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Philippine Church Calls for Defense of Democracy

MANILA, Philippines, APR. 30, 2001 ( The Church in the Philippines has appealed to citizens to defend democracy against possible attacks from supporters of imprisoned former President Joseph Estrada.

U.S. Lawmakers Slam Arrest of Chinese Bishop

WASHINGTON, D.C., APR. 27, 2001 ( A number of U.S. lawmakers denounced the reported recent arrest of a Chinese Catholic bishop, writing to President Jiang Zemin urging China to release the prelate and respect “freedom of worship,” Agence France-Presse reported.

Esztergom, Hungary, Marking 1,000 Years of Faith

VATICAN CITY, APR. 27, 2001 ( On the millennium of the primatial See of Esztergom, John Paul II congratulated Hungarian Catholics on their 1,000 years of Christian witness and fidelity to the Pope.