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June 11, 2021
Staff Reporter
A Muslim lawyer for a Christian couple accused of blasphemy against Islam has warned that Muslim extremists are calling for their deaths. Shafqat Emmanuel and Shagufta Kausar were convicted of sending a text message, in English, that was considered blasphemous against Mohammad, despite being illiterate. They were convicted by a Pakistani court in 2014 and
June 08, 2021
Staff Reporter
In a statement, ACN UK National Director Neville Kyrke-Smith stressed the need for swift action. “It is urgent that the Prime Minister acts to save the lives of Maira and her family," he said. "They are in grave danger.”
May 28, 2021
Staff Reporter
“Peace is possible; peace is the only way,” writes Burmese Cardinal Charles Bo, in an open letter following an attack on a Catholic Church in Myanmar on Sunday night. The Archbishop of Yangon was writing in his capacity as co-president of Religions for Peace International, an interfaith group dedicated “to ensuring that all people enjoy
May 23, 2021
Staff Reporter
“[Monday], the Catholic faithful in China celebrate the feast of Our Lady Help of Christians, the celestial patron of their great country,” Pope Francis told the faithful following the Regina coeli prayer on Pentecost Sunday.
May 17, 2021
Staff Reporter
Pope Francis has appointed the head of the Jesuits’ China Province as the new Bishop of Hong Kong. Father Stephen Chow Sau-Yan will succeed Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, who served as Hong Kong’s Bishop for just 17 months from August 2017 to January 2019. Following his untimely death, the diocese has been headed by his
May 11, 2021
Staff Reporter
Muslim leaders in Pakistan intervened after nurses at a mental health centre in Lahore were accused insulting Islam on social media. Pontifical charity Aid to the Church in Need reported that three nurses at the Punjab Institute for Mental Health faced accusations of blasphemy related to a video uploaded to a nurse’s WhatsApp group. The
April 27, 2021
Staff Reporter
Father Swamy’s arrest in October 2020 provoked widespread protests, with Catholic leaders and faithful uniting with secular organizations to call for his release.
April 23, 2021
Staff Reporter
The non-binding motion further calls on the UK government “to fulfil its obligations under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide and all relevant instruments of international law to bring it to an end.”
April 01, 2021
CNA Staff
Cardinal Charles Maung Bo preaching at Westminster Cathedral in London, England, May 12, 2016. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk via CNA CNA Staff, Apr 1, 2021 / 03:00 am MT (CNA).- Cardinal Charles Maung Bo has said that “merciless killings” of protesters following a Feb. 1 military coup have turned Burma into a “21st-century Calvary.” In an Easter message posted
March 26, 2021
CNA Staff
The Chinese authorities announced the measures March 26 against David Alton and eight other U.K. citizens, as well as four institutions critical of the country’s human rights record.
March 25, 2021
CNA Staff
In an attempt to combat a surge in coronavirus infections, new government restrictions have banned public meetings, including religious gatherings.
March 22, 2021
Benedict Lopez
The 83-year-old priest has been jailed since October 2020 for his alleged role in inciting riots in Bhima Koregaon in 2018 (a village in India’s western state of Maharashtra) in 2018. He has been charged under multiple sections of the Indian Penal Code, including terror-related offences of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.