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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

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

Teachers protest in Hpa-An, the capital of Karen State, Burma, on Feb. 9, 2021. Credit: Ninjastrikers (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Catholic missionary priest: ‘This is the hour of confession of faith’ for Church in Myanmar

Jun 23, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Burmese protesters are facing a “nightmare of repression and violence,” the priest said. Read more

An elderly Chinese woman walks with her granddaughter.

Human rights activist to China: Don’t wait till 2025 to lift all birth restrictions

Jun 18, 2021

By Courtney Mares

For decades, China has enforced draconian population policies. Read more

The flag of Burma (Myanmar).

Myanmar military arrest Catholic priest amid crackdown

Jun 18, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Fr. Michael Aung Ling was accused of providing food to a civil resistance group. Read more

People light candles at a Tiananmen vigil at Victoria Park in Hong Kong, June 4, 2020

Cardinal Zen, U.S. legislators commemorate Tiananmen Square massacre

Jun 4, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Cardinal Joseph Zen, the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, on Friday prayed for the victims of the Tiananmen Square massacre... Read more

Officers patrol Tiananmen Square in Beijing, May 2013.

Hong Kong advocacy organization condemns China's refusal to allow commemoration of Tiananmen Square protests

Jun 3, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

An organization aiming to support the democratic movement and religious freedom in Hong Kong spoke out on Thursday against China’s... Read more

China unveils 3-child policy amid sharp drop in births

May 31, 2021

By CNA Staff

The country recorded 12 million births in 2020, the lowest number recorded since the 1960s. Read more

Cardinal Cornelius Sim, Vicar Apostolic of Brunei.

Cardinal Cornelius Sim has died at age 69

May 29, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Cornelius Sim, the vicar apostolic of Brunei, died Saturday in a hospital in Taiwan. Read more