Former imam: God saved me from torture after Christian conversion

Kerala, India, Sep 11, 2014 / 05:03 pm (CNA).- A former Muslim imam who converted to Christianity believes that God protected him from death threats and torture at the hands of his family members. “The holy Quran converted me to Christianity,” said Mario Joseph, a former imam who shared the story of his conversion and subsequent persecution with the HM Television program “Changing Tracks,” broadcast by the EUK Mamie Foundation run by the Home of the Mother religious … [Read more...]

Media summit in Philippines hopes to bolster personal encounter

Lingayen, Philippines, Sep 7, 2014 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Filipino bishops' annual conference on social media, being held this month, will aim at promoting authentic encounters and at preparing for Pope Francis' upcoming trip to the nation. The Catholic Social Media Summit 2014 will be held in Lingayen at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center with the theme “The Encounter”, from Sept. 13-14. Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan has … [Read more...]

Nun builds website to enliven children’s ministry in Pacific

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Sep 5, 2014 / 09:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A religious sister from Texas who has been serving the people of Papua New Guinea since 1986 will soon complete a website to raise awareness about the Church's apostolates to children in the Melanesian nation. “The Catholic bishops of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, at their annual general meeting in Madang, approved and created the Catholic Children's Ministry PNG in April, 2013,” Fr. Giorgio … [Read more...]

Pope approves new bishop for Syro-Malabar eparchy in India

Thalassery, India, Sep 2, 2014 / 09:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Friday approved the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church’s decision to name Bishop George Njaralakatt as the new archbishop for the Syro-Malabarese Archeparchy of Tellicherry. Archbishop Njaralakatt was appointed bishop of the city, now often known as Thalassery, on Aug. 29. The archbishop was born in 1946 in the village of Kalayanthany, more than 20 miles southeast of Kothamangalam, in India's Kerala … [Read more...]

Myanmar celebrates 500 years of Catholicism with music, art

Yangon, Myanmar, Aug 30, 2014 / 07:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Celebrating 500 years since the arrival of Catholicism in Myanmar, Catholic artists have pooled together to evangelize through a new musical endeavor.   Catholic Creative Artists Association – an indigenous group of Catholic professional artists inspired by Biblical experience – has composed, developed and released a music album entitled “Revelation” in honor of the anniversary. Earlier this year, the … [Read more...]

Koreans infected with ‘Francis syndrome’ after papal visit

Seoul, South Korea, Aug 29, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A former Korean ambassador to the Holy See spoke of the effects of Pope Francis' recent visit to South Korea, saying that all of Asia now feels a long-term challenge to imitate his humble ways. “All the media in Korea are already speaking of 'Francis syndrome,'” former ambassador Thomas Han told CNA Aug. 26. “The Korean people, having been deeply impressed by Pope Francis' person and his … [Read more...]

Australian conference seeks to strengthen parish life

Sydney, Australia, Aug 28, 2014 / 06:25 pm (CNA).- A national New Evangelization conference in Australia last week worked to reinforce parishes as faith communities actively seeking to grow in discipleship. “It is essential for the parish to re-orient toward reaching those who are not active in the life of the Church,” said Fr. Michael White, one of the keynote speakers at the event, entitled PROCLAIM 2014. Fr. White is the pastor of the Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Md., … [Read more...]