Asia - Pacific News

Street with market stalls with Chinese flags on every booth, Xinjiang, China.

Hospital worker: China forces abortion, infanticide on Uyghurs

Aug 18, 2020

Hospitals in China’s Xinjiang province regularly committ forced late-term abortions on Uyghur women and killed newborn Uyghur babies to enforce China’s... Read more

The flag of the Philippines.

Catholic bishop laments murder of human rights activist in Philippines

Aug 18, 2020

A Catholic bishop deplored Tuesday the murder of a human rights activist in the Philippines.   Read more

Cardinal George Pell.

Cardinal Pell speaks on maintaining hope in prison, Vatican finances

Aug 17, 2020

Cardinal George Pell, who was acquitted this year after becoming the highest-ranking Catholic cleric ever to be convicted of sexual... Read more

Damage after the Aug. 4 Beirut explosion.

After Beirut blast, what some Lebanese Christians are doing to help their neighbors

Aug 14, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

The massive explosion in the port area of Lebanon’s capital on Aug. 4 overturned cars, shattered windows, set fires, and... Read more

Korean cardinal to consecrate Pyongyang Diocese to Mary on Assumption

Aug 13, 2020

The Archbishop of Seoul, Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, has announced that he will consecrate the Diocese of Pyongyang to Our... Read more

Lebanese flag on barbed wire in front of the Lebanese government seat of Grand Serail.

Lebanese scholar: The West cannot afford to abandon Lebanon

Aug 13, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

A Lebanese academic and aid worker told CNA on Thursday that if Western nations fail to help Lebanon recover from... Read more

Too few safeguards, opponents of New Zealand euthanasia, assisted suicide bill say

Aug 12, 2020

A New Zealand bill that would legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide does not have enough protections against the possible coercion... Read more

Rescue workers search for missing people at a landslide site in Kerala state Aug. 10, 2020.

Dozens killed, missing after landslide in India

Aug 12, 2020

A landslide in southern India has killed at least 52 people and destroyed dozens of buildings, including one Protestant church,... Read more

Filipino Catholic college defends stance against homosexual acts

Aug 11, 2020

The college maintains that in alignment with Catholic teaching, no sexual orientation is prohibited, but certain sexual acts are.  Read more

Wing Choh Primary school, and Catholic Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Hong Kong.

HK diocese promotes 'national identity', security law in Catholic schools

Aug 11, 2020

The Diocese of Hong Kong has told Catholic schools told to promote the provisions of the new National Security Law to students,... Read more

Bunker Bay in Western Australia, Aug. 2, 2020, days after a shark attack on a surfer.

Catholic priest in Australia says grace helped him save surfer in shark attack

Aug 10, 2020

Fr. Liam Ryan, a long-time surfer, was on vacation visiting his best friend in Western Australia when, on the afternoon... Read more

14Jul2019: Hongkongers march in Sha Tin against Hong Kong's extradition bill.

HK Catholic activists arrested, US lawmakers sanctioned in China crackdown

Aug 10, 2020

Chinese authorities arrested pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong and imposed new sanctions on American lawmakers August 10, as part of... Read more

Photo: Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, archbishop of Yangon.

Cardinals condemn China’s ‘potential genocide’ of Uyghurs

Aug 10, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Chinese government’s treatment of Uyghurs is “one of the most egregious human tragedies since the Holocaust,” two Asian cardinals... Read more

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lamb.

US sanctions Hong Kong chief executive over National Security Law

Aug 7, 2020

The United States announced sanctions against Carrie Lam, the leader of the government of Hong Kong, as well as other... Read more

Bush fire in Australia.

Citing COVID and bushfires, Australian bishops urge focus on mental health

Aug 4, 2020

In the latter half of 2019 and the first few months of 2020, Australia contended with massive, devastating bushfires that... Read more

Cathedral of St. Francis, Xi'an, China.

Chinese bishop denies government has plans to demolish cathedral

Aug 4, 2020

A Catholic bishop in China has denied that the government plans to tear down his cathedral, after local Catholics expressed... Read more

Wounded people wait to received help outside a hospital following an explosion in the Lebanese capital Beirut on August 4, 2020.

Lebanese priest: 'We need your prayers' after Beirut explosions

Aug 4, 2020

A Lebanese Catholic priest has asked believers around the world to pray for the people of his country, after two... Read more

A helicopter puts out a fire at the scene of an explosion at the port of Lebanon's capital Beirut on August 4, 2020.

After Beirut explosion, Lebanon turns to St. Charbel

Aug 4, 2020

At least one massive explosion rocked the Lebanese capital of Beirut Tuesday afternoon, which ignited fires and destroyed buildings in... Read more

Supporters of a religious group march during a rally in support of Khalid Khan, who killed a man accused of blasphemy, in Peshawar, July 31, 2020.

American on trial for blasphemy killed at court hearing in Pakistan

Jul 31, 2020

A U.S. citizen on trial for blasphemy in Pakistan was killed at a court hearing Wednesday, drawing strong objections to... Read more

Crowds in Shenzhen, China.

China offers rewards for reporting underground churches

Jul 31, 2020

The Chinese Communist Party is offering monetary rewards to those who report the presence of home churches in their communities.  Read more