Terrorist threats may suspend Masses in Philippines capital

Manila, Philippines, Dec 1, 2016 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An uptick in terrorist activity may cause Masses and other liturgical celebrations to be suspended in the capital city of Manila, Philippines, the country’s bishop’s conference has announced.“The church, for practical purposes, will be more than willing to suspend any liturgical activity if there are threats to the safety of churchgoers,” said Father Jerome Secillano of the bishop conference's public … [Read more...]

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In Pakistan, 13 sentenced over lynching of Christian couple

Lahore, Pakistan, Nov 30, 2016 / 11:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Five men in Pakistan's Punjab province were sentenced to death last week for their leading role in the November 2014 murder of a Christian couple. Another eight were given two years in prison for their participation in the lynching.Judge Chaudhry Muhammad Azam of Lahore's Anti-Terrorism Court handed down the sentences Nov. 23. The guilty have also been fined 200,000 Pakistani rupees (about $1,900).On Nov. 4, 2014, Shahzad … [Read more...]

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How the Catholic Church in Australia aims to enhance anti-abuse efforts

Sydney, Australia, Nov 29, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In Australia, the Catholic Church has established a new independent non-profit to protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse.“Catholic bishops and religious leaders in Australia are determined to do all in their power to ensure that abuse, in any form, should never again occur in the Church,” said a Nov. 22 FAQ on the new company. “The setting of consistent national standards and auditing compliance with them … [Read more...]

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Can South Korean Catholics evangelize Asia?

Seoul, South Korea, Nov 10, 2016 / 03:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in South Korea have a unique position to evangelize, one scholar says.“Since the 1990s, the Vatican has been encouraging the Korean Church to take responsibility for evangelizing the rest of Asia,” Prof. Kirsteen Kim said. “Not only the quality of its witness but also practical considerations lie behind this.”Kim, a professor of theology and world Christianity at Leeds University in the United … [Read more...]

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Australia’s proposed refugee ban is ‘deliberately cruel’

Canberra, Australia, Nov 9, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Australian government's proposed permanent ban on visas for refugees and asylum seekers who have recently arrived by boat drew strong criticism from a bishop who is a former refugee himself. “Seeking asylum even by boat is not illegal. It is a basic human right. Yet not content with demeaning them, the Australian government now wants to introduce laws that will ban them from ever coming here,” Bishop Vincent … [Read more...]

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Successor appointed for Guam archbishop accused of abuse

Hagatna, Guam, Oct 31, 2016 / 03:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Monday appointed Bishop Michael Byrnes as the successor to Guam's archbishop, who has been accused of sexual abuse of minors.Bishop Byrnes has until now served as an auxiliary bishop in Detroit. His apointment as coadjutor comes with special faculties.As Coadjutor Archbishop of Agaña, Bishop Byrnes possesses the right of succession and will automatically be appointed Archbishop of Agaña when it's … [Read more...]

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As drug war darkens, Filipino cardinal sheds light with rehab centers

Manila, Philippines, Oct 25, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Philippines' controversial drug war rages on, Catholic parishes are working with local government to provide drug rehab and prevention centers to meet the needs of a growing number of recovering addicts.“Sanlakbay program is the response of the Catholic Church to the rising concern in handling the influx of thousands of drug surrenderees resulting from the present administration’s war on illegal drugs,” … [Read more...]

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