Benedictine Sr. Edita Eslopor and fellow Typhoon Haiyan survivors gained Cardinal Luis Tagle’s support for their effort to press the Philippines government for more efficient and humanitarian response to the crisis left by the devastating typhoon that hit the central Philippines in November.
Major seminaries are erecting new buildings and upgrading basic facilities to meet the growing need of giving priestly formation to students in Vietnam. This comes amid a relaxation of seminary enrollment rules by the government.
Cardinal John Baptist Pham Minh Man of the Ho Chi Minh City Archdiocese told NRC that in recent years the government has eased its limitations on recruitment, priestly ordination and the reshuffling of priests.
Msgr. Janusz Urbanczyk voiced "grave concern" over policies that seem "to treat fertility and pregnancy as a disease which must either be prevented or managed via government or outside assistance."
Church leaders in South Sudan have called on their country's warring groups to stop fighting and begin serious peace negotiations.
In a pastoral statement released Sunday in Juba, nearly four months after fighting broke out in the newly independent African country, officials of the South Sudan Council of Churches lamented that face-to-face negotiations have yet to begin.
The Daughters of Mary Immaculate from India are helping the thousands of Nuer people in South Sudan who have been living in U.N. refugee camps since December. The sisters provide trauma counseling, food support and activities for children who otherwise have nothing educational to do.
Thousands of Catholic celebrated the reopening of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception on Wednesday after a two-year restoration project.
A Catholic convent near Jerusalem and a largely Maronite village in Galilee were damaged in recent weeks as a two-year wave of vandalism directed at Christians and Muslims in Israel and the West Bank continued.
In late March, anti-Christian and anti-American graffiti was scrawled on the walls of the Deir Rafat convent, also known as Our Lady Queen of Palestine. The tires of cars at the monastery also were slashed.
Every time Nathalie Piraino returns home to Rwanda, she sees a country advancing economically and politically and where the development of people, especially women, is foremost.
She also has found that memories from her homeland's genocide 20 years ago remain vivid, not forgotten.
Searing memories of the bloodbath that claimed as many as 1 million lives underlie the actions the country of 11.5 million people is taking to become a modern African nation, Piraino said.
The Philippine Supreme Court ruled a reproductive health law constitutional Tuesday and declared it effective immediately.
But in rendering the decision, the court also struck down some provisions of "The Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012," leading an official of the bishops' conference to call it a "partial victory."
Healthcare in Vietnam is difficult to access, especially for the poor, but an interfaith clinic co-founded by Catholic sisters in Ho Chi Minh City helps meet the needs of people who otherwise struggle with the services provided by state-run hospitals.