October 2011

A Dominican sesquicentennial in Hong Kong
(Thursday, 6 October 2011 )


HONG KONG (SE): Friars from the Dominican Province of Our Lady of the Rosary, which became a reality in Asia in 1587, are celebrating the sesquicentennial of the arrival of the first group of Dominicans to land in Hong Kong on
1 July 1861. 

As men of their times, they followed the flow of merchants and business people from Macau and Canton into Hong Kong to avail themselves of the benefits of...

Richness of history can give courage
(Thursday, 6 October 2011 )

Hong Kong has reached an era when many well-established religious organisations are reaching significant milestones of commitment to the people of the territory.

This year, the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers marked their centennial of foundation, with a presence in Hong Kong for nearly all of that time, the Dominicans look back on 150 years, the Our Lady of Maryknoll Hospital chalks up 50 years and La Salle College...

China and Vietnam up in arms over United States report on religious freedom
(Thursday, 6 October 2011 )

HONG KONG (SE): The official religious organisations of the Chinese government have reacted angrily to the latest Report on Religious Freedom: July to December 2010 put out by the United States Department of State, accusing Washington of harming the image of their country.

The report, which was released on September 13, is critical of China for what it terms repression of the freedom of religious expression,...

Pakistan government delighted with floods priest maintains
(Thursday, 6 October 2011 )

ISLAMABAD (Agencies): “The government wanted the floods to come again,” a disappointed Father Mario Rodrigues, the director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Pakistan, said in the wake of the huge volumes of water spilling from the nation’s river system that have resulted in seven million refugees and left 1.1 million people homeless.

“What seems clear from this latest tragedy is that...

The Calvary of East welcomes thousands
(Thursday, 6 October 2011 )

MEIXIAN (Agencies): Undeterred by pouring rain, thousands of people from all over China visited the Sanctuary of the Cross on Mt. Pao Wo, commonly known as the Calvary of the East, in the district of Mei Zhou, in the Zhi Xian diocese, Shaanxi, on September 14, the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

On the following day, the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, they again gathered at the revered shrine for a...

Metro accident in Shanghai prompts questions of care
(Thursday, 6 October 2011 )

HANGHAI (AsiaNews) : A collision between two suburban trains in the underground metro complex of Shanghai in which 245 people were injured, has sparked new interest in the tragic collision between two super-speed trains in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, which resulted in 40 deaths.

The Shanghai metro company says that the incident was caused by a signal malfunction, causing one train to run into the back of a stationary one....

Hu Jintao tells Pyongyang to give up on nuclear ambitions
(Thursday, 6 October 2011 )

BEIJING (AsiaNews): The president of China, Hu Jintao, delivered an ultimatum to the prime minister of the hermit kingdom of North Korea, Choe Yong-rim, saying his government will support his country, but only if it is truly committed détente on the peninsula and the path towards a gradual denuclearisation.

Hu told the North Korean prime minister, who is believed to have gone to Beijing to seek humanitarian...

Floods in China leave severe hardship in wake
(Thursday, 6 October 2011 )

QUXIAN (UCAN): Although media in China have been quiet on the extent and seriousness of floods that ravaged much of Sichuan during September, the damage to crops is expected to produce a tough winter for millions of people, as the rising water made it impossible to harvest or protect property and valuables.

A report from the Ministry of Civil Affairs says that the flooding that hit parts of central, southwest and...

Putting cultural values under undue duress
(Thursday, 6 October 2011 )

BEIJING (AsiaNews): On the morning of September 4 in the boomtown of Wuhan, China, an 88-year-old man fell in the street injuring his nose. Dozens, maybe hundreds of people passed him by, but no one raised a hand to help as he lay on the ground.

It was not until his relatives arrived an hour-and-a-half later that he was taken to hospital.

The People’s Daily, the...

Sprinkling ashes of dead not acceptable?
(Thursday, 6 October 2011 )

TAIPEI (UCAN): An Asia-wide liturgy forum scheduled for October is expected to take up the issue of acceptable forms of Catholic funerals, following a decision reached in August that spreading the ashes of a deceased person conflicts with acceptable funeral rites in the Catholic Church.

The 15th Asian Liturgy Forum is to be held in Taipei from October 17, with 60 liturgists from Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, The...