Nepalis show resilience one year after devastating earthquake

Kathmandu, Nepal, May 3, 2016 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Members of the international Catholic aid agency Caritas visited Nepal last week to mark the anniversary of a devastating earthquake that left millions homeless, bringing aid and a spirit of solidarity.A delegation of Caritas International participated in a conference in the Nepali capital Kathmandu April 25 – 27, and visited outlying areas affected by the quake. They evaluated the relief effort of the Church thus far, and … [Read more...]

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Woman bulldozed to death in China signals new wave of oppression

Beijing, China, Apr 27, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two members of a Chinese church demolition crew have been detained by police after they allegedly bulldozed the wife of a Christian pastor who had attempted to halt the destruction of her church.Bob Fu, president of the NGO China Aid, said that Christianity has become a “major target” in culture and is treated as “a political and security threat to the regime,” he told CNA April 25.“Bulldozing and burying … [Read more...]

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In India, this Marian devotion uses coconut oil – and draws quite a crowd

Panjim, India, Apr 22, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a small town in India's Goa state, the Feast of Our Lady of Miracles draws devotees from multiple religions – and coconut oil plays a role in their observances. “It’s a unique Marian devotion, where Catholics and devotees of other faiths, with their deep conviction of the presence of God, show their love and venerate our Blessed Mother,” Father Mario Saturnino Dias told CNA April 20.Fr. Dias directs … [Read more...]

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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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