Korean Masses strengthen migrant community in Thailand

Pattaya, Thailand, Feb 27, 2014 / 09:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- This month’s introduction of Sunday Masses celebrated in Korean at a parish in the Thai city of Pattaya has united both emigrants and tourists from South Korea. “This regular Korean language Mass unites, strengthens, and revitalizes faith life in the parish,” Fr. Giovanni Lee Sung-hyun, chaplain at St. Nikolaus parish in Pattaya, about 80 miles southeast of Bangkok, told CNA Feb. 24. He added that the other … [Read more...]

Vatican releases Pope’s liturgical schedule for Lent, Easter

Vatican City, Feb 27, 2014 / 08:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican made public the schedule of Pope Francis' liturgical celebrations for March and April, including the list of Lenten and Easter activities over which he will preside. Beginning the Lenten season on March 5, Ash Wednesday, the Pope will hold a “statio” and penitential procession 4:30 p.m. in the Basilica of Sant'Anselmo, and at 5 p.m. he will bless and distribute the ashes at the Basilica of Santa Sabina in … [Read more...]

Iraqi patriarch urges prayer, fasting that Christians remain

Rome, Italy, Feb 27, 2014 / 04:53 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Louis Raphael I Sako, the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon, has issued an urgent appeal to mark the beginning of Lent, calling for “prayer and fasting that Christians not leave Iraq.” “Our Christian identity has had profound roots in the history and geography of Iraq for 2000 years,” Patriarch Sako said, according to the Fides news agency. “Our roots and our clear sources are found in our country, and … [Read more...]

Critics say Ariz. bill veto swarmed by misleading rhetoric

Phoenix, Ariz., Feb 27, 2014 / 04:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Arizona Catholic Conference has lamented the veto of Arizona religious freedom bill S.B. 1062, noting the “extremely intense, if not misleading rhetoric” surrounding the bill. “Religious liberty is an important concept upon which our country was founded,” the conference said Feb. 27. “Unfortunately, however, threats to religious liberty have become very real in courts across the country and are … [Read more...]

Pope to mother of train crash victim: I weep for you

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Feb 27, 2014 / 02:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis sent a letter offering his continued condolences to the mother of one of the victims of a 2012 Argentina train crash that killed dozens of people and injured hundreds more. According to the Argentina Catholic Information Agency (AICA), the letter was read during a recent ceremony at the station where the accident occurred, marking the anniversary of the tragedy. The accident took place Feb. 22, 2012, when the … [Read more...]

Pope: Inconsistency in our actions causes Church scandal

Vatican City, Feb 27, 2014 / 01:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis spoke of the harm done when Christians don't practice what they preach, noting that this incoherence leads others away from the Church and often brings scandal. “When there is no Christian coherency, and you live with this incoherence, you're giving scandal. And the Christians that are not coherent are giving scandal,” the Pope said in his Feb. 27 Mass. Speaking to those gathered in … [Read more...]

Ukrainian Catholic Church sees growth in south of country

Kyiv, Ukraine, Feb 27, 2014 / 12:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new diocese of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has been established in southern Ukraine, following a decision to divide the former Archiepiscopal Exarchate of Odesa-Krym in two. On Feb. 13, Pope Francis confirmed the decisions of the synod of bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church regarding the Archiepiscopal Exarchate of Odesa-Krym. The exarchate was split into the Archiepiscopal Exarchate of Odesa, and the … [Read more...]