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In a land area of 211,440 square kilometers, the archdiocese of Samarinda is located in eastern part of Kalimantan, Indonesia's southern territory of Borneo Island. The archdiocese's geographical territory covers Samarinda, Balikpapan, and Bontang Cities, and West Kutai, Kutai Kartanegara, East...
In a land area of 9,079.1 square kilometers, the diocesan territory covers whole of the coastal Hai Phong city, provinces of Hai Duong and Quang Ninh and part of Hung Yen province. It borders with provinces of Bac Ninh and Bac Giang in the north, Ha Noi in the west, Thai Binh in the south and South...
Marian Basilica lives the memory of India’s sole Roman Catholic ruler

Marian Basilica lives the memory of India’s sole Roman Catholic ruler

Indian basilica soaked in the blood of St. Thomas, the Apostle

Indian basilica soaked in the blood of St. Thomas, the Apostle

Indian Church relishes miracles of Saint Thomas, the Apostle

Indian Church relishes miracles of Saint Thomas, the Apostle

Indian cathedral remembers Jesuit mission among tribals in eastern India

Indian cathedral remembers Jesuit mission among tribals in eastern India

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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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Husband’s cancer leads Japanese woman to faith
Husband’s cancer leads Japanese woman to faith

Junko says that the support of the people of the parish saves and recharges her

Apathy in Bangladesh fuels child labor exploitation
Apathy in Bangladesh fuels child labor exploitation

About 40 percent of about three million domestic workers are children, who are often underpaid, exploited and abused

The evolving role of the Catholic press
The evolving role of the Catholic press

The press is a structured presence of community in public communication, challenging its readers to see, judge, and act

Philippine Church wants national museum to return ‘stolen’ panels
Philippine Church wants national museum to return ‘stolen’ panels

Early 19th-century pulpit panels were installed at the Archdiocesan Shrine of Patrocinio de Maria Santissima in Boljoon town

Korean Church asked to become ‘hybrid’ in post-Covid times
Korean Church asked to become ‘hybrid’ in post-Covid times

Several experts jointly wrote the white paper, each composing sections on religion, liturgy, theology, and pastoral care

Safety fears for innocent blasphemy-accused in Pakistan
Safety fears for innocent blasphemy-accused in Pakistan

Christian man and his family remain in hiding fearing mob attacks despite police dismissing charge

Indian bishops urge govt to allow shooting of wild animals
Indian bishops urge govt to allow shooting of wild animals

Farmers should be allowed to protect themselves, they say after spate of human-wildlife conflict deaths

Top Buddhist monks slam Sri Lankan govt’s privatization plan
Top Buddhist monks slam Sri Lankan govt’s privatization plan

In a letter to President Wickremesinghe, they warn against selling state-owned enterprises to foreign companies

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