Adelaide to host Australian Catholic Youth Festival 2015

Adelaide, Australia, Aug 28, 2014 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Australian bishops have announced that next year's national Catholic youth festival will be held in Adelaide, the capital of the state of South Australia. “I am proud that we are able to host the Festival in Adelaide in 2015, and I look forward to welcoming thousands of young people from around the country to our wonderful city to share in the Good News,” Archbishop Philip Wilson said Aug. 13. The festival, … [Read more...]

Pope Francis leaves Asian faithful energized after visit

Seoul, South Korea, Aug 24, 2014 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Many people from across Asia expressed their gratitude for Pope Francis' visit and said his visit has energized their fatih.  “It’s a very overwhelming experience. At first we didn’t put very high expectations, but when he’s here, personally, you have an overwhelming feeling and it feels so joyful. That joy that you have, you just don’t know how to explain it,” Matthias Rider told CNA … [Read more...]

Franciscan friars in Pakistan celebrate 75 years of mission

Karachi, Pakistan, Aug 20, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Franciscan friary in Pakistan's largest city, Karachi, celebrated its platinum jubilee earlier this month on the feast of Our Lady of the Angels of Porziuncola, an important observance in their tradition. “We are grateful to God for being with us for the past many years,” Archbishop Sebastian Shaw, O.F.M., of Lahore, preached during the Aug. 2 Mass of thanksgiving for the 75th anniversary of the … [Read more...]

Thai families gather for fellowship, discussion of challenges

Chiang Mai, Thailand, Aug 19, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In preparation for the upcoming synod on the family, more than 50 Thai faithful came together last month for a weekend of community building and reflection on the Gospel. The families gathered July 26-27 at the center of the Catechist Sisters of Mary the Immaculate Conception – also known as the Mae Pon Sisters – in Chiang Mai, a city in far northern Thailand. The weekend, sponsored by the local chapter of the … [Read more...]

Papal visit to Korea focuses on theme of reconciliation

Seoul, South Korea, Aug 17, 2014 / 10:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Calls for peace and reconciliation dominated Pope Francis’ historic apostolic visit to South Korea, which concluded as the Pope boarded a plane back to Rome Aug. 18. “Jesus asks us to believe that forgiveness is the door which leads to reconciliation,” the Pope said at the final Mass, which he described as being “first and foremost a prayer for reconciliation in this Korean … [Read more...]

Pope to Koreans: Trust in the reconciling power of the Cross

Seoul, South Korea, Aug 17, 2014 / 06:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At the concluding Mass of his historical trip, Pope Francis urged the faithful to embrace Christ's message of forgiveness and reconciliation, stressing earlier in his visit that there is only “one Korea.” “ the message which I leave you,” the Pope told the congregation gathered at the Aug. 18 Mass held at the Myeong-dong Cathedral in Seoul. “Trust in the power of Christ’s cross! … [Read more...]

‘Asian youth, wake up!’ Church needs your witness, Pope says

Haemi, South Korea, Aug 17, 2014 / 02:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Addressing thousands of young people from across Asia, Pope Francis emphasized the urgent need to “wake up” and spread Christ’s love throughout the continent, pointing to the martyrs as examples. “Asian youth, wake up!” the Pope exclaimed. “As young Christians, whether you are workers or students, whether you have already begun a career or have answered the call to marriage, religious life or … [Read more...]