Mobile apps help some Catholics in freezing northeastern China

HONG KONG (CNS) — Catholic communities in China’s northeastern provinces are using social media to evangelize in the freezing and smoggy winter while still offering pastoral care directly to the elderly Catholics to fill the digital gap, reported ucanews.com. In Jilin, Heilongjiang and Liaoning provinces, the average temperature drops below freezing for four to six…

Catholics among initial responders to those injured in Tianjin blast

HONG KONG (CNS) — The morning after the industrial blast in Tianjin, China, the Tianjin Diocesan Social Service Center helped line up 60 volunteers to assist the government’s rescue and relief work. The volunteers donated drinking water, clothes and other supplies to hospitals and temporary settlements for evacuees, reported ucanews.com. At least 114 people were…

Finding Faith and Following His Heart

When student Peter Yang arrived at Cathedral two years ago, he had little time for anything to do with religion. Now, thanks to his own curiosity and the support of the school community, he is preparing for full initiation into the Catholic Church. By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Who was Jesus? Why do we need…

Pope offers prayers for victims of earthquake in China

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As Chinese authorities raised the official death toll from an Aug. 3 earthquake in the southern Yunnan province, Pope Francis offered public prayers for the victims and their families. “I express my closeness to the people of China’s Yunnan province, struck Sunday by an earthquake that caused numerous victims and enormous…