Pope Francis’ Visit Underscores Mongolia’s Religious Freedom
By Bolor Lkhaajav
The geopolitical angle of Pope Francis’ state visit to Mongolia is clear: The Vatican supports Mongolia’s democracy, respect for religious freedom, and peaceful foreign policy.
The Vatican’s Diplomacy in Central Asia
By Michel Chambon
Pope Francis’ recent trip to Central Asia cemented the importance of Asian countries in the Vatican’s global strategy – and the pope’s willingness to engage with political issues.
Catholicism’s Overlooked Importance in Asia
By Bernardo Brown and Michel Chambon
Catholicism – whether embraced or rejected – has played a crucial role in defining identity in Asia.
Remembering 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines
By Franz Jan Santos
Imported to the Philippine islands by Spanish imperialists, Catholicism has had complex and contradictory impacts on the nation's subsequent evolution.
Pope Ends Japan Visit on Personal Note
By Nicole Winfield and Mari Yamaguchi
Pope Francis visited a Jesuit community in Tokyo that could have been his, had an early dream of being a missionary come true.
Does the New Myanmar-Bangladesh Rohingya Deal Really Matter?
By Luke Hunt
A closer look suggests that there is no shortage of reasons to be skeptical.
The View From Asia’s Largest Catholic News Agency
By Luke Hunt
A conversation with UCAN's chief on religion, marginalization, democracy, and the future of publishing in Asia.
China and the Vatican: Towards a New Era?
By Kevin Hsu
A closer look at a complex relationship amid talk of an impending rapprochement.