Latest news: Asia - Pacific

Dec 13, 2019 - 04:00 am .- Senior police officials in the Australian state of Victoria discussed by email the way that their 2014 investigation into Cardinal George Pell could deflect public scrutiny from an emerging corruption scandal in the force.
Dec 12, 2019 - 12:47 am .- Following religious groups’ criticism of an Australian bill intended to protect religious freedom, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Attorney-General Christian Porter have released a second version that appears to address some concerns.
Dec 11, 2019 - 04:01 pm .- The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is expressing concern about a controversial bill which passed India’s legislature Wednesday enshrining a pathway to citizenship for immigrants that specifically excludes Muslims.
Dec 10, 2019 - 04:01 pm .- Listening is the first step in evangelization, the newly-appointed prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples said Tuesday in Quezon City.
Dec 7, 2019 - 03:25 pm .- Authorities in Indonesia are expected to deploy 160,000 security personnel to ensure Christmas and New Year’s celebrations safe, according to local media.
Dec 4, 2019 - 04:56 pm .- Cardinal Joseph Zen, former bishop of Hong Kong, has renewed his criticism of the Vatican-China deal, warning that he thinks Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin is exercising undue influence in advising Pope Francis.
Dec 3, 2019 - 04:30 pm .- A Chinese bishop has said that Catholics in the country must put their loyalty to the state before the faith. Bishop John Fang Xingyao made the statement during a Communist Party sponsored meeting in Beijing last week.
Dec 2, 2019 - 02:01 pm .- Australia’s Catholic bishops support “nationally consistent” reporting standards for the abuse of minors, but cannot support new national legal standards that would force priests to report real or suspected child abuse learned under the strict confidence of sacramental confessions, the bishops have said.
Dec 2, 2019 - 12:01 pm .- The Pennsylvania Senate is debating a bill that would require the burial or cremation of the bodies of fetuses after miscarriage or abortion.
Nov 27, 2019 - 02:00 pm .- “Most of Japanese people don’t know we exist,” Minori Takeuchi told CNA last week.
Nov 27, 2019 - 05:00 am .- On Sundays, Fr. Raniel Berdos can be found strolling the aisles of St. Mary's Cathedral in Tokyo.
Nov 25, 2019 - 06:47 pm .- At a Jesuit university in Tokyo on Tuesday, Pope Francis said a quality university education should not be something out of reach for the average person, and should promote justice and the common good.
Nov 25, 2019 - 03:00 pm .- Leaked government documents from China have shed light on the country’s extensive network of internment camps for religious minorities, and exposed the use of an algorithm to determine who will be arrested and detained. 
Nov 25, 2019 - 01:35 pm .- The image used at a papal Mass in Nagasaki had an additional significance: It is a sculpture of Mary that survived the explosion of the atomic bomb in 1945.
Nov 25, 2019 - 09:00 am .- Pope Francis met Monday with Emperor Naruhito of Japan. It was the first meeting of the two less, less than two weeks since Naruhito completed the rituals that made him the newest emperor in the world’s oldest continuous hereditary throne.
Nov 25, 2019 - 03:34 am .- In the measure of a country, concern for human dignity and life is more important than economic strength, Pope Francis told Japanese authorities, civil servants, and diplomats Monday in Tokyo.
Nov 24, 2019 - 09:28 pm .- If people neglect prayer and the interior life, they are at risk of becoming spiritual zombies, who seem fine on the outside, but on the inside are lonely and lacking life, Pope Francis said Monday.
Nov 24, 2019 - 07:49 pm .- In a meeting Monday with people affected by Japan’s 2011 “triple disaster,” Pope Francis criticized society’s indifference toward the suffering of others.
Nov 23, 2019 - 07:55 pm .- Pope Francis Sunday honored the many martyrs who died in Japan during two centuries of persecution, encouraging Catholics in the country to use their heroic witness as inspiration to spread the Gospel.
Nov 23, 2019 - 06:48 pm .- At the ground zero site of the 1945 nuclear attack on Nagasaki, Pope Francis said the threat of using nuclear weapons is not the way to build peace and shared responsibility in the human family, reiterating the Church’s commitment to peace.
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