July 2012

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...

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...

Year of Faith announced at the Vatican
(Saturday, 7 July 2012 )

VATICAN (SE) “The need to rediscover the journey of faith so as to shed ever clearer light on the joy and renewed enthusiasm of the encounter with Christ,” was cited as the reason Pope Benedict XVI has declared a Year of Faith, by Archbishop Rino Fisichella at a press conference held at the Vatican on June 21.

He told the media that the year will run from October 11 this year until November 24 next year...

The priesthood is a vocation not a profession new document says
(Saturday, 7 July 2012 )

VATICAN (SE): “A tendency towards the progressive transformation of the priesthood into a profession” was named as the number one stumbling block to attracting vocations to the priesthood in a new document, Pastoral guidelines for fostering vocations to the priestly ministry, which was released at the Vatican on June 25.

The Vatican Information Service reported that the release took place at a press...

Vatican bank passes transparency test
(Saturday, 7 July 2012 )

ROME (CWNews.com): The Vatican bank will get a pass grade from European banking inspectors after a test of its anti-laundering safeguards, the Italian daily newspaper, Corriere della Sera, reported on June 19.

The newspaper says that the European inspectors who have been assessing the Institute for Religious Works will give it a rating that will enable the Vatican bank to escape from its current status as a problem...

Special place of 
married deacons
(Saturday, 7 July 2012 )

Hong Kong set up a Commission for the Permanent Diaconate in 1996 and in the following year two men were ordained as permanent deacons.

This year marks 15 years of ministry by permanent deacons in the diocese and to date a total of 15 have been ordained, with all but one being married men.

The order of deacon dates back to the era of the apostles, but as time went by the...

Development is more than technological progress Holy See tells Rio+20
(Saturday, 7 July 2012 )

RIO DE JANEIRO (SE): “The process of development cannot be left to purely technical solutions,” the delegation from the Vatican said during its input at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from June 20 to 22.

The position paper says, “For in this way it would lack ethical direction. And it is unethical to act as if human beings are simply...

New archbishop installed in Seou
(Saturday, 7 July 2012 )

SEOUL (AsiaNews): Archbishop Andrew Yeom Soo-jung was installed as the new metropolitan archbishop of Seoul, South Korea, on the 62nd anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War, June 25.

He chose the date specifically, as in taking on the position of archbishop of the nation’s capital city, he also becomes the apostolic administrator of the diocese of Pyongyang, in North Korea.


China interprets Vatican Council as supporting its independent Church
(Saturday, 7 July 2012 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): The Chinese government bodies responsible for Church affairs claimed that the Second Vatican Council laid the groundwork for an independent Church in China at a two-day symposium organised in Beijing in late June to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the landmark council.

The Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association and the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China, neither...

Getting ready for an upset in migration patterns
(Saturday, 7 July 2012 )

TAIPEI (UCAN): Asia should prepare for a dramatic change in international migration trends due to the worsening debt crisis in Europe, said the secretary general of the Geneva-based International Catholic Migration Commission, Johan Ketelers, at meeting on migration held in Hsinchu, Taiwan, on June 27.

Speaking at the Asia Working Group, which was formed by the Office for Human Development of the Federation of Asian...