Japan knife attack shows disabled persons ‘have to be protected’

Yokohama, Japan, Jul 29, 2016 / 05:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following Tuesday's mass killing at a care home in Japan for persons with mental disabilities, one of the country's bishops has said the incident demonstrates the need for such persons to be valued and protected by society.“Disabled people have to be protected,” Bishop Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi of Niigata told CNA.He added: “A society which will not protect the weak has no respect for human dignity.”In … [Read more...]

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Filipinos are in love with the Virgin Mary, and the Baclaran shrine is proof

ParaƱaque, Philippines, Jul 2, 2016 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A long-venerated icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help turned 150 this year, and many Filipinos’ Marian devotion has never been stronger.“There is one clear reason for the thousands of devotees who flock to Baclaran: the special Marian piety of the Filipino people,” Fr. Joseph Echano, CSsR, rector of the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, told CNA.“What Baclaran is today is because of the … [Read more...]

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For Thailand Catholics, God’s mercy exceeds limits of illness

Chanthaburi, Thailand, Jun 29, 2016 / 06:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of sick and physically challenged people marked the Catholic Church’s Year of Mercy in Thailand with a special procession through the Holy Door of the cathedral in the Diocese of Chanthaburi.“As human persons our lives have limitations of sin. Some of our other physical limitations are illnesses, disabilities due to accidents and old age, for we are weak,” said Bishop Silvio Siripong Charatsri of … [Read more...]

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He escaped Vietnam on a fishing boat, and now he’s a bishop

Sydney, Australia, Jun 28, 2016 / 03:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the 1970s, a teenager boarded a boat to escape the cruelty of war in his homeland of Vietnam. He landed as a refugee in a foreign land.Now, he has been installed as the fourth Catholic bishop of Australia’s Parramatta diocese.On June 16, Vietnamese native Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, O.F.M. Con. became the new shepherd of the Parramatta diocese.“I have taken many leaps of faith before, including the one that … [Read more...]

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The curious case of the Lipa Marian apparitions

Lipa, Philippines, Jun 18, 2016 / 04:49 pm (CNA).- The story of Sister Teresita Castillo and the supposed Marian apparitions of Lipa City, Philippines reads something like a mystery novel.A negative judgement from the Vatican on the apparition most likely drove the visionary nun out of the convent.Years later, some bishops involved in the disapproval of the case allegedly came forward with deathbed confessions, saying they only ruled against the apparitions on threat of excommunication.A … [Read more...]

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Sri Lankan cardinal warns against sketchy ‘Sunday Mass’ ad

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Jun 17, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic faithful shouldn’t believe a misleading newspaper ad that says Sunday Masses are being held in a hotel room in the city of Colombo, the Archbishop of Colombo has said.The ad appeared on the first page of the late City Edition of the Daily Mirror June 9. It was titled “Celebrating Women in Ministry” and said there was a Mass every Sunday in the Cinnamon Grand Hotel.Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo … [Read more...]

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Filipino bishops: Moral disagreement is no excuse for hatred, violence

Manila, Philippines, Jun 16, 2016 / 12:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Encounter and dialogue are the proper response to disagreements over morality, said the Catholic bishops of the Philippines, emphasizing in the wake of the Orlando shooting that hatred and violence have no place in the lives of Christians.“Bearing in the depth of his or her soul the image of the Creator, no human person should ever be the object of disgust,” the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines said June … [Read more...]

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