Catholic Church in India offers 60,000 hospital beds for COVID-19 patients

"The Church will continue to be at the forefront, offering our services," said Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay

Pope Francis institutes new ministry of catechist in Catholic Church

Pope Francis stressed the need to recognize "lay men and women who feel called ... to cooperate in the work of catechesis"

In southern Philippine village, a mother faces all odds to care for her children

Her only wish during the observance of Mother's Day last Sunday, May 9, is for her children to take care of each other when she is gone

Reporters, activists from Myanmar arrested in Thailand for illegal entry

The Democratic Voice of Burma said the five journalists were arrested on Sunday in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai

Indonesian teacher dons clown costume to inspire children to learn the Koran

The teacher dons a colorful clown costume, replete with white and pink face makeup and a red nose, to teach reading

SPOTLIGHT: A place of worship and vaccination

A Catholic church near Bangkok's biggest slum is helping to fight the pandemic by hosting a COVID-19 vaccination center

Pope Francis prays for India as thousands more die of COVID-19

'My thoughts go above all to the sick and their families, to those who care for them... to those who are mourning the loss of their loved ones'

Catholic man in Jakarta starts blood donation drive for remote Indonesian diocese

Donating blood to the troubled area "is a gesture of profound humanity that goes beyond social status," said the man behind the campaign

Catholic archdiocese in India offers free lunch to relatives of COVID-19 patients

The Archdiocese of Ranchi has launched a free lunch service for relatives of patients hospitalized at a public hospital in the city

Philippine health workers bring COVID-19 vaccines to bedridden residents

Ensuring that vulnerable people get vaccinated is vital to limit their health risks because many live in extended households
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Indonesian teacher dons clown costume to inspire children to learn the Koran

The teacher dons a colorful clown costume, replete with white and pink face makeup and a red nose, to teach reading

In southern Philippine village, a mother faces all odds to care for her children

Her only wish during the observance of Mother's Day last Sunday, May 9, is for her children to take care of each other when she is gone

As lockdown returns, Malaysians face another bleak Eid

Millions of people are being forced to stay apart from loved ones during the Muslim celebration because of strict restrictions on travel

Pakistan’s water bearers quench thirst in Ramadan, but fear for their trade

Water bearers have existed in South Asia for centuries, providing water to travelers and warriors during battles in ancient times

Pleas for help in India as COVID-19 leaves children without carers

The exponential rise in infections and deaths has left some children without a carer because their parents are too ill to cope or have died

Catholic Church opens doors to Ramadan dinners

"We are all the same… If you are Catholic or of another religion and I am Muslim, that's fine"

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Journalists and truth under threat

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Pope Francis institutes new ministry of catechist in Catholic Church

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Known as the "boy judge" because he looked younger than his 37 years, Rosario Livatino had led many investigations into the mob

Pope Francis backs waivers on intellectual property rights for vaccines; EU sceptical

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'My thoughts go above all to the sick and their families, to those who care for them... to those who are mourning the loss of their loved ones'

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Catholics in Papua hit Jakarta’s tagging of separatists as ‘terrorists’

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Catholic Indian lay person among ‘blesseds’ to be declared saint by Catholic Church

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SPOTLIGHT: A place of worship and vaccination

A Catholic church near Bangkok's biggest slum is helping to fight the pandemic by hosting a COVID-19 vaccination center

Philippines’ association of religious superiors changes name after 50 years

The AMRSP said the decision to change its name was made “to reflect the more inclusive nature” of the organization
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Hong Kong authorities ban books of six authors critical of government

Authorities has ordered library staff to remove copies of nine books by six authors because the titles had to undergo government review

Myanmar poet dies after being detained, his family says

Khet Thi penned the line "They shoot in the head, but they don't know the revolution is in the heart."

Hong Kong’s Joshua Wong pleads guilty over June 4 ‘illegal assembly’

Tens of thousands of people lit candles across the city in what was largely a peaceful event last June

Myanmar junta called out for threatening rights monitoring group

Myanmar’s generals are desperately trying to silence group to keep the truth from getting out, Human Rights Watch says

Greenpeace says Asian Development Bank’s new draft energy policy misses mark

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Account given by 17-year-old female detainee about what she saw and experienced

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Working away from home, migrant workers face various challenges

Photo gallery: Filipino ‘Samaritan’ sets up community pantry to help needy

Roadside pantry has only one rule — take what you need and give according to your capability

Watch: Campaigns calling for release of India’s Father Stan Swamy continue

The 83-year-old priest has been accused of assisting militant Maoist groups which he denies

Watch: Pope describes type of priest world will need after pandemic

Pope Francis tells priests and seminarians that they will need to look outwardly with tenderness just as God the Father looks at problems afflicting society

Watch: ‘Up Close’ with Brother Jes Matias on how to pray

Joe Torres speaks with lay Brother Jes on why we need to pray and how we should pray

Photo gallery: Bangladeshi youth perform Way of the Cross

Hundreds watched the performance just days prior to Holy Week