Archdiocese launches Pakistan’s premiere Catholic web radio station

Karachi, Pakistan, Dec 9, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Karachi last month launched Pakistan's first Catholic radio station online, focused on the spirit of the new evangelization and aimed at spreading faith in the country. Archbishop Joseph Coutts voiced hope that “the radio will plant seeds which will sprout and grow as listeners will learn the message of Jesus Christ” at the Nov. 22 launch at St. Patrick's Boys' High School in … [Read more...]

Prayer in the Philippines: bracing for Super Typhoon Hagupit

Manila, Philippines, Dec 5, 2014 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With Super Typhoon Hagupit approaching, tens of thousands of people have fled the coasts, as disaster relief agencies prepare for the storm’s aftermath and the Archbishop of Manila calls for prayers. “People are very uneasy,” Tom Price, senior communications manager with the U.S.-based Catholic Relief Services, told CNA Dec. 4. “They are hunkering down and preparing for the worst. Hopefully, already damaged … [Read more...]

Huge crowds flock to see St Francis Xavier’s relics on his feast day

Panjim, India, Dec 5, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday, the 462nd anniversary of his death, an estimated 200,000 people visited Se Cathedral in Old Goa to venerate the relics of St. Francis Xavier, the “Apostle to the Far East.” The saint's relics are in the midst of an exposition, lasting from Nov. 22 until Jan. 4, 2015, which only happens once every ten years. The last exposition, in 2004, drew more than 2.5 million to Goa. “There is a great spiritual … [Read more...]

Manila declares five-day holiday for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit

Manila, Philippines, Dec 3, 2014 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an executive order, the mayor of Manila has declared a five-day, non-working holiday for Pope Francis’ Jan. 15-19 visit – a decision the Philippine government is considering on a national level. “For now, the government’s top priority is to ensure the smooth conduct of activities during the papal visit,” Philippine Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. told state-run radio station DZRB in an … [Read more...]

Catholics in Australia to observe day of solidarity with Middle East brethren

Canberra, Australia, Dec 3, 2014 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Australian bishops have declared that Dec. 7 will be a day of solidarity throughout the country with Christians in the Middle East, a large number of whom have been threatened or displaced by the Islamic State. The designation followed a request seeking the support of Catholics in Australia which came from the expatriate Middle Eastern Apostolic Churches in Australia and New Zealand. “The request comes as we approach … [Read more...]

Newly appointed Australian bishop joins himself to his peoples’ joys, griefs

Pennant Hills, Australia, Dec 1, 2014 / 08:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Peter Comensoli, a former auxiliary of the Sydney archdiocese, has been appointed Bishop of Broken Bay and said he is both humbled and excited at the prospect of shepherding his new local Church. “I am humbled and happy to be asked by the Holy Father to be the third Bishop of Broken Bay,” Bishop Comensoli said Nov. 20, the day of his appointment. “A diocese is like a great family united in the love … [Read more...]

How the Church in Thailand fights trafficking, violence against women

Bangkok, Thailand, Nov 28, 2014 / 04:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church in Thailand observed the Nov. 25 celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women with a seminar helping form networks to end trafficking and other forms of sex-based violence in the country. The Thai bishops held the seminar Nov. 22 at Xavier Hall in Bangkok, which drew more than 200 participants, including women religious, conscrated laywomen, pastoral workers, teachers, and … [Read more...]