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Australian nun briefly detained in Philippines for political activism

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Manila, Philippines, Apr 17, 2018 / 07:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Australian nun was arrested and briefly detained earlier this week in the Philippines as the government cracks down on foreign human rights activists in the country. Sister Patricia Fox was arrested April 16 by immigration authorities at her convent, where she serves as the […]

Cardinal Pell’s lawyer argues no grounds for trial as hearing ends

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Melbourne, Australia, Apr 17, 2018 / 02:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As Cardinal George Pell’s pre-trial hearing closes, his lawyer told an Australian court Tuesday that the charges being brought against the cardinal is based on false accusations. “The allegations are a product of fantasy, the product of some mental problems that the complainant may or […]

Charged with concealing abuse, Australian archbishop affirms innocence

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Newcastle, Australia, Apr 11, 2018 / 02:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During court proceedings in Australia this week, Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide maintained his innocence, denying allegations that he concealed a serious sexual abuse offense allegedly disclosed to him in the 1970s. The local court in Newcastle heard Wilson’s defense April 11. The archbishop confirmed […]

Archbishop Fisher: Priests will suffer punishment before breaking confessional seal

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Sydney, Australia, Apr 10, 2018 / 06:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid attacks on the seal of confession in Australia, Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney has said priests will suffer punishment before betraying their sacred obligations. Confession “is threatened today both by neglect and attack. But priests will, we know, suffer punishment, even martyrdom, rather than […]

Archdiocese of Manila receives first-class relic of John Paul II

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Manila, Philippines, Apr 7, 2018 / 09:41 pm (CNA).- A relic of St. Pope John Paul II was recently gifted to the Archdiocese of Manila by Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisw, the former secretary of the belated pope. The relic – a vial of the saint’s still-liquefied blood – was given to the Filipino archdiocese to honor […]

The Chinese village where Catholics are sceptical of a Vatican-China deal

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Baoding, China, Apr 4, 2018 / 04:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Holy See reportedly negotiates a deal with the government of mainland China, some Catholic residents of a town in the country’s Hebei province are raising concerns over the anticipated agreement. Youtong is home to around 5,000 people, about half of whom are Catholic, […]

Chinese government official: No religion ‘transcends nations’

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Beijing, China, Apr 3, 2018 / 07:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Chinese government official who oversees religious affairs said Tuesday that government restrictions on bishop appointments are not a violation of religious freedom, as he emphasized that religions in China must “adapt to socialist society.” Chen Zongrong, former deputy director of the State Administration for […]

Four Christians killed in Pakistan

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Quetta, Pakistan, Apr 3, 2018 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Four members of a Christian family were killed by gunfire in the Pakistani city of Quetta on Monday in an attack for which the Islamic State has claimed responsibility. The April 2 attack by men on two motorcycle came as the family was travelling in […]

What Holy Week looks like in a remote Indian diocese

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Miao, India, Mar 31, 2018 / 04:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the Diocese of Miao, located in India’s northeasternmost state of Arunachal Pradesh, Bishop George Pallipparambil does not stay quietly in his cathedral for Holy Week, but rather holds services across the diocese in an effort to better serve his people. “What we’re trying to […]

This unique chant brings Vietnamese Catholics deeper into Christ’s Passion

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Hanoi, Vietnam, Mar 30, 2018 / 04:48 pm (CNA).- While the Stations of the Cross are a worldwide Lenten devotion for Catholics, the faithful in Vietnam have an additional practice that blends ancient traditional chants with Catholic prayer and meditation on the Crucifixion. “The ‘Ngam Nguyen’ are…a unique Vietnamese Catholic practice of intoning a series […]