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...]

Burmese parish attacked amid ethnic conflict

Lashio, Burma, Mar 6, 2015 / 04:31 pm (UCA News).- A parish in the Shan state of Burma, also known as Myanmar, became embroiled in the region’s spiraling conflict last week when small artillery shells landed in the church compound. Kutkai Township, located between the cities of Lashio and Muse on the main overland trade route between Burma and China’s Yunnan province, has seen an influx of internally displaced persons so far this year as clashes between Burmese government forces … [Read more...]

Indian bishop encourages celebration of color festival in joy, freedom

Pune, India, Mar 6, 2015 / 03:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With Indians and Hindus celebrating Holi, a spring festival of colors, today, Bishop Thomas Dabre of Poona has encouraged the faithful to participate in the celebration, which is meant to promote spiritual and social harmony. Holi is a traditionally Hindu holiday that is celebrated culturally among many Indians, including some Christians and Muslims, and which is linked to the full moon. It falls March 6 this year, and is celebrated with … [Read more...]

Indian diocese joins with Pope Francis in praying for persecuted Christians

Miao, India, Mar 3, 2015 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A remote diocese under the shadow of the Himalayas joined hands with Pope Francis' prayer for persecuted Christians in the Middle East on Sunday through a special candlelight prayer service. In the wake of the rising persecution against Christians all over the world and especially the dramatic violence targeted towards Christians population in Syria and Iraq, Pope Francis called on all the faithful to offer prayers during his Sunday … [Read more...]