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Laos borders to stay closed

VIENTIANE (UCAN): The government of Laos will keep the country’s borders closed to foreign nationals…

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Rise in human trafficking amid Covid-19 pandemic
Chains wrapped around the wrists of a man illustrate trafficking and enslavement. Photo: CNS/Reuters

VATICAN (CNS): As governments and world leaders struggle to contain the Covid-19 coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic, they must also work harder Read more

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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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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Posted in NEWS The Philippines

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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Poor people visit a volunteer group for free medical services in Dhaka during the nationwide shutdown over the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: UCAN/Piyas Biswas
Posted in Asia Region

Ambivalence over easing of Covid-19 restrictions in Bangladesh

NATORE (UCAN): The decision by the government of Bangladesh to slowly ease its Covid-19 coronavirus…

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Health workers battle virus fears in Bangladesh

DHAKA (UCAN): Catholic health workers in Bangladesh have joined state authorities in battling increasing public fears stemming from the deadly 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

Coronavirus fear runs high in Rohingya refugee camps
Rohingya refugees play football at a refugee camp in Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh. File photo: CNS/Reuters

DHAKA (UCAN): Afzal Rahman and his family have been passing fearful days and nights since they were alerted by aid Read more

Rise in human trafficking amid Covid-19 pandemic
Chains wrapped around the wrists of a man illustrate trafficking and enslavement. Photo: CNS/Reuters

VATICAN (CNS): As governments and world leaders struggle to contain the Covid-19 coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic, they must also work harder Read more

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

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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
Posted in International Middle East

As Bethlehem reopens, Christians uncertain about future

BETHLEHEM (CNS): Bethlehem residents returned to the Church of the Nativity as the holy site…

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Bethlehem closed down due to Covid-19 infections
A family prays during Mass in the Church of St. Catherine in Bethlehem, West Bank. Photo: CNS

HONG KONG (SE): It was reported by CNN that the governments of Israel and the Palestinian Authority imposed a closure Read more

East Jerusalem Catholic hospital gets coronavirus unit for Palestinians
A nurse wearing a protective suit takes the temperature of a Palestinian boy in a special tent for pediatric and maternity Covid-19 patients at St. Joseph’s Hospital in East Jerusalem on April 16. Photo: CNS

JERUSALEM (CNS): When the Israeli Ministry of Health asked St. Joseph’s Hospital, run by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Read more

Rise in human trafficking amid Covid-19 pandemic
Chains wrapped around the wrists of a man illustrate trafficking and enslavement. Photo: CNS/Reuters

VATICAN (CNS): As governments and world leaders struggle to contain the Covid-19 coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic, they must also work harder Read more

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

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