In North Korea, Canadian pastor faces life imprisonment

Pyongyang, North Korea, Dec 16, 2015 / 05:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- North Korea has sentenced Hyeon Soo Lim, a Christian pastor and a Canadian citizen, to life in prison with hard labor, claiming he has committed crimes against the state.Canada’s foreign ministry said it was “dismayed at the unduly harsh sentence,” citing Lim's age and health, the BBC reports.Lim, who is 60 years old, was in North Korea for humanitarian work in January. He was arrested in Pyongyang in … [Read more...]

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Meet the families bearing the consequences of environmental change

Manila, Philippines, Dec 13, 2015 / 03:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For Mary Ann Remocaldo, taking out the trash is not just a simple household chore. Instead, proper waste disposal has meant the difference between living normally and worrying about dangerous floods and diseases. Until recently, the buildup of trash from other people in the streets, in the drainage system, and in their backyard was a hazard for Remocaldo, her husband and two children. “Garbage was … [Read more...]

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Asia’s first conference for deaf Catholics shares the mission of evangelization

Bangkok, Thailand, Nov 25, 2015 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Last week Thailand hosted the first international Asian conference for deaf Catholics, which explored the pastoral challenges to integrating the deaf into the Church's life. “This conference is a unique gathering of pastors, religious, and laity who dialogue with their unique way of using sign language, sharing their daily life experiences of faith in the conservative cultures of Asia,” Fr. Peter Teerapong Kanpigul, … [Read more...]

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In Australia, bishops face legal complaint for defending marriage

Sydney, Australia, Nov 24, 2015 / 02:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Sydney archbishop has strongly defended the freedom of the Catholic Church in response to a legal complaint claiming the Australian bishops’ pastoral letter on marriage violated Tasmania’s strict anti-discrimination law. “Australia is party to treaties guaranteeing freedoms of religion and of speech, and regularly exhorts other nations to observe these,” Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney said … [Read more...]

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Five religions in Thailand send powerful message to people of Paris

Bangkok, Thailand, Nov 21, 2015 / 05:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Uniting with other major faith groups at an interreligious ‘March for Peace,’ Thai Catholics on Thursday offered prayers for the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. “The world is tired of hatred and hungers for peace,” Monsignor Vissanu Thanya-Anan told CNA. “This peace march, a symbol of solidarity with prayers for the victims, is also a chance to show that all religions can live and … [Read more...]

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Amid digital media trends, Vatican looks to learn from Asian strengths

Yangon, Burma, Nov 17, 2015 / 06:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Church can learn from Asian trends in social media to help build communications networks and advance evangelization, a Vatican official has said. “It’s a global community. We learn from each other and particularly we have to recognize the strength of Asia,” Monsignor Paul Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, told CNA Nov. 15. The Ireland-born monsignor said Asia has … [Read more...]

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India draws praise for plan to end foreign surrogacy

New Dehli, India, Oct 30, 2015 / 12:20 am (CNA).- Known as the surrogacy capital of the world, India has announced that it would like to end its practice of allowing foreigners to contract surrogate pregnancies. “The government does not support commercial surrogacy and also the scope of surrogacy is limited to Indian married infertile couples only and not to the foreigners,” the Indian government said Oct. 28, according to BBC News.  Currently, the Indian … [Read more...]

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