May 2012

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.

Building bridges to unite Christians and Muslims in Iraq
(Saturday, 12 May 2012 )

KIRKUK (AsiaNews): The Chaldean diocese of Kirkuk, northern Iraq, organised a reconciliation forum on April 25 on Building Bridges of Peace.

An initiative of Archbishop Louis Sako, the meeting brought together some 50 Christian and Muslim leaders, as well as politicians, including the provincial governor, members of councils, party chiefs and tribal sheiks; religious leaders from the Shia, Sunni and Christian...

Celebrated Catholic at 60th birthday party for nunciature in Tokyo
(Saturday, 12 May 2012 )

TOKYO (AsiaNews): On the morning of April 20, the nuncio from the Holy See to Japan, Archbishop Joseph Chennoth, held a garden reception for members of the diplomatic corps and representatives from the world of culture at the nunciature in Tokyo to mark 60 years of diplomatic relations between the Land of the Rising Sun and the Holy See.

Jun Yanagi, the director of the European division of the Japanese Ministry for...

First Shanghai Catholic praised on 450th birthday
(Saturday, 12 May 2012 )

SHANGHAI (UCAN): Mainstream media in China heaped high praise on Paul Xu Guangqi on April 24 to mark the 450th anniversary of his birth in a series of reports on commemorative events in Shanghai.

Xu was born in 1562 and was the first person from Shanghai to receive the sacrament of baptism. A close friend and collaborator of the famed Jesuit missionary, Father Matteo Ricci, who baptised him, the Holy See is...

First funeral for all the colony remembered
(Saturday, 12 May 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): The funeral of Father (Joseph) Burghignoli is recorded as the first big function affecting not only the whole vicariate of Hong Kong, but also the whole colony, as his biographer notes that never before had so many non-Catholics been seen inside a Catholic church in the colony.

It was certainly the first big function to be held in the cathedral, the biographer of the Italian missionary records....