Youths want more than what pop culture offers: ex-model

NEW YORK – Young people have been “beaten down” by a message from media and pop culture that anything goes in their personal and public life, but what they really want is to “make a difference in the world”, a former fashion model told a New York audience.“Contrary to popular belief … all youth want [...]

Pope, bishop slam Norway attacks

People place flowers near Norway’s Utoya Island, where at least 68 people died after a gunman shot at them on July 22VATICAN CITY – All people in Norway are in shock over the senseless killings that shook the country and are united in mourning for the victims, Bishop Bernt Eidsvig of Oslo has told Vatican [...]

Respect parents’ nurturing role, nuncio tells UN

Young Americans carrying a replica of the World Youth Day cross earlier this year. The Vatican’s UN nuncio said member states’ youth policies must respect the role of parents regarding their children’s wellbeing and education, including in the area of sexuality. – CNS file photoUNITED NATIONS – The world’s young people deserve to live their [...]

Australian Church bodies apologise for forced adoptions

SYDNEY – Three Catholic entities in Australia apologised “with a deep sense of regret and heartfelt sorrow” over forced adoption practices involving thousands of single mothers that occurred in past decades.The practices involved separating unmarried mothers from their newborn babies immediately after birth and handing them to adoption agencies.The apology came jointly from Catholic Health [...]

Mongolia’s Catholic clinic reopens

SEOUL – The only Catholic clinic in Mongolia was reopened recently by Bishop Wenceslao Padilla of Ulaan Baatar.St Mary’s Clinic, which is in the compound of the Sts Peter and Paul Cathedral in the Mongolian capital, had been closed since April for the building of a new extension.The work went ahead with the help of [...]

Church slams move to expel homeless people

SEOUL – Church workers in Seoul have condemned plans by rail authorities to kick out onto the streets around 300 homeless people staying in a railway station.The Korea Railroad Corporation (Korail) announced in July it would remove the homeless people from Seoul Station in August.“It is inhuman for Korail to expel these people without any [...]

US diocese joins lawsuit over foster care issue

SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, USA – The Diocese of Belleville’s Catholic Charities agency has joined three other Illinois Catholic Charities agencies in a lawsuit against the American state.The charities are seeking to continue operating their foster care and adoption programmes since the passage of a law legalising civil unions for same-sex couples.The law stipulates same-sex couples have [...]

Indian groups oppose vasectomy plans

KOZHIKODE, INDIA – Pro-life campaigners in the Indian state of Kerala have condemned federal government attempts to promote male sterilisation.“Whether it’s male or female sterilisation, the Church can’t accept it,” said Fr Abraham Pulinchuvattil, director of Thamarassery diocese’s Marian Prolife Organization, on Aug 1.While the federal government is aiming to reduce the national total fertility [...]

China criticises Vatican for excommunications

BEIJING – The Chinese government has criticised the Vatican for excommunicating two bishops who were ordained without papal mandate.The state-run Xinhua News Agency published a statement on July 25 by the State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) saying that the Vatican’s action was “extremely unreasonable and rude”, reported the Asian Church news agency UCA News.“If [...]