Asia - Pacific News

The University of Saint Joseph in Macau.

China allows Catholic university in Macau to recruit students from mainland

Sep 22, 2021

By Jose Torres Jr.

A Catholic university in Macau has been permitted to recruit students from mainland China on an “experimental basis” and only... Read more

Congregation of the Religious of the Virgin Mary motherhouse, Quezon City, Philippines

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

Sep 22, 2021

By Jose Torres Jr.

The Congregation of the Religious of the Virgin Mary in Manila announced the death of eight elderly nuns who had... Read more

Pilgrims from Malaysia.

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

Sep 17, 2021

By Jose Torres Jr.

The archbishop of Kota Kinabalu and the bishop of Keningau, both in Malaysia, called on Malaysians “to rise above” the... Read more

Cardinal Jose Advincula kneels to pray after entering the Manila Cathedral at the start of his installation as the 33rd archbishop of the Archdiocese of Manila on June 24, 2021.

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

Sep 17, 2021

By Jose Torres Jr.

Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila has tested positive for COVID-19, two days after a religious congregation in the Philippine capital... Read more

President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

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

Sep 13, 2021

By Jose Torres Jr.

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

Bishop Silvio Siripong Charatsri says Mass at Sacred Heart Seminary, in Sriracha, Thailand, June 13, 2015.

Catholic bishops in Thailand prepare for synod on synodality

Sep 13, 2021

By Jose Torres Jr.

Church leaders in Thailand are preparing for the 2023 synod on synodality, as the Vatican released a preparatory document for... Read more

Cardinal Charles Bo of Myanmar

Cardinal Bo: Called to be a voice for human rights in Myanmar

Sep 9, 2021

By Katie Yoder

Cardinal Charles Bo said that one of the “fruits of the culture” in Asia, particularly in Myanmar, is that citizens... Read more

Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney at a Vatican press conference Oct. 5, 2018.

The Church in Australia will soon hold a plenary council. What is that?

Sep 9, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

The Fifth Plenary Council of the Church in Australia is scheduled to take place Oct. 3-10, in Adelaide, followed by... Read more

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith outside his residence in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Jan. 13, 2015, arrives to greet Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

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

Sep 9, 2021

By Jose Torres Jr.

The Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, warned that Sri Lanka’s top government officials are out to mislead Pope Francis... Read more

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Bishop urges Queenslanders to oppose euthanasia, assisted suicide bill

Sep 2, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

Catholics in Australia’s Queensland state are being urged to sign a petition asking the parliament not to pass a bill... Read more

A liturgy at St. Mary’s Syro-Malabar Major Archiepiscopal Church, Arakuzha, India.

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

Aug 30, 2021

By Jose Torres Jr.

The new liturgy being introduced within India's Syro-Malabar Church will require the celebrant to face the congregation and the tabernacle... Read more

Cherish Life Queensland Rally for Life, October 2018

Australian pro-lifers to march against proposed assisted suicide law

Aug 30, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

Pro-life advocates in Queensland, Australia will hold a public March for Life ahead of parliamentary debate on a proposed assisted... Read more

An Afghan mother and her children rest in a tent at a makeshift IDP camp in Share-e-Naw park in Kabul.

5 things you need to know about Christians in Afghanistan now

Aug 29, 2021

By Alejandro Bermudez

As the situation in Afghanistan rapidly deteriorates and the U.S. withdrawal date of Tuesday, Aug. 31 approaches, these are five... Read more

Pope Francis preaches during a penance service at St. Peter's Basilica, March 28, 2014.

In Philippines, 40 days of fasting and penitence aim to heal pandemic's spiritual damage

Aug 26, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

40 days of prayer and fasting in the Philippines aim to address the sufferings of the coronavirus pandemic and repent... Read more

Refugee children from Afghanistan.

Afghan refugees deserve welcome, Australian and Irish bishops urge governments

Aug 24, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Bishops in Ireland and Australia have asked their governments to do more to take in refugees from Afghanistan after the... Read more

A policeman stands guard at St. Anthony's church in Colombo, Aug. 21, 2021, next to a placard and black flags placed in protest for the alleged failure to prosecute those responsible for the bomb attacks of Easter Sunday 2019. Credit: Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP via Getty Images.

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

Aug 24, 2021

By Jose Torres Jr.

Catholics in Sri Lanka wore black and hoisted black flags on Saturday to show their indignation over the government’s failure... Read more

Hospicio de San Jose in Manila. Credit: Tomenbang/Ursua/Villapando via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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

Aug 24, 2021

By Jose Torres Jr.

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

Ali Ehsani.

An Afghan appeals to Pope Francis: Save a Catholic family stuck in Kabul

Aug 20, 2021

By Courtney Mares

An Afghan Christian refugee whose parents were killed by the Taliban in the 1990s is appealing to Pope Francis to... Read more

Afghan armed men supporting the Afghan security forces against the Taliban pictured while sitting near their humvee vehicles at Parakh area in Bazarak, Panjshir province, Aug. 19, 2021.

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

Aug 19, 2021

By Christine Rousselle,Jose Torres Jr.

Numerous Christian aid organizations and leaders have spoken about the imminent threat to the Christian community in Afghanistan after the... Read more

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

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

Aug 17, 2021

By Jose Torres Jr.

Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith of Colombo has called on the people to demonstrate Aug. 21 to protest what he described as... Read more