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Pope Francis casts into the deep to find two cardinals for Oceania

Jan 5, 2015 - 05:01 pm .- At his Angelus address on Jan. 4 Pope Francis announced the appointment of 20 cardinals, among whom are two representatives from Oceania: Archbishop John Dew of Wellington, and Bishop Soane Mafi of Tonga.

In Pakistan, 'living the faith is a new challenge every day'

Dec 28, 2014 - 06:03 am .- The brutality of the act can hardly be surpassed: in early November, a Christian couple was beaten and burned to death in the Pakistani province of Punjab.

Thai bishops declare Holy Year of prayer for a New Pentecost

Dec 27, 2014 - 10:31 am .- The Thai Catholic bishops have declared a “Holy Year” aimed at restoring the fervor of a New Evangelization and commemorating the 350th anniversary of the first Synod of Ayutthaya in Thailand.

Australians celebrate episcopal consecration of two Melbourne bishops

Dec 23, 2014 - 03:07 pm .- Jubilation marked the episcopal concration of Terence Curtin and Mark Edwards as auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Melbourne, which took place on Wednesday.

Typhoon can't budge faith of Catholics in the Philippines

Dec 22, 2014 - 03:07 pm .- The Church in the Philippines has stepped up round the clock rehabilitation and relief measures for the  population affected by the country's most recent typhoon, Hagupit, which struck earlier this month.

Papuan bishop makes emergency appeal amid severe food shortage

Dec 21, 2014 - 01:30 pm .- A Catholic bishop of Alotau, Papua New Guinea, has launched an appeal during a severe food shortage following a cyclone engulfing the Catholic diocese.

Concern mounts in India over persecution of religious minorities

Dec 19, 2014 - 04:08 am .- The rise in attacks by Hindu radicals against members of minority religions in India, primarily Christians and Muslims, is drawing concern across the country, with many calling for more concrete government action.

New app takes Pope Francis' Philippines visit mobile

Dec 17, 2014 - 03:56 pm .- The new official app for the Pope’s January visit to the Philippines will help people follow the Pope’s activities and find the latest news, while letting them offer their prayers on a special prayer wall.

School massacre incites horror in Pakistani community

Dec 17, 2014 - 12:56 pm .- An Australian priest who spent more than 30 years in Pakistan has only one word for the impact of a Pakistani Taliban attack on a military school that left 141 victims, most of whom were children: “horror.”

Christ offers healing and peace, Sydney archbishop says after siege

Dec 16, 2014 - 04:19 pm .- In the aftermath of a hostage situation at an Australian café, Sydney’s Archbishop Anthony Fisher, O.P., stressed that the love of Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace, can overcome fear and darkness.  

Papuan bishop decries witch hunts, violence against women

Dec 15, 2014 - 02:03 pm .- A bishop in Papua New Guinea last week condemned the witch hunts which take place in the country, where many residents believe in sorcery and those accused of practicing it – mostly women – are attacked and murdered by mobs.

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.

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