Catholics’ celebration of Lunar New Year centers on family

Bangkok, Thailand, Feb 1, 2014 / 04:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- East Asian Catholics celebrating the Lunar New Year this weekend are focused on family ties and charity, particularly in the dioceses of Thailand. “Family is the nucleus and the heritage of Asian spirituality and culture,” Bishop Joseph Sirisut of Nakhon Ratchasima, a city 160 miles northeast of Bangkok, told CNA Jan. 31. He said that for some Thai Catholics, the importance of the Lunar New Year celebration is derived … [Read more...]

Evangelize with love, Pope urges missionary families

Vatican City, Feb 1, 2014 / 10:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis held an audience with missionary families from around the world Feb. 1, encouraging them to spread the gospel with great charity. “Evangelize with love, carry to all the love of God. Tell everyone you meet on the streets of your mission (and) that God loves man as he is, even with his limitations, his mistakes and his sins,” the Pope urged members of the Neocatechumenal Way. Saturday’s meeting in the Paul … [Read more...]

Pope may visit Turin in 2015 to remember St John Bosco’s birth

Turin, Italy, Feb 1, 2014 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis may visit the Italian city of Turin in 2015 for the 200th anniversary of the birth of St. John Bosco, founder of the Salesians, and for an exposition of the Shroud of Turin, believed to be Christ's burial cloth. The news has been circulating this week in Turin, the saint's adopted home where he founded the Salesians, focusing on his feast day, celebrated Jan. 31. St. John Bosco dedicated himself to the betterment of … [Read more...]


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