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Asia Martyrs

Korean diocese honours martyred missionary priest

Wonju Diocese in South Korea has unveiled a statue of the US-born missionary priest James Maginn who was martyred by North Korean communist forces during the Korean War. Source: UCA News.

Asia Interfaith

Indonesian Catholic church hosts Muslims’ Eid prayer

A century-old Catholic church in Indonesia allowed Muslims to conduct Eid prayers on its premises on Wednesday, saying such moves could help build brotherhood in the Muslim-majority nation. Source: UCA News.

Asia Vatican

Top Vatican diplomat arrives in Vietnam to cement ties

The Vatican’s top envoy has arrived on a six-day visit to Vietnam, aimed at further fostering full diplomatic ties with the communist country. Source: UCA News.

Asia Natural disasters

Pope thanked for ‘closeness and solidarity’ after deadly Taiwan quake 

After a massive earthquake shook Taiwan last week, leaving at least 10 people dead, the island’s ambassador to the Holy See, Matthew Lee, thanked the world for its solidarity, and Pope Francis specifically for his spiritual closeness. Source: Crux.


Pope extends policy of detente with China

Several significant developments for the Catholic Church in China have occurred this week, including a bishop’s appointment and the establishment of a new diocese on the mainland for the first time since Mao’s Communist revolution. Source: Crux.


Bishop and 80 others forced to flee after Myanmar army occupies cathedral

The military junta in Myanmar has occupied the Loikaw cathedral complex and plans to use the building as a shield in its war against resistance forces, says the local bishop who was forced to flee the complex. Source: UCA News.


Singapore roundtable calls for more studies on Catholicism in Asia

Academic scholars have stressed the need for more focus and effort on studies on richness and diversity of Catholicism in Asia, which they say remain largely underdeveloped. Source: UCA News.


Thousands of Armenian Christians flee homes

Thousands of Armenian Christians fled their ancestral homeland in the region of Nagorno-Karabakh over the weekend and more are expected, the Armenian Government confirmed. Source: CNA.


Japanese bishops’ call for honesty over 1923 massacre of Koreans

Korea’s Catholic bishops have welcomed a statement from Japan’s bishops calling on the Japanese Government to accept responsibility for the 1923 Kanto Massacre and uncover the truth behind it. Source: The Tablet.