January 2012

Koreans protest lack of radiation safety measures
(Friday, 13 January 2012 )

SEouL (UCAN): Following a recent radiation leak at a factory at the Noksan Industrial Complex in Busan, South Korea, the Anti-Nuclear Association, accused local government officials of failing to implement effective safety measures.

The association was responding to a report, issued by the Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety on January 3, which said that on December 30, radioactive material had leaked from a...

Xu Guangqi did not compromise his faith says bishop of Shanghai
(Friday, 13 January 2012 )


Shanghai (UCAN): Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian of Shanghai, issued a pastoral letter over the Christmas weekend for the upcoming Chinese New Year urging his flock to respect, commemorate, propagate and learn from Paul Xu Guangqi (1562 to 1633). Xu was the first local Catholic convert and the diocese is promoting his cause for sainthood.

The letter, Xu Guangqi: A Man for All Seasons, comes days after the 95-year-...

Vatican delegation heading to Vietnam for cardinal’s beatification cause
(Friday, 13 January 2012 )


Ho Chi Minh City (UCAN): Jean Baptiste Cardinal Pham Minh Man of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, announced on January 1 that a delegation from the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace plans to visit the country from March 23 to April 9 to meet and listen to witnesses in connection with the beatification cause of Francis Xavier Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan, which was officially launched by the council on 22 October 2010

Hundreds gather for first anniversary of assassination of Punjab governor
(Friday, 13 January 2012 )

Lahore (UCAN/Agencies): Hundreds of people gathered on January 4 to remember the late governor of Punjab province, Pakistan, Salman Taseer, on the first anniversary of his assassination by his bodyguard for speaking out against the country’s controversial blasphemy laws.

Around 300 students, lawyers and human rights activists joined the slain governor’s family in a candlelight vigil, organized by the...

Farewell to French missionary
(Friday, 13 January 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): Paris Foreign Mission (MEP) priest, Father Sylvain Rabiller, former assistant parish priest at St. Joseph’s Church, Garden Road, died in France at the age of 74 from liver cancer.

He had worked in Hong Kong for 22 years before retiring to his native France in the summer of 2010 

Father Rabiller was born on
7 October 1937 in St. Christophe du...

Vatican renews focus on Taiwan
(Friday, 13 January 2012 )

For years relations between Taiwan and the Holy See have remained low-key and largely below the radar.

In the wake of recent visits by two Vatican officials just weeks before presidential elections, scheduled for January 14, relations seem to have taken a more high-profile turn.

Zenon Cardinal Grocholewski, prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, and Archbishop...

Vatican issues recommendations for celebrating Year of Faith
(Friday, 13 January 2012 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Vatican issued a list of pastoral recommendations for celebrating the Year of Faith in an effort to help Catholics have a better and correct understanding of their faith and become authentic witnesses to Christ. 

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith released a note on January 7 outlining the aims of the special year and ways in which bishops, dioceses, parishes and communities...

Pope names Bishop Tong to receive red hat
(Friday, 13 January 2012 )

Hong Kong (SE): Bishop John Tong Hon of Hong Kong, was named a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI following the noontime Angelus prayer at St. Peter’s Square on January 6. He will be inducted into the College of Cardinals, along with 21 others, at a consistory in Rome on February 18.

The 72-year-old Bishop Tong will be only the seventh Chinese to be named cardinal and the third for Hong Kong after the late John Baptist...

Bishop Tong named a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI
(Friday, 6 January 2012 )

 Hong Kong (SE): Bishop John Tong Hon of Hong Kong was named a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI following the noontime Angelus  prayer at St. Peter's Square on January 6.

Bishop Tong will receive the red hat along with 21 others at a consistory on February 18. He was ordained a priest in 1966, was appointed assistan bishop in 1996, made coadjutor bishop in...

Priests refuse government Christmas visit in Ho Chi Minh City
(Wednesday, 4 January 2012 )

 HO CHI MINH CITY (Agencies): The Redemptorist priests in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam, refused to receive a delegation from the Religious Affairs Department for its traditional Christmas and New Year goodwill visit.

Father Joseph Dinh Huu Thoai sent a letter to Office for Religious Affairs and Ethnic Minorities on December 13, the day before the scheduled visit, declining to receive the government officials.