Asia Pacific

Stateless Thai cave survivors may get citizenship Comments 0

Monday, July 16th, 2018

Thailand’s Interior Ministry and the Children and Youth Department have, on Thursday, promised to find a way to bestow citizenship on three stateless people rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand. Coach Ekkapol Chantawong and two of the boys, Pornchai Kamluang and Adul Sam-on, will be receiving legal assistance in the nationality verification process. However, on Friday Read more

Samoa’s PM pledges $10,000 towards the church youth programme Comments 0

Monday, July 16th, 2018

The prime minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi, has pledged $10,000.00 towards a Catholic Youth programme. The programme focuses on spiritual guidance, discipline and matters that affect the lives of today’s young people on a daily basis – such as technology. Last week, during the celebration of Youth Week, more than one thousand Samoan Catholic Read more

Malaysia gets Catholic as top judge Comments 0

Monday, July 16th, 2018

Richard Malanjum, a Catholic, has become Muslim-majority Malaysia’s chief justice, the nation’s highest judicial position. Continue reading

Duterte again attacks Catholic church Comments 0

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

A day after he agreed to stop attacking the Catholic Church Philippine president Duterte is at it again. He appears to have taken offence at Australian missionary nun Patricia Fox. She has joined an investigation into alleged human rights abuses in Mindanao. Duterte attacked critics who “come here under the cloak of whatever religion and Read more

Catholic activists accuse Indonesia of killings Comments 0

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Catholic activists have accused Indonesia of unlawfully killing 95 people in Papua since 2010. A separatist conflict has simmered in Papua since it became part of Indonesia after a disputed UN referendum in 1969. An Amnesty International report found at least 95 deaths in 69 incidents. It says these happened between January 2010 and February Read more

35 refugees from Nauru fly to USA – none from Muslim majority countries Comments 0

Monday, July 9th, 2018

On Sunday, thirty-six refugees exiled to Nauru by Australia flew to the USA to be resettled. They are Afghan, Pakistani, Rohingyan and Sri Lankan. The group did not include refugees from Iran or Somalia or any of the Muslim majority countries banned from the US, which account for about half of all refugees on Papua New Read more

Samoan government’s tax law is a return to a colonial mindset Comments 0

Monday, July 9th, 2018

The General Secretary of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (EFKS), says the demand that Church ministers pay tax is part of a colonial mindset that the government seems to have revived. Reverend Vavatau Taufao says taxing church ministers is just the first step. “If this colonial mindset is allowed to continue, when will it Read more

Pacific voices heard at Vatican Climate Change Conference Comments 0

Monday, July 9th, 2018

New Zealanders and people from Pacific Island nations were among representatives from all over the world attending the International Conference “Saving our Common Home and the Future of Life on Earth” at the Vatican July 5-6 to commemorate Pope Francis’s encyclical on the Care of Creation. The conference was attended by faith leaders, youth activists, Read more

New bishop appointed for the Diocese of Auki Comments 0

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

His Holiness Pope Francis on Tuesday appointed a new bishop for the Auki Diocese in the Solomon Islands. Bishop-elect Peter Houhou is currently the vicar general of the Archdiocese of Honiara and administrator of Holy Cross Cathedral. He will be the 3rd Bishop of Auki and he will the first Solomons-born bishop to lead this Read more

Vietnamese priest’s protest demanding justice for detained parishioner goes viral Comments 0

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

A video showing a priest in his clerical cassock staging a protest at a police detention centre has gone viral. On June 19, Father Joseph Nguyễn Duy Tân, pastor of Thọ Hòa parish in Đồng Nai province, came to the police detention centre of Biên Hòa, 30km North of Sàigòn, to demand the immediate release Read more