Asia - Pacific News

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, pictured on May 12, 2016.

Ukraine conflict: Cardinal Bo fears ‘nightmare scenario’ of ‘global nuclear holocaust’

Mar 4, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Burmese Church leader said the world was on ‘the threshold of self-annihilation.’ Read more

Takashi Nagai

This Catholic doctor lost everything in the Nagasaki bombing. Except faith, hope, and love.

Feb 22, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Dr. Takashi Nagai’s work to help survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bombing and to console his devastated Japanese Catholic community... Read more

April 21, 2021: Catholics mark the second anniversary of the 2019 Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka that killed more than 260 people.

Sri Lankan court acquits security officials over Easter attacks

Feb 18, 2022

By CNA Staff

A court in Sri Lanka on Friday acquitted two former security officials who charged with negligence relating to the 2019... Read more

Early morning in Kabul.

A doctor begged a religious sister for help. Last week, she and her family escaped Afghanistan.

Feb 17, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

When Sister Deirdre "Dede" Byrne picked up the phone in December 2021, a young man on the other end of... Read more

Members of All India Muslim Students Federation protest against the hijab ban in educational institutions by the Karnataka government at Delhi University in New Delhi, India, Feb. 9, 2022.

Indian court bans all religious clothing amid dispute over hijabs

Feb 14, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Amid widespread protests over a ban on hijabs in schools, an Indian court has temporarily prohibited all forms of religious... Read more

Sarah Escobar represents Ecuador in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

Catholic athlete Sarah Escobar makes history at Winter Olympics

Feb 12, 2022

By Katie Yoder

When Sarah Escobar packed her bags for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, she included a memento from her mother: a... Read more

Protesters at a school boycott rally in Hong Kong’s Central District, Sept. 2, 2019.

Religious repression in Hong Kong could soon worsen, Christian cleric warns

Feb 10, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Speaking anonymously during an online discussion, a Christian cleric in Hong Kong said he thinks it is likely that greater... Read more

Bishop Stephen Chow, S.J., photographed before his episcopal consecration.

In 1st interview, Hong Kong’s new Catholic bishop says it’s unacceptable to trample on human dignity

Feb 9, 2022

By Courtney Mares

He said: ‘I find it unacceptable for human dignity to be ignored, trampled upon, or eliminated entirely.’ Read more

Sacred Heart Malankara Catholic Church in Mylapra, Kerala, India.

Indian bishop, priests arrested for illegal sand mining operations on Church-owned land

Feb 8, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

A Catholic bishop and several priests have reportedly been arrested in India for illegal mining operations on land owned by... Read more

Akash Bashir, who has been named a Servant of God.

Akash Bashir, who died protecting Catholic worshippers in Pakistan, named a Servant of God

Feb 1, 2022

By Katie Yoder

When a suicide bomber attempted to enter a Catholic church in Pakistan in 2015, a 20-year-old  volunteer security guard blocked... Read more

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo in London, England, on May 12, 2016. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.

Cardinal Bo: Myanmar has endured an ‘extended Way of the Cross’

Feb 1, 2022

By Courtney Mares

“The whole of Myanmar is a war zone,” Cardinal Bo said. Read more

A young girl lights a candle at a Marian grotto in Pakistan.

Anglican pastor shot dead in Pakistan on way home from church

Jan 31, 2022

By Courtney Mares

“This ambush undermines peace and religious harmony throughout the country,” Archbishop Benny Mario Travas said. Read more

Bishop Aloisiô Nguyên Hùng Vi of Kon Tum says a funerary Mass for Fr. Giuse Trần Ngọc Thanh, O.P., at Plei Đôn chapel in Kon Rơbang parish, Vietnam, Jan. 30, 2022.

Dominican priest killed in Vietnam

Jan 30, 2022

By CNA Staff

Father Giuse (Joseph) Trần Ngọc Thanh, O.P., was killed in a knife attack on Saturday. Read more

Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay and President of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India.

India’s Catholic bishops urged to highlight anti-Christian violence

Jan 24, 2022

By CNA Staff

A letter accused the bishops’ conference of ‘complete silence.’ Read more

The Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia.

Catholic diocese in Australia found vicariously liable for clerical abuse

Jan 21, 2022

By CNA Staff

The ruling is believed to be the first of its kind in the country. Read more

The Haemi Catholic Martyrs’ Shrine near Seosan, South Korea.

South Korean shrine celebrates designation as international pilgrimage site

Jan 14, 2022

By CNA Staff

Haemi Catholic Martyrs’ Shrine is the second Korean site to receive the honor. Read more

Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jullundur, who was acquitted of charges of the rape of a nun Jan. 14, 2022.

Catholic bishop in India cleared of charges of raping a nun

Jan 14, 2022

By CNA Staff

A bishop charged with the repeated rape of a nun over the course of two years was acquitted by a... Read more

An Indian Christian prays in Eluru, Andhra Pradesh.

Catholic priest in India will face trial for alleged hate speech

Jan 10, 2022

By Kate Olivera

A Catholic priest in India will face trial for allegations of hate speech during an interreligious meeting last year.  Read more

The Supreme Court of Pakistan in Islamabad.

Pakistan’s top court grants bail to Christian facing blasphemy charge

Jan 10, 2022

By CNA Staff

A lawyer hailed the decision as ‘a very important ruling.’ Read more

Missionaries of Charity house, Kolkata India.

In reversal, Missionaries of Charity in India again permitted to receive foreign donations

Jan 8, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

The Missionaries of Charity have been cleared to receive and use foreign funding in India, after the religious order founded... Read more