March 2012

Anger over priest’s funeral in Kunming
(Saturday, 10 March 2012 )


KUNMING (UCAN): The funeral of Father Lawrence Zhang Wenchang in Kunming, Yunnan province, took place in his hometown on February 13. However, local Catholics are upset over three issues.

He was a member of the unofficial Church community, yet no priest from the unofficial community was present at the funeral.

He also belonged to the Yi ethnic group and local people...

Call for electoral change
(Saturday, 10 March 2012 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Religious leaders have called for changes in the election process of the special administrative region’s chief executive officer amid deepening scandals surrounding two of the leading candidates.

“The congenital defect of the small-circle election makes us angry and disappointed,” leaders from various Protestant denominations, theological seminaries and Christian organisations...

Letter from Vatican archive vindicates Pope Pius XII
(Saturday, 10 March 2012 )

Rome (CathNews): Documents released from the Vatican’s secret archives as part of the exhibition, Lux in Arcana: The Vatican Secret Archives Reveals Itself, appear to vindicate the much maligned Pope Pius XII.

The wartime pope was praised by former Jewish prisoners for preventing their deportation to death camps, the British newspaper, The Telegraph, reported on March 2.


It is business as usual but more so 
new cardinal tells media
(Saturday, 10 March 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): The first Hong Kong-born cardinal described the honour bestowed upon him by Pope Benedict XVI at a consistory in the Vatican on February 18 as a challenge to serve with greater courage.

John Cardinal Tong Hon told the Hong Kong media on March 2 that although he is the one on whom the honour has been conferred, it is more a recognition of the importance of the Church in Hong Kong and China....

Third Sunday of Lent
(Saturday, 10 March 2012 )


Mass of the Sunday, Creed, preface for the third Sunday of Lent (purple).
Exodus 20:1-17; 
1 Corinthians 1:22-25; 
John 2:13-25.


Chinese ritual for honouring the dead gets thumbs down in Malaysia
(Saturday, 3 March 2012 )

KUALA LUMPUR (UCAN): The reintroduction of a rite approved 73 years ago honouring the dead was used at some Masses around Malaysia over the Lunar New Year, but generally got the thumbs down.

A table with an ancestral tablet was set up next to the altar. At the end of the Mass, the priest took three joss-sticks and raised them to his forehead with both hands, while prayers were said for departed relatives and friends...

No matter how tall the tree grows its leaves still fall to the ground
(Saturday, 3 March 2012 )

SYDNEY (SE): A landmark birthday celebration for 90-year-old Father Paschal Chang brought the Chinese Catholic community of Sydney, Australia, together for a gala dinner in Chinatown on February 12, to honour the life of the priest who, over the past 58 years, has done so much to nurture the faith among them.

Born in Jinan, Shandong province, on 16 February 1922, Father Chang was sent to Rome for studies and...

Libya one year after the revolution
(Saturday, 3 March 2012 )

BENGHAZI (CNS): “Thank God everything passed peacefully” Bishop Sylvester Magro, of Benghazi, after a February 19 Mass on the first anniversary of Libya’s revolution. The celebration was attended by just a few dozen people, mainly Filipinos.

Beyond the gates of the Church of the Immaculate Conception, the city’s boulevards were crammed with thousands of revellers marking the occasion, guarded...

Religious groups defy student union move to dictate speakers
(Saturday, 3 March 2012 )

London (CathNews): Students at University College London will defy a student union motion which forces student groups to invite pro-abortion advocates to pro-life talks, The Catholic Herald reported on February 16.

Earlier in February, the university’s student union endorsed a motion which officially affiliated it with abortion rights and said that societies, such as the Catholic Society, must invite pro-...

Militant secularism has traits similar to totalitarianism says British minister
(Saturday, 3 March 2012 )

MANCHESTER (CNS): “A militant secularisation is taking hold of our societies,” said Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Britain’s first female Muslim peer and the first to serve in government.

“We see it in any number of things: when signs of religion cannot be displayed or worn in government buildings; when states won’t fund faith schools; and where religion is sidelined, marginalised and...