Pakistani police save Christian couple from ‘anti-blasphemy’ mob attack

Lahore, Pakistan, Jul 6, 2015 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Police last week saved a Christian couple from a mob in Pakistan that attempted to kill them for allegedly committing blasphemy, the latest such violent incident in the country. “Muslims of the town gathered there and dragged the poor couple who didn't know what they had done. They were being beaten to death,” local police chief Sohail Zafar Chattha said, according to Agence France Presse. The attack took place in … [Read more...]

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Sister Nirmala, former head of Missionaries of Charity, dies in India

Kolkata, India, Jun 23, 2015 / 11:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics around the world are mourning the death of Sister Nirmala Joshi, who passed away Tuesday. Sr. Nirmala had succeeded Blessed Teresa of Calcutta as superior general of the Missionaries of Charity, serving in that capacity from 1997 to 2009. Sr. Nirmala, who was 81, had suffered ill health for some years, and was hospitalized and then brought home a few days ago, dying at a Missionaries of Charity home in Kolkata in the early … [Read more...]

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In Thailand, Catholic seminary marks eight vibrant decades

Bangkok, Thailand, Jun 17, 2015 / 04:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Sacred Heart of Jesus Minor Seminary in Thailand’s Chantaburi diocese has spent 80 years forming young men to be priests. “The seminary is the heart of a diocese,” Bishop emeritus Lawrence Thienchai of Chanthaburi told CNA June 13. He was one of the thousands of Catholics who marked the seminary anniversary with a Mass that witnessed the ordination of a new priest. The bishop compared the minor seminary … [Read more...]

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Australian bishops stress Cardinal Pell’s determination to fight sex abuse

Canberra, Australia, Jun 5, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of Australian bishops have emphasized Cardinal George Pell’s record of leadership against clergy sex abuse following critical news broadcasts and comments from a member of the pontifical council against abuse.   “He is a man of integrity who is committed to the truth and to helping others, particularly those who have been hurt or who are struggling,” seven bishops said of the cardinal in a June 3 … [Read more...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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