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Bandits attack Catholic priest in eastern India

Aug 22, 2006

A Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Ranchi, located in eastern India, was seriously wounded Aug. 21st while resisting a... Read more

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Delay in execution of terrorists creates questions for Indonesian Catholics facing similar sentence

Aug 21, 2006

The execution of three men convicted for their part in the 2002 terrorist bombing of a Bali resort which killed... Read more

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Church leaders and families of prisoners appeal for mercy in Indonesia

Aug 14, 2006

The intervention of Catholic Church leaders, including the Pope himself, led the Indonesian government to issue a stay of execution... Read more

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Indian government official investigates problems of minority Christians

Aug 14, 2006

India’s minority Christian community got a hearing last week with a concerned parliamentarian, who was seeking to understand the problems... Read more

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Indian Supreme Court says police may arrest anyone accused of proselytization

Aug 7, 2006

The Supreme Court of India has issued a ruling which may have serious impact on religious freedom in the country,... Read more

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Canadian bishops expect firm words from Pope during upcoming ‘ad limina’ visit

Aug 6, 2006

As Canada’s Catholic bishops prepare to travel to Rome next month for their regular “ad limina” visit with Pope Benedict... Read more

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Canadian bishops assist in first democratic elections in Congo

Aug 1, 2006

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and its international development arm, Development and Peace, sent a five-member delegation to the... Read more

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Canadian parliamentarians push for renewed debate on assisted suicide bill

Jul 31, 2006

Some Canadian parliamentarians are pushing for a debate in the House of Commons on the legalization of assisted suicide. A... Read more

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Asia Youth Day gathers 800, including from mainland China

Jul 31, 2006

About 800 young Catholics from 25 countries and regions, mostly in Asia, have gathered for the Fourth Asian Youth Day... Read more

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Methodists adopt Catholic-Lutheran declaration on justification

Jul 24, 2006

In a historic step on the road toward Christian unity, the World Methodist Conference adopted the Catholic-Lutheran joint declaration on... Read more

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Hong Kong diocese launches museum dedicated to early local Church history

Jul 19, 2006

The Diocese of Hong last week inaugurated the Hong Kong Catholic Diocesan Heritage Centre, a mini-museum focused on the early... Read more

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Bishops of India release official statement condemning terrorist attacks

Jul 13, 2006

The Bishops’ Conference of India has condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Bombay (Mumbai) in a statement released by the... Read more

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Devotion to Divine Mercy of Jesus gains popularity in Asia

Jul 13, 2006

Organizers have announced that a Second Asian Convention of Divine Mercy will be held this fall in the Diocese of... Read more

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Philippine bishops oppose effort to impeach President Arroyo

Jul 11, 2006

In a statement released at the conclusion of their general assembly, the Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines expressed its opposition... Read more

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Constitutional amendment would ban homosexual “marriage” in the Philippines

Jul 6, 2006

In response to a court ruling allowing a transsexual to contract marriage, lawmakers in the Philippine Congress have drafted a... Read more

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Guides prohibited from Goa basilica holding relics of St. Francis Xavier

Jul 6, 2006

Officials at the basilica that houses the relics of St. Francis Xavier have decided to restrict tour guides because of... Read more

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Indian bishops demand justice following attack on sisters of Mother Teresa

Jul 5, 2006

Archbishop Marampudi Joji of Hyderabad and other Christian leaders are demanding that authorities take immediate action against Hindu radicals who... Read more

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Conversion case before Malaysian federal court

Jun 29, 2006

A woman in Malaysia made a final appeal yesterday before her country’s federal court to be free to convert from... Read more

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Book allows easy access to papal history

Jun 28, 2006

A new dictionary delves into the remarkable 2000-year history of the papacy, providing a concise guide to all of the... Read more

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New bill proposes to limit abortions in Canada

Jun 28, 2006

A new bill tabled in the Canadian Parliament last week proposes to limit abortion to 20 weeks gestation. Currently, there... Read more