Asia Pacific

Pacific Caritas agencies set a direction for the future Comments 0

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Representatives from Caritas agencies in Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Tonga attended a forum in Cairns last week. Also present were representatives from countries not yet members of the Caritas network, reflecting the forum theme of ‘Our Family, Our Future’ and strengthening ties with French- and English-speaking peers. Forum delegates were Read more

Ordination of Dr ‘Afa Vaka as Tonga’s first Anglican bishop fulfils long-held dream Comments 0

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

The ordination of Dr ‘Afa Vaka as the first Anglican bishop of Tonga is the fulfilment of a long-held desire among Anglicans there for a greater level of autonomy within the Diocese of Polynesia. Vaka, who was consecrated and installed on Sunday, is actually the third Anglican bishop to serve in Tonga. Its first Anglican missionary Read more

Filipino priest free after four months as hostage Comments 0

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Catholic Filipino priest Teresito “Chito” Suganob is finally free, having been held hostage by Islamic State-linked militants for almost four months in the war-torn city of Marawi. According to The New York Times, the priest was rescued late on Saturday by the Philippines military, as it moved closer to rooting out the remaining gunmen from Read more

Fiji police call on religious organisations to help fight domestic crime Comments 0

Monday, September 18th, 2017
domestic crime

The Fiji Police Force has been looking to faith-based organisations which it believes could help address domestic crime. The Director of Operations, Maretino Qiolevu, raised the issue when he addressed the Interfaith Search Fiji panel discussion, to which the Force was invited in Suva last week. “We have been reaching out to religious organisations. We Read more

Church in South Asia responds to plight of Roghingya Comments 0

Monday, September 18th, 2017

South Asia’s Catholic Church is responding to the Roghingya crisis with humanitarian assistance and advocacy. Hundreds of thousands of members of the Muslim minority have fled principally Buddhist Myanmar, where the military is conducting a “clearance operation.” The head of the Catholic Church in Myanmar, Archbishop of Yangon Cardinal Charles Bo, said he expects more Read more

Indonesia’s comments on West Papua fail to impress Churches Comments 0

Thursday, September 14th, 2017
West Papua independence movement protest campaign in Samoa

The Pacific Conference of Churches says it is unimpressed by comments made by Indonesian officials about a protest over West Papua at the recent Pacific Island Forum Leaders’ Summit in Apia. Indonesia’s Ambassador to Samoa, Tonga and New Zealand, Tantowi Yahya, says protesters supporting West Papua independence should have sought a government permit before they Read more

Education and the Catholic church in Papua New Guinea Comments 0

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

The Catholic church has a big role in developing education in Papua New Guinea and it plans to provide more and better education services. The National Catholic Education Commission has launched its five-year strategic plan, covering the period from 2017 to 2021. Representatives from the Education Department and development partners joined the Church for the Read more

Network established to advance well-being of NZ’s Tongan community Comments 0

Monday, September 11th, 2017

For the first time in the 50-year history of Tongan migration to New Zealand, fifteen religious leaders have collaborated to established a network to promote the well-being and progress of all Tongans, “We have been in operation for over a year now, but we have just got our network established legally,” says Chairperson Rev Tevita Read more

Is it lawful in Fiji to have race-based church structures? Comments 0

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Is it constitutional to have a race-based division in an institution in Fiji? That is the question being asked after the Methodist Church in Fiji recently decided that it will continue to have an Indian Division in the church. Last year the superintendent of the Indian Division of the Church, Reverend Dr Immanuel Reuben, tabled Read more

Vatican misses deadline for submitting report on child protection to U.N. Comments 0

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

As sexual assault cases against the Archdiocese of Agãna continue to increase, it appears that the Vatican has found itself in trouble with the United Nations. In 2014, the Vatican was summoned to the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child committee. It was asked to take concrete steps to remedy decades of institutional Read more