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Church official speaks on India’s medical degree scam

BHOPAL, Feb 17, 2017--A church official in Madhya Pradesh has welcomed the Indian Supreme Court's decision to uphold the disqualification of 634 medical professionals after an investigation found they had bribed their way into medical schools. The Supreme Court's Feb....

Church sponsored market helps Indonesian organic farmers

SEMARANG, Feb 17, 2017--Twice a week Petrus Legiman leaves home early in the morning on a motorbike fully loaded with vegetables packed in bamboo containers, and rides to a local market where he sells the crops from his farm. Dozens of other farmers from several...

Myanmar’s Cardinal Bo issues unity rallying cry

YANGON, Feb 16, 2017--Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon has said that only the Blessed Mother can unite all who come from different ethnic groups and religions in Myanmar, which has been beset by civil wars, and conflicts in its western and northern regions. "We...

Seoul Archdiocese to vastly expand Radio Vatican’s Korean service

SEOUL, Feb 10, 2017--Korean Catholics will surely make their "ears attentive to wisdom" when Seoul Archdiocese establishes the first Radio Vatican branch outside the Vatican in the Korean capital. The archdiocese will take charge of running the Korean version of Radio...

Thousands of faithful at the feast of Our Lady of Gunadala

VIJAYAWADA, Feb 11, 2017--This year our Lady, the Mother of health, gathered at his feet thousands of faithful for the three-day festival in Gunadala, from 9 to 11 February. Two days ago, under a colorful pavilion, hundreds of people have been raised very early to...

Indian bishops prioritize family life

BHOPAL, Feb 10, 2017--India's bishops have decided to give special pastoral attention to people estranged from the church and their families. The Latin-rite bishops were attending the 29th plenary assembly of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India in Bhopal and...

Bishop thai for the World Day of the Sick

BANGKOK, Feb 10, 2017--Msgr. Philip Banchong Chaiyara, bishop of the northeastern diocese of Ubon Rachathanee and president of the Episcopal Commission for social work has sent a letter to the faithful on the occasion of the 25th World Day of the Sick. The celebration...

Seoul Archdiocese wants to share its plethora of priests

SEOUL, Feb 9, 2017--Seoul Archdiocese wants to become the ecclesiastical version of a dandelion, spreading priests the world over to "fall on good soil," as Jesus said. On Feb. 3, Seoul Archdiocese ordained 27 priests making the total number in the archdiocese 892....

Two-month move allows Seoul church to avoid destruction

SEOUL, Feb 3, 2017--A historic parish church in Seoul, which was doomed to be demolished, survived after it was moved to a nearby site. Gusan Church in Hanam, southeast of Seoul, was moved some 220 meters over two months using a craning technique. The technique is...

Pope Francis creates the new archdiocese of Chittagong in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Feb 1, 2017--Bangladesh has a new ecclesiastical province. Yesterday Pope Francis erected the Archdiocese of Chittagong, on the east coast of the country, raising the bishopric of the same name to Metropolitan See. At the same time, Msgr. Moses Costa, now...

China ‘forcing churches to conform to Party agenda’

BEIJING, Jan 27, 2017--The government of Chinese president Xi Jinping focused heavily on forcing Christianity in the country to conform to the Communist Party's agenda, according to a major report on religious persecution. According to Radio Free Asia, China Aid,...

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