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Sep 18, 2020 - 03:01 pm .- A fire that burned some of the sacristy and part of the roof of St. Carthage’s Cathedral in Lismore, Australia is being investigated as a possible crime, authorities have said.
Sep 17, 2020 - 11:00 am .- When asked by his superior if he wanted to leave Aleppo during the Syrian Civil War, Fr. Edward Tamer replied that he would remain with the people “to die with them and for them.”
Sep 15, 2020 - 08:00 am .- Taiwan’s foreign ministry said Tuesday that it has received assurances from the Vatican regarding the renewal of the Vatican-China deal.
Sep 14, 2020 - 04:00 pm .- Catholics, including some local priests, have said a proposed diocesan catechetical curriculum in Australia promotes views on gender identity and human sexuality at odds with Church teaching.
Sep 12, 2020 - 05:01 am .- Religious ministers should not be required to violate the seal of confession to report child sex abuse, a committee of the upper house of Western Australia’s parliament recommended Thursday.
Sep 11, 2020 - 02:20 pm .- A South Korean bill banning discrimination across 26 different categories has hesitant support from the Catholic bishops of the country, who caution that it could also lead to the legalization of same-sex marriage as well as “reverse discrimination” against traditional understandings of marriage, family and gender.
Sep 10, 2020 - 10:30 am .- The Vatican has named a church in Kazakhstan as the first minor basilica in Central Asia. 
Sep 9, 2020 - 11:15 am .- A Pakistani court sentenced Asif Pervaiz, a Christian, to death Tuesday on charges of blasphemy.
Sep 8, 2020 - 08:01 pm .- The legislature of the Australian state of Queensland on Tuesday passed a law requiring priests to violate the seal of confession to report known or suspected child sex abuse.
Sep 8, 2020 - 07:29 pm .- An Indian archbishop has demanded action over a government mistake which has led poor people of Madhya Pradesh to purchase rotten grains from a public distribution system.
Sep 6, 2020 - 04:26 pm .- The Australian bishops have provided the federal government with the Holy See’s observations on 12 recommendations of a 2017 report on child sex abuse in the country's institutions.
Sep 4, 2020 - 12:35 pm .- A Uyghur woman who worked as a doctor in China has told a British news network that she participated in forced abortions and sterilizations at the behest of the Chinese government. 
Sep 2, 2020 - 07:01 pm .- While the Australian state of Tasmania is debating a bill that would legalize assisted suicide, the state of Victoria reported more than ten times the anticipated number of deaths from assisted suicide and euthanasia in its first legal year.
Sep 1, 2020 - 02:10 pm .- The leader of the Diocese of Hong Kong has written to all the clergy telling them to avoid politics in homilies and admonishing them for “offensive” and “provocative” preaching. 
Aug 31, 2020 - 04:25 pm .- Following twin bombings in a southern region of the Philippines, a local bishop is asking the government not to impose martial law without first listening to the citizens.
Aug 31, 2020 - 02:40 pm .- The Diocese of Hong Kong has intervened to cancel a Catholic pro-democracy ad campaign and prayer that was set to run in local newspapers. 
Aug 27, 2020 - 05:00 pm .- The Missionaries of Charity canceled their customary birthday celebrations for their founder, Mother Teresa, this year after nine religious sisters tested positive for COVID-19.
Aug 27, 2020 - 06:00 am .- A pro-life association of university students is appealing to Pope Francis for support as the South Korean government faces a decision on the future of its national abortion law.
Aug 26, 2020 - 04:16 pm .- Catholics responded to twin bombings on an island in the Philippines Monday with prayers and calls for peace.
Aug 26, 2020 - 07:30 am .- Archbishop Oscar Cruz died early Wednesday from coronavirus complications. He is believed to be the 10th Catholic bishop to die of COVID-19 since the outbreak of the global pandemic. 

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