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Southeast Asia

Indonesian Cardinal says Church will not take up offer to operate mines

Indonesian Cardinal Ignatius Suharyo says the Church will not take advantage of the country’s new law allowing religious organisations to get permits to operate mines. Source: Crux.

Legal Matters Southeast Asia

Catholic activist’s trial begins in Hong Kong

The trial of Jimmy Lai, the Catholic activist and newspaper publisher, opened in Hong Kong yesterday, launching what is expected to be a protracted legal battle capping several years of imprisonment for the embattled pro-democracy advocate. Source: CNA.

Charity In The Dioceses Southeast Asia

Brisbane parishioners helping to build monastery in Timor-Leste

High in the mountains of Timor-Leste, a monastery is taking shape with support from missionary volunteers and donations from Brisbane parishioners. Source: The Catholic Leader.

Southeast Asia Synodality

Malaysia’s new cardinal warns against division at Synod

Malaysia’s new cardinal, Cardinal-designate Sebastian Francis of Penang, has said the upcoming Synod of Bishops on Synodality ought to be an open process in which all issues are discussed without fear, and warned against using labels that cause division. Source: Crux.

Southeast Asia

Malaysian court rejects woman’s bid to return to Christianity

The High Court of Malaysia has rejected a 57-year-old woman’s bid to return to Christianity, saying it has no power to interfere in cases concerning the renunciation of Islam. Source: UCA News.

Southeast Asia

Vatican discourages Filipinos from celebrating anniversary of ‘miracle’

The Vatican has intervened to discourage Catholics in the Philippines from celebrating the 75th anniversary of an alleged Marian apparition, which the Church refused to accept as a miracle seven decades ago. Source: UCA News.

Interfaith Southeast Asia

Indonesia’s top court issues circular against interfaith marriage

Indonesia’s top court has issued a circular requesting courts not approve interfaith marriages, which contradicts the court’s 1986 ruling which makes interfaith marriages legal in the Muslim-majority nation. Source: UCA News.

Southeast Asia

Philippines bishops admit ‘failure’ in addressing alleged Marian apparition

The head of the Catholic bishops’ forum in the Philippines has admitted the bishops’ failure in addressing contradictory views about an alleged Marian apparition the Vatican in 1951 declared not to be supernatural, which recently led to the arrest of a priest. Source: UCA News.

Southeast Asia

Two children killed in Philippine terror attacks

Two children have been killed and three wounded in two shootings allegedly carried out by Islamist extremists in the insurgency-plagued Mindanao region in the southern Philippines. Source: UCA News.