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posted May 30, 2018, 9:38 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated May 30, 2018, 9:38 AM ]

Muslims hail appointment of Cardinal Coutts

"I have worked alongside Archbishop Coutts for the last 11 years. The choice to appoint him Cardinal is a great honour for the entire nation of Pakistan. We support him in building and promoting love, peace and harmony and unity in Pakistan. We will soon organise a large interreligious gathering dedicated to His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Coutts," said Allama Mohammad Ahsan Siddiqui, director of the Interreligious Commission for Peace and Harmony in Karachi. Several civilian and religious leaders commented positively on the appointment of Joseph Coutts as Cardinal.

Fr Saleh Diego, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Karachi, said: "We are happy; the Archbishop is known for his tireless work in promoting harmony and dialogue in the country."

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Interfaith leaders visit strife-torn Rakhine State

Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangoon was among the international and local interfaith leaders who flew into strife-torn Rakhine State in an effort to better understand the Rohingya crisis.

Six members of Religions for Peace International were taken to Maungdaw township in northern Rakhine on May 27, where they visited transit and reception centres, besides meeting with Rohingya, Hindu and Mro communities.

From the air, the delegation also saw hundreds of Rohingya villages that were destroyed during a Myanmar military counter-insurgency campaign waged against Rohingya militants since September last year. More than 670,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh to avoid the military's campaign, which has been dubbed ethnic cleansing by the U.N.


Caritas aids victims of volcano

Church social action arm Caritas has rushed to distribute thousands of face-masks and provide eye drops to people living in Indonesia’s Semarang Archdiocese, following a series of volcanic eruptions.

Considered one of Indonesia’s most active volcanos, Mount Merapi in central Java has seen at least nine eruptions over the last month, sending steam and ash clouds 6,000 metres into the sky, seriously affecting air quality for thousands of people.


Deadline extended for Australian nun to leave country

An Australian nun who has been ordered to leave the Philippines for alleged involvement in partisan political activities got a reprieve after the country's Justice Department allowed her to extend her stay.

Catholic missionary Sr Patricia Fox, however, said it was a "temporary victory," adding that she will not remain complacent, because it was President Rodrigo Duterte who wanted her out of the country.


Prayers for communion and reconciliation

May 24 has been a day of prayer for the Catholic Church in China since 2007, when Pope Benedict invited all Catholics, but especially Chinese Catholics, to embrace the special day by renewing their faith in Jesus and striving for unity.

Echoing this, Pope Francis has encouraged prayers, asking that Chinese Catholics make concrete gestures of "fraternity, harmony and reconciliation."

Although official religious controls are increasing in China, this day of prayer is not directed against the Chinese government.

Instead, it is primarily designed to encourage communion and reconciliation among Chinese Catholics.