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New report details experience of Christians detained in North Korea

Nov 3, 2021

By Courtney Mares

‘When they were caught praying, they were beaten every morning for 20 consecutive days.’ Read more

St. Francis Xavier’s Cathedral, mother church of the Archdiocese of Bangalore.

India's Christians see dangers in Karnataka survey, anti-conversion push

Oct 29, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

A Catholic archbishop in India’s Karnataka state has again called on the state government to withdraw its orders to survey... Read more

The old facade of the diocesan shrine and parish of Our Lady of Grace of the Diocese of Kalookan.

Filipino Catholic priest breeds rabbits to feed poor parishioners

Oct 27, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

An Oblates missionary priest in the Philippines has been breeding rabbits for a year now to feed the poor in... Read more

St Paul's Cathedral in Wenzhou.

Authorities kidnap Catholic bishop in China, says report

Oct 27, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

Chinese authorities have kidnapped Catholic Bishop Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou, according to a report by AsiaNews on Tuesday, Oct. 26. Read more

Cardinal George Alencherry, Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly

In India, Cardinal Alencherry again rejects allegations of illegal land deals

Oct 26, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Cardinal George Alencherry and his spokesman continue to reject claims of illegality in controversial land deals in the Syro-Malabar Archdiocese... Read more

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Why the next bishop of Hong Kong has a giraffe in his coat of arms

Oct 26, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Bishop-elect Stephen Chow Sau-yan is due to be consecrated on Dec. 4. Read more

St. Francis Xavier’s Cathedral, mother church of the Archdiocese of Bangalore.

Indian Catholic archbishop criticizes Christian missionary survey plan

Oct 25, 2021

By CNA Staff

‘There is no good that will come out of it,’ said Archbishop Peter Machado. Read more

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​​Bible, Quran apps removed from Apple app store for China, legal pressure cited

Oct 18, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Under pressure from Chinese law, a digital Bible company has removed its app from Apple’s app store offerings in China... Read more

Cardinal Jose Advincula (right) during the his installation as new prelate of the Archdiocese of Manila on June 24, 2021.

Asian Church leaders vow to listen to faithful as synodal process starts  

Oct 18, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

Church leaders across Asia vowed to listen to the faithful as the diocesan phase of the Synod on Synodality started... Read more

Opening Mass for Fifth Plenary Council of Australia in Perth on Oct. 3, 2021

Australian bishops begin nine-month Plenary Council

Oct 3, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The Fifth Plenary Council of Australia kicked off Sunday with an opening Mass in Perth to begin its first assembly... Read more

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Filipino Catholics launch movement for ‘righteous elections’

Oct 1, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

Faith-based and civil society groups in the Philippines have launched a movement that aims to work for “clean, accurate, responsible... Read more

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Queensland parliament legalizes euthanasia, assisted suicide

Sep 29, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

The Australian state of Queensland has voted to become the fifth state in the country to legalize assisted suicide and... Read more

The University of Saint Joseph in Macau.

China allows Catholic university in Macau to recruit students from mainland

Sep 22, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

A Catholic university in Macau has been permitted to recruit students from mainland China on an “experimental basis” and only... Read more

Congregation of the Religious of the Virgin Mary motherhouse, Quezon City, Philippines

8 elderly nuns in Manila succumb to COVID-19; outbreak hits seminary

Sep 22, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

The Congregation of the Religious of the Virgin Mary in Manila announced the death of eight elderly nuns who had... Read more

Pilgrims from Malaysia.

Malaysian Catholic bishops call for unity, ‘national recovery’ from pandemic  

Sep 17, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

The archbishop of Kota Kinabalu and the bishop of Keningau, both in Malaysia, called on Malaysians “to rise above” the... Read more

Cardinal Jose Advincula kneels to pray after entering the Manila Cathedral at the start of his installation as the 33rd archbishop of the Archdiocese of Manila on June 24, 2021.

Philippine cardinal, 130 nuns, convent staff test positive for COVID-19

Sep 17, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila has tested positive for COVID-19, two days after a religious congregation in the Philippine capital... Read more

President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

Filipino bishops condemn country's 'murderous and corrupt public order'

Sep 13, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

Three archbishops in the Philippines condemned Sunday what they described as “a murderous and corrupt public order” in the country. Read more

Bishop Silvio Siripong Charatsri says Mass at Sacred Heart Seminary, in Sriracha, Thailand, June 13, 2015.

Catholic bishops in Thailand prepare for synod on synodality

Sep 13, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

Church leaders in Thailand are preparing for the 2023 synod on synodality, as the Vatican released a preparatory document for... Read more

Cardinal Charles Bo of Myanmar

Cardinal Bo: Called to be a voice for human rights in Myanmar

Sep 9, 2021

By Katie Yoder

Cardinal Charles Bo said that one of the “fruits of the culture” in Asia, particularly in Myanmar, is that citizens... Read more

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

The Church in Australia will soon hold a plenary council. What is that?

Sep 9, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

The Fifth Plenary Council of the Church in Australia is scheduled to take place Oct. 3-10, in Adelaide, followed by... Read more