In Pakistan, dozens face murder charges for lynching of Christian couple

Lahore, Pakistan, May 29, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In Pakistan’s Punjab province, 106 people have been charged with the November 2014 murder of a Christian couple, who were attacked by a lynch mob and burned alive after being accused of blasphemy. Pakistan’s anti-terrorism court charged that three Muslim clerics were involved in persistent provocative speech against the couple, while local media reported the clerics stirred up over 400 people against Shahzad Masih and his … [Read more...]

Another Christian youth is accused over blasphemy law in Pakistan

Lahore, Pakistan, May 28, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Tension and fear have gripped the Christian community in Lahore, Pakistan's second largest city, after a Muslim mob attacked the community on Sunday when a young Christian man was accused of blasphemy. The city's archbishop, Sebastian Shaw, has credited local authorities with containing the mob and diverting the worst of the possible violence. On May 24, Humayun Faisal Masih was burning newspapers in Sanda, a Christian … [Read more...]

Understanding the fierce devotion behind the Black Nazarene

Manila, Philippines, May 27, 2015 / 12:27 am (CNA).- For over four centuries, a historical and iconic miraculous statue of Jesus Christ carrying his Cross has become an emblem of passion, struggle and faith for Filipino Catholics. The life-size statue of Jesus is enshrined in the famous minor basilica popularly known as the Quiapo Church, located in the Archdiocese of Manila. The statue has survived the blazing fires that destroyed the church twice, two earthquakes, the floods of numerous … [Read more...]

Relics of Saints John XXIII, John Paul II light fires of faith in Thailand

Chanthaburi, Thailand, May 24, 2015 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Scores of Catholic faithful are taking part in the Thailand tour of the sacred relics of St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II. “The visit of the relic is a blessing of God for us in our dioceses as the saints are visiting us and they light the fire of faith and hope,” Bishop Silvio Siripong Charatsri of the Chanthaburi told CNA May 18. The reliquaries of St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II have been brought to … [Read more...]

How Chinese Catholics around the world are renewing their commitment to the Bible

Taipei, Taiwan, May 8, 2015 / 06:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the 25th anniversary of the founding of the United Chinese Catholic Biblical Association, groups across the globe are reaffirming their dedication to studying and praying with Scripture. Pope Francis conveyed his apostolic blessing to the association, which has grown in the past quarter-century from its birthplace of Hong Kong to Catholic Mandarin-speaking communities around the world that carry out various Biblical … [Read more...]

Indonesia draws international outcry for executing drug traffickers

Sydney, Australia, May 4, 2015 / 10:07 am (CNA).- The Australian bishops joined their voices to the international condemnation of the Indonesian government's execution of foreign drug traffickers last week. Two Australian men – Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran – were among eight convicted drug traffickers killed by firing squad. The other inmates executed April 29 include four Nigerians, an Indonesian, and a man from Brazil, who was reportedly mentally ill. The Indonesian … [Read more...]

Local bishop describes ‘a very, very frightening scene’ in Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal, Apr 28, 2015 / 04:05 pm (Aid to the Church in Need).- Nepal’s bishop has given a graphic account of the country’s catastrophic April 25 earthquake, describing how he was lucky to survive. In a message to international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, Bishop Paul Simick, the Vicar Apostolic of Nepal, said he “saw houses falling like a pack of cards,” and that people “were running in all directions to save their … [Read more...]