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Mar 19, 2020 - 10:00 am .- New Zealand’s House of Representatives passed the Abortion Legislation Bill on March 18, legalizing abortion throughout the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Mar 17, 2020 - 05:00 am .- Cardinal George Pell remains in prison, while the seven justices of the Australian High Court consider his petition for special leave to appeal. There are four options open to the court.
Mar 12, 2020 - 12:05 am .- Cardinal George Pell remains in prison while the seven justices of the Australian High Court consider his petition for special leave to appeal after a two day hearing in Canberra.
Mar 11, 2020 - 10:00 am .- Australian Bishop Christopher Saunders of Broome has temporarily stepped back from his duties following allegations of historical sexual abuse. The Vatican has begun an investigation into the claims.
Mar 11, 2020 - 04:00 am .- More dioceses in Japan have shut down Mass for the coming weeks in response to the ongoing outbreak of the coronavirus nationwide.
Mar 10, 2020 - 11:30 pm .- The legal team for Cardinal George Pell laid out their case for appeal before Australia’s High Court Wednesday.
Mar 10, 2020 - 04:11 pm .- The Chinese government’s campaign to develop “religion with Chinese characteristics” has increased persecution of the country’s Christians, the human rights watchdog ChinaAid has said.
Mar 10, 2020 - 04:05 pm .- Australia’s High Court will hear this week arguments in the final appeal of Cardinal George Pell, who was convicted in 2018 on five charges of child sexual abuse.
Mar 10, 2020 - 11:10 am .- Cardinal Malcom Ranjith of Colombo has said he will lead public protests if the Sri Lankan government fails to produce a credible report on the 2019 Easter Sunday bombings.
Mar 9, 2020 - 03:36 pm .- The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has highlighted the value of women, noting that abuse of women is “an affront to God.”
Mar 6, 2020 - 06:01 pm .- The Archbishop of Bangalore decried Wednesday the removal of a statue of Christ from a Christian cemetery. The statue was taken down after complaints from non-local Hindus.
Mar 4, 2020 - 07:00 pm .- Several Japanese dioceses have suspended Masses for several weeks due to the ongoing coronavirus scare across the country.
Mar 4, 2020 - 06:18 pm .- After a recent military attack in the southern Philippines, a bishop has called on the government and rebel forces to withdraw soldiers from tribal communities.
Mar 3, 2020 - 07:00 pm .- Asia Bibi is a Pakistani Catholic woman who was sentenced to death in 2010 for blasphemy against Islam.  After more than eight years in prison,  she was acquitted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan in 2018.
Mar 2, 2020 - 03:00 pm .- New pictures and video appear to show Catholics praying outside of churches closed by the government in the Diocese of Mindong, China.
Mar 2, 2020 - 11:54 am .- Cardinal Zen on Sunday responded to the claim of the Dean of the College of Cardinals that Benedict XVI had approved a draft agreement with the Chinese government on bishop nominations. Zen invited the dean to produce archival evidence which he claimed to have seen.
Feb 26, 2020 - 12:30 pm .- The Diocese of Hong Kong has told Catholics to make use of online resources following the cancellation of Masses in response to the coronavirus.
Feb 25, 2020 - 10:48 am .- It has emerged that a second nun of the Missionaries of Jesus has accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jullundur of sexual harassment. The bishop has been charged with raping a nun repeatedly over the course of two years, allegations he denies.
Feb 24, 2020 - 04:41 pm .- In a pastoral letter anticipating the beginning of Lent on Wednesday, Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan has asked that the faithful not clap in church, either during or after Mass.
Feb 21, 2020 - 02:00 pm .- Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the Archbishop of Colombo, Sri Lanka, has called for a full investigation into the bombing attacks on Easter Sunday 2019, and introduced a program to pray for the victims of the attacks.