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Catholic News from Asia and the Pacific Region

Australian state’s lower house passes assisted suicide bill

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Melbourne, Australia, Oct 20, 2017 / 10:31 am (CNA).- A bill to legalize assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia was passed by Victoria’s Legislative Assembly on Friday after 26 hours of debate. The bill will now advance to the upper house of the Australian state’s parliament, the Legislative Council, where it is expected to pass. If […]

Burma’s cardinal: ‘The Pope will come to heal the wounds of the country’

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Yangon, Burma, Oct 20, 2017 / 06:01 am (CNA).- Pope Francis’ trip to Burma will help heal the wounds of his country, especially for minorities under attack, the nation’s sole cardinal maintains. Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon is the first Burmese cardinal in the history of the Church. He was made a cardinal by […]

Assisted suicide legislation advances in Australia’s Victoria state

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Melbourne, Australia, Oct 18, 2017 / 04:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- American-inspired legislation to legalize assisted suicide has advanced in the Australian state of Victoria, leading critics to worry that it abandons the vulnerable. On Oct. 18, Ministers of Parliament in Victoria voted to advance the bill by a 49-37 vote. It will face consideration by […]

Philippines mourns Cardinal Vidal, who leaves a legacy of service

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Cebu, Philippines, Oct 18, 2017 / 01:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Ricardo Vidal, who was Archbishop of Cebu from 1982 to 2010 and a leading Catholic figure in the fall of Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos, died Wednesday at the age of 86. Pope Francis praised the cardinal’s “untiring and devoted service to the Church” and […]

‘Clarity and charity’ – the keys to defending marriage in Australia

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Sydney, Australia, Oct 17, 2017 / 12:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Australians return their ballots for a poll that could aid the recognition of same-sex unions as marriages, the Archbishop of Sydney called for Christian charity in clearly explaining the importance of marriage as the union of man and woman. “However the marriage debate pans […]

In India, schoolkids say Virgin Mary appeared amid scent of jasmine

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Kochi, India, Oct 14, 2017 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Both Hindu and Catholic schoolchildren in India claim to have witnessed an apparition of Christ and several appearances of the Virgin Mary accompanied by the scent of jasmine, the gift of contrition, and the healing of a girl’s ear problem. The site of the alleged […]

Indonesian bishop resigns amid embezzlement, affair accusations

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Ruteng, Indonesia, Oct 11, 2017 / 02:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Indonesian prelate resigned Wednesday as Bishop of Ruteng amid mounting concerns surrounding an alleged mistress and reportedly stolen funds. Bishop Hubertus Leteng, 58, was accused of borrowing $94,000 from the Indonesian bishops’ conference, as well as $30,000 from the Diocese of Ruteng. Leteng said […]

Pope’s trip to Burma comes amid ‘textbook example of ethnic cleansing’

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Naypyidaw, Burma, Sep 28, 2017 / 03:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When Pope Francis visits Burma, also known as Myanmar, this November, his visit will come at one of the most contentious periods of the country’s history. Over the past month, state-supported violence against Burma’s Rohingya Muslim community – an ethnic and religious minority– has reached […]

Catholics in Papua New Guinea a sign of the Church’s universality

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Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Sep 26, 2017 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A young Catholic diocese in the southern highlands of Papua New Guinea has a vibrant and growing faith, one which the people have embraced as their own, showing the universality of the Church, a local bishop says. “To me it is really […]

In fight against sex abuse, Australian archbishop sees progress, challenges

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Brisbane, Australia, Sep 18, 2017 / 02:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid ongoing controversy surrounding clerical sex abuse in Australia, one of the country’s archbishops believes the local Churches are making progress – but still face a long journey ahead. “It’s very much a work in progress; we still have a long way to go,” said […]