June 2012

Former Norwegian prime minister refused visa to China
(Thursday, 21 June 2012 )

BEIJING (UCAN): The former prime minister of Norway, Kjell Magne Bondevik, was refused a visa to visit China for a June 18 to 23 meeting of the World Council of Churches, but on June 13, authorities in Beijing downplayed the significance of their refusal, although many believe that it is in retaliation for the awarding of the 2010 Nobel Prize to Liu Xiabo.

Norwaynews.com reported that he is the only one of 30...

Call for sustainability conference to put people at the centre of policies
(Thursday, 21 June 2012 )


RIO DE JANEIRO (CNS): With political leaders from around the world gathering from June 20 to 22 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to discuss the future of the planet at Rio+20, the United Nations (UN) Conference on Sustainable Development, Catholic leaders said governments must not forget to put people at the forefront of their policies. 

At a June 17 press conference at St. Sebastian Cathedral, the Vatican...

Chilly relations freeze up as Ice City looks towards an illicit ordination
(Thursday, 21 June 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): The slated ordination of Father Joseph Yue Fusheng as a bishop in Harbin, China, has been described as the ordination that nobody wants by the secretary to the Pontifical Council for the Evangelisation of Peoples, Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-fai, in an extensive interview with the Rome-based news agency, AsiaNews.

The Hong Kong-born archbishop says that the news of the ordination, which has been set for...

Sealing a covenant
(Saturday, 9 June 2012 )

Today we celebrate the solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, a feast which combines the former feasts of Corpus Christi (Thursday after Trinity Sunday) and the Precious Blood of the Lord (July 1).

The readings are taken from both of these feasts. The first reading from the feast of the Precious Blood speaks of the blood of the covenant between God and Moses and the people.


The body and blood of Christ
(Saturday, 9 June 2012 )

Mass of the solemnity, Gloria, Sequence optional, Creed, preface of the Eucharist (white).
Exodus 24:3-8; 
Hebrews 9:11-15;
Mark 14:12-16, 22-26.

Mass of the memorial, preface of the Apostle II (red).

Call to free Tiananmen survivors from Washington
(Saturday, 9 June 2012 )

BEIJING (Agencies):  A spokesperson for the United States of America State Department, Mark Toner, called on Beijing to “release all those still serving sentences for their participation in the demonstrations; to provide a full public accounting of those killed, detained or missing; and to end the continued harassment of demonstration participants and their families.”

In a statement released on June...

Our Lady Help of Christians a special feast for persecuted Churches
(Saturday, 9 June 2012 )

The feast of Our Lady Help of Christians falls on May 24 and has been designated by Pope Benedict XVI as the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China.

St. John Chrysostom made reference to Our Lady as a special friend of suffering Christians in 345 and then in 1572 she was hailed in North Africa and the Middle East as “helping Christians” by Pope Pius V, during the struggle against the Ottoman Empire...

Twenty years after Earth Summit Rio
(Saturday, 9 June 2012 )

LIMA (CNS): Twenty years ago, 12-year-old Canadian, Severn Cullis-Suzuki, stood before government officials from most of the world’s countries and pleaded for her future. Worried about pollution and overuse of natural resources on her finite planet, she begged, “If you don’t know how to fix it, please don’t break it.” 

The occasion was the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, which...

An interview with Archbishop Savio Hon
(Saturday, 9 June 2012 )


Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-fai is the secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples. Hong Kong-born and 61-years-of-age, he is a theologian and was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to his current position on 23 December 2010.

He was ordained a bishop by the pope on 5 February 2011 and given the title of archbishop at St. Peter’s Basilica. Before going...

Faith in the marketplace
(Saturday, 9 June 2012 )

The issue of religious freedom in our world today could well be placed as the number one challenge people of many faiths are facing. There are daily reports about restrictions placed on all religions in China, as well as churches, synagogues, temples and mosques being desecrated in a number of countries.

The list of barbaric violence perpetrated against religious belief in many parts of the world seems endless, but...