Latest news: Asia - Pacific
Jan 16, 2019 - 12:38 am .- A government spokesman said Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is open to dialogue with the country’s bishops, after the president recently suggested that citizens of the country kill the Church leaders.  
Jan 15, 2019 - 02:01 pm .- A campaign by the Chinese government to 'Sinicize' religion is ongoing, with detention and indoctrination of Muslims in the far west of the country, and the closing of underground churches to the east.
Jan 10, 2019 - 12:31 am .- When Francisco Javier Olivera was born, his mother offered him to the Virgin Mary, praying that he would become a missionary in Asia.
Jan 9, 2019 - 02:37 pm .- The superior general of the Franciscan Clarist Congregation issued last week a letter of warning to Sister Lucy Kalapura, who has been accused of several acts of disobedience, including a protest of the handling of a nun's accusation that a bishop serially raped her.
Jan 9, 2019 - 10:42 am .- Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila told pilgrims at a popular annual procession in the Philippines to take caution against becoming a “fanatic,” stressing that true devotion is about how one lives their whole life, not a single day.
Jan 7, 2019 - 07:00 pm .- Known as the “flying bishop” of Solomon Islands, Bishop Luciano Capelli visits Catholics across dozens in islands by piloting a small airplane he also uses to deliver food and medicine.
Jan 5, 2019 - 04:28 am .- The bishops of Papua New Guinea have issued a renewed plea on behalf of the nearly 500 refugees and asylum seekers being held in indefinite detention in deteriorating conditions.
Jan 4, 2019 - 02:33 pm .- Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung of Hong Kong died in hospital Thursday at the age of 73, after suffering liver failure due to cirrhosis.
Dec 28, 2018 - 05:06 am .- At the age of 14, Yuan made the decision to become a Catholic. “I found a freedom that I had never had before. For the first time, I had nothing to hide in my heart,” she reflected.
Dec 27, 2018 - 05:45 am .- When your business runs out of money and you need a miracle, whom do you call? The Catholic Church, apparently.
Dec 18, 2018 - 02:00 pm .- A recent survey found that the Bible is the most frequently read book in the Philippines.
Dec 17, 2018 - 06:05 pm .- Following the conviction of Cardinal George Pell in the Australian state of Victoria last week, new details have emerged about the nature of the crimes for which he has been found guilty.
Dec 14, 2018 - 05:01 pm .- Two underground bishops in China have agreed to step aside in favor of bishops of the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, in the wake of a deal signed between the Holy See and the Chinese government.
Dec 14, 2018 - 04:00 pm .- After reports of a guilty verdict emerged in the trial of Australian Cardinal George Pell, some in Australia have questioned the integrity of a process undertaken under the veil of a media blackout.
Dec 13, 2018 - 03:51 pm .- Amid competing claims of religious freedom rights and LBGT rights, the Australian prime minister said Thursday the government will next year introduce a bill to protect against discrimination based on religious belief or activity.
Dec 12, 2018 - 10:48 am .- Cardinal George Pell has been convicted by an Australian court on charges of sexual abuse of minors, according to media reports and CNA sources close to the cardinal.
Dec 11, 2018 - 02:20 pm .- While religious leaders marked the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights this week by saying that more should be done to preserve human rights, both Iran and China detained upwards of 100 Christians.
Dec 10, 2018 - 11:01 am .- Pope Francis accepted Monday the resignation of Bishop Prasad Gallela from the pastoral government of the Diocese of Cuddapah, in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Gallala was in August the object of a criminal complaint for allegedly using diocesan funds to maintain an alleged “wife” and adult son.
Dec 6, 2018 - 12:39 pm .- A district judge overturned Thursday the conviction of Archbishop Philip Wilson for failing to report allegations of child sexual abuse disclosed to him in the 1970s, saying there was reasonable doubt a crime had been committed.
Dec 6, 2018 - 10:50 am .- As new evidence emerges of atrocities committed in Burma's Rakhine state, the president of Caritas International visited Monday a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh.