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Pakistani bishops appeal to curb religious

Pakistani bishops appeal to curb religious

ISLAMABAD, Nov 21, 2014–The top two official bodies of the Church in Pakistan – the bishops’ conference and the association of Major Superiors – have elaborated a document highlighting the failure of country’s administrative systems to curb religious intolerance. The president of the bishop’s conference, Archbishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi, and the representative of the Major [...]

JAKARTA, Nov 20, 2014–The Catholic Church is getting ready for the Year of Consecrated life, which will be inaugurated tomorrow. To do so, it will focus on showing the beauty of the consecrated life to young Indonesians, with priests, religious and nuns talking about their own practical experiences. Many activities are in the works, starting [...]

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MUMBAI, Nov 20, 2014–”Islamic-Christian dialogue is crucial to India, and should take place at the theological and practical levels. The contribution of religion to peace and harmony in modern society cannot be dismissed, nor can religion be relegated to the edges of modern society,” said Mgr Felix Machado, archbishop of Vasai and president of the [...]

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JAKARTA, Indonesia, Nov 19, 2014–The General Assembly of SIGNIS Asia will be held from December 3-5 in Palembang in Indonesia’s South Sumatra. SIGNIS is the World Catholic Association for Communication: an international non-profit, non-governmental association that brings together communicators and media professionals from across the globe. A total of 42 participants representing 20 countries in [...]

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Nov 19, 2014–Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the archbishop of Colombo, presided at the discussion to settle the Negombo fishermen’s dispute with the dry fish-industry. Several fishing authorities and Episcopal Vicar for Negombo Region Father Patrick Perera, several priests of the area, representatives from fishing associations and dry-fishing manufacturers participated in the discussion. A [...]

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CHINA, Nov 18 2014–Our Voices, a worldwide initiative prompted by the United Nations to include religious voices in the climate change debate, was launched at St. John’s Cathedral in Central Hong Kong on November 3. A succession of panel members from the Christian, Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish and Sikh faiths as well as the Baha’i [...]

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Japan, Korea bishops transcend troubled history to declare brotherhood

TOKYO, Nov 17, 2014–The bishops of Korea and Japan last week convened a three-day cultural exchange conference in Seoul aimed at addressing political tensions in East Asia and ongoing efforts to bring their two nations closer together in the wake of a much-troubled history. The meeting, which has become an annual tradition for Church leaders [...]

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GAZA CITY, Nov 16, 2014–If you’re looking for a way to support Christians in the Holy Land, consider making a pilgrimage, advises an Italian cardinal who himself recently visited Palestine and Israel. “I believe that we must step up the pilgrimages to the Holy Land,” Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa said in a recent interview [...]

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WASHINGTON D.C., Nov 15, 2014–The U.S. must make religious freedom a top priority with Burma if there is hope for the southeast Asian country to make progress as a rights-based democracy, said a leader in religious liberty. “First and foremost, the United States should ensure that religious freedom and related human rights remain a high [...]

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Singapore, for Catholic doctors medicine ‘is not profession but a vocation[

SINGAPORE, Nov 15, 2014–Being a doctor is not just a “profession”, but also – and most importantly – a “calling”, a service to others. This is why he has launched an appeal aimed particularly at young people, to “change” their approach to their job and to consider it a mission in a society that in [...]

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VIENTIANE, Nov 14, 2014–Six Hmong Christian families have been forced to leave their village in central Laos after refusing to renounce their faith, this according to family friends and other members of their ethnic group. The six families, consisting of 25 people, were driven out of their homes in Ko Hai village, in Khamkeut district, [...]

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GWANGJU, Nov 14, 2014–Renewing the Church in Korea and reviving the New Evangelization “systematically” using the Joy of the Gospel announced by Pope Francis and using his recent visit to South Korea as a “compass” for the life of the Catholic community. These are the steps that Msgr. Hyginus Kim Hee-jong, the newly elected president of [...]

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SINGAPORE, Nov 13 2014–Strengthening marriages and journeying with divorcees and LGBT people were some issues raised at the first Archdiocesan Catholic Family Dialogue (ACFD) held on Oct 22 at Catholic Junior College in Singapore. Divorcees “need a lot of emotional” and “spiritual support”; the Catholic Church must “learn to accept those who are divorced”: said [...]

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JAKARTA, Nov 12 2014–Indonesian Catholic Women’s Association (WKRI) met last week in Jakarta to celebrate 90 years of its existence. On the occasion, the members reiterated their commitment to social work. The Catholic Women’s Association set ‘internal renewal’ as its goal to help effectively promote the role of women in Indonesian society while combatting gender disparities. [...]

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JAKARTA, Nov 12 2014–The Dutch missionary Johannes Aerts of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart is a model and an inspiration for Indonesian Catholics today. Bishop Aerts, the Apostolic Vicar of Langgur, was killed together with five other priests and eight confreres by Japanese troops on July 30, 1942. The priests of the Union of diocesan [...]

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Bible-themed card game a big hit among non-Christians in Japan

TOKYO, Nov 9, 2014–’The Bible Hunter’ is a successful card game invented by Shinji Matsutani, a Japanese Christian. Endorsed by the Japan Bible Society, the game is designed to communicate the Gospel and introduce young people to Jesus in a society where Christianity is a distant thing. The game represents Christ and his apostles, as [...]

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