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Caritas India offers assistance to victims of monsoon floods in Kerala

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Thiruvananthapuram, India, Aug 16, 2018 / 04:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After at least 73 people were killed in floods caused by monsoon rains in India’s Kerala state, Caritas India and local Catholic groups are assisting victims of the torrent with relief materials. More than 85,000 people in the southern Indian state have been displaced by […]

House arrest for Australian archbishop convicted of not reporting abuse

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Adelaide, Australia, Aug 14, 2018 / 10:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An Australian court ruled Tuesday that Archbishop Philip Wilson, who was convicted in May of failing to report allegations of child sexual abuse disclosed to him in the 1970s, will serve his 12-month sentence under house arrest. Archbishop Wilson, 67, resigned as Archbishop of Adelaide […]

Cardinal Tagle: Flood victims can find support in Catholic Church

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Manila, Philippines, Aug 14, 2018 / 09:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic parishes and assistance centers are ready to help victims of storms and major floods in the Manila area, said Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila over the weekend. “To our brothers and sisters affected by the flooding, just go to your parishes and social action […]

Church in Australia should not be tax exempt, former government official says

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Canberra, Australia, Aug 13, 2018 / 06:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A former tax official has said Australia should revoke the non-profit tax status of the Catholic Church in the country, due to widespread clerical sex abuse, which was detailed in an extensive report released last year. Former assistant taxation commissioner Terry Hamilton expressed his concern […]

Chinese region sought to demolish mosque amid crackdown on religion

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Yinchuan, China, Aug 10, 2018 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Officials in an autonomous region of northwest mainland China intended to demolish a mosque on Friday, but were met by hundreds of protesters. The move comes amid a nation-wide effort to clamp down on free religious expression. Due to the protests, the local government has […]

As death toll climbs from Indonesia quake, Catholic agency takes action

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Mataram, Indonesia, Aug 10, 2018 / 03:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With hundreds dead and thousands left homeless by a major earthquake in Indonesia last weekend, Catholic Relief Services is working to bring shelter and necessities to survivors. “Our priority now is to get as much information from the field as possible for us to make […]

Vietnamese diocese urges aid for victims of flooding

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Sơn Tây, Vietnam, Aug 8, 2018 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Heavy rains have caused flooding in northern and north-central Vietnam, and officials of the local Church are encouraging aid for those affected. Fr Paul Nguyễn Quốc Anh, director of Caritas in the Diocese of Hưng Hóa, has challenged laity and religious to buy food, […]

Australian unions seek limits on religious groups’ hiring freedom

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Sydney, Australia, Aug 7, 2018 / 10:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of trade unions in Australia last month passed a motion saying that they will lobby to restrict the right of religious organizations to make hiring decisions based on adherence to Church teaching on sexuality. Wil Stracke, a member of the Victorian Trades Hall […]

Chinese Catholic Church demolition is latest in series of church bulldozings

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Jinan, China, Aug 4, 2018 / 12:00 am (CNA).- A Catholic church in Jinan province, China, has been demolished by government agents, the latest in a series of church demolitions in China. About 40 police and government workers entered Liangwang Catholic Church on the morning of July 17, ejecting three women who had been acting […]