Indian cardinal appeals for peace after crucifix vandalized

Mumbai, India, Jul 16, 2014 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After a statue of a crucifix in Mumbai was vandalized in the early hours of Monday morning, the city's archbishop has appealed for peace and prayers. “The Archbishop of Bombay, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, appeals to the Christian community to remain peaceful, calm and lift up the perpetrators of this crime in prayer,” the Archdiocese of Bombay stated July 14. “We urge the police to investigate the crime with full … [Read more...]

Women religious attacked in Bangladesh

Dinajpur, Bangladesh, Jul 15, 2014 / 02:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Last week dozens of armed men broke into a convent in northern Bangladesh, beating a group of nuns at a small mission.“The attack was massive and lasted about an hour and a half. The attackers brutally beat the nuns … the convent was seriously devastated,” Bishop Sebastian Tudu of Dinajpur told the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, of the attack which took place at the Boldi Pukur … [Read more...]

Thai bishop sows seeds of evangelization in mission diocese

Chiang Mai, Thailand, Jul 15, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishop of Thailand's northernmost diocese, which is largely rural and dominated by hill tribes, has begun himself working in the fields alongside his flock, noting the importance of agriculture there. “I try to understand the farmers, and to promote Catholic social teaching so that they can contribute to a holistic human development, can work for the common good of their family and for the entire nation,” … [Read more...]

Cana film fest lays red carpet for Catholic social teaching

Singapore, Jul 11, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A recent film festival held in Singapore gathered filmmakers and faithful to consider and to share Catholic social doctrine through the storytelling of movies. “Cana Film Festival is a platform for documentaries, short and independent feature films for Catholics, family and friends to be initiated into media literacy and the social teachings of the Church,” Winifred Loh, director of the festival, told CNA July 3. The … [Read more...]

Church’s witness in South Korea has converted many, bishop says

Seoul, South Korea, Jul 10, 2014 / 03:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The vitality of the Church in South Korea is behind the many conversions that have taken place in the nation which Pope Francis is set to visit Aug. 13-18, according to a Salesian bishop. Bishop Mario Toso, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, visited South Korea June 21-26 to give lectures on Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium” in the nation's archdioceses: Kwangju, … [Read more...]

Indian bishop’s residence dedicated to St John Paul II

Miao, India, Jul 9, 2014 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With gratitude to St. John Paul II for his legacy and inspiration in serving young people, the Diocese of Miao has dedicated its new episcopal residence to the late Pope. During a May 24 ceremony the residence, which will also serve as offices for the diocesan curia, was blessed and dedicated by Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, apostolic nuncio to India and Nepal. "John Paul II is a modern day saint, and an example how holiness and … [Read more...]

Papuan bishop urges youth to follow Maria Goretti’s sanctity

Madang, Papua New Guinea, Jul 8, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a pilgrimage on Sunday, a bishop from Papua New Guinea encouraged the local youth to pursue holiness, following upon the model of St. Maria Goretti. “The forgiving attitude of St. Maria Goretti challenges the mentality and practice of 'payback',” Bishop Rochus Tatamai of Bereina said July 6 at a gathering of young people at Divine Word University in Madang. “The way the murder of the … [Read more...]