Filipinos pray as they prepare to host the International Eucharistic Congress

Cebu, Philippines, Oct 21, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Philippines prepare to host the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in January, the country's Catholics are preparing by praying over the gathering's theme, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” The Eucharistic Congress will be hosted by the Archdiocese of Cebu Jan. 24-30, 2016. “We feel privileged, and thank the Lord for the opportunity to host the 51st International Eucharistic Congress, … [Read more...]

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Caritas Pakistan marks 50 years of service in South Asia

Lahore, Pakistan, Oct 16, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of Catholics in Pakistan gathered last month for a Mass of Thanksgiving which kicked off celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the foundation of Caritas Pakistan, part of the worldwide confederation of Catholic relief organizations. “It is a very special occasion to celebrate this glorious occasion of a 50 years' journey of works of solidarity that Caritas Pakistan and the bishops have courageously committed to … [Read more...]

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New policy forces Missionaries of Charity to end adoption services in India

Calcutta, India, Oct 15, 2015 / 12:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Orphanages in India run by the Missionaries of Charity have decided to close their doors in light of new adoption guidelines that the sisters say violate natural law and their religious views. Sister Amala, who serves at Nirmala Shishu Bhawan, a New Delhi orphanage run by the Missionaries of Charity, explained the decision.   “The new guidelines hurt our conscience. They are certainly not for religious people like … [Read more...]

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What adoring the Eucharist looks like – on a massive scale in India

Mumbai, India, Sep 16, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The upcoming National Eucharistic Congress of India, being held in Mumbai in November and expected to draw thousands, is meant to deepen the understanding, appreciation, and love of the Eucharist. The event will be held Nov. 12-15 at the Archdiocese of Bombay's St. Piux X seminary, and is centered on the theme “The Eucharist: Nourished by Christ to Nourish Others.” According to Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay, … [Read more...]

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Seven years after deadly anti-Christian attacks in India, a call for justice

Bhubaneswar, India, Sep 12, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Victims say that they are still waiting for justice, seven years after some of the most violent anti-Christian attacks in India’s recent history. "Justice has alluded us," Fr. Ajay Singh of the Kandhamal Committee for Peace and Justice said, Reuters Foundation reported. "After knocking on every door within the state government, we found no one willing to come forward to secure justice for the victims of … [Read more...]

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Filipinos mourn the death of pioneer Bishop Francisco San Diego of Pasig

Pasig, Philippines, Aug 26, 2015 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in the Philippines are mourning Wednesday's death of Bishop Francisco San Diego, who founded the Diocese of Pasig in 2003 and led it until his retirement in 2010. Bishop San Diego, who was 79, died the morning of Sept. 26 of cardiac arrest while in his sleep at Cardinal Santos Hospital, the Pasig diocese announced. His successor as Bishop of Pasig, Mylo Vergara, received his body into the Cathedral of the … [Read more...]

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Thai Catholics join in interreligious prayer service after Bangkok bomb

Bangkok, Thailand, Aug 25, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in Bangkok gathered together with their fellow countrymen last Friday to pray for peace in the wake of the bombing at a Hindu shrine in the city which had killed 20 people and injured scores earlier in the week. The Aug. 21 interreligious service held just outside the Erawan shrine included a Liturgy of the Word, and prayers for the bombing victims. More than 800 attended the service, where Pope Francis' message of … [Read more...]

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