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Sydney archbishop calls for prayers amid hostage crisis

Dec 15, 2014 - 09:01 am .- The archbishop of Sydney has called for prayers after several people were taken hostage in the Australian city, reminding citizens to not turn on one another or “undermine our sense of security.”  

Australian bishop entrusts diocese to Mary, Star of the Sea at Installation

Dec 13, 2014 - 01:04 pm .- During the homily at his Mass of Installation as Bishop of Broken Bay on Friday, Peter Comensoli entrusted both the diocese and his ministry to Our Lady Star of the Sea, and centered on the proclamation of Christ.

Australian Catholic migrant office slams new asylum seekers law

Dec 10, 2014 - 04:06 am .- The Australian bishops' office for migrants and refugees has termed “unethical” legislation signed into law last week that gives the national government unprecedented powers to deal toughly with asylum seekers.

Archdiocese launches Pakistan's premiere Catholic web radio station

Dec 9, 2014 - 02:02 am .- The Archdiocese of Karachi last month launched Pakistan's first Catholic radio station online, focused on the spirit of the new evangelization and aimed at spreading faith in the country.

Prayer in the Philippines: bracing for Super Typhoon Hagupit

Dec 5, 2014 - 12:02 pm .- With Super Typhoon Hagupit approaching, tens of thousands of people have fled the coasts, as disaster relief agencies prepare for the storm’s aftermath and the Archbishop of Manila calls for prayers.  

Huge crowds flock to see St Francis Xavier's relics on his feast day

Dec 5, 2014 - 12:03 am .- On Wednesday, the 462nd anniversary of his death, an estimated 200,000 people visited Se Cathedral in Old Goa to venerate the relics of St. Francis Xavier, the “Apostle to the Far East.”

Manila declares five-day holiday for Pope Francis' upcoming visit

Dec 3, 2014 - 04:04 pm .- In an executive order, the mayor of Manila has declared a five-day, non-working holiday for Pope Francis’ Jan. 15-19 visit – a decision the Philippine government is considering on a national level.  

Catholics in Australia to observe day of solidarity with Middle East brethren

Dec 3, 2014 - 02:01 am .- The Australian bishops have declared that Dec. 7 will be a day of solidarity throughout the country with Christians in the Middle East, a large number of whom have been threatened or displaced by the Islamic State.

Newly appointed Australian bishop joins himself to his peoples' joys, griefs

Dec 1, 2014 - 08:07 pm .- Bishop Peter Comensoli, a former auxiliary of the Sydney archdiocese, has been appointed Bishop of Broken Bay and said he is both humbled and excited at the prospect of shepherding his new local Church.

How the Church in Thailand fights trafficking, violence against women

Nov 28, 2014 - 04:39 pm .- The Church in Thailand observed the Nov. 25 celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women with a seminar helping form networks to end trafficking and other forms of sex-based violence in the country.  

Six years later, Christians in India await justice for Kandhamal massacre

Nov 18, 2014 - 02:08 am .- Last August marked the six year anniversary of the brutal 2008 Kandhamal, Odisha massacre in India, but for Fr. Thomas Chellan, the memories have not faded.

New Sydney archbishop hopes for seminaries 'teeming with new life'

Nov 14, 2014 - 02:04 am .- At his Mass of Installation on Wednesday, Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney said that by the time of his retirement, he hopes for a local Church filled with vocations to priesthood and the religious life.

Pakistani archdiocese rejoices over return of a school from government

Nov 11, 2014 - 02:04 am .- Catholics in Lahore, the capital of Pakistan's Punjab province, are rejoicing over their government's recent decision to return a more than century-old school to the archdiocese.

A year after the storm, gratitude trumps grief for Haiyan survivors

Nov 8, 2014 - 04:03 am .- A sign hangs outside a newly re-opened storefront in Tacloban.

Our Lady of Fatima shrine in India serves disadvantaged tribes

Nov 7, 2014 - 12:03 am .- A parish and shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima in the Archdiocese of Bombay draws thousands of pilgrims regularly, and serves the scheduled tribes who live in Raigad district of India, outside of Mumbai.

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.

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