Catholics in India mourn Abdul Kalam, the much-loved ‘people’s president’

New Delhi, India, Jul 29, 2015 / 09:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in India have joined their confreres in paying tribute to and praying for APJ Abdul Kalam, who served as the nation's president from 2002 to 2007 and was beloved by Indians across religious and cultural divides. Kalam died July 27 of cardiac arrest, collapsing while addressing university students in Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya state in India's northeast. “All the Catholic youth and the entire … [Read more...]

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Asia Bibi’s case shows need for interreligious dialogue in Pakistan, priest says

Lahore, Pakistan, Jul 28, 2015 / 04:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Dominican priest in Pakistan has praised the nation’s Supreme Court for suspending the death sentence of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman charged with blasphemy, and has emphasized the importance of dialogue between Muslims and Christians. “The Supreme Court of Pakistan has made a great move as her death sentence was put aside,” Father James Channan said in a July 23 interview with the international Catholic charity … [Read more...]

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How Laudato Si is being put into practice in India

Miao, India, Jul 25, 2015 / 04:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The diocese of Miao, India sits in rich, mountainous forest terrain on the edge of the Himalayas. Most of its residents are tribal artisans whose livelihood is solely dependent on the local natural resources and the forest’s produce. So the release of the Pope’s recent encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si, hit particularly close to home for the diocese, which falls in India's furthest northeastern state of Arunachal … [Read more...]

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Franciscan priest abducted in Syria set free by captors

Latakia, Syria, Jul 15, 2015 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The organization of Franciscan missionaries serving in the Holy Land announced that Father Dhiya Aziz, who had been kidnapped early last week in Syria, was liberated. “The Custody of the Holy Land thanks those around the world who prayed for a successful outcome to this trial that Fr. Dhiya endured, as well as the faithful of Yacoubieh, of which he is the pastor, his religious family and his family in Iraq,” the group … [Read more...]

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Catholics in Singapore celebrate 50 years of nation’s independence

Singapore, Jul 15, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Anticipating this autumn's 50th anniversary of Singapore's independence from Malaysia, the nation's Catholics gathered earlier this month to celebrate a Mass pledging the Church's support for the city-state. While Singapore achieved independence from Great Britain in 1963, it was first a state of Malaysia. It achieved full independence in 1965, when it was expelled following political turmoil and troubled race … [Read more...]

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Korean cardinal praises medics’ courage in face of Mers outbreak

Seoul, South Korea, Jul 11, 2015 / 11:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The recently-elevated cardinal of Seoul has expressed his gratitude to the doctors and nurses of the Catholic Medical Center for their service during the ongoing Mers outbreak in South Korea. “The medical team of CMC (Catholic Medical Center) has played a critical role in bringing an end to the MERS crisis,” Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung said, during a July 18 visit to St. Mary’s Hospital at the Catholic … [Read more...]

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Australia’s bishops reaffirm marriage – and get reported to government

Hobart, Tasmania, Jul 8, 2015 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a recent pastoral letter on marriage, Australia’s Catholic bishops reaffirmed Catholic teaching. And one of the bishops has countered a leading same-sex marriage activist who said the pastoral letter should be reported to the Tasmanian government for illegal bias. “The Catholic Church in Tasmania is exercising its right to freedom of opinion, just as opponents to the Church’s views on marriage are also exercising … [Read more...]

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