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May 26, 2020 - 12:30 pm .- A Chinese underground bishop who was sentenced to 10 years of forced labor in the 1980s for bringing Catholics on pilgrimage to the Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Sheshan died this month at the age of 98.
May 26, 2020 - 12:00 pm .- A judge in the Australian state of Victoria has proposed a trial date to prosecute journalists and media outlets for violating a court-imposed reporting ban on the 2018 trial of #CardinalPell.
May 22, 2020 - 05:34 pm .- The Vatican revealed this week that Catholics in China were able to use the most popular Chinese state-monitored social media platform, WeChat, to livestream Pope Francis’ daily Mass during the coronavirus pandemic.
May 22, 2020 - 11:29 am .- Catholic Relief Services is among the agencies providing aid to those impacted by Cyclone Amphan in Bangladesh and eastern India. The storm killed at least 96, millions were evacuated, and Kolkata was devastated.
May 20, 2020 - 04:00 pm .- The Chinese government is attempting to extradite a Uighur man who fled the country to Turkey in 2014, according to a dossier obtained by Axios.
May 20, 2020 - 07:30 am .- Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, the 30th superior general of the Society of Jesus, died Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan, at the age of 84
May 19, 2020 - 11:01 pm .- Numerous Catholics organizations have volunteered to help evacuate millions, as a cyclone prepares to hit Bangladesh and India this week.
May 18, 2020 - 12:39 pm .- The coronavirus pandemic is causing drops in charitable donations to Catholic organizations in Japan, especially affecting refugees and vulnerable foreigners, local media are reporting.
May 9, 2020 - 06:01 am .-  Pakistan’s government has declined to include the Ahmadi religious group in its National Commission for Minorities, drawing attention to the group whose Muslim self-identification is rejected by many Muslims.
May 7, 2020 - 11:00 am .- Cardinal George Pell has expressed his “surprise” at newly released findings of an Australian investigation, which concluded that the cardinal was aware of sexual abuse by clerics in the 1970s and 80s, and failed to act.
May 5, 2020 - 03:01 pm .- At least 51 workers have been infected with the novel coronavirus at the Grasberg mine in Indonesia, the world’s largest gold mine.
Apr 30, 2020 - 02:00 pm .- As the Chinese government makes progress containing the COVID-19 pandemic, authorities have resumed action to remove crosses from buildings and crackdown on religious practice.
Apr 30, 2020 - 10:30 am .- The coronavirus pandemic is telling us that “our health counts more than the economy’s health and that true human fraternity is more valuable and noble than diplomatic success,” a Taiwanese archbishop has said.
Apr 27, 2020 - 11:30 am .- The number of Catholics in South Korea increased by less than 50,000 in 2019, continuing a trend of slowing growth after a peak following the 2014 apostolic visit by Pope Francis to the country. 
Apr 24, 2020 - 03:32 pm .- A Catholic lawyer says his arrest last Saturday is part of mainland China’s wide-ranging efforts to tighten control over Hong Kong.
Apr 24, 2020 - 02:00 pm .- The Chinese Communist Party covered up the spread of the coronavirus in the country, suppressing the real rate of infection and violating the rights of its citizens as it did so, a Chinese human rights activist told a forum at The Catholic University of America on Friday.
Apr 23, 2020 - 05:13 pm .- A Catholic youth organization has instituted a movement to provide assistance to families struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.
Apr 23, 2020 - 01:30 pm .- Iran has sentenced a 21 year-old Christian woman to prison and lashing for “disturbing public order,” after she protested the destruction of a passenger jet by the military.
Apr 22, 2020 - 05:02 pm .- A Sri Lankan priest criticized the government’s response to last year’s Easter bombings, saying the failure to thoroughly investigate has amounted to a betrayal of the people.
Apr 21, 2020 - 02:19 pm .- Indigenous rights groups are warning that many families in Bangladesh who have lost jobs and income because of the coronavirus pandemic are not yet receiving aid, and many are facing starvation.

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