September 2011

Japan must lead in building a culture of peace
(Thursday, 15 September 2011 )

HIROSHIMA (Agencies): “As an American, visiting Hiroshima can be very difficult,” the first director of the Peace Museum in the Japanese city of Hiroshima from the United States of America (US), Steve Leeper, told the National Catholic Reporter on August 26. 

Speaking in the wake of the 66th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on 6 August 1945, Leeper quoted a former mayor of the city as...

New Japanese bible translated from original languages
(Thursday, 15 September 2011 )

TOKYO (SE): The publication of a one-volume translation of the complete bible into colloquial Japanese has marked the end of a 55-year-long project.

The translation and footnotes are the work of the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum (Franciscan Biblical School) in Tokyo, which was set up in Japan in 1956.

At a Mass in Tokyo Cathedral on August 18, members of the Franciscan,...

Japanese bishop calls for new Church-state relations
(Thursday, 15 September 2011 )

NIIGATA (Agencies): The newly-elected prime minister of Japan, Yoshihiko Noda, was described as “a young politician, who gives us much hope, especially in the present difficulties,” by Bishop Isao Kikuchi, the president of Caritas Japan.

“The former prime minister, Naoto Kan, was not so quick in managing rescue operations in the aftermath of the (March 11) earthquake and tsunami. We hope that the...

Banned Chinese novelist gets chance to talk
(Thursday, 15 September 2011 )

HONG KONG (SE): Liao Yiwu, who spent four years in prison after writing a poem called, Massacre, in the wake of the Tiananmen Square Massacre of 4 June 1989, finally got the opportunity to speak publicly in the United States of America (US) at the New York New School on September 13, at a function organised by PEN, an international human rights organisation.

Liao was barred by Chinese authorities from travelling to...

Claim that proselytism charges in India fabricated
(Thursday, 15 September 2011 )

 MUMBAI (AsiaNews): “The number of Christians targeted by Hindu extremists is on the rise and the situation is alarming,” Sajan K George, the president of the Global Council of Indian Christians, warned at the end of August.

This followed the arrest of four Uppinangady Pentecostal Christians in Puttur Taluk (Dakshina Kannada district), accused of trying to convert a Dalit colony in Nidle Boodujalu by force.


Opposition to HIV status on health cards in Taiwan
(Thursday, 15 September 2011 )

TAIPEI (Agencies): A protest was launched on August 31 in Taipei, Taiwan, against a government proposal to include HIV/AIDS status on personal health insurance cards. The protesters argue that the added information does not ensure the safety of donated organs, as claimed by proponents of the idea.

CNA reported that in the previous week two of Taiwan’s most prestigious health care institutions, the National...

Holy Spirit Seminary turns 80
(Thursday, 15 September 2011 )

Hong Kong (SE ): Around 100 priests, former seminarians and others who studied at the Holy Spirit Seminary in Aberdeen, Hong Kong, gathered to celebrate the 80th anniversary of its foundation on September 3.

The current bishop of Hong Kong, Bishop John Tong Hon, himself a graduate of the seminary, encouraged those present to stress the idea of vocation in the Christian life, be it in religious life, priesthood,...

Schools mark beginning of celebrations for 85th year
(Thursday, 15 September 2011 )

Hong Kong (SE): St. Clare’s Girls’ School (SCGS) and St. Clare’s Primary School (SCPS) marked the start of celebrations for their 85th anniversaries with a thanksgiving Mass, concelebrated by Father Joseph Ha ofm, Father David Lau, Father Terrance Mascarenhas svd, Father Ambrose Mong op and Father Francis Tam, on 5 September 2011 at the Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception on Caine Road.  


Guess who’s coming to lunch at the Catholic Centre
(Thursday, 15 September 2011 )


HONG KONG (SE): “Explore the meaning of life,” runs the cryptic invitation from ALPHA, in advertising a new series of lunchtime gatherings to take place on the 19th floor meeting room at the Catholic Centre in the Grand Central Building, Connaught Road, Central, beginning September 22.

While the vast gambit hinted at in the inviting words could mean almost anything, Carla Basto-Clark says that...

Sister and priest attacked reclaiming Church property
(Thursday, 15 September 2011 )

Kangding  (UCAN): Father Huang Yusong and Sister Xie Yuming were attacked by around a dozen unknown assailants on September 2 while trying to reclaim two former Church properties in Moxi county in southwestern Sichuan province.

The two were trying to assert Church rights over a former Latin school and boy’s school in Kangding diocese, which were confiscated by authorities in the 1950s, but due to be...