UCAN Asia News - Feb 13

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News

Chinese Catholics condemn Vatican official's comments
Bishop's claim that the communist country is best for Catholic social doctrine is greeted with anger and disbelief read more
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Features

Jesuits end decades of water shortages in Timor-Leste
Clean water projects in remote areas are transforming the lives of local villagers read more
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ICC opens probe into Philippine drug killings
Duterte says he is ready to face trial and even a death sentence read more
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Commentary

Letter from Rome
The past few weeks are probably among those that Pope Francis would rather forget read more
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Vietnam jails 6 more Buddhists of persecuted Hoa Hao sect
Rights activists say religious movement is being unfairly and illegally targeted read more
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Features

Poor Filipino miners offer gold as thanksgiving to Mary
Generosity is deeply rooted in the culture of the town, says local priest read more
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More young Kashmiris join Islamic militancy
India's only Muslim-majority state records 40 percent increase in youths taking up separatist cause read more
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Philippine govt under fire over church radio permit delay
Reporters Without Borders wades into controversy saying refusal to renew franchise politically motivated read more
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Young photographers zoom in on Christian life
Competition and exhibition held by Jesuit-run youth movement in Bangladesh also attracted non-Christians read more
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Carnival goes on in Goa despite Hindu opposition
BJP-led state government provides support and sponsorship for three-day pre-Lent festival read more
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Philippines marks World Day of the Sick
Episcopal Commission on Health Care calls for renewed vigor in church efforts to look after those suffering read more
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Joseph Arshad installed as bishop of Islamabad-Rawalpindi
Capital's new prelate calls on Catholics to promote peace and unity in Pakistan read more
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Video

The fight to protect PNG's forests
Locals fight timber companies whom they say illegally take their land and ravage their forests Watch this video
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Gallery

Child Jesus honored with fluvial procession
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Features
Cardinal Zen's opposition to China deal gains online support
Young Hong Kongers back the prelate's disapproval of the Vatican's dealings with the Chinese Communist Party read more
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Indian govt admits rise in religion-based hate crime
Pro-Hindu ruling party accused of fanning the flames of violence against religious minorities read more
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Commentary
Philippines' Duterte eyes federalist track to one-man rule
Activists label proposed changes to the constitution as 'a recipe for civil war' as strongman digs his heels read more
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News
An already bitter Timor-Leste election set for May 12
Official campaigning commences after Easter in the mainly Catholic nation with its ageing political lions ready for one more fight read more
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Apple's China iCloud partner to spy on customers' data
Critics urge boycott as tech titan shifts services to state-owned Guizhou firm read more
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Indonesian shuts down dozens of LGBT sites
Crackdown on more than 100 sites comes amid moves by lawmakers to outlaw gay sex read more