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Cricket match ends in draw between Sri Lankan Catholic schools

Mar 11, 2014 - 02:05 am .- The 80th annual “Battle of the Saints”, a cricket match between rival schools in Sri Lanka’s Colombo archdiocese, ended in a draw this weekend.

New book explores models for lay catechesis in India

Mar 10, 2014 - 12:57 pm .- “Called to be a Catechist,” a book recently released by the Indian Catechetical Association, discusses the role of the laity in faith education in the country.

Catechesis in Mongolia educates laity for evangelization

Mar 8, 2014 - 04:35 pm .- A new catechesis program of the Church in Mongolia is promoting holistic formation of the human person as part of the evangelization of the central Asian nation.

Malaysian ministry bans use of term 'Allah' by non-Muslims

Mar 8, 2014 - 08:09 am .- The Home Ministry of Malaysia has banned the use of the word “Allah” in a children’s comic book, continuing disputes over non-Muslims’ ability to use the word.

Church in Oceania concerned over Australian asylum policy

Mar 7, 2014 - 12:04 am .- Church leaders in both Australia and Papua New Guinea are voicing discontent with Australia’s policy of processing asylum seekers at offshore camps with conditions condemned by human rights groups.

Korean Masses strengthen migrant community in Thailand

Feb 27, 2014 - 09:53 pm .- This month’s introduction of Sunday Masses celebrated in Korean at a parish in the Thai city of Pattaya has united both emigrants and tourists from South Korea.

Thai bishop's soccer skills score goals of evangelization

Feb 27, 2014 - 04:01 am .- The patronal feasts of parishes in a northeastern Thai diocese unite communities for Mass, prayer, processions – and friendly soccer matches.

North Korea reportedly detains Christian missionary

Feb 20, 2014 - 12:27 am .- The North Korean government has allegedly detained a 75-year-old Christian missionary named John Short, possibly for distributing Christian pamphlets.

Australian bishops emphasize St Valentine on his feast

Feb 18, 2014 - 06:06 pm .- The Australian bishops’ marriage and family council produced a resource kit for strengthening marriages for St. Valentine’s Day this year, noting the Christian basis of the feast.

Indian bishops commit to renewal of Church, society

Feb 13, 2014 - 02:04 pm .- At their plenary assembly held Feb. 5-12, the Indian bishops discussed pastoral challenges in the nation and continuing the implementation of the Second Vatican Council.

Church in Korea prayerful ahead of family reunions

Feb 12, 2014 - 12:03 am .- As North and South Korea prepare for reunions for some families separated by the 1953 partition of the peninsula, the Church in Korea remains concerned for the countries’ reunification.

Oil tanker strikes, knocks down, St. Anne statue in Thailand

Feb 11, 2014 - 12:04 am .- A landmark 26 foot Thai statue of St. Anne revered by local fishermen was knocked down last week, after being hit by a oil tanker.

South Korea's cardinal-designate: a descendent of martyrs

Feb 6, 2014 - 04:09 pm .- Archbishop Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, who will be given the red hat of a cardinal Feb. 22, is himself descended from Koreans who shed their blood as martyrs for the faith in the 19th century.

Churches offer refuge to Indonesians fleeing volcano

Feb 4, 2014 - 12:09 pm .- Following a Feb. 1 volcanic eruption on the Indonesian island Sumatra, the local Church has been providing shelter and assistance to those affected by the tragedy.

Thai religious renew vows on Day for Consecrated Life

Feb 4, 2014 - 12:02 am .- Vowed religious in Thailand gathered to celebrate the World Day for Consecrated Life this weekend, fostering and encouraging religious life in the southeast Asian country.

Caritas Australia disappointed by government budget cuts

Feb 3, 2014 - 12:03 pm .- Even as the Australian government has reduced funding for foreign aid, the nation's branch of Caritas intends to continue its mission of aiding the world's poor.

Catholics' celebration of Lunar New Year centers on family

Feb 1, 2014 - 04:23 pm .- East Asian Catholics celebrating the Lunar New Year this weekend are focused on family ties and charity, particularly in the dioceses of Thailand.

Church in Papua New Guinea warns against sorcery, violence

Jan 29, 2014 - 12:04 am .- Observing World Communications Day, Papua New Guinea Catholics gathered with local media to discuss charges of sorcery there, which often end in violence against the accused.

Anti-superstition health drive launched after child dies in India

Jan 27, 2014 - 12:04 pm .- Negligence and blind faith led to the death of a student in far north-east India, and the Church there has responded with an anti-superstition education campaign for parents.

Burmese bishop sees 'new dawn' of hope for his nation

Jan 22, 2014 - 02:02 am .- The bishop of Burma's largest city has written a New Year's message encouraging the Burmese to remain united and to strive for peace in their homeland.

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