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  1. 1. Bishops discuss Catholic church's woes in Asia - Yahoo! Philippines News Page 1 of 2 Yahoo! My Yahoo! More Search HOME PHILIPPINES ASIA PACIFIC WORLD ENTERTAINMENT SPORTS BUSINESS Showbiz World Entertainment Oddly Enough Bishops discuss Catholic church's woes in Asia AFP - Sunday, August 16 Send IM Story Print MANILA (AFP) - – Mixed marriages, dwindling entrants to the priesthood and violence against its members are among problems facing the Catholic church in Asia, bishops said at a conference here Saturday. Inter-religious marriages have helped the number of Catholics to fall even further, Philippine Archbishop Orlando Quevedo told a meeting of the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences (FABC) being held Manila this weekend. Catholics who marry outside the church in countries where they were part of a minority often converted to their spouse's religion, said Quevedo, secretary-general of the FABC. Filipino Arcbishop Orlando Quevedo, secretary-general of the Federation of Asian Many bishops also said there was difficulty attracting young men to Bishops Conferences (FABC), gestures as he speaks during a press briefing at the Pope the priesthood because of poverty and the secularisation of society. Pius XII Catholic Centre in Manila, flanked by Pakistani Arcbishop Lowrence Saldanha (L). Poverty meant that many parents found it "a big sacrifice to give up Mixed marriages, dwindling entrants to the their young son" to a seminary, Pakistani Archbishop John Saldanha priesthood and violence against its members are among problems facing the Catholic said. church in Asia. "More girls are joining the convents now than the boys entering the seminaries," he added. Slideshow: Faces of Asia PH "The number of vocations is going down. The Christian families have fewer children and the reason is secularisation of the society," Cardinal Oswald Gracias of India said. Hong Kong Bishop John Tong said "materialistic tendencies" were also an obstacle, but remarked that there had been an increase in the territory's seminarians, to 15 this year from 10 last year. Sources who asked not to be identified also said that the bishops discussed the issue of Asian governments who did not do enough to protect Christian minorities under attack in their countries. Quevedo said the FABC was preparing a document that "will mention endemic corruption in countries in Asia, not just the Philippines but corruption in most of the governments of Asia." The FABC represents dioceses from across Asia, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. http://ph.news.yahoo.com/afp/20090816/tls-asia-religion-church-aeafa1b.html 8/17/2009
  2. 2. Bishops discuss Catholic church's woes in Asia - Yahoo! Philippines News Page 2 of 2 7 users recommend Send IM Story Print Related Articles 'Don't worry be curry': Germany celebrates currywurst AFP - Monday, August 17 Carnival mood for Mumbai's gay Pride march AFP - Monday, August 17 ELSEWHERE Sleepless in Beirut, sin city of the Middle East AFP - Monday, August 17 Writing for Arab world no piece of cake: magazine AFP - Sunday, August 16 Bishops discuss Catholic church's woes in Asia AFP - Sunday, August 16 MORE ON YAHOO! NEWS ALSO ON YAHOO Home World Business Answers Games Philippines Entertainment Technology Video Groups Asia Pacific Sports Lifestyle Mobile Travel Finance Movies Subscribe to our news feeds Flickr » All Yahoo! Top Stories Sports » More news feeds | What are news feeds? Services Copyright © 2009 Yahoo! Southeast Asia Pte. Ltd. (Co. Reg. No. 199700735D). All Rights Reserved. Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Community | Intellectual Property Rights Policy | Help http://ph.news.yahoo.com/afp/20090816/tls-asia-religion-church-aeafa1b.html 8/17/2009

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