- Jul 26, 2021
The Catholic Church is lending a hand to people affected by the coronavirus in Myanmar as the country’s health system struggles to cope with a record wave of COVID-19 infections.
After record rainfall in central China left dozens dead and forced more than 1 million people to relocate, Pope Francis prayed for all those affected by the disaster.
Myanmar’s top ecclesial authority has urged citizens and the government to set differences aside and join forces in fighting the spread of the coronavirus, voicing hope that collaboration in this regard will bring healing and unity in a divided nation.
Archbishop Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi announced his decision in a message to the faithful of Tokyo published by UcaNews.com on July 12. In it, he explains that earlier anti-Covid provisions remain in place, while new ones were issued that will keep athletes from receiving pastoral attention from the archdiocese.
Christians and ethnic minorities in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar are facing increased oppression under the junta that overthrew the civilian government on Feb. 1, experts said during an online forum.
Relics from a Georgian queen were handed over by an India government official to the people of Georgia at a ceremony in Tbilisi on Saturday.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines elected Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Caloocan as its new president July 8.
The prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Clergy said that while a papal visit to North Korea seems very unlikely, it could be just the outside intervention needed to overcome the stalemate dividing the Korean Peninsula.