Japanese bishops mobilize relief efforts to help earthquake victims

Fukuoka, Japan, Apr 18, 2016 / 02:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Japan's Catholic bishops are coordinating efforts to help the thousands of people affected by the two earthquakes which struck the city of Kumamoto on the southwestern island of Kyushu last week.A 7.3 magnitude quake hit Kumamoto, nearly 70 miles south of Fukuoka, on April 16, following a 6.4 magnitude earthquake on April 14. At leat 41 persons were killed, and thousands wounded. Some 180,000 have been rendered homeless, according … [Read more...]

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After Easter Sunday terror, Pakistan’s Catholics see hope in new priests

Lahore, Pakistan, Apr 15, 2016 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Just weeks after the deadly Easter Sunday attacks on Christians, Catholics in Pakistan had a time to rejoice: five new young priests were ordained for the Capuchin Franciscans.Asif Nazir, a local catechist and teacher, told CNA that the ordinations are “a blessing and gift of God to our Catholic Church and our country.”More than 800 people packed Sacred Heart Cathedral in Lahore last Friday. Archbishop Sebastian Shaw of … [Read more...]

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Christians, Muslims in Thailand gather to promote harmony and peace

Bangkok, Thailand, Apr 12, 2016 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic officials attended the inauguration of a new mosque in Bangkok earlier this week, in an effort to foster interreligious dialogue, and harmony between their communities in Thailand.“We need to build more solid bridges and destroy many walls of hatred and prejudices,” Monsignor  Andrew Vissanu Thanya Anan, deputy secretary-general of the Thai bishops' conference, told CNA April 7.“We have to … [Read more...]

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Kids being exposed to porn is abuse, Australian bishops say

Canberra, Australia, Apr 7, 2016 / 03:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Exposure to pornography harms children to such an extent it should be considered child abuse, Australia’s Catholic bishops said in a recent call for action.“Children have a right to be children, away from the pressures applied by advertising and other images on television and the internet for them to dress and act as mini-adults. Bombarding children with sexualized images can hurt their normal development,” a … [Read more...]

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Kids being exposed to porn is abuse, Australian bishops say

Canberra, Australia, Apr 7, 2016 / 03:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Exposure to pornography harms children to such an extent it should be considered child abuse, Australia’s Catholic bishops said in a recent call for action.“Children have a right to be children, away from the pressures applied by advertising and other images on television and the internet for them to dress and act as mini-adults. Bombarding children with sexualized images can hurt their normal development,” a … [Read more...]

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India’s foreign minister reassures bishops that Father Tom is alive

New Delhi, India, Apr 6, 2016 / 05:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After rampant rumors spread of the crucifixion of kidnapped priest Father Tom Uzhunnalil, an Indian government official told the nation's bishops on Saturday that the priest is alive and that they are working on ensuring his safe and quick return.Fr. Uzhunnalil, an Indian national, was abducted last month when four gunmen attacked a Missionaries of Charity-run retirement home in Aden, Yemen, killing 16 people, including four … [Read more...]

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Bishop Mulkearns, accused of sex abuse cover-up in Australia, dies

Ballarat, Australia, Apr 5, 2016 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Ronald Mulkearns, who led the Diocese of Ballarat in Australia's Victoria state from 1971 to 1997, died Monday at the age of 85. He had been accused of covering up sexual abuse of children in his diocese.Bishop Mulkearns died April 4 at the Nazareth House Nursing Home in Ballarat after suffering colon cancer.“Those who knew him personally will remember a man who was dedicated in his service over those years and, … [Read more...]

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