Asia - Pacific News

By CNA Staff

Filipino Catholics grateful for easing of Mass restrictions as Lent begins

Archbishop Charles Brown, the apostolic nuncio to the Philippines, applauded the government’s decision to ease restrictions on religious services, which... Read more

Bishops call for renewed emphasis on faith as Australia marks 200 years of Catholic education

Australia‘s Catholic bishops marked the 200th anniversary of Catholic education in the country this week, calling for continued renewal of... Read more

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Bangladeshi Christians concerned by government inaction after church attack

Bangladeshi Christians expressed concern and discontent with the local authorities after a Protestant church was reportedly vandalized and looted last... Read more

The flag of Pakistan.

Two Christians accused of breaking Pakistan's blasphemy law

Two Christian evangelists could face the death penalty after being charged with violating Pakistan’s blasphemy law after an encounter in... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Coutts at the Rome office of Aid to the Church in Need April 2, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis names 54-year-old successor to Cardinal Coutts in Karachi

Pope Francis on Thursday named a 54-year-old successor to Cardinal Joseph Coutts as Archbishop of Karachi, Pakistan.  Read more

Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight to South Korea, Aug. 14, 2014.

By CNA Staff

Pope Francis prays for victims of glacier-caused flash flood in India

Pope Francis has voiced his prayers for the victims of a glacier-caused flash flood in India’s northern Uttarakhand state, as... Read more

By CNA Staff

Catholic bishops of Japan, Korea criticize Fukushima radioactivity clean-up plans

The Catholic bishops of Japan and Korea have criticized the Japanese government’s plans to release into the sea millions of... Read more

Jimmy Lai Chee Ying arrving at the West Kowloon Magistrates' Court, Hong Kong, Oct. 15, 2020.

By CNA Staff

Pro-democracy Catholic Jimmy Lai denied bail in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s highest court on Tuesday denied bail to Catholic media tycoon Jimmy Lai, whom police arrested last summer for... Read more

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

By Courtney Mares

Burma’s Catholic bishops call for prayer and fasting after coup

Catholic bishops in Burma have announced that Feb. 7 will be a day of prayer and fasting for peace in their... Read more

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By CNA Staff

Australian ‘conversion therapy’ ban has dangerous flaws, say religious leaders

A proposed ban on “conversion therapy” for sexual orientation or gender identity in Australia’s Victoria state is far too broad... Read more

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon.

Cardinal Bo urges Burma's military to release Aung San Suu Kyi after 'shocking' coup

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo urged Burma’s military on Wednesday to release Aung San Suu Kyi after its “shocking” coup on... Read more

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By Hannah Brockhaus

Australian federal police find no criminal misconduct in mysterious Vatican transfers

The Australian Federal Police said on Wednesday that it had found no evidence of criminal misconduct in its investigation into... Read more

Cardinal George Pell gives an interview to EWTN News in Rome, Italy, on Dec. 9, 2020. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Prosecutors drop charges against journalists over Pell trial as media outlets admit breach

Australian prosecutors announced on Monday that they were dropping charges against individual journalists accused of breaching a gag order over the... Read more

Church in Australia to implement nationwide protocol for responding to abuse allegations

Starting in February, the Catholic Church in Australia will have a national protocol for responding to allegations of sexual abuse,... Read more

Candle Vigil.

Filipino diocese mourns murdered priest

A Filipino diocese demanded justice and decried the murder of a priest who was shot and killed by an unknown... Read more

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By Courtney Mares

Catholic bishops of Hiroshima and Nagasaki hail nuclear weapons ban treaty

The Catholic bishops of Hiroshima and Nagasaki welcomed the United Nations treaty banning nuclear weapons that came into force Friday,... Read more

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By Hannah Brockhaus

Report: Probe can’t account for $2 million sent from Vatican to Australia

Investigators examining transfers from the Vatican to Australia have been unable to account for around $1.9 million sent between the... Read more

Archbishop Philip Wilson. Courtesy of the Archdiocese of Adelaide.

Australian Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson dies unexpectedly at age 70

The Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson died unexpectedly on Sunday at the age of 70.  Read more

A protest against the Philippine war on drugs outside the Philippines Consulate General in NYC.

Filipino priest to stand trial for sedition charges after speaking out on president’s drug policies

A Catholic priest in the Philippines is set to stand trial on sedition charges, stemming from his public objections to... Read more

Report: Australia’s financial crime watchdog says it vastly overestimated Vatican transfers

Australia’s financial crime watchdog has said that it vastly overestimated Vatican transfers, local media reported on Wednesday.  Read more