September 2011

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.

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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.  

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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...

Year of the Laity gets another 12 months
(Thursday, 15 September 2011 )

  HONG KONG (SE): Citing the positive experience of the Hong Kong diocese in what has been celebrated as the Year of the Laity, Bishop John Tong Hon announced on September 3 that he is extending the year until the end of December next year.

The bishop said that after what has been the best part of a positive year, he has decided to extend the celebration of the Year of the Laity, “because with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the numbers of...

Challenge to confessional seal challenges basis of free society
(Thursday, 15 September 2011 )

HONG KONG (SE): One of the most sacred beliefs and practices, the absolute seal of the confessional, is at stake in the Republic of Ireland, which is a matter of concern for the whole of the free world.

The prime minister, Enda Kenny, has been widely reported as threatening legislation to make reporting of sexual abuse of minors a mandatory act, even if the information is gleaned under the seal of confession....

Bishop asks for prayer for judicial review on education
(Thursday, 15 September 2011 )

HONG KONG (SE): A judicial review in the Court of Final Appeal granted in favour of a petition filed by the diocese of Hong Kong against the Education (Amendment) Ordinance 2004, passed in the Legislative Council in July 2004, requiring the introduction of Incorporated Management Bodies in partly-funded government-aided schools will be heard on October 3 and 4.

Bishop John Tong Hon is appealing to all people in the...

Bless his holy name
(Sunday, 11 September 2011 )

Try looking at the world through God’s eyes. Imagine that you are God and that you are seeing the world which you have created, with all its peoples. How do you look at your people, as a stern judge, deciding and prescribing penalties, or as a capricious abuser of power, like the Greek gods, or as a lover?

Jesus has shown us that God looks at all the peoples of the world and each individual as a lover....