For Thailand’s new cardinal, secularism is the face of the devil

Bangkok, Thailand, Feb 23, 2015 / 05:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The main challenge facing the Church today is secularism, according to Cardinal Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovithavanij of Bangkok, who boldly called the phenomenon the devil's face in the modern world. “It is not just a challenge for the Asian Churches … all the world is facing the challenge of secularism,” Cardinal Kriengsak told CNA Feb. 20. “Secularism is the new way the devil presents himself in … [Read more...]

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Australians welcome appointment of new apostolic nuncio

Canberra, Australia, Feb 19, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Australia's Catholics have received with joy the news that Pope Francis on Tuesday appointed Archbishop Adolfo Yllana, a Filipino native, as their apostolic nuncio. “For the bishops, priests, religious and people of our country, I am deeply grateful to Pope Francis for his nomination of Archbishop Adolfo Yllana as Apostolic Nuncio to Australia, to succeed Archbishop Paul Gallagher,” Archbishop Denis Hart of … [Read more...]

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Chinese New Year bumps Ash Wednesday fasting for Asia’s Catholics

Bangkok, Thailand, Feb 17, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Since Ash Wednesday coincides this year with Chinese New Year – also known as Lunar New Year – many bishops in East Asia are granting dispensations from the fasting and abstinence normally required on the day which begins the season of Lent. This year, Ash Wednesday falls on Feb. 18, which is the eve of the day which begins the Year of the Goat in the Chinese calendar. “In view of the celebration of the Chinese … [Read more...]

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What are the challenges facing family catechesis in India?

Shillong, India, Feb 16, 2015 / 09:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Indian Catechetical Association held its ninth annual convention last week to evaluate the central challenges to both the evangelization and catechesis of families on the subcontinent. “The family, this basic cell of society and the Church, is going through a social and ecclesiastical evolution,” said Fr. Gilbert Choondal, S.D.B., president of the Indian Catechetical Association. “It is our task to reflect, … [Read more...]

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‘A dark day for Australia’: Church laments detention of child asylum seekers

Canberra, Australia, Feb 13, 2015 / 12:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A report detailing the profoundly negative effects of the long-term detention of children seeking asylum in Australia has led Church leaders there to call the government's policy “barbaric.” Asylum seekers – including children –  travel by boat from Indonesia and are intercepted by the Australian navy before reaching land. They are then sent to detention camps in Papua New Guinea and Nauru, a small … [Read more...]

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Jail, not death: appropriate punishment according to Australia’s bishops

Canberra, Australia, Feb 12, 2015 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With two of their nationals on Indonesia's death row over drug trafficking offenses, the Australian bishops are appealing to the government to stay their executions by firing squad, believed to be imminent. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were in a group of nine Australians arrested in Bali in 2005 with more than 18 lb of heroin. Their fellow drug traffickers were sentenced to life in prison, but in 2006 they were given the … [Read more...]

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For these Christians in India, peaceful protests led to jail time

New Delhi, India, Feb 10, 2015 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Police in the Indian capital of New Delhi arrested numerous Christians on Thursday who were participating in peaceful protests requesting that the government take action following a series of attacks on churches in the city. “The Christian community in the national capital, New Delhi, staged a peaceful protest Thursday morning on Feb. 5, for the second time in two months, demanding that the High Court monitor investigations … [Read more...]

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