Burmese parish attacked amid ethnic conflict

Lashio, Burma, Mar 6, 2015 / 04:31 pm (UCA News).- A parish in the Shan state of Burma, also known as Myanmar, became embroiled in the region’s spiraling conflict last week when small artillery shells landed in the church compound. Kutkai Township, located between the cities of Lashio and Muse on the main overland trade route between Burma and China’s Yunnan province, has seen an influx of internally displaced persons so far this year as clashes between Burmese government forces … [Read more...]

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Indian bishop encourages celebration of color festival in joy, freedom

Pune, India, Mar 6, 2015 / 03:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With Indians and Hindus celebrating Holi, a spring festival of colors, today, Bishop Thomas Dabre of Poona has encouraged the faithful to participate in the celebration, which is meant to promote spiritual and social harmony. Holi is a traditionally Hindu holiday that is celebrated culturally among many Indians, including some Christians and Muslims, and which is linked to the full moon. It falls March 6 this year, and is celebrated with … [Read more...]

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Indian diocese joins with Pope Francis in praying for persecuted Christians

Miao, India, Mar 3, 2015 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A remote diocese under the shadow of the Himalayas joined hands with Pope Francis' prayer for persecuted Christians in the Middle East on Sunday through a special candlelight prayer service. In the wake of the rising persecution against Christians all over the world and especially the dramatic violence targeted towards Christians population in Syria and Iraq, Pope Francis called on all the faithful to offer prayers during his Sunday … [Read more...]

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Karachi Church urges faithful to consider God’s plans during Lent – not their own

Karachi, Pakistan, Mar 3, 2015 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Karachi, based in Pakistan's largest city, held a Lenten seminar last month to help the faithful there revitalize their faith life and to meaningfully prepare for Easter. “The participants were invited much more intensely to recognize the great mercy of God and the great love of God; to consider God’s plans for them, rather than focus on what they could do during the 40 days of Lent,” Fr. … [Read more...]

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Jesuit priest’s cheerful disposition kept hope alive during Afghan captivity

Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb 27, 2015 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A key player in working for the release of a Jesuit priest held by suspected Taliban militants in Afghanistan for eight months said Thursday the priest never lost hope and was confident in the efforts being made to secure his freedom. Fr. Alexis Prem Kumar, S.J., was the Afghanistan director for Jesuit Refugee Services at the time of his abduction by unidentified men on June 2, 2014. Some reports identified the men as Taliban … [Read more...]

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Indians rise up to defend Mother Teresa’s legacy after attack by Hindu leader

New Delhi, India, Feb 26, 2015 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Indians from all walks of life and religions have joined to condemn allegations made against Bl. Teresa of Calcutta by a fundamentalist Hindu leader charging that her sole objective in helping the poor was converting them to Christianity. Mohan Bhagwat, head of the Hindu nationalist organization RSS, said Feb. 23 in India's Rajasthan state that “Mother Teresa's service would have been good. But it used to have one … [Read more...]

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Chinese Bible association gathers to make Scripture the heart of Church’s life

Taipei, Taiwan, Feb 26, 2015 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The United Chinese Catholic Biblical Association held its tenth World Chinese Biblical Congress last month in Taiwan, drawing participants from 18 countries to reflect on Scripture and its place in the new evangelization. “The congress was a very touching experience of a new Pentecost with the outpouring of gifts of the Holy Spirit in the company of the Blessed Mother … engendering fresh new inspirations, hope, and vision … [Read more...]

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