Tears for Farkhunda: Catholics join fury over savage killing of Afghan woman

Kabul, Afghanistan, Mar 25, 2015 / 11:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After last week’s horrific mob killing of a young woman in Afghanistan, Catholics are calling for a re-dedication to religious liberty and human rights worldwide. A U.S. bishops conference representative told CNA on Tuesday that “the bishops have concerns” about “blasphemy laws that contribute to incidents of this nature.” The 28 year-old victim, Farkhunda, was lynched March 19 by a mob after an … [Read more...]

Young Vietnamese migrant workers find strength in Lenten practices

Bangkok, Thailand, Mar 25, 2015 / 12:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Young Vietnamese Catholics living in Thailand came together for a Lenten retreat focused on spiritual nourishment for the challenges of life as migrant workers in a foreign country. About 40 youth leaders came to the Cristina Retreat Center in Nonthaburi province, located about 13 miles northwest of Bangkok, for a March 17-18 retreat with the theme “Service in Love.” “This annual retreat takes place during Lent … [Read more...]

Australian bishop affirms innocence amid charges of concealing abuse

Adelaide, Australia, Mar 18, 2015 / 01:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Australian bishop is strongly denying accusations that he concealed a serious sexual abuse offense allegedly disclosed to him in the 1970s. Last year, Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide was notified by police that he had been accused of ignoring a sexual abuse case in 1976. “The suggestion appears to be that I failed to bring to the attention of police a conversation I am alleged to have had in 1976 ... that a now … [Read more...]

Hindu priest breaks into tears after elderly nun raped in India

Krishnanagar, India, Mar 17, 2015 / 03:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After the “heinous” rape of an elderly nun in the Indian state of West Bengal over the weekend, protestors have rallied in opposition to violence against women, with one Hindu priest tearfully voicing sorrow for the vicious act. “He spoke about four or five sentences and then he broke down, he started crying. He said ‘(the) sisters have been doing so much good, and we have done such a wrong thing to her and degraded her,’” Bishop Jos … [Read more...]

Pakistani Christians mourn bomb victims, protest lack of security

Lahore, Pakistan, Mar 16, 2015 / 12:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians in Pakistan are grieving the loss of 15 people who were killed in suicide bomb attacks on two churches in Lahore on Sunday, and are protesting the lack of security provided by the government to the nation's tiny Christian minority. Within minutes of each other, suicide bombers blew themselves up March 15 outside St. John's, a Catholic parish, and Christ Church, a Protestant church, in Lahore's Youhanabad … [Read more...]

From Poland to Papua New Guinea, a great task awaits the new Bishop of Wewak

Wewak, Papua New Guinea, Mar 10, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Next month, a Polish missionary to Papua New Guinea will continue his 23-year ministry to the Melanesian nation with the added responsibility of serving as Bishop of Wewak, on the country's northern coast. On Feb. 6, Pope Francis appointed Fr. Jozef Roszynski, S.V.D., as Bishop of Wewak; his episcopal consecration is to take place April 25. “Fr. Joe is a lively man, and loved by the people, the priests and … [Read more...]

Nuns in Burma encourage empowerment of women, end to inequality

Yangon, Burma, Mar 9, 2015 / 06:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A community of women religious held a workshop in Burma's largest city over the weekend to mark International Women's Day, exploring sex inequality and women's rights in the southeast Asian nation also known as Myanmar. The Sisters of the Good Shepherd's workshop was held March 6-7 in Yangon, and focused on the ways in which forms of violence against women threatens holistic human development and hinders Burma's … [Read more...]