May 2012

Diplomatic blunder by United States could spell disaster for human rights in China
(Saturday, 19 May 2012 )

The fate of the sight impaired and self-taught legal advocate, Chen Guangcheng, and his family was under the spotlight as secretary for state of the United States of America (US), Hillary Clinton, was in Beijing in early May for the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.

As of May 8, Chen’s future remained uncertain. Despite reports that he would be allowed to study overseas at New York University, the only...

Al-Qaida call to target Catholics for conversion
(Saturday, 19 May 2012 )

DUBLIN (CNS): An official of the al-Qaida organisation in the United States of America, Adam Gadahn, said he had written to Osama bin Laden in January 2011, to tell him that he believed that Catholics were fertile ground for conversion as a result of rage against the Vatican, resulting from policies that are unacceptable to many of its members and the spate of scandals that have rocked the Church in recent times.


Church can help educate and blow the whistle on human trafficking say police
(Saturday, 19 May 2012 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): “The Catholic Church has a huge role to play with 1.1 billion Catholics across the world. With their networks they can make (society) hostile to traffickers and be safe havens for victims,” said a young British woman who was tricked into prostitution in Italy. She was one of a number of speakers at a May 8 Vatican conference on combating human trafficking. 

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The silent word of the media
(Saturday, 19 May 2012 )

In the context of advanced digital age information technology, Pope Benedict XVI has chosen silence as the theme of his message for the 46th World Communications Day.

The pope says in Silence and Word: Path of Evangelisation, that he believes that human relationships can be deepened through silence, making human and media communication more meaningful and valuable, with a more profound human dimension.

Caritas Internationalis brought into the Vatican fold
(Saturday, 19 May 2012 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Vatican has published a decree establishing new statutes and norms for the governance of Caritas Internationalis, which attribute to Vatican offices, including the Secretariat of State, greater authority over the work, direction and policies of the Catholic aid agency.

The decree strengthens the roles Vatican offices play, as well as giving the pope a stronger hand in naming and approving new...

People troop to Sheshan shrine
(Saturday, 19 May 2012 )

SHANGHAI (SE): More than 8,000 people attended the opening of the Marian month of May at the Our Lady of Sheshan Shrine on the outskirts of Shanghai on May 1.

The shrine was earmarked by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007 as the focal point for World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, which is celebrated each year on May 24.

Fides reported that 90-year-old Bishop Aloysius Jin...

New crackdown on house Churches
(Saturday, 19 May 2012 )

BEIJING (AsiaNews): The China Aid Association claims that Beijing has already launched an all-out campaign against house Churches, their ministers and members, and that their eradication is planned to be completed within a 10-year period.

The association says it bases its claim on Communist Party sources and documents.

Over the past 30 years, Protestant house Churches have...

Chinese in Italy mark World Day of Prayer for China
(Saturday, 19 May 2012 )

ROME (AsiaNews): Around 400 Chinese people gathered in Prato, Italy, on May 5 to celebrate the Day of Prayer for the Church in China, which was established in 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI in his letter to the Catholic people on the mainland.

Although it is usually marked on May 24, the feast of Our Lady Help of Christians, the Chinese Catholic Community in Prato, which is the biggest in the country, decided to observe...

Church in Korea continues to grow
(Saturday, 19 May 2012 )

SEOUL (AsiaNews): The Church in South Korean is continuing to grow, with figures from 2011 showing that 134,562 people were baptised, which brings the Catholic population to 5,309,964, or 10.3 per cent of the national population.

The Catholic population in South Korea has increased at a yearly average of two to three per cent over the past decade, according to Statistics of the Catholic Church in Korea 2011,...

Asian press among world’s most fettered
(Saturday, 19 May 2012 )

NEW YORK (UCAN): North Korea was judged the world’s worst country for press freedom, the United States of America Freedom House said, at the release of the results of its annual survey in World Press Freedom Day, May 3.

The People’s Republic of China, the Union of Myanmar and Vietnam come in among the nations with the most fettered press, the survey of 197 countries says.