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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.

For these Christians in India, peaceful protests led to jail time

Feb 10, 2015 - 02:03 am .- Police in the Indian capital of New Delhi arrested numerous Christians on Thursday who were participating in peaceful protests requesting that the government take action following a series of attacks on churches in the city.

Inspired by St Don Bosco, Indian Church prepares youth to be tomorrow's leaders

Feb 4, 2015 - 12:04 am .- In the north-easternmost reaches of India, the Diocese of Miao is celebrating the bicentennial of St. John Bosco's birth by continuing his legacy of educating impoverished youth and preparing them for leadership.

Faith under siege: fifth Catholic church vandalized in New Delhi over two months

Feb 3, 2015 - 02:01 am .- Unidentified persons broke into St. Alphonsa parish in the Indian capital New Delhi during the early hours of Monday morning, scattering reserved Hosts and desecrating the sanctuary.

Youth urged to work for tolerance as violence steps up in India

Jan 31, 2015 - 04:03 pm .- The head of the Indian Catholic Youth Movement, Bishop Hendry D'Souza of Bellary, has raised his voice about the necessity of religious tolerance and interreligious dialouge in India.

Burma's Bibles: encouraging love of Scripture among the laity

Jan 29, 2015 - 06:50 pm .- The Church in Burma is engaged in a series of biblical seminars to aid in catechesis and in drawing the laity to read and appreciate Sacred Scripture, heeding the call of the Second Vatican Council.

Does Francis like being Pope? A behind-the-scenes chat in the Philippines

Jan 29, 2015 - 03:12 pm .- During his pastoral visit to the Philippines Jan. 15-19, Pope Francis held an unscheduled meeting at the Apostolic Nunciature in Manila with 40 Jesuit priests and told them how it feels to be the Successor of Peter.  

Catholics in Australia support Pope Francis' action against human trafficking

Jan 27, 2015 - 02:08 am .- Australia's bishops and religious have joined the global call of Pope Francis to mark Feb. 8, the Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, as the world day of prayer, reflection, and action against human trafficking.

Cardinal praises Catholics in Vietnam for their witness to the faith

Jan 27, 2015 - 12:03 am .- Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, lauded the efforts of the Catholic community in Vietnam during his pastoral visit last week and encouraged them in the path of mission.

Francis likely to bring up poverty in his expected UN visit in New York

Jan 21, 2015 - 05:18 pm .- According to the Vatican's Observer to the United Nations, Pope Francis is likely to address the issue of poverty before the international body, a speech that is anticipated in the proposed schedule for his upcoming US trip.

A step forward for evangelization in the Philippines

Jan 21, 2015 - 04:01 am .- A three-day conference on evangelization took place in Manila during Pope Francis' Philippines visit, exploring the relationship between the beatitudes and evangelization in the southeast Asian nation.

Australia event looks to Oakland cathedral as model for church architecture

Jan 21, 2015 - 02:02 am .- An upcoming symposium at Australian Catholic University aims to study the relationship of liturgy and architecture, and takes the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland as a model for church architecture.

After Francis: what the 'Pope of Surprises' means for Philippines bishops

Jan 18, 2015 - 08:54 pm .- Pope Francis’ departure from the Philippines prompted gratitude from leading bishops who encouraged Filipinos to reflect on the Pope’s message and to use discernment in responding to modern life.

The Philippines' farewell to visiting pontiff: "Pope Francis, we love you!"

Jan 18, 2015 - 07:36 pm .- The Pope departed the Philippines Monday morning from Villamor Air Base at a farewell ceremony where over 400 abandoned children from various welfare centers performed songs to bid him farewell.

One Buddhist nun's thoughts on Pope Francis

Jan 18, 2015 - 04:24 pm .- A Buddhist nun who experienced Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines voiced her gratitude to the pontiff for his efforts at unity and dialogue among religious communities.

Philippines typhoon survivor: 'There's a reason for everything'

Jan 18, 2015 - 02:38 pm .- Elena Garado thought she was dead after being trapped under a table for four hours when Typhoon Yolanda hit her hometown in November 2013.

A providential boost for the Philippine church's Year for Poor

Jan 18, 2015 - 10:04 am .- A priest currently stationed in the Philippine diocese of Cebu said that not only is Pope Francis' visit an opportunity to vamp-up evangelization efforts, but also fuels the local church's push to help the poor.

History made! Philippine crowd for Pope Francis hits 6-7 million

Jan 18, 2015 - 04:39 am .- The Vatican's spokesman said that papal history was made Sunday during Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines where an estimated 6-7 million people attended his closing Mass.

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