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Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun departs the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, Nov. 18, 2014.

Cardinal Zen appears in court in Hong Kong

May 24, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The date set for Cardinal Zen’s trial is Sept. 19. Read more

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Final Australian state allows euthanasia and assisted suicide, rejecting religious exemptions

May 19, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

New South Wales has become the sixth and final Australian state to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide. Its legislation forces... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen.

Cardinal Zen may be in Hong Kong court next week

May 17, 2022

By CNA Staff

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun is scheduled to appear in court May 24, according to a report by the British daily... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen.

International community laments Cardinal Zen's 'precarious' position

May 14, 2022

By CNA Staff

The arrest this week of Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun in Hong Kong continues to attract international condemnation, with the U.S.... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen.

Cardinal Zen released on bail

May 11, 2022

By CNA Staff

The news emerged shortly after the Vatican said that it was concerned to hear of reports of his arrest. Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong, speaks at the Pontifical Urban University in Rome, Nov. 18, 2014.

Former Hong Kong bishop Cardinal Zen arrested

May 11, 2022

By CNA Staff

The 90-year-old was reportedly detained in his role as a trustee of the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund. Read more

Archbishop Timothy Costelloe at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Perth, Australia.

Australia’s Catholic bishops elect new leader

May 6, 2022

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Timothy Costelloe of Perth is the first member of a religious order to lead Australia’s bishops’ conference. Read more

Bishop Paul Hinder, apostolic vicar emeritus of Southern Arabia

Bishop Paul Hinder, apostolic vicar of Southern Arabia, retires

May 2, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

He led the Catholic Church on the Arabian peninsula for 17 years. Read more

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Hong Kong. Credit: Volodymyr Dvornyk/Shutterstock

Hong Kong priest: China trying to control religion in Hong Kong

Apr 26, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Speaking publicly under his own name for the first time, a Hong Kong priest says the Chinese Communist Party is... Read more

Archbishop Julian Porteous of Hobart

Self-sabotaging Catholicism won't help Australia, archbishop says of plenary council prep

Apr 13, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

At a time when Catholicism in Australia faces crises such as a loss of faith and declining religious practice, a... Read more

Myanmar, also known as Burma, is a country in Southeast Asia.

UPDATE: Soldiers searching for weapons leave Burma cathedral

Apr 9, 2022

By CNA Staff

Government soldiers departed from the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and its compound in downtown Mandalay Saturday after a thorough... Read more

Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Mandalay, Burma.

Burmese archbishop remains under house arrest; 'We are all praying,' priest says

Apr 9, 2022

By CNA Staff

Residents of downtown Mandalay remain on edge as a military occupation of the Catholic archdiocesan compound continues for a second... Read more

Sacred Heart Cathedral in Mandalay, Burma.

Burmese soldiers invade Catholic cathedral, detain archbishop

Apr 8, 2022

By CNA Staff

Approximately 40 Burmese soldiers forcibly took control of a Catholic cathedral in Mandalay on Friday and detained an archbishop and... Read more

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In China, Christian human rights activist faces mistreatment, fabricated charges, supporters say

Mar 28, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Li Qiaochu, a prominent Christian and labor rights activist in China, has been imprisoned for more than a year. Her... Read more

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo in his cathedral city, Jan. 13, 2015.

Sri Lankan cardinal laments slow pace, possible corruption in Easter attacks investigation

Mar 21, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

The Archbishop of Colombo highlighted the frustrations of his people over the perceived lack of investigation and prosecutions related to... Read more

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School credits for Pakistan inmates should apply to non-Muslims, too, petition states

Mar 21, 2022

By Aftab Alexander Mughal

Inmates in Pakistan's Punjab province can cut their jail time by taking classes, but only Muslim inmates are given the... Read more

Cardinal George Alencherry, Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church.

Catholic archdiocese deplores burning of cardinals’ effigies at Syro-Malabar uniform liturgy protest

Mar 18, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘The archdiocese completely condemns such unchristian protests,’ a spokesman said. Read more

A girl praying at the Basilica del Santo Niño in Cebu, Philippines in 2019.

Fearful of world war, Philippines' bishops to join Pope Francis’ consecration of Russia and Ukraine

Mar 17, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Voicing concern that the far-away conflict in Europe will have consequences in Asia, the Catholic bishops of the Philippines, one... Read more

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India court upholds hijab ban in schools as religious tensions continue in Karnataka

Mar 15, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

The state of Karnataka may ban Muslim girls from wearing head scarves in schools, the state’s highest court has ruled,... Read more

The flag of Burma (Myanmar).

Air strike damages Catholic convent as Myanmar conflict continues

Mar 10, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

The Myanmar conflict’s destruction continued early Thursday morning, when a military aircraft attack on a town in the east of... Read more