Her parents’ religion did not prevent Evangeline Musaling-Pacinabo to embrace the Catholic faith and help spread the Good News on a remote island in the southern Philippines. Evangeline’s Muslim parents migrated from Indonesia to the small island of Balut in the southern province of Davao Occidental in the 1940s, during the height of World War II. […]
For the past three weeks, the world has watched aghast as Myanmar’s military has carried out the latest, most deadly phase of a five-year operation against the Muslim Rohingya people who number about 1.1-1.3 million. It has been an outrageously outsized reaction by Myanmar’s notorious military, known as the Tatmadaw, to a small attack by […]
Communist authorities are continuing to tighten their grip on practising Christians with at least four regional governments across China issuing notices that restrict children from joining Christian groups and attending religious activities. The ban includes turning children away from churches even if they attend with their parents and teachers. Additionally, the ban includes promises that […]
Religious communities in Hindu-majority Nepal need to press for changes to a new law impacting on religious freedom, which is inconsistent with the nation’s international commit-ments. While there has been ongoing discussion of some specific aspects of the law, many Christian leaders have yet to grasp its wider implications. On Aug. 9, amendments were made […]
Bishops in Sri Lanka have condemned a government move to allow abortion in some circumstances. Cabinet has approved presentation of a bill to parliament to legalize abortion when a pregnancy is due to rape or if a fetus is diagnosed with a “lethal” congenital malformation. The Sri Lankan bishops’ conference stressed that the church believes […]
Classmates beat a Christian student in Pakistan to death three days after starting his new school because he drank water from a cup meant for Muslim students, his family says. Sheron Masih was a Grade 9 student at a govern-ment-run school in Burewala, in Punjab province. He was killed because he was a Christian, the […]
The vicar-general of the Prelature of Marawi and several other Catholic hostages taken by militants inspired by the so-called Islamic State (IS) are still alive after more than three months of fighting in the southern Philippine City. At a press conference announcing the retaking of St Mary’s Cathedral, Major General Carlito Galvez, commander of government forces […]
Strong condemnation of the attacks suffered by the people of Rohingya in Myanmar, and full solidarity and closeness to the Muslim population: this is a de-claration signed by the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Confer-ence of Pakistan, Archbishop Joseph Coutts, and by the Presi-dent of the National Commission “Justice and Peace” (NCJP), Bishop Joseph Arshad.