Asia and the Pacific

Asia and the Pacific

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September 22, 2011

A pastor's wife was killed and churches and schools destroyed in the Sept. 18 earthquake that killed more than 100 people in several countries in the Himalaya mountains north of India.

Among the six dozen dead in the Indian state of Sikkim was 28-year-old Nirmala Tamang, wife of a...

August 22, 2011

It's become a familiar story — an aging congregation challenged to grow a declining membership, to reinvent mission, to reach out to its surroundings and embrace diversity and change, to adopt new models of ministry to survive.

Add "Japanese-American heritage" to the mix and the picture...

July 31, 2011

Deputy Minister Zhang Lebin of China's State Administration of Religious Affairs (SARA), along with 23 Chinese religious officials, visited the Episcopal Church Center in New York Aug. 1 to learn about how the church engages in charitable work.

In her welcoming remarks, Presiding Bishop...

June 22, 2011

As agriculture ministers from the Group of 20 (G20) nations meet in Paris, France, this week to discuss how to combat food shortage and soaring prices, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has written to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, urging "consideration of the needs of...

March 25, 2011

As recovery efforts in Japan proceed, the full impact of the earthquake and tsunami two weeks ago continues to be felt by many churches that are providing disaster relief while grieving lost members and buildings. At the same time, prayers, letters of solidarity and donations are coming in from...

February 15, 2011

One of the leaders of the post-denominational Protestant churches in China recently met with the presiding bishop and others in the Episcopal Church to explore the possibility of future seminary education partnerships and exchanges, and to ask for support for an upcoming Bible exhibition.

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July 21, 2010

Two Christian brothers in Pakistan were shot dead by unidentified gunmen on July 19 outside a district court of law in Faisalabad moments after they'd attended a trial hearing for charges of blasphemy. A police escort also was injured in the attack, the latest incident of ongoing Christian...

May 17, 2010

Filipino church leaders, who began the presidential election race in their country with optimism, now say they have much lower hopes of the person who is likely to become the next president. "It is too soon to say but based on his campaign line, it will be hard work pressing him to address...

April 22, 2010

Following a cyclone in India April 13 and an earthquake in China April 14, Episcopal Relief & Development has reached out to its partners in affected areas to offer support.

The cyclone, which struck areas of India and Bangladesh, left more than 100 people dead. Winds of up to 75...

April 7, 2010

In the Philippines, where real-life crucifixion re-enactments have become both a holy ritual and a tourist attraction, Roman Catholic and Protestant church leaders have urged people to live out their faith beyond the rituals and penitence of Lent and Holy Week. "If Jesus were watching those who...

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