Latest news: Asia - Pacific
Aug 14, 2018 - 10:17 am .- An Australian court ruled Tuesday that Archbishop Philip Wilson, who was convicted in May of failing to report allegations of child sexual abuse disclosed to him in the 1970s, will serve his 12-month sentence under house arrest.
Aug 14, 2018 - 09:33 am .- Catholic parishes and assistance centers are ready to help victims of storms and major floods in the Manila area, said Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila over the weekend.  
Aug 13, 2018 - 06:01 pm .- A former tax official has said Australia should revoke the non-profit tax status of the Catholic Church in the country, due to widespread clerical sex abuse, which was detailed in an extensive report released last year.
Aug 10, 2018 - 04:01 pm .- Officials in an autonomous region of northwest mainland China intended to demolish a mosque on Friday, but were met by hundreds of protesters. The move comes amid a nation-wide effort to clamp down on free religious expression.
Aug 10, 2018 - 03:18 am .- With hundreds dead and thousands left homeless by a major earthquake in Indonesia last weekend, Catholic Relief Services is working to bring shelter and necessities to survivors.
Aug 8, 2018 - 12:11 pm .- Heavy rains have caused flooding in northern and north-central Vietnam, and officials of the local Church are encouraging aid for those affected.
Aug 7, 2018 - 10:15 am .- A group of trade unions in Australia last month passed a motion saying that they will lobby to restrict the right of religious organizations to make hiring decisions based on adherence to Church teaching on sexuality.
Aug 4, 2018 - 12:00 am .- A Catholic church in China's Shandong province has been demolished by government agents, the latest in a series of church demolitions in China.
Aug 3, 2018 - 03:49 pm .- The Rohingya, a long-suffering Muslim minority in Burma, are allegedly peacefully returning to their country from Bangladesh, where thousands fled last year after a surge of violence against them last year that the United Nations said might qualify as genocide.
Aug 2, 2018 - 08:02 pm .- As Australian families face a difficult drought, a diocese in New South Wales is offering struggling families assistance with their school fees.
Aug 2, 2018 - 11:23 am .- Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane, Australia encouraged members of parliament to look beyond the “worn-out ideologies and tricky language” behind a bill to legalization abortion in Queensland.
Aug 1, 2018 - 03:05 am .- A proposed ban on the sacrament of confession suggested by a government body in India was slammed by Catholic leaders as an unconstitutional violation of religious freedom.
Jul 30, 2018 - 04:38 pm .- While Germany has the potential to be a major European leader, the Church in the country must take a strong stand to insist on moral direction as well, said Cardinal Gerhard Mueller in a recent interview.
Jul 27, 2018 - 02:30 pm .- Imran Khan has emerged as the victor in a general election held in Pakistan Wednesday, July 25. The professional cricket player-turned-politician has previously voiced support for the country’s controversial blasphemy laws.
Jul 25, 2018 - 12:00 am .- Continuing a controversial plan, Chinese bishops allied with the government have told dioceses to prepare local versions of a “Sinicization” program to bring the Catholic Church more in-line with the government’s understanding of Chinese culture, society and politics.
Jul 23, 2018 - 01:40 pm .- An audio recording broadcast last week by an Indian television station appears to indicate that Cardinal George Alencherry may have been aware of a nun’s claim that a bishop had raped her.
Jul 19, 2018 - 11:03 am .- Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull called Thursday for Pope Francis to dismiss Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide, who was convicted in May of failing to report allegations of child sexual abuse disclosed to him in the 1970s.
Jul 18, 2018 - 11:44 am .- The superior general of the Missionaries of Charity said Tuesday the congregation is “deeply saddened and grieved” by the alleged sale of several children by an employee of one of its homes for unwed mothers.
Jul 17, 2018 - 03:28 pm .- India's Ministry of Women and Child Development announced Monday that it has instructed states to inspect all childcare homes run by the Missionaries of Charity.
Jul 13, 2018 - 10:27 am .- Three children who were allegedly sold by an employee of the Missionaries of Charity have been rescued, and a politician has accused a political party of unfairly targeting the religious order.