Church in Korea prayerful ahead of family reunions

Seoul, South Korea, Feb 12, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As North and South Korea prepare for reunions for some families separated by the 1953 partition of the peninsula, the Church in Korea remains concerned for the countries’ reunification. Family reunions are scheduled to take place Feb. 20-25, though North Korea has threatened to cancel the event. Such reunions would be the first since 2010. Archbishop Andrew Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul is known for his dedication to … [Read more...]

Oil tanker strikes, knocks down, St. Anne statue in Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand, Feb 11, 2014 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A landmark 26 foot Thai statue of St. Anne revered by local fishermen was knocked down last week, after being hit by a oil tanker. The statue depicting St. Anne with the child Mary was located near the pier at Samut Sakhon, a port city on the Bay of Bangkok some 26 miles from the Thai capital. It was hit by an oil tanker Feb. 6, and was knocked down from its perch above the Tha Chin river estuary. The ship ran directly against … [Read more...]

South Korea’s cardinal-designate: a descendent of martyrs

Seoul, South Korea, Feb 6, 2014 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, who will be given the red hat of a cardinal Feb. 22, is himself descended from Koreans who shed their blood as martyrs for the faith in the 19th century. The red of the biretta given to cardinals symbolizes their own willingness to be martyred for the faith – though St. John Fisher, executed by Henry VIII for refusing to follow him into the Anglican schism, is the only cardinal to have been in … [Read more...]

Churches offer refuge to Indonesians fleeing volcano

Medan, Indonesia, Feb 4, 2014 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following a Feb. 1 volcanic eruption on the Indonesian island Sumatra, the local Church has been providing shelter and assistance to those affected by the tragedy. Mount Sinabung's sudden eruption on Saturday morning spewed smoke, ash and rocks 1.5 miles into the air and engulfed several nearby villages in ash. At least 16 people have been killed by the eruption, which occurred 55 miles south of Medan. “We hope the … [Read more...]

Thai religious renew vows on Day for Consecrated Life

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, Feb 4, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Vowed religious in Thailand gathered to celebrate the World Day for Consecrated Life this weekend, fostering and encouraging religious life in the southeast Asian country. Community and obedience make for a fruitful religious life, Bishop Joseph Sirisut of Nakhon Ratchasima preached in his homily at the Feb. 1 Mass, held at the city's Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes. More than 500 religious gathered at the city, 160 … [Read more...]

Caritas Australia disappointed by government budget cuts

Sydney, Australia, Feb 3, 2014 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Even as the Australian government has reduced funding for foreign aid, the nation's branch of Caritas intends to continue its mission of aiding the world's poor. On Jan. 18, the Australian government announced cuts of $650 million (US $572 million) to its aid program for the 2013-14 fiscal year, which affects funding for Caritas Australia and other non-governmental organizations. “Despite this unforeseen, mid-year … [Read more...]

Catholics’ celebration of Lunar New Year centers on family

Bangkok, Thailand, Feb 1, 2014 / 04:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- East Asian Catholics celebrating the Lunar New Year this weekend are focused on family ties and charity, particularly in the dioceses of Thailand. “Family is the nucleus and the heritage of Asian spirituality and culture,” Bishop Joseph Sirisut of Nakhon Ratchasima, a city 160 miles northeast of Bangkok, told CNA Jan. 31. He said that for some Thai Catholics, the importance of the Lunar New Year celebration is derived … [Read more...]