Armed clashes in the southern Philippines between state security forces and gunmen claiming to have links abroad bring to light the phenomenon of local terror groups trying to gain recognition. The militarist response of the government, which has declared martial law, might become a "bonus" for the aspiring terror group that has now caught global attention.
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Vietnam's bishops criticize new religion law They call on the communist government to have an accurate view of religions In bold words. The bishops' statement said the law replaces words "asking permission" and "giving permission" with "registering, informing, proposing," which still request "religions to inform government authorities about their activities that authorities may or may not approve."
Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, who was assassinated in 1980 and whose cause for canonization is under way, has become one of the most popular figures of the Latin American Church. "La Croix" looks at his life and legacy.
India's tribal Catholic bishops have sought the intervention of President Pranab Mukherjee to ensure the rights of millions of tribal people. The memorandum signed by tribal bishops from six states said they were "saddened" by the policies of state governments that have trampled over tribal people's rights. They want the president "to protect the land, forest and socio-cultural rights of tribal people," the May 10 memorandum said.
he Vatican announced May 4 that the pope would appoint a nuncio to the southeast Asian nation and that Myanmar would name an ambassador to the Vatican. The agreement brings to 183 the number of countries with which the Holy See has full diplomatic relations.
March 23, 2017 - The 90th anniversary of Pyongyanag Diocese was an occasion to pray for North Korea where the once active diocese lies amid totalitarianism. In his homily, Cardinal Yeom said, "Pyongyang Diocese which dynamically spread the gospel now is being forgotten. Communism continues and persecution carries on which is due to our lack of prayer."
China's ruling Communist Party has stepped up efforts to control the number of Christians by forcing Catholic and Protestant churches in the heavily Christian province of Zhejiang to install CCTV cameras inside and outside their buildings.
A proposal to tax religious institutions in the Philippines, especially Catholic schools, has drawn an angry response from church leaders and school administrators.Some sectors view the proposal as a reaction to church opposition to the proposed re-imposition of capital punishment.