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UCAN News - Apr 17

Indian News
Indian court restores Good Friday as public holiday
  Ex-Portuguese territories blocked from trying to scale down importance of Christian red-letter day.
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Court orders Indian state's govt to reopen church
  Church in Uttar Pradesh was closed for seven months after officials recorded prayer service.
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Goa Church expresses regret over priest's 'hate speech'
  The state's Chief Electoral Officer has already ordered a probe, after the Goa BJP filed a complaint saying the sermon was a "hate speech".
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SC seeks response on women's entry in mosques
  In a series of posers, the court inquired about the prevailing practices on the entry of women in mosques abroad.
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World News
Underground priest in China arrested as Holy Week begins
  Father Zhang is the third underground cleric from the same diocese to be taken by authorities in less than a month.
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Apostolic vicar of Phnom Penh highlights significance of missionary work
  Bishop Olivier Schmitthaeusler says upcoming Extraordinary Missionary Month is a booster shot for the Church in Cambodia.
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Generosity comes to the rescue for ailing ex-prisoner in Vietnam
  Sick activist had been unable to pay for his medical bills since being freed from jail in February.
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Korean cardinal concerned about abortion ruling
  Seoul's archbishop stresses sanctity of life after court rules that abortion ban is unconstitutional.
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Features

Rohingya children's school dreams hit stony ground
  New order banning refugees from state schools in Cox's Bazar deprives them of an education, ramps up criminal risks.
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