Philippines cardinal worked for peace with Muslims

Manila, Philippines, Apr 9, 2014 / 08:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Orlando Beltran Quevedo, O.M.I., the newest cardinal from the Philippines, is a dedicated servant of the poor who has advocated for peace between Christians and Muslims in the country. The cardinal archbishop of Cotabato told the Philippines news site MindaNews in February that he was not happy when he first learned he had been named a cardinal. Rather, he had a “sense of fear” and a “feeling of … [Read more...]

Sri Lankans welcome new apostolic nuncio

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Apr 9, 2014 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Sri Lankan Catholics accorded a traditional welcome to their newly appointed apostolic nuncio, who arrived in Colombo to begin his diplomatic duties April 3. Archbishop Pierre Nguyen Van Tot as apostolic nuncio to Sri Lanka March 22, 2014. Archbishop Nguyen Van Tot succeeds Archbishop Joseph Spiteri, who served in Colombo from 2009 and who was transferred to Ivory Coast in October. Archbishop Emeritus Oswald Gomis of Colombo led … [Read more...]

Solomon Islands bishops seek prayer, support after flooding

Honiara, Solomon Islands, Apr 9, 2014 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After heavy rains led to flooding on the island of Guadalcanal which has caused 23 confirmed deaths, the bishops of Solomon Islands have appealed for prayerful support for their people. “We are experiencing a moment of a true Way of the Cross,” said Bishop Luciano Capelli of Gizo in a statement this week. “Just remain close and if you can, also give us a hand,” the bishop added. Several days of … [Read more...]

Court ruling on Philippines RH bill met with mixed responses

Manila, Philippines, Apr 8, 2014 / 06:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While disappointed that the country’s Supreme Court has upheld a controversial “reproductive health” law, the Catholic bishops of the Philippines voiced gratitude that the ruling also strengthened parental rights and religious freedom. “Although the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the RH law, it has truly watered down the RH law and consequently upheld the importance of adhering to an … [Read more...]

Australians mourn late bishop remembered for ecumenism

Townsville, Australia, Apr 2, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians, especially those in Australia, are mourning the death of Bishop Michael Putney, who was particularly committed to ecumenical dialogue. Bishop Putney was Bishop of Townsville, in the state of Queensland, from 2001 until his March 28 death. He had been living with stomach cancer for 18 months. “Bishop Michael had received many prayers during the past 15 months and believed that he had received a miracle which … [Read more...]

Vietnamese archbishop could begin new era of Vatican diplomacy

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Mar 31, 2014 / 07:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The March 22 succession of Paul Bui Van Doc as Archbishop of Ho Chi Minh City may ease the relationship between Vietnam and the Holy See. Archbishop Bui Van Doc was born in 1944 in Da Lat, and attended seminary in Saigon and then the Pontifical Urban University. He was ordained a priest in 1970, and served as rector of Da Lat’s major seminary from 1975 to 1995. In 1999, he was consecrated Bishop of My Tho, where … [Read more...]

Philippines and Vatican release Pope Francis postage stamps

Manila, Philippines, Mar 27, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Philippine Postal Corporation, in collaboration with the Holy See, has released a commemorative postage stamp celebrating the pontificate of Pope Francis. “The stamp will make this event memorable and will serve as a historical patrimony for the generations to come,” Philippine Ambassador to the Holy See Mercedes Tuason told CNA March 21.   “The postage stamp is an effort of the Filipino people to, in … [Read more...]