Asia - Pacific News

The Indonesian flag.

Killing of catechist alarms Indonesia’s Catholic bishops

Nov 4, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Catholic bishops in Indonesia met with government officials this week to express concern about the violence in Papua after a... Read more

Azoo Raja.

Catholic girl in Pakistan in protective custody after abduction, forced marriage

Nov 3, 2020

Arzoo Raja, a 13-year-old Catholic girl in Pakistan whom a 44-year-old man allegedly kidnapped, forced to convert to Islam, and... Read more

Bishop Cornelius Sim, Vicar Apostolic of Brunei, who will be elevated to cardinal Nov. 28, 2020.

Brunei's cardinal-elect says Catholic Church can't be a 'little bubble'

Nov 3, 2020

Cardinal-designate Cornelius Sim certainly was surprised to learn Pope Francis had chosen him to be one of 13 new cardinals.  Read more

Indian bishop calls for investigation into report of attacks on Christians

Nov 2, 2020

An Indian activist and a local Catholic bishop are calling on a local government to investigate an alleged hate crime... Read more

Procession of the Black Nazarene in Manila, January 7, 2010.

Black Nazarene procession in Philippines canceled over coronavirus

Oct 29, 2020

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, civil and ecclesial authorities in the Philippines have agreed to cancel the Black Nazarene celebration... Read more

Azoo Raja.

Pakistan Catholics protest after abduction, forced marriage of 13 year-old Catholic girl

Oct 29, 2020

By CNA Staff

Catholics in Pakistan are protesting a judge’s decision not to intervene after a 44-year-old man allegedly kidnapped a 13-year-old Catholic girl,... Read more

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lays a wreath at St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade, in Colombo, Oct. 28, 2020.

US Secretary of State visits a site of Sri Lanka’s 2019 Easter bombings

Oct 28, 2020

During a visit to Sri Lanka on Wednesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited St. Anthony’s Shrine, Kochchikade, one... Read more

Cardinal Anthony Soter Fernandez, pictured in St. Peter's Basilica Nov. 19, 2016.

Malaysia’s first cardinal dies at age 88

Oct 28, 2020

Malaysia’s first cardinal died Wednesday at the age of 88.  Read more

Cathedral of the Sacred Heart the main Catholic church of Dali, Yunnan, China.

China continued religious crackdown during renewal of Vatican deal

Oct 26, 2020

The Chinese government continued to enforce sweeping restrictions on religious freedom in the weeks prior to the renewal of an agreement with... Read more

Fr. Stan Swany, S.J.

Indian Jesuit remains in jail, despite call for release from Asian bishops and international groups

Oct 26, 2020

Fr. Stan Swamy, S.J., was arrested Oct. 8 by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), India’s counter-terrorism task force. The Federation of... Read more

Cardinal George Pell arrives in Rome Sept. 30, 2020.

Australian state police rule out probe into Vatican money transfers during Pell trial

Oct 23, 2020

Police in the Australian state of Victoria said Friday that they have no plans for a further investigation into reports... Read more

The flags of Taiwan and the Vatican.

Taiwan foreign ministry: Catholics in China are facing serious challenges

Oct 23, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Taiwan’s foreign ministry responded by the renewal of the Sino-Vatican provisional agreement Thursday by highlighting the worsening religious freedom situation... Read more

The Emblem of Kerala.

Bishops in Kerala on hunger strike for Catholic education

Oct 21, 2020

Several bishops in Kerala held a day-long hunger strike Tuesday to protest the state government’s withholding of funds from Catholic... Read more

Victoria Police shoulder patch.

Alleged Vatican money transfers during Pell trial referred to police by Australian intelligence agency

Oct 20, 2020

The Australian financial intelligence agency has handed information to federal police concerning allegations that international money transfers, amounting to hundreds... Read more

Rakhine people in Bangladesh protest violence against their community in Burma's Rakhine state by the Tatmadaw, Oct. 11, 2020.

Two minors killed during fighting between Burmese military, Arakan Army

Oct 17, 2020

United Nations officials in Burma said Wednesday that earlier this month, two boys were killed amid crossfire between the Tatmadaw,... Read more

The Presidential Secretariat of Sri Lanka in Colombo.

Sri Lankan bishops oppose amendment that would strengthen presidency

Oct 15, 2020

Sri Lanka’s bishops said Tuesday that the country’s democracy would decay if parliament passes a constitutional amendment that would strengthen... Read more

Flag of Azerbaijan on military uniform.

Religion central to Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict

Oct 13, 2020

By Matt Hadro

Religion is a central factor in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Christian advocates explained in a briefing on the conflict... Read more

Christian aid groups call for response after Armenian Orthodox cathedral shelled

Oct 9, 2020

A historical cathedral in Nagorno-Karabakh was attacked this week, and Armenia is accusing Azerbaijan of carrying out the attack.  Read more

South Korean flags.

South Korea proposes new law allowing abortion up to 14 weeks

Oct 8, 2020

By Courtney Mares

South Korea’s National Assembly is considering a proposal to allow abortion up to 14 weeks as the deadline approaches to... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong, speaks at the Pontifical Urban University in Rome, Nov. 18, 2014.

Zen challenges Parolin over China deal claims

Oct 7, 2020

Cardinal Joseph Zen has rejected claims that the 2018 Vatican-China deal was approved in draft form by Pope Benedict XVI,... Read more