What the Church is doing to help flood victims in Myanmar

Yangon, Myanmar, Aug 13, 2015 / 11:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 100 people have been killed and thousands more displaced by monsoon flooding in Myanmar, one of the poorest nations in Asia. With government relief efforts faltering, the Catholic Church is stepping in to offer help. “The situation is distressing…particularly in the most affected lower belt of Haka and Kalay dioceses in the Chin territory,” said Fr. Leo Mang, head of social communications of the Catholic … [Read more...]

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This Syriac bishop will be beatified on the 100th anniversary of his martyrdom

Diyarbakir, Turkey, Aug 11, 2015 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday Pope Francis approved a decree recognizing the martyrdom of Flavien-Michel Malké, a Syriac Catholic bishop who was killed in 1915 amid the Ottoman Empire's genocide against its Christian minorities. The decision was made during an Aug. 8 meeting between Pope Francis and Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Bishop Malké will be beatified Aug. 29 – the … [Read more...]

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The Miracle of Hiroshima – Jesuits survived the atomic bomb thanks to the rosary

Hiroshima, Japan, Aug 9, 2015 / 07:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Seventy years ago, the only wartime use of nuclear weapons took place in the Aug. 6 attack on Hiroshima and the Aug. 9 attack on Nagasaki by the United States. The Hiroshima attack killed around 80,000 people instantly and may have caused about 130,000 deaths, mostly civilians. The attack on the port city of Nagasaki killed about 40,000 instantly and destroyed a third of the city. Four Jesuits were nearby the hypocenter of the … [Read more...]

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China consecrates first new bishop in three years

Weihui, China, Aug 7, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In mainland China's first episcopal consecration since 2012, a priest was consecrated a bishop in the cathedral of Anyang on Tuesday. His appointment was agreed upon by both the Vatican and the Chinese government. Fr. Joseph Zhang Yinlin, 44, was consecrated coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Weihui (Anyang) on Aug. 4 by Bishop Thomas Zhang Huaixin of Weihui, who is 90. According to UCANews, assisting bishops were Joseph Shen Bin of … [Read more...]

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After 57 years, Kiwi priests’ ministry in Antarctica ends

Christchurch, New Zealand, Aug 4, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- New Zealand's Diocese of Christchurch has operated an Antarctic Ministry at McMurdo Station, the largest community in Antarctica, since November 1957. But a declining numbers of churchgoers has brought the program to an end. “There is a gradual decrease in religiosity, there is also a decrease in the number of people working at McMurdo Station and the South Pole and budget cuts so all of these factors have led to … [Read more...]

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Catholics in India mourn Abdul Kalam, the much-loved ‘people’s president’

New Delhi, India, Jul 29, 2015 / 09:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in India have joined their confreres in paying tribute to and praying for APJ Abdul Kalam, who served as the nation's president from 2002 to 2007 and was beloved by Indians across religious and cultural divides. Kalam died July 27 of cardiac arrest, collapsing while addressing university students in Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya state in India's northeast. “All the Catholic youth and the entire … [Read more...]

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Asia Bibi’s case shows need for interreligious dialogue in Pakistan, priest says

Lahore, Pakistan, Jul 28, 2015 / 04:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Dominican priest in Pakistan has praised the nation’s Supreme Court for suspending the death sentence of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman charged with blasphemy, and has emphasized the importance of dialogue between Muslims and Christians. “The Supreme Court of Pakistan has made a great move as her death sentence was put aside,” Father James Channan said in a July 23 interview with the international Catholic charity … [Read more...]

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