May 2012

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.


Hong Kong to assist Taiwan set up permanent diaconate
(Saturday, 19 May 2012 )

TAIPEI (SE): The Church in Taiwan is looking to the married diaconate to meet the pastoral needs of the people in the face of an ageing clergy and few ordinations.

The springtime meeting of the bishops of Taiwan identified the permanent diaconate as the major hope to meet current needs after analysing the situation across the country.

The Catholic Weekly in Taipei quoted the...

Vatican communiqué on China gets good reception
(Saturday, 19 May 2012 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): The April 26 communiqué from the Vatican Commission for the Catholic Church in China was described by Sister Beatrice Leung Kit-fun as being encouraging, but still leaving some practical problems that need to be addressed.

The Macau-based professor of politics said that the Vatican has taken a consolidation approach towards the Church in China, by focussing on better formation for lay people...

Anglican-Catholic commission holds annual meeting in Hong Kong
(Saturday, 19 May 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): The 20-member Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission III, which is charged with the task of working towards full communion in faith and sacramental life between the two communions, held its annual meeting at the Mariners Club in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, from May 3 to 11.

The commission was established as a result of a Common Declaration made by Pope Benedict XVI and Archbishop Rowan...

Writing on the wall
(Saturday, 12 May 2012 )

Who are our heroes in life? Are they sport or movie stars, business tycoons, fashion models, musicians or pop singers?

These are important questions, especially for young people, the walls of whose bedrooms are often plastered with posters featuring the idols that feed their latest fads and dreams.

Even saints may find a spot and, depending on the person, the life span of an...

Sixth Sunday of Easter
(Saturday, 12 May 2012 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, Easter preface (white).
Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48; 
1 John 4:7-10;
John 15:9-17.

Mass of the feast, Gloria, preface of the Apostles (red).

Christian politician shot in Pakistan
(Saturday, 12 May 2012 )

LAHORE (SE): The violent death of Irshad Younas Chaudhry on April 27, a Christian politician and lifelong defender of the rights of people from minority groups in Pakistan, is being mourned by Church people across the country.

Reports indicate that Chaudhry was at home in Islamabad, when a stranger arrived, produced a gun and shot him in the chest.

The Masihi Foundation and...