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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.

China consecrates first new bishop in three years

Aug 7, 2015 - 12:04 am .- In mainland China's first episcopal consecration since 2012, a priest was consecrated a bishop in the cathedral of Anyang on Tuesday. His appointment was agreed upon by both the Vatican and the Chinese government.

After 57 years, Kiwi priests' ministry in Antarctica ends

Aug 4, 2015 - 12:08 am .- New Zealand's Diocese of Christchurch has operated an Antarctic Ministry at McMurdo Station, the largest community in Antarctica, since November 1957. But a declining numbers of churchgoers has brought the program to an end.

Catholics in India mourn Abdul Kalam, the much-loved 'people's president'

Jul 29, 2015 - 09:06 pm .- Catholics in India have joined their confreres in paying tribute to and praying for APJ Abdul Kalam, who served as the nation's president from 2002 to 2007 and was beloved by Indians across religious and cultural divides.

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.

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