Asia - Pacific News

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

Bishop Athanasius Schneider.

Bishop Schneider: Catholics in Kazakhstan are safe amid unrest

Jan 8, 2022

By CNA Staff

Protests broke out after a sharp rise in gas prices. Read more

Procession of the Black Nazarene in Manila, January 7, 2010.

Philippines cancels Black Nazarene procession again, citing COVID-19 

Jan 5, 2022

By CNA Staff

Philippine authorities are canceling the country’s “Black Nazarene” procession — an annual event where millions of Catholics accompany a revered... Read more

The Black Nazarene is a centuries-old Filipino devotion.

What is the 'Black Nazarene'? Here's the fascinating history of this centuries-old tradition

Jan 5, 2022

By CNA Staff

Filipino devotion to the image of a dark image of Jesus Christ kneeling on one knee and carrying a large... Read more

A Missionary of Charity in Rome, Sept. 16, 2017.

In India, Missionaries of Charity ration food after government blocks foreign funds

Jan 4, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Missionaries of Charity have begun to ration their distribution of food and other items to the poor in the... Read more

The episcopal consecration of Bishop Stephen Chow Sau-yan's in Hong Kong’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 4, 2021

Chinese bishops reportedly met with Hong Kong clerics on sinicization

Dec 31, 2021

By CNA Staff

Four clerics have told Reuters that several bishops and other officials from the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association met in October... Read more

Chapel of the Snows, McMurdo Station, Antarctica.

Future at risk for historic chapel in Antarctica

Dec 25, 2021

By Kate Olivera

The coronavirus pandemic has suspended efforts to save the Chapel of the Snows at McMurdo Station, the hub of the... Read more

An Indian Christian prays in Eluru, Andhra Pradesh, on Dec. 9, 2018.

Report finds rising anti-Christian violence in India

Dec 23, 2021

By CNA Staff

Christians were the targets of 305 violent incidents in nine months. Read more

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

Catholic pro-democracy figure Jimmy Lai gets jail time for involvement in Hong Kong Tiananmen Square vigil

Dec 13, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

Jimmy Lai, a Catholic and prominent figure in the ongoing pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, has been sentenced to a... Read more

The flag of India.

Catholic school in India attacked by Hindu mob over alleged conversions

Dec 9, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

A missionary Catholic school in central India was attacked by a mob of Hindu activists on Monday, despite the school... Read more

Parliament House for the state of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia.

Victoria anti-discrimination bill 'unfairly targets' religious organizations, archbishop says

Dec 7, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

Catholic leaders in Australia expressed concern this week about a new set of laws passed in the state of Victoria... Read more

Bishop Stephen Chow's ordination as bishop in Hong Kong’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Dec. 5, 2021

Hong Kong bishop consecrated in Cathedral of Immaculate Conception

Dec 4, 2021

By Courtney Mares

More than 6,000 people tuned in live to watch Chow’s consecration Mass on YouTube. Read more

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

Sydney archbishop urges public opposition to New South Wales euthanasia bill

Nov 11, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The Archbishop of Sydney has urged the faithful to speak out against euthanasia as New South Wales considers legalizing the... Read more

Archbishop Teofilo Camemot, who died in 1988 as Coadjutor Archbishop Emeritus of Cagayan de Oro.

Canonization cause of Archbishop Teofilo Camomot advances

Nov 11, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

The Theological Commission of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints affirmed Tuesday the heroic virtues of Archbishop Teofilo Camomot,... Read more

A Catholic cathedral in the Diocese of Phekhone in Burma’s Shan state

Catholic cathedral hit by artillery shelling in Burma

Nov 11, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

A Catholic cathedral in the Diocese of Phekhone in Burma’s Shan state was among several structures that were reportedly hit... Read more