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  1. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1554192/voodoo-big-social-problem-haiti-says-new-catholic-cardinal
  2. 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. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1544914/china-bans-xinjiang-officials-and-schools-participating-ramadan
  3. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1543216/asians-remain-gripped-world-cup-fever-even-ramadan-starts
  4. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1545687/cardinal-zen-asks-pope-francis-not-visit-china
  5. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1519336/pope-francis-calls-urgent-steps-be-taken-send-syrian-war
  6. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1491782/pope-francis-prays-peace-ukraine-syria-and-nigeria-his-easter-mass
  7. News - China - RELIGION

    Thousands bid farewell to underground Shanghai bishop Joseph Fan Zhongliang

    Posted Mar 22nd 2014, 03:23pm by AFP

    ... said. Beijing broke ties with the Vatican in 1951, and although relations have improved in recent years as the country's Catholic population has grown, they remain at odds over which side ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1454793/thousands-bid-farewell-underground-shanghai-bishop-joseph-fan-zhongliang
  8. News - World - RELIGION

    Catholics and vatican split over divorce, abortion, contraception: poll

    Posted Feb 11th 2014, 12:32am by WASHPOST

    ... per cent in the Philippines, the country with the largest Catholic population in Asia. Some 40 per cent of Catholics in the United States oppose gay marriage, compared with 99 per cent ... largest Catholic populations. The countries are home to more than six of 10 Catholics globally. "This is a balancing act. They have to hold together two increasingly divergent constituencies. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1425314/catholics-and-vatican-split-over-divorce-abortion-contraception-poll
  9. News - World - RELIGION

    Pope welcomes like-minded cardinals from Catholicism’s periphery to the Vatican

    Posted Feb 22nd 2014, 03:44pm by Associated Press at the Vatican

    ... first-ever cardinal. Another Caribbean cardinal, Kelvin Edward Felix, was for 25 years the archbishop of tiny Castries, St Lucia, with a population of 163,000. The archbishop of Managua, Nicaragua, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1433252/pope-welcomes-minded-cardinals-catholicisms-periphery-vatican
  10. Lifestyle - Books - RELIGION

    Book review: The Bible and Asia, by R.S. Sugirtharajah

    Posted Dec 22nd 2013, 05:19pm by William Wadsworth

    ... 843,000-strong Christian population, or its historic role as a regional evangelising centre in his latest book, The Bible and Asia. Instead of explaining why the Christian word is accepted by some Asian ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/books/article/1386669/book-review-bible-and-asia-rs-sugirtharajah

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