Religion

Hong Kong Catholics mourn bishop amid political struggles

Jan 10, 2019

Hong Kong Catholics are mourning the loss of their bishop with a Mass amid a low-key struggle among clergy over reconciliation between the Vatican and Beijing

Huge crowd of Filipino Catholics gathers amid terror fears

Jan 9, 2019

A mammoth crowd of mostly barefoot Filipino Catholics joined a raucous procession Wednesday of a centuries-old black statue of Jesus Christ despite terrorism fears and amid the president's attacks on the Catholic faith

Advocate of China-Vatican dialogue named Hong Kong bishop

Jan 7, 2019

Retired head of the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong Cardinal John Tong has been named the church's interim administrator in the territory, effectively blocking the succession of the highest-ranking serving bishop known to be critical of Beijing

Japan's premier: New emperor's era to be announced April 1

Jan 4, 2019

Japan's prime minister confirmed in his New Year's news conference that the era name for the new emperor's reign will be disclosed April 1

Hui poet fears for his people as China 'Sinicizes' religion

Dec 28, 2018

A Muslim poet fears for his people as China clamps down on minorities and religion

China blasts US media reports of forced work at Muslim camp

Dec 20, 2018

The Chinese government has lashed out at US media reports about forced labor of mostly ethnic Muslim detainees in China's Xinjiang region

US sportswear traced to factory in China's internment camps

Dec 19, 2018

At internment camps where China forces up to 1 million ethnic minority Muslims to give up their language and religion, detainees are sewing sportswear that can end up on US university campuses and sports teams

Philippines: 66 alleged militants convicted in kidnappings

Dec 14, 2018

A Philippine court has found 66 alleged members of the Abu Sayyaf guilty of kidnapping dozens of students, teachers and a Catholic priest in the south in 2000, in the largest single conviction involving the brutal Muslim militant group

Philippine Congress votes to extend martial law in south

Dec 12, 2018

The Philippine Congress has approved a request by the president to extend martial law in the country's volatile south by a year due to continuing threats by Islamic State group-linked militants and communist insurgents

S. Korea pastor gets 15-year jail term for raping followers

Nov 22, 2018

South Korean pastor gets 15-year jail term for raping or sexually molesting 8 women followers who believed he was God