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 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)

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

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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

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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…

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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

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

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Father Qaisar Feroz. Photo: UCAN/Screenshot
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Church against Internet censorship in Pakistan

LAHORE (UCAN): People in Pakistan woke up to a special alert in newspapers from the…

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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

Pakistan battles Covid-19 and prejudice
Bishop Indrias Rehmat of Faisalabad (second from right), with Father Abid Tanveer, vicar general of Faisalabad, and Aneel Mushtaq (left) at the installation of a hand-washing facility at the entrance to the Cathedral of Ss. Peter and Paul. Photo: UCAN/Aneel Mushtaq

LAHORE (UCAN): Pastor Irfan James was passing by a mosque in Shershah Colony in Lahore, when he announced the distribution Read more

Pakistan authorities under fire for harassing press

ISLAMABAD (UCAN): Pakistan’s opposition leaders, along with international media bodies and human rights organisations have called for the country’s authorities Read more

Call to act over persecution of Pakistani Christians

PAKISTAN (UCAN): The British Asian Christian Association (BACA) published, Call it by its name: Persecution! a book documenting how Christians Read more

Caritas Karachi helps students during Covid-19 lockdown
Children at a Caritas community school in Sadiq Nagar on June 24. Photo: UCAN/supplied

KARACHI (UCAN): Caritas Pakistan’s Karachi chapter distributed what it calls psychosocial packages among 25 students of its community school in 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

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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
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Pandemic brings added misery for Indonesian children

JAKARTA (UCAN): More than half of Indonesia’s almost 80 million children have been the target…

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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

Public Mass to restart in Indonesia
St. Mary of Perpetual Help Cathedral Church in Samarinda, capital of East Kalimantan province. Photo: UCAN/courtesy of Father Moses Komela Avan

JAKARTA (UCAN): The archdioceses of Jakarta and Samarinda reopened their churches at the start of June after local authorities began 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

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

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

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