Asia Pacific

Sister Patricia Fox can stay as a tourist but not as a missionary Comments 0

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Sister Patricia Fox’s renewable missionary visa, which was due to expire in September 2018, was cancelled on Monday. She has been labelled an “undesirable” foreigner for what the country’s Bureau of Immigration says is “her involvement in partisan political activities.” The 71-year-old Australian nun has 30 days to leave the Philippines. An immigration spokeswoman said Read more

Caritas and Habitat helping Tongans rebuild after Cyclone Gita Comments 0

Thursday, April 26th, 2018
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Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is working with communities affected by Cyclone Gita to provide training and repair kits in a joint programme with Habitat for Humanity. The programme will ensure that communities have the skills necessary to rebuild, said Amelia Ma’afu the acting director of Caritas Tonga. The Support to Self-Recovery programme provides timber, tools, equipment Read more

18 ANZAC graves in the Cook Islands restored Comments 0

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

The graves of 18 Cook Islands World War I ANZACs have been restored and protected from the encroaching sea in Rarotonga. A group of volunteers, including the descendants of the veterans, have spruced up their grave sites by concreting and painting them. They also repaired the headstones, as part of the Nikao Cemetery Restoration Project. Read more

“You have no right to criticise us” Duterte tells Sister Patricia Fox Comments 0

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

“Who are you? Just because you are a nun? You go back to your country and try to ponder the enormity of your problems,” said Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. His words were directed at an Australian nun, Sister Patricia Fox, who was detained by immigration authorities last week. “You nun, why don’t you criticise your own government, the Read more

Indonesian government gets Catholic universities to help improve quality of higher education Comments 0

Thursday, April 19th, 2018
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Atma Jaya Catholic University in Jakarta and the Catholic University of Soegijapranata in Semarang, Central Java, are among 29 leading Indonesian educational institutions picked to help improve the quality of higher education. The government wants the 29 universities to transfer knowledge between them and the institutions they have been assigned to, not only on the academic Read more

Philippine authorities arrest 71-year-old Australian nun Comments 0

Thursday, April 19th, 2018
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On Monday, Philippine authorities arrested and detained a 71-year-old Australian nun because she had allegedly violated the conditions of her visa by engaging in illegal political activities. There is a possibility that she will be deported as an “undesirable alien”. Sister Patricia Fox, Philippine superior of the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion, was arrested at Read more

Oceania Bishops listen to young people Comments 0

Monday, April 16th, 2018
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Last Friday, at the 4-yearly assembly of the Federation of Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania (FCBCO) in Port Moresby, Fr Ambrose Periera led a discussion with young people from various parts of the country. Periera is a Salesian priest and secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands Commission for young Read more

Individualism leads to ecological disaster Cardinal Parolin tells bishops Comments 0

Monday, April 16th, 2018

The ideology of individualism has a great impact on our approach to questions of ecology and the environment the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, told the bishops attending the assembly of the Federation of Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania  (FCBCO). “This ideology whose origins can be traced back to the Age of Enlightenment,” Read more

Samoa’s PM threatened new Sabbath law that would ban any work from Friday evening until Monday morning Comments 0

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Samoa Prime Minister Tuila’epa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has revealed that he threatened the council of churches with a proposed new law which would close the country down completely every weekend to allow Christians to keep the Sabbath holy. Continue reading

St John’s College Cawaci hit by another tropical cyclone Comments 0

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

St John’s College in Cawaci, Ovalau, Fiji has been hit by another cyclone, this time by Tropical Cyclone Keni. Although the damage does not ap­pear as severe as tropical cyclone Winston in 2016, it has affected 315 students. The school’s principal, Alosio Saukuru, said they were in desperate need of funds to rebuild so that students could continue their Read more