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UCAN News - Aug 15

Indian News
Indian women theologians consider women deacons
  Virginia Saldanha of the Indian Christian Women's Movement, questioned why women aren't already ordained as deacons.
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South Asian indigenous people assert rights, cultural identity
  Problems faced by world's indigenous peoples include migration, displacement and state negligence, UN representative says.
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Goa gets tough on immigrants taking up Portuguese surnames
  Violators of name-change law can be punished with three years in jail.
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Bhopal archdiocese celebrates Rakshabandhan
  Archbishop Cornelio urged the students—both boys and girls-- to collaborate as siblings “to bring all-round development of our country.”
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World News
Duterte declares Virgin Mary's nativity feast a holiday
  It is the second time the Philippine president has green-lighted a Marian feast as a holiday.
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End to long-running church row in sight, Indonesian mayor says
  Dispute over closure of Yasmin Indonesian Christian Church in Bogor 'will be resolved this year'.
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Features
Salesian workshops that launch careers
  Myanmar youngsters from troubled backgrounds are given life-changing opportunities to better themselves.
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Thai politics enters the twilight zone
  Opposition party Future Forward accused of links to a secret society that no longer exists.
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Mangoes make money: Bangladeshi farmers abandon rice
  Many are putting their faith in the country’s most popular fruit because it is more profitable and cheaper to produce.
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