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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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What Holy Week looks like in a remote Indian diocese

Miao, India, Apr 13, 2017 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the Diocese of Miao, located in India's northeasternmost state of Arunachal Pradesh, Bishop George Pallipparambil does not stay quietly in his cathedral for Holy Week, but rather holds 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 in a 2015 interview. … [Read more...]

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Tears for Farkhunda: Catholics join fury over savage killing of Afghan woman

Kabul, Afghanistan, Mar 25, 2015 / 11:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After last week’s horrific mob killing of a young woman in Afghanistan, Catholics are calling for a re-dedication to religious liberty and human rights worldwide. A U.S. bishops conference representative told CNA on Tuesday that “the bishops have concerns” about “blasphemy laws that contribute to incidents of this nature.” The 28 year-old victim, Farkhunda, was lynched March 19 by a mob after an … [Read more...]

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Young Vietnamese migrant workers find strength in Lenten practices

Bangkok, Thailand, Mar 25, 2015 / 12:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Young Vietnamese Catholics living in Thailand came together for a Lenten retreat focused on spiritual nourishment for the challenges of life as migrant workers in a foreign country. About 40 youth leaders came to the Cristina Retreat Center in Nonthaburi province, located about 13 miles northwest of Bangkok, for a March 17-18 retreat with the theme “Service in Love.” “This annual retreat takes place during Lent … [Read more...]

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Australian bishop affirms innocence amid charges of concealing abuse

Adelaide, Australia, Mar 18, 2015 / 01:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Australian bishop is strongly denying accusations that he concealed a serious sexual abuse offense allegedly disclosed to him in the 1970s. Last year, Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide was notified by police that he had been accused of ignoring a sexual abuse case in 1976. “The suggestion appears to be that I failed to bring to the attention of police a conversation I am alleged to have had in 1976 ... that a now … [Read more...]

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