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Lessons in keeping and sharing the faith 
from Japan’s hidden Christians

By Father William Grimm MM

 

One hundred and fifty years ago, on 17 March 1865, Father Bernard Petitjean found 15 Japanese outside the door of a new church that had been constructed to serve the European community in Nagasaki. Three of the women among the group knelt and said to the priest, “The heart of all of us here is the same as yours.”








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Polio gains ground in Pakistan as militants take advantage of ignorance and parental fears

Polio vaccinators across Pakistan are facing increasing resistance and threats as they seek to prevent a growing caseload of sick children.

In early March, as part of a campaign targeting 27.7 million children across Pakistan, authorities arrested 470 parents in the Peshawar region for refusing to allow their children to be vaccinated.








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Appreciating the granduer of God from our soul

Hong Kong (SE): Over 280 people from 10 countries, including 15 members of the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) in Hong Kong, attended the 2015 John Main Seminar, organised and hosted by the New Zealand Community for Christian Meditation, and held at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand, from January 15 to 18. 








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The sons of India must learn to show respect for its daughters

by Ritu Sharma

 

When a 23-year-old female medical student was brutally gang raped and murdered on a bus in Delhi in December 2012, it sparked outrage across India and around the world. Large crowds, buttressed particularly by young people, took to the streets and demanded justice for the victim, forcing the government to rush to enact stricter laws against rape.








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Putting the word of God at the centre of Church life

 TAIPEI (SE): “The event engendered fresh new inspirations, hope and vision for all concerned to mark a new page in being biblical disciples in the Church and the world in creative ways,” Cecilia Chui, the secretary of the United Chinese Catholic Biblical Association and a representative from Hong Kong at a congress marking its 25th anniversary of foundation held in Taipei from January 22 to 26, said.








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Modern slavery

Each year on World Day of Peace the pope offers a message to the world. This year, on 1 January 2015, Pope Francis’ message was, No Longer Slaves, but Brothers and Sisters.

Pope Francis said, “Tragically, the growing scourge of man’s exploitation by man gravely damages the life of communion and our calling to forge interpersonal relations.”








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Beatification of bishop who shed light on devilish shadows

VATICAN (SE): While mostly the declaration of a saint or the announcement someone’s name has been successfully put forward for beatification is met with excitement in their own country, the announcement on February 4 from the Holy See Press Office that Archbishop Oscar Romero has been acknowledged as a martyr has not received universal acclaim in his native El Salvador.








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A message from the Catholic Church Lenten Campaign - first week : Through baptism we are reborn

The gospel of Mark intends to answer the question of who Jesus is and is therefore suitable for reading by catechumens or persons who wish to know Jesus.

Mark did not give any account of Jesus’ birth and childhood, rather, he introduced very briefly the work of John the Baptist and then went on to tell the stories of Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan River and his temptation in the wilderness as preludes to his public ministry.








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The human face of China

There are many Chinas—from isolated, struggling mountain communities to the communities of connected urbanites living in futuristic landscapes.

There may indeed be only two ways of looking at China and both are right within their own frameworks.








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Save money and enhance dignity of refugees

HONG KONG (SE): The Christian Refugee Ministry is proposing what it believes is a more efficient, less costly and more dignified system of food distribution to the around 9,000 refugees and protection claimants in Hong Kong, who are fed at government expense under the Asylum Seeker and Torture Claimant Programme.