The Catholic Church in Bangladesh plans to treat the welfare of families and poverty, as well as environmental protection and migrant welfare, as pastoral priorities in the next decade. New guidelines state that such an approach would “give witness” to the Church in the low-lying nation. A 12-point ‘mission statement’ was issued at the end […]
Cardinal Charles Bo, Burma’s most senior churchman, has said the military are continuing to persecute ethnic Kachin, a predominantly Christian group in a conflict- torn part of the country. Speaking on September 1 at a peace forum in South Korea, Cardinal Bo said the suffering the Rohingya have endured has captured the world’s attention. He […]
Bishop John Victor Samuel, a renowned ecumenical leader from Pakistan, died on August 29. His son Ajmal Samuel announced that his father died “after a long and brave fight following a stroke last year.” Bishop Samuel was 87. Bishop Samuel is survived by his wife, Shirin Samuel, three children and their families.
Undaunted by the danger posed by extremists in the southern Philippine region of Mindanao, Franciscan missionaries hold Masses and other church activities in the mountains of Basilan province, home of the bandit Abu Sayyaf group. Franciscan Father Elton Viagedor, pastor of San Roque parish in the town of Lantawan, said they want to show that […]
Sinicization “is a trap,” a way to “intimidate the Catholic Church;” it has the purpose of “distorting the creed of all religious communities” in China. These are the thoughts of two Chinese Catholics, Peter of Hebei, and Paul of Shaanxi referring to the program wanted by Xi Jinping to assimilate religions to Chinese culture and […]
Qianwang Catholic Church in China’s Shandong province has become the third church in Jinan Diocese to be demolished by local authorities this year. Liangwang Catholic Church was bulldozed on July 17 following the demolition of Shilihe Catholic Church, but a Catholic source told ucanews. com that the latter church would be rebuilt in another place. […]
The enactment of new legislation criminalizing religious conversion in Nepal has sparked a heightened sense of fear and insecurity among Christian minorities. The Civil and Criminal Codes, which came into effect on Aug. 17 to replace the General Code that was in place for 165 years, comprise a set of laws guiding civil and legal […]
Visitors to a Tamil Catholic village in Myanmar are greeted by the Holy Cross at its entrance and can see St Anthony’s Church even before they arrive in the centre. Yaw Han, 24, is proud of being a Catholic in Hton-Bo-Quay in Kayin State after a community effort helped fund construction of a new church […]