April 2012

The devil and the deep blue sea
(Saturday, 7 April 2012 )

The arrival of the chief executive-in-waiting of Hong Kong, Leung Chun-ying, was greeted with demonstrations in various parts of the city, prayers for universal suffrage in churches and general skepticism among the public at large.

The bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, called on people to pray on the morning of the March 25 for a system of one-person-one-vote to be introduced before the 2017 selection...

A vastly different Cuba welcomed this papal visit
(Saturday, 7 April 2012 )

HAVANA (SE): On March 26, Pope Benedict XVI found himself in a vastly different Cuba than the one that his predecessor, Pope John Paul II visited in 1998, when he touched down at the airport in Havana.

Pope Benedict described the visit of Pope John Paul II as a breath of fresh air that breathed a new spirit into Church-state relations, but added that there is still a long way to go.


Search for memorabilia for Tiananmen display
(Saturday, 7 April 2012 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): A pro-democracy alliance is appealing for exhibits related to the Tiananmen Square Massacre of June 1989 to be put on display at a temporary memorial site in Hong Kong from April 29 to June 10.

“If there is a positive response, we will raise funds to turn the museum into a permanent one,” Lee Cheuk-yan, the president of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements...

Vatican delegation denied visas to Vietnam
(Saturday, 7 April 2012 )

Hue (UCAN): A Vatican delegation, scheduled to evaluate the cause for beatification of the late Francis Xavier Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan, was denied visas to Vietnam (Sunday Examiner, January 15), according to a March 26 report from UCAN. 

Father Peter Nguyen Huu Giai, parish priest of An Bang, in the diocese of Hue, said the delegation planned to interview witnesses in the beatification process from April 1 to...

China criticised over returning of refugees
(Saturday, 7 April 2012 )

LONDON (UCAN): A resolution was tabled in the British parliament expressing outrage at China for returning 41 North Korean refugees back across the border, UCA News reported on March 19.

The resolution calls the policy of repatriation that Beijing is following a cause for grave concern.

Instead of sending refugees back to North Korea, China should allow safe passage to third...

Forum is a recognition of emerging Asian laity
(Saturday, 7 April 2012 )


Bangkok (UCAN): The first Asia-wide meeting of the International Forum Catholic Action (IFAC), met for the first time in Bangkok, from March 22 to 25, to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.

The forum brings together lay Catholic organisations involved in spreading the faith through engagement with society.

Around 30...

Maryknoll founder mooted for canonisation
(Saturday, 7 April 2012 )

OMAHA (CWNews.com): Two priests from the United States of America are being proposed for sainthood.

The cases of the hero of Boys’ Town in Chicago, Irish-born Father Edward Flanagan, better known to the world through the face of Spencer Tracy who starred in the 1938 movie of the same name, and one of the two founders of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, Father Thomas Price are being put forward.

Bishop and priest taken for reeducation
(Saturday, 7 April 2012 )

WENZHOU (UCAN): Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin, the coadjutor of Wenzhou diocese in China, together with his chancellor, Father Paul Jiang Sunian, were spirited away on March 19 to attend government learning classes.

It was reported by local people that 49-year-old Bishop Shao was appointed by the Holy See in to lead Wenzhou’s unofficial Catholic community in 2007, but he is not recognised as a bishop by the...

Amazing legacy of a late priest in Hebei
(Saturday, 7 April 2012 )

ANGUO (Agencies): “He was a true priest, a true religious and true man of God. His testimony was given with his own life. He was the salt and the yeast, his life was a crystal decorated with charity,” people said in describing the life of Father John Chen Huang Zhang, who died in Anguo, Hebei, on March 10 at the age of 88.

Faith News reported that Father Chen entered the minor seminary at age of 13, but...

China to quit prisoner organ donation scheme
(Saturday, 7 April 2012 )

BEIJING (AsiaNews): Although for many years, China would not acknowledge what was widely suspected, that executed bodies were robbed of organs for transplant purposes, it has now admitted that the rumours were true, by undertaking to give the practice up.

Xinhua reported on March 23 that plans to abolish the practice within five years are afoot and Huang Jiefu, the vice minister for health, said that a campaign will...