Bishop Bagaforo. Photo: Caritas Philippines
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Caritas Philippines chief questions Duterte’s priorities

MANILA (UCAN): Bishop Jose Bagaforo of Kidapawan, said that Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, failed to…

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Philippine doctors among worst hit Covid-19 casualties
A ward at the Philippine General Hospital dedicated to COVID-19 patients. Photo: Public domain

MANILA (UCAN): The Covid-19 coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) claimed the lives of at least 12 doctors in the Philippines, while at least Read more

Caritas Manila issues appeal for earthquake victims
People line up for food following the destruction of their homes after a series of strong earthquakes hit Mindanao. Photo: UCAN/courtesy of Kidapawan Diocese

MANILA (CNS): Caritas Manila appealed for donations to aid in its work in the wake of the magnitude earthquakes that Read more

No solution and no redemption in death penalty Duterte told
Rodrigo Duterte delivers his fifth State of the Nation Address to a socially-distanced gathering at the House of Representatives Complex in Quezon City on July 27. Photo: Presidential Communications Operations Office

MANILA (UCAN): In his State of the Nation Address on July 27, Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, tried to present the Read more

‘Sue us’ Duterte spokesperson told after criticising pastoral letter
Bishop Pabillo says clergy have a right to free speech. Photo: UCAN

MANILA (CNS): Bishop Broderick Pabillo, apostolic administrator of the archdiocese of Manila, defended a recent pastoral letter issued by the Read more

Duterte’s SONA address less than inspiring

MANILA (SE): On July 27, Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte delivered his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) spending about Read more

Philippine police disturb Mass at Quiapo church to grab publicity material
Quiapo Church. Photo: Public domain

MANILA (UCAN): Video footage showed at least two policemen accosting churchgoers at at the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, Read more

A hand cleansing stations at Hoa Hung Church in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: UCAN
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Vietnam confirms first three Covid-19 deaths

HO CHI MINH CITY (UCAN): The dioceses of Ho Chi Minh City and Ban Me…

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Farewell to Vietnam’s century-old cathedral
Bui Chu Cathedral, Vietnam: Photo: Hoangvantoanajc / CC BY-SA (

HANOI (UCAN): The Diocese of Bui Chu the oldest in northern Vietnam, started demolition of its 19th century cathedral, which Read more

Vietnam enters lockdown to fight Covid-19

HANOI (UCAN): Vietnam’s prime minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, introduced tough measures to stop the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Read more

Vietnam told to sue China over marine incursions

HANOI (UCAN): “We strongly condemn China’s illegal actions (in Vietnam’s waters and islands),” a group of eight civil society and Read more

Public liturgies suspended in Ho Chi Minh City
Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception

HO CHI MINH CITY (UCAN): The Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh City, the most active archdiocese in southern Vietnam, called Read more

Archbishop Shaw addresses a news conference about a mask campaign to tackle Covid-19 in Lahore on April 1. Photo: UCAN/supplied
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Plans to reopen churches in Lahore

LAHORE (UCAN): Archbishop Sebastian Shaw of Lahore, has given the green light for churches in…

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St. Peter’s Basilica reopens to the public
People pray at the chapel of St. Sebastian, in St. Peter's Basilica on May 18. Photo: CNS/Reuters

VATICAN (CNS): People were allowed back in to St. Peter’s Basilica on May 18, almost 10 weeks after it was Read more

Pontifical universities plan to reopen in autumn
Students wait between classes at a hallway of the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome in 2013. File photo: CNS

VATICAN (CNS): The Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education has asked pontifical universities and faculties in Rome to plan to reopen Read more

Despite record Covid-19 spike Pakistan lifts lockdown
Imran Khan. File photo: UCAN/courtesy of PTI media

ISLAMABAD (UCAN): Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan, announced an easing of Covid-19 coronavirus (SARS-coV-2) restrictions from May 9 despite a Read more

Preacher apologises for Covid-19 remark blaming women
Tariq Jameel. Photo: UCAN/YouTube screen capture

KARACHI (UCAN): Pakistan’s widely followed Islamic preacher, Maulana (scholar) Tariq Jameel, tendered an apology over remarks he made on April Read more

The Covid-19 response team of the Diocese of Lashio, Myanmar, distributes food to needy people in Shan state on May 21. Photo: social communication office of the Diocese of Lashio
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Myanmar’s Covid-19 situation concerns United Nations

MANDALAY (UCAN): The United Nations (UN) says the Covid-19 coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) situation in Myanmar is…

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Cardinal Bo calls for peace and harmony on Martyrs’ Day
The Martyrs’ Mausoleum in Yangon. Photo: Phyo WP/Wikipedia CC BY-SA

MANDALAY (UCAN): In commemorating Myanmar’s Martyrs’ Day, Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon, called for building a nation with peace and Read more

Stop the fighting say Myanmar’s bishops
person standing on concrete building

MANDALAY (UCAN): “As we are all together in this, only by unity we can win this challenge. War-torn countries are Read more

United Nations adopts human rights resolution on Myanmar
Rohingya refugees play football at a refugee camp in Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh. Photo: CNS/Reuters

MANDALAY (UCAN): The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council adopted the Human Rights Situation in Myanmar resolution during the current Read more

First Rohingya Covid-19 case confirmed

MANDALAY (UCAN): Myanmar has confirmed the first case of Covid- 19 coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) infection in its Rohingya Muslim community. The Read more

A parishioner of Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral washes her hands before entering to attend Sunday Mass on July 12. Photo: UCAN/Katharina R. Lestari
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Covid-19 cluster shock for Jakarta churches

JAKARTA  (UCAN): A member of Indonesia’s Covid-19 Task Force, Dewi Nur Aisyah, said new clusters…

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Priests and workers catch Covid-19 in Indonesian diocese

JAKARTA (UCAN): Three priests from the Diocese of Purwokerto, in Central Java, Indonesia, and two diocesan employees are self-isolating after Read more

Pandemic brings added misery for Indonesian children
Indonesian children celebrate National Children's Day on July 23 in an activity held online because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: UCAN/courtesy of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry

JAKARTA (UCAN): More than half of Indonesia’s almost 80 million children have been the target of verbal and physical abuse Read more

Livelihood and people before profits Indonesian lawmakers told

JAKARTA (UCAN): Priests and advocates in Indonesia are seeking the support of the nation’s lawmakers in fighting the granting of Read more

Papuan priests join in denouncing racism
Father Bunay, coordinator of the Papua Peace Network. Photo: UCAN/Photo supplied

JAKARTA (UCAN): More than 50 indigenous priests in five dioceses across Indonesia’s Papua region have denounced all acts of racism, Read more