June 2012

VatiLeaks spill the beans on China
(Saturday, 9 June 2012 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): What began as a leaky tub in the Vatican security several months ago has turned into a running sieve with the publication of a book in Italy by journalist, Gianluigi Nuzzi, detailing, among other things, confidential memos sent from the Vatican Study Centre in Hong Kong containing particulars about payments made by government authorities in China to bishops, priests and sisters.

The book tells of...

Cardinal calls for social market economy in wake of crisis
(Saturday, 9 June 2012 )

WASHINGTON (CNS): Reinhard Cardinal Marx, from Germany, called for a social market economy in the wake of the fiscal crisis that has gripped much of Europe over the past year. 

In a May 30 talk, Economic Crisis as an Opportunity for Change, delivered at Georgetown University’s Berkley Centre for Religion, Peace and World Affairs in Washington DC, The United States of America (US), the archbishop of Munich...

Ordinations mark a new spring
(Saturday, 9 June 2012 )

SHAOGUAN (Agencies): “Spring has arrived for the Church in Shaoguan,” a priest from Guangzhou diocese said at the May 24 World Day of Prayer for China celebration, which was marked by the first ordinations in the parish since 1949.

Two deacons were ordained priests by Bishop Joseph Gan Qiujun, from Guangzhou, and the ceremony was followed with the blessing a new residence for the priests in a complex...

Shanghai votes on a new bishop
(Saturday, 9 June 2012 )

SHANGHAI (UCAN): Father Thaddeus Ma Daqin came in as the preferred candidate in an election held in Shanghai, China, on May 30 for a new bishop of the diocese to take the place of the auxiliary, Bishop Xing Wenzhi, who faded from the scene in December last year.

Out of a possible total of 205 only 190 people were present to cast a vote—86 diocesan priests, 55 sisters and 64 lay people.

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Government bans protocol for bishop at his funeral
(Saturday, 9 June 2012 )

CHANGZHI (UCAN): Government officials in Changzhi barred a Church community from honouring Bishop Francis Li Yi with the usual protocol at his funeral in northern Shanxi province on May 31.

The Franciscan bishop died after suffering a stroke at the age of 89 on May 24. He had been ill since March.

Bishop Li, who was ordained secretly in 1998, had approval from the Vatican,...

Government bans protocol for bishop at his funeral
(Saturday, 9 June 2012 )

CHANGZHI (UCAN): Government officials in Changzhi barred a Church community from honouring Bishop Francis Li Yi with the usual protocol at his funeral in northern Shanxi province on May 31.

The Franciscan bishop died after suffering a stroke at the age of 89 on May 24. He had been ill since March.

Bishop Li, who was ordained secretly in 1998, had approval from the Vatican,...

Push to canonise a Grunt Chaplain
(Saturday, 9 June 2012 )

 

A missionary career that began in Taiwan shortly after ordination in 1957 ended on the battle fields of Vietnam in September 1967 for Maryknoll priest, Father Vincent Capodanno, who also served for a few years on the staff of a school run by the missionary congregation in Hong Kong.

Born into an Italian family on Staten Island in the United States of America (US) in 1929, Robert Moynihan describes the...

Sri Lankan member of parliament proposes barring religions from government
(Saturday, 9 June 2012 )

Colombo (UCANews): Opposition lawmaker, Wijedasa Rajapakse, proposed amending Sri Lanka’s constitution to create a clear separation between politics and religion in the country. 

The member of the President’s Counsel submitted a Private Member’s Bill to parliament on May 31 that, if passed, would prevent religious leaders of any faith profession from becoming a member of parliament or local...

Listen to the people Syria nuncio pleads
(Saturday, 9 June 2012 )

DAMASCUS (AsiaNews): “The United Nations (UN) and western countries should look at the results of talks between Sunnis, Alawis and Christians, not only at the shelling, massacres and violence committed by the regime and the rebels,” Bishop Mario Zenari, the apostolic nuncio in Damascus, Syria, says.

He added that western powers and the so-called Friends of Syria should support the initiatives of dialogue...

Keeping the memory of Tiananmen alive
(Saturday, 9 June 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): “I am here to learn how to carry on the tradition of keeping the memory alive,” a 16-year-old said at a prayer service held at the kiosk in Victoria Park prior to the candlelight vigil in memory of those who suffered and died in the massacre at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on 4 June 1989.

Standing with her mother, she spoke of the importance of learning how to keep the memory of past...