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Aug 5, 2020 - 12:05 am .- In the latter half of 2019 and the first few months of 2020, Australia contended with massive, devastating bushfires that burned more than 45 millions of acres of land and directly killed 34 people, with an estimated 400 or more additional people killed due to smoke inhalation.
Aug 4, 2020 - 02:10 pm .- A Catholic bishop in China has denied that the government plans to tear down his cathedral, after local Catholics expressed concern at Communist authorities taking over land belonging to the diocese.
Aug 4, 2020 - 01:15 pm .- A Lebanese Catholic priest has asked believers around the world to pray for the people of his country, after two explosions in Beirut injured hundreds of people and are reported to have left at least 10 people dead.
Aug 4, 2020 - 12:08 pm .- At least one massive explosion rocked the Lebanese capital of Beirut Tuesday afternoon, which ignited fires and destroyed buildings in the city’s port area, caused damage across the city, and has reportedly flooded hospitals with casualties.
Jul 31, 2020 - 03:13 pm .- A U.S. citizen on trial for blasphemy in Pakistan was killed at a court hearing Wednesday, drawing strong objections to the country’s blasphemy laws from the U.S. State Department.
Jul 31, 2020 - 01:30 pm .- The Chinese Communist Party is offering monetary rewards to those who report the presence of home churches in their communities.
Jul 31, 2020 - 06:15 am .- Hate crimes against Christians in India increased by 40% in the first half of 2020 despite a three-month nationwide lockdown, according to a new report.
Jul 30, 2020 - 12:17 am .- Catholic leaders in the Philippines have spoken out against President Rodrigo Duterte’s call to reinstate the death penalty for illegal drug use and other crimes.
Jul 29, 2020 - 03:50 pm .- Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney on Wednesday called the New South Wales government a “disgrace” for failing to enact anti-slavery legislation.
Jul 27, 2020 - 04:08 pm .- After several failures to secure dismissal of charges in lower courts, a Catholic bishop whom a nun has accused of rape has asked India's Supreme Court to dismiss the case.
Jul 24, 2020 - 01:00 pm .- An Islamic political party in Indonesia said Tuesday that Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could spark a civilizational clash because of his calls for an Islamic “reawakening” amid the establishment of the Hagia Sophia as a mosque.
Jul 24, 2020 - 07:30 am .- As Hagia Sophia opened for Muslim prayers Friday for the first time in 86 years, a leading Asian cardinal said that the decision to turn the building back into a mosque will reopen wounds and intensify divisions.
Jul 24, 2020 - 06:00 am .- With negotiations ongoing for an extension of the 2018 Vatican-China deal, the fate of Vatican-Taiwan relations may prove inextricable from the future of the deal - and of the Church in China.
Jul 23, 2020 - 04:32 pm .- Sister Ruth Lewis, a Pakistani nun who dedicated her life to helping underprivileged people with disabilities, died Monday following coronavirus complications.
Jul 23, 2020 - 06:00 am .- As the Vatican and China negotiate an extension of the controversial 2018 deal, the Diocese of Hong Kong is at the center of an ecclesiastical and diplomatic minefield.
Jul 22, 2020 - 01:00 pm .- China is using advanced technology to monitor both public and private religious gatherings, witnesses told a federal hearing on Wednesday.
Jul 22, 2020 - 07:30 am .- While Catholic China watchers have long focused on the ongoing human rights crisis in the country, broader media attention has fallen on the issue just weeks before the controversial Vatican-China deal is set for renewal.
Jul 21, 2020 - 03:00 pm .- Government authorities in Shanxi, China, have ordered people who receive government assistance to replace religious symbols in their homes, including pictures of Jesus, with pictures of Chairman Mao and President Xi Jinping. Refusal to comply results in the assistance being taken away. 
Jul 20, 2020 - 02:00 pm .- The bishops of the Philippines have issued a pastoral letter accusing the government of undermining the country’s democratic institutions.
Jul 20, 2020 - 11:10 am .- Australian Catholic students have sent an open letter to the country’s bishops ahead of the upcoming Fifth Plenary Council of the Church in the country, urging the bishops to remain committed to the Church’s teaching and reject calls for the ordination of women.

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