Children at a Caritas community school in Sadiq Nagar on June 24. Photo: UCAN/supplied
Posted in Asia Region

Caritas Karachi helps students during Covid-19 lockdown

KARACHI (UCAN): Caritas Pakistan’s Karachi chapter distributed what it calls psychosocial packages among 25 students…

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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

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

Interfaith unity in Karachi against Covid-19

KARACHI (UCAN): “You can come and set up your camp at the cathedral compound. We will coordinate and work together Read more

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Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines lists online Masses

HONG KONG (SE): Tthe Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines published a list of online…

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Metro Manila quarantined and Masses suspended as Covid-19 cases hit 100
Tourists wear face masks while walking around Manila. Photo: UCAN/Joe Torres

MANILA (SE): In a bid to contain the Covid-19 outbreak, Metro Manila was put into lockdown mode on March 14 Read more

Pope Francis entrusts world threatened by Covid-19 pandemic to Mary

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis entrusted to Jesus' mother the suffering and anguish of millions of people affected by the Covid-19 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

Bishop of Baguio has ax to grind over tree felling
Bishop Victor Bendico. Photo: UCAN

BAGUIO (UCAN): Bishop Victor Bendico of Baguio, the summer capital of the Philippines, called the felling of 54 fully grown Read more

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Migrant workers from Bihar take a truck to cross the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh state border at Ghazipur on May 16 to return to their homes. Photo: UCAN/Bijay Kumar Minj
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India’s hasty Covid-19 lockdown made crisis worse

NEW DEHLI (UCAN): “I think the government could not anticipate the present scenario. The decision…

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India’s Covid-19 fight hampered by industrial accidents

MUMBAI (UCAN): India’s fight against Covid-19 coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) hit a major hurdle following three industrial accidents, including a major gas Read more

Catholic charity feeds a multitude in time of lockdown in India

‘Humanity is one—if we don’t support each other in a disaster, we don’t belong to it’  Father George Kannamthanam This Read more

India exemplifies problems facing Southeast Asia as Covid-19 spreads
Mass is celebrated in an empty church broadcast live during the Covid-19 pandemic in Mumbai, India, on March 21. Photo: CNS/Reuters

South and Southeast Asia have a combined population of over two billion people and India could be an example of Read more

India passes law to protect ‘corona warriors’
Archbishop Mallavarapu of Visakhapatnam. Photo: Visakhapatnam Archiocese

NEW DELHI (UCAN): On April 22, the federal government of India passed an amendment to the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897, Read more

Philippine’s jeepney drivers beg to resume work
A jeepney plies the roads of Metro Manila in better days. Photo: Yannes Kiefer on Unsplash

MANILA (UCAN): “We are very disappointed that we cannot resume operations despite the fact that we are very much ready Read more

Philippine police shoot and kill quarantine violator in Manila
An armed Philippine police officer patrolling in front of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Manila in 2016. Photo: CNS/EPA

MANILA (UCAN): Retired Phlippine Army corporal, Winston Ragos who was killed by a policeman near a quarantine checkpoint in Quezon Read more

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Father Ronald Roberto celebrates Mass in a Manila street from the back of a pickup truck. Photo: UCAN/courtesy of Father Roberto
Posted in The Philippines

Mass celebrated in the midst of Manila lockdown

MANILA (UCAN): Father Ronald Roberto, parish priest of Holy Family Parish in Quezon City, has…

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‘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

Bishop of Baguio has ax to grind over tree felling
Bishop Victor Bendico. Photo: UCAN

BAGUIO (UCAN): Bishop Victor Bendico of Baguio, the summer capital of the Philippines, called the felling of 54 fully grown 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

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Evacuated families take shelter at Our Lady of the Pillar Church in Pilar, in Sorsogon, after being forced out of their homes by Typhoon Vongfong. Photo: UCAN/ courtesy of Father Treb Futol
Posted in The Philippines

Rules on reopening Philippine churches questioned

MANILA (UCAN): The Philippine government’s Inter-Agency Task Force against Covid-19 (IATF) released guidelines on May…

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Duterte poised to ease strict Covid-19 measures

MANILA (UCAN): “It looks like Metro Manila will graduate from ECQ (extended community quarantine) by May 15. Of course … Read more

Duterte extends Covid-19 lockdown
Carlito Galvez Jr, during a press conference at Camp Aguinaldo on April 14. Screenshot of Presidential Communications Office video

UPDATE: On April 24, Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte extended the duration of the Extended Community Quarantine to May 15, covering Read more

Transparency of Philippine Covid-19 aid efforts criticised

MANILA (UCAN): Responding to complaints that very little government aid had reached those most in need of help during the Read more

Lockdown of Metro Manila is anti-poor migrant groups say
Police officers conduct inspections at the checkpoint near the border of Valenzuela, Bulacan, and Metro Manila, on March 19. Photo: Philippine National Police/ Public Domain

HONG KONG (SE): Migrant rights workers said that the lockdown of Metro Manila showed a lack of concern for the Read more

Philippine lockdown tramples on the homeless and hungry
Then-archbishop of Manila, Luis Cardinal Tagle, blesses the Kalinga Centre in 2016. Photo: Facebook page of the Arnold Janssen Kalinga Centre

MANILA (UCAN): “There was no mass gathering. The poor fell in line and kept their distance. We were simply giving 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

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