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...]

Buddhist composes symphony to mark Pope’s Sri Lanka visit

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sep 27, 2014 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an effort for religious reconciliation, the Sri Lankan government has commissioned  a symphony from a Buddhist composer to commemorate Pope Francis' voyage to the nation which will take place in January. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo presided over a Sept. 17 performance of the Soul of Christ Symphony, composed and directed by the nation's renowed composer Vajira Indika Karunasena, who is a … [Read more...]

Filipinos unite around faith as volcano forces mass evacuations

Legazpi City, Philippines, Sep 20, 2014 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Residents near the restive Mayon volcano in the Philippines are turning to prayer as the mountain begins to erupt, and the nation's Catholic charity agency is preparing to help those whose lives are disrupted. A lava dome appeared at the top of Mayon volcano last month, and on Sept. 15 increased rockfall and seismic activity led the Philippine Institute of Volcanology to raise the alert level to three (on a scale of zero … [Read more...]

World Youth Day organizer named as next Sydney archbishop

Sydney, Australia, Sep 18, 2014 / 03:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has named the next Archbishop of Sydney: Parramatta Bishop Anthony Fisher, O.P., a Sydney native and a lead organizer for the 2008 World Youth Day in Australia. “I’m very excited to be returning to the Archdiocese of Sydney and building on the strong foundations left by my predecessor Cardinal George Pell,” Archbishop-designate Fisher said Sept. 18. “Sydney is a vibrant, growing city with so … [Read more...]

Pope’s visit will change Philippines, Cardinal Tagle hopes

Manila, Philippines, Sep 18, 2014 / 12:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines in January will be an opportunity to lead the Church in the country down “new roads in the faith and in the mission,” said Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila. “Pope Francis’ pastoral visit, centered on mercy and compassion, will undoubtedly offer great opportunities to experience grace, to hear a call, to question our comfortable surroundings, to value the … [Read more...]

First parish dedicated to John Paul II in Chinese-speaking world

Kaohsiung. Taiwan, Sep 16, 2014 / 09:49 am (CNA).- The Diocese of Kaohsiung in Taiwan has become the first in the Chinese-speaking world to have a parish dedicated to St. John Paul II, where a first-class relic of the Polish saint’s blood is kept. Archbishop Peter Chen-Chung Liu of Kaohsiung presided at the Mass of Inauguration and Consecration on Sept. 6, with 20 priests concelebrating and more than 1,200 faithful in attendance. According to Fides, the pastor of the parish, Father … [Read more...]