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According to an article by Uganda’s Daily newspaper, “New Vision,” the Archbishop of Kampala, Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has emphasised that only ordained priests have the authority to administer Holy Oils. This observation will be widely seen as an attempt to rein-in on abuses by some lay persons associated with the Catholic Charismatic Renewal movement in Uganda.   The Metropolitan Archbishop of Kampala says the new guidelines have been formulated by the Uganda Episcopal Conference. The Archbishop announced the guidelines during the celebration of Chrism Mass.The Kampala prelate explained that the new guidelines had been formulated by the Uganda Bishops to prevent the emergence of controversies associated with the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement.Catholic Charismatic Renewal is a spiritual movement within the Catholic Church that incorporates aspects of both Catholic and charismatic practice. It places an emphasis on having a personal relationship wit...
(Vatican Radio)  Myanmar (also known as Burma) turned a new page in its gradual transition to democracy when the nation’s new civilian president, Htin Kyaw, was sworn in on Wednesday after decades of military rule.Kyaw is a close ally of Aung San Suu Kyi whose National League for Democracy party scored a landslide victory in last November’s elections. She is barred by the constitution from becoming president but has said she will run the government from behind the scenes.Benedict Rogers is an expert on Myanmar who works for the rights group, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, and has recently returned from a visit to the nation. He was interviewed by Susy Hodges. Listen to the interview with Benedict Rogers of Christian Solidarity Worldwide:   Rogers agreed with those describing the swearing-in of the new president as “an historic moment” but said the government will face “a lot of challenges ahead” because of the considerable p...
The Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the Diocese of Wonju, Korea presented by Msgr. Jacobus Kim Ji-Seok, in accordance with canon 401 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law, and appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Seoul, Msgr. Basil Cho Kyu-man, Bishop of Elefantaria in Proconsulari and Auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Seoul.  Msgr. Basil Cho Kyu-man was born on June 8, 1955 in Dongnae, Busan.  Educational CourseMar. 1968 Entered Songsin Middle School (Minor Seminary)Mar. 1971 Entered Songsin High School (Minor Seminary)Mar. 1974 Entered Catholic University in Seoul (Major Seminary)Feb. 1978 Graduated from Faculty of Theology of the Catholic University in SeoulAug. 1982 Graduated from Graduate School of the Catholic University in SeoulJun. 1986 Held a Master's Degree in Dogmatic Theology from the Pontifical Urbanian UniversityApr. 1990 Held a Doctor's Degree in Dogmatic Theology from the Pontifical Urbanian UniversitySep. 1990 - Jun. 1991 S...
The Holy Father accepted the resignation of Msgr. Florentino F. Cinense, from the pastoral care of the Diocese of Tarlac (Philippines) in accordance with canon 401 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law,  and appointed Enrique V. Macaraeg, of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan,  the new Bishop of the said diocese.   Currently  Fr. Enrique  was the parish priest of Saint Ildefonse parish, Malasiqui, Pangasinan. Msgr. Enrique V. Macaraeg was born in Manila on  December 28, 1955. He completed his philosophical and theological studies at the 'University of Santo Tomas Central Seminary in Manila and  achieved a Masters degree in Arts in Oriental Religions and Cultures.After he was ordained a priest   for the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan in  May  1979, he served the diocese as the dean of seminarians at the San Pablo Seminary, Baguio City, resident priest at Our Lady of Fatima parish in Quezon City, Parish priest in Mangalda...
(Vatican Radio) As the world continues to reel from terrorist attacks in Brussels, Paris, Africa and the Indian sub-continent, world leaders from 56 countries gather in Washington, USA, to deal with the frightening possibility that such terrorists will obtain a nuclear device. This comes as US officials ahve confirmed that nuclear power installations in Belgium were spied upon by operatives associated with those who executed the Brussels attacks.Listen to Priscilla Huff's report: US Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said that terrorist organizations are trying to obtain the raw materials for a nuclear device. “We know that terrorist organizations have the desire to get access to these raw materials,” he said, “and to have a nuclear device.”Sharon Squassoni, who is with the Centers for Strategic and International Studies, says these revelations, together with the fact that one of Belgium’s nuclear plants was sabotaged several years ago, m...
(Vatican Radio) Poland's foreign minister says the government stands by its pledge to take in 7,000 refugees under "strict conditions" after previously suggesting that Poland would walk away from the deal with the European Union following last week's terror attacks in Brussels which killed dozens of people.Listen to Stefan Bos' report: The announcement came amid growing frustration among rights activists and refugees stranded near the border with Macedonia as several countries have closed their borders and announced new measures to halt the influx of people fleeing war and poverty.Poland's Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski has told Polish television that his country will be ready to "review the applications" of refugees. However he warned that his country would only accept people whose identities are confirmed, who are found to pose no security threat and who are willing to come to Poland. He expressed doubt as to whether 7,000 such ref...
(Vatican Radio) In this week's edition edition of There's More in the Gospel than Meets the Eye, Jill Bevilacqua and Seàn-Patrick Lovett bring us readings and reflections for the Second Sunday of Easter, Feast of Divine Mercy. Listen: Gospel                        Jn 20: 19-31On the evening of that first day of the week,when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,for fear of the Jews,Jesus came and stood in their midstand said to them, “Peace be with you.”When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,“Receive the Holy Spirit.Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,and whose sins you retain are retained.&rd...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- In a story March 30 about the 2016 race for president, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Kristi Noem is a congresswoman from North Dakota. She is from South Dakota....
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- In a rare courtroom victory for a Serb defendant, a U.N. war crimes tribunal on Thursday acquitted ultranationalist politician Vojislav Seselj of atrocities and pronounced him a free man. The decision inflamed simmering tensions in the Balkans, sparking joy in Serbia and horror and deep anger in Bosnia and Croatia....
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Thunderstorms rumbled across parts of the South on Thursday, bringing the threat of possible tornadoes, a day after at least seven people were injured when severe storms spawned multiple tornado touchdowns in northeastern Oklahoma....
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