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Catholic News from Asia and the Pacific Region

Singapore archdioese extends required marriage prep time to one year

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Singapore, Nov 12, 2018 / 03:23 pm (CNA).- The Archdiocese of Singapore has introduced a new policy to ensure couples are taking the time they need to properly prepare for marriage. Catholics looking to getting married in any of the archdiocese’s 32 churches have to book their wedding date at least one year in advance, […]

Four underground priests reportedly disappeared in China’s Hebei province

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Xuanhua, China, Nov 8, 2018 / 03:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Four priests from the underground Catholic Church in China’s Hebei province have been taken into police custody for indoctrination, AsiaNews reported Monday. The publication wrote Nov. 5 that the priests are being “indoctrinated on the religious policy of the Chinese government … because they refuse […]

Catholic mother Asia Bibi moved from prison to Islamabad amid death threats

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Islamabad, Pakistan, Nov 8, 2018 / 06:01 am (ACI Prensa).- 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. The mother-of-five had spent eight years on death row in Pakistan on blasphemy […]

Catholic schools in Australia to receive funding increase

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Canberra, Australia, Nov 7, 2018 / 05:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. In July, the socioeconomic status review board in Australia announced changes to their […]

Indian diocese will not fund defense for bishop accused of rape

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Jalandhar, India, Nov 7, 2018 / 02:00 pm (CNA).- The Diocese of Jalandhar will not pay for the criminal defense of its bishop, who is accused of serially raping a religious sister. Bishop Agnelo Gracias, who was appointed Sept. 20 by Pope Francis as interim leader of the Indian diocese, told reporters Nov. 6 that […]

Amid abuse lawsuits, Guam archdiocese to file for bankruptcy

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Hagatna, Guam, Nov 7, 2018 / 01:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Agaña, Guam has announced that it will file for bankruptcy, following mediation efforts in September regarding clerical abuse claims in the country. Archbishop Michael Byrnes said the bankruptcy declaration “will bring the greatest measure of justice to the greatest number of victims,” […]

The bishop who reaped a hundred-fold

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Miao, India, Nov 7, 2018 / 07:00 am (CNA).- Many bishops spend their days carefully making plans to lead and manage the dioceses entrusted to them. Bishop George Pallipparambil of the Indian diocese of Miao is different. He says that in his diocese, the planning is done by God. His job, he says, is to […]

Human rights advocates: UN must address Chinese internment camps

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Geneva, Switzerland, Nov 7, 2018 / 12:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Human rights advocates are calling on the United Nations to address reports of Chinese internment camps holding 1 million Muslim minorities in Northwest China. The call comes shortly before a review of China’s human rights record on November 6 by the U.N. Human Rights Council. […]

PNG bishops call for asylum seekers to be admitted to Australia

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Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Nov 6, 2018 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 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. The refugees and migrants are being sent back to Manus Island […]

Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil: ‘I have witnessed the power of prayer’

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Bangalore, India, Nov 6, 2018 / 03:24 pm (ACI Prensa).- 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. “Prayer is the best thing that God has […]