India bishop: Christ is working through the tragedy of present-day martyrdom

Miao, India, Apr 6, 2015 / 05:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Easter letter released this week, Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao reflected on Christ's work through the tragedies of this life, noting the ongoing persecution of Christians and in particular the martyrdom of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya earlier this year. “The gory sight of the 21 young men being mercilessly beheaded recently, because of their faith, the forgiving attitude of their folks back home and the thousands … [Read more...]

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What Holy Week looks like in a remote Indian diocese

Miao, India, Apr 3, 2015 / 04:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the Diocese of Miao, located in India's northeasternmost state of Arunachal Pradesh, Bishop George Pallipparambil is not staying quietly in his cathedral for Holy Week, but is rather holding services across the diocese in an effort to better serve his people. “What we're trying to do is to reach to as many places as possible. I'm not confining myself to the main church in Miao,” the bishop told CNA April 1. … [Read more...]

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Tears for Farkhunda: Catholics join fury over savage killing of Afghan woman

Kabul, Afghanistan, Mar 25, 2015 / 11:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After last week’s horrific mob killing of a young woman in Afghanistan, Catholics are calling for a re-dedication to religious liberty and human rights worldwide. A U.S. bishops conference representative told CNA on Tuesday that “the bishops have concerns” about “blasphemy laws that contribute to incidents of this nature.” The 28 year-old victim, Farkhunda, was lynched March 19 by a mob after an … [Read more...]

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Young Vietnamese migrant workers find strength in Lenten practices

Bangkok, Thailand, Mar 25, 2015 / 12:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Young Vietnamese Catholics living in Thailand came together for a Lenten retreat focused on spiritual nourishment for the challenges of life as migrant workers in a foreign country. About 40 youth leaders came to the Cristina Retreat Center in Nonthaburi province, located about 13 miles northwest of Bangkok, for a March 17-18 retreat with the theme “Service in Love.” “This annual retreat takes place during Lent … [Read more...]

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Australian bishop affirms innocence amid charges of concealing abuse

Adelaide, Australia, Mar 18, 2015 / 01:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Australian bishop is strongly denying accusations that he concealed a serious sexual abuse offense allegedly disclosed to him in the 1970s. Last year, Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide was notified by police that he had been accused of ignoring a sexual abuse case in 1976. “The suggestion appears to be that I failed to bring to the attention of police a conversation I am alleged to have had in 1976 ... that a now … [Read more...]

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Hindu priest breaks into tears after elderly nun raped in India

Krishnanagar, India, Mar 17, 2015 / 03:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After the “heinous” rape of an elderly nun in the Indian state of West Bengal over the weekend, protestors have rallied in opposition to violence against women, with one Hindu priest tearfully voicing sorrow for the vicious act. “He spoke about four or five sentences and then he broke down, he started crying. He said ‘(the) sisters have been doing so much good, and we have done such a wrong thing to her and degraded her,’” Bishop Jos … [Read more...]

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Pakistani Christians mourn bomb victims, protest lack of security

Lahore, Pakistan, Mar 16, 2015 / 12:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians in Pakistan are grieving the loss of 15 people who were killed in suicide bomb attacks on two churches in Lahore on Sunday, and are protesting the lack of security provided by the government to the nation's tiny Christian minority. Within minutes of each other, suicide bombers blew themselves up March 15 outside St. John's, a Catholic parish, and Christ Church, a Protestant church, in Lahore's Youhanabad … [Read more...]

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