May 2012

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...

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...

Decorated priest espouses same dream as founder of Pakistan
(Saturday, 12 May 2012 )

On March 16 this year, Columban missionary, Father Robert McCulloch, was awarded the highest honour that the Pakistani government can bestow on a foreign national at a ceremony in the parliament in Rawalpindi, the Sitara-e-Quaid-e-Azam Award, named in honour of the founding father of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

On April 11, Muhammad Saleem Bhounr, the ambassador from Pakistan to the Holy See, hosted a dinner in...

The month of May
(Saturday, 12 May 2012 )

The month of May is special in many ways. There is International Worker’s Day (Labour Day) on May 1, which is also the feast of St. Joseph the Worker.

There are Queens of the May in many cities, universities and other communities. They are crowned with flowers. There are colourful Maypole dancing traditions, along with other ancient customs.

Mothers’ Day has...

Motherhood is a vocation
(Saturday, 12 May 2012 )

One of the offshoots of the one-child policy implemented in mainland China has been forced abortions, which have left many mothers in deep anguish and despair. While Hong Kong leaves people free to make their own decisions about the size of families, many women choose to remain childless, which has resulted in its low birth rate over the past 20 years.

“It is not easy to be a mum!” is an innermost...

Number of climate refugees on the rise
(Saturday, 12 May 2012 )

GENEVA (SE): With the extreme weather that has been pounding countries across a wide arc in the Asia-Pacific region, questions have been raised over entitlements for the millions of people displaced by climate change, which has been pledged under the Green Climate Fund at the Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

It is estimated by the Agency for Environmental Science...

Social media can be a great peacemaker Wikipedia founder tells Vatican
(Saturday, 12 May 2012 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, told the annual assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences that the online encyclopedia could contribute to peace by promoting a more thoughtful world. 

Wales was invited to address the gathering at the Vatican, which ran from  April 27 to May 1 and focussed on Pope John XXIII’s 1963 encyclical, Peace on Earth  (Pacem in...

May Day celebrates work and Our Lady
(Saturday, 12 May 2012 )

SHIJIAZHUANG (SE): The celebration of May Day in the Catholic community in mainland China was characterised with an expression of a strong Marian devotion and recognition of the dignity of work.

Fides reported that in many parishes the sacrament of confirmation was administered and some dioceses marked the day with the ordination of deacons and a renewal of their commitment to the witness of the faith.