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Virus-hit Asian countries focus on food innovation

Joseph Benny The Covid-19 coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic has forced Asian nations to take up new…

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Italy goes back to church post-lockdown
A book and hand sanitiser are at the entrance of San Polo church in Brescia, Italy, on July 9. Photo: CNS/Reuters

VATICAN (CNS): Bishops will need to help their communities participate more in parish life and return to taking part in Read more

In the same storm but not all in same boat
People wearing face masks line up and wait to enter a pharmacy in Cochabamba, Bolivia, on July 21. Photo: CNS/Reuters

VATICAN (CNS): Humana Communitas’ in the Age of Pandemic, a new, eight-page reflection the Pontifical Academy for Life, notes that 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

Call for action as hunger rate rises
Red Cross volunteers working in a mobile kitchen in Rome's Portuense neighbourhood, preparing pasta for the homeless and the poor on April 3. Photo: CNS

VATICAN (CNS): Monsignor Fernando Chica Arellano, the Vatican’s permanent observer to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) called Read more

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Palestinians argue with Israeli soldiers during a June 19 protest near Hebron, West Bank. Photo: CNS/Reuters
Posted in Asia Human Rights International

Israeli occupation of Palestine is cause of conflict Christian leaders say

JERUSALEM (CNS): The Israeli “military occupation of Palestine” is the “root cause” of the continuing…

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As Bethlehem reopens, Christians uncertain about future
Palestinians visit the grotto in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank, on May 26, the day it reopened after being closed during the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: CNS

BETHLEHEM (CNS): Bethlehem residents returned to the Church of the Nativity as the holy site opened to visitors on May Read more

First Holy Communion at Rosary parish

HONG KONG (SE): Eighteeen children from Rosary parish in Tsimshatsui made their first communion on June 13 and 12 young Read more

Holy Land Church leaders oppose plans to unilaterally annex West Bank land
The Israeli settlement of Har Homa on the hillside overlooking houses in Bethlehem in the West Bank. Photo: CNS

JERUSALEM (CNS): “An array of plans for Israel to unilaterally annex West Bank land, backed mainly by right-wing factions, raises Read more

Good Friday collection for Holy Land moved to September

VATICAN (CNS): With Holy Week celebrations closed to the public due to the Covid-19 coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic, Pope Francis postponed Read more

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According to the World Health Organisation, up to one billion children between the ages of two and 17 experienced physical, sexual or emotional violence or neglect in 2019. Photo: UCA News
Posted in Asia Human Rights Region

Protect vulnerable children in Covid-19 era

NEW DEHLI (UCAN): A group of 88 laureates and children’s rights advocates have urged world…

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Assistance programme earns plaudits

MANILA (UCAN): The Congregation of the Mission, popularly known as the Vincentians, received praise from Church authorities and lay faithful Read more

São Paulo Archdiocese offers centre to house homeless with Covid-19

SÃO PAULO (CNS): The Archdiocese of São Paulo, Brazil, offered the city a community centre, House of Prayer, to lodge Read more

Myanmar’s Covid-19 situation concerns United Nations
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

MANDALAY (UCAN): The United Nations (UN) says the Covid-19 coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) situation in Myanmar is particularly concerning due to its Read more

Covid-19 cluster shock for Jakarta churches
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

JAKARTA  (UCAN): A member of Indonesia’s Covid-19 Task Force, Dewi Nur Aisyah, said new clusters have emerged in several areas Read more

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When the Good News becomes flesh

I began writing this piece before the death of Jesuit Father James Hurley (余理謙神父) in Dublin…

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Justice and dignity not the privilege of the rich
Women religious from around the world gathered in Rome in 2019 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Talitha Kum, an international network of religious women fighting human trafficking. Photo: CNS/courtesy International Union of Superiors General

VATICAN (CNS): “The principle of profit maximisation, isolated from all other considerations, leads to a model of exclusion that violently Read more

Country is proverbial frog in boiling water Philippine bishops say
Bishop David. Photo: CNS

MANILA (UCAN): The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) released a pastoral statement on July 19 condemning several recent Read more

Terminated workers need help says sister
Sister Demetillo.

HONG KONG (SE): Sister Corazon Demetillo, director of the Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Filipinos, called on employers to offer support Read more

Philippine anti-terror bill signed into law
Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: Presidential Communications Operations Office

MANILA (UCAN): “The bill is a glaring attempt to silence critics and destroy any disagreement against the government, and consequently 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

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Emergency hotline for migrant workers

Related articles Terminated workers need help says sister HONG KONG (SE): Sister Corazon Demetillo, director…

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Terminated workers need help says sister
Sister Demetillo.

HONG KONG (SE): Sister Corazon Demetillo, director of the Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Filipinos, called on employers to offer support Read more

A place to rest first and talk later
Criselda Guetang shares about her stress during the pandemic.

HONG KONG (SE): “But for the pandemic, it would not have ended up like this. But I believe my employer Read more

Anger as migrants workers sprayed with chemicals
Migrant workers wait to cross the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh state border on May 16. Photo: UCAN/Bijay Kumar Minj

NEW DEHLI (UCAN): Church leaders, activists and political parties in India’s capital, New Dehli, expressed shock at reports of migrant Read more

Southeast Asia’s migrant workers face Covid-19 tragedy
Migrant workers in India walk along a road to return to their villages during a nationwide lockdown to limit the spreading of Covid-19 on March 26. Photo: CNS photo/Reuters

Michael Sainsbury In Singapore, the surprise recent spike in Covid-19 coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) infections and then deaths has fixed the global Read more

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