Cardinal praises Catholics in Vietnam for their witness to the faith

Hanoi, Vietnam, Jan 27, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, lauded the efforts of the Catholic community in Vietnam during his pastoral visit last week and encouraged them in the path of mission. Cardinal Filoni's dicastery coordinates missionary cooperation throughout the world, and he visited Vietnam after having accompanied Pope Francis' visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines earlier this … [Read more...]

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Francis likely to bring up poverty in his expected UN visit in New York

Manila, Philippines, Jan 21, 2015 / 05:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- According to the Vatican's Observer to the United Nations, Pope Francis is likely to address the issue of poverty before the international body, a speech that is anticipated in the proposed schedule for his upcoming US trip. Archbishop Bernardito Auza, a native of the Philippines, is the Holy See Permanent Observer to the United Nations in New York, and also part of Pope Francis's U.S. trip organizing committee. He … [Read more...]

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A step forward for evangelization in the Philippines

Manila, Philippines, Jan 21, 2015 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A three-day conference on evangelization took place in Manila during Pope Francis' Philippines visit, exploring the relationship between the beatitudes and evangelization in the southeast Asian nation. In the light of the “Year of the Poor” and connecting to the papal visit theme “Mercy and Compassion,” the second Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE II) explored the eight beatitudes given … [Read more...]

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Australia event looks to Oakland cathedral as model for church architecture

Melbourne, Australia, Jan 21, 2015 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An upcoming symposium at Australian Catholic University aims to study the relationship of liturgy and architecture, and takes the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland as a model for church architecture. “The symposium is about making architecture and art for Catholic worship,”  a Jan. 16 release of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference press office stated. With the theme “God is in the … [Read more...]

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After Francis: what the ‘Pope of Surprises’ means for Philippines bishops

Manila, Philippines, Jan 18, 2015 / 08:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ departure from the Philippines prompted gratitude from leading bishops who encouraged Filipinos to reflect on the Pope’s message and to use discernment in responding to modern life.“The Pope is a Pope of surprises, but God also surprised him,” Bishop Mylo Vergara of San Jose said at a press conference following Pope Francis’ departure from the Philippines.The bishop praised Pope … [Read more...]

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The Philippines’ farewell to visiting pontiff: “Pope Francis, we love you!”

Manila, Philippines, Jan 18, 2015 / 07:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope departed the Philippines Monday morning from Villamor Air Base at a farewell ceremony where over 400 abandoned children from various welfare centers performed songs to bid him farewell.“Pope Francis, we love you!” they said in a coordinated chant.The Pope walked along a red carpet to his plane with Philippines president Benigno Aquino, making personal comments to several bishops, officials, and laity.He … [Read more...]

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One Buddhist nun’s thoughts on Pope Francis

Manila, Philippines, Jan 18, 2015 / 04:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Buddhist nun who experienced Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines voiced her gratitude to the pontiff for his efforts at unity and dialogue among religious communities. “We see that the pope has brought a blessing and also unity,” said Ven. Miao Jing of the Buddhist Fo Guang Shan community.   “We want to bring about a sincere form of dialogue,” she told CNA during Pope Francis’ visit … [Read more...]

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