Christ offers healing and peace, Sydney archbishop says after siege

Sydney, Australia, Dec 16, 2014 / 04:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the aftermath of a hostage situation at an Australian café, Sydney’s Archbishop Anthony Fisher, O.P., stressed that the love of Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace, can overcome fear and darkness. “We are not used to hearing words like ‘siege,’ ‘terrorist,’ ‘hostages’ and ‘security forces’ associated with our city. Yet for the past day and night we were subjected to … [Read more...]

Papuan bishop decries witch hunts, violence against women

Wabag, Papua New Guinea, Dec 15, 2014 / 02:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A bishop in Papua New Guinea last week condemned the witch hunts which take place in the country, where many residents believe in sorcery and those accused of practicing it – mostly women – are attacked and murdered by mobs. “I encourage all our citizens not to get into this bad habit of accusing innocent and defenseless people of sorcery, resulting in torturing and killing,” Bishop Arnold Orowae of … [Read more...]

Sydney archbishop calls for prayers amid hostage crisis

Sydney, Australia, Dec 15, 2014 / 09:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The archbishop of Sydney has called for prayers after several people were taken hostage in the Australian city, reminding citizens to not turn on one another or “undermine our sense of security.” “My thoughts and prayers - and those of the entire Catholic community - are for the hostages and their families, and for our police officers who are working to resolve this situation peacefully,” said Archbishop … [Read more...]

Australian bishop entrusts diocese to Mary, Star of the Sea at Installation

Pennant Hills, Australia, Dec 13, 2014 / 01:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During the homily at his Mass of Installation as Bishop of Broken Bay on Friday, Peter Comensoli entrusted both the diocese and his ministry to Our Lady Star of the Sea, and centered on the proclamation of Christ. “On this feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, for who I have had a special devotion, I entrust my ministry and our diocese to the loving protection of St Mary, Star of the Sea, our sure light leading us to … [Read more...]

Australian Catholic migrant office slams new asylum seekers law

Canberra, Australia, Dec 10, 2014 / 04:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Australian bishops' office for migrants and refugees has termed “unethical” legislation signed into law last week that gives the national government unprecedented powers to deal toughly with asylum seekers. The Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014 was narrowly passed in the Australian senate Dec. 5, and then passed the house of representatives by a wide … [Read more...]

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...]