Easter 2005:Asia, signs of hopestronger than death

31/03/2005
Underground Catholic priest arrested

Measures against the unofficial Church increasing.  Conversions and baptisms also increasing.  At Easter all Catholics prayed for the Pope's health.

31/03/2005
Easter in Mosul, Christians overcome fear and throng churches
Churches full of the faithful are a sign of the resurrection, says Chaldean priest.
31/03/2005
Catholics celebrate Easter in a new church in northern Laos
30/03/2005
One killed and six injured after an Easter attack by armed assailants
29/03/2005
In Antioch Catholics and Orthodox celebrate Easter together
29/03/2005
Easter in Pakistan, a time of solidarity despite discrimination
26/03/2005
Waiting for the Resurrection of Christ and the rise of the sun on a working day
Catholics and Protestants gather at dawn. Christians and Muslims want Sunday as a day of rest.
25/03/2005
Catholics and Muslims united by a Cross
Muslims donated the Cross of the Lady of Rosary Church. Traditionally, Muslims and Catholics prepare the Cross for worship during Holy Week. Services are scheduled to allow the faithful to participate.
25/03/2005
In Phuket, the Passion of Christ can be seen in the eyes of people
Catholic priest relates how Easter is being celebrated on the tsunami-stricken island. The West has forgotten what happened but locals still know how to smile. Tourism is in crisis and reconstruction only concerns big hotels. Easter mass will be followed by an inter-faith meal for Buddhists and Christians.
24/03/2005
Jerusalem: the Cross breaks down the wall of fear
A talk with Fr Pierbattista Pizzaballa, OFM, Custodian of the Holy Land.
24/03/2005
Easter, a time of crowded churches and terrorist threats
23/03/2005
Christians of Mosul, the light of the Resurrection in the Calvary of war
Mosul Archbishop's Easter message: "Let us learn from Jesus; let us work so that the last word is not left to terrorism and death." Local priest tells of Easter preparations: packed churches, youth attending Mass despite parents' orders.  Liturgy shortened during Holy Week to limit the risk of attacks.
23/03/2005
Catholic NGO to help widows and children for Easter
23/03/2005
The joy of the Risen in the midst of the trials of the Mideast, says Patriarch of Jerusalem
22/03/2005
On Easter night 25 new Christians to join the faith
Cardinal Kitbunchu will welcome the catechumens into the Church.
22/03/2005
Easter, the 'Light of Christ', from Jerusalem to the Jordan
21/03/2005
Baghdad Christians celebrate Palm Sunday without fear
Christian political leader abducted in January is freed.
21/03/2005
Catholics crowd churches for Palm Sunday services
The faithful are urged to pray; they are also invited to go and see Mel Gibson's 'The Passion of the Christ'.
21/03/2005
Palm Sunday, when hope lies with the young
Despite storms Lebanon won't die, says Maronite Bishop of Beirut.
18/03/2005
From the Passion of Christ to the fight against social injustice
16/03/2005
Far from high tech gizmos, Thai Catholics celebrate Lent
The faithful comein large numbers toa spiritual retreat organised by the Archdiocese of Bangkok. Similar events involving Protestants and Muslims are planned for the rest of year.
14/03/2005
Way Of The Cross To Emphasize Dignity Of Human Life From Conception
26/02/2005
Fasting and solidarity during Lent in Pakistan
Christians begin fasting at sunset to be different from Muslims. Local dioceses urge the faithful to donate for tsunami victims.
26/02/2005
On Eastern Sunday 174 Cambodians to become Christian
17/02/2005
Catholics Pledge Thrifty Lunar New Year Celebrations To Help Tsunami Survivors


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