Pope Francis will visit Sri Lanka from Jan. 12-15, then spend Jan. 15-19 in the Philippines, the Vatican and Philippines bishops announced Tuesday.
Asian Youth Day, scheduled Aug. 13-17 in South Korea, is a smaller event that the international World Youth Day celebrations, said the Bangladeshi priest organizing the event.
Iraqi Christian refugees braved temperatures as high as 122 degrees to demand that the United Nations intervene to protect them from persecution by Islamist militants.
Sahar Mansour, a Chaldean Catholic who fled Mosul, Iraq, in June, told Catholic News Service by email that she saw some of the demonstrators faint in the heat as they marched from their refugee camp in Ankawa to the U.N. base in Irbil.
Approximately 90 bishops from around the world will accompany Pope Francis on his visit to South Korea next month, the preparation committee for the papal visit said Monday.
"Some 90 bishops, including 30 in the pope's entourage and 60 from other Asian countries, will attend various events during the pope's visit to South Korea," the committee told reporters.
As the world marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, scholars and authors are examining an overlooked facet of the war: its religious framework.
Global Sisters Report: These "rescue operations" help the sisters establish contact with the sex workers by distributing rosaries and missionaries' phone numbers.
Both priests spoke of their material powerlessness against the weapons of war, but of the importance of their spiritual presence for their community.
NCR Today: As another week of violence comes to a close, Fouad Twal, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, has been advancing the cause of peace in the Holy Land.
"At this very time when we could do so much together, the clouds of discrimination ... are gathering across the continent that needs the most support."
The Vatican representative to the U.N. Human Rights Council urged the Israeli military and fighters in the Gaza Strip to stop targeting civilian areas.
"As the number of people killed, wounded, uprooted from their homes, continues to increase in the conflict between Israel and some Palestinian groups, particularly in the Gaza Strip, the voice of reason seems submerged by the blast of arms," Archbishop Silvano Tomasi said Wednesday during a special session of the council in Geneva.