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Catholic News from Asia and the Pacific Region

Novena for North Korea sheds light on issues beyond denuclearization

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Seoul, South Korea, Jun 16, 2018 / 03:58 pm (CNA).- Following two historic summits involving North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un, South Korea’s bishops are calling on Catholics to pray a novena for nine specific intentions for the Korean peninsula June 17 – 25. The novena culminates on June 25, the annual “Day of Prayer […]

Prime suspect arrested in murder of Philippines priest

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Manila, Philippines, Jun 15, 2018 / 11:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The primary suspect in the killing of Filipino priest Father Richmond Villaflor Nilo was found and taken into custody Thursday night. According to media reports, the suspect, Adell Roll Milan, was identified by an altar boy who had been preparing to help Fr. Nilo celebrate […]

Third priest shot and killed in Philippines in six months

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Manila, Philippines, Jun 11, 2018 / 03:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic priest in the Philippines was shot and killed in a chapel as he prepared to celebrate Sunday Mass on June 10, local police said. Father Richmond Nilo is the third priest to be killed in the Philippines in the past six months. Another […]

Australian bishop protests law requiring priests to break seal of confession

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Canberra, Australia, Jun 9, 2018 / 03:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new law in Australia will require Catholic priests in Canberra to break the seal of confession to report child abusers, drawing adamant opposition from Church officials. “Priests are bound by a sacred vow to maintain the seal of confession,” said Archbishop Christopher Prowse of […]

Government officials destroy Way of the Cross in China’s Henan province

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Weihui, China, Jun 8, 2018 / 03:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The sanctuary of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in China’s Henan province is a popular pilgrimage site for many Catholics, where thousands have journeyed since its founding in 1903 to pray and walk the shrine’s Way of the Cross. However, on the evening of June […]

Hindu nationalists trample papal image, call for Christian-free India

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New Delhi, India, Jun 5, 2018 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Hindu nationalists trampled a photo of Pope Francis near Sacred Heart Cathedral in New Delhi in a video calling for a Christian-free India which was recently posted online. The video shows a group of about 20 people chanting “Pope Francis murdabad,” meaning “down with […]

Australian bishops join national program to compensate child sex abuse victims

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Sydney, Australia, May 30, 2018 / 11:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Australian Catholic bishops confirmed Wednesday that they will participate in a national compensation program for survivors of child sexual abuse, pending the program’s approval by the legislature. The first non-governmental institution to join, the Australian Church’s participation was established May 30 in a joint […]

China may lift its two-child policy – here’s what that could mean  

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Beijing, China, May 23, 2018 / 04:29 pm (CNA).- Amid reports that China may be considering putting an end to its two-child policy, experts are questioning the extent of a possible law change, and the effects it would have. According to Bloomberg, the Chinese government had commissioned research on the childbirth restrictions in the country, […]

Australian court finds Archbishop Wilson guilty of concealing abuse

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Adelaide, Australia, May 22, 2018 / 11:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson has been found guilty of failing to report allegations of child sexual abuse disclosed to him in the 1970s. The guilty verdict was announced Tuesday by local magistrate Robert Stone. Currently the head of the Archdiocese of Adelaide, Wilson is the […]

Taiwanese bishops discuss China deal and papal visit with Pope Francis

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Vatican City, May 15, 2018 / 02:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis discussed the state of the Church with Taiwan’s bishops this week, while assuring them that episcopal appointments in China will remain the purview of the Holy See. A small group of seven Taiwanese bishops met with Pope Francis for their ad limina visit […]