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Christians and Muslims mourn Hani Fahs, an iconic figure for interreligious dialogue in Lebanon

Christians and Muslims mourn Hani Fahs, an iconic figure for interreligious dialogue in Lebanon

BEIRUT, Sept. 20, 2014–At a time when spiritual darkness is spreading over parts of the Middle East, the death of Sheikh Hani Fahs, 68, has elicited an emotional response among political and religious leaders that is far greater than one might expect from his media exposure. It is as if in death, one of Lebanon’s [...]

MUMBAI, Sept. 20, 2014–”Christians in Iraq and Syria are being massacred, raped, killed and tortured. We, as members of the Christian community, must raise our voice and ask the Indian government to take a firm stand in support of our brothers and sisters of faith in these countries”, Msgr. Bernard Moras, Archbishop of Bangalore (Karnataka) [...]

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CHINA, Sep. 19, 2014–Two Catholic churches in two neighboring provinces in China were demolished this week while a third in Zhejiang province had its cross removed. On Monday, Jinxi Catholic Church in Hunan province was forcibly destroyed. When the priest tried to block the demolition, he was handcuffed and taken away. The government said it [...]

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KATHMANDU, Sep 18, 2014–Caritas has completed its 25th year of operations in Nepal and the Silver Jubilee celebrations took place on September 6 at the St. Xavier’s School auditorium in Jawalakhel in Kathmandu city.   A special Mass was celebrated with Caritas Staff and family at the Assumption Church in Kathmandu on September 3, the day [...]

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SINGAPORE, Sep 18 2014–Bishops from different churches in Singapore will come together on October 6 at Aldersgate Methodist Church in Dover Road to hold an Ecumenical Charismatic Healing Service. It aims to give Protestants and Catholics the opportunity to worship God, commit to love one another, and minister the Lord’s healing as one. Archbishop William [...]

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Parish dedicated to John Paul II rises in Chinese-speaking world

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan, Sept. 17, 2014–The Diocese of Kaohsiung in Taiwan has become the first in the Chinese-speaking world to have a parish dedicated to St. John Paul II, where a first-class relic of the Polish saint’s blood is kept. Archbishop Peter Chen-Chung Liu of Kaohsiung presided at the Mass of Inauguration and Consecration on Sept. [...]

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KATHMANDU, Sept. 17, 2014–Caritas Nepal, established in 1989, is celebrating 25 years of life and service to the poor and needy in the country, according to the rules set out by the Gospel. Speaking at the celebrations for the Silver Jubilee of the apostolic vicar of Nepal Msgr. Simick Paul spoke of ” is a [...]

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KASHMIR, Sept. 16 2014–Jesuits in India have appealed for financial aid to help the people devastated by floods in Kashmir. Torrential rains caused the Jhelum River to rise, triggering massive floods in the Kashmir Valley. About 600 villages in the valley are submerged in flood waters and the Indian government is still dealing with emergency [...]

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BHUBANESHWAR, Sept. 17, 2014–Priests, religious, nuns and lay Catholics must work together to build exemplary families in society and the world, says Archbishop John Barwa SVD of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, Odisha (Orissa), ahead of the Synod of the family set for 5-19 October. “We all have a responsibility to put a good foundation to the ministry to families, which [...]

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INDONESIA, Sept. 16, 2014–The Indonesian Bishops’ Conference (KWI) in an official statement has renounced a government move to legalize abortions in case of medical urgency and in pregnancies as a consequence of rape. “We reject the application of Articles 31 and 34, which describes the exception of abortion caused by emergency medical indications and pregnancy [...]

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MUMBAI, Sept 16, 2014–Ultranationalist Hindu militants belonging to the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and theBajrang Dal yesterday raided the office of the vice-chancellor of the Vikram University (Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh) and insulted the man, for “making ​​statements in favor of students from Jammu and Kashmir”. The professor, Jawahar Lal Kaul, was admitted to a private clinic for mental stress [...]

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Following Pope Francis, Indonesian priests and religious renew vocational challenge

JAKARTA, Sept. 14, 2014–To increasingly become “witnesses” of the mystical body of Christ and to be prophets in this modern era, following the example and the footsteps traced so far by Pope Francis during his pontificate: these are the aims of the 2014 national Koptari conference, which was held last week in Malino, in the [...]

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JAKARTA, Sept. 13, 2014–After six months of doubts and discussions, the Indonesian Bishops’ Conference (KWI) has stepped in to clarify matters on the issue of abortion, particularly in rape-induced pregnancies or when the life of the mother is at risk. In an official statement, the bishops disavow a bill by which the government plans to [...]

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INDIA, Sept 12 2014–The Catholic bishops of the south Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana gathered in Hyderabad recently for a symposium themed, “Challenges facing family life: a Catholic response”. About 100 delegates from 13 dioceses, including priests, nuns and lay leaders attended the event organised with a view to prepare for the Synod [...]

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HONG KONG, Sept 12, 2014–The Hong Kong Catholic diocese’s education department has instructed its schools not to penalize students who boycott classes as part of an island-wide pro-democracy protest. The Hong Kong Federation of Students, a coalition of student unions from eight universities, is calling for a week-long class boycott beginning September 22 to protest [...]

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ISLAMABAD, Sept. 11, 2014–The floods that hit Pakistan on 5 September have so far caused the death of 257 people in Punjab province, injuring an additional 461. Some 1,413 homes have been severely damaged with another 265 totally destroyed. In the province, a total of 551,159 people have been affected, about a million in the [...]

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