Asia - Pacific News

Archbishop Timothy Costelloe at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Perth, Australia.

Australia’s Catholic bishops elect new leader

May 6, 2022

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Timothy Costelloe of Perth is the first member of a religious order to lead Australia’s bishops’ conference. Read more

Bishop Paul Hinder, apostolic vicar emeritus of Southern Arabia

Bishop Paul Hinder, apostolic vicar of Southern Arabia, retires

May 2, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

He led the Catholic Church on the Arabian peninsula for 17 years. Read more

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

Hong Kong priest: China trying to control religion in Hong Kong

Apr 26, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Speaking publicly under his own name for the first time, a Hong Kong priest says the Chinese Communist Party is... Read more

Archbishop Julian Porteous of Hobart

Self-sabotaging Catholicism won't help Australia, archbishop says of plenary council prep

Apr 13, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

At a time when Catholicism in Australia faces crises such as a loss of faith and declining religious practice, a... Read more

Myanmar, also known as Burma, is a country in Southeast Asia.

UPDATE: Soldiers searching for weapons leave Burma cathedral

Apr 9, 2022

By CNA Staff

Government soldiers departed from the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and its compound in downtown Mandalay Saturday after a thorough... Read more

Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Mandalay, Burma.

Burmese archbishop remains under house arrest; 'We are all praying,' priest says

Apr 9, 2022

By CNA Staff

Residents of downtown Mandalay remain on edge as a military occupation of the Catholic archdiocesan compound continues for a second... Read more

Sacred Heart Cathedral in Mandalay, Burma.

Burmese soldiers invade Catholic cathedral, detain archbishop

Apr 8, 2022

By CNA Staff

Approximately 40 Burmese soldiers forcibly took control of a Catholic cathedral in Mandalay on Friday and detained an archbishop and... Read more

Flag of China.

In China, Christian human rights activist faces mistreatment, fabricated charges, supporters say

Mar 28, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Li Qiaochu, a prominent Christian and labor rights activist in China, has been imprisoned for more than a year. Her... Read more

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

Sri Lankan cardinal laments slow pace, possible corruption in Easter attacks investigation

Mar 21, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

The Archbishop of Colombo highlighted the frustrations of his people over the perceived lack of investigation and prosecutions related to... Read more

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School credits for Pakistan inmates should apply to non-Muslims, too, petition states

Mar 21, 2022

By Aftab Alexander Mughal

Inmates in Pakistan's Punjab province can cut their jail time by taking classes, but only Muslim inmates are given the... Read more

Cardinal George Alencherry, Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church.

Catholic archdiocese deplores burning of cardinals’ effigies at Syro-Malabar uniform liturgy protest

Mar 18, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘The archdiocese completely condemns such unchristian protests,’ a spokesman said. Read more

A girl praying at the Basilica del Santo Niño in Cebu, Philippines in 2019.

Fearful of world war, Philippines' bishops to join Pope Francis’ consecration of Russia and Ukraine

Mar 17, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Voicing concern that the far-away conflict in Europe will have consequences in Asia, the Catholic bishops of the Philippines, one... Read more

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India court upholds hijab ban in schools as religious tensions continue in Karnataka

Mar 15, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

The state of Karnataka may ban Muslim girls from wearing head scarves in schools, the state’s highest court has ruled,... Read more

The flag of Burma (Myanmar).

Air strike damages Catholic convent as Myanmar conflict continues

Mar 10, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

The Myanmar conflict’s destruction continued early Thursday morning, when a military aircraft attack on a town in the east of... Read more

March 17, 2016. Cardinal George Pell speaks with CNA at the Vatican's Apostolic Palace on March 17, 2016.

People who joined Cardinal Pell ‘pile-on’ guilty of ‘intellectual cowardice,’ says speaker

Mar 8, 2022

By CNA Staff

The cardinal was acquitted by Australia’s High Court on April 7, 2020. Read more

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, pictured on May 12, 2016.

Ukraine conflict: Cardinal Bo fears ‘nightmare scenario’ of ‘global nuclear holocaust’

Mar 4, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Burmese Church leader said the world was on ‘the threshold of self-annihilation.’ Read more

Takashi Nagai

This Catholic doctor lost everything in the Nagasaki bombing. Except faith, hope, and love.

Feb 22, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Dr. Takashi Nagai’s work to help survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bombing and to console his devastated Japanese Catholic community... 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.

Sri Lankan court acquits security officials over Easter attacks

Feb 18, 2022

By CNA Staff

A court in Sri Lanka on Friday acquitted two former security officials who charged with negligence relating to the 2019... Read more

Early morning in Kabul.

A doctor begged a religious sister for help. Last week, she and her family escaped Afghanistan.

Feb 17, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

When Sister Deirdre "Dede" Byrne picked up the phone in December 2021, a young man on the other end of... Read more

Members of All India Muslim Students Federation protest against the hijab ban in educational institutions by the Karnataka government at Delhi University in New Delhi, India, Feb. 9, 2022.

Indian court bans all religious clothing amid dispute over hijabs

Feb 14, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Amid widespread protests over a ban on hijabs in schools, an Indian court has temporarily prohibited all forms of religious... Read more