Petition calls on UN to stop Christian genocide in Iraq

Washington D.C., Jul 29, 2014 / 10:54 am (CNA).- Following the expulsion of Christians from the Iraqi city of Mosul by ISIS jihadists, a new petition calls on the United Nations to intervene in the country. “The last Christians have left Mosul, after the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria gave them a choice between conversion to Islam, ruinous taxation, exile, or death,” said the petition, posted to the website Posted on July 24, the petition had gained more than … [Read more...]

Ariz. inmate’s grueling execution lamented as preventable

Phoenix, Ariz., Jul 29, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Not only could the nearly two-hour execution of an Arizona inmate last week have been avoided, but the number of botched deaths by lethal injection is increasing in the U.S., says one observer. “The problems that occurred in the execution of Joseph Wood on July 23 should have been foreseen and prevented,” Richard Dieter of the Washington, D.C.-based Death Penalty Information Center told CNA July 25. He said that the rate … [Read more...]

‘Amazing Parish’ movement unites clergy, laity in renewal

Denver, Colo., Jul 29, 2014 / 02:06 am (CNA).- A new movement seeking to unite the faithful and their pastors in the formation of thriving parishes has seen a wide scope of interest throughout the U.S. in the time since it was started little more than a year ago. “The response has been great,” Pat Lencioni, one of the founders, told CNA. The Amazing Parish movement seeks to give Catholic leaders, both clergy and lay, the resources and support they need to create strong, … [Read more...]

India’s Archdiocese of Madurai given new bishop

Madurai, India, Jul 29, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis appointed Bishop Antony Pappusamy of Dindigal, located in India's Tamil Nadu state, as Archbishop of Madurai on July 26. Bishop Pappusamy was born in 1949 in Marambadi, a town 10 miles north of Dindigal. He holds a doctorate of sacred theology; he was ordained a priest in 1976, and was then consecrated an auxiliary bishop of Madurai in 1999. When the Diocese of Dindigul was established in 2003, from territory of the … [Read more...]

Pope names new bishop for Vietnam’s My Tho diocese

My Tho, Vietnam, Jul 28, 2014 / 09:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis named Bishop Pierre Nguyen Van Kham, an auxiliary bishop of the Ho Chi Minh City archdiocese, to become head of the Diocese of My Tho on July 26. Bishop Nguyen was born in 1952 in Ha Dong, a suburb of Hanoi. Two years later, when Ho Chi Minh defeated the French and consolidated communist control over northern Vietnam, his family fled, along with hundreds of thousands of other Catholics, to the south. He studied … [Read more...]

Thai bishops’ seminar focuses on evangelization

Bangkok, Thailand, Jul 28, 2014 / 07:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a recent conference held in Bangkok, Thai bishops gathered with the faithful to share and reflect on ways to share the gospel in their local communities. “Let us all, including bishops and priests,  be 'converted' and stirred up to boldly follow the path illuminated by the apostolic exhortation 'Evangelii Gaudium'”, Archbishop Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovithavanij of Bangkok exhorted during the … [Read more...]

Expert: Religious freedom pick will fail without resources

Washington D.C., Jul 28, 2014 / 05:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While welcoming the proposal for a new global religious freedom ambassador after a nine-month vacancy, one expert warned that adequate resources must be given for the position to be effective. Former American diplomat Dr. Thomas Farr told CNA that “Rabbi (David) Saperstein is a well regarded, long-time advocate for religious freedom.” However, he cautioned that the rabbi “will fail if the administration in general, … [Read more...]