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Officers patrol Tiananmen Square in Beijing, May 2013.

Hong Kong Catholic churches plan Masses commemorating Tiananmen victims

May 26, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The churches will offer a Mass for the Dead on the night of June 4. Read more

The flag of Burma (Myanmar).

Four killed as Myanmar army artillery shell hits Catholic church

May 25, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Vatican News reported that all those killed and injured were Catholics. Read more

Fr. Stephen Chow Sau-yan, S.J., who was appointed Bishop of Hong Kong May 17, 2021.

Hong Kong bishop appointment shows pope's preference for religious

May 21, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

For several informed sources inside the Vatican, the appointment of the Fr. Stephen Chow Sau-yan, a Jesuit, as Bishop of... Read more

Hong Kong Bishop-elect Stephen Chow Sau-yan.

Hong Kong bishop-elect: I am not afraid, but I believe prudence is a virtue

May 18, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Bishop-elect Stephen Chow was speaking a May 18 press conference. Read more

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

Hundreds of Muslim clerics have been detained in China's Xinjiang region

May 17, 2021

By CNA Staff

New research has shown that amid a widespread “reeducation” effort in a region of China— which the U.S. has designated... Read more

Fr. Stephen Chow, S.J.

Pope Francis appoints Fr. Stephen Chow as new bishop of Hong Kong

May 17, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Chow, 61, has served as the provincial of the Jesuits’ Chinese Province since 2018. Read more

A worker refills medical oxygen cylinders for COVID-19 patients in New Delhi, India.

Catholic university in India opens COVID-19 care centers

May 14, 2021

By Courtney Mares

St. Xavier’s University has opened care centers for people with no place to isolate at home. Read more

Sr. Ann Rose Nu Tawng begs police not to shoot protesters during Myanmar unrest

Myanmar Catholic nun says Eucharistic adoration gave her strength to kneel before police

May 13, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The image of Sr. Ann Rose Nu Tawng begging police not to attack protesters went viral. Read more

Gulchehra Hoja speaks at a U.S. Embassy to the Holy See virtual event on May 11, 2021.

Uyghur journalist: ‘The Chinese government sees any religion as a threat to its rule’

May 12, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Gulchehra Hoja spoke at a virtual event hosted by the U.S. embassy to the Holy See. Read more

Fr. Rhoel Gallardo (1965-2000).

Sainthood cause opened for Filipino priest killed by Islamists in 2000

May 7, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Fr. Rhoel Gallardo died after being held for 43 days by the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group. Read more

Sri Lanka's government proposes burqa ban

Apr 29, 2021

Despite concerns from religious rights groups, the Sri Lanka government is planning to introduced a ban on the wearing in... Read more

April 21, 2021: Catholics mark the second anniversary of the 2019 Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka that killed more than 260 people.

Former Sri Lankan cabinet minister arrested for alleged links to Easter 2019 anti-Christian terror

Apr 28, 2021

Two years after bombings in Sri Lanka killed hundreds at several churches and hotels on Easter, police on Saturday arrested... Read more

A worker refills medical oxygen cylinders for COVID-19 patients in New Delhi, India.

Five Catholic priests in Indian diocese die of COVID-19 in 10 days

Apr 28, 2021

By Courtney Mares

One bishop said: “I have seven priests in hospital right now, and those are the lucky ones who found a... Read more

British human rights campaigner Benedict Rogers

‘It would make a big difference’: Human rights activist urges Vatican to change tack on China

Apr 23, 2021

Benedict Rogers talks to CNA about the Holy See, China, and the search for the next Catholic bishop of Hong... Read more

Ambulances are seen outside the church premises with gathered people and security personnel following a blast at the St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo on April 21, 2019.

Sri Lankan religious leaders condemn extremism two years after Easter bombing

Apr 21, 2021

Numerous religious leaders gathered in Sri Lanka to mark the second anniversary of the 2019 Easter Sunday suicide bombings and... Read more

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Australian diocese breaks with Sydney archbishop on gender fluidity ban

Apr 21, 2021

The Australian Diocese of Parramatta has split with other Catholic leaders in responding to a new bill that would ban... Read more

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Hong Kong. Credit: Volodymyr Dvornyk/Shutterstock

Who will be the next Bishop of Hong Kong?

Apr 20, 2021

In the wake of the sentencing of several pro-democracy figures, one observer said this week that this would be an... Read more

Charles Maung Bo pictured during a visit to Rome in 2017.

Cardinal Bo: 'We need the light of God’s mercy in Myanmar'

Apr 13, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo has urged Catholics in Burma to share God’s mercy amid the suffering caused by the military... Read more

Pope Francis, pictured April 17, 2013. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.

Pope Francis sends Easter message to Philippines to mark 500th anniversary of first Mass

Apr 3, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis sent a video message to mark the 500 year anniversary of the first Mass on Philippine soil on... Read more

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo preaching at Westminster Cathedral in London, England, May 12, 2016. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.

Cardinal Bo: ‘Merciless killings’ turning Burma into ‘21st-century Calvary’

Apr 1, 2021

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo has said that “merciless killings” of protesters following a Feb. 1 military coup have turned Burma... Read more