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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.

How Christians in remote India came together to celebrate Christmas

Jan 14, 2016 - 09:06 pm .- In the remote foothills of India’s Patkai-Bum mountains, a Catholic parish joined Christians of various denominations to share the joy of Christmas and forge friendships to serve a common vision of harmony and peace.

Millions flood streets of Manila for Black Nazarene devotion

Jan 13, 2016 - 09:43 pm .- Millions of Catholic faithful swarmed the streets of metro Manila for the procession of the Black Nazarene over the weekend, as clergy encouraged the devotees to use the occasion to reflect on Jesus Christ’s path to Calvary.

Why can't Catholic couples write their own vows? This bishop explains.

Jan 9, 2016 - 04:06 pm .- The president of the Filipino bishops' conference has explained that couples are unable to write their own wedding vows because in the sacrament of marriage, it is Christ himself who is acting through the husband and wife.

In North Korea, Canadian pastor faces life imprisonment

Dec 16, 2015 - 05:19 pm .- North Korea has sentenced Hyeon Soo Lim, a Christian pastor and a Canadian citizen, to life in prison with hard labor, claiming he has committed crimes against the state.

Meet the families bearing the consequences of environmental change

Dec 13, 2015 - 03:43 pm .- For Mary Ann Remocaldo, taking out the trash is not just a simple household chore. Instead, proper waste disposal has meant the difference between living normally and worrying about dangerous floods and diseases.

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.

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