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Cardinal in Central African Republic in peace deal squabble

Cardinal in Central African Republic in peace deal squabble

by: Loup Besmond de Senneville and Laurent Larcher in Bangui- La Croix International in JPIC News,

Cardinal Dieudonné Nzapalainga of Bangui has denied authorizing the signing in his name of a “political agreement for peace in the Central African Republic” sponsored by the Sant’Egidio community.

How to impress a terror network and gain recognition

How to impress a terror network and gain recognition

by: Joe Torres, UCA NewsManila in JPIC News,

Armed clashes in the southern Philippines between state security forces and gunmen claiming to have links abroad bring to light the phenomenon of local terror groups trying to gain recognition. The militarist response of the government, which has declared martial law, might become a "bonus" for the aspiring terror group that has now caught global attention. 

Spanish victim of London attackers recalled for commitment to justice

Spanish victim of London attackers recalled for commitment to justice

by: Simon Caldwell • Catholic News Service • Posted June 8, 2017 in JPIC News,
The Spanish government paid tribute to a Catholic man stabbed to death as he used his skateboard to try to defend a woman from a knife-wielding terrorist in London. The Spaniard, a Catholic and the nephew of a deceased bishop, was returning from a skateboard park when he stumbled upon the atrocity and saw one of the terrorists repeatedly stabbing a woman.
Vietnam's bishops criticize new religion law

Vietnam's bishops criticize new religion law

by: ucanews.com reporter, Hanoi in JPIC News,

Vietnam's bishops criticize new religion law They call on the communist government to have an accurate view of religions In bold words. The bishops' statement said the law replaces words "asking permission" and "giving permission" with "registering, informing, proposing," which still request "religions to inform government authorities about their activities that authorities may or may not approve."

Judge reopens inquiry on Archbishop Romero's murder

Judge reopens inquiry on Archbishop Romero's murder

by: Samuel Lieven-La Croix International in JPIC News,

Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, who was assassinated in 1980 and whose cause for canonization is under way, has become one of the most popular figures of the Latin American Church. "La Croix" looks at his life and legacy.

Tribal bishops seek Indian president's intervention

Tribal bishops seek Indian president's intervention

by: Bijay Kumar Minj - UCAN New Delhi in JPIC News,

India's tribal Catholic bishops have sought the intervention of President Pranab Mukherjee to ensure the rights of millions of tribal people. The memorandum signed by tribal bishops from six states said they were "saddened" by the policies of state governments that have trampled over tribal people's rights. They want the president "to protect the land, forest and socio-cultural rights of tribal people," the May 10 memorandum said.

Pope Francis, Suu Kyi meet, launch diplomatic relations

Pope Francis, Suu Kyi meet, launch diplomatic relations

by: Cindy Wooden - Catholic News Service in JPIC News,

he Vatican announced May 4 that the pope would appoint a nuncio to the southeast Asian nation and that Myanmar would name an ambassador to the Vatican. The agreement brings to 183 the number of countries with which the Holy See has full diplomatic relations.

Pyongyang Diocese celebrates 90th anniversary

Pyongyang Diocese celebrates 90th anniversary

by: UCAN in JPIC News,

March 23, 2017 - The 90th anniversary of Pyongyanag Diocese was an occasion to pray for North Korea where the once active diocese lies amid totalitarianism. In his homily, Cardinal Yeom said, "Pyongyang Diocese which dynamically spread the gospel now is being forgotten. Communism continues and persecution carries on which is due to our lack of prayer."

Beijing using CCTV in churches to spy on Christians

Beijing using CCTV in churches to spy on Christians

by: ucanews.com reporter, Hong Kong in JPIC News,

China's ruling Communist Party has stepped up efforts to control the number of Christians by forcing Catholic and Protestant churches in the heavily Christian province of Zhejiang to install CCTV cameras inside and outside their buildings.

