The Church in India – a shining light for all to see

Bhubaneswar, India, Jan 14, 2017 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- India is a country of more than 1.2 billion people, with Christians accounting for only some three percent of the population, including close to 19 million Catholics. Despite its relatively small size, the Indian Church has a disproportionate impact on Indian society through education and social services. With the ascension to power of the Hindu nationalist BJP party, there has been a rising tide of violent attacks on Christians as … [Read more...]

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In Pakistan, mass arrests halt rally backing blasphemy law

Lahore, Pakistan, Jan 6, 2017 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Supporters of Pakistan’s strict blasphemy law attempted to march in Lahore on Wednesday, but were thwarted when police made more than 150 arrests.The nation's blasphemy laws impose strict punishment on those who desecrate the Quran or who defame or insult Muhammad.The Jan. 4 demonstrations would have fallen on the sixth anniversary of the 2011 assassination of Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer, a prominent advocate of changing … [Read more...]

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In Indonesia, Christian governor rejects blasphemy charge

Jakarta, Indonesia, Dec 16, 2016 / 10:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Christian governor of Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, could face stiff penalties if convicted of insulting the Quran – a charge he strongly denies.Prosecutors in the Muslim-majority nation charged that he insulted Islam by misusing a particular Quranic verse that suggests Muslims should not be ruled by non-Muslims.Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, who goes by the name Ahok, was in tears as he denied the allegations in … [Read more...]

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Drop plans to expand death penalty, bishops ask Philippines

Manila, Philippines, Dec 14, 2016 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic prayer and protests greeted proposals to expand the use of the death penalty in the Philippines, with the move drawing outspoken opposition from the country's bishops.“Christ died for the criminals and the victims. The love of God is for all. Our love should be like God's love. For all,” said Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan at a Dec. 12 prayer rally in San Carlos City.“We are … [Read more...]

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Doctors warn Australian state against legalizing euthanasia

Melbourne, Australia, Dec 8, 2016 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The government of the Australian state of Victoria is looking to legalize euthanasia in 2017, but physicians have warned of the risk of diminishing palliative care, already underutilized and underfunded.A committee of Victorian Members of Parliament recommended in June legalizing voluntary euthansia   under limited circumstances, after looking at similar laws elsewhere. A panel was then established to advise the … [Read more...]

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This cloistered nun got her doctorate in aerospace engineering

New Dehli, India, Dec 7, 2016 / 06:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A cloistered nun in India came out of her convent for an extraordinary reason: to attend a graduation ceremony for her doctorate in Aerospace Engineering.“I had joined the religious order after my final oral exam last year, and this was the first time I came out after that. The rules of our order forbid us from going out of the convent, but I was given special permission to attend the convocation,” Sister Benedicta of the … [Read more...]

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Terrorist threats may suspend Masses in Philippines capital

Manila, Philippines, Dec 1, 2016 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An uptick in terrorist activity may cause Masses and other liturgical celebrations to be suspended in the capital city of Manila, Philippines, the country’s bishop’s conference has announced.“The church, for practical purposes, will be more than willing to suspend any liturgical activity if there are threats to the safety of churchgoers,” said Father Jerome Secillano of the bishop conference's public … [Read more...]

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