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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.

Sri Lankan Catholics rejoice in receiving Saint Sebastian relic

Jan 15, 2014 - 02:02 am .- Catholics in Sri Lanka are celebrating the reception of a reliquary containing a fragment of the arm of St. Sebastian, a martyr of the third century.

Christmas celebration in India promotes peace, harmony

Jan 7, 2014 - 12:06 pm .- Catholics gathered with those of other traditions last week in a city of South West India to celebrate Christmas with efforts promoting peace and harmony.

Malaysian church choir seeks to balance Catholic, local traditions

Jan 6, 2014 - 12:49 pm .- The “Laudis” chamber choir based in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur is seeking to revive the tradition of sacred music in the local Church, balancing it with an appreciation of local music.

Study finds contraceptives boost breast cancer risk

Jan 5, 2014 - 04:39 pm .- A study by doctors in India suggests that women who regularly use oral contraceptives face almost ten times greater risk of developing breast cancer compared to other women.

Bangladeshi bishop calls for peace amid pre-election violence

Jan 3, 2014 - 02:04 am .- As Bangladesh experiences widespread strikes and violent protests in the run-up to its parliamentary elections, the bishop of the nation's capital is encouraging a peaceful contribution from local Christians.

Church in Papua New Guinea hosts training for journalists

Dec 31, 2013 - 08:02 am .- The social communications office of the bishops' conference of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands recently held a series of seminars training Catholics involved in media about their role in evangelization.

Archbishop: Muslims, Christians united in fight for equality in India

Dec 29, 2013 - 08:08 am .- Recent efforts from Christians and Muslims in India have united the communities to end the practice of untouchability, including a Dec. 11 march in which peaceful protesters were subjected to beatings and being sprayed with water cannons.

Year of Faith vivified parishes in American Samoa, priest reports

Dec 19, 2013 - 07:09 am .- According to a local priest, the Year of Faith was a significant kick start to the Diocese of Samoa-Pago Pago, which serves the 14,000 Catholics who live on the 76 square miles of islands comprising American Samoa.

Vatican documents translated in Tongan spread Church teaching

Dec 19, 2013 - 02:00 am .- A priest from the Polynesian country of Tonga has translated two Vatican documents into his native tongue, so as to deepen the faith life of his compatriots.

Hymn-writing competition announced for Chinese Catholics

Dec 14, 2013 - 05:37 pm .- An international competition launching next month will invite Mandarin Chinese-speaking Catholics throughout the world to compose devotional religious hymns for use in ministry.

Thai community pays tribute to 'unsung hero' Father Ray Brennan

Dec 12, 2013 - 12:06 am .- Observing the tenth anniversary of the death of Fr. Ray Brennan, a Redemptorist missionary from the U.S., the Thai community has launched fundraising initiatives to support the orphanage he founded.

Sri Lankan Catholics bid farewell to former apostolic nuncio

Dec 6, 2013 - 04:03 pm .- The bishops, priests, and religious of Sri Lanka celebrated a Mass of thanksgiving Dec. 2 to show appreciation for their former apostolic nuncio, who has been appointed nuncio to Ivory Coast.

Asian bishops encourage biblically-based apostolates

Dec 6, 2013 - 12:04 am .- The Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences is hosting a seminar on biblical apostolates and the new evangelization this weekend, drawing clerics, religious, and laity from across the continent.

International conference to explore 'vocation' of business

Dec 1, 2013 - 04:18 pm .- A conference for Catholic business leaders will meet in Thailand in March to discuss Catholic social teaching and the vocation of the business leader in the new evangelization.

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