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In a land area of 5,088.4 square kilometers, the Archdiocese of Cebu covers the whole civil province of Cebu. This province island lies at the heart of the Central Philippines called the Visayas region. In the history of Christian evangelization, it prides itself as the Cradle of Christianity in...
The eparchy consists of nine civil districts of Karnataka state with a vast geographical area of 51,950 square kilometers. The civil districts are South Kanara (Dakshina Kannada), Chamarajnagar, Chickmagalur, Hassan, Kodagu, Mandya, Mysore, Shimoga and Udupi. It has two ecclesiastical districts of...
Vietnam’s Marian Church with a feminist charm

Vietnam’s Marian Church with a feminist charm

Vietnamese Cathedral bears testimony to history and heritage

Vietnamese Cathedral bears testimony to history and heritage

Vietnamese cathedral holds the statue of miraculous Virgin Mary

Vietnamese cathedral holds the statue of miraculous Virgin Mary

Vietnamese cathedral offered sanctuary to slain president

Vietnamese cathedral offered sanctuary to slain president

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St. Gonsalo Garcia: First Indian missionary who embraced martyrdom in Japan

Gonsalo Garcia was born on Feb. 5, 1556, to a Portuguese father and Indian mother of Konkani descent, at Agashi village at Bassein (now Vasai), near Mumbai city in western India. His father was a soldier stationed at Fort Bassein, a Portuguese fort. Gonsalo received his education under the Jesuits. While assisting at the Church of the Holy of Jesus at Bassein, he developed a friendship with Jesuit Father Sebastian Gonsalves, who eventually became his lifelong mentor and guide.

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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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Cardinal on trial secretly taped call with Pope Francis
Cardinal on trial secretly taped call with Pope Francis

Giovanni Angelo Becciu is on trial for fraud after being removed from office and stripped of privileges in September 2020

China sentences Kris Wu to 13 years in prison for rape
China sentences Kris Wu to 13 years in prison for rape

The Chinese-Canadian ex-pop star's case was at the center of a sweeping government crackdown on celebrity culture

Vatican offers guidelines for faith-consistent investing
Vatican offers guidelines for faith-consistent investing

It makes no sense for a Catholic entity to benefit from the exploitation of people or environment, Cardinal PeterTurkson says

Pope admires courage, commitment of Ukrainians
Pope admires courage, commitment of Ukrainians

Pope Francis in a letter assured the people of Ukraine that he prays for them constantly and that they are not alone

Church calls for dignified burial for Filipino prisoners
Church calls for dignified burial for Filipino prisoners

The largest prison in the Philippines has started disposing of 200 unclaimed bodies of prisoners

China jails critic for seeking justice, democratic reforms
China jails critic for seeking justice, democratic reforms

Lu Huihuang has been held guilty of 'incitement to subvert state power' and sentenced to a four-and-a-half-year jail term

Deepening discord over Indian Church's liturgical dispute
Deepening discord over Indian Church's liturgical dispute

The Kerala-based Eastern-rite Syro-Malabar Church is divided as archdiocese threatens to snap ties with the Vatican

Tough road lies ahead for Malaysia's Anwar
Tough road lies ahead for Malaysia's Anwar

Opposition leader has had long wait for power but Islamist party threatens to take country down a darker path

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