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posted May 2, 2018, 11:07 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated May 2, 2018, 11:08 PM ]

Pope lauds 'courageous' effort made by Korean leaders for peace

On April 29, Pope Francis praised the recent agreement signed by North and South Korean leaders aimed at reconciliation and denuclearisation, praying that the peace process on the peninsula would continue undeterred.

"I accompany with prayer the positive success of the Inter-Korean summit last Friday and the courageous commitment assumed by the leaders of the two parts to carry out a path of sincere dialogue for a Korean Peninsula free of nuclear weapons," the Pope said April 29.

On April 27, leaders of both North Korea and South Korea signed a revolutionary peace agreement aimed at eradicating nuclear weapons and increasing exchanges, visits, and cooperation between the two Koreas in order to promote a sense of unity and the eventual reunion of families separated during the Korean War.


Alfie Evans has died

Alfie Evans has died. His father, Tom, wrote in a Facebook post, the words which will now be an epitaph: "My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings. Absolutely heartbroken. I LOVE YOU, MY GUY."

His mother, Kate posted on Facebook: "Our baby boy grew his wings tonight at 2:30 am. We are heart broken. Thank you everyone for all your support."


Bp You: We entrust to our Korean martyrs peace in Korea

Bishop Lazzaro You Heung-sik, of the diocese of Daejeon and president of the Bishops Commission for South Korea said, "We entrust to our Korean martyrs peace in Korea. I was deeply moved while watching the meeting of the two Korean leaders on television. Then I prayed, I thanked God and gave my blessing too. I am truly happy because a new era has opened: truly we can see God works surprising great wonders."

"I invoked the protection of the Blessed Mary and the Korean martyrs: to them, I entrust this journey towards reconciliation and peace for the good of the entire Korean people and all humanity," the Bishop added.


Christian churches and groups pray and fast with Asia Bibi

Christian churches and groups in Pakistan responded to the call of Asia Bibi to join her in a special day of prayer and fasting on April 27 for her release. The campaign was launched through Asia Bibi's family, who visited her recently, and the Renaissance Education Foundation, Lahore which supports the family members of Asia Bibi and deals with the legal costs of the case.

Fr Arthur Charles, Parish Priest at St John Parish in Karachi sent the message to priests and catechists to inform the faithful using social media. He said: "I hope to spread the message widely; in my parish community, we will have prayers for Asia on two consecutive Fridays and special prayers for her at all Masses on Sunday, April 29."

Asia Bibi called on Christians all over the world to pray and fast with her on April 27, when she heard that Judge Saqib Nisar of the Supreme Court of Pakistan had announced: "We will soon make an appointment to hear the case of Asia Bibi," giving new hope for her release.


Priest killed in road robbery

A Catholic priest was killed in a road robbery on April 23 in Cote d'Ivoire. Fr Bernardin Brou Aka Daniel was assistant Parish Priest at Sacred Heart Parish, Koun-Abronso diocese of Abengourou, in the east of the country.


Catholic priest shot dead

A young Catholic priest was shot dead on April 29, as he was talking to people after Sunday Mass in a parish in the northern Philippines. Fr Mark Anthony Yuaga Ventura was the Parish Priest of Barangay Naruangan in Tuao town, some 485 km north of Manila, the national capital.

Fr Ventura had just finished saying 8 am Mass, when a man wearing a helmet walked up and shot him twice. He was proclaimed dead on the spot. The 37-year-old priest was blessing the children and talking to the choir members when the assailants killed him.