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Asia Bibi's case shows need for interreligious dialogue in Pakistan, priest says

Jul 28, 2015 - 04:44 pm .- A Dominican priest in Pakistan has praised the nation’s Supreme Court for suspending the death sentence of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman charged with blasphemy, and has emphasized the importance of dialogue between Muslims and Christians.

How Laudato Si is being put into practice in India

Jul 25, 2015 - 04:22 pm .- The diocese of Miao, India sits in rich, mountainous forest terrain on the edge of the Himalayas. Most of its residents are tribal artisans whose livelihood is solely dependent on the local natural resources and the forest’s produce.

Franciscan priest abducted in Syria set free by captors

Jul 15, 2015 - 03:02 am .- The organization of Franciscan missionaries serving in the Holy Land announced that Father Dhiya Aziz, who had been kidnapped early last week in Syria, was liberated.

Catholics in Singapore celebrate 50 years of nation's independence

Jul 15, 2015 - 12:03 am .- Anticipating this autumn's 50th anniversary of Singapore's independence from Malaysia, the nation's Catholics gathered earlier this month to celebrate a Mass pledging the Church's support for the city-state.

Korean cardinal praises medics' courage in face of Mers outbreak

Jul 11, 2015 - 11:33 am .- The recently-elevated cardinal of Seoul has expressed his gratitude to the doctors and nurses of the Catholic Medical Center for their service during the ongoing Mers outbreak in South Korea.

Australia's bishops reaffirm marriage – and get reported to government

Jul 8, 2015 - 03:04 am .- In a recent pastoral letter on marriage, Australia’s Catholic bishops reaffirmed Catholic teaching. And one of the bishops has countered a leading same-sex marriage activist who said the pastoral letter should be reported to the Tasmanian government for illegal bias.

Pakistani police save Christian couple from 'anti-blasphemy' mob attack

Jul 6, 2015 - 12:01 pm .- Police last week saved a Christian couple from a mob in Pakistan that attempted to kill them for allegedly committing blasphemy, the latest such violent incident in the country.

Sister Nirmala, former head of Missionaries of Charity, dies in India

Jun 23, 2015 - 11:30 am .- Catholics around the world are mourning the death of Sister Nirmala Joshi, who passed away Tuesday. Sr. Nirmala had succeeded Blessed Teresa of Calcutta as superior general of the Missionaries of Charity, serving in that capacity from 1997 to 2009.

In Thailand, Catholic seminary marks eight vibrant decades

Jun 17, 2015 - 04:16 pm .- The Sacred Heart of Jesus Minor Seminary in Thailand’s Chantaburi diocese has spent 80 years forming young men to be priests.

Australian bishops stress Cardinal Pell’s determination to fight sex abuse

Jun 5, 2015 - 12:03 am .- A group of Australian bishops have emphasized Cardinal George Pell’s record of leadership against clergy sex abuse following critical news broadcasts and comments from a member of the pontifical council against abuse.

In Pakistan, dozens face murder charges for lynching of Christian couple

May 29, 2015 - 06:01 am .- In Pakistan’s Punjab province, 106 people have been charged with the November 2014 murder of a Christian couple, who were attacked by a lynch mob and burned alive after being accused of blasphemy.

Another Christian youth is accused over blasphemy law in Pakistan

May 28, 2015 - 06:01 am .- Tension and fear have gripped the Christian community in Lahore, Pakistan's second largest city, after a Muslim mob attacked the community on Sunday when a young Christian man was accused of blasphemy.

Understanding the fierce devotion behind the Black Nazarene

May 27, 2015 - 12:27 am .- For over four centuries, a historical and iconic miraculous statue of Jesus Christ carrying his Cross has become an emblem of passion, struggle and faith for Filipino Catholics.

Relics of Saints John XXIII, John Paul II light fires of faith in Thailand

May 24, 2015 - 06:08 am .- Scores of Catholic faithful are taking part in the Thailand tour of the sacred relics of St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II.

How Chinese Catholics around the world are renewing their commitment to the Bible

May 8, 2015 - 06:00 am .- On the 25th anniversary of the United Chinese Catholic Biblical Association, groups across the globe are reaffirming their dedication to studying and praying with Scripture.

Indonesia draws international outcry for executing drug traffickers

May 4, 2015 - 10:07 am .- The Australian bishops joined their voices to the international condemnation of the Indonesian government's execution of foreign drug traffickers last week.

Local bishop describes 'a very, very frightening scene' in Nepal

Apr 28, 2015 - 04:05 pm .- Nepal’s bishop has given a graphic account of the country’s catastrophic April 25 earthquake, describing how he was lucky to survive.

Pope Francis assures Nepal earthquake survivors of his closeness and prayers

Apr 26, 2015 - 10:06 am .- Pope Francis led the crowds gathered in Saint Peter’s Square for the weekly Regina Caeli address in praying for the victims of Saturday’s earthquake in Nepal which has claimed thousands of lives.

Australian bishops: the suffering need compassion, not suicide by drugs

Apr 16, 2015 - 02:24 am .- Euthanasia isn’t what the suffering and dying really need, said Australia’s Catholic bishops.

India bishop: Christ is working through the tragedy of present-day martyrdom

Apr 6, 2015 - 05:47 pm .- In his Easter letter released this week, Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao reflected on Christ's work through the tragedies of this life, noting the ongoing persecution of Christians and in particular the martyrdom of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya earlier this year.

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