US declares genocide being committed in China’s Xinjiang

I believe this genocide is ongoing, and that we are witnessing the systematic attempt to destroy Uyghurs by the Chinese party-state,’ says US Secretary of State

North Korea cracks down on foreign media, speaking styles

Measures include up to 15 years in a prison camp for those caught with media from South Korea

Woman with links to deposed cardinal to go on trial, Vatican says

She will soon be on trial facing charges of ‘embezzlement in complicity with others’

Peace and unity are possible but not without effort

My prayer and hope for all of us is that we may receive the peace Jesus wants to give us, cardinal says

9 Catholic bishops with COVID-19 die worldwide in single week

Deceased bishops ranged in age from 53 years old to 91

Pope Francis, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI get COVID-19 vaccine

Vatican began its COVID-19 vaccination program this week, prioritizing doctors, health workers, and the most vulnerable

Philippines extends travel ban, steps up safeguards over COVID-19 variant

Bishops back extension of ban on all travelers from 32 countries

Vatican starts COVID-19 vaccinations

First doses administered to doctors and other members of Vatican health services

Christian group hits Sri Lanka decision to cremate COVID-19 victims

Govt response ‘demonstrates lack of sensitivity’ to communities who consider burial rites integral to their religious customs

Philippine bishops back govt efforts to acquire COVID-19 vaccines

Bishops urge govt to commit to a vaccine distribution plan that prioritizes medical frontliners and those others most at risk
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Cambodian govt critics on trial: ‘It’s absurd’

Upcoming court case is political theatre, the decision will be based on political considerations, one of those accused says

Image of Black Nazarene tours Manila, nearby provinces during pandemic

But traditional religious procession that attracts millions of people every year and usually lasts up to 20 hours has been canceled this year due to COVID-19

Tractors to Twitter: India’s protesting farmers battle on highway, online

Farmers have paralyzed some traffic in and out of New Delhi, protesting recent agriculture laws

Nuns arrested as Beijing turns up heat on Church in Hong Kong

The Church in Hong Kong is coming under mounting pressure as Beijing moves to extinguish opposition voices in the city under a new national security law

Explainer: Indonesia’s banned Islamic group has seen its influence rising

Formed in the late 1990s, the Islamic Defender's Front, widely known by its Indonesian initials FPI, advocates a strict interpretation of Islam

Finding community at a COVID-19 quarantine center in Myanmar

I was touched by the way everyone at the center pitched in without being asked, from sweeping floors to cleaning bathrooms and washing trash bins
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US declares genocide being committed in China’s Xinjiang

I believe this genocide is ongoing, and that we are witnessing the systematic attempt to destroy Uyghurs by the Chinese party-state,’ says US Secretary of State

Amerika Serikat resmi menyatakan genosida di Xinjiang

Pemerintahan Donald Trump telah menetapkan bahwa Republik Rakyat Tiongkok (RRT) telah melakukan genosida dan kejahatan terhadap kemanusiaan dengan menindas Muslim Uighur di wilayah Xinjiang.

North Korea cracks down on foreign media, speaking styles

Measures include up to 15 years in a prison camp for those caught with media from South Korea

Peace and unity are possible but not without effort

My prayer and hope for all of us is that we may receive the peace Jesus wants to give us, cardinal says

Woman with links to deposed cardinal to go on trial, Vatican says

She will soon be on trial facing charges of ‘embezzlement in complicity with others’

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Paus Fransiskus mengatakan bahwa pesan perdamaian Martin Luther King Jr tetap relevan bagi dunia yang saat ini terus menerus menghadapi tantangan ketidakadilan sosial, perpecahan, dan konflik.

‘Chilling effect’: Hong Kong civil servants told to take pro-govt oath

The whole environment for civil servants will change because of this, academic says

‘Chilling effect’: Hong Kong civil servants told to take pro-govt oath

The whole environment for civil servants will change because of this, academic says

Philippine Christian students hit lifting of deal banning police, soldiers from campus

Defense secretary said university has become a breeding ground of groups with extremist beliefs

US commission says China possibly committed ‘genocide’ against Xinjiang Muslims

US genocide declaration would mean countries would have to think hard about allowing companies to do business with Xinjiang

North Korea still tops countries where Christians face most persecution

‘Being discovered as a Christian in North Korea is a death sentence,’ says Open Doors report

There’s no such thing as ‘love jihad,’ Indian archbishop says

New anti-conversion laws in several Indian states will result in further harassment of minorities, he says

Catholic lay organization calls on Philippine legislators to leave...

Legislators support resolutions giving Congress flexibility to amend restrictive economic provisions in 1987 Constitution

Christian group hits Sri Lanka decision to cremate COVID-19...

Govt response ‘demonstrates lack of sensitivity’ to communities who consider burial rites integral to their religious customs

Philippine bishops back govt efforts to acquire COVID-19 vaccines

Bishops urge govt to commit to a vaccine distribution plan that prioritizes medical frontliners and those others most at risk

Pakistani cardinal calls for peace in wake of attacks...

Cardinal Joseph Coutts says it’s not enough just to pray, one must love one’s neighbor as oneself
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Thai Catholics urged to voice opposition to planned law allowing early-stage abortions

Thailand’s law currently criminalizes abortions regardless of the age of the unborn child

Italian nun who served India for seven decades dies

Mother Giovanna Saveria Alberoni was the light of our congregation in India, Ursuline sister says

Pope Francis, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI get COVID-19 vaccine

Vatican began its COVID-19 vaccination program this week, prioritizing doctors, health workers, and the most vulnerable

Review shows Australia made huge miscalculation on funds transfers, Vatican says

Vatican said original report of more than 47,000 individual transfers sounded like ‘science fiction’

Vatican issues guidelines for Ash Wednesday observance during pandemic

The Vatican said the health situation caused by the pandemic has forced changes even in the rituals and celebrations of the Church

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