New policy forces Missionaries of Charity to end adoption services in India

Calcutta, India, Oct 15, 2015 / 12:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Orphanages in India run by the Missionaries of Charity have decided to close their doors in light of new adoption guidelines that the sisters say violate natural law and their religious views. Sister Amala, who serves at Nirmala Shishu Bhawan, a New Delhi orphanage run by the Missionaries of Charity, explained the decision.   “The new guidelines hurt our conscience. They are certainly not for religious people like … [Read more...]

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What adoring the Eucharist looks like – on a massive scale in India

Mumbai, India, Sep 16, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The upcoming National Eucharistic Congress of India, being held in Mumbai in November and expected to draw thousands, is meant to deepen the understanding, appreciation, and love of the Eucharist. The event will be held Nov. 12-15 at the Archdiocese of Bombay's St. Piux X seminary, and is centered on the theme “The Eucharist: Nourished by Christ to Nourish Others.” According to Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay, … [Read more...]

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Seven years after deadly anti-Christian attacks in India, a call for justice

Bhubaneswar, India, Sep 12, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Victims say that they are still waiting for justice, seven years after some of the most violent anti-Christian attacks in India’s recent history. "Justice has alluded us," Fr. Ajay Singh of the Kandhamal Committee for Peace and Justice said, Reuters Foundation reported. "After knocking on every door within the state government, we found no one willing to come forward to secure justice for the victims of … [Read more...]

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Filipinos mourn the death of pioneer Bishop Francisco San Diego of Pasig

Pasig, Philippines, Aug 26, 2015 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in the Philippines are mourning Wednesday's death of Bishop Francisco San Diego, who founded the Diocese of Pasig in 2003 and led it until his retirement in 2010. Bishop San Diego, who was 79, died the morning of Sept. 26 of cardiac arrest while in his sleep at Cardinal Santos Hospital, the Pasig diocese announced. His successor as Bishop of Pasig, Mylo Vergara, received his body into the Cathedral of the … [Read more...]

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Thai Catholics join in interreligious prayer service after Bangkok bomb

Bangkok, Thailand, Aug 25, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in Bangkok gathered together with their fellow countrymen last Friday to pray for peace in the wake of the bombing at a Hindu shrine in the city which had killed 20 people and injured scores earlier in the week. The Aug. 21 interreligious service held just outside the Erawan shrine included a Liturgy of the Word, and prayers for the bombing victims. More than 800 attended the service, where Pope Francis' message of … [Read more...]

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Will the Catholic Church have a growing role in Korean reconciliation?

Seoul, South Korea, Aug 25, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With an increasing number of faithful, the Catholic Church in South Korea may foster a climate of reconciliation and peace, as the nation has reportedly made a deal with North Korea to avoid military escalation after days of fire exchanged between the nations. South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported Aug. 24 that North Korea had agreed to express regret over the injury of two South Korean soldiers by a landmine earlier in the … [Read more...]

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How a Jesuit school in Nepal is helping earthquake survivors manage trauma

Kathmandu, Nepal, Aug 21, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Jesuit primary school located near Kathmandu is using increased counselling and student-parent orientation programs to help both children and parents to cope with the experience of the earthquake which struck Nepal earlier this year.  “After the massive earthquake of 7.9 magnitude that struck the nation, we as educators had also a bigger challenge before us, to reach out to the people, especially those struck in remote … [Read more...]

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