Latest news: Asia - Pacific

Oct 12, 2019 - 04:00 pm .- Amid a United Nations investigation into a brutal “war on drugs” by Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte, a Catholic bishop is calling for the country’s Department of Health (DOH) to take a more active health-centered approach to tackling the nation’s drug problem.
Oct 11, 2019 - 10:13 am .- On the International Day of the Girl Child, a legal advocacy group in India is drawing attention to the problem of sex-selective abortion and calling for efforts to end the practice.
Oct 10, 2019 - 04:30 pm .- Human rights lawyer and former political prisoner Chen Guangcheng said Wednesday that “anything that threatens Communist power will be a target for violence.”
Oct 8, 2019 - 12:49 pm .- The Catholic bishops of Australia are among those who have called for changes to a contentious religious discrimination bill, saying that while it shows promise, it does not do enough to safeguard religious freedom.
Oct 4, 2019 - 07:01 pm .- A diocese in southern China expressed disappointment this week regarding a patriotic light-show that had been projected on the remains of a famous Catholic church.
Oct 4, 2019 - 03:10 pm .- The Vatican announced Friday that Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a bishop in New Zealand, following an investigation into a complaint of “unacceptable behaviour of a sexual nature” made by a young woman.
Oct 3, 2019 - 11:00 am .- A Catholic bishop in Australia has dismissed media reports that Church leaders are considering a radical overhaul of priestly formation.
Oct 3, 2019 - 12:01 am .- Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon has decried Burma's ongoing violence, and encouraged religious leaders to raise their voices in defense of the vulnerable.
Oct 1, 2019 - 07:01 pm .- Freedom for Faith, a Christian legal think tank, expressed concerns last week over unintended consequences of the Australian government's religious discrimination bill, urging that it be re-drafted before it is passed.
Oct 1, 2019 - 04:32 pm .- On Tuesday, the People’s Republic of China marked the 70th anniversary of the founding of the country’s communist regime. While some world leaders offered congratulations, others reflected on the nation’s long history of human rights abuses.
Sep 30, 2019 - 04:00 pm .- The persecution of Catholics in mainland China is increasing after prominent Catholic figures in Hong Kong continue to speak out against the communist regime, according to reports.
Sep 30, 2019 - 02:05 pm .- A religious sister with the Missionaries of Charity has been released on bail 25 months after her arrest. She is accused of cooperating with the sale of a child from a home for unwed mothers, although her supporter argue that she was coerced into confessing.
Sep 29, 2019 - 04:00 am .- In the age of mass communication, the Catholic Church is finding previously unimagined opportunities for evangelization – namely, over the internet.
Sep 27, 2019 - 02:30 pm .- Pakistan's Supreme Court acquitted a man Wednesday who was sentenced to death for blasphemy in 2002, saying there was a lack of evidence against him.
Sep 26, 2019 - 03:30 pm .- The Chinese government is harvesting organs from religious and ethnic minorities, a human rights organization told the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday. 
Sep 26, 2019 - 11:18 am .- The archbishop of Sydney lamented a controversial new law decriminalizing abortion in New South Wales, and stressed that the Church will work to offer support for women facing difficult pregnancies.
Sep 25, 2019 - 06:40 pm .- In the wake of a major clergy sex abuse scandal and the high-profile, controversial trial and conviction of sex abuse of Cardinal George Pell, government and Church officials in Australia are scrambling for solutions.
Sep 25, 2019 - 04:16 pm .- As China's detention of Muslims of the country's northwest in re-education camps continues, few countries are openly denouncing the practice in the face of the clout of the world's second-largest economy.
Sep 25, 2019 - 12:03 am .- A Catholic bishop in the Philippines called for a strong response from the government to fight poliovirus, following an announcement last week from health officials that the once-eradicated disease has made a reappearance.
Sep 24, 2019 - 03:01 pm .- The president of the Australian Medical Association (WA) said last week that a West Australian bill to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia lacks requirements to prevent an “entrepreneurial euthanasia clinic” from being founded in the state.
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