July 2012

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.


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.


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...

Obscuring the lines between legitimate and illegitimate bishops
(Saturday, 14 July 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): Events surrounding two episcopal ordinations, which were postponed from June 29 to July 6 and 7, reflect that the authorities in China seem bent on destroying the distinction between illegitimate and legitimate bishops.

Forty-eight-year-old Father Joseph Yue Fusheng was ordained without a papal mandate as the bishop of Harbin on July 6 and Father Thaddeus Ma Daqin in Shanghai, with the pope’s...

Fourteenth Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 7 July 2012 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).
Ezekiel 2:2-5; 

2 Corinthians 12:7-10; 

Mark 6:1-6.

Mass of the feast (red). 


Hosea 2:16, 17b-18, 21-22;
Matthew 9:18-26.

Mass of the day (green).

Learning through 
the liturgy
(Saturday, 7 July 2012 )

The reading from the prophet Ezekiel in today’s liturgy suggests that those who serve a prophetic function often face defiance and obstinacy from those whose positions they challenge.
However, he points out that this is the price required of us in announcing the world of God, as there are always people with whom it will not be popular.
Then in his letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul points out that what we sometimes believe are our big weaknesses, in fact turn out to be our greatest...

Freedom of expression the key to ending torture in Asia
(Saturday, 7 July 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): “Freedom of expression is the cornerstone of the protection of civil liberties,” the Asian Human Rights Commission said in a press release timed to coincide with World Anti-Torture Day, which was observed on June 26.

On the afternoon of June 25, the Hong Kong-based commission, together with the Centre for Comparative and Public Law at the University of Hong Kong sponsored a press...