May 2012

Appreciating the work of human hands
(Saturday, 5 May 2012 )


After a more than one-month long campaign marred by scandals and smear tactics, Leung Chun-ying was finally chosen in a small-circle election as the fourth chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Although the Election Committee has a mere 1,200 members, the people of Hong Kong have no choice but to accept the outcome and hope that he will not side with business conglomerates at the...

Religious women stunned at findings of Vatican investigation
(Saturday, 5 May 2012 )


VATICAN CITY (CNS): In announcing major reform of the association of religious women in the United States of America (US), the Vatican has been both encouraging, but critical not so much of what is being done, but what is not.

Citing “serious doctrinal problems which affect many in consecrated life,” the Vatican announced a major reform of an association of women’s religious congregations in...

Baptism numbers in China look good but could be better
(Saturday, 5 May 2012 )

SHIJIAZHUANG (SE): Statistics collected up to April 18 by the Study Centre of Faith in Hebei, China, show that a total of 22,104 people were baptised in the mainland over the Easter period, 75 per cent of whom were adults.

Despite this result, the centre says, “The community is fully aware of the need for further work in evangelisation. It is true that we have dioceses that do not perform all their baptisms at...

Limitations of social media in opinion forming
(Saturday, 5 May 2012 )


The general election in the Republic of Korea saw the ruling conservative party take 152 seats out of a possible 300, emerging victorious in an election the opposition parties were expected to win.

Father Bartholomew Choi Gi-hong, from the Culture and Communications Department of Chunchon diocese, wrote on April 17 that the influence of the social media had been a key talking point during the...

Rights activist escapes house arrest
(Saturday, 5 May 2012 )

Beijing (Agencies): According to an April 27 report by AsiaNews, Chen Guangcheng, the blind lawyer and rights advocate has who has been under house arrest for 19 months for denouncing forced abortion and sterilisation in China, has escaped from his heavily guarded home in Linyi, Shandong province, where he has been held since 2010. 

The New York Times reported sources as saying he evaded his minders on Sunday,...

Cardinal Tong takes possession of titular church
(Saturday, 5 May 2012 )


ROME (SE): The bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, officially took possession of his titular church of S. Maria Regina degli Apostoli alla Montagnola (Mary Queen of the Apostles) in Rome, Italy, on February 18. It is located near the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls.

The actual ceremony of the reading of the Rogito (deed of notaries) of Taking Possession of the Church and the papal bull...

Disrupted ordination of bishop in Hunan
(Saturday, 5 May 2012 )

 HONG KONG (SE): “The ongoing insistence by Beijing in having bishops not in good standing with Rome participate in episcopal ordination ceremonies in China, raises the fundamental question as to whether the Chinese authorities are sincerely interested in a harmonious relationship with the Holy See,” The Vatican Insider notes in the wake of the ordination of Father Methodius Qu Ailin, as bishop of Changsha, on April 25.

Father Qu was...

China Commission praises fidelity
(Saturday, 5 May 2012 )


VATICAN (SE): “Evangelisation cannot be achieved by sacrificing essential elements of the Catholic faith and discipline,” the Commission for the Catholic Church in China says in a statement released on April 26 from the Vatican.

Established in 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI and made up of bishops from Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau, as well as representatives from religious congregations that have a...