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Woman bulldozed to death in China signals new wave of oppression

Apr 27, 2016 - 03:02 am .- Two members of a Chinese church demolition crew have been detained by police after they allegedly bulldozed the wife of a Christian pastor who had attempted to halt the destruction of her church.

In India, this Marian devotion uses coconut oil – and draws quite a crowd

Apr 22, 2016 - 12:08 am .- In a small town in India's Goa state, the Feast of Our Lady of Miracles draws devotees from multiple religions – and coconut oil plays a role in their observances.

Japanese bishops mobilize relief efforts to help earthquake victims

Apr 18, 2016 - 02:52 pm .- Japan's Catholic bishops are coordinating efforts to help the thousands of people affected by the two earthquakes which struck the city of Kumamoto on the southwestern island of Kyushu last week.

After Easter Sunday terror, Pakistan's Catholics see hope in new priests

Apr 15, 2016 - 06:08 am .- Just weeks after the deadly Easter Sunday attacks on Christians, Catholics in Pakistan had a time to rejoice: five new young priests were ordained for the Capuchin Franciscans.

Christians, Muslims in Thailand gather to promote harmony and peace

Apr 12, 2016 - 12:04 am .- Catholic officials attended the inauguration of a new mosque in Bangkok earlier this week, in an effort to foster interreligious dialogue, and harmony between their communities in Thailand.

Kids being exposed to porn is abuse, Australian bishops say

Apr 7, 2016 - 03:06 am .- Exposure to pornography harms children to such an extent it should be considered child abuse, Australia’s Catholic bishops said in a recent call for action.  

India's foreign minister reassures bishops that Father Tom is alive

Apr 6, 2016 - 05:29 pm .- After rampant rumors spread of the crucifixion of kidnapped priest Father Tom Uzhunnalil, an Indian government official told the nation's bishops on Saturday that the priest is alive and that they are working on ensuring his safe and quick return.

Bishop Mulkearns, accused of sex abuse cover-up in Australia, dies

Apr 5, 2016 - 12:04 am .- Bishop Ronald Mulkearns, who led the Diocese of Ballarat in Australia's Victoria state from 1971 to 1997, died Monday at the age of 85. He had been accused of covering up sexual abuse of children in his diocese.

India's bishops push government to help find Fr Tom

Mar 30, 2016 - 11:50 am .- After the circulation of rumors claiming Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil was tortured and crucified on Good Friday, the Indian bishops have written to the government urging greater effort in locating the priest.

Horrific Easter bombing seen as a crossroad for Pakistan

Mar 28, 2016 - 04:56 pm .- Religious freedom advocates have condemned the Easter Sunday bombing in Pakistan that killed more than 70, while insisting upon reform within the country to prevent future such attacks.

This unique chant brings Vietnamese Catholics deeper into Christ's Passion

Mar 25, 2016 - 07:08 am .- While the Stations of the Cross are a worldwide Lenten devotion for Catholics, the faithful in Vietnam have an additional practice that blends ancient traditional chants with Catholic prayer and meditation on the Crucifixion.

How can the Catholic Church help Burma's transition to democracy?

Mar 21, 2016 - 05:00 pm .- The bishops of Burma held a three-day seminar earlier this month to discuss the Church's role in reconciliation as the country transitions to civilian rule after more than 50 years of military government.

Filipino Catholics invited to turn off lights for Earth Hour

Mar 18, 2016 - 02:34 pm .- A Filipino cardinal has encouraged Catholics to support this year’s “Earth Hour,” a global environmental campaign that consists of switching off the lights for one hour this Saturday.

A rare glimpse into the lives of Thailand's Red Nuns

Mar 18, 2016 - 06:23 am .- An American group of cloistered nuns has opened a new monastery to bring their contemplative spirituality to the northeast of Thailand.

Pakistani diocese opens cause for Shahbaz Bhatti to be declared a martyr

Mar 2, 2016 - 04:38 pm .- Marking the fifth anniverary of the assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti on Wednesday, a Pakistani diocese has opened a process of enquiry towards declaring the late politician a martyr.

Singapore archbishop slams Madonna concert as 'pseudo-art'

Feb 25, 2016 - 03:02 am .- Singapore's music fans can do better than Madonna, the local Catholic archbishop has said.

Pope Francis had a special message for the Eucharistic congress in the Philippines

Feb 1, 2016 - 07:30 pm .- Pope Francis’ closing message to the 2016 International Eucharistic Congress said that the Eucharist is a consolation for the Catholic – and also a summons to be a missionary to bring God’s mercy to everyone.

Millions turn out for Mass during Eucharistic Congress in the Philippines

Feb 1, 2016 - 04:42 pm .- Massive crowds estimated in the millions took part in the Masses and liturgical processions of the eight-day International Eucharistic Congress which recently concluded in the Philippines.

In Myanmar, the Good Shepherd sisters celebrate 150 years of mission

Jan 27, 2016 - 01:02 am .- A century and a half ago, the Sisters of the Good Shepherd took their mission of evangelization and service to what is now Myanmar, or Burma. This year, they’re celebrating their anniversary jubilee in the country.

Mercy, not magic – Archdiocese of Bombay clarifies Holy Doors and the Jubilee

Jan 26, 2016 - 04:25 pm .- The Archdiocese of Bombay issued a clarification last week after WhatsApp users in Maharashtra were circulating a 'misleading' message which promoted a superstitious understanding of the Year of Mercy.

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