Bombay archdiocese hosts seminar on beauty of stained glass

Bombay, India, Sep 27, 2013 / 12:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- To promote a revival of beautiful Christian art in India, the Archdiocese of Bombay has held a seminar on stained glass windows in local parishes, called “Windows of Faith.” “Stained glass brings in an ambiance of prayerful atmosphere, fostering sacred meditative reflections, and recalling a memory of the spiritual history of the Church,” said Father Warner D'Souza, director of the Bombay Archdiocesan Heritage … [Read more...]

Pope Francis excommunicates dissident priest in Australia

Melbourne, Australia, Sep 25, 2013 / 02:06 am (CNA).- Pope Francis has ordered the excommunication of a Catholic priest in Australia who illicitly said Mass, taught that women should be ordained priests and advocated for “gay marriage.” An Archdiocese of Melbourne spokesman said the Pope had ordered the excommunication of Father Greg Reynolds, who has also been dismissed from the clerical state, the Australian Associated Press reports. Australian newspaper The Age reported that … [Read more...]

Holy Childhood Society celebrates 25 years in Colombo

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sep 24, 2013 / 04:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A group which aims to foster a missionary spirit among children celebrated the 25th anniversary of its establishment in the Archdiocese of Colombo, Sri Lanka, with a Mass said Sept. 7. The Mass was held at St. Joseph's College, a primary and secondary school located in the Sri Lankan capital. “It’s an important event that coincides with the Year of Faith, which impresses upon us the importance of rediscovering our … [Read more...]

Indian archdiocese receives relic of Pope John Paul II

Bombay, India, Sep 16, 2013 / 02:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A reliquary containing a cloth with a drop of blood from Blessed Pope John Paul II will be displayed for veneration in a Marian Basilica in the Archdiocese of Bombay, India. Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, the apostolic nuncio to India, presented the relic to Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay at Mount Mary’s Basilica at Bandra. Archbishop Pennacchio was in the archdiocese on an official two-day visit. “The nuncio’s … [Read more...]

Thai faithful echo Pope’s call for peace in Syria

Bangkok, Thailand, Sep 12, 2013 / 01:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics throughout Thailand – joined by Buddhists and Muslims in the country – have welcomed Pope Francis’ appeals for peace in Syria and throughout the world. The Catholic Bishops of Thailand worked through social media and archdiocesan websites to share the Pope’s call for prayer and fasting for peace in Syria on Sept. 7. “Thai bishops took this seriously to heart in spite of the unexpected short … [Read more...]

Diverse Singapore parish blooming during Year of Faith

Singapore, Sep 7, 2013 / 01:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Through a special website and numerous events to help offer catechesis, Risen Christ parish in central Singapore has promoted spiritual growth for its diverse parishioners throughout the Year of Faith. “It is important for us that the Faith has to be shared and we can’t take it for granted,” Fr. John Sim, pastor and head of the Year of Faith committee at Risen Christ, told CNA Aug 31. When Benedict XVI announced the Year … [Read more...]

Catholic volunteers in Thailand aid refugees from Burma

Bangkok, Thailand, Sep 6, 2013 / 12:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Responding to a humanitarian crisis pushing tens of thousands of a minority ethnic group in Burma from their homes, Caritas Thailand is caring for refugees who have fled violence in their home country. “Caritas Thailand has especially dedicated this year to address refugee issues as one of its priority concerns,” Fr. Pairat Sriparasert, secretary general of Caritas Thailand, told CNA last month.  The Rohingya people … [Read more...]