June 2012

First priestly ordination for Hainan in 60 years
(Saturday, 2 June 2012 )

Haikou (UCAN): For the first time in 60 years, a new priest was ordained for Hainan island, southern China, on May 17 and the newly finished Sacred Heart of Jesus Church was consecrated in the capital city, Haikou. 

At a ceremony attended by around 600 people, Reverend Zhang Wenmin was ordained a priest by Bishop Joseph Gan Junqiu of Guangzhou, Guangdong province, who was joined by two other bishops from...

Church in Inner Mongolia under pressure
(Saturday, 2 June 2012 )

Hohhot (UCAN): Sources in Suiyuan diocese, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, said that the unofficial Church has faced a series of suppressive acts by authorities aimed at forcing clergy to join the government-sanctioned Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA).

They said that, in order to avoid arrest, priests remain in hiding and cannot carry out normal pastoral work because they refuse to support the...

Despite constraints World Day of Prayer celebrated in Sheshan
(Saturday, 2 June 2012 )

Sheshan (UCAN/AsiaNews)Despite drizzling weather, about 5,000 people gathered on May 24, the feast of Mary Help of Christians, at the pilgrimage site of Our Lady of Sheshan, on the outskirts of Shanghai, to observe the annual World Day of Prayer for the Church in China.

Father Thaddeus Ma Daqin, vicar general of Shanghai, led 30 priests from different dioceses, seminarians of the Sheshan regional seminary, women...

St. Clare’s School celebrates 85 years
(Saturday, 2 June 2012 )

Hong KOng (SE): St. Clare’s School, one of the oldest English medium Catholic schools in Hong Kong, marks its 85th anniversary this year. 

Founded in 1927 by the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of the Angels from Canada, the vision of the school sponsoring body is for students, following the example of St. Clare, to embrace the virtues of simplicity and fraternity. Veritas Vincit was adopted as the school...

Month long crackdown on Marian shrine
(Saturday, 2 June 2012 )

Donglu (AsiaNews): A Catholic source who visited Donglu village, Qingyuan county, Hebei province, in May, said that the government had deployed officials to guard the points of entry into the village round-the-clock from the beginning of the month, with the presence of tents suggesting around-the-clock watch.

Donglu is the site of a Marian apparition—which came to be known as Our Lady of China—in 1900....

Veteran missionary retires after 58 years
(Saturday, 2 June 2012 )

By Gianni Criveller


On May 15, Father Antonio Garaventa, from the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME), bade farewell to his community in Hong Kong to return to Italy.

At 83 years of age, he has given 58 years of generous service to the Hong Kong diocese. 


Low enrollment leads university to axe Catholic studies programme
(Saturday, 2 June 2012 )

 Hong Kong (UCAN): The Chinese University of Hong Kong has decided to axe the first and only master’s degree programme in Catholic studies run by a Hong Kong university.

Father Patrick Taveirne, the director of the university’s Centre for Catholic Studies, admitted it had been difficult to run a Catholic post-graduate course in a secular institution.

“We don’t have a full-time professor...

Pope’s private assistant arrested in VatiLeaks probe
(Saturday, 2 June 2012 )


VATICAN CITY (CNS): Vatican spokesperson, Father Federico Lombardi, confirmed on May 26 that Paolo Gabriele, the pope’s private assistant, was arrested after private Vatican documents were found in his possession in connection to the so-called VatiLeaks scandal that began in January. 

Father Lombardi said Vatican police took Gabriele into custody on the evening of May 23 after they found the...

Mass celebrated for the Church in China on World Day of Prayer
(Saturday, 2 June 2012 )

Hong kOng (SE) The bishop of Hong Kong John Cardinal Tong Hon, celebrated a Mass on the evening of May 24, the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Caine Road. The event, attended by around 100 people, was organised by the Justice and Peace Commission.

In his homily, the cardinal remarked that there had been significant growth in the Church in China despite the...