South East Asia

by Paul Nguyen Hung | VIETNAM

A delegation led by Bishop Phêrô Nguyễn Văn Khảm visited a pagoda in Tiền Giang to mark the festival celebrating the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death. They received gifts, including anti-COVID masks with the logo of the Vietnamese Buddhist Church. The two sides discussed the many problems that afflict the planet, from the environmental crisis to ongoing conflicts.

by Stefano Vecchia

Protests over long waits and malfunctions in the electronic voting system that did not, however, stop the very rapid release of ballot results. The capital's mayor realigns with Marcos Jr by calling for the dispersal of unauthorized demonstrations. Fears of further clampdowns in the direction already taken during the Duterte years.

| 13/05/2022
| PHILIPPINES

The Cayetanos, the Binays and the Villars are but some of the rich clans that run the country. After yesterday's elections, a quarter of the Senate is controlled by only three families. Leni Robredo pledges firm opposition. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Maria Ressa warns that disinformation endangers other world democracies as well.

| 10/05/2022
| PHILIPPINES
by Mathias Hariyadi

The event, organised by the Association of Journalists, was attended by more than 2,000 people. Archbishop of Jakarta, Card. Suharyo: "Seeing the congregations led by our compatriots is a source of great pride".

 

 

 

| 09/05/2022
| INDONESIA

As predicted by pollsters, the first unofficial results give Ferdinand Marcos Jr a clear lead with almost 60 per cent of the vote. Voting did not go without hitches amid charges of fraud and malfunctioning voting machines, but this is not likely to affect the outcome, observers say.

| 09/05/2022
| PHILIPPINES
by Steve Suwannarat

Thailand’s Criminal Code now conforms with the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Hitherto, the age of legal immunity was 10. This is step forward for child protection. Courts can now place minors in foster care with individuals and agencies rather than simply fine parents.

 

| 09/05/2022
| THAILAND

Archbishop William Goh of Singapore writes a pastoral letter to his community shaken by the conviction of a man religious for paedophilia. Let us pray to “be more vigilant and mindful,” Archbishop Goh says. Let us “remember that the sins of one will affect others as well. It is a timely reminder for us to renew our faith, find healing in forgiveness and in God’s mercy, and seek reconciliation with our wounded brothers and sisters”.

| 08/05/2022
| ECCLESIA IN ASIA
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