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Catholics celebrate Easter in a new church in northern Laos
Catholics in Savannakhet celebrate the ordination of new priest
Apostolic Vicar Jean Sommeng Vorachak presides ceremony, urges Father Matthieu to be a “missionary” among his fellow men and serve the people. Monsignor Pennacchio, apostolic delegate to Laos, tells the new priest to be an “example for the young”, expressing hope in “new vocations.”
More then 300 tribal forced to reconvert to Hinduism
Christians are blackmailed and forced to renounce their faith, Mgr Bilung, Bishop of Rourkela (Orissa) says.
Vietnamese Jesuits mark 400 years of mission with a solemn Mass
The Holy Year ends on 18 January 2015, exactly four centuries after the Jesuits set foot in the country for the first time. In order to mark the occasion, they set up a website listing all major events associated with the anniversary. One of the aims of the commemoration is the spiritual renewal of the members of the Society of Jesus and those who have adopted its charism.
New Evangelisation, bearing witness to Christ among Vietnam's non-believers
In the Year of Faith, the local Church promotes the task of mission to "meet Jesus in friendship." In late April, more than 400 priests met in the north for their annual gathering, to share "humanity, spirituality, social and pastoral issues." For the papal representative, priests are "ministers of the Word of God for all".
Evangelisation and the new constitution at the centre of the Vietnamese Bishops' assembly
The Conference of Bishops held its first general meeting of 2013, focusing on internal challenges, such as relations with Hanoi, and Pope Francis's first steps. Many issues, from pastoral care to diocesan reform, were covered in an atmosphere of calm and "deep spirituality". Mgr Girelli attended the proceedings.
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