He was an altar boy who dreamt of becoming a priest when he saw Jesuit priests visiting hinterland villages in the southern Philippine region of Mindanao. Bishop Jose Ramirez Rapadas, who at 46 years old became the country's youngest bishop, said he found his vocation when he went with the priests to the villages.
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Fans of the Catholic author GK Chesterton have spoken of their frustration and disappointment at the decision not to open his cause for sainthood. Last week the Bishop of Northampton, Peter Doyle, wrote to the President of the Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Dr Dale Ahlquist, stating that following a year-long investigation into the cause, much prayer, and a visit to the Congregation for the Cause of Saints in Rome, he was unable to promote Chesterton’s canonisation.
A new seminary to train priests for the whole of Asia will open in the Chinese territory of Macau in September. The Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples has entrusted management of the Redemptoris Mater College for Evangelization in Asia to the Neocatechumenal Way.
A Filipino priest was elected head of the Order of Preachers, also known as the Dominican Order, during the congregation's general chapter in Vietnam on July 13. Father Gerard Francisco Timoner OP became the 88th master of the 800-year-old mendicant religious order and the first Asian to hold the post.
The Blessed John Henry Newman, one of the most significant figures of the 19th century, will be declared a saint on 13 October 2019. Pope Francis made the announcement of the date today during a public consistory for the causes of canonisations in the Vatican on 1 July.
A top Vatican official visiting Thailand to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Church's mission to Siam has highlighted the challenges evangelization efforts face across Asia. “Asia is the missionary continent par excellence. The universal Church requests your willing cooperation for missionary activities in this vast continent,” he said.
Claretian missionary priest Leo Dalmao was ordained and installed as the fourth bishop of Isabela, the island province’s capital, on May 24. Bishop Dalmao, 49, replaced Bishop Martin Jumoad who was named bishop of Ozamiz in 2016. He becomes the first Filipino Claretian missionary to join the College of Bishops.
A Chinese bishop is back in detention and a vicar general in custody amid a long-running dispute between a group of Beijing-affiliated priests and a diocese of the underground church in the northern province of Hebei.
The founder and all-women editorial board of the Vatican's women's magazine have tendered their resignation over what they allege was a Vatican campaign to discredit them and put them "under the direct control of men."
On Nov. 2, All Souls' Day, Catholic nuns operating in Myanmar received an unexpected order to leave the Wa hills bordering China. It was part of a United Wa State Army (UWSA) clampdown on Christianity.
Father Leo Dalmao, CMF, left, has become bishop of Isabela, while Father Cosme Almedilla has been named the new prelate in Butuan. Pope Francis named this week two new Filipino bishops who will serve in the southern Philippine region of Mindanao.
More than a thousand people took part in Rites of Election at cathedrals and churches across England and Wales last weekend, declaring their hope to become Catholics at Easter. The Rite of Election usually takes place at the beginning of Lent, and is one of the final stages in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) through which converts prepare for Confirmation or reception into full communion with the Church at the Easter Vigil.
Church leaders expect a newly established diocese in northern central Vietnam, which is prone to natural disasters, to bring good prospects, justice and peace to local people.
Pope Francis will convene the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops next Wednesday, focusing on the theme “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.” But there is nothing at all “ordinary” about this Oct. 3-28 gathering for a whole host of reasons. Not least is the fact that it’s taking place at an extraordinary and particularly historic moment in the life of the Catholic Church.
Preparation for Synod assembly on young people was marked by far greater inclusion of non-bishops than previous gatherings. Pope Francis will convene the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on Oct. 3, focusing on the theme "Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment."Vatican City.
Pope Francis will be in Dublin this week for the World Meeting of Families, an international Catholic event that is staged every three years. The last pontiff to visit the Republic of Ireland was Pope John Paul II in 1979 - he drew crowds of over 2.5 million. But what does meeting the Pope mean to younger people in Ireland?
Five-time Tamil Nadu chief minister was a champion of religious minorities and oppressed groups. Church leaders in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu have expressed condolences at the death of Muthuvel Karunanidhi, a five-time state chief minister who supported freedom of religion despite being an atheist.
The Vatican’s director of astronomy and Tablet columnist SJ has called on Scottish Catholics to take back science from atheists and secularists. In a talk entitled “Adventures of a Vatican Astronomer” at the Lauriston Jesuit Centre in Edinburgh, Consolmagno reminded his audience of Scotland’s long history in science.