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Catholic News from Asia and the Pacific Region

Guam archbishop denies allegations of rape, sexual abuse

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Hagatna, Guam, Jan 18, 2018 / 05:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An embattled archbishop in Guam has denied an allegation that he raped his nephew nearly 20 years ago, when his accuser was a teen. Mark Apuron, nephew of Guam’s Archbishop Anthony Apuron, filed a lawsuit Jan. 10, claiming that his uncle raped him in a […]

Understanding the fierce devotion behind the Black Nazarene

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Manila, Philippines, Jan 9, 2018 / 10:07 am (CNA).- For over four centuries, a historical and iconic miraculous statue of Jesus Christ carrying his Cross has become an emblem of passion, struggle and faith for Filipino Catholics. The life-size statue of Jesus is enshrined in the famous minor basilica popularly known as the Quiapo Church, […]

Cardinal Pell accuser dies before sexual abuse trial begins

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Sydney, Australia, Jan 8, 2018 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- The legal case against Cardinal George Pell of Australia has taken an unexpected turn, after the death of Damian Dignan, who accused Pell of committing acts of sexual abuse. Dignan died of leukemia last week in the Australian town of Ballarat, which will likely impact a […]

Deadly suicide bomb attacks at Pakistan church kill eight

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Lahore, Pakistan, Dec 17, 2017 / 03:32 pm (CNA).- At least eight churchgoers were killed and another 30 injured in a double suicide bomber attack at a Methodist church in southwest Pakistan. The attack on Bethel Memorial Methodist Church came early Sunday, when about 400 people had gathered for the service in Quetta, the capital […]

Catholic Church in Australia commits to ensuring justice for sex abuse victims

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Canberra, Australia, Dec 15, 2017 / 02:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a wide-ranging report released Friday, Australia’s royal commission found serious failings in the protection of children from abuse in the Catholic Church and other major institutions. The commission recommended Dec. 15 that priests should be legally obligated to disclose details of sexual abuse revealed […]

Australian Catholic Youth Festival draws tens of thousands

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Sydney, Australia, Dec 11, 2017 / 05:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church in Australia kicked off Advent with a Catholic Youth Festival in Sydney last weekend, drawing some 20,000 attendees and including the country’s largest Mass since the World Youth Day in 2008. The event was also the opening of a “Year of Youth” meant […]

Marriage redefined in Australia despite religious freedom fears

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Sydney, Australia, Dec 7, 2017 / 04:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A bill passed Thursday in Australia changed the legal definition of marriage from being between “a man and a women” to “between two people.” The parliamentary vote comes after a two-month postal survey which concluded on Nov. 7, with nearly 80 percent of Australia’s voting […]

Devastating cyclone kills 32 Catholic fishermen off India’s coast

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Thiruvananthapuram, India, Dec 6, 2017 / 12:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At least 32 Catholic fishermen were killed when a tropical cyclone hit the southern coast of India over the weekend. In addition, some 200 people are missing, and thousands of individuals have been displaced, after their homes were destroyed. The death toll is expected to […]

With plea for forgiveness, Pope embraces Rohingya in Bangladesh

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Dhaka, Bangladesh, Dec 1, 2017 / 08:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After meeting several Rohingya Muslims and hearing their stories in Bangladesh, Pope Francis uttered a moving prayer from the heart, affirming their dignity and asking forgiveness on behalf of all who persecute the Burmese minority. He also broke the protocol he has maintained so far […]

Pope tells Bangladesh bishops to make laity a priority, especially youth

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Dhaka, Bangladesh, Dec 1, 2017 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday Pope Francis met with the bishops of Bangladesh, urging them to be close to the laity, especially young people and families, and to encourage them to serve the Church according to their particular gifts. “I would ask you to show ever greater pastoral […]