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May 12, 2022
Benedict Rogers
Arresting a 90 year-old Cardinal marks a new low for a Chinese Communist Party regime that had already sunk to shocking levels of inhumanity, barbarity, cruelty and mendacity. Cardinal Joseph Zen is, as the last Governor of Hong Kong Lord Patten said yesterday, “one of the most important figures in the Catholic Church in Asia
May 11, 2022
CNA Staff
Cardinal Joseph Zen has been arrested by the authorities in Hong Kong, according to local media reports. The 90-year-old former Catholic bishop of Hong Kong was reportedly detained on May 11 in his role as a trustee of the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund, which helped pro-democracy protesters to pay their legal fees. The Standard newspaper
February 02, 2022
Katie Yoder/CNA
When a suicide bomber attempted to enter a Catholic church in Pakistan in 2015, a 20-year-old volunteer security guard blocked him. “I will die but I will not let you go in,” he reportedly told the terrorist armed with explosives. The attacker then set off a bomb, immediately killing himself and the man now recognized
February 01, 2022
Simon Caldwell
Terrorists in Pakistan have murdered a Christian pastor who dedicated his life to helping persecuted the persecuted Church in his country. Gunmen on motorbikes shot William Silraj in the head and chest as he was driving away from Sunday service at a church outside Peshawar city centre. According to Aid to the Church in Need,
December 16, 2021
Simon Caldwell
Police in India are investigating the religious order founded by St Teresa of Calcutta for allegedly forcing Hindu girls to convert to Christianity. The Missionaries of Charity has been accused of compelling girls in an orphanage in the western state of Gujarat to read the Bible, pray and wear crosses. The investigation follows an inspection
December 07, 2021
Simon Caldwell
A lynch mob has battered a Christian man to death in Pakistan then burned his body while taking selfies of themselves on their mobile phones. Priyantha Kumara Diyawadana, the manager of a garment factory in Sialkot, was accused by Muslim colleagues of blasphemy after he asked them to remove stickers with passages from the Koran
November 09, 2021
Simon Caldwell
Government violence against the Christian minority in Myanmar is intensifying, according to human right activists. The prediction of Open Doors comes after Myanmar’s army shelled a town in the Christian-majority Chin State burning more than 160 homes and two churches to the ground in the town of Thantlang.  In their advances the Tatmadaw, the military,
November 04, 2021
Courtney Mares/CNA
Rome Newsroom, Nov 3, 2021 / 07:00 am A prisoner held in a cell in North Korea for two months noticed a distinctive pattern of behavior among some of the fellow detainees who called themselves Christians. They “would pray in the corner of the cell that was hidden from the CCTV camera … They would
October 28, 2021
Jose Torres Jr/CNA
Manila, Philippines, Oct 27, 2021 / 11:05 am Chinese authorities have kidnapped Catholic Bishop Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou, according to a report by AsiaNews on Tuesday, Oct. 26. The report said the 58-year-old prelate was taken by authorities “on vacation,” adding that it was not the first time the bishop was taken away. He has
October 26, 2021
CNA Staff
Bengaluru, India, Oct 25, 2021 / 04:30 am A proposed survey of Christian missionaries and their places of worship could lead to church workers being “unfairly targeted,” a Catholic archbishop in India has said. Archbishop Peter Machado of Bangalore made the statement on Oct. 15 in response to media reports that the state government of Karnataka, in
September 02, 2021
Courtney Mares/CNA
Rome Newsroom, Sep 1, 2021 / 14:00 pm The relics of three of Korea’s oldest Catholic martyrs have been identified with DNA testing, the Diocese of Jeonju announced on Wednesday. The relics of Blessed Paul Yun Ji-chung and two of his martyr companions were confirmed by the Catholic Church after a months-long investigation that involved
August 24, 2021
Staff Reporter
One of the leading relief operations that is providing assistance to Afghans and others desperate to flee the country is led by a Catholic, Timothy Keegan, who is also CEO and Founder of The Coalition of Hope Foundation (COH) and also works in the financial sector. Keegan established COH to provide Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief
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