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Prayer vigil slated for North Korea

SEOUL (AsiaNews): Leaders of Protestant Churches in Seoul, in the Republic of Korea, have agreed to hold a religious service and a prayer vigil in the Kaesong industrial complex north of the demilitarised zone in the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea.

The prayer service and vigil are scheduled to take place in the chapel of a joint venture between the two Koreas on June 12.

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Small seed of witness in Kabul

KABUL (AsiaNews): “We are a small seed in a country hostile to any religion other than Islam. But we are still a reality willed by God and at the service of God,” Father Giuseppe Moretti, from the only Catholic parish in Afghanistan, said.

“Our mission in Afghanistan is primarily a personal testimony of our faith and the resurrection of Jesus,” he continued.

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Religious hatred fanned by school syllabus

KARACHI (SE): The state assembly in the Punjab, Pakistan, passed a unanimous resolution on March 8 making the teaching of the Qu’ran a compulsory part of the school curriculum in the state.

The Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of Pakistan condemned the move, calling it both a breach of the constitution of the country and a deliberate attempt to radicalise society.

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Vatican delegation denied visas to Vietnam

Hue (UCAN): A Vatican delegation, scheduled to evaluate the cause for beatification of the late Francis Xavier Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan, was denied visas to Vietnam (Sunday Examiner, January 15), according to a March 26 report from UCAN. 

Father Peter Nguyen Huu Giai, parish priest of An Bang, in the diocese of Hue, said the delegation planned to interview witnesses in the beatification process from April 1 to 3.

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Forum is a recognition of emerging Asian laity

 

Bangkok (UCAN): The first Asia-wide meeting of the International Forum Catholic Action (IFAC), met for the first time in Bangkok, from March 22 to 25, to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.

The forum brings together lay Catholic organisations involved in spreading the faith through engagement with society.

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Korean Navy defies governor and begins blasting in Jeju

HONG KONG (SE): Woo Keun-Min, the governor of Jeju province in South Korea, sent a formal notice to the chief of the navy on March 5, ordering it to suspend all blasting at the construction site of a major military base at Gureombi and Gangjeong in his province.

However, despite the order of the governing authority of the territory, the naval forces went ahead and, on March 7, began to blast the Gueombi Rock, the Hong Kong-based Asian Centre for the Progress of Peoples told the Sunday Examiner.

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Japanese bishops call for an anti-nuclear Lent

TOKYO (SE): “Desire is not evil,” the Japanese bishops say in their Lenten Message for this year. “Without appetite, people cannot live a healthy life.”

However, the bishops also insist that appetite must be tempered, lest it lead to self harm or bring suffering and destruction to self or others.

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More Church land disputed in Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY (SE): Within days of the conclusion of what was described as a satisfactory Holy See-Vietnam government confab, which ended in Hanoi on February 27, AsiaNews reports that more land claimed by the Redemptorist congregation in Ho Chi Minh City has been confiscated by the government.

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Top Pakistan brass honours memory of Catholic minister

ISLAMABAD (SE): Two events in the Pakistan capital of Islamabad at the beginning of March may indicate that a new breeze is blowing through the corridors of parliament and the presidential palace in regards to the status of non-Muslims, and religious and ethnic minority groups in the volatile state.

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