December 2011

Christmas lights switched on in Hong Kong
(Friday, 16 December 2011 )
Research on early martyrs acknowledged
(Friday, 16 December 2011 )

VATICAN CITY ( Two special awards were granted for research on the history of martyrs at a November 30 meeting of the Pontifical Academies on the witness of martyrs.

One Pontifical Academy Prize went to the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum, which is conducting archeological work in Jerusalem. The other went to Daria Mastrorilli, an archeologist working on the cemeteries of Rome.


Targeting North Korea with a giant cross
(Friday, 16 December 2011 )

SEOUL (AsiaNews): A Christmas tree on Aegibong Peak on the South Korean side of the demilitarised zone that separates the Republic of Korea in the south from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the north, is to be topped with a brilliantly lit crucifix that will be clearly visible from the north.

After a seven year layoff in the practice, the government in Seoul has given permission to a group of...

Celluloid star turned Benedictine to address conference
(Friday, 16 December 2011 )

PASO ROBLES (Agencies): The Central California Marian Eucharistic Conference will feature a Benedictine sister, Mother Dolores Hart, an award-winning former actress as its guest speaker in January next year. She played alongside Elvis Presley in two movies, Loving You and King Creole, and still votes for the Academy Awards, 

“We feel really blessed that she is coming,” conference organiser, Pat...

Rome celebrates the Immaculate Conception
(Friday, 16 December 2011 )
Of poverty, chastity 
and obedience
(Friday, 16 December 2011 )

The diocese celebrated the long life in religion of 42 sisters, brothers and priests marking their 25th, 50th, 60th, 75th and even 80th anniversaries in religious life on December 8.

What is an annual event is celebrated as an expression of gratitude to those who have borne the heat of the day and also a reminder of the unique role that people in religious life play in the life of our faith communities and wider...

Xiamen hosts over 1,000 for Youth Day
(Friday, 16 December 2011 )

XIAMMEN (Agencies): Sharings from young people, a priest and sister who had attended World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain, during August this year, were the high point of the first Youth Day celebrated by the diocese of Xiamen, in Fujian province, China, on the feast of Christ the King, November 20.

Over 1,000 young people gathered under the theme of the event in Spain: Planted and built up in Jesus Christ. Firm in the...

Church to boycott state events over sister’s arrest
(Friday, 16 December 2011 )

COLOMBO (SE): The archbishop of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, said at a press conference on December 3 that the Catholic Church will boycott all functions sponsored by the government over the Christmas period, as a protest against the November 25 arrest of Missionary of Charity, Sister Mary Eliza.

Sister Eliza was charged by the National Child Protection Authority with trafficking in children at the...

Eucharistic ministers a sign of parish life
(Friday, 16 December 2011 )

KAIXI (Agencies): The cathedral parish of Kaixi in the diocese of Tainjin, China, commissioned 179 Eucharistic ministers on November 19, at a ceremony presided over by the parish priest, Father Don Zhang Liang, Fides reports.

The commissioning ceremony followed a formation course, during which the Eucharistic life of the community was the central theme.

Each of the 179 new...

Handbook on religion outdated but a step forward
(Friday, 16 December 2011 )

HONG KONG (SE): “Sadly, the handbook provides for the personnel of local Religious Affairs Work departments outdated policy instructions, based on flawed information,” writes Roderick O’Brien, a scholar of Chinese law, about the 2010 revised edition of the Religious Affairs Regulations: A Handbook of Related Laws, Rules, and Policies, edited by the State Administration of Religious Affairs Policy and Regulation Office in Beijing and...