April 2012

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...

Religious hatred fanned by school syllabus
(Saturday, 14 April 2012 )

KARACHI (SE): The state assembly in the Punjab, Pakistan, passed a unanimous resolution on March 8 making the teaching of the Qu’ran a compulsory part of the school curriculum in the state.

The Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of Pakistan condemned the move, calling it both a breach of the constitution of the country and a deliberate attempt to radicalise society.


The spirit of service celebrated at Easter
(Saturday, 14 April 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): The bishop of Hong Kong described the gathering of priests around the bishop at the Chrism Mass as reminiscent of Jesus gathering with his disciples in the Upper Room for the Last Supper at the beginning of the celebration of the Easter Triduum in the cathedral on April 5.

John Cardinal Tong Hon reminded the packed cathedral that on that day the Church remembers the entrusting of the Eucharist by...

To the city and the world
(Saturday, 14 April 2012 )

vatican city (SE): “Christ is hope and comfort in a particular way for those Christian communities suffering most for their faith on account of discrimination and persecution,” Pope Benedict XVI said at his traditional Urbi et Orbi blessing of the city of Rome and the world on Easter Sunday, April 8.

“And he is present as a force of hope through his Church, which is close to all human situations of...

Images of Holy Week
(Saturday, 7 April 2012 )

A woman prays during Passion Sunday Mass in Santo Domingo,
the Dominican Republic. Photo: CNS/Reuters

Young Iraqi women attend an Easter...

Illicit bishop ordains in Yunnan
(Saturday, 7 April 2012 )

 DALI (UCAN): Six deacons were ordained priests in Dali in the north-western Yunnan area of China in controversial circumstances on March 26.

The ordaining bishop from Kunming, who became the ordinary of the diocese without the approval of the Holy See in 2005, Bishop Joseph Ma Yinglin, had been criticised both within and outside the country for agreeing to do the ceremony in the run up to the event.

It was...

Vatican pushing to make water run uphill
(Saturday, 7 April 2012 )

VATICAN (SE): The Vatican has embarked on its own project to try and make water run up hill, calling for the most basic of necessities to be recognised worldwide as a human right.

Although the United Nations (UN) has already declared it to be a human right, it too has discovered that cajoling nations into taking this seriously is like trying to make water run uphill.