Category Archives: Asia-Pacific

Church leaders in China remain open to dialogue with Vatican

As the Catholic Church in China journeys toward a normalized relationship with the Holy See, one priest in dialogue with Chinese bishops has seen vast improvement in openness and dialogue on the part of leaders, both in the patriotic and underground Churches. “That’s one very significant point, a growth in openness, a growth in the

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What Civilta Cattolica’s analysis of US Christianity missed

  An analysis piece in La Civilta Cattolica alleging an “ecumenism of hate” between Catholics and Evangelical Fundamentalists is seriously flawed in its presentation of religion in public life, experts said. Speaking about the article, which claims religious and political elements of society should not be “confused,” Elizabeth Bruenig, a writer on Christianity and politics,

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Missionaries of Charity copyright blue and white sari

The Missionaries of Charity have patented the white and blue sari designed by Saint Teresa of Calcutta, obtaining a legal copyright recognizing the pattern as the intellectual property of the order. Although it was never officially announced, the copyright had been granted the same day as Mother Teresa’s Sept. 4, 2016 canonization as the culmination

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Laos’ first cardinal focused on evangelization, dialogue

When selecting new cardinals, Pope Francis has often sought to go to the “peripheries” of the Church, which is particularly notable in his elevation of Cardinal Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun of Paksé. Cardinal Ling’s local Church is an apostolic vicariate in Laos, a communist country of southeast Asia where Catholics make up only about one percent

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Hope continues for captured Filipino priest sighted alive

Captured priest Father Teresito “Chito” Suganob was seen alive on Sunday in a part of a Philippines city under Islamist militant control, Agence France Presse reports. “We don’t have details of his health. We were just told that he was sighted alive,” military spokesman Lt. Col. Jo-Ar Herrera told reporters in Marawi, citing reports from

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Stop sharing fake news, Filipino bishops implore

Fake news is a problem everywhere, including in the island nation of the Philippines. So much so that the bishops of the Catholic-majority country have released a first-of-its-kind pastoral letter to their people imploring them: Please stop sharing fake news. “At (Jesus’) trial, the question of truth figured prominently. ‘What is truth?’ asked a bewildered

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