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Tears for Farkhunda: Catholics join fury over savage killing of Afghan woman

Mar 25, 2015 - 11:57 am .- After last week’s horrific mob killing of a young woman in Afghanistan, Catholics are calling for a re-dedication to religious liberty and human rights worldwide.

Young Vietnamese migrant workers find strength in Lenten practices

Mar 25, 2015 - 12:51 am .- Young Vietnamese Catholics living in Thailand came together for a Lenten retreat focused on spiritual nourishment for the challenges of life as migrant workers in a foreign country.

Australian bishop affirms innocence amid charges of concealing abuse

Mar 18, 2015 - 01:01 pm .- An Australian bishop is strongly denying accusations that he concealed a serious sexual abuse offense allegedly disclosed to him in the 1970s.

Hindu priest breaks into tears after elderly nun raped in India

Mar 17, 2015 - 03:51 pm .- After the “heinous” rape of an elderly nun in the Indian state of West Bengal over the weekend, protestors have rallied in opposition to violence against women, with one Hindu priest tearfully voicing sorrow for the vicious act.

Pakistani Christians mourn bomb victims, protest lack of security

Mar 16, 2015 - 12:58 pm .- Christians in Pakistan are grieving the loss of 15 people who were killed in suicide bomb attacks on two churches in Lahore on Sunday, and are protesting the lack of security provided by the government to the nation's tiny Christian minority.

From Poland to Papua New Guinea, a great task awaits the new Bishop of Wewak

Mar 10, 2015 - 12:08 am .- Next month, a Polish missionary to Papua New Guinea will continue his 23-year ministry to the Melanesian nation with the added responsibility of serving as Bishop of Wewak, on the country's northern coast.

Nuns in Burma encourage empowerment of women, end to inequality

Mar 9, 2015 - 06:06 pm .- A community of women religious held a workshop in Burma's largest city over the weekend to mark International Women's Day, exploring sex inequality and women's rights in the southeast Asian nation also known as Myanmar.

Burmese parish attacked amid ethnic conflict

Mar 6, 2015 - 04:31 pm .- A parish in the Shan state of Burma, also known as Myanmar, became embroiled in the region’s spiraling conflict last week when small artillery shells landed in the church compound.

Indian bishop encourages celebration of color festival in joy, freedom

Mar 6, 2015 - 03:14 pm .- With Indians and Hindus celebrating Holi, a spring festival of colors, today, Bishop Thomas Dabre of Poona has encouraged the faithful to participate in the celebration, which is meant to promote spiritual and social harmony.

Indian diocese joins with Pope Francis in praying for persecuted Christians

Mar 3, 2015 - 04:01 am .- A remote diocese under the shadow of the Himalayas joined hands with Pope Francis' prayer for persecuted Christians in the Middle East on Sunday through a special candlelight prayer service.

Karachi Church urges faithful to consider God's plans during Lent – not their own

Mar 3, 2015 - 02:03 am .- The Archdiocese of Karachi, based in Pakistan's largest city, held a Lenten seminar last month to help the faithful there revitalize their faith life and to meaningfully prepare for Easter.

Jesuit priest's cheerful disposition kept hope alive during Afghan captivity

Feb 27, 2015 - 02:01 am .- A key player in working for the release of a Jesuit priest held by suspected Taliban militants in Afghanistan for eight months said Thursday the priest never lost hope and was confident in the efforts being made to secure his freedom.

Indians rise up to defend Mother Teresa's legacy after attack by Hindu leader

Feb 26, 2015 - 04:01 pm .- Indians from all walks of life and religions have joined to condemn allegations made against Bl. Teresa of Calcutta by a fundamentalist Hindu leader charging that her sole objective in helping the poor was converting them to Christianity.

Chinese Bible association gathers to make Scripture the heart of Church's life

Feb 26, 2015 - 02:04 am .- The United Chinese Catholic Biblical Association held its tenth World Chinese Biblical Congress last month in Taiwan, drawing participants from 18 countries to reflect on Scripture and its place in the new evangelization.

For Thailand's new cardinal, secularism is the face of the devil

Feb 23, 2015 - 05:12 pm .- The main challenge facing the Church today is secularism, according to Cardinal Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovithavanij of Bangkok, who boldly called the phenomenon the devil's face in the modern world.

Australians welcome appointment of new apostolic nuncio

Feb 19, 2015 - 12:03 am .- Australia's Catholics have received with joy the news that Pope Francis on Tuesday appointed Archbishop Adolfo Yllana, a Filipino native, as their apostolic nuncio.

Chinese New Year bumps Ash Wednesday fasting for Asia's Catholics

Feb 17, 2015 - 12:03 am .- Since Ash Wednesday coincides this year with Chinese New Year – also known as Lunar New Year – many bishops in East Asia are granting dispensations from the fasting and abstinence normally required on the day which begins the season of Lent.

What are the challenges facing family catechesis in India?

Feb 16, 2015 - 09:09 pm .- The Indian Catechetical Association held its ninth annual convention last week to evaluate the central challenges to both the evangelization and catechesis of families on the subcontinent.

'A dark day for Australia': Church laments detention of child asylum seekers

Feb 13, 2015 - 12:53 pm .- A report detailing the profoundly negative effects of the long-term detention of children seeking asylum in Australia has led Church leaders there to call the government's policy “barbaric.”

Jail, not death: appropriate punishment according to Australia's bishops

Feb 12, 2015 - 02:03 am .- With two of their nationals on Indonesia's death row over drug trafficking offenses, the Australian bishops are appealing to the government to stay their executions by firing squad, believed to be imminent.

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