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Manado diocese covers an area of 90,000 square kilometers and includes the territories of three provinces on Sulawesi island: North Sulawesi, Central Sulawesi and Gorontalo. Manado became an apostolic vicariate on April 13, 1937. It was made a diocese on Jan. 3, 1961. Sacred Heart Bishop Nicolaus...
In a land area of 18,792 square kilometers, the diocesan territory covers Kagawa, Ehime, Tokushimaand...

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Japanese Church with a famed statue of weeping Virgin Mary

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

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Muslim man lynched in Pakistan for alleged blasphemy
Muslim man lynched in Pakistan for alleged blasphemy

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