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With a land area of 39,171 square kilometers, the diocesan territory covers southern region of the Chhattisgarh state in central India. On March 23, 1972 the exarchate of Jagdalpur was created by separating the civil districts of Bastar from the apostolic prefecture of Raipur, entrusting it to the...
Taiwan (Republic of China) lies 129 kilometers off the southeast coast of mainland China. "Taichung" literally means central Taiwan. Taichung was founded in 1721 by immigrants from the Chinese mainland. Its original name was "Tatun" or "Big Mound." Its present name was adopted by the Japanese...

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Priests attacked at Catholic mission in east India

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