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Catholic News from Asia and the Pacific Region

German nun renowned for treating lepers in Pakistan dies at 87

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Karachi, Pakistan, Aug 11, 2017 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Sr. Ruth Pfau, a German-born Catholic missionary who devoted her life to eradicating leprosy in Pakistan, died Thursday at the age of 87. A few days prior, she had been hospitalized in Karachi due to complications related to old age. Pakistani leaders mourned the Aug. […]

Pioneering missionary bishop to China considered for beatification

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Shanghai, China, Aug 10, 2017 / 05:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A cardinal who helped change Catholic missionary work in China is now a possible candidate for beatification. Cardinal Celso Costantini became the first apostolic delegate to China in 1922. The situation in China was particularly complex in the wake of European colonialism and the end […]

What it’s like to be a missionary in North Korea

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Washington D.C., Aug 9, 2017 / 06:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- What can a missionary in North Korea do to preach the Gospel in a Communist dictatorship? Simply care for the sick patients he is there to help, says one priest in that situation. “We are the message of the Gospel, and we try to imitate […]

In predominantly Catholic Guam, clergy sex abuse lawsuits near 100-mark

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Hagatna, Guam, Aug 8, 2017 / 04:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Nearly 100 lawsuits have accused Catholic clergy in Guam of sex abuse over a 50 year timespan, alleging assault, manipulation and intimidation of the alleged victims, according to a new report. The accused include Archbishop Anthony Apuron, 13 Guam priests, a Catholic schoolteacher, a Catholic […]

Pope shakes up Syro-Malankara Church with several new appointments

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Vatican City, Aug 5, 2017 / 09:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday, Pope Francis made several changes in the Syro-Malankara Church, found predominantly in India, establishing a new eparchy and naming several new bishops, as well as an apostolic visitor. Announced in an Aug. 5 communique from the Vatican, the Pope has officially established the […]

New Zealand inquiry doesn’t recommend legalizing assisted suicide, euthanasia

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Wellington, New Zealand, Aug 4, 2017 / 11:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A long-term inquiry submitted to New Zealand’s parliament Wednesday did not recommend that assisted suicide and euthanasia be legalized in the country. “We’ve tried to distil all the arguments and our recommendation to both the Parliament and the people of New Zealand is to […]

Christian leaders unite to oppose assisted suicide in Australia

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Melbourne, Australia, Aug 2, 2017 / 02:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics and Christian leaders from several denominations have joined forces in the Australian state of Victoria to decry a bill in favor of assisted suicide, expected to be proposed and voted on later this year. “Euthanasia and assisted suicide represent the abandonment of those who […]

The story of the 26 year-old Filipino Jesuit on the road to sainthood

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Manila, Philippines, Aug 2, 2017 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Brother Richie Fernando was a 26 year-old Jesuit seminarian from the Philippines when in 1996 he died protecting his Cambodian students from a hand grenade. He is now on the road to sainthood, thanks to a norm issued by Pope Francis this summer that opens […]

India’s bishops pray new president will defend rule of law

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New Delhi, India, Jul 22, 2017 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishops of India have offered their congratulations to the country’s newly elected president, Ram Nath Kovind, urging him to live out the oath he will take to serve the well-being of the people. India’s presidency is largely a ceremonial role, while the prime […]

Church leaders in China remain open to dialogue with Vatican

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Fuzhou, China, Jul 19, 2017 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Catholic Church in China journeys toward a normalized relationship with the Holy See, one priest in dialogue with Chinese bishops has seen vast improvement in openness and dialogue on the part of leaders, both in the patriotic and underground Churches. “That’s one very […]