October 2011

Acknowledging those in their sunset years
(Thursday, 20 October 2011 )

BEIJING (Agencies): “The father of a just man will exult with glee; he who begets a wise son will have joy in him. Let your father and mother have joy; let her who bore you exult” (Proverbs 23.24-25).

The mainland Catholic community not only has always lived the traditional Chinese celebration for those advanced in years, but has enriched it with Christian values. 

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Intellectuals Association gathers in Zhejiang for annual meeting
(Thursday, 20 October 2011 )

ZHEJIANG (UCAN): The Catholic Intellectuals Association of Zhejiang province held its annual meeting in Wenzhou diocese with a tea party and parish exchange visit from October 7 to 9.

Father Zheng Jiamao, of Hangzhou, who is the head of the association, welcomed the 68 participants from four dioceses in the province and expressed his thanks to Wenzhou for providing the venue.

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Diocese bitterly disappointed with court decision on the running of schools
(Thursday, 20 October 2011 )

 

HONG KONG (SE): The diocese of Hong Kong expressed its disappointment at a ruling made in the Court of Final Appeal on October 13, which upheld the position of the government on the constitutionality of the Education (Amendment) Ordinance 2004, which the diocese sought to get overturned.

However, the diocese will obey the law and the statement adds, “… continue to abide by her commitment to serve...

The insidious war games of the Sri Lankan government
(Thursday, 13 October 2011 )

COLOMBO (SE): The Sri Lankan government has announced it will take urgent measures to close the last of the camps that have housed more than 200,000 internally displaced persons, or refugees, from the war zones that covered much of the country during the 30-year civil war which ended officially in May 2009.

However, local priests say that the announcement does not amount to anything more than government propaganda....

Apple of the technology world’s eye unifier of technology and art
(Thursday, 13 October 2011 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): L’Osservatore Romano put news of Apple Inc. co-founder, Steve Jobs’ death on its front page under the headline, The talented Mr. Apple. 

It said, “Steve Jobs was one of the protagonists and symbols of the Silicon Valley revolution,” which brought changes not only in technology, was also a “revolution of customs, mentality and culture.” The paper said Jobs...

Call for more involvement of ex priests in Church
(Thursday, 13 October 2011 )

LONDON (Agencies): The Vatican has appealed to diocesan bishops to encourage priests who have left the ministry in order to get married to play a more active role in parish life.

The Catholic Herald, published in London, the United Kingdom, claims that it has seen a letter penned by Ivan Cardinal Dias, prefect of the Congregation of Evangelisation of Peoples in Rome, saying that more discretionary power should be...

Cardinal speaks on experience in China of the gift of and need for Divine Mercy
(Thursday, 13 October 2011 )

Give praise to the Lord for
He is good, His mercy is forever.
O Lord, Our God

How great is your name in all the earth. Your magnificence rises above the heavens. What is man that you take care of him? You have crowned him with glory and honour.

In this valley of tears we are all exiles, children of Eve; but some people, some nations, seem to...

A divided city cannot stand
(Thursday, 13 October 2011 )

The saga over the judicial review which ruled in favour of migrant workers being considered to be ordinarily resident in Hong Kong, shows how the much touted values of social harmony and tolerance in our society can be little more than skin deep.

A city that prides itself on the rule of law has suddenly discovered that a significant number of its citizens have little respect for the law, except when it suits them....

Godlessness poses new risks for society pope says on homeland visit
(Thursday, 13 October 2011 )

FREIBURG (CNS): On a four-day visit to Germany, Pope Benedict XVI warned that godlessness and religious indifference undermining the moral foundations of society and leaving its weakest members exposed to new risks.

Making his first official state visit to his homeland, he repeatedly mentioned the duty to protect the unborn and proposed this as an area where Catholics and non-Catholics can witness together and help...

Korean assassin up for beatification
(Thursday, 13 October 2011 )

SEOUL (UCAN): Thomas An Jung-geun, a Korean freedom fighter who assassinated the first prime minister of Japan, Hirobumi Ito, who was also the first resident general of the colonial Japanese government on the Korean Peninsula, is being considered by the Preparatory Committee for Beatification and Canonisation of Seoul archdiocese for beatification.

At a symposium held on September 28 at the Catholic Centre in Seoul...