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Asia's first conference for deaf Catholics shares the mission of evangelization

Nov 25, 2015 - 04:03 pm .- Last week Thailand hosted the first international Asian conference for deaf Catholics, which explored the pastoral challenges to integrating the deaf into the Church's life.

In Australia, bishops face legal complaint for defending marriage

Nov 24, 2015 - 02:31 am .- The Sydney archbishop has strongly defended the freedom of the Catholic Church in response to a legal complaint claiming the Australian bishops’ pastoral letter on marriage violated Tasmania’s strict anti-discrimination law.

Five religions in Thailand send powerful message to people of Paris

Nov 21, 2015 - 05:46 am .- Uniting with other major faith groups at an interreligious ‘March for Peace,’ Thai Catholics on Thursday offered prayers for the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.

Amid digital media trends, Vatican looks to learn from Asian strengths

Nov 17, 2015 - 06:13 pm .- The Catholic Church can learn from Asian trends in social media to help build communications networks and advance evangelization, a Vatican official has said.

India draws praise for plan to end foreign surrogacy

Oct 30, 2015 - 12:20 am .- Known as the surrogacy capital of the world, India has announced that it would like to end its practice of allowing foreigners to contract surrogate pregnancies.

China replaces one-child policy with two-child policy

Oct 29, 2015 - 10:38 am .- The Chinese government has moved its cap on the number of children per family from one to two, the state’s news agency reported on Thursday. But one women’s rights activist says the change is not enough.

Pope Francis grieves loss of life in Afghanistan-Pakistan quake

Oct 27, 2015 - 12:45 pm .- After a massive earthquake rocked Pakistan and Afghanistan yesterday killing hundreds, Pope Francis on Tuesday voiced his sorrow and solidarity for victims and their families, assuring them of his prayers.

In Myanmar, Salesians celebrate seminary's 25th anniversary

Oct 25, 2015 - 06:08 am .- In the tribal hills of Myanmar’s (Burma's) far northern Shan State, Catholics celebrated an important double anniversary for two Salesian institutions.

Filipinos pray as they prepare to host the International Eucharistic Congress

Oct 21, 2015 - 12:08 am .- As the Philippines prepare to host the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in January, the country's Catholics are preparing by praying over the gathering's theme, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

Caritas Pakistan marks 50 years of service in South Asia

Oct 16, 2015 - 12:08 am .- Hundreds of Catholics in Pakistan gathered last month for a Mass of Thanksgiving which kicked off celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the foundation of Caritas Pakistan, part of the worldwide confederation of Catholic relief organizations.

New policy forces Missionaries of Charity to end adoption services in India

Oct 15, 2015 - 12:26 am .- Orphanages in India run by the Missionaries of Charity have decided to close their doors in light of new adoption guidelines that the sisters say violate natural law and their religious views.

What adoring the Eucharist looks like – on a massive scale in India

Sep 16, 2015 - 12:08 am .- The upcoming National Eucharistic Congress of India, being held in Mumbai in November, is meant to deepen the understanding, appreciation, and love of the Eucharist.

Seven years after deadly anti-Christian attacks in India, a call for justice

Sep 12, 2015 - 06:01 am .- Victims say that they are still waiting for justice, seven years after some of the most violent anti-Christian attacks in India’s recent history.

Filipinos mourn the death of pioneer Bishop Francisco San Diego of Pasig

Aug 26, 2015 - 12:01 pm .- Catholics in the Philippines are mourning Wednesday's death of Bishop Francisco San Diego, who founded the Diocese of Pasig in 2003 and led it until his retirement in 2010.

Thai Catholics join in interreligious prayer service after Bangkok bomb

Aug 25, 2015 - 06:01 am .- Catholics in Bangkok gathered together with their fellow countrymen last Friday to pray for peace in the wake of the bombing at a Hindu shrine in the city which had killed 20 people and injured scores earlier in the week.

Will the Catholic Church have a growing role in Korean reconciliation?

Aug 25, 2015 - 12:08 am .- With an increasing number of faithful, the Catholic Church in South Korea may foster a climate of reconciliation and peace, as the nation has reportedly made a deal with North Korea to avoid military escalation after days of fire exchanged between the nations.

How a Jesuit school in Nepal is helping earthquake survivors manage trauma

Aug 21, 2015 - 06:01 am .- A Jesuit primary school located near Kathmandu is using increased counselling and student-parent orientation programs to help both children and parents to cope with the experience of the earthquake which struck Nepal earlier this year.

What the Church is doing to help flood victims in Myanmar

Aug 13, 2015 - 11:30 am .- More than 100 people have been killed and thousands more displaced by monsoon flooding in Myanmar, one of the poorest nations in Asia. With government relief efforts faltering, the Catholic Church is stepping in to offer help.  

This Syriac bishop will be beatified on the 100th anniversary of his martyrdom

Aug 11, 2015 - 03:04 am .- On Saturday Pope Francis approved a decree recognizing the martyrdom of Flavien-Michel Malké, a Syriac Catholic bishop who was killed in 1915 amid the Ottoman Empire's genocide against its Christian minorities.

The Miracle of Hiroshima – Jesuits survived the atomic bomb thanks to the rosary

Aug 9, 2015 - 07:08 am .- Seventy years ago, the only wartime use of nuclear weapons took place in the Aug. 6 attack on Hiroshima and the Aug. 9 attack on Nagasaki by the United States.

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