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Former underground bishop aligns with “open” Church of China

Sep 12, 2006

Bishop Francis An Shuxin has left the underground Catholic Church in China to join the government-sanctioned church in what he... Read more

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Marriage debate in Canada must be reopened, says Archbishop Prendergast

Sep 11, 2006

The Archbishop of Halifax has urged the faithful of his diocese to contact their members of Parliament and to ask... Read more

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Diocese closes schools to protest vandalism by Hindu militants, bishops condemn attack

Sep 11, 2006

The Catholic Diocese of Lucknow closed its 20 schools Sept. 11 to protest vandalism by a militant Hindu mob the... Read more

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Apostolic administrator appointed after Canadian bishop resigns

Sep 10, 2006

Bishop Joseph Faber MacDonald of Saint John, New Brunswick, has resigned due to health reasons. The bishop’s 75th birthday, the... Read more

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Deal with homosexual couple threatens education rights, archbishop says

Sep 6, 2006

A recent agreement between the government of British Columbia and homosexual activists is an unwarranted intrusion on the rights of... Read more

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Thousands flock to honor Mother Teresa

Sep 5, 2006

Thousands of people, including Christians, Muslims, and Hindus, gathered in Calcutta yesterday to mark the ninth anniversary of the death... Read more

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Syro-Malabar Synod plans office in Rome to foster interchange with Vatican

Sep 4, 2006

The Syro-Malabar Church has decided to open an office in Rome to improve communication between the Eastern Catholic Church and... Read more

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Vietnamese government grants permit for Marian shrine

Aug 30, 2006

The construction of a Marian shrine on a Vietnamese hilltop began this month after government authorities granted the local diocese... Read more

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Eastern-rite leaders say Latin-rite bishops suppress their faith traditions

Aug 24, 2006

Eastern-rite Catholics of the Syro-Malabar Church, who live in Latin-rite territories, say they face severe challenges in practicing their faith... Read more

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Bishop says Parliament made "terrible mistake" in approving same-sex marriage

Aug 23, 2006

Canadian Parliament made a “terrible mistake” when it redefined marriage last year, said Bishop Richard Smith of Pembroke, Ont., to... Read more

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Canadian bishop encourages boycott of President Clinton

Aug 23, 2006

After receiving complaints from across Canada, Bishop Gerard Bergie, is encouraging Catholics to boycott an upcoming fundraiser at which former... Read more

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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