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Australian bishops welcome new head of pastoral life commission

Nov 3, 2014 - 01:03 pm .- The Australian bishops' conference has welcomed Alison Burt as the new leadership steering the national Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life in their nation.

March of Saints aims to catechize Filipino children about heaven

Oct 30, 2014 - 08:07 pm .- Families in Manila are gearing up to march in a colorful Oct. 31 parade dressed as their favorite saints, to evangelize and to catechize on heaven and the communion of the saints.

Asia Bibi's death sentence sparks outrage from Pakistan's Christians

Oct 16, 2014 - 05:29 pm .- The Lahore High Court's rejection on Thursday of Asia Bibi's appeal against her death sentence, passed by a lower court, has dismayed Christians and others in Pakistan.

Secular institutes to explore evangelization in Far East

Oct 16, 2014 - 02:06 am .- The general assembly of secular institutes in Asia, being held later this month in South Korea, is committed to finding new ways to share in the continent's evangelization.

'The Christian minority in India is under serious threat'

Oct 15, 2014 - 12:04 pm .- With the election of Narendra Modi of the Hindu "Bharatiya Janata Party” (BJP) as prime minister of India the country's secular constitution has come under threat, a Catholic priest in India has charged.

Indian diocese responds to Vatican II's call 'to the nations'

Oct 15, 2014 - 04:02 am .- The Diocese of Miao, located in far north-east India, is conducting a series of seminars to study Ad Gentes, Vatican II's decree on the mission activity of the Church, and to apply it to the local situation.

Papuan bishops launch gameplan to transform society

Oct 10, 2014 - 12:03 am .- At a recent Mass, the bishops of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands revealed a roadmap for pastoral planning to guide the the transformation of their societies.

Holy Family the model for all families, Thai couples learn

Oct 8, 2014 - 07:04 pm .- Married couples in Thailand recently met at a workshop reflecting on pastoral challenges confronting their vocation, which emphazised the role of the Holy Family as their guide.

Church in Burma explores challenges of openness to modernity

Oct 6, 2014 - 06:04 pm .- The bishops of Burma held communications and media workshops last week to help form the laity of the country to meet the rapidly changing realities in the southeast Asian country.

Exhibition of St Francis Xavier's relics preceded by catechesis

Sep 30, 2014 - 07:02 pm .- Spiritual formation and catechesis are underway to prepare for the upcoming exposition in Goa of the relics of St. Francis Xavier, the “Apostle to the Far East.”

Bishop prays for victims of plane crash in Papua New Guinea

Sep 29, 2014 - 03:07 pm .- In Papua New Guinea, the Bishop of Bereina has prayed for the four persons killed Sept. 20 when their aircraft, which was carrying supplies to a remote village, crashed.

Buddhist composes symphony to mark Pope's Sri Lanka visit

Sep 27, 2014 - 04:01 pm .- In an effort for religious reconciliation, the Sri Lankan government has commissioned  a symphony from a Buddhist composer to commemorate Pope Francis' voyage to the nation which will take place in January.

Filipinos unite around faith as volcano forces mass evacuations

Sep 20, 2014 - 04:04 pm .- Residents near the restive Mayon volcano in the Philippines are turning to prayer as the mountain begins to erupt, and the nation's Catholic charity agency is preparing to help those whose lives are disrupted.

World Youth Day organizer named as next Sydney archbishop

Sep 18, 2014 - 03:24 pm .- Pope Francis has named the next Archbishop of Sydney: Parramatta Bishop Anthony Fisher, O.P., a Sydney native and a lead organizer for the 2008 World Youth Day in Australia.  

Pope's visit will change Philippines, Cardinal Tagle hopes

Sep 18, 2014 - 12:47 am .- Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines in January will be an opportunity to lead the Church in the country down “new roads in the faith and in the mission,” said Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila.  

First parish dedicated to John Paul II in Chinese-speaking world

Sep 16, 2014 - 09:49 am .- The Diocese of Kaohsiung in Taiwan has become the first in the Chinese-speaking world to have a parish dedicated to St. John Paul II, where a first-class relic of the Polish saint’s blood is kept.  

Thousands attend annual healing service in Sri Lanka

Sep 15, 2014 - 08:04 pm .- The annual “Day for the Sick” held by the Archdiocese of Colombo recently drew more than 5,000 Sri Lankan faithful to the Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka for a service led the Cardinal Ranjith.

Vatican and Vietnam continue to strengthen ties, seek full relations

Sep 15, 2014 - 02:03 am .- The Holy See held a fifth round of talks with the Vietnamese government on Wednesday and Thursday to strengthen and develop their bilateral relations, which have been in disrepair for nearly 40 years.

New South Wales Catholic magazine wins religious press award

Sep 15, 2014 - 12:02 am .- The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, in Australia's state of New South Wales, is rejoicing over having won multiple media honors from the country's Catholic and religious journalism associations.

Filipino bishops declare day of prayer for peace in Iraq, Syria

Sep 11, 2014 - 06:04 pm .- The bishops of the Philippines have appealed their faithful to join in a national day of prayer in solidarity with persecuted Christians, especially those suffering in Iraq and Syria under the Islamic State.

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December 19, 2014

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