September 2011

Heavily Catholic province gets tough new head
(Thursday, 8 September 2011 )

 HEBEI (UCAN): Zhang Qingli, who earned a reputation as a hardline Communist Party chief in Tibet, has been has been appointed the party secretary of Hebei province, which is currently the centre of contention in the struggle between the Chinese government and the Catholic Church over the appointment of bishops.
Hebei is home to roughly one quarter of the 8 to 12 million Catholics in China.
A report published by Reuters on August 29 describes Zhang as having gained a reputation as an...

Vietnam amnesty for common criminals only
(Thursday, 8 September 2011 )

 VATICAN CITY (SE): Bishop Paul Nguyen Thai Hop says that a decision by the government of Vietnam to release 10,000 prisoners on September 2, National Independence Day, will principally affect common criminals, not human rights advocates or those arrested for struggling for religious freedom.
The chairperson of the Justice and Peace Commission says, “The amnesty is a measure that is repeated every year and is often for prisoners held for crimes regarding security and not for...

Proposed law would legalise detention without charges
(Thursday, 8 September 2011 )

 BEIJING (AsiaNews): Police would be able to hold and detain suspects for months over matters involving national security, terrorism or corruption, if proposals currently before the National People’s Congress are adopted and come into effect.
The proposed changes would also affect the current legal situation of what is termed residential surveillance, a form of house arrest in which...

Final professions
(Thursday, 8 September 2011 )

Hong Kong (SE): It was an occasion of a great joy and blessing for the Sisters of St Paul of Chartres on 28 August 2011 when Sister Anne Dinh, Sister Marie Thai, Sister Florence Yi and Sister Maria Nguyen made their final profession at Christ the King Chapel in Causeway Bay. 
Mass was celebrated by vicar general, Father Pierre Lam Minh MEP, five priests from Hong Kong and Vietnam. People from different parishes, as well as the Vietnamese community, came to share and witness this great moment...

Cardinal Shan looks towards elusive mainland
(Thursday, 8 September 2011 )

 TAIPEI (UCAN): Paul Cardinal Shan Kuo-hsi, who was denied a travel permit to visit the place of his birth on mainland China in June, has done the next best thing by going to a Taiwanese archipelago just off the Chinese coast.
The retired Cardinal Shan went to the Matsu Islands at the end of August, a former military zone a few nautical miles off the coast of China’s Fujian province, but more than 100 nautical miles from Taiwan itself, to speak about peace and love.
During his...

Church in Nepal fights anti-conversion law

(Thursday, 8 September 2011 )

KATHMANDU (AsiaNews): The Catholic Church has condemned a proposed new penal code being put forward by the government in Nepal that would prohibit religious conversions.
Father Shilas Bogati and Father Pius Perumana, both from Kathmandu, have published a public report highlighting what they call inconsistencies in sections 160.1 and 160.2. They say the sections are in conflict with Article 23 of the interim constitution, which guarantees every citizen the right to profess any creed.

Church pushes for moral and civic education not national and moral
(Thursday, 8 September 2011 )

 HONG KONG (SE): A consultation paper on the introduction of a course on National and Moral Education in all schools in Hong Kong, put out by the Education Bureau of the territory government on May 13 this year, has drawn criticism from the Catholic Education Board in a response lodged on the last day of the consultation period, August 31.
The Church response, drafted by a panel and compiled by the Catholic Education Office, points out that the current paper retreats from the position...

New council in Libya seems to be Church-friendly
(Thursday, 1 September 2011 )

ROME (Agencies): As the troops of Libyan strongman, Moammar Gadhafi, retreat and rebel forces of the National Transitional Authority storm into the capital city of Tripoli, three priests in the city say that the streets are still far from safe.

“Currently the three Franciscans are barricaded in the convent in Tripoli,” Agenzia Fides reports. “No one dares to walk in the streets, because people are...

United States bishops mark 10th anniversary of Nine/Eleven 2001
(Thursday, 1 September 2011 )


WASHINGTON ( The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops launched The Catholic Church Remembers Website on August 12 to mark the 10th anniversary of Nine/Eleven 2001.

The Website highlights the firsthand experiences of pain and hope from the disaster.

Available at ...

Chinese press compares euro debt crisis with Black Death
(Thursday, 1 September 2011 )

BEIJING (AsiaNews): The People’s Daily reported on August 22 that Europe’s deadly debt crisis will harm the economy in China.

 The top newspaper of the Communist Party is blaming western democracy for the crisis, while claiming that China’s own financial success is due to its political and economic model.

“The sovereign debt crisis has spread...