• A cultural genocide before our eyes

    The last time Akida Pulat saw her mother, renowned Uighur anthropologist Rahile Dawut, was in 2016. Dawut had come as a visiting scholar to the University of Washington, where Pulat was studying for her master’s degree. She remembers her mother spending hours cooking Uighur polo, a... Read more
  • Believers Forced to Choose Between Faith or Survival

    Even though China’s economy has been severely affected by the coronavirus, and many residents suffer financial difficulties, the CCP threatens to take away the last means of survival from elderly believers—government-issued subsidies. To keep them, they must stop believing in God. A... Read more
  • Chinese authorities force contraception on Uyghurs in ‘slow genocide’

    The Chinese government is forcing Uyghur women to take contraceptives in an effort to slow the growing population. One expert called the campaign "a slow, painful, creeping genocide" of the religious and ethnic minority. In a report released on Monday, June 29, AP found numerous... Read more
  • Museum or mosque? Turkey debates iconic Hagia Sofia’s status

    In its more than 1,400-year existence, the majestic domed structure of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul has served as the Byzantine Empire’s main cathedral, a mosque under the Ottoman Empire and a museum under modern Turkey, attracting millions of tourists each year. The 6th-century building is... Read more
  • Cardinal Zen: ‘No confidence’ in HK religious freedom after new security law

    Cardinal Joseph Zen, the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, has warned that new security laws in the province could lead to a clamp down on religious freedom.  In a series of videos posted Tuesday on the Facebook page “Catholics Concerned about the Hong Kong National Security Law Group,”... Read more
  • Nigerian priests condemn police brutality during lockdown, offer solutions

    In Nigeria, more people were killed through brutality by police enforcing the lockdown rules than by coronavirus in the early weeks of government’s response. Since the lockdown began on March 30, 18 people have been killed by the police, according to the National Human Rights... Read more
  • US religious freedom commissioner says ‘no excuse’ for Trump delay on Chinese sanctions

    A federal religious freedom commissioner has said there is “no excuse” for the Trump administration “delaying action” to place sanctions on Chinese officials for abuses committed in the mass internment of Uyghurs.   Nury Turkel, a commissioner of the bipartisan... Read more
  • North Korea blows up joint liaison office with South in Kaesong

    North Korea has blown up a joint liaison office with the South near the North's border town of Kaesong. The move comes just hours after the North renewed threats of military action at the Korean border. The site was opened in 2018 to help the Koreas - officially in a state of war - to... Read more
  • In the shadow of an atheist superpower: Catholicism in Taiwan

    On May 23, Pope Francis appointed Thomas Chung An-zu as the new archbishop of Taipei, Taiwan in a move that came just days after Taiwan’s devoutly Catholic vice president, Chen Chien-jen, stepped down from office to return to his career as an epidemiologist. Located only about 100 miles... Read more
  • Nigerian Catholics providing COVID-19 relief to poor communities

    Bishop Paulinus Ezeokafor of Awka diocese and bishop Peter Ebele Okpaleke of Ekwulobia diocese in Nigeria's southeast region distributing relief and food supplies to parishioners. (Photo: Fr Martin Anusi) JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – In Nigeria, Catholic parishes and communities are providing... Read more