Indian bishop’s residence dedicated to St John Paul II

Miao, India, Jul 9, 2014 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With gratitude to St. John Paul II for his legacy and inspiration in serving young people, the Diocese of Miao has dedicated its new episcopal residence to the late Pope. During a May 24 ceremony the residence, which will also serve as offices for the diocesan curia, was blessed and dedicated by Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, apostolic nuncio to India and Nepal. "John Paul II is a modern day saint, and an example how holiness and … [Read more...]

Papuan bishop urges youth to follow Maria Goretti’s sanctity

Madang, Papua New Guinea, Jul 8, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a pilgrimage on Sunday, a bishop from Papua New Guinea encouraged the local youth to pursue holiness, following upon the model of St. Maria Goretti. “The forgiving attitude of St. Maria Goretti challenges the mentality and practice of 'payback',” Bishop Rochus Tatamai of Bereina said July 6 at a gathering of young people at Divine Word University in Madang. “The way the murder of the … [Read more...]

Video showing marriage of young man with cancer goes viral

Manila, Philippines, Jul 3, 2014 / 04:09 pm (CNA).- Millions of viewers around the world have watched a YouTube video showing the determination of a young man in the Philippines to marry the love of his life just hours before dying of terminal cancer. At the beginning of this year, Rowden and Leizel decided to marry. They planned on a July 8 wedding, but Rowden, age 29, was diagnosed with advanced cancer of the kidneys at the end of May. Learning that his cancer was terminal, … [Read more...]

Former sex slaves to take part in South Korea Mass with Pope

Seoul, South Korea, Jul 2, 2014 / 12:40 pm (CNA).- A group of South Korean women who were used as sex slaves by the Japanese army during World War II will attend an Aug. 18 Mass with Pope Francis when he visits the country. According to local media reports, the Archdiocese of Seoul announced on Monday that it had invited the women to take part in the ceremony with Pope Francis. The Mass will be held at the Cathedral of Myeongdong in Seoul. A personal meeting between the pontiff and the women, … [Read more...]

Global Eucharistic Congress in Philippines to focus on hope

Cebu, Philippines, Jun 23, 2014 / 04:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The 51st International Eucharistic Congress will be held January 2016 in the Philippines with the theme, “Jesus in us, the hope of glory.” Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila explained the theme at a press conference. “We hope in only one person. We hope in God,” he said. The Eucharistic Congress will take place Jan. 24-31 in the city of Cebu, with more than 15,000 international and local delegates … [Read more...]

Australia bishop: ‘Boat people are real people’

Wellington, New Zealand, Jun 10, 2014 / 03:28 pm (CNA).- The bishops of Oceania upheld their solidarity with those traveling across the water to seek asylum in Australia, known locally as "boat people," urging a “more humane approach” to their situation. Stressing that “boat people are real people,” Bishop Eugene Hurley of Darwin, Australia, remarked that “the giving of sanctuary has always been one of the noblest of human endeavors.” He warned … [Read more...]

India archdiocese launches suicide prevention helpline

Goa, India, May 28, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Metropolitan Archdiocese of Goa and Daman has launched a round-the-clock emergency suicide prevention helpline to proactively address the escalating suicide rates in the region. “Life is given by God, and only he has the power to take it back,” said local archbishop Filipe Neri Sebastião do Rosário Ferrão at the May 24 announcement of the “God Saves Life-line” initiative. “In … [Read more...]