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China and Vietnam up in arms over United States report on religious freedom

HONG KONG (SE): The official religious organisations of the Chinese government have reacted angrily to the latest Report on Religious Freedom: July to December 2010 put out by the United States Department of State, accusing Washington of harming the image of their country.

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Pakistan government delighted with floods priest maintains

ISLAMABAD (Agencies): “The government wanted the floods to come again,” a disappointed Father Mario Rodrigues, the director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Pakistan, said in the wake of the huge volumes of water spilling from the nation’s river system that have resulted in seven million refugees and left 1.1 million people homeless.

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Asian bishops gear up to face secularisation and fundamentalism

BANGKOK (SE): Secularisation and religious fundamentalism were pinpointed as the two greatest obstacles to the growth of the faith in Asia by the president of the Evangelisation Office of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil, at a gathering in Bangkok, Thailand, Fides reported on September 28.

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Vatican calls on United Nations for courageous decision on Palestine

VATICAN CITY (CNS): In an address to the United Nations (UN), Vatican representative, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, called for courageous decisions toward the two-state solution for the Holy Land, after a request from Palestinian leaders for full UN membership.

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A Maryknoll pocket in New York for Chinese migrants

 

NEW YORK (SE): The parish of the Transfiguration in New York gained a new claim to fame on Nine/Eleven 2001, as the giant World Trade Centre came crashing to the ground.

Situated in nearby Mott Street, the pastor of the time, Maryknoll Father Ray Nobiletti, was one of the first priests to arrive at the scene of the disaster.

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Stand firm in the storm pope urges the people of the German Church

VATICAN CITY (CNS): “This is not a godless city. It is even a city of martyrs,” Archbishop Rainer Woelki said on September 22 in welcoming Pope Benedict XVI to Berlin at the stadium that was purpose built by the Adolf Hitler regime to host the 1936 Olympic Games.

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Bizarre revelation of abuse claims puts Australian Church in spotlight

 

ADELAIDE (SE): In rather bizarre circumstances, Monsignor Ian Dempsey from the archdiocese of Adelaide in South Australia was named by South Australian senator, Nick Xenophon, on September 13, under parliamentary privilege in Canberra, as being the mystery priest claimed by the primate of the worldwide Traditional Anglican Communion, Archbishop John Hepworth, to have sexually abused him some 46 years ago. 

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World’s largest cultural festival dwells on certainty

  RIMINI (SE) : It is estimated that the Rimini Meeting for Friendship Among Peoples held in northern Italy attracted over 800,000 participants from 38 different countries between August 21 to 27 for its annual gathering organised on the basis that culture expresses itself through experience.

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Vatican champion of world’s media and communications dead at 87

 

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Andrzej Cardinal Deskur of Poland, a longtime promoter of media and communications and close friend of Pope John Paul II died at his home in Vatican City on September 3 at the age of 87. 

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Japan must lead in building a culture of peace

HIROSHIMA (Agencies): “As an American, visiting Hiroshima can be very difficult,” the first director of the Peace Museum in the Japanese city of Hiroshima from the United States of America (US), Steve Leeper, told the National Catholic Reporter on August 26. 

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