April 2012

Fiji flooded in tropical downpour
(Saturday, 14 April 2012 )

BA (SE): In the run up to Easter, the tiny Pacific-island nation of Fiji was inundated with floods affecting hundreds and thousands of people.

As rivers burst their banks on the island of Viti Levu, home to 87 per cent of the island-nation’s total population of less than one million, the United Nations offered support to the waterlogged inhabitants.


A silent Easter for many parts of China
(Saturday, 14 April 2012 )

BEIJING (AsiaNews): Easter became a discrete celebration this year for the Church in many parts of China, especially within the unofficial Catholic communities.

Bishops and priests on the mainland report that a significant number of them were called in by the police for a chat in the run up to the feast and some were subjected to a number of weeks of special classes on the government religious policy, AsiaNews...

Faith on the hillside in Vietnam
(Saturday, 14 April 2012 )

HO CHI MINH (AsiaNews): People from Hieu Đao parish in the Central Highlands of Vietnam have watched their community grow in vitality and numbers, despite not having a place to call home, as the government seized their church 30 years ago and never returned it.

“I hope that in this Easter season, the local government will return our church,” a parishioner said. “We need it for Mass and prayer....

Easter appeal for children in need
(Saturday, 14 April 2012 )


HONG KONG (SE): Caritas Hong Kong appealed for support for the Wei You Orphanage in Jingang City, Henan province in mainland China over the Easter Triduum observance.

Speaking at both the English and Chinese Holy Thursday Masses of the Last Supper in Rosary parish in Tsim Sha Tsui, Debbie Lo Po-ha, from the Caritas mainland desk, explained that a group of sisters began taking in abandoned...

A gift without strings
(Saturday, 14 April 2012 )

A volunteer with the St. Vincent de Paul Society recalled a late night call where the single mother greeted him with a beer can in one hand and cigarette in the other.

After refusing him entry, the mother looked through the food parcel and then complained, “You forgot the nappies for the baby.”

The angry volunteer said his gut response was, “Well that...

Prayer vigil slated for North Korea
(Saturday, 14 April 2012 )

SEOUL (AsiaNews): Leaders of Protestant Churches in Seoul, in the Republic of Korea, have agreed to hold a religious service and a prayer vigil in the Kaesong industrial complex north of the demilitarised zone in the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea.

The prayer service and vigil are scheduled to take place in the chapel of a joint venture between the two Koreas on June 12.


Put faith into the marketplace pope tells Catholics in Cuba
(Saturday, 14 April 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): “The Church is not a political power,” Pope Benedict XVI said on March 23 prior to his departure for his visitation of Mexico and Cuba.

He pointed out, “It is evident today that that Marxist ideology as it had been conceived no longer corresponds to reality.” However, he added that he believes that Cuba is working its way towards becoming a democracy.

Small seed of witness in Kabul
(Saturday, 14 April 2012 )

KABUL (AsiaNews): “We are a small seed in a country hostile to any religion other than Islam. But we are still a reality willed by God and at the service of God,” Father Giuseppe Moretti, from the only Catholic parish in Afghanistan, said.

“Our mission in Afghanistan is primarily a personal testimony of our faith and the resurrection of Jesus,” he continued.


Right of abode ruling may affect more than migrant workers
(Saturday, 14 April 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): While migrant workers in the territory are disappointed with the March 28 ruling of the Court of Appeal declaring them to be not ordinarily resident in the territory, and some other groups are delighted, the whole of Hong Kong should be watchful.

The decision of the three judges appears to have expanded the power of the Legislative Council (LegCo) by giving it the authority to define the term...

Carrying the cross together
(Saturday, 14 April 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): “Jesus was most intimate with the Father at his point of despair on the cross,” Father Eamon Sheridan told the young people of Life Teen at Rosary parish in Tsimshatsui on March 31, at a celebration of the way of the cross during the run up to Easter.

As part of their reflection on the passion of Jesus, the young people were invited to greet their parents and families who had accompanied...