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Refugee children from Afghanistan.

Afghan refugees deserve welcome, Australian and Irish bishops urge governments

Aug 24, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Bishops in Ireland and Australia have asked their governments to do more to take in refugees from Afghanistan after the... Read more

A policeman stands guard at St. Anthony's church in Colombo, Aug. 21, 2021, next to a placard and black flags placed in protest for the alleged failure to prosecute those responsible for the bomb attacks of Easter Sunday 2019. Credit: Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP via Getty Images.

Catholics in Sri Lanka fly black flags to protest perceived government failure to prosecute over Easter attack

Aug 24, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

Catholics in Sri Lanka wore black and hoisted black flags on Saturday to show their indignation over the government’s failure... Read more

Hospicio de San Jose in Manila. Credit: Tomenbang/Ursua/Villapando via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Catholic nun appeals for help as COVID-19 cases overwhelm Manila orphanage

Aug 24, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

A Catholic nun has appealed for help as COVID-19 cases overwhelm the Hospicio de San Jose, an orphanage run by... Read more

Ali Ehsani.

An Afghan appeals to Pope Francis: Save a Catholic family stuck in Kabul

Aug 20, 2021

By Courtney Mares

An Afghan Christian refugee whose parents were killed by the Taliban in the 1990s is appealing to Pope Francis to... Read more

Afghan armed men supporting the Afghan security forces against the Taliban pictured while sitting near their humvee vehicles at Parakh area in Bazarak, Panjshir province, Aug. 19, 2021.

Terrified Christians in Afghanistan brace for attacks: 'We are coming for you'

Numerous Christian aid organizations and leaders have spoken about the imminent threat to the Christian community in Afghanistan after the... Read more

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo in his cathedral city, Jan. 13, 2015.

Sri Lankan cardinal calls for protests over government's Easter attack inquiry

Aug 17, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith of Colombo has called on the people to demonstrate Aug. 21 to protest what he described as... Read more

Catholics carry a portrait of the Virgin Mary in China’s Hebei Province on May 26, 2013.

Catholics in China told to celebrate communist party and forgo Marian pilgrimage

Aug 13, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Catholic dioceses across China hosted celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) this year, while pilgrimages... Read more

Our Lady of the Pillar Parish Church in Manila, Philippines, is the archdiocesan Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament.

Philippines to hold online Eucharistic meeting as pandemic prevents travel to Budapest

Aug 13, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Philippines bishops announced they will hold an online Eucharistic congress in solidarity with the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest... Read more

Shagufta Kausar and Shafqat Emmanuel with three of their children after being released from death row in Pakistan July 1, 2021

After 7 years on death row in Pakistan, Christian couple granted asylum in Europe

Aug 13, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

A Pakistani Christian couple are "relieved to finally be free" after more than seven years on death row for false... Read more

Cardinal Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovithavanich, Archbishop of Bangkok, turns over the 630-bed isolation facility to Surasak Charoensirichot, governor of Nakorn Pathom province, on Aug. 6, 2021.

Catholic Church in Thailand converts facilities into field hospitals for COVID-19 patients

Aug 9, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

“We cannot be indifferent toward the suffering of our parishioners and the people in the villages,” one parish priest in... Read more

Crucifix file photo

Abducted Catholic priest, catechist released by Burmese militia

Aug 6, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

Father Noel Hrang Tin Thang and an unnamed catechist were traveling from the town of Surkhua to Hakha when nabbed... Read more

Orphaned children in India.

Catholic diocese in India offers cash incentives, scholarships for couples with more children

Aug 6, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

The Eastern-rite Syro-Malabar Diocese of Palai in Kerala state said it will pay 1,500 rupees (about US$21) monthly to the... Read more

Filipino children pray during a March of Saints.

Philippine Catholic Church inks documents with nationalist Church for reconciliation, common baptism

Aug 5, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

The Church leaders vowed that through “spiritual ecumenism,” they would encourage joint activities in prayer services, such as the celebration... Read more

Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See, meets with Wang Yi, China's foreign minister, in Munich, Feb. 14, 2020.

Months after China detains Xinxiang's Bishop Zhang, Catholics seek answers

Aug 4, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Bishop Joseph Zhang Weizhu’s whereabouts are still unknown months after Chinese officials detained him with clergy and seminarians who object... Read more

St. Mary's Cathedral in Yangon.

Burmese bishops launch interreligious prayer effort amid Covid surge

Aug 3, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

The Catholic bishops of Burma on Monday launched a national prayer campaign as coronavirus cases in the country continue to... Read more

Mary, Comforter of the Afflicted Parish Church in Maricaban, Pasay City, in the Philippines.

Manila’s Catholic dioceses cancel public Masses amid rise in COVID-19 cases

Aug 3, 2021

By CNA Staff

The dioceses have dispensed Catholics from their Sunday obligation. Read more

Flag of India at the Angelus address in St. Peter's Square on January 17, 2016.

In India, Catholic priest jailed for alleged hate speech after political remarks stir controversy

Jul 28, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

A Catholic priest in southern India who made political remarks, including criticism of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, has been... Read more

Hong Kong’s Bishop-elect Stephen Chow, S.J.

Hong Kong’s new bishop says he wants to bring unity. Why are local Catholics divided?

Jul 28, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The city is filled with Catholic institutions, from hospitals to schools and universities. Read more

Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz proudly displays her Olympics gold medal and the Miraculous Medal, a devotional medallion depicting the Virgin Mary.

Gold medalist weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz inspires the Philippines with her victory and Catholic devotion

Jul 27, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

After completing her final lift in a very close competition, Diaz burst into tears, clutched at the Miraculous Medal of... Read more

Cathedral of St. Mary, Tokyo

Japanese prelate named new secretary general of Asian bishops’ federation

Jul 24, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

Japanese Archbishop Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi of Tokyo has been named the new secretary general of the Federation of Asian Bishops’... Read more