one of the worst Christian persecutions in modern India and spent the remainder of his life fighting for justice for those who suffered in the Kandhamal massacre, died Sunday at the age of 81. Archbishop Cheenath had been Archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar from 1985 to 2011. [...]

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YOGYAKARTA, Aug. 16, 2016–Hundreds of Indonesian Catholics celebrated the 80th anniversary of the country’s oldest seminary on Aug. 13 in Kentungan, Yogyakarta. The St. Paul Major Seminary was founded by Jesuit Bishop Petrus Johannes Willekens on Aug. 15 1936, and has produced about 600 priests, 14 bishops and 2 cardinals. Jesuit Cardinal Julius Darmaatmaja, retired Jakarta [...]

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COLOMBO, Aug. 16, 2016–Thousands of Catholics gathered Aug. 15 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu in Mannar Diocese, northern Sri Lanka for the final day of celebrations that were part of a weeklong annual feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Both Tamil and Sinhalese Catholics participated in events at the shrine, [...]

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DINAJPUR, Aug. 15, 2016–People from all sections of Bangladeshi society should denounce the use of violence in the name of religion, said Bishop Sebastian Tudu of Dinajpur, Aug. 13. Bangladesh is a multi-religious and multi-cultural nation, so all people need to stand guard against religious extremism and anarchy that threatens peace and harmony,” Bishop Tudu told [...]

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In Syria, Aleppo’s Catholics pray and fast for peace

ALEPPO, Syria, Aug. 12, 2016–As rebel factions continue to fight Syria’s Assad government for control of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, Christians in the metropolis are praying and fasting for peace to come to their homes. “We don’t know what’s going to happen. We announced to all the priests , since yesterday, and we’ve also told [...]

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HOMS, Syria, Aug. 11, 2016–The war-torn Cathedral of Homs sits in the heart of western Syria. When the area was occupied by the Syrian civil war’s opposition forces, they turned the cathedral into a military headquarters. The occupation took its toll. Icons of the cathedral were stolen, severely damaged or defaced. The marble columns were [...]

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SEOUL, Aug. 11, 2016–A Seoul parish has created a fund to help improve education initiatives by the Catholic Church in Mongolia. Daech2-dong Catholic Church of  Seoul Archdiocese donated 50 million won (US$45,000) to Peace Makers, a social welfare arm of the Catholic Education Foundation, on Aug. 11 to support ongoing work in Mongolia. Peace Maker [...]

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HONG KONG, Aug. 11, 2016–About 300 young people from all over Asia Europe have given way to the meeting proposed by the monastic community of Taizé on “The courage of mercy”. The meeting, which opened yesterday, will end on August 14 and is held on the island of Cheung Chau, at the headquarters of the [...]

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JAKARTA, Aug. 10, 2016–Four statues from two parish churches in Java were vandalized and removed, incidents local Catholics say they find difficult to understand.   “Our relations with local people from different religious backgrounds have been good. Our parish church is open to anyone who wants to pray here. In fact, we don’t hire security [...]

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