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Catholics say religious ed plan defies doctrine, while diocese defends curriculum

Sep 14, 2020

Catholics, including some local priests, have said a proposed diocesan catechetical curriculum in Australia promotes views on gender identity and human... Read more

Western Australian legislative committee recommends preserving confessional seal

Sep 12, 2020

Religious ministers should not be required to violate the seal of confession to report child sex abuse, a committee of... Read more

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Korean bishops back anti-discrimination law, with caveats

Sep 11, 2020

A South Korean bill banning discrimination across 26 different categories has hesitant support from the Catholic bishops of the country,... Read more

The Minor Basilica of St. Joseph in Karaganda, Kazakhstan. All photos courtesy of the Minor Basilica.

This church is now the first minor basilica in Central Asia

Sep 10, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican has named a church in Kazakhstan as the first minor basilica in Central Asia.   Read more

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Christian in Pakistan sentenced to death for blasphemy

Sep 9, 2020

A Pakistani court sentenced Asif Pervaiz, a Christian, to death Tuesday on charges of blasphemy.  Read more

Queensland passes law requiring priests to break confessional seal

Sep 8, 2020

The legislature of the Australian state of Queensland on Tuesday passed a law requiring priests to violate the seal of... Read more

Indian archbishop demands investigation into rotten rice

Sep 8, 2020

An Indian archbishop has demanded action over a government mistake which has led poor people of Madhya Pradesh to purchase... Read more

Holy See upholds confessional seal in response to Australian royal commission

Sep 6, 2020

The Australian bishops have provided the federal government with the Holy See’s observations on 12 recommendations of a 2017 report... Read more

Activists protest the treatment of Uyghur Muslims by Chinese authorities in Xinjiang province at a protest outside the headquarters of the European Union.

Chinese doctor says she participated in 'ethnic cleansing' of Uyghurs

Sep 4, 2020

A Uyghur woman who worked as a doctor in China has told a British news network that she participated in... Read more

The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, where pharmacists will prepared and mix the drugs for assisted suicides in Victoria.

Assisted suicide, euthanasia more than 10 times higher than predicted in Australian state

Sep 2, 2020

While the Australian state of Tasmania is debating a bill that would legalize assisted suicide, the state of Victoria reported... Read more

Cardinal John Tong Hon of Hong Kong.

Hong Kong cardinal warns priests to ‘watch your language’ in homilies

Sep 1, 2020

By Ed Condon

The leader of the Diocese of Hong Kong has written to all the clergy telling them to avoid politics in... Read more

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Bishop cautions against martial law in Philippines after bombings

Aug 31, 2020

Following twin bombings in a southern region of the Philippines, a local bishop is asking the government not to impose... Read more

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

Hong Kong diocese cancels pro-democracy prayer in newspapers

Aug 31, 2020

The Diocese of Hong Kong has intervened to cancel a Catholic pro-democracy ad campaign and prayer that was set to... Read more

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Missionaries of Charity cancel Mother Teresa birthday celebrations due to COVID-19

Aug 27, 2020

The Missionaries of Charity canceled their customary birthday celebrations for their founder, Mother Teresa, this year after nine religious sisters... Read more

Pro-life students pictured with the Apostolic Nuncio to Korea Aug. 21, 2020. Photo courtesy of the South Korean Pro-Life Students Association.

Pro-life student group sends letter to Pope Francis over South Korea abortion law

Aug 27, 2020

By Courtney Mares

A pro-life association of university students is appealing to Pope Francis for support as the South Korean government faces a... Read more

Catholic leaders condemn Philippine bombings as ‘unconscionable’

Aug 26, 2020

Catholics responded to twin bombings on an island in the Philippines Monday with prayers and calls for peace.  Read more

Archbishop Oscar Cruz, pictured in Manila June 23, 2005.

Archbishop remembered as ‘courageous prophet’ after death from COVID-19

Aug 26, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Archbishop Oscar Cruz died early Wednesday from coronavirus complications. He is believed to be the 10th Catholic bishop to die... Read more

Participants in a March for Life in South Korea. Photo courtesy of Juan Pablo Postigo.

As South Korea revises abortion law, Catholics mobilize to protect unborn life

Aug 25, 2020

By Courtney Mares

As the deadline approaches for South Korea’s National Assembly to revise the country’s abortion law, Korean Catholics are working to... Read more

Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney.

Catholic Aussie archbishop calls for ethical coronavirus vaccine

Aug 24, 2020

The Archbishop of Sydney, Australia, has called on the country’s government to fund an ethical coronavirus vaccine not derived from... Read more

Hong Kong media tycoon and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai (C) is escorted by the police after his Aug. 10 arrest.

Arrested Hong Kong Catholic ‘chose those handcuffs,’ for justice, godfather says

Aug 18, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

The godfather of an arrested Hong Kong Catholic pro-democracy advocate says he hopes Jimmy Lai’s courageous example will inspire more... Read more