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ALL AFRICA REPORT: At least 38 people have died across Nigeria after a series of Christmas Eve bomb explosions and attacks on churches.
Police are trying to defuse the situation amid reports that youths have set up barricades and set vehicles on fire.
There were seven blasts in two areas in the central Nigerian city of Jos, killing 36 and injuring more than 70.
Concurrently, three churches were attacked in the northern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, killing six. There is no evidence that the two attacks are linked: no one has claimed responsibility in either area, but last Christmas Boko Haram, an Islamist sect, was responsible for violence in Maiduguri.
Observers say the situation is especially tense in Jos, where sectarian violence has claimed some 1,500 lives this year.
Jos lies in the middle of a country roughly split between a Muslim north and Christian south. But the attacks claimed adherents of both religions, as they occurred in crowded marketplaces.
The situation in Nigeria, one of the world's largest oil producers, has become increasingly tense as April elections near.
Beijing (AsiaNews) - Chinese Catholics are preparing to celebrate Christmas with joy and peace, despite the recent events in the Catholic Church in China.
An underground priest, Joseph in northeastern China toldAsiaNews that he and his other two priests in the parish have to move about in 12 churches or prayer houses to celebrate midnight Mass and Christmas Mass for their faithful.
This year, northern China experiences extreme cold weather, as the temperature is now minus 30 degree Celsius. “To avoid the faithful travelling for a long way in the snowy weather,- he said - the priests would move about to say Christmas Mass in their localities.”.
Catholics are helpful in organizing prayers, novena and adoration of Child Jesus in the manger while Catholic students have organized activities for parishioners, he said.
“I hope our Lord who descend among us would grant us the permanent warmth,” he said amid the events in the Church in China in the past weeks.
In the south, Bishop Cai Bingrui of Xiamen, Fujian province, who celebrates the first Christmas as bishop, told AsiaNews that he prays that evangelization and social services in the diocese will be strengthened. He was ordained a bishop this past May.
Thanks to the young Catholics, Mgr. Cai said, they have organized a 90-minute drama based on the Nativity story to be shown before midnight Mass tomorrow at the cathedral. “This will give non-Catholics a clear understanding of the Nativity”, he said, since Christmas usually attracts many non-Catholics to come to churches.
Both Masses at the cathedral as well as the one on Gulangyu Island will take place at 8 pm instead of midnight. The church on the island will be in English and many foreigners are expected, and the Mass will be held outdoor.
Also ordained this year was Bishop Han Yingjin of Sanyuan, who issued his first ever pastoral letter at the time of Advent, calling for efforts for evangelization.
“Liturgically speaking, a person whose cause has been introduced for canonization can be publicly celebrated as a feast only locally — that is to say, where the person worked or died,” said Fr. Charles Corso, a Holy Cross priest at the Oratory in Montreal. “But once the person is canonized, that means that anywhere in the world people can celebrate an official liturgical feast day Mass.”
St. Brother André was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on Oct. 17, when he became the first male born on Canadian soil elevated to sainthood.
Corso said there have been Masses to celebrate the feast day at the Oratory for years, so this year won’t be much different in Montreal. He adds that through the Congregation of Holy Cross, there have been Masses for Brother André when he became Venerable, then Blessed, around the world.
“But we will expect more people to come,” he said. “Other than that, we’ve been honouring Brother André for years and years.
“What canonization means is that all around the world he’s held up as a model for Catholics: his life, his way of holiness, his humility... The universal Church may now celebrate his feast day.”
The Oratory’s official choir, Les Petits Chanteurs de Mont-Royal, will be singing at the 7:30 p.m. Mass, Corso said. The choir is made up of singers from the all-boys choir school, which goes by the same name. As well, select Masses throughout the day will have congregational singing with organ accompaniment, which doesn’t usually happen on a weekday, he said.
It won’t be the only celebration, however. Since the weather is always very cold and blustery in Montreal on Jan. 6, it’s hard to celebrate, said Corso.
“So what we do in the month of August — he was born on Aug. 9 — we sort of transfer a number of special activities for celebrating his birthday as a feast,” such as a pilgrimage to his birth place. “There’s probably more celebration and activities in August than in January.”
Subject to the satisfactory completion of those negotiations, the undertaking of final due diligence by Little Company of Mary Health Care, and necessary government approvals, it is anticipated that Little Company of Mary Health Care would commence operating the aged and community care services of CatholicCare from April 1, 2011.
This follows a process during which several Catholic aged care providers expressed interest in continuing the aged care ministry of CatholicCare in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.
A transfer will increase the long-term financial stability of the Diocese and help support its charitable and pastoral works and allow for the development of current and future ministry needs, said the statement.
Maitland-Newcastle's Bishop Michael Malone noted that Little Company of Mary Health Care has committed to the continuing employment of all of the aged and community care staff of CatholicCare, including those in the Corporate Office, on their current terms and conditions.
Bishop Michael commented that "While any decision of this type is always difficult and potentially distressing for those affected by it, I am satisfied that, if the negotiations and due diligence can be satisfactorily concluded, the transfer of the aged care services of CatholicCare to Little Company of Mary Health Care would ultimately benefit the people of the Hunter-Manning."
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Feast: December 26