• Vietnam frees dissident priest ahead of Obama visit

    • May 21, 2016

    BANGKOK (AP) — Vietnam granted early release from prison to a Catholic priest who is one of its most prominent dissidents, a move widely seen as a goodwill gesture before President Barack Obama arrives on an official visit late Sunday night. The Catholic Archdiocese of the central city of Hue

  • Why many Chinese women didn’t celebrate Mother’s Day

    Why many Chinese women didn’t celebrate Mother’s Day

    • May 10, 2016

    Mothers across the globe celebrated Mother’s Day on Sunday with their husbands and children. But for many women in China, Mother’s Day was a haunting reminder of the cost of their country’s harsh reproductive laws. While abortion rates in China have in the past been numbered at 13 million per

  • Africa needs St. John Paul II now more than ever

    Africa needs St. John Paul II now more than ever

    • Apr 7, 2016

    Even before his beatification and canonization, I had always believed that perhaps the Church in Africa should consider officially making St. John Paul the continent’s patron saint. Like millions of others, I have deep a personal affection and attachment to him. I also believe it would be difficult to imagine