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Catholic News from Asia and the Pacific Region

Stop sharing fake news, Filipino bishops implore

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Manila, Philippines, Jun 23, 2017 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Fake news is a problem everywhere, including in the island nation of the Philippines. So much so that the bishops of the Catholic-majority country have released a first-of-its-kind pastoral letter to their people imploring them: Please stop sharing fake news. “At (Jesus’) trial, the question […]

US military archbishop prays for victims of USS Fitzgerald collision

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Yokohama, Japan, Jun 22, 2017 / 03:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday the Archbishop for Military Services, USA offered his prayers and condolences for the sailors who perished on USS Fitzgerald after colliding with a container ship off the coast of south east Japan last week. “Deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life on […]

Church destroyed, Christians detained in China’s Henan province

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Shangqiu, China, Jun 14, 2017 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Local authorities in China’s Henan province reportedly destroyed a Christian church building last month, beating parishioners who tried to stop the demolition and detaining 40, the group China Aid says. “The church was completely razed, and a church member likened the scene to the Japanese […]

Indian politician suggests ransom fund for kidnapped priest

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New Delhi, India, May 31, 2017 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A member of India’s Legislative Assembly is encouraging the Church to raise money for the release of kidnapped priest Father Tom Uzhunnalil, claiming a need for concrete action beyond prayer. Legislative member P.C. George expressed concern that prayer and words are the only action […]

Kidnapped Filipino priest pleads for help in video

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Marawi, Philippines, May 30, 2017 / 11:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A week after Islamist militants kidnapped some 240 Catholics in the Philippines, a video has surfaced online showing one of the hostages, Fr. Chito Suganob, calling for the government to halt their military offensive in the city. Shown wearing a black polo and jeans, Fr. […]

Cardinal pleads for Islamist militants to release Philippines hostages

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Cotabato, Philippines, May 25, 2017 / 01:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Filipino cardinal has prayed for the release of Catholic hostages held by Islamist militants who have seized parts of a city on Mindanao, appealing to Muslim leaders to help secure their release. “I pray for the safety of all the hostages. I appeal to […]

ISIS ally in Philippines storms Catholic cathedral, takes hostages

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Marawi, Philippines, May 24, 2017 / 11:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Islamic State-allied militants in the Philippines have taken a Catholic priest and a group of church-goers hostage, threatening to kill them if the nation’s military does not cease its current offensive against them. The hostages were taken during a militant siege in the southern Philippines […]

Ban on religious icons in cars sparks Catholic outcry in Philippines

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Manila, Philippines, May 22, 2017 / 03:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the most recent clash between the government and the Catholic Church in the Philippines, authorities have banned hanging rosaries and religious icons in vehicles, citing safety concerns. According to reports from the AFP, the ban is part of a new law that will take […]

Russians fight ransomware virus with holy water

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Moscow, Russia, May 16, 2017 / 04:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After malware hacked as many as 200,000 computers throughout the world, the Russians have an idea: blessing the computers with holy water. The most recent attacks have been through a form of ransomware called “WannaCry”, which is malicious software that locks up a person’s data […]

South Korean Catholics rally against use of nuclear power

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Seoul, South Korea, May 15, 2017 / 08:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- South Korean Catholics are opposing both the country’s reliance on nuclear power and the U.S. missile defense system recently established to pressure the North out of future weapon tests. A major leader of the anti-nuclear movement, Father Moon Paul Kyu-Hyn, said “getting rid of […]