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Indian gov’t expresses displeasure over papal comments re religious intolerance

May 25, 2006

India's government has expressed displeasure over Pope Benedict XVI's remarks alluding to religious intolerance and laws restricting religious freedom in... Read more

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Papal Nuncio says Church in Philippines to stay engaged in country’s affairs

May 22, 2006

The new Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Fernando Feloni, said this week the Catholic Church in that country would... Read more

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Young people in Canada preparing for 2008 International Eucharistic Congress

May 17, 2006

Catholic young people in Canada have begun a program of spiritual preparation for the 49th International Eucharistic Congress which will... Read more

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Montreal diocesan campaign posters teach sacred meaning of religious swear words

May 15, 2006

French-language posters for the Archdiocese of Montreal’s annual fundraising campaign have generated more press attention than usual. Read more

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Korean Catholic Church launched administrative streamlining of Korean dioceses through computer software

May 14, 2006

A software program to set all the parishes of South Korea in a network and to streamline their administrative management... Read more

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State church installs bishop, ordained without Vatican consent in 2000

May 14, 2006

China's state-approved Catholic Church welcomed the installation Sunday of another bishop who was not approved by the pope, exacerbating Beijing's... Read more

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South Korea indicts scientist for stem-cell fraud

May 14, 2006

Cloning scientist Hwang Woo-suk was indicted Friday on charges of fraud, embezzlement and bioethics violations in a scandal over faked... Read more

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Quebec City boy, who was born deaf, sings a song to Pope Benedict today

May 10, 2006

Today  Jeremy Gabriel of Quebec City stood before Pope Benedict XVI and sang in his soft, high-pitched voice his rendition... Read more

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Hong Kong Cardinal: Chinese Catholics want to be led by the Pope

May 9, 2006

In response to the illicit ordinations of two Chinese bishops last week without the Holy See’s approval, Hong Kong’s Cardinal... Read more

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China ordains Vatican-approved bishop over weekend

May 7, 2006

Another Catholic bishop was ordained in China Sunday — the third in eight days— in a ceremony that was approved... Read more

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Indian Bishops call for peace after Muslim shrine is razed

May 4, 2006

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India on Wednesday condemned the continuing violence in the city of Vadodara and said the... Read more

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Ordination of new Bishop will harm the Church, says Chinese dissident

May 2, 2006

China's state-sanctioned Catholic church has installed its second new bishop to be appointed without Vatican approval this week. The Chinese... Read more

Hong Kong’s Cardinal says Vatican should cut talks with China

May 1, 2006

China’s newly elevated Cardinal Joseph Zen has called for the Vatican to cut talks with his country’s government in light... Read more

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China ignores Vatican, consecrates new bishop for state-controlled church

Apr 30, 2006

The state-controlled Catholic church in China has ignored urging from the Vatican and gone ahead with the consecration of a... Read more

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Catholic South Korean delegation visits communist north for first time

Apr 26, 2006

The Archdiocese of Seoul sent its first-ever official Catholic delegation to North Korea Wednesday; this is the first time its... Read more

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Lay group strives to bring lapsed Catholics back to faith

Apr 26, 2006

A new Catholic group in the Philippines is helping to bring erstwhile Catholics back to their faith. Founder Henry Siy... Read more

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Chinese underground bishop released

Apr 25, 2006

A Chinese bishop of the "underground" Catholic Church has been released after five months in police custody, reports AsiaNews. He... Read more

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Indian director raises eyebrows with hopes to cast Paris Hilton as Mother Teresa

Apr 4, 2006

An Indian movie director said he hopes to persuade Paris Hilton to play the role of Mother Teresa in an... Read more

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India honors John Paul II with massive new statue

Apr 4, 2006

In order to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of the Servant of God, Pope John Paul II, the... Read more

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Hong Kong diocese to baptize 2,400 catechumens

Apr 3, 2006

The Diocese of Hong Kong will baptize an astounding 2,400 catechumens during this year’s Easter vigil, leaving some wondering if... Read more