Amid communist rule, a Catholic university opens in Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Sep 21, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After 40 years, the first Catholic Church-operated university opened in Vietnam since the advent of communism in the country."The institute aims to enhance theological knowledge and competence among all priests, religious and laypeople," Bishop Joseph Dinh Duc Dao, rector of the institute, said at the opening ceremony according to UCA News.There have not been Church-run schools in the country since 1975, when … [Read more...]

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Why Japan won’t release the names of its knife attack victims

Tokyo, Japan, Sep 13, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In late July, the worst mass killing in Japan since World War II left 19 people dead and 26 people wounded.The suspected killer, 26-year-old Satoshi Uematsu, carried out his attack against people with disabilities at a care center, where Uematsu had worked for four years. According to a Japanese news source, Uematsu had warned Parliament in February that he was planning such an attack, to get rid of disabled people “for the sake of … [Read more...]

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How a Catholic program helps Pakistan’s women farmers

Lahore, Pakistan, Sep 2, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Women farmers in Pakistan received helping hands last month from Caritas Pakistan, the Catholic bishops’ arm for social development.The agency sponsored a four-day workshop to help women farmers develop their skills and economic competitiveness, with a focus on environmental sustainability.“Empowering and strengthening the skills of women plays an important role in community development and agriculture is one of the … [Read more...]

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This is Mongolia’s first native priest: Father Joseph Enkh Baatar

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Aug 30, 2016 / 04:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Mongolia witnessed the ordination of its first indigenous priest, Fr. Joseph Enkh Baatar, a 29-year-old man who represents the first fruits of 24 years of missionary work in the east Asian country.Bishop Wenceslao Padilla, the prefect of Ulaanbaatar, ordained Joseph Enkh Baatar a priest at an Aug. 28 Mass at St. Peter and Paul Cathedral in the Mongolian capital.“Fr. Joseph’s ordination is a blessing of God … [Read more...]

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Priest suffers minor injuries after failed suicide bomb, axe attack at Mass

Jakarta, Indonesia, Aug 29, 2016 / 12:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest suffered minor injuries after a man armed with a suicide bomb and an axe attacked at Sunday Mass in Indonesia this weekend.A woman sitting next to the would-be suicide bomber at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Medan told the Jakarta Post that she noticed the man was fidgeting throughout Mass and unable to follow the liturgy.When Father Albertus Pandiangan began his homily, the woman said the main connected two cables, … [Read more...]

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As Philippines drug war escalates, bishops call for justice

Manila, Philippines, Aug 23, 2016 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid President Rodrigo Duterte's fierce war against the underworld of drugs in the Philippines, the country's bishops are rallying with a pastoral appeal to end unjust violence while encouraging efforts to maintain law and order.“We are disturbed by an increasing number of reports of suspected drug-peddlers, pushers and others about whom reports of criminal activity have been received, have been shot, supposedly … [Read more...]

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India gears up for Mother Teresa canonization celebrations

Calcutta, India, Aug 22, 2016 / 02:24 pm (CNA).- Mother Teresa will be canonized on Sept. 4, and a global film festival aims to screen 23 movies to mark the event.The Mother Teresa International Film Festival will feature seven India-made movies, along with entries from the U.S., France, the U.K., Spain, Italy, Canada and Japan, Can-India News reports.It will be held at the Calcutta state government-run Nandan multiplex, a film and cultural center in Calcutta. The Aug. 26-29 festival will … [Read more...]

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