India’s foreign minister reassures bishops that Father Tom is alive

New Delhi, India, Apr 6, 2016 / 05:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After rampant rumors spread of the crucifixion of kidnapped priest Father Tom Uzhunnalil, an Indian government official told the nation's bishops on Saturday that the priest is alive and that they are working on ensuring his safe and quick return.Fr. Uzhunnalil, an Indian national, was abducted last month when four gunmen attacked a Missionaries of Charity-run retirement home in Aden, Yemen, killing 16 people, including four … [Read more...]

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Bishop Mulkearns, accused of sex abuse cover-up in Australia, dies

Ballarat, Australia, Apr 5, 2016 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Ronald Mulkearns, who led the Diocese of Ballarat in Australia's Victoria state from 1971 to 1997, died Monday at the age of 85. He had been accused of covering up sexual abuse of children in his diocese.Bishop Mulkearns died April 4 at the Nazareth House Nursing Home in Ballarat after suffering colon cancer.“Those who knew him personally will remember a man who was dedicated in his service over those years and, … [Read more...]

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India’s bishops push government to help find Fr Tom

New Delhi, India, Mar 30, 2016 / 11:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After the circulation of rumors claiming Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil was tortured and crucified on Good Friday, the Indian bishops have written to the government urging greater effort in locating the priest.“A lot of rumors are being spread in the social media that Fr. Tom was subjected to cruel torture and then crucified on Good Friday,” the Indian bishops wrote in a March 28 letter addressed to India’s Minister of External … [Read more...]

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Horrific Easter bombing seen as a crossroad for Pakistan

Lahore, Pakistan, Mar 28, 2016 / 04:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious freedom advocates have condemned the Easter Sunday bombing in Pakistan that killed more than 70, while insisting upon reform within the country to prevent future such attacks.“We are horrified at this Easter attack, and the tragic loss of life,” Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, commissioner at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, told CNA.“It’s truly heartbreaking, and our hearts and … [Read more...]

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This unique chant brings Vietnamese Catholics deeper into Christ’s Passion

Hanoi, Vietnam, Mar 25, 2016 / 07:08 am (CNA).- While the Stations of the Cross are a worldwide Lenten devotion for Catholics, the faithful in Vietnam have an additional practice that blends ancient traditional chants with Catholic prayer and meditation on the Crucifixion. “The ‘Ngam Nguyen’ are…a unique Vietnamese Catholic practice of intoning a series of meditations recounting the Passion of Christ,” said Fr. Anthony Le Duc, national chaplain for the … [Read more...]

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How can the Catholic Church help Burma’s transition to democracy?

Yangon, Burma, Mar 21, 2016 / 05:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishops of Burma held a three-day seminar earlier this month to discuss the Church's role in reconciliation as the country transitions to civilian rule after more than 50 years of military government.More than 70 bishops, priests, and religious gathered March 10-12 in Yangon, Burma's largest city, to “examine the role of the Church in nation building.”Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon said in his keynote address … [Read more...]

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Filipino Catholics invited to turn off lights for Earth Hour

Manila, Philippines, Mar 18, 2016 / 02:34 pm (CNA).- A Filipino cardinal has encouraged Catholics to support this year’s “Earth Hour,” a global environmental campaign that consists of switching off the lights for one hour this Saturday.Organized by the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), Earth Hour 2016 is scheduled for March 19. Participants are asked to switch off non-essential lights from 8:30-9:30 p.m. local time as a gesture of commitment to the environment.“Let us … [Read more...]

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