Category: World Report

Tensions high as Bangladesh strains with Rohingya refugees

Although Bangladesh has welcomed a massive influx of Rohingya refugees from neighbouring Myanmar, a Catholic aid official is worried that the welcome may be wearing thin. James Gomes, regional director of Caritas, the Church’s charitable agency, said Bangladesh responded quickly to the surprise arrival of more than 600,000 Rohingya. “As a Bangladeshi, I’m proud of…

Philippines prelate defends Duterte’s war on drugs

The incoming president of the Philippines Catholic bishops’ conference has caused a stir after saying fighting the proliferation of drugs should take precedence over narcotic related killings. The senior prelate’s statement last week was a change in Church dialogue relating to the issue, which has condemned President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. At a Mass…

Proposed land laws in Holy Land rejected by top Christians

In Brief Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminister, backed the Patriarch of Jerusalem in his campaign to preserve the place of Christians in the Holy Land as it exists now. Greek Orthodox Patriarch, Theophilos III, warned Cardinal Nichols that the current ‘Status Quo’ agreement that protects land tenure in Jerusalem is at risk, as a…

Vietnam rebuilds church destroyed by US

In Brief A diocese in northern Vietnam has begun construction of a church dedicated to Dominican martyrs, replacing the ruins of an earlier one destroyed during a US air raid in 1967. Bishop Joseph Vu Van Thien of Hai Phong celebrated a special Mass to begin the construction of the new church at the Hai…

Catholic nun commemorated on Pakistan coins

In Brief Pakistan will issue 50,000 commemorative 50 rupee coins in honour of German-born Catholic nun and physician Sister Ruth Martha Pfau who dedicated her life to eradicating leprosy in the country. Known as Pakistan’s Mother Teresa, Sister Pfau died in Karachi on August 10 at the age of 87. She was given a state funeral, an honour…

3D tour of Jesus’ tomb opens in US

In Brief A 3D virtual tour of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem – the site of Jesus’ tomb – will open next week in the National Geographic Museum in Washington DC. The tour opened on November 15 and will continue until August 15 next year. Academic dean and theology professor at St John’s Seminary in…

Pontiff to celebrate World Day of the Poor

Pope Francis will celebrate the Catholic Church’s first World Day of the Poor this Sunday by celebrating a morning Mass with people in need and those who assist them. After Mass, he will offer lunch to 500 people in the Vatican audience hall. As the Year of Mercy was ending in November 2016, Pope Francis…