Pagosa Catholic Church announces events
Pope John Paul II Catholic Church, 353 South Pagosa Blvd. in Pagosa Springs, will hold these events:
Mass for the Unborn, a Mass in remembrance of Roe vs. Wade, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 23. Prior to the Mass, at 5:15 p.m., there will be a showing of Changing Sides, The Abby Johnson Story. Johnson was a former Planned Parenthood director who is now a pro-life advocate. Following the video, Dan Anguis, director of Life Guard in Durango, will speak.
A Charismatic Healing Mass will be held at 7 p.m. Friday. This will be a bilingual Mass with the Rev. Don Malin. Music will be provided by Jeremiah 29, a Catholic Charismatic Worship leading team. In this Mass the spiritual gifts of first Corinthians 12 may be present, such as healing, the gift of tongues and prophecy.
China tells United States not interfere with Tibetans
BEIJING China warned the United States on Wednesday against using religious incidents as a pretext to interfere in its domestic affairs after the U.S. government expressed concern about a series of self-immolations by Tibetans.
At least 15 Buddhist monks, nuns and former monks are believed to have set themselves on fire in the last year, mostly in traditionally Tibetan areas of southwestern Sichuan province.
Most have chanted for Tibetan freedom and the return of their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, who fled to India amid an abortive uprising against Chinese rule in 1959.
Three men reportedly set themselves on fire in the last week.
The U.S. State Department on Monday said it was seriously concerned by the latest reports of self-immolations. Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the incidents reflected enormous anger and enormous frustration about severe Chinese government restrictions about human rights and religious freedom.
In response, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said the government attaches great importance and safeguards the basic rights of ethnic groups, including their freedom of religious belief.
We firmly oppose making use of religious affairs to interfere in Chinas domestic affairs.
Herald Staff and Associated Press