Global Church News

  • Sino-Vatican agreement two years later: To be a public servant or a soldier, people must deny their faith

    Aug 04, 2020

    Christians are forced to choose between faith and work or enlisting. Universities ban students from Sunday Mass. Party members cannot absolutely practise any religion. These are ways the Party defends itself from the growth of Christianity in China. Fr Domenico, a priest from the north of the country, describes the situation. AsiaNews's investigation into the situation of the Church in China continues two years after the signing of the provisional agreement.

  • Covid-19 in Asia: the worst is not over

    Aug 04, 2020

    As the Coronavirus continues to infect people and claim lives across the globe, its dynamics are changing across regions. Countries struggle to contain its spread as well as cope with the economic downturn and other effects of the lockdown.

  • Retired zoologist builds 175th homeless shelter for Kerala

    Aug 04, 2020

    Mukaluvilayil Sameul Sunil dreams of building 1,000 of them in the coming years. House prices in the country have tripled. The academy, rewarded by the government for its initiatives, also helps the disabled, students and orphans. It also runs programs of food support and distribution of drinking water to poor families.

  • Archdiocese of Manila suspends public masses

    Aug 03, 2020

    The Archdiocese of Manila will suspend all public religious activities from Aug 3 to 14, in response to the call of health workers to place Metro Manila under the the more stringent enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) status anew due to rising Covid-19 (coronavirus) cases.

  • Nicolai Dubinin, first Russian Catholic Bishop

    Aug 03, 2020

    The 47-year-old Conventual Franciscan belongs to the first cohort of students who entered the major seminary after it reopened in 1993. His appointment is a sign of the spiritual and social renaissance of the small Catholic community of the Russian Federation.

  • Crucifix in Managua cathedral torched in ‘hatred of the Church’

    Aug 02, 2020

    The Catholic community in Nicaragua is left deeply wounded after a man destroys a crucifix in Managua’s cathedral with a petrol bomb.

  • Cardinal Parolin to visit Ars and Lourdes in August

    Aug 02, 2020

    The Vatican Secretary of State will pay a visit to Ars on the Feast of St John Vianney, and will celebrate Mass on the Solemnity of the Assumption in Lourdes.

  • Filipino Bishop calls for transparency in nuclear power study

    Aug 02, 2020

    Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga, Philippines, is calling for a “transparent” investigation of the possibility of using nuclear power as an option for power generation.

  • We are strongest when we “share resources and information”

    Aug 02, 2020

    Dedicated volunteers are the backbone of a project designed to reach out to people made vulnerable by the Covid-19 pandemic, allowing the Church to ex

  • China hacks Vatican, Hong Kong Diocese ahead of talks

    Aug 01, 2020

    The hacking appears to be an attempt to gain an advantage in talks between the Vatican and China, due to resume as early as this week, about a fresh deal on the appointment of Bishops.