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Nov 16, 2020 - 06:01 pm .- Bishop Joel Baylon of Legazpi encouraged Catholics to cling to the theological virtues since two typhoons devastated the central Philippines this month.
Nov 13, 2020 - 10:00 am .- The Chinese government’s latest five-year plan proposal contains a birth policy with an emphasis on eugenics, a China scholar said this week.
Nov 5, 2020 - 10:28 am .- Typhoon Goni has hit the Philippines, killing several people and causing hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes as the country struggles to recover from two other recent major storms and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Nov 4, 2020 - 05:57 pm .- Due to pressure from the Chinese government, eight Catholic nuns have reportedly been forced to leave their convent in the northern province of Shanxi. Their current whereabouts have not been reported.
Nov 4, 2020 - 01:00 pm .- Catholic bishops in Indonesia met with government officials this week to express concern about the violence in Papua after a Catholic catechist was shot and killed by security forces.
Nov 3, 2020 - 11:53 am .- Arzoo Raja, a 13-year-old Catholic girl in Pakistan whom a 44-year-old man allegedly kidnapped, forced to convert to Islam, and married, has been recovered and is in protective custody.
Nov 3, 2020 - 10:19 am .- Cardinal-designate Cornelius Sim certainly was surprised to learn Pope Francis had chosen him to be one of 13 new cardinals.
Nov 2, 2020 - 04:31 pm .- An Indian activist and a local Catholic bishop are calling on a local government to investigate an alleged hate crime against Christians that apparently took place after the Christians refused to take part in animist prayer rituals.
Oct 29, 2020 - 04:15 pm .- Due to the coronavirus pandemic, civil and ecclesial authorities in the Philippines have agreed to cancel the Black Nazarene celebration in 2021, which gathers millions of churchgoers in Manila each January.
Oct 29, 2020 - 09:15 am .- Catholics in Pakistan are protesting a judge’s decision not to intervene after a 44-year-old man allegedly kidnapped a 13-year-old Catholic girl, forced her to convert to Islam, and then married her. 
Oct 28, 2020 - 06:19 pm .- During a visit to Sri Lanka on Wednesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited St. Anthony’s Shrine, Kochchikade, one of the sites of the 2019 Easter bombings.
Oct 28, 2020 - 07:10 am .- Malaysia’s first cardinal died Wednesday at the age of 88.
Oct 26, 2020 - 01:00 pm .- The Chinese government continued to enforce sweeping restrictions on religious freedom in the weeks prior to the renewal of an agreement with the Vatican on October 22. 
Oct 26, 2020 - 10:30 am .- Fr. Stan Swamy, S.J., was arrested Oct. 8 by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), India’s counter-terrorism task force. The Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences and the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights have condemned his incarceration.
Oct 23, 2020 - 09:00 am .- Police in the Australian state of Victoria said Friday that they have no plans for a further investigation into reports of money transfers from the Vatican during the trial of Cardinal George Pell. 
Oct 23, 2020 - 07:00 am .- Taiwan’s foreign ministry responded by the renewal of the Sino-Vatican provisional agreement Thursday by highlighting the worsening religious freedom situation on the mainland.
Oct 21, 2020 - 04:42 pm .- Several bishops in Kerala held a day-long hunger strike Tuesday to protest the state government’s withholding of funds from Catholic schools.
Oct 20, 2020 - 09:46 am .- The Australian financial intelligence agency has handed information to federal police concerning allegations that international money transfers, amounting to hundreds of thousands of euros in Vatican funds, were sent to Australia during the trial of Cardinal George Pell.
Oct 17, 2020 - 06:01 am .- United Nations officials in Burma said Wednesday that earlier this month, two boys were killed amid crossfire between the Tatmadaw, the country's military, and an ethnic Buddhist separatist group.
Oct 15, 2020 - 04:47 pm .- Sri Lanka’s bishops said Tuesday that the country’s democracy would decay if parliament passes a constitutional amendment that would strengthen the president's power.

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