Latest news: Asia - Pacific

Indian diocese joins with Pope Francis in praying for persecuted Christians

Mar 3, 2015 - 04:01 am .- A remote diocese under the shadow of the Himalayas joined hands with Pope Francis' prayer for persecuted Christians in the Middle East on Sunday through a special candlelight prayer service.

Karachi Church urges faithful to consider God's plans during Lent – not their own

Mar 3, 2015 - 02:03 am .- The Archdiocese of Karachi, based in Pakistan's largest city, held a Lenten seminar last month to help the faithful there revitalize their faith life and to meaningfully prepare for Easter.

Jesuit priest's cheerful disposition kept hope alive during Afghan captivity

Feb 27, 2015 - 02:01 am .- A key player in working for the release of a Jesuit priest held by suspected Taliban militants in Afghanistan for eight months said Thursday the priest never lost hope and was confident in the efforts being made to secure his freedom.

Indians rise up to defend Mother Teresa's legacy after attack by Hindu leader

Feb 26, 2015 - 04:01 pm .- Indians from all walks of life and religions have joined to condemn allegations made against Bl. Teresa of Calcutta by a fundamentalist Hindu leader charging that her sole objective in helping the poor was converting them to Christianity.

Chinese Bible association gathers to make Scripture the heart of Church's life

Feb 26, 2015 - 02:04 am .- The United Chinese Catholic Biblical Association held its tenth World Chinese Biblical Congress last month in Taiwan, drawing participants from 18 countries to reflect on Scripture and its place in the new evangelization.

For Thailand's new cardinal, secularism is the face of the devil

Feb 23, 2015 - 05:12 pm .- The main challenge facing the Church today is secularism, according to Cardinal Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovithavanij of Bangkok, who boldly called the phenomenon the devil's face in the modern world.

Australians welcome appointment of new apostolic nuncio

Feb 19, 2015 - 12:03 am .- Australia's Catholics have received with joy the news that Pope Francis on Tuesday appointed Archbishop Adolfo Yllana, a Filipino native, as their apostolic nuncio.

Chinese New Year bumps Ash Wednesday fasting for Asia's Catholics

Feb 17, 2015 - 12:03 am .- Since Ash Wednesday coincides this year with Chinese New Year – also known as Lunar New Year – many bishops in East Asia are granting dispensations from the fasting and abstinence normally required on the day which begins the season of Lent.

What are the challenges facing family catechesis in India?

Feb 16, 2015 - 09:09 pm .- The Indian Catechetical Association held its ninth annual convention last week to evaluate the central challenges to both the evangelization and catechesis of families on the subcontinent.

'A dark day for Australia': Church laments detention of child asylum seekers

Feb 13, 2015 - 12:53 pm .- A report detailing the profoundly negative effects of the long-term detention of children seeking asylum in Australia has led Church leaders there to call the government's policy “barbaric.”

Jail, not death: appropriate punishment according to Australia's bishops

Feb 12, 2015 - 02:03 am .- With two of their nationals on Indonesia's death row over drug trafficking offenses, the Australian bishops are appealing to the government to stay their executions by firing squad, believed to be imminent.

For these Christians in India, peaceful protests led to jail time

Feb 10, 2015 - 02:03 am .- Police in the Indian capital of New Delhi arrested numerous Christians on Thursday who were participating in peaceful protests requesting that the government take action following a series of attacks on churches in the city.

Inspired by St Don Bosco, Indian Church prepares youth to be tomorrow's leaders

Feb 4, 2015 - 12:04 am .- In the north-easternmost reaches of India, the Diocese of Miao is celebrating the bicentennial of St. John Bosco's birth by continuing his legacy of educating impoverished youth and preparing them for leadership.

Faith under siege: fifth Catholic church vandalized in New Delhi over two months

Feb 3, 2015 - 02:01 am .- Unidentified persons broke into St. Alphonsa parish in the Indian capital New Delhi during the early hours of Monday morning, scattering reserved Hosts and desecrating the sanctuary.

Youth urged to work for tolerance as violence steps up in India

Jan 31, 2015 - 04:03 pm .- The head of the Indian Catholic Youth Movement, Bishop Hendry D'Souza of Bellary, has raised his voice about the necessity of religious tolerance and interreligious dialouge in India.

Burma's Bibles: encouraging love of Scripture among the laity

Jan 29, 2015 - 06:50 pm .- The Church in Burma is engaged in a series of biblical seminars to aid in catechesis and in drawing the laity to read and appreciate Sacred Scripture, heeding the call of the Second Vatican Council.

Does Francis like being Pope? A behind-the-scenes chat in the Philippines

Jan 29, 2015 - 03:12 pm .- During his pastoral visit to the Philippines Jan. 15-19, Pope Francis held an unscheduled meeting at the Apostolic Nunciature in Manila with 40 Jesuit priests and told them how it feels to be the Successor of Peter.  

Catholics in Australia support Pope Francis' action against human trafficking

Jan 27, 2015 - 02:08 am .- Australia's bishops and religious have joined the global call of Pope Francis to mark Feb. 8, the Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, as the world day of prayer, reflection, and action against human trafficking.

Cardinal praises Catholics in Vietnam for their witness to the faith

Jan 27, 2015 - 12:03 am .- Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, lauded the efforts of the Catholic community in Vietnam during his pastoral visit last week and encouraged them in the path of mission.

Francis likely to bring up poverty in his expected UN visit in New York

Jan 21, 2015 - 05:18 pm .- According to the Vatican's Observer to the United Nations, Pope Francis is likely to address the issue of poverty before the international body, a speech that is anticipated in the proposed schedule for his upcoming US trip.

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