Korean cardinal praises medics’ courage in face of Mers outbreak

Seoul, South Korea, Jul 11, 2015 / 11:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The recently-elevated cardinal of Seoul has expressed his gratitude to the doctors and nurses of the Catholic Medical Center for their service during the ongoing Mers outbreak in South Korea. “The medical team of CMC (Catholic Medical Center) has played a critical role in bringing an end to the MERS crisis,” Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung said, during a July 18 visit to St. Mary’s Hospital at the Catholic … [Read more...]

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Australia’s bishops reaffirm marriage – and get reported to government

Hobart, Tasmania, Jul 8, 2015 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a recent pastoral letter on marriage, Australia’s Catholic bishops reaffirmed Catholic teaching. And one of the bishops has countered a leading same-sex marriage activist who said the pastoral letter should be reported to the Tasmanian government for illegal bias. “The Catholic Church in Tasmania is exercising its right to freedom of opinion, just as opponents to the Church’s views on marriage are also exercising … [Read more...]

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Pakistani police save Christian couple from ‘anti-blasphemy’ mob attack

Lahore, Pakistan, Jul 6, 2015 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Police last week saved a Christian couple from a mob in Pakistan that attempted to kill them for allegedly committing blasphemy, the latest such violent incident in the country. “Muslims of the town gathered there and dragged the poor couple who didn't know what they had done. They were being beaten to death,” local police chief Sohail Zafar Chattha said, according to Agence France Presse. The attack took place in … [Read more...]

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Sister Nirmala, former head of Missionaries of Charity, dies in India

Kolkata, India, Jun 23, 2015 / 11:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics around the world are mourning the death of Sister Nirmala Joshi, who passed away Tuesday. Sr. Nirmala had succeeded Blessed Teresa of Calcutta as superior general of the Missionaries of Charity, serving in that capacity from 1997 to 2009. Sr. Nirmala, who was 81, had suffered ill health for some years, and was hospitalized and then brought home a few days ago, dying at a Missionaries of Charity home in Kolkata in the early … [Read more...]

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In Thailand, Catholic seminary marks eight vibrant decades

Bangkok, Thailand, Jun 17, 2015 / 04:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Sacred Heart of Jesus Minor Seminary in Thailand’s Chantaburi diocese has spent 80 years forming young men to be priests. “The seminary is the heart of a diocese,” Bishop emeritus Lawrence Thienchai of Chanthaburi told CNA June 13. He was one of the thousands of Catholics who marked the seminary anniversary with a Mass that witnessed the ordination of a new priest. The bishop compared the minor seminary … [Read more...]

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Australian bishops stress Cardinal Pell’s determination to fight sex abuse

Canberra, Australia, Jun 5, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of Australian bishops have emphasized Cardinal George Pell’s record of leadership against clergy sex abuse following critical news broadcasts and comments from a member of the pontifical council against abuse.   “He is a man of integrity who is committed to the truth and to helping others, particularly those who have been hurt or who are struggling,” seven bishops said of the cardinal in a June 3 … [Read more...]

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In Pakistan, dozens face murder charges for lynching of Christian couple

Lahore, Pakistan, May 29, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In Pakistan’s Punjab province, 106 people have been charged with the November 2014 murder of a Christian couple, who were attacked by a lynch mob and burned alive after being accused of blasphemy. Pakistan’s anti-terrorism court charged that three Muslim clerics were involved in persistent provocative speech against the couple, while local media reported the clerics stirred up over 400 people against Shahzad Masih and his … [Read more...]

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