Latest news: Asia - Pacific
May 25, 2017 - 01:27 pm .- A Filipino cardinal has prayed for the release of Catholic hostages held by Islamist militants who have seized parts of a city on Mindanao, appealing to Muslim leaders to help secure their release.
May 24, 2017 - 11:48 am .- Islamic State-allied militants in the Philippines have taken a Catholic priest and a group of church-goers hostage, threatening to kill them if the nation’s military does not cease its current offensive against them.
May 22, 2017 - 03:07 pm .- In the most recent clash between the government and the Catholic Church in the Philippines, authorities have banned hanging rosaries and religious icons in vehicles, citing safety concerns.
May 15, 2017 - 08:02 pm .- South Korean Catholics are opposing both the country's reliance on nuclear power and the U.S. missile defense system recently established to pressure the North out of future weapon tests.
May 13, 2017 - 06:08 pm .- Catholics in the Australian state of New South Wales applauded the rejection of bills in the upper house of the parliament that would have legalized abortion.  
May 10, 2017 - 09:01 pm .- An archbishop in South Korea encouraged the country's new president to bring unity to a nation struggling both from recent scandals and fears over North Korea's weapons tests.  
May 10, 2017 - 06:02 am .- The Catholic bishops of the Philippines have praised a cross-country march showing opposition to the restoration of the death penalty.
May 5, 2017 - 01:18 pm .- For one critic, a report that IVF-conceived embryos are being cremated and turned into jewelry for their mothers shows the basic problem with the artificial creation of human embryos.
May 3, 2017 - 03:34 pm .- Despite being located on private property, a 122 year-old cross was demolished late last month in a suburb of Mumbai, sparking legal action from the archdiocese.
Apr 25, 2017 - 12:01 am .- Proposals to legalize euthanasia in the Australian state of Victoria are based on “misplaced compassion,” the local bishops said.  
Apr 21, 2017 - 08:01 pm .- The Jehovah's Witnesses have been banned as an extremist group in a Thursday Supreme Court decision that observers feared signaled a further step back for religious liberty.
Apr 14, 2017 - 04:48 am .- While the Stations of the Cross are a worldwide Lenten devotion for Catholics, the faithful in Vietnam have an additional practice that blends ancient traditional chants with Catholic prayer and meditation on the Crucifixion.
Apr 13, 2017 - 05:09 pm .- In the Diocese of Miao, located in India's northeasternmost state of Arunachal Pradesh, Bishop George Pallipparambil does not stay quietly in his cathedral for Holy Week, but rather holds services across the diocese in an effort to better serve his people.  
Mar 20, 2017 - 08:01 pm .- Remember what Jesus' cross stands for, and don't misuse the Bible to justify the death penalty, the Philippines' Catholic bishops have said.
Mar 18, 2017 - 04:02 pm .- The practices of the Neocatechumenal Way in Guam have drawn attention from the island's coadjutor archbishop, who has said its members are to stop forming new communities for a year, in the interest of healing divisions in the archdiocese.
Mar 11, 2017 - 06:08 am .- A man acting as a guard outside a Catholic church in Bangladesh was injured in a knife attack on Friday. Local authorities attribute it to a private feud, and not terrorism.
Mar 9, 2017 - 06:02 am .- The first Bishop of Pyongyang, an American born-bishop, and numerous priests and laity are among the 213 who could be beatified and advanced on the process to sainthood under a process begun in South Korea.
Mar 5, 2017 - 05:31 am .- For some 35 years, the population of China was strictly controlled by the Communist government’s one-child policy.
Feb 28, 2017 - 05:08 pm .- Caught in the throes of a brutal war on drugs, the people of the Philippines are increasingly looking to the Catholic Church to provide refuge and resistance.
Feb 17, 2017 - 11:46 am .- Pakistanis are mourning those killed and wounded in a series of terrorist attacks which have taken place this week in the country, including one on a Sufi shrine that left more than 80 people dead.

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