March 2012

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...

Priest complains he cannot go to jail
(Saturday, 3 March 2012 )

JEJU (UCAN): The District Court in Jeju, South Korea, found Father Bartholomew Mun Jung-hyun guilty on February 23 of obstructing police in the execution of their duties in a standoff near aimed at preventing the construction site of a military base on Jeju island.

Father Mun received an eight-month suspended sentence, but requested the court to allow him to do the time behind bars.


Counteracting the economic and political blues
(Saturday, 3 March 2012 )

SEOUL (SE): How to counteract the economic and political blues? 

Well, according to the results of a survey carried out by the Hankyoreh Social Policy Research Institute and the Korean Institute for Health and Social Affairs, released in the Republic of Korea in February this year, getting deeper into politics may provide the cure.

A report published in the Hankyoreh...

Centenarian Franciscan mourned in Taiyuan
(Saturday, 3 March 2012 )

TAIYUAN (Agencies) : “His life of dedication to serving the Lord is a true model for us all, as priests, men and women religious and laity,” Bishop Paolo Meng Ningyou, from Taiyuan, said in describing Father Mattia Leopoldo Guo Ji Fen, a 100-year-old Franciscan, who died on February 15.

We must imitate his fidelity to Christ, his zeal for spreading the love of God and the great sense of service to people...

Chance lunch brings double blessing to China Church
(Saturday, 3 March 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): A chance lunch at a parish in Brooklyn in the United States of America just 100 years ago led to a steady flow of missionaries coming to China during the first half and the latter part of the 20th century.

Irish-born Father Edward Galvin, who was to become one of the founders of the Columban Mission Society, played host to Father John Fraser, later the founder of the Canadian Scarboro Mission Society...

Dust to dust and ashes to ashes
(Saturday, 3 March 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): “There is something decidedly public about Ash Wednesday,” Lauren Winter, from Duke Divinity School in Durham, the United States of America, says.

“Walking around all day with a dash of grey ash across your forehead is among the most visible symbolic Christian things that we do all year,” she explains.

Father Eamon Sheridan, from...

Church calls for unity and peace in run up to Timor Leste elections
(Saturday, 3 March 2012 )

Dili (UCAN): The Church in Dili, Timor Leste, has called for people to turn their backs on violence and ensure that presidential elections, scheduled for March 17, are carried out peacefully.

To get its message of peace across, it recently held a five-kilometre walk and is currently conducting 111 days of prayer meetings.

Bishop Alberto Ricardo da Silva, from Dili, led the...

International event to mark culmination of Year of Laity
(Saturday, 3 March 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): An international lay ministry exchange seminar will be held from October 27 to November 1 at the Caritas Oi Fai Camp in Cheung Chau, as a major function to culminate the various activities that have taken place in the diocese during the extended Year of the Laity.

“All parishes and faith communities in Hong Kong are being encouraged to make a positive response,” a vicar general of the...

South Korean president presses China not to return North Korean
(Saturday, 3 March 2012 )

Seoul (UCAN): “They are not criminals,” said South Korean president, Lee Myung-bak, commenting on North Korean refugees in China.

“The right thing for China to do is to handle them based on international humanitarian norms,” he stressed.

Lee pressed China not to repatriate them back to North Korea in the future.