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Indian bishop tells of being kidnaped and assaulted

Indian bishop tells of being kidnaped and assaulted

NEW DELHI, April 29, 2016–A Catholic bishop in southern India was kidnapped and assaulted by unknown attackers demanding money. Bishop Prasad Gallela of Cuddapah in Andhra Pradesh state was blind-folded, handcuffed and forcibly taken away while he was travelling home after celebrating Mass at Karunagiri Shrine April 25. The 54-year-old said that unidentified kidnappers came [...]

MUMBAI, April 29, 2016–Parishioners from a 461-year-old Catholic Church in the Indian city of Mumbai are trying to save its cemetery from proposed roadwork development. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation sent a notice to the parishioners of Our Lady of Remedy Church in Kandivli West, saying that part of the church’s graveyard are to be demolished [...]

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HONG KONG, April 28, 2016–The latest statistics of the Catholic Church in China compiled by Hong Kong Diocese’s Holy Spirit Study Centre shows the number of “open” bishops or those recognized by the government is more than double that of those from the unrecognized or “underground” community. The 2016 Spring issue of Tripod, the center’s quarterly [...]

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In India, this Marian devotion uses coconut oil – and draws quite a crowd

PANJIM, India, April 23, 2016–In a small town in India’s Goa state, the Feast of Our Lady of Miracles draws devotees from multiple religions – and coconut oil plays a role in their observances. “It’s a unique Marian devotion, where Catholics and devotees of other faiths, with their deep conviction of the presence of God, [...]

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SINGAPORE, April 22, 2016–The Singapore Archdiocesan Commission for the Family is launching a mentoring program for married couples to help young couples adjust to married life. In the Couple Mentor Journey program newlyweds will be paired with couples who have been married for at least five years, reported CatholicNews, Singapore’s Catholic newspaper. According to the archdiocese, [...]

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DILI, April 22, 2016–Teachers in Timor-Leste were told that teaching moral values and ethics was just as important as teaching their students how to read and write. “You should spend 5-10 minutes every day teaching them moral values and ethics. It will help them become a better person in society,” Franciscan Father Sebastianus Gaguk, principal [...]

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SEOUL, April 21, 2016–The South Korean bishops’ conference is readying relief funds to send to victims of the recent earthquakes that devastated parts of Japan and Ecuador. “I would like to express our profound sorrow and sympathy for the tragic effects of earthquakes in Kumamoto, Japan, and pray for all the victims and their families,” [...]

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Japanese bishops mobilize relief efforts to help earthquake victims

FUKOIKA, Japan, April 20, 2016–Japan’s Catholic bishops are coordinating efforts to help the thousands of people affected by the two earthquakes which struck the city of Kumamoto on the southwestern island of Kyushu last week. A 7.3 magnitude quake hit Kumamoto, nearly 70 miles south of Fukuoka, on April 16, following a 6.4 magnitude earthquake [...]

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TOKYO, April 20, 2016–Japan’s Catholic bishops are coordinating efforts to help the thousands of people affected by two earthquakes that struck the city of Kumamoto on the southwestern island of Kyushu last week. A magnitude 7.3 quake hit Kumamoto, nearly 112 kms south of Fukuoka, on April 16, following a magnitude 6.4 earthquake on April 14. At [...]

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SEOUL, April 20, 2016–Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Francis Xavier Ahn Myeong of Masan, South Korea and appointed Father Constantine Bae Ki-Hyen, vicar general and chancellor of the diocese as bishop-designate. Bishop-designate Bae Ki-Hyen was born Feb. 1, 1953, in Masan. He was ordained a priest on Jan. 28, 1985, for the [...]

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NEW DELHI, April 20, 2016–Two men attacked and set on fire a Bible and furniture inside a Christian church in Central India on April 17. While police said the attackers were “unidentified,” village leaders said there was ample evidence to indicate the vandalism was committed by members of a hard-line Hindu group. Christian leaders say [...]

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PADANG, Indonesia, April 15, 2016—It’s been 18 months since Sister Sriyani from the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy and the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus began helping drug convicts in Palembang, South Sumatra province.   Every Tuesday, the nun visits five Catholic men jailed for crimes related to drug abuse and offers them spiritual [...]

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Zen backs Czech cardinal’s support for China’s believers

HONG KONG, April 15, 2016–When Cardinal Dominik Duka of Prague challenged Chinese President Xi Jinping on religious freedom and human rights in China, the Czech prelate earned the strong endorsement of Chinese Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun of Hong Kong. Cardinal Duka handed Xi a letter during the president’s three-day state visit to the Czech Republic March 28-30 [...]

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SEOUL, April 14, 2016–In commemoration of the second anniversary of the sinking of the Sewol ferry, Suwon Diocese organized a special April 7 concert. The concert held at the auditorium of the Ansan Life Center was aimed at remembering the tragedy that killed more than 300 people and healing the pain of the bereaved families. With the [...]

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BANGKOK, April 14, 2016–Mgr Andrew Thanya Vissanu Anan, deputy general secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Thailand, attended the inauguration of a new mosque at Bangkok’s Islamic Centre earlier this week.   “We need to build more solid bridges and destroy the walls of hatred and prejudice that divide us,” he said at a [...]

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BEIRUT, April 13, 2016–Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi is expected to meet tomorrow morning with the Ambassadors of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) the status of Lebanese expatriates in the Gulf States (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar).   The cardinal invited the diplomats to Bkerké, see of the Maronite Catholic Patriarchate, as part [...]

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