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New archbishop installed in Seou

SEOUL (AsiaNews): Archbishop Andrew Yeom Soo-jung was installed as the new metropolitan archbishop of Seoul, South Korea, on the 62nd anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War, June 25.

He chose the date specifically, as in taking on the position of archbishop of the nation’s capital city, he also becomes the apostolic administrator of the diocese of Pyongyang, in North Korea.

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Getting ready for an upset in migration patterns

TAIPEI (UCAN): Asia should prepare for a dramatic change in international migration trends due to the worsening debt crisis in Europe, said the secretary general of the Geneva-based International Catholic Migration Commission, Johan Ketelers, at meeting on migration held in Hsinchu, Taiwan, on June 27.

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Chinese Buddhists won’t sit with Tibetan counterparts

SEOUL (AsiaNews): The Buddhist Jogye Order, one of the oldest and most respected in South Korea and in the world, attacked a Chinese delegation for walking out of the 26th conference organised by the Friendship of the Worldwide Buddhists held in Yeosu from June 11 to 16, because a Tibetan delegation was present.

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Lay off the bishop parliamentarian pleads

COLOMBO (UCAN): Over 5,000 people attended a public show of support for Bishop Rayappu Joseph from the northern Mannar diocese of Sri Lanka, as an opposition member of the parliament was putting pressure on the government to stop harassing the bishop, saying it has led to threats being made against him.

In a letter sent to Pope Benedict XVI on June 13, Jayalath Jayawardena said the bishop is coming under increasing attack by several government ministers and the media.

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Shrine now a national pilgrimage site

Nagasaki (UCAN): Nishizaka hill, Nagasaki, the site of the 1597 martyrdom of Paul Miki and companions, was declared a national pilgrimage site at a June 10 ceremony, two days after the 150th anniversary of their canonisation in 1862.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan decided at its plenary session last February to mark the anniversary by making the declaration.

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Sri Lankan member of parliament proposes barring religions from government

Colombo (UCANews): Opposition lawmaker, Wijedasa Rajapakse, proposed amending Sri Lanka’s constitution to create a clear separation between politics and religion in the country. 

The member of the President’s Counsel submitted a Private Member’s Bill to parliament on May 31 that, if passed, would prevent religious leaders of any faith profession from becoming a member of parliament or local government bodies.

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Church in Korea continues to grow

SEOUL (AsiaNews): The Church in South Korean is continuing to grow, with figures from 2011 showing that 134,562 people were baptised, which brings the Catholic population to 5,309,964, or 10.3 per cent of the national population.

The Catholic population in South Korea has increased at a yearly average of two to three per cent over the past decade, according to Statistics of the Catholic Church in Korea 2011, published by the Catholic Bishops’ conference of Korea.

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Christian politician shot in Pakistan

LAHORE (SE): The violent death of Irshad Younas Chaudhry on April 27, a Christian politician and lifelong defender of the rights of people from minority groups in Pakistan, is being mourned by Church people across the country.

Reports indicate that Chaudhry was at home in Islamabad, when a stranger arrived, produced a gun and shot him in the chest.

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Decorated priest espouses same dream as founder of Pakistan

On March 16 this year, Columban missionary, Father Robert McCulloch, was awarded the highest honour that the Pakistani government can bestow on a foreign national at a ceremony in the parliament in Rawalpindi, the Sitara-e-Quaid-e-Azam Award, named in honour of the founding father of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

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