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  1. News - China - RELIGION

    Oops! China fails to receive pope's fly-by message over 'technical glitch'

    Posted Aug 16th 2014, 10:30pm by AFP

    ... cent of the continent’s population. But expansion faces tough challenges, especially in China which prohibits its Catholics from recognising the Vatican’s authority. According to various ...

  2. News - China - RELIGION

    Official downplays number of churches demolished in Zhejiang

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 05:29pm by Nectar Gan

    ... The rest were homes and factories, it said. According to local pastors in Wenzhou, known as China’s Jerusalem for its large Christian population, at least three churches were demolished and more ...

  3. News - Asia - RELIGION

    Pope Francis heads to South Korea with message of peace

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 02:50am by AFP

    ... although only 3.2 per cent of the population, is rocketing. With the Catholic Church dogged by increasing secularism in the West, "it's a chance for the pontiff to flash a thumbs-up ... growing group with around 5.3 million adherents- just over 10 per cent of the population. In North Korea, the church is allowed to operate only within the confines of the state-controlled Korean ...

  4. News - China - RELIGION

    China will create own Christian belief system amid tensions with church, says official

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 12:50pm by AFP

    ... Protestants, accounting for 1.7 to 2.9 per cent of the total population, the state-run China Daily said, citing figures given at a seminar in Shanghai. About 500,000 people are baptised as Protestants ...

  5. News - World - RELIGION

    Voodoo is 'big social problem' for Haiti, says new Catholic cardinal

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 08:41pm by GDN

    ... for the desperately poor country, arguing that the religion offers "magic" but no real solutions to a population deprived of justice and a political voice. Chibly Langlois, who was made a cardinal by Pope Francis in February, linked Haiti's belief system to its political problems, which he says force poor Haitians- the overwhelming majority of a population of 10 million- to seek ...

  6. News - Asia - RELIGION

    Asians remain gripped by World Cup fever, even as Ramadan starts

    Posted Jun 29th 2014, 11:43pm by AFP

    ... Ramadan got under way yesterday in Asian countries including Indonesia- which has the world's largest Muslim population at around 225 million people- Malaysia, Sri Lanka and the Philippines. ... in Southeast Asia, on Saturday evening. Sri Lanka's Muslims, who account for 10 per cent of the country's 20 million population of mainly Buddhists, are set to observe a low-key Ramadan after ...

  7. News - China - RELIGION

    Beijing bans Xinjiang officials and schools from participating in Ramadan

    Posted Jul 02nd 2014, 02:32pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Bejing Authorities bar students, teachers and civil servants in Uygur-populated region – following similar restrictions in recent years Beijing has banned civil servants, students and teachers in the mainly Muslim Xinjiang region from taking part in Ramadan fasting, government websites said. This has prompted condemnation from an exile group today. ...

  8. News - China Insider - RELIGION

    Hong Kong's Cardinal Joseph Zen asks Pope Francis not to visit China

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 06:48pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... a miracle”. Pope Francis is set to visit South Korea in August to participate in the Asian Youth Day and to visit the Philippines, which has the largest Catholic population in Asia, in January next ...

  9. News - World - RELIGION

    Pope Francis calls for urgent steps to be taken to end Syrian war

    Posted May 25th 2014, 05:26am by AFP

    ... in neighbouring Jordan yesterday, starting a Middle East trip aimed at bringing hope to the region's dwindling Christian population. Addressing Jordan's King Abdullah on his first visit as pope ... in Syria, has accelerated a historic decline in the region's Christian population. The pope will also travel to Israel and the occupied West Bank, where peace talks broke down two weeks ago ...

  10. News - World - RELIGION

    Pope Francis prays for peace in Ukraine, Syria and Nigeria in his Easter mass from the Vatican

    Posted Apr 20th 2014, 07:45pm by AP

    ... to flee the country. Christians make up about 5 per cent of Syria's population. In comments to mark Easter there, the Greek Orthodox patriarch vowed that Syria's Christians "will ...




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