In Australia, bishops face legal complaint for defending marriage

Sydney, Australia, Nov 24, 2015 / 02:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Sydney archbishop has strongly defended the freedom of the Catholic Church in response to a legal complaint claiming the Australian bishops’ pastoral letter on marriage violated Tasmania’s strict anti-discrimination law. “Australia is party to treaties guaranteeing freedoms of religion and of speech, and regularly exhorts other nations to observe these,” Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney said … [Read more...]

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Five religions in Thailand send powerful message to people of Paris

Bangkok, Thailand, Nov 21, 2015 / 05:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Uniting with other major faith groups at an interreligious ‘March for Peace,’ Thai Catholics on Thursday offered prayers for the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. “The world is tired of hatred and hungers for peace,” Monsignor Vissanu Thanya-Anan told CNA. “This peace march, a symbol of solidarity with prayers for the victims, is also a chance to show that all religions can live and … [Read more...]

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Amid digital media trends, Vatican looks to learn from Asian strengths

Yangon, Burma, Nov 17, 2015 / 06:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Church can learn from Asian trends in social media to help build communications networks and advance evangelization, a Vatican official has said. “It’s a global community. We learn from each other and particularly we have to recognize the strength of Asia,” Monsignor Paul Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, told CNA Nov. 15. The Ireland-born monsignor said Asia has … [Read more...]

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India draws praise for plan to end foreign surrogacy

New Dehli, India, Oct 30, 2015 / 12:20 am (CNA).- Known as the surrogacy capital of the world, India has announced that it would like to end its practice of allowing foreigners to contract surrogate pregnancies. “The government does not support commercial surrogacy and also the scope of surrogacy is limited to Indian married infertile couples only and not to the foreigners,” the Indian government said Oct. 28, according to BBC News.  Currently, the Indian … [Read more...]

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China replaces one-child policy with two-child policy

Beijing, China, Oct 29, 2015 / 10:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Chinese government has moved its cap on the number of children per family from one to two, the state’s news agency reported on Thursday. But one women’s rights activist says the change is not enough. Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, said she is not surprised by the change, “given the demographic disaster China now faces as a result of its One Child … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis grieves loss of life in Afghanistan-Pakistan quake

Kabul, Afghanistan, Oct 27, 2015 / 12:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After a massive earthquake rocked Pakistan and Afghanistan yesterday killing hundreds, Pope Francis on Tuesday voiced his sorrow and solidarity for victims and their families, assuring them of his prayers. “His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of life in Afghanistan and Pakistan as a result of the earthquake in the region,” an Oct. 27 telegram addressed to Archbishop Ghaleb Bader, … [Read more...]

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In Myanmar, Salesians celebrate seminary’s 25th anniversary

Lashio, Burma, Oct 25, 2015 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the tribal hills of Myanmar’s (Burma's) far northern Shan State, Catholics celebrated an important double anniversary for two Salesian institutions. Spiritual catechesis and cultural celebrations commemorated the silver jubilees of both the Salesian Parish in the Diocese of Lashio and the Don Bosco Seminary in the town of Hsipaw, located almost 50 miles southwest of Lashio. Both were established in 1990.   “We … [Read more...]

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