China replaces one-child policy with two-child policy

Beijing, China, Oct 29, 2015 / 10:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Chinese government has moved its cap on the number of children per family from one to two, the state’s news agency reported on Thursday. But one women’s rights activist says the change is not enough. Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, said she is not surprised by the change, “given the demographic disaster China now faces as a result of its One Child … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis grieves loss of life in Afghanistan-Pakistan quake

Kabul, Afghanistan, Oct 27, 2015 / 12:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After a massive earthquake rocked Pakistan and Afghanistan yesterday killing hundreds, Pope Francis on Tuesday voiced his sorrow and solidarity for victims and their families, assuring them of his prayers. “His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of life in Afghanistan and Pakistan as a result of the earthquake in the region,” an Oct. 27 telegram addressed to Archbishop Ghaleb Bader, … [Read more...]

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In Myanmar, Salesians celebrate seminary’s 25th anniversary

Lashio, Burma, Oct 25, 2015 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the tribal hills of Myanmar’s (Burma's) far northern Shan State, Catholics celebrated an important double anniversary for two Salesian institutions. Spiritual catechesis and cultural celebrations commemorated the silver jubilees of both the Salesian Parish in the Diocese of Lashio and the Don Bosco Seminary in the town of Hsipaw, located almost 50 miles southwest of Lashio. Both were established in 1990.   “We … [Read more...]

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Filipinos pray as they prepare to host the International Eucharistic Congress

Cebu, Philippines, Oct 21, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Philippines prepare to host the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in January, the country's Catholics are preparing by praying over the gathering's theme, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” The Eucharistic Congress will be hosted by the Archdiocese of Cebu Jan. 24-30, 2016. “We feel privileged, and thank the Lord for the opportunity to host the 51st International Eucharistic Congress, … [Read more...]

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Caritas Pakistan marks 50 years of service in South Asia

Lahore, Pakistan, Oct 16, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of Catholics in Pakistan gathered last month for a Mass of Thanksgiving which kicked off celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the foundation of Caritas Pakistan, part of the worldwide confederation of Catholic relief organizations. “It is a very special occasion to celebrate this glorious occasion of a 50 years' journey of works of solidarity that Caritas Pakistan and the bishops have courageously committed to … [Read more...]

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New policy forces Missionaries of Charity to end adoption services in India

Calcutta, India, Oct 15, 2015 / 12:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Orphanages in India run by the Missionaries of Charity have decided to close their doors in light of new adoption guidelines that the sisters say violate natural law and their religious views. Sister Amala, who serves at Nirmala Shishu Bhawan, a New Delhi orphanage run by the Missionaries of Charity, explained the decision.   “The new guidelines hurt our conscience. They are certainly not for religious people like … [Read more...]

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What adoring the Eucharist looks like – on a massive scale in India

Mumbai, India, Sep 16, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The upcoming National Eucharistic Congress of India, being held in Mumbai in November and expected to draw thousands, is meant to deepen the understanding, appreciation, and love of the Eucharist. The event will be held Nov. 12-15 at the Archdiocese of Bombay's St. Piux X seminary, and is centered on the theme “The Eucharist: Nourished by Christ to Nourish Others.” According to Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay, … [Read more...]

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