‘The Christian minority in India is under serious threat’

Bhubaneswar, India, Oct 15, 2014 / 12:04 pm (Aid to the Church in Need).- With the election of Narendra Modi of the Hindu "Bharatiya Janata Party” (BJP) as prime minister of India the country's secular constitution has come under threat, a Catholic priest in India has charged. Father Ajay Kumar Singh, a human rights activist in Kandhamal District in the East Indian state of Odisha (formerly Orissa), warned of the growing influence of radical Hindu forces on the Indian … [Read more...]

Indian diocese responds to Vatican II’s call ‘to the nations’

Miao, India, Oct 15, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of Miao, located in far north-east India, is conducting a series of seminars to study Ad Gentes, Vatican II's decree on the mission activity of the Church, and to apply it to the local situation. "I hope that we become more committed in our responsibility to make Christ known among the people here and that we bear witness to our faith by words and examples," Bishop George Pallipparambil, S.D.B, commented. The … [Read more...]

Papuan bishops launch gameplan to transform society

Goroka, Papua New Guinea, Oct 10, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA).- At a recent Mass, the bishops of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands revealed a roadmap for pastoral planning to guide the the transformation of their societies. “The new evangelization is at the core of the pastoral plan, along with the pastoral care of the family, the poor, the youth, street kids, as well as the media and a wide range of social concerns,” Fr. Giorgio Licini, head of social communications for the … [Read more...]

Holy Family the model for all families, Thai couples learn

Bangkok, Thailand, Oct 8, 2014 / 07:04 pm (CNA).- Married couples in Thailand recently met at a workshop reflecting on pastoral challenges confronting their vocation, which emphazised the role of the Holy Family as their guide. “The seminar engaged the couples in exploring the sanctity of marriage, the art of communication, and enhancing their relationship, keeping the Holy Family of Nazareth as the center of their love,” Fr. Ignazio Adisak Somsangsuang, parish priest St. Peter … [Read more...]

Church in Burma explores challenges of openness to modernity

Yangon, Burma, Oct 6, 2014 / 06:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishops of Burma held communications and media workshops last week to help form the laity of the country to meet the rapidly changing realities in the southeast Asian country. “The Burmese bishops have acknowledged the pertinent need for a high-level competency in handling the issues and complexities of communication in a media-mediated world,” Fr. Leo Neng Mang, SDB, head of the Burmese bishops' communications … [Read more...]

Exhibition of St Francis Xavier’s relics preceded by catechesis

Panjim, India, Sep 30, 2014 / 07:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Spiritual formation and catechesis are underway to prepare for the upcoming exposition in Goa of the relics of St. Francis Xavier, the “Apostle to the Far East.”   The Archdiocese of Goa and Daman announced last year that the relics would be exposed at Se Cathedral from Nov. 22, 2014, until Jan. 4, 2015. The exposition, a decennial event – one that happens only once every ten years – is expected to draw … [Read more...]

Bishop prays for victims of plane crash in Papua New Guinea

Bereina, Papua New Guinea, Sep 29, 2014 / 03:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In Papua New Guinea, the Bishop of Bereina has prayed for the four persons killed Sept. 20 when their aircraft, which was carrying supplies to a remote village, crashed. “It was our parish of Our Lady of Fatima in Woitape, Goilala district that chartered the flight to bring in much needed supplies from the capital,” Bishop Rochus Tatami, M.S.C., told the Catholic Reporter PNG shortly after the … [Read more...]