July 2012

Japanese police on notice to respect religious freedom
(Saturday, 28 July 2012 )

Osaka (UCAN): Japanese police came under fire for making an arrest on church grounds when, on May 27, Pentecost Sunday, they entered Kaizuka Catholic Church in Kawasaki City, Kanazawa Prefecture, without a warrant to investigate and arrest a man on immigration charges. The incident sparked protests both in Yokohama diocese and at the national level.

The president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan,...

Shanghai bishop’s bravery inspires
(Saturday, 28 July 2012 )

by Father Zhong Guan

Chinese Catholics worldwide rejoiced in early July, as a brave man in the Shanghai diocese stood up for the principles of his faith against intimidation and certain retribution from state authorities. It was only a day after the illicit ordination in Harbin of Father Joseph Yue Fusheng.

Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin publicly proclaimed his allegiance...

We all have an unsatisfied lease on this earth
(Saturday, 28 July 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): “During my three years working for a human rights agency in Hong Kong, I have discovered that people seem to think that I must be trying to be some kind of saviour of the poor,” Poon Wan-yu told the Sunday Examiner.

Joining the Asian Centre for the Progress of Peoples immediately after graduating in Chinese literature from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the 25-year-old described her...

Hong Kong rallies behind Shanghai bishop
(Saturday, 28 July 2012 )

Hong KOng (UCAN): It was reported on July 20 that an investigation, instigated by the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association and the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China, into alleged violations related to the licit ordination of  auxiliary Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin, for Shanghai, has concluded (Sunday Examiner, July 22).

More than 100 diocesan priests and religious sisters were questioned...

Pope hopes Olympic goodwill brings peace and reconciliation
(Saturday, 28 July 2012 )

CASTEL GANDOLFO (CNS): Pope Benedict XVI expressed his hope that the Summer Olympics would help bring peace and reconciliation throughout the world. 

The Olympic Games, held this year in London, are “the greatest sports event in the world,” drawing athletes from the myriad nations of the world to one city, the pope told visitors gathered for the Angelus at the papal summer retreat in Castel Gandolfo...

No national and moral education for the time being religious schools say
(Saturday, 28 July 2012 )

Hong Kong (Agencies): The Catholic diocese of Hong Kong has joined with the Sheng Kung Hui (Anglican Church) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hong Kong in declining to introduce the government’s National and Moral education course in its schools for the time being.

In a press release on July 18, the Catholic Education Office said that diocesan schools would not be implementing the subject in the coming...

Site of Kublai Khan’s capital makes UNESCO list
(Saturday, 21 July 2012 )

Bangkok (UCAN): The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) named Kublai Khan’s ancient capital, Xanadu (Shangdu), to the World Heritage List during its 36th World Heritage Conference in St. Petersburg, Russia, on June 29.

Located on 25,000 hectares north of the Great Wall of China, Xanadu—one of two sites inscribed to the list this year—“encompasses the...

A struggle to preserve the faith blossomed in the Maronite Rite
(Saturday, 21 July 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): The history of the Maronite Rite of the Catholic Church is literally a story of keeping the faith.

With its tradition inherited from the thriving commercial city of Antioch, it has direct connections with apostolic times, as St. Paul and his companion, St. Barnabas, both ministered there and St. Peter himself was the bishop.

Although Antioch is in modern day...

Crossing Oceans
(Saturday, 21 July 2012 )


Crossing oceans to China


People have been travelling to China for more years than we may know, but we do know that a lot of missionary priests and sisters have been crossing by land and sea from Europe to China for hundreds of years, the earliest recorded journey would be around 1293, undertaken by Franciscan Father John Montecorvino (1246-1328), who was called the founder of the...

Higher education 
by another way
(Saturday, 21 July 2012 )

Both students and their parents will be anxious about the results of Hong Kong’s secondary school public examinations announced around June and July every year, as it impacts on the academic and professional futures of many young people. The results for the last HKALE (Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination) for the final batch of Form 7 students were relased on June 29, while the HKDSE (Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education) results for the first...