The curious case of the Lipa Marian apparitions

Lipa, Philippines, Jun 18, 2016 / 04:49 pm (CNA).- The story of Sister Teresita Castillo and the supposed Marian apparitions of Lipa City, Philippines reads something like a mystery novel.A negative judgement from the Vatican on the apparition most likely drove the visionary nun out of the convent.Years later, some bishops involved in the disapproval of the case allegedly came forward with deathbed confessions, saying they only ruled against the apparitions on threat of excommunication.A … [Read more...]

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Sri Lankan cardinal warns against sketchy ‘Sunday Mass’ ad

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Jun 17, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic faithful shouldn’t believe a misleading newspaper ad that says Sunday Masses are being held in a hotel room in the city of Colombo, the Archbishop of Colombo has said.The ad appeared on the first page of the late City Edition of the Daily Mirror June 9. It was titled “Celebrating Women in Ministry” and said there was a Mass every Sunday in the Cinnamon Grand Hotel.Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo … [Read more...]

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Filipino bishops: Moral disagreement is no excuse for hatred, violence

Manila, Philippines, Jun 16, 2016 / 12:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Encounter and dialogue are the proper response to disagreements over morality, said the Catholic bishops of the Philippines, emphasizing in the wake of the Orlando shooting that hatred and violence have no place in the lives of Christians.“Bearing in the depth of his or her soul the image of the Creator, no human person should ever be the object of disgust,” the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines said June … [Read more...]

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How Pope Francis inspired a Thailand parish to plant 800 trees

Bangkok, Thailand, Jun 8, 2016 / 12:36 am (CNA).- Inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical on caring for creation, and concerned by environmental threats around them, Catholic parishioners in Thailand are planting hundreds of new trees.“Pope Francis has enlightened us and appealed to us in his encyclical ‘Laudato Sì’ for collective action and bold cultural revolution to tackle environmental issues,” said Father Daniel Khuan Thinwan.“As pastors … [Read more...]

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How Pope Francis inspired a Thailand parish to plant 800 trees

Bangkok, Thailand, Jun 8, 2016 / 12:36 am (CNA).- Inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical on caring for creation, and concerned by environmental threats around them, Catholic parishioners in Thailand are planting hundreds of new trees.“Pope Francis has enlightened us and appealed to us in his encyclical ‘Laudato Sì’ for collective action and bold cultural revolution to tackle environmental issues,” said Father Daniel Khuan Thinwan.“As pastors … [Read more...]

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LA archdiocese prays novena as assisted suicide law looms

Los Angeles, Calif., Jun 7, 2016 / 06:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- California’s assisted suicide bill will go into effect on June 9, and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is fighting back — with prayer.On June 1, Auxiliary Bishop David G. O’Connell celebrated Mass at Santa Teresita, a home for seniors in need of assisted living and nursing services. The Mass marked the beginning of a call to nine days of prayer and fasting for the elderly, disabled and terminally ill.“This is … [Read more...]

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Guam archdiocese receives administrator after bishop accused of abuse

Hagatna, Guam, Jun 6, 2016 / 04:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After sex abuse and other allegations were leveled against Guam's archbishop, Pope Francis on Monday appointed a Vatican official to be the local Church's apostolic administrator while an investigation is carried out.On June 6, Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, was appointed apostolic administrator “sede plena” of the Archdiocese of Agaña, which serves … [Read more...]

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