October 2011

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...

Cold Christmas ahead as funding for new church dries up
(Thursday, 6 October 2011 )

Hailun (UCAN): The people of Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in Hailun city, northeastern Heilongjiang province, may have to celebrate Christmas Mass outdoors this year as funds for the building of a new church have dried up. Acting parish priest, Father Dou Chuanguo, said that fund-raising efforts have come to a halt since the parish priest, Father Shang Kanfa, was arrested after a screwdriver-wielding man died in a heated scuffle on August 26 (Sunday...

Asian bishops gear up to face secularisation and fundamentalism
(Thursday, 6 October 2011 )

BANGKOK (SE): Secularisation and religious fundamentalism were pinpointed as the two greatest obstacles to the growth of the faith in Asia by the president of the Evangelisation Office of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil, at a gathering in Bangkok, Thailand, Fides reported on September 28.

The Indian archbishop was in Bangkok to attend a preparatory meeting for a...

Vatican calls on United Nations for courageous decision on Palestine
(Thursday, 6 October 2011 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): In an address to the United Nations (UN), Vatican representative, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, called for courageous decisions toward the two-state solution for the Holy Land, after a request from Palestinian leaders for full UN membership.

Archbishop Mamberti, the Vatican’s top foreign affairs official, did not say whether the Vatican explicitly supported the Palestine’s request,...