March 2012

Police in China smash tombstone of priest
(Saturday, 31 March 2012 )

JINZHOU (UCAN): The tombstone of Father Joseph Shi Liming, a priest from the unofficial Church community who was killed along with six seminarians in a car crash on December 11, was destroyed by police on March 19 to stop people marking the 100-days since his death.

Government officials in Jinzhou and Baoding in northern Hebei province warned local Catholics on March 18 not to observe his death in the usual manner,...

Korean Navy defies governor and begins blasting in Jeju
(Saturday, 31 March 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): Woo Keun-Min, the governor of Jeju province in South Korea, sent a formal notice to the chief of the navy on March 5, ordering it to suspend all blasting at the construction site of a major military base at Gureombi and Gangjeong in his province.

However, despite the order of the governing authority of the territory, the naval forces went ahead and, on March 7, began to blast the Gueombi Rock, the...

Sri Lankan bishop pushes against the tide in call for civil war inquiry
(Saturday, 31 March 2012 )

COLOMBO (SE): “Given the consistent denial of the Sri Lankan government about the scale and nature of wartime abuses, as well as pre-war and post-war concerns, refusal to address these, and given the seriousness of the allegations levelled at it as one of the parties to such abuses, we believe it is an independent international body that could best address concerns of truth seeking,” Bishop Rayappu Joseph, from Mannar in northern Sri Lanka,...

Fifth Sunday of Lent
(Saturday, 24 March 2012 )

Mass of the Sunday, Creed, preface for the fifth Sunday of Lent (purple).
Jeremiah 31:31-34;
Hebrews 5:7-9; 
John 12:20-33.

Mass of the solemnity, Gloria, Creed, preface for the Annunciation (white).

Blessed are the 
pure in heart...
(Saturday, 24 March 2012 )

A pure heart create for me, O God,” the psalmist cries. In addition to this, Jesus teaches us that the pure in heart are blessed. The pure in heart are those who do not live by mixed motives and who can relate to God and neighbour simply in love.

In practice, most of us live with mixed motivation. We teach our children to be good—but perhaps part of the reason is that we do not want our children to embarrass us.


Taiwan opens its arms to theological students from China
(Saturday, 24 March 2012 )

TAIPEI (UCAN): Taiwan is fast becoming the stop for students from mainland China wanting to complete theology courses.

The Church is currently gearing up to welcome its second influx from across the strait.

Archbishop John Hung Shan-chuan said on March 15 that the Church is gearing up to open its arms to welcome them.

“About 30...

Cardinal Tong looks to opportunities in China
(Saturday, 24 March 2012 )

VATICAN (SE): “Through dialogue we can always achieve a win-win situation,” newly created cardinal, John Cardinal Tong Hon, told Gerard O’Connell in a wide-ranging interview at the Vatican published by the Vatican Insider on March 19.

The bishop of Hong Kong explained that that this is always his starting point with Chinese government officials, as he believes that ignorance on both sides of the...

Vatican search for common discourse
(Saturday, 24 March 2012 )

VATICAN (SE): The Vatican published a new document on March 8 entitled, Theology Today: Perspectives, principles and criteria.

Prepared by the International Theological Commission, it was released in English and is an effort to provide a common discourse in order to communicate the message of Christ more clearly.

The Vatican Information Service described it as examining...

Delayed ordinations 
in Shanghai
(Saturday, 24 March 2012 )

SHANGHAI (SE): Seven deacons were ordained to the priesthood in a packed St. Ignatius Cathedral in Shanghai, on March 17, by the 95-year-old Bishop Aloysius Luxian.

The ordinations had been postponed for some months due to the illness of Bishop Jin. However, at 95-years-of-age, local people are asking if he may be the oldest bishop in the world still active in ordaining new priests.


The legacy of Archbishop Oscar Romero lives on
(Saturday, 24 March 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): On 23 February 1977, the bespectacled former seminary professor, Bishop Oscar Romero, became the archbishop of San Salvador, the capital city of El Salvador.

His appointment delighted the conservative hierarchy and the business community as much as it disappointed the priests involved in the social struggle of the poor.

Yet, just one year later, the darling...