Asia - Pacific News

Flag of India at the Angelus address in St. Peter's Square on January 17, 2016.

In India, Catholic priest jailed for alleged hate speech after political remarks stir controversy

Jul 28, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

A Catholic priest in southern India who made political remarks, including criticism of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, has been... Read more

Hong Kong’s Bishop-elect Stephen Chow, S.J.

Hong Kong’s new bishop says he wants to bring unity. Why are local Catholics divided?

Jul 28, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The city is filled with Catholic institutions, from hospitals to schools and universities. Read more

Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz proudly displays her Olympics gold medal and the Miraculous Medal, a devotional medallion depicting the Virgin Mary.

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

Jul 27, 2021

By Jose Torres Jr.

After completing her final lift in a very close competition, Diaz burst into tears, clutched at the Miraculous Medal of... Read more

Cathedral of St. Mary, Tokyo

Japanese prelate named new secretary general of Asian bishops’ federation

Jul 24, 2021

By Jose Torres Jr.

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

Joseph Cheng.

Hong Kong democracy activist: Most of my friends have been detained

Jul 23, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Joseph Cheng left Hong Kong after being “severely attacked by the pro-Beijing mass media.” Read more

Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila (right) is led to his cathedra inside the 
Manila Cathedral by Archbishop Charles Brown, papal nuncio to the 
Philippines, during the cardinal's installation as new prelate of the 
Archdiocese of Manila on June 24, 2021.

Philippine bishops support pope’s letter on traditional liturgies

Jul 22, 2021

By Jose Torres Jr.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines issued a statement on Thursday supporting Pope Francis’ motu proprio Traditionis custodes, which... Read more

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Australian archbishop: Catholics will ‘need to adapt’ to liturgy restrictions

Jul 22, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Archbishop Peter Comensoli said that “for some, it will be not an easy moment.” Read more

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon.

Burma’s Cardinal Bo calls for ‘war’ against coronavirus as cases continue to surge

Jul 19, 2021

By Jose Torres Jr.

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Burma’s Archdiocese of Yangon called for a unity to fight the spread of the coronavirus... Read more

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

Sri Lankan bishops demand answers from president, two years after Easter bombing

Jul 14, 2021

By CNA Staff

In a July 12 letter addressed to the president of Sri Lanka, Catholic leaders criticized the “lethargic pace” of a... Read more

Japan National Stadium in Tokyo, the main stadium of the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Tokyo archbishop asks Olympic athletes not to visit Catholic churches during games

Jul 13, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The 2020 Summer Olympics begins on July 23. Read more

Chinese pilgrims attend the general audience in St. Peter's Square, Oct. 12, 2016.

Feast of Chinese Martyrs an opportunity to pray for persecuted Christians in China

Jul 9, 2021

By Alejandro Bermudez

Today, July 9, the Church celebrates the feast day of Chinese Martyrs, 120 faithful Catholics assassinated for their faith between... Read more

North Korean flags in Pyongyang.

Pope Francis in Pyongyang? An intelligence chief is working to make it happen

Jul 7, 2021

By Courtney Mares

No pope has ever visited the “hermit kingdom.” Read more

Support grows for ‘born-alive’ abortion bill in Australia

Jul 7, 2021

By CNA Staff

The private members’ bill was introduced on June 21. Read more

Fr. Stan Swamy, S.J.

Asian bishops honor Indian Jesuit priest Stan Swamy as ‘martyr of the marginalized’

Jul 6, 2021

By Jose Torres Jr.

The Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) on Tuesday mourned the death of Jesuit priest Stanislaus Lourduswamy, and called him... Read more

Catholic priests in Burma contracting coronavirus

Jul 6, 2021

By Jose Torres Jr.

Several priests in Burma have contracted Covid-19, with at least four priests in one diocese alone dying in just a... Read more

Food packages are distributed in the Archidiocese of Bhopal in central India.

Catholic archdiocese delivers food to families hit by India’s 2nd COVID-19 wave

Jul 6, 2021

By CNA Staff

Bhopal archdiocese is also helping the poor to pay medical bills. Read more

Fr. Stan Swamy, S.J., pictured in 2010.

Jailed Indian Jesuit Fr. Stan Swamy dies at age 84

Jul 5, 2021

By Courtney Mares

He spent his final months jailed for his activism on behalf of Indian society’s lowest castes. Read more

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon, Myanmar

Myanmar’s Cardinal Bo reiterates call for end to violence as thousands flee homes  

Jun 28, 2021

By Jose Torres Jr.

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon in Myanmar appealed for an end to violence on Sunday as thousands of civilians... Read more

Cardinal Jose Advincula (right) is led to his cathedra inside the Manila Cathedral by Archbishop Charles Brown, papal nuncio to the Philippines, during his installation as new prelate of the Archdiocese of Manila on June 24, 2021.

New Manila prelate vows to be a ‘listening shepherd’ to his flock

Jun 25, 2021

By Jose Torres Jr.

Cardinal Jose Advincula, the new archbishop of the Archdiocese of Manila, vowed to be “a listening shepherd” as he starts... Read more

Former Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and His Holiness Pope Francis view the gifts at the Sala dei Papi of the Apostolic Palace during the Philippine president’s private audience with the pope in the Vatican on Dec. 04, 2015.

Philippine Catholic Church leaders honor departed former president

Jun 24, 2021

By Jose Torres Jr.

Catholic Church leaders in the Philippines honored the country’s former president, Benigno Aquino III, who died on Thursday, June, 24,... Read more