Mercy, not magic – Archdiocese of Bombay clarifies Holy Doors and the Jubilee

Mumbai, India, Jan 26, 2016 / 04:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Bombay issued a clarification last week after WhatsApp users in Maharashtra were circulating a 'misleading' message which promoted a superstitious understanding of the Year of Mercy.The archdiocese's Jan. 19 statement noted that the text “gives the impression that merely walking through the Doors of Mercy will result in the forgiveness of sins.”“These doors are not magical doors and we … [Read more...]

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How Christians in remote India came together to celebrate Christmas

Miao, India, Jan 14, 2016 / 09:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the remote foothills of India’s Patkai-Bum mountains, a Catholic parish joined Christians of various denominations to share the joy of Christmas and forge friendships to serve a common vision of harmony and peace.“Christmas is an event of joy and unity and we must strive to live it,” Father Felix Anthony, head of communications for Diocese of Miao, told CNA Jan 10.“The aim of this fellowship is to foster … [Read more...]

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Millions flood streets of Manila for Black Nazarene devotion

Manila, Philippines, Jan 13, 2016 / 09:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Millions of Catholic faithful swarmed the streets of metro Manila for the procession of the Black Nazarene over the weekend, as clergy encouraged the devotees to use the occasion to reflect on Jesus Christ’s path to Calvary.Cardinal Antonio Tagle, the Archbishop of Manila, presided at the midnight Mass at Manila’s Quirino Grandstand hours before the procession began on Saturday morning. In his homily, he encouraged the … [Read more...]

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Why can’t Catholic couples write their own vows? This bishop explains.

Dagupan, Philippines, Jan 9, 2016 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The president of the Filipino bishops' conference has explained that couples are unable to write their own wedding vows because in the sacrament of marriage, it is Christ himself who is acting through the husband and wife.Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan wrote recently that personal expressions “should not be mixed in with the Church’s liturgy because this diminishes, confuses, and spoils the action … [Read more...]

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In North Korea, Canadian pastor faces life imprisonment

Pyongyang, North Korea, Dec 16, 2015 / 05:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- North Korea has sentenced Hyeon Soo Lim, a Christian pastor and a Canadian citizen, to life in prison with hard labor, claiming he has committed crimes against the state.Canada’s foreign ministry said it was “dismayed at the unduly harsh sentence,” citing Lim's age and health, the BBC reports.Lim, who is 60 years old, was in North Korea for humanitarian work in January. He was arrested in Pyongyang in … [Read more...]

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Meet the families bearing the consequences of environmental change

Manila, Philippines, Dec 13, 2015 / 03:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For Mary Ann Remocaldo, taking out the trash is not just a simple household chore. Instead, proper waste disposal has meant the difference between living normally and worrying about dangerous floods and diseases. Until recently, the buildup of trash from other people in the streets, in the drainage system, and in their backyard was a hazard for Remocaldo, her husband and two children. “Garbage was … [Read more...]

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Asia’s first conference for deaf Catholics shares the mission of evangelization

Bangkok, Thailand, Nov 25, 2015 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Last week Thailand hosted the first international Asian conference for deaf Catholics, which explored the pastoral challenges to integrating the deaf into the Church's life. “This conference is a unique gathering of pastors, religious, and laity who dialogue with their unique way of using sign language, sharing their daily life experiences of faith in the conservative cultures of Asia,” Fr. Peter Teerapong Kanpigul, … [Read more...]

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