Papuans make two week pilgrimage in missionaries’ steps

Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea, Apr 22, 2014 / 09:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in Papua New Guinea honored the evangelization, 80 years ago, of the remote interior of the nation's main island by making a pilgrimage in the steps of its first missionaries. “After 80 years, the Catholic faithful in the Archdiocese of Mount Hagen felt it is time to say thank you and to acknowledge all the blessings from God through the missionaries,” said Paul Petrus, a social researcher and a … [Read more...]

Embrace Easter hope and forgiveness, archbishop tells Myanmar

Yangon, Myanmar, Apr 22, 2014 / 02:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Easter message, Archbishop Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar, emphasized the hope of the holy day and encouraged the country to seek forgiveness and reconciliation amid past and present conflict. “Easter breaks forth like a dawn. Its message is soaked in hope. Even the longest night ends in dawn. Every human suffering has an expiration date. The beacon of human journey is hope,” he said. His Easter message was … [Read more...]

Bishops of India pray for outcome of general elections

New Delhi, India, Apr 21, 2014 / 08:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in India are praying as they vote in the midst of five weeks of the nation's parliamentary elections, now going on in the world's largest democracy. “We are very hopeful that the general elections underway will be conducted in a free and democratic way,” Bishop Henry D’Souza of Bellary told CNA earlier this month. More than 814 million Indians are registered to vote in the polls, which take … [Read more...]

Share gospel joyfully for Easter, Singaporean bishop encourages

Singapore, Apr 21, 2014 / 03:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Easter message to his flock, the Archbishop of Singapore urged them to proclaim the gospel “with joy and with passion.” “In our celebration of Easter, we are reminded once again that through the Paschal mystery, (Christ's) death and resurrection has given us a certain hope of new life,” wrote Archbishop William Goh Seng Chye. “Despair is overcome by hope; hatred is overcome by love; injustice by … [Read more...]

Pauline monk appointed bishop of rural Australian diocese

Forbes, Australia, Apr 15, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis appointed Saturday Fr. Columba Macbeth-Green, a Pauline Father, as Bishop of Wilcannia-Forbes, a rural diocese in the Australian state of New South Wales. “If someone told me a month ago that I would be appointed Bishop of the Wilcannia-Forbes diocese, I would have said they were joking. I still can't believe it's actually happened,” Fr. Macbeth-Green said April 12. “When I became a monk I … [Read more...]

Australian woman given Papal honors for social service

Wollongong, Australia, Apr 12, 2014 / 07:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a Mass said last week, Bishop Peter Ingham of Wollongong bestowed Papal honors on Kathleen McCormack for her meritorious service to CatholicCare, the diocesan welfare agency. Bishop Ingham made the announcement during the April 3 Mass said at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral to mark McCormack's retirement after 34 years of service to CatholicCare, 29 of which were as its diocesan director. “I am delighted and honored … [Read more...]

Ambassador launches book on Padre Pio in Philippines

Manila, Philippines, Apr 11, 2014 / 08:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Fernando Sanchez Campos, Costa Rica's ambassador to the Holy See, released in Manila last month the English translation of his book on Padre Pio's intercessory role in his family's life. “We are here to speak about God’s love, and this is for three reasons: to help reinforce our faith, to share God’s graces knowing that Jesus is the best gift we can receive, and to know that the Lord is very … [Read more...]