New York: Founder of United Catholic Asia News (UCA), the missionary news agency in Asia, Fr. Robert Astorino passed away at the age of 77. Born in New York, Maryanne missionary priest started UCA News in 1979. Rev. Fr. Michael Kelly is the current head of UCANews. In 1998, Fr. Astorino was nominated by the Pope as a member of the Pontifical Council for Social Relations.