Newly appointed Australian bishop joins himself to his peoples’ joys, griefs

Pennant Hills, Australia, Dec 1, 2014 / 08:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Peter Comensoli, a former auxiliary of the Sydney archdiocese, has been appointed Bishop of Broken Bay and said he is both humbled and excited at the prospect of shepherding his new local Church. “I am humbled and happy to be asked by the Holy Father to be the third Bishop of Broken Bay,” Bishop Comensoli said Nov. 20, the day of his appointment. “A diocese is like a great family united in the love … [Read more...]

How the Church in Thailand fights trafficking, violence against women

Bangkok, Thailand, Nov 28, 2014 / 04:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church in Thailand observed the Nov. 25 celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women with a seminar helping form networks to end trafficking and other forms of sex-based violence in the country. The Thai bishops held the seminar Nov. 22 at Xavier Hall in Bangkok, which drew more than 200 participants, including women religious, conscrated laywomen, pastoral workers, teachers, and … [Read more...]

Six years later, Christians in India await justice for Kandhamal massacre

Bhubaneswar, India, Nov 18, 2014 / 02:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Last August marked the six year anniversary of the brutal 2008 Kandhamal, Odisha massacre in India, but for Fr. Thomas Chellan, the memories have not faded. Even after all that time Christians in the region are still waiting for justice. Although most of the instigators have been caught, they have still not gone to trial, the priest said. “The local community utterly failed to protect the lives and property of their … [Read more...]

New Sydney archbishop hopes for seminaries ‘teeming with new life’

Sydney, Australia, Nov 14, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At his Mass of Installation on Wednesday, Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney said that by the time of his retirement, he hopes for a local Church filled with vocations to priesthood and the religious life. “What will this Archdiocese look like when, God willing, I retire in 2035? My hope is for a Church in which the Gospel is preached with joy, the wisdom of our tradition mined with fidelity, the sacraments celebrated with … [Read more...]

Pakistani archdiocese rejoices over return of a school from government

Lahore, Pakistan, Nov 11, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in Lahore, the capital of Pakistan's Punjab province, are rejoicing over their government's recent decision to return a more than century-old school to the archdiocese. “Thanks be to God our Father who is loving and all-compassionate as we welcome the government decision in returning back St. Francis High School to the Archdiocese of Lahore after 30 long years,” Fr. Andrew Nisari, parish priest of Mary … [Read more...]

A year after the storm, gratitude trumps grief for Haiyan survivors

Manila, Philippines, Nov 8, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A sign hangs outside a newly re-opened storefront in Tacloban. It reads “Thank you to our 'not so' foreign friends,” referencing the thousands of aid workers who rushed to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan just one year ago. “It’s really gratifying to encounter this level of sincerity in our work,” said Josh Keller, coordinator of Catholic Relief Services' emergency response … [Read more...]

Our Lady of Fatima shrine in India serves disadvantaged tribes

Mumbai, India, Nov 7, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A parish and shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima in the Archdiocese of Bombay draws thousands of pilgrims regularly, and serves the scheduled tribes who live in Raigad district of India, outside of Mumbai. “The Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima – Karjat stands as a beacon of unity and peace, where springs a spiritual oasis through Holy Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, novenas, and the rosary,” Fr. Calistus Fernandes, rector … [Read more...]