September 2011

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...

Twenty-third Sunday of the Year
(Thursday, 1 September 2011 )


Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, Preface of Sundays in Ordinary Time.
Ezekiel 33: 7-9; 

Romans 13: 8-10;
Matthew 18: 15-20.

Mass of the day (green).

Colossians 1: 24- 2:3;
Luke 6: 6-11.


The law of love
(Thursday, 1 September 2011 )

Twenty-third Sunday of the Year

Ezekiel 33: 7-9; 
Romans 13: 8-10; 
Matthew 18: 15-20


The title, Religious and Moral Education Curriculum for Catholic Schools, sounds extremely formal. Perhaps you wouldn’t consider it for bedtime reading. But it is a fascinating document that can help us to appreciate the great effort which is being made in Catholic schools in various parts of the world.

The document even...
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...