July 2012

Opus Dei looks at a second saint
(Saturday, 14 July 2012 )

VATICAN (Agencies): A second member of Opus Dei is being put up for canonisation with the approval of a decree by Pope Benedict XVI declaring Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, the successor of the founder of the prelature, St. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer, a person of heroic virtue.

“Bishop Alvaro is remembered by so many men and women as a priest of peace, loyal to his commitment of love to God, very united to the...

Vatican gets new spin doctor in face of VatiLeaks
(Saturday, 14 July 2012 )

VATICAN (SE): In the face of several months of bad press most of which has been directed at its Secretariat of State, the Vatican has employed Greg Burke, a correspondent with Fox News to act as communications advisor to the Vatican department.

The new spin doctor at the Vatican media operating table is from the United States of America and compared his position with that of a communications adviser at the While...

Chapel cruises to help needy children
(Saturday, 14 July 2012 )

TAIPEI (UCAN): Bishop Martin Su Yao-wen signed a memorandum of cooperation recently with a local ship-building company to produce a floating chapel in his diocese of Taichung, Taiwan.

Able to hold 48 people, the chapel will be designed to sail on Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan’s second-largest body of water. The diocese has tourists and pilgrims in its sights as possible clients.

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Arms trade robs the poor Asian bishops say
(Saturday, 14 July 2012 )

NEW DELHI (AsiaNews): “Arms trade is a major cause of human rights abuses,” said Archbishop Charles Bo, from Yangon in the Union of Myanmar.

In an appeal to the bishops of Asia, the president of the Office of Human Development of the Federation of the Asian Bishops’ Conferences is calling on world leaders to sign the Arms Trade Treaty.

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Hit men unleashed on church in Vietnam
(Saturday, 14 July 2012 )

HANOI (AsiaNews): A group of people in the Con Cuong district of Nghe An province in Vietnam were attacked by thugs believed to be hit men acting under instructions of the government Patriotic Front on July 1.

Local Church people say that this is the latest in a series of attacks targeting Church communities. AsiaNews reported that it was told the hit men were paid $US25 ($194) to beat up the people and the priest...

Xi wants more party influence in higher education
(Saturday, 14 July 2012 )

BEIJING (SE): The vice president of China, Xi Jinping, wants the Communist Party of China to have a greater influence on the country’s institutes of higher education, a report published by the official state media, Xinhua, reported on June 20.

He made his comments during a tour of inspection of Peking University, the Renmin University and the Tsinghua University on June 20.

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Convent open day in Beijing
(Saturday, 14 July 2012 )

BEIJING (SE): A second open door day held by the Sisters of St. Joseph in Beijing ran under the theme of Open your hearts to welcome God’s Love on June 3, with the aim of promoting vocations for the group among Catholic women in the area.

Encouraged by the success of last year’s inaugural event, the sisters again opened the doors of their convent to anyone who wanted to wander in and learn more about the...

Despite warnings Harbin ordination goes ahead
(Saturday, 14 July 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): On the eve of a slated episcopal ordination in Harbin, China, a note issued by the Holy See pointed out that the continual string of illicit ordinations of priests as bishops in China could well destroy the Catholicity of the Church in the country.

“The appointment of a bishop is not a political but a religious matter,” a note published by the Congregation for the Evangelisation of...

New Shanghai bishop a breath of fresh air
(Saturday, 14 July 2012 )

SHANGHAI (UCAN): The ordination of Father Joseph Ma Daqin as a bishop in Shanghai on July 7 breathed a sense of hope into the beleaguered Catholic community on the mainland.

Vatican Insider reported that in taking a public stand against the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association a new sense of hope and life was engendered among the 1,200 or so people crammed into St. Ignatius Cathedral.

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Congregation shocked as new bishop quits Patriotic Association
(Saturday, 14 July 2012 )

SHANGHAI (Agencies): “After today’s ordination, I will devote all my efforts to my work as a bishop,” the newly ordained bishop, Father Thaddeus Ma Daqin, told a packed St. Ignatius Cathedral in Shanghai on July 7.

“It is inconvenient for me to serve in the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association anymore,” the serving vice chairperson of the Shanghai branch of the government department...