January 2017

Pax Christi recognises rights groups in Pakistan
(Saturday, 7 January 2017 )

GENEVA (SE): The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace and the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan were jointly awarded the Pax Christi International Peace Award for 2016 at a ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland, on November 17.

Cecil Chaudhry, from the Justice and Peace Commission, accepted the award from Greet Vanaerschot, the secretary general of Pax Christi International, on behalf of both groups.

The martyrs of Laos
(Saturday, 7 January 2017 )

VATICAN (UCAN): “In faith they committed themselves as priests and catechists to serving their brothers and sisters. Through faith, they shared in the sufferings of Christ,” Orlando Cardinal Quevedo said of the 17 people who died in Laos at the hands of Communist guerillas during the revolution of 1953.

Speaking at their beatification ceremony in Vientiane on 11 December 2016, Cardinal Quevedo encouraged all...

Mayors push a welcome for all
(Saturday, 7 January 2017 )

VATICAN (SE): A gathering of mayors from around Europe called for the creation of a Network of Mayors to promote intercity cooperation in dealing with the issues facing the metropolitan areas on the continent.

“This new network must be centred on human encounter and based on a progressive vision of interculturality, with the active participation of civil society—including the third sector—...

Pope takes a swipe at malicious critics in Christmas greetings
(Saturday, 7 January 2017 )

VATICAN (SE): “Christmas is thus the feast of a loving humble God, of the God who upsets our logical expectations, the established order, the order of the dialectician and the mathematician,” Pope Francis told the cardinals and superiors of the Roman Curia in his traditional exchange of Christmas greetings on December 22 last year.

After receiving the greetings of the president of the College of Cardinals,...

In Malaysia but belonging nowhere
(Saturday, 7 January 2017 )

MANILA (UCAN): Amira’s face lit up with a smile when the word school was mentioned. “Do you want to take them? Do you know where I can send them?” she asked before adding, “no one wants them.”

Her two children, five-year-old Nasir and three-year-old Noori, were sitting with her on top of an orange plastic container by the waterfront in Kota Kinabalu in Sabah state, Malaysia....

Global agreement on migrant labour
(Saturday, 7 January 2017 )

DHAKA (UCAN): A ray of hope broke through clouds of war and desperation when 130 countries agreed to create an international treaty on migration governance at a summit in Dhaka at the Global Forum on Migration and Development held from December 10 to 12.

Some 600 delegates attending the three-day meeting agreed to create a Global Compact on Safe and Orderly Migration.

The world is...

Hopes for shared communion
(Saturday, 7 January 2017 )

ROME (SE): “I hope that the next declaration opens the way for shared Eucharistic communion in special cases,” Walter Cardinal Kasper said in expressing his hope for ecumenical progress through intercommunion.

Speaking to Avvenire, published by the Bishops’ Conference of Italy, on December 10, Cardinal Kasper said, “Personally, I hope that we can use an unofficial text, prepared by a...

Ex-Catholics are becoming younger
(Saturday, 7 January 2017 )

WASHINGTON (SE): “Young Catholics are leaving the faith at an early age—sometimes before the age of 10—and their reasons are deeper than being bored at Mass,” Mark Gray, a senior research associate at the Centre for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University (CARA), says in a new report published in conjunction with two national studies done in the United States of America by the centre.