How Chinese Catholics around the world are renewing their commitment to the Bible

Taipei, Taiwan, May 8, 2015 / 06:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the 25th anniversary of the founding of the United Chinese Catholic Biblical Association, groups across the globe are reaffirming their dedication to studying and praying with Scripture. Pope Francis conveyed his apostolic blessing to the association, which has grown in the past quarter-century from its birthplace of Hong Kong to Catholic Mandarin-speaking communities around the world that carry out various Biblical … [Read more...]

Indonesia draws international outcry for executing drug traffickers

Sydney, Australia, May 4, 2015 / 10:07 am (CNA).- The Australian bishops joined their voices to the international condemnation of the Indonesian government's execution of foreign drug traffickers last week. Two Australian men – Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran – were among eight convicted drug traffickers killed by firing squad. The other inmates executed April 29 include four Nigerians, an Indonesian, and a man from Brazil, who was reportedly mentally ill. The Indonesian … [Read more...]

Local bishop describes ‘a very, very frightening scene’ in Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal, Apr 28, 2015 / 04:05 pm (Aid to the Church in Need).- Nepal’s bishop has given a graphic account of the country’s catastrophic April 25 earthquake, describing how he was lucky to survive. In a message to international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, Bishop Paul Simick, the Vicar Apostolic of Nepal, said he “saw houses falling like a pack of cards,” and that people “were running in all directions to save their … [Read more...]

Pope Francis assures Nepal earthquake survivors of his closeness and prayers

Kathmandu, Nepal, Apr 26, 2015 / 10:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis led the crowds gathered in Saint Peter’s Square for the weekly Regina Caeli address in praying for the victims of Saturday’s earthquake in Nepal which has claimed thousands of lives.“I wish to express my closeness to the populations struck by a powerful earthquake in Nepal and in neighboring countries,” he said, moments after reciting the Marian prayer. “I pray for the victims, for the … [Read more...]

Australian bishops: the suffering need compassion, not suicide by drugs

Sydney, Australia, Apr 16, 2015 / 02:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Euthanasia isn’t what the suffering and dying really need, said Australia’s Catholic bishops. “Suicide is always a tragedy, and all people who are confronted by their mortality, whether or not they are mentally or physically ill, deserve our help and compassion, not a lethal dose,” Bishop Peter Comensoli of Broken Bay said in an April 15 statement. “All people have dignity regardless of their health, … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]