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Archbishop Julian Porteous.

Australian archbishop faces criticism over pastoral letter on human dignity

May 14, 2024

By AC Wimmer

Archbishop Julian Porteous of Hobart in Australia released the four-page document titled “We are Salt to the Earth” on May... Read more

Aboriginal dancers perform an Indigenous welcome ceremony at the opening Mass formally celebrating the start of World Youth Day 2008 at Barangaroo on July 15, 2008, in Sydney.

From Australia to the Vatican: ‘Aboriginal Mass’ seeks official recognition

May 8, 2024

By AC Wimmer

The liturgy has been celebrated for over 50 years in the Diocese of Broome, where some 13,000 Catholics live in... Read more

Children look on during a procession at the General Assembly that was held in Mingende in the Kundiawa Diocese in 2022.

Children and youth to play central role in Pope Francis visit to Papua New Guinea

May 8, 2024

By Kristina Millare

“Everything is ‘young’ in PNG: church, country, modern civilization,” said Father Giorgio Licini, an organizer of the pope’s upcoming trip... Read more

Catholic bishops lead the faithful in prayer on the one-year anniversary of the May 3, 2023, violence in Manipur, India.

Prayers, processions, and seminars mark first anniversary of bloodshed in Manipur, India

May 7, 2024

By Anto Akkara

According to the government’s estimate, as many as 230 died in the bloody ethnic conflict that engulfed Manipur beginning on... Read more

The spiritual shepherd of the Church in Singapore is Cardinal William Goh, archbishop since early 2013 and a cardinal since 2022.

Cardinal Goh of Singapore: ‘Deep encounter with Jesus’ is key to passing on the faith

May 3, 2024

By Matthew Bunson

In an exclusive interview with EWTN News, Cardinal William Goh spoke about Pope Francis, the Synod on Synodality, being a... Read more

Jimmy Lai at a Hong Kong protest.

Hong Kong criticizes U.S. bill to rename street in honor of imprisoned human rights defender

Apr 30, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

U.S. Reps. Chris Smith and Tom Suozzi proposed the bill last week to honor 75-year-old Jimmy Lai, who has been... Read more

Attendees lay flowers at the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan to mark the 109th anniversary of World War I-era mass killings on April 24, 2024.

109 years after genocide, Armenia faces another existential threat

Apr 26, 2024

By Peter Pinedo

Speaking on “EWTN News Nightly,” Simone Rizkallah said “this feels less like a remembrance and more like a truly historical... Read more

The Vatican ambassador to Colombo, Archbishop Brian Udaigwe (third from left) and Sri Lanka's Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith (fourth from left) take part in a remembrance service during the fifth anniversary of the Easter Sunday suicide attacks at St. Anthony Church in Colombo on April 21, 2024.

More than 50,000 sign petition to recognize 171 killed in Sri Lanka attack as martyrs

Apr 23, 2024

By Walter Sánchez Silva

On April 21, 2019, Easter Sunday, eight suicide bombers attacked two Catholic churches, a Protestant church, and three luxury hotels,... Read more


Indian bishops condemn Hindu group’s attack on Catholic school and priest

Apr 22, 2024

By Anto Akkara

On April 16 a mob of activists assaulted a priest and vandalized the Mother Teresa English Medium School in Telangana... Read more

A member of New South Wales Forensic Police is seen at Christ the Good Shepherd Church in the Sydney suburb of Wakeley, Australia, on April 16, 2024. Hundreds clashed with police in western Sydney on April 15 after Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel was stabbed at the altar. New South Wales police have declared the attack a terror event. Police apprehended a 16-year-old in connection with the attack.

‘I forgive whoever has done this’: Australian bishop who survived stabbing speaks out

Apr 18, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel, who was attacked at an Australian church earlier this week, told his attacker: “You’re my son,... Read more

Cardinal William Goh of Singapore celebrates Mass at the city-state's Indoor Stadium on July 4, 2015.

Cardinal Goh of Singapore hopes Pope Francis’ visit will ‘spur a renewal’ in the country

Apr 17, 2024

By Kristina Millare

Cardinal William Goh expressed his hope that the Holy Father’s visit to the city-nation from Sept. 11–13 “will bring renewed... Read more

Forensic police are seen at Christ the Good Shepherd Church in the Sydney suburb of Wakeley, Australia, on April 16, 2024. Hundreds clashed with police in western Sydney on April 15 after Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel was stabbed at the alter during a service at an Assyrian church in Wakeley. New South Wales police have declared the attack a terror event. Police apprehended a 16-year-old in connection with the attack.

Australian archbishop, religious leaders urge calm after violent attack on Sydney bishop

Apr 16, 2024

By AC Wimmer

“I urge the faithful to not respond to these events with fear, avoiding places of worship because they are worried... Read more

Graha Maria Annai Velangkanni Church, an Indian-Mughal style Catholic church in Medan, Indonesia.

Pope Francis’ Indonesia visit to ‘strengthen message of tolerance, unity, and world peace’

Apr 15, 2024

By Kristina Millare

The Indonesian government has confirmed the country will be the first destination in the 87-year-old pontiff’s apostolic journey to the... Read more

City skyline in Sydney, Australia.

Australian police arrest male suspect following stabbing attack at Sydney church

Apr 15, 2024

By AC Wimmer

In a first statement, New South Wales police urged the community to avoid the area, saying several people were stabbed,... Read more

Pope Francis speaks at the Vatican's Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, March 28, 2024.

Pope Francis expresses sorrow as Sydney knife attack shocks Australia

Apr 13, 2024

By AC Wimmer

“Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the violent attack in Sydney, and he sends the assurance of his... Read more

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

Myanmar priest shot while celebrating Mass amid violent conflict 

Apr 12, 2024

By Daniel Payne

Masked assailants shot Father Paul Khwi Shane Aung as he celebrated Mass at St. Patrick’s Church in the town of... Read more

Exposition of the official portrait of Servant of God Niña Ruíz-Abad on April 7, 2024, at the Cathedral of St. William the Hermit in Laoag City, Philippines.

13-year-old Filipina who loved the Eucharist is officially on path to sainthood

Apr 11, 2024

By Valerie Joy Escalona

On April 7, the cause for canonization of 13-year-old Filipina Niña Ruíz-Abad was officially opened at St. William the Hermit... Read more

Vatican Secretary for Relations with States Archbishop Paul Gallagher (center) meets with Vietnamc’s Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son (unseen) and other officials at the Foreign Ministry in Hanoi on April 9, 2024.

Vatican official meets Vietnam’s prime minister during historic diplomatic trip

Apr 11, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican secretary for relations with states, spoke with Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh about a... Read more


Japanese company’s pivot to adult diapers underscores crashing fertility rates worldwide

Apr 10, 2024

By Daniel Payne

Oji Holdings’ pivot to adult diaper manufacturing underscores an ongoing crisis facing many developed nations around the world: cratering fertility... Read more

Students in morning assembly prayer in Catholic school at Seppa in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.

Indian bishops’ ‘guidelines’ for Catholic schools elicit mixed reaction

Apr 10, 2024

By Anto Akkara

The 13-page document issued to India’s 15,000 Catholic educational institutions includes a recommendation that schools display the preamble to the... Read more