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The diocese covers a land area of 10,258.5 square kilometers, the diocesan territory includes Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa deanery and two districts. Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well preserved ruins of the Great Sri Lankan Civilization. It is regarded as...
The diocesan territory of 1,110 square kilometres is among the four sub-divisions of Darjeeling district in West Bengal state. This area is known as the Terai plains. Siliguri is the main urban center, and a main city in West Bengal, but the diocese took the name of the smaller town of Bagdogra,...
Nagasaki basilica immortalizes 26 martyrs of Japan

Nagasaki basilica immortalizes 26 martyrs of Japan

Nagasaki cathedral, a testimony of persecution and atomic bombing

Nagasaki cathedral, a testimony of persecution and atomic bombing

Japan’s oldest Catholic Church stands tests of time

Japan’s oldest Catholic Church stands tests of time

Kyoto cathedral lives the memory of brave Japanese martyrs

Kyoto cathedral lives the memory of brave Japanese martyrs

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St. Pedro Calungsod, Filipino lay martyr and patron of catechists

This Filipino layman martyr saint could be rightly called the patron of infant baptism because it was after the baptism of an infant through his instrumentality that on 2nd April 1672 Pedro was martyred along with his companion missionary Fr. Diego San Vitores who baptised the infant. This infant was of a mother who got converted to Catholicism.

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St. Lorenzo Ruiz, Filipino layman who became a martyr in Japan

Lorenzo Ruiz, also called Saint Lorenzo of Manila, is a Filipino saint venerated in the Catholic Church. A Chinese-Filipino, he became his country's protomartyr after his execution in Japan by the Tokugawa Shogunate during its persecution of Japanese Christians in the 17th century.

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St. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong and companions laid the foundation of Korean Catholic Church

Andrew Kim Taegon was the first Korea-born Catholic priest ordained by the French Bishop Jean-Joseph-Jean-Baptiste Ferréol at Shanghai in 1844.

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Myanmar sentences Australian adviser, Suu Kyi to 3 years
Myanmar sentences Australian adviser, Suu Kyi to 3 years

Sean Turnell, an Australian economist and former adviser to Suu Kyi, was detained since the coup in February last year

Never again to martial law
Never again to martial law

Forgiveness comes with genuine remorse and rectification, unlikely under the new Marcos regime

Indonesian prelate invites Pope to Papua
Indonesian prelate invites Pope to Papua

Archbishop Petrus Canisius Mandagi of Merauke in South Papua province says he is seeking “the voice of peace”

Catholic students condemn Indonesian police brutality
Catholic students condemn Indonesian police brutality

Widespread protests reported after police shot an 18-year-old in the Christian-dominated East Nusa Tenggara province

Cambodia resumes trials of senior opposition figures
Cambodia resumes trials of senior opposition figures

Kem Sokha denies involvement with ‘color revolutionary’ strategies used in Serbia and the former Yugoslavia

Indian bishops slam timing of Kerala anti-drug drive
Indian bishops slam timing of Kerala anti-drug drive

They say Sunday launch of campaign on Oct 2 infringes on Christians' religious rights

Thailand legalizes abortion up to 20th week
Thailand legalizes abortion up to 20th week

Move comes despite country recording falling birth and fertility rates

Facebook must compensate Rohingyas over hate speech
Facebook must compensate Rohingyas over hate speech

Victims' associations and rights advocates like Amnesty International say Facebook's algorithms ramped up hatred

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