Burma’s Bibles: encouraging love of Scripture among the laity

Yangon, Burma, Jan 29, 2015 / 06:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church in Burma is engaged in a series of biblical seminars to aid in catechesis and in drawing the laity to read and appreciate Sacred Scripture, heeding the call of the Second Vatican Council. “Our vision is that Catholic faithful become the disciples of Christ who love, read, live, and share the living Word of God,” Fr. Bosco Saw, national coordinator for Biblical Pastoral Ministry told CNA Jan. 26. “It is part … [Read more...]

Does Francis like being Pope? A behind-the-scenes chat in the Philippines

Manila, Philippines, Jan 29, 2015 / 03:12 pm (CNA).- During his pastoral visit to the Philippines Jan. 15-19, Pope Francis held an unscheduled meeting at the Apostolic Nunciature in Manila with 40 Jesuit priests and told them how it feels to be the Successor of Peter.   After the meeting with families at the Asia Arena on Jan. 16 in Manila, Pope Francis met with members of his own Jesuit order, including Father Antonio Spadaro, director the of the Jesuit magazine Civilta Cattolica, who … [Read more...]

Catholics in Australia support Pope Francis’ action against human trafficking

Canberra, Australia, Jan 27, 2015 / 02:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Australia's bishops and religious have joined the global call of Pope Francis to mark Feb. 8, the Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, as the world day of prayer, reflection, and action against human trafficking. St. Josephine Bakhita was kidnapped and sold into slavery, and later became a Canossian nun and was the first person from Sudan to be canonized, by St. John Paul II in 2000. “The Australian Catholic Bishops … [Read more...]

Cardinal praises Catholics in Vietnam for their witness to the faith

Hanoi, Vietnam, Jan 27, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, lauded the efforts of the Catholic community in Vietnam during his pastoral visit last week and encouraged them in the path of mission. Cardinal Filoni's dicastery coordinates missionary cooperation throughout the world, and he visited Vietnam after having accompanied Pope Francis' visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines earlier this … [Read more...]

Francis likely to bring up poverty in his expected UN visit in New York

Manila, Philippines, Jan 21, 2015 / 05:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- According to the Vatican's Observer to the United Nations, Pope Francis is likely to address the issue of poverty before the international body, a speech that is anticipated in the proposed schedule for his upcoming US trip. Archbishop Bernardito Auza, a native of the Philippines, is the Holy See Permanent Observer to the United Nations in New York, and also part of Pope Francis's U.S. trip organizing committee. He … [Read more...]

A step forward for evangelization in the Philippines

Manila, Philippines, Jan 21, 2015 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A three-day conference on evangelization took place in Manila during Pope Francis' Philippines visit, exploring the relationship between the beatitudes and evangelization in the southeast Asian nation. In the light of the “Year of the Poor” and connecting to the papal visit theme “Mercy and Compassion,” the second Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE II) explored the eight beatitudes given … [Read more...]

Australia event looks to Oakland cathedral as model for church architecture

Melbourne, Australia, Jan 21, 2015 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An upcoming symposium at Australian Catholic University aims to study the relationship of liturgy and architecture, and takes the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland as a model for church architecture. “The symposium is about making architecture and art for Catholic worship,”  a Jan. 16 release of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference press office stated. With the theme “God is in the … [Read more...]