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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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Pope Francis visits with evangelicals in southern Italy

Caserta, Italy, Jul 28, 2014 / 04:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his visit Monday to an evangelical Christian community in Caserta, Pope Francis said the Holy Spirit creates diversity and unity in the Church, so that the Church lives a “reconciling diversity.” He suggested July 28 that the path to unity may be pursued by “going to peripheries and touching the flesh of Christ.” Pope Francis' second trip in three days to Caserta – punctuated by his return to … [Read more...]

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Bishop Davies: Lourdes shrine a light amid war, death

Lourdes, France, Jul 28, 2014 / 10:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- This weekend, shortly before today's centenary of the beginning of World War I, an English bishop has said that the Marian shrine of Lourdes remains “undimmed” and still invites everyone to see the “light of the Gospel,” Jesus Christ. “A hundred years ago this week, the world descended into what is now called the First World War, the second war would quickly follow and a Cold War would bring humanity … [Read more...]

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Rio favela continues to reap fruits from World Youth Day

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 28, 2014 / 04:02 am (National Catholic Register).- After nearly two years of preparation, Father José Almy Gomes, 40, almost wasn’t ready for Pope Francis’ World Youth Day pilgrimage to Rio de Janeiro. A student at Rome’s Patristic Institute Augustinianum from 2003 to 2007, Fr. Almy was the pastor of St. Dominic’s in Perdizes – a rural neighborhood of São Paulo. He worked from June 2011 to August 2012 organizing a group … [Read more...]

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