Korean diocese begins building center for immigrants

Korean diocese begins building center for immigrants

by: ucanews.com reporter, Seoul in JPIC News,
Uijeongbu Diocese has begun construction of the 'Lighthouse of Asia' where immigrants and South Koreans can mutually share their cultures. The migrant pastoral committee of Uijeongbu Diocese on March 12 held a Mass and ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the migrants' cultural center at Bongilcheon Church in Paju, in South Korea's northern Gyeonggi province.

 

Philippine Catholic schools cry foul over tax plan

Philippine Catholic schools cry foul over tax plan

by: Joe Torres - UCAN Manila Reporter in JPIC News,

A proposal to tax religious institutions in the Philippines, especially Catholic schools, has drawn an angry response from church leaders and school administrators.Some sectors view the proposal as a reaction to church opposition to the proposed re-imposition of capital punishment.

Madrid restaurant offers homeless taste of luxury

Madrid restaurant offers homeless taste of luxury

by: Hagar Jobse - http://www.dw.com/ in JPIC News,

During the day the Robin Hood restaurant is a regular establishment where customers pay 11 euros for a fixed menu. But at night the place transforms into an establishment where homeless and people in need like Olga are served a sophisticated dinner for free. The business-model is simple: the earnings made at breakfast and lunch fund the evening meals for the homeless. 

Tamil protesters: 'We will sacrifice our lives'

Tamil protesters: 'We will sacrifice our lives'

by: UCA News - Niranjani Roland, Mullaitivu in JPIC News,

For over 20 days Kanchan Chandraleela has campaigned outside an air force base in Pulakudiyiruppu in Mullaitivu for the return of land stolen by the Sri Lankan military. Some 385 families from local villages have joined her to demand the return of a total of 212 hectares.

Trump's ban on immigrants is devastating, chaotic and cruel, US bishops say

Trump's ban on immigrants is devastating, chaotic and cruel, US bishops say

by: Catholic News Service - The Tablet in JPIC News,
New policy is both anti-Catholic and anti-American - and it establishes a religious criteria for refugees. Trump's ban on immigrants is devastating, chaotic and cruel, US bishops say President Donald Trump's executive memorandum intended to restrict the entry of terrorists coming to the United States brought an outcry from Catholic leaders across the US. 
Catholic church building destroyed in Myanmar

Catholic church building destroyed in Myanmar

by: John Zaw, Mandalay - UCAnews in JPIC News,

A Catholic church was bombed in the conflict-torn northern Shan State as renewed fighting intensified between the Myanmar military and ethnic armed groups. In an ironic twist, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Mongkoe Township near the Chinese border was hit by air strikes on Dec. 3, the very feast day of St. Francis Xavier

Archbishop Welby: Absence of meaning has consequences

Archbishop Welby: Absence of meaning has consequences

by: D. Leal-Olivas/AFP - LaCroix in JPIC News,

There is a need for deep repentance and a change in direction on the part of all those who control the resources of the planet, argues the archbishop of Canterbury. Discontent is growing in western democracies as evidenced by Brexit, the election of Donald Trump and the rise of populism. Dr Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury and primate of the Anglican communion shares his views with La Croix.

 Philippine politicians sign honest poll covenant

Philippine politicians sign honest poll covenant

by: Joe Torres, Manila - UCA in JPIC News,

Candidates in this month's elections signed a covenant for "truthful, responsible, upright, transparent, and honest" polls during a Mass led by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle at the Manila Cathedral on May 2. Of the five presidential candidates, only administration candidate Manuel Roxas and opposition standard bearer Jejomar Binay attended the event.

China's crackdown continues as Christianity thrives

China's crackdown continues as Christianity thrives

by: Christian Solidarity Worldwide in JPIC News,

As many as 1,700 crosses have been removed from Catholic and Protestant churches in Zhejiang since early 2014. Many churches tried to negotiate with the authorities. Some later organized peaceful protests or wrote letters opposing what they see as a violation of their religious freedom, as did overseas Catholic and Protestant clergy.