Latest news: Asia - Pacific
Nov 12, 2018 - 03:23 pm .- The Archdiocese of Singapore has introduced a new policy to ensure couples are taking the time they need to properly prepare for marriage.
Nov 8, 2018 - 03:28 pm .- Four priests from the underground Catholic Church in China's Hebei province have been taken into police custody for indoctrination, AsiaNews reported Monday.
Nov 8, 2018 - 06:01 am .- Pakistani Catholic Asia Bibi was released from prison and moved to Islamabad late Wednesday as her family seeks asylum due to the riots and death threats following her acquittal of blasphemy charges.
Nov 7, 2018 - 05:10 pm .- Catholic schools in Australia have secured an increase in funding from the government following an outcry from Catholic leaders, but some Australians have been questioning the Church’s tactics in securing the funding.
Nov 7, 2018 - 02:00 pm .- The Diocese of Jalandhar will not pay for the criminal defense of its bishop, who is accused of serially raping a religious sister.
Nov 7, 2018 - 01:12 pm .- The Archdiocese of Agaña, Guam has announced that it will file for bankruptcy, following mediation efforts in September regarding clerical abuse claims in the territory.
Nov 7, 2018 - 07:00 am .- Officially, his diocese has only existed since 2005. But Bishop Pallipparambil has been tending a flock in rural northeastern India for nearly four decades, watching it grow from 900 baptized Catholics in 1979 to more than 90,000 today, nearly 20 percent of the local population.
Nov 7, 2018 - 12:41 am .- Human rights advocates are calling on the United Nations to address reports of Chinese internment camps holding 1 million Muslim minorities in Northwest China.
Nov 6, 2018 - 04:01 pm .- Police in Papua New Guinea are moving sick refugees and migrants out of the capital city in preparation for a major economic conference, drawing ongoing criticism from the country’s Catholic leaders.
Nov 6, 2018 - 03:24 pm .- Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, the priest who was kidnapped in 2016 and held captive for 18 months by terrorists in Yemen, said that his ability to persevere “was thanks to the prayers of everyone” who interceded for him.
Nov 2, 2018 - 02:30 pm .- Following an outbreak of protests in Pakistan in response the acquittal of Asia Bibi on charges of blasphemy, the government has reportedly begun the process of adding her to a list that would prohibit her from leaving the country.
Nov 1, 2018 - 02:30 pm .- After Nepal banned thousands of pornographic websites last month, India has resurrected its internet pornography ban, blocking more than 800 major porn sites in an attempt curb the country’s spate of sexual violence.
Oct 30, 2018 - 11:06 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.
Oct 29, 2018 - 10:23 am .- The Indian bishop charged with serially raping a nun has not yet produced a laptop that government investigators say could provide key evidence in his case.
Oct 27, 2018 - 01:00 pm .- A recent survey found that the Bible is the most frequently read book in the Philippines.
Oct 26, 2018 - 02:40 pm .- As part of an ongoing crackdown on religious practice in the country, Chinese authorities demolished two Catholic Marian shrines this week. The move comes just one month after the Chinese government signed an agreement with the Vatican regarding the appointment of bishops.
Oct 23, 2018 - 12:00 am .- A priest who had been a key witness in the charge of rape against Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jullundur died Monday, prompting a police investigation into his death.
Oct 19, 2018 - 07:10 pm .- Nepal has introduced a ban on pornography as part of a government initiative to stem the country’s high rate of sexual assault.  
Oct 19, 2018 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic bishops of New Zealand have countered reports that say they are backing away from an upcoming government inquiry into sexual abuse cases in state and religious institutions in the country.
Oct 18, 2018 - 09:45 am .- South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in met with Pope Francis today after praying for peace on the Korean peninsula in St. Peter’s Basilica. The visit marked the 55th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Seoul and the Vatican.