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Catholic News from Asia and the Pacific Region

Church in Fiji threatens to close all Catholic schools

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Suva, Fiji, Jan 23, 2019 / 12:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Church in Fiji is prepared to shut down all of its 44 primary and 19 secondary schools if the government continues to elect non-Catholics as the head of those schools. Fiji’s education ministry recently named two non-Catholics as principals of Saint Thomas High […]

Duterte open to dialogue with bishops after suggesting Filipinos kill them

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Manila, Philippines, Jan 16, 2019 / 12:38 am (CNA).- A government spokesman said Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is open to dialogue with the country’s bishops, after the president recently suggested that citizens of the country kill the Church leaders. Tensions have increased between Duterte and the bishops as Church leaders have continued to condemn the […]

China’s crackdown on Christians continues

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Beijing, China, Jan 15, 2019 / 02:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A campaign by the Chinese government to ‘Sinicize’ religion is ongoing, with detention and indoctrination of Muslims in the far west of the country, and the closing of underground churches to the east. In early December, Wang Yi and more than 100 members of his […]

What is it like to be a missionary in Mongolia?

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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Jan 10, 2019 / 12:31 am (ACI Prensa).- When Francisco Javier Olivera was born, his mother offered him to the Virgin Mary, praying that he would become a missionary in Asia. Olivera’s mother told him about the consecration after he was ordained a priest in Japan 22 years ago. Since then, he has […]

Order may censure for disobedience nun who protested rape-accused bishop

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Kochi, India, Jan 9, 2019 / 02:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The superior general of the Franciscan Clarist Congregation issued last week a letter of warning to Sister Lucy Kalapura, who has been accused of several acts of disobedience, including a protest of the handling of another nun’s accusation that a bishop serially raped her. Sr. […]

Cardinal Tagle at Black Nazarene celebration: Be a devotee, not a fanatic

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Manila, Philippines, Jan 9, 2019 / 10:42 am (CNA).- Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila told pilgrims at a popular annual procession in the Philippines to take caution against becoming “fanatics,” stressing that true devotion is about how one lives one’s whole life, not a single day. “A fanatic does not love,” the cardinal told thousands […]

The pilot bishop of the South Pacific

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Gizo, Solomon Islands, Jan 7, 2019 / 07:00 pm (CNA).- Known as the “flying bishop” of Solomon Islands, Bishop Luciano Capelli visits Catholics across dozens of islands by piloting a small airplane he also uses to deliver food and medicine. Capelli, an Italian, was a Salesian missionary in the Philippines for 35 years before coming […]

‘Give them freedom’ – PNG bishops denounce six-year refugee detention

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Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Jan 5, 2019 / 04:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishops of Papua New Guinea have issued a renewed plea on behalf of the nearly 500 refugees and asylum seekers being held in indefinite detention in deteriorating conditions. “These people have been away from their families for the sixth Christmas… it […]

Hong Kong bishop dies at age 73

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Hong Kong, China, Jan 4, 2019 / 02:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung of Hong Kong died in hospital Thursday at the age of 73, after suffering liver failure due to cirrhosis. He had been admitted to Canossa (Caritas) Hospital Dec. 27, and died the afternoon of Jan. 3. A board of eight […]

The case against Pell: new details emerge

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Washington D.C., Dec 17, 2018 / 06:05 pm (CNA).- Following the conviction of Cardinal George Pell in the Australian state of Victoria last week, new details have emerged about the nature of the crimes for which he has been found guilty. Pell was found guilty Dec. 11 on five charges of sexual abuse of minors, […]