Anti-superstition health drive launched after child dies in India

Miao, India, Jan 27, 2014 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Negligence and blind faith led to the death of a student in far north-east India, and the Church there has responded with an anti-superstition education campaign for parents. The child was a student at St. Xavier's primary school in Lazu, part of the Miao diocese in Arunachal Pradesh state. At a regular school health check up before the Christmas break, he was diagnosed with appendicitis. St. Xavier's principal, Fr. Joy Moc, … [Read more...]

Burmese bishop sees ‘new dawn’ of hope for his nation

Yangon, Burma, Jan 22, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishop of Burma's largest city has written a New Year's message encouraging the Burmese to remain united and to strive for peace in their homeland. “We are preparing for the dawn of a new era of freedom, democracy, justice, peace and hope…a new era of fraternity,” wrote Archbishop Charles Bo of Yangon. “There are many reasons for hope … We are just at the very beginning of a new … [Read more...]

Sri Lankan Catholics rejoice in receiving Saint Sebastian relic

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Jan 15, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in Sri Lanka are celebrating the reception of a reliquary containing a fragment of the arm of St. Sebastian, a martyr of the third century. On Jan. 12, Cardinal Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo received the relics at the city's airport, accompanied by officials of the diocesan curia, priests, and Catholic members of the Sri Lankan parliament. The reliquary was brought to Colombo by Msgr. Neville Perera, and … [Read more...]

Christmas celebration in India promotes peace, harmony

Karwar, India, Jan 7, 2014 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics gathered with those of other traditions last week in a city of South West India to celebrate Christmas with efforts promoting peace and harmony. Bishop Derek Fernandes of Karwar presided over Christmas celebrations Dec. 29 with over 4,000 faithful, as well as extending the joy of the Nativity with those of other religions. “Such a public manifestation of the birth of our savior is important so as to share with everyone … [Read more...]

Malaysian church choir seeks to balance Catholic, local traditions

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Jan 6, 2014 / 12:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The “Laudis” chamber choir based in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur is seeking to revive the tradition of sacred music in the local Church, balancing it with an appreciation of local music. “We cannot perform new, contemporary and local music at the expense of the rich heritage that belongs to the Roman Catholic culture; nor can we simply perform the great music of our Catholic heritage at the expense of a … [Read more...]

Study finds contraceptives boost breast cancer risk

New Delhi, India, Jan 5, 2014 / 04:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A study by doctors in India suggests that women who regularly use oral contraceptives face almost ten times greater risk of developing beast cancer compared to other women. “We found long-term use of oral contraceptive pills higher among those suffering from breast cancer-11.9 percent – compared to healthy individuals—1.2 percent,” Dr. Umesh Kapil, a professor at the All India Institute of Medical … [Read more...]

Bangladesh bishop calls for peace amid pre-election violence

Dhaka, Bangladesh, Jan 3, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Bangladesh experiences widespread strikes and violent protests in the run-up to its parliamentary elections, the bishop of the nation's capital is encouraging a peaceful contribution from local Christians. “The situation is very tense. For months we have been experiencing strikes, blockades, violent conflict, terrorist attacks, arson and hatred here in Bangladesh. There have been deaths and hundreds of people have been … [Read more...]