Category: World Touch

Pope

2024 Year of Prayer

The Holy Father wants a year in preparation for the 2025 Jubilee that will help “stimulate prayer with simplicity and in accordance with Christ’s heart.” Pope Francis has announced that the year 2024, in preparation for the Jubilee 2025, will be dedicated to prayer.

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Gaza

Church Leaders Regret ‘Indiscriminate’ Force Against Civilians

Archbishop of Dublin, Ireland, Dermot Farrell (in photo) has condemned the “indiscriminate use of force against civilians,” saying that the binding moral and international legal standards of the Geneva Conventions are clearly being violated. 

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Vietnam

First Resident Papal Representative

Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Marek Zalewski (in photo) as the first resident pontifical representative, nearly half a century after Vietnam severed ties with the Vatican following the communist takeover of the south of the country in 1975.

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Asia

Two Filipinos Among the Martyrs of 2023

The annual report from the Pontifical Mission Societies’ Fides News agency includes two Filipino pastoral workers killed in the massacre at the Marawi State University on December 3, 2023. A total of 20 missionaries were killed around the world in 2023.

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Vatican

Cardinals Discuss Role of Women

Meeting in the Vatican, Pope Francis’ Council of Cardinals agreed on the need to listen to the “the feminine aspect” of the Church, especially at the local level, “so that processes of reflection and decision making can benefit from the irreplaceable contribution of women.”

Philippines

Christian Living in Fear in Mindanao

The bomb explosion at the Mindanao State University in Marawi City during the celebration of the Eucharist on the first Sunday of Advent which killed four people and injured 50 has sent fear through the local Christian community.

Syria

Future of Christianity at Sake

Christian families are leaving Syria en masse because of growing societal problems, such as extreme poverty and an education system in crisis, Archbishop Jacques Mourad (in photo) of Homs told Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

Asia

Church Shows Growth

The Catholic Church has recorded steady growth in Africa, Asia, and the Americas with an increase in the number of baptized Catholics and clergy, according to Vatican’s annual statistics.

Hongkong

A Bridge Church for China

Hong Kong’s bishop, Cardinal Stephan Chow Sau-yan, (in photo) has reiterated his commitment to making his diocese a ‘bridge church’ that connects the church in China and the world.

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