Jose Torres Jr.

Jose Torres Jr.

Jose Torres Jr., is editor-at-large of the Catholic Asian news site He is also editorial consultant of Radio Veritas Asia. He finished his Multimedia Journalism studies at the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University.

Articles by Jose Torres Jr.

China allows Catholic university in Macau to recruit students from mainland

Sep 22, 2021 / 15:01 pm

A Catholic university in Macau has been permitted to recruit students from mainland China on an “experimental basis” and only for four graduate programs.

8 elderly nuns in Manila succumb to COVID-19; outbreak hits seminary

Sep 22, 2021 / 11:01 am

The Congregation of the Religious of the Virgin Mary in Manila announced the death of eight elderly nuns who had been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Malaysian Catholic bishops call for unity, ‘national recovery’ from pandemic  

Sep 17, 2021 / 09:30 am

The archbishop of Kota Kinabalu and the bishop of Keningau, both in Malaysia, called on Malaysians “to rise above” the challenges brought about by the pandemic and find “alternative ways” to “national recovery and unity.”

Philippine cardinal, 130 nuns, convent staff test positive for COVID-19

Sep 17, 2021 / 08:29 am

Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila has tested positive for COVID-19, two days after a religious congregation in the Philippine capital announced that 62 of its nuns also tested positive for COVID.

Filipino bishops condemn country's 'murderous and corrupt public order'

Sep 13, 2021 / 13:19 pm

Three archbishops in the Philippines condemned Sunday what they described as “a murderous and corrupt public order” in the country.

Catholic bishops in Thailand prepare for synod on synodality

Sep 13, 2021 / 11:29 am

Church leaders in Thailand are preparing for the 2023 synod on synodality, as the Vatican released a preparatory document for review by dioceses over the next six months.

Colombo cardinal says Sri Lankan officials out to mislead pope over probe into 2019 attacks

Sep 9, 2021 / 09:00 am

The Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, warned that Sri Lanka’s top government officials are out to mislead Pope Francis regarding the result of the investigation into the 2019 Easter Sunday bombings in the country’s capital.

India’s Syro-Malabar Catholic Church to adopt ‘uniform’ liturgy

Aug 30, 2021 / 16:15 pm

The new liturgy being introduced within India's Syro-Malabar Church will require the celebrant to face the congregation and the tabernacle at different times of the Mass.

Catholics in Sri Lanka fly black flags to protest perceived government failure to prosecute over Easter attack

Aug 24, 2021 / 10:03 am

Catholics in Sri Lanka wore black and hoisted black flags on Saturday to show their indignation over the government’s failure to solve the 2019 Easter Sunday attack on churches.

Catholic nun appeals for help as COVID-19 cases overwhelm Manila orphanage

Aug 24, 2021 / 09:32 am

A Catholic nun has appealed for help as COVID-19 cases overwhelm the Hospicio de San Jose, an orphanage run by the Archdiocese of Manila.

Terrified Christians in Afghanistan brace for attacks: 'We are coming for you'

Aug 19, 2021 / 10:21 am

Numerous Christian aid organizations and leaders have spoken about the imminent threat to the Christian community in Afghanistan after the country fell to the Taliban.

Sri Lankan cardinal calls for protests over government's Easter attack inquiry

Aug 17, 2021 / 15:14 pm

Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith of Colombo has called on the people to demonstrate Aug. 21 to protest what he described as the government’s failure to shed light on the 2019 Easter Sunday bombings.

Catholic Church in Thailand converts facilities into field hospitals for COVID-19 patients

Aug 9, 2021 / 18:50 pm

“We cannot be indifferent toward the suffering of our parishioners and the people in the villages,” one parish priest in Thailand explained.

Abducted Catholic priest, catechist released by Burmese militia

Aug 6, 2021 / 18:01 pm

Father Noel Hrang Tin Thang and an unnamed catechist were traveling from the town of Surkhua to Hakha when nabbed by the activists who accused the priest of conniving with the military.

Catholic diocese in India offers cash incentives, scholarships for couples with more children

Aug 6, 2021 / 16:32 pm

The Eastern-rite Syro-Malabar Diocese of Palai in Kerala state said it will pay 1,500 rupees (about US$21) monthly to the families and will provide free education to the fourth and the subsequent children.

Philippine Catholic Church inks documents with nationalist Church for reconciliation, common baptism

Aug 5, 2021 / 04:02 am

The Church leaders vowed that through “spiritual ecumenism,” they would encourage joint activities in prayer services, such as the celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Stations of the Cross during Lent and Holy Week processions.

Burmese bishops launch interreligious prayer effort amid Covid surge

Aug 3, 2021 / 14:01 pm

The Catholic bishops of Burma on Monday launched a national prayer campaign as coronavirus cases in the country continue to surge.

Gold medalist weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz inspires the Philippines with her victory and Catholic devotion

Jul 27, 2021 / 12:55 pm

After completing her final lift in a very close competition, Diaz burst into tears, clutched at the Miraculous Medal of the Blessed Virgin Mary hanging from her neck and repeatedly thanked God for her historic triumph.

Japanese prelate named new secretary general of Asian bishops’ federation

Jul 24, 2021 / 14:30 pm

Japanese Archbishop Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi of Tokyo has been named the new secretary general of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences.

Philippine bishops support pope’s letter on traditional liturgies

Jul 22, 2021 / 16:00 pm

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines issued a statement on Thursday supporting Pope Francis’ motu proprio Traditionis custodes, which restricted the use of traditional liturgies.