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By CNA Staff

Vietnamese bishop: Plan for charity this Lunar New Year

Inspired by Pope Francis’ message for the World Day of Peace, a Vietnamese bishop is encouraging Catholics to establish an... Read more

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

Attendance limited at Black Nazarene Masses in Philippines

Filippino churches and authorities will limit attendance for the Masses of the Black Nazarene - one of the country’s largest... Read more

Pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong's Victoria Park, June 2019.

Wave of arrests in Hong Kong targets pro-democracy politicians, activists

Police in Hong Kong arrested more than 50 people Wednesday for apparent violations of a China-imposed “national security law”— the... Read more

Bishop Andrew Han Jingtao | Courtesy: AsiaNews.it

Underground Catholic bishop dies in China

According to the Catholic outlet AsiaNews, headquartered in Rome, Bishop Andrea Han Jingtao, 99, one of the most revered leaders... Read more

A celebration of the Malankara Orthodox Church in Parumala, Kerala.

India's Supreme Court to hear complaint over mandatory confession in Oriental Orthodoxy

The Supreme Court of India agreed Monday to consider a petition that the requirement of annual confession in the Malankara... Read more

Close-up view of the sign of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

International court declines to investigate China for Uyghur persecution

The International Criminal Court has declined to investigate the Chinese government for their detention of ethnic and religious minorities, but... Read more

Victoria's conversion therapy bill a 'dramatic overreach of the state'

A bill seeking to ban so-called conversion therapy for sexual orientation or gender identity in the Australian state of Victoria... Read more

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

By Ed Condon

Cardinal Zen: Jimmy Lai arrest is part of campaign of ‘political intimidation’

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun has warned that the recent arrest of Jimmy Lai shows a rise in “political intimidation” against... Read more

The Indonesian flag.

Indonesian Catholic bishops call for justice in local elections

The bishops of Indonesia urged Catholics to participate in the upcoming local elections by voting for Catholics who honor the... Read more

Photograph of Saint Mary MacKillop in 1890. Public domain.

By Courtney Mares

Australia celebrates 10th anniversary of St. Mary MacKillop’s canonization

Australia is celebrating the 10th anniversary this year of the canonization of the country’s first and only saint, St. Mary... Read more

City skyline in Sydney, Australia.

Australian Catholic bishops establish new agency to fight abuse

On Thursday, the Catholic bishops of Australia and two other Catholic entities launched Australian Catholic Safeguarding Limited, a company charged... Read more

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

Christian aid group applauds investigation into forced conversions, marriages in Pakistan

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered an investigation into the forced conversion of women and girls from the country’s... Read more

Hongkongers march on streets of Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon, July, 2019.

Hong Kong democracy protestors sentenced to months in prison

Three Hong Kong pro-democracy activists, including a Catholic university student, were sentenced to prison on Wednesday for participating in illegal protests.  Read more

Uyghurs at a mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China, September 2010.

China claims papal critique over Uyghurs has 'no factual basis at all'

Following Pope Francis’ mention in passing of the Uyghurs as persecuted in a new book, the Chinese foreign ministry said... Read more

Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh.

New project brings psychological care to Rohingya refugee children

A new initiative for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh is offering counseling and psychological care for children and adolescents in refugee... Read more

The episcopal ordination of Thomas Chen Tianhao in Qingdao Cathedral, China, on Nov. 23, 2020.

Chinese Patriotic Association announces ordination of new bishop

The Chinese Patriotic Association announced Monday the ordination of a new bishop of Qingdao.  Read more

Hongkongers march in Victoria Park, Hong Kong, July 2019

Catholic student jailed in Hong Kong for pro-democracy protest

Three pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, including Catholic university student Agnes Chow, pled guilty on Monday for their roles in... Read more

Bishop urges Catholics to hope as second typhoon this month strikes Philippines

Bishop Joel Baylon of Legazpi encouraged Catholics to cling to the theological virtues since two typhoons devastated the central Philippines... Read more

The flag of the People’s Republic of China.

By Courtney Mares

China’s five-year plan proposal stresses eugenics in birth policy, says expert

The Chinese government’s latest five-year plan proposal contains a birth policy with an emphasis on eugenics, a China scholar said... Read more

Typhoon Goni, Oct. 30, 2020.

By Kevin J. Jones

Typhoon Goni hits Philippines, compounding damage of storms and coronavirus

Typhoon Goni has hit the Philippines, killing several people and causing hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes... Read more