Pakistani bishop decries government land grab

Lahore, Pakistan, May 26, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- Pakistani Bishop Sebastian F. Shaw is calling for the return of Church land that was seized after the provincial government bulldozed a school, chapel and homeless shelter on the site this past January.Months later, the Punjab provincial government has yet to restore the land to the Archdiocese of Lahore, despite recent promises to do so. “It looks like empty promises,” Bishop Shaw told Aid to the Church in Need on May 25. “Even after a meeting wi … [Read more...]

Vibrant faith of Jamaica’s poor inspires Alaska teens

Anchorage, Alaska, May 26, 2012 / 01:11 pm (CNA).- Nineteen youth from St. Benedict Church in Anchorage flew to  balmy Jamaica during their recent spring break. But it wasn’t the warm weather and sandy beaches that drew the Alaska teens. They were on a mission to work for a Catholic outreach known as Mustard Seed. The group coordinates missionary volunteers from the United States to work in Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Zimbabwe. The Alaskans traveled to Jamaica, since it i … [Read more...]

Cardinal Schonborn: A faithful Catholic minority can re-convert Europe

Rome, Italy, May 26, 2012 / 06:03 am (CNA).- Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna believes the small but growing number of faithful Catholic families in Europe can win the continent back to the Christian faith. “I see our young, believing families with four or five or six or more children and how they live in the midst of this society – they are really the New Evangelization not through words, but through the fact of living the happiness of a believing family,” he told CNA May 14 in Rome. “We a … [Read more...]