August 2012

Zambian authorities deport priest for homily on poverty and justice
(Saturday, 18 August 2012 )

LUSAKA (CNS): Authorities in Zambia deported a Catholic priest after he was detained for two days and questioned for preaching about poverty and justice for the poor during Mass. 

Edgar Lungu, the minister of home affairs, confirmed that Father Viateur Banyangandora, the parish priest of Lundazi, was sent back to his homeland of Rwanda on August 1.

He declined to say...

Catholic aid workers find Syrian refugees in the dark about the future
(Saturday, 18 August 2012 )

BEIRUT (CNS): Father Simon Faddoul, president of Caritas Lebanon, said that refugees from Syria are in complete darkness about their future.

The agency has been working with Syrian refugees in Lebanon for 14 months and Father Faddoul said there was a large influx of people in the last week of July, as more than 20,000 refugees fled from violence in Damascus and Homs.


A new nuclear and wisdom
(Saturday, 18 August 2012 )

Over the decades since World War II, the Church has developed an increasing clarity in its teaching on the use of nuclear weapons in the hostility and anger of war.

The anniversaries of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan on August 6 and 9 have also served as occasions for renewed reflection each year, which have developed to the extent that the Vatican observer to the United Nations,...

Call for freeedom from fear of radiation
(Saturday, 18 August 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): On the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, August 9, the mayor of the city, Tomihisa Taue, added his voice to the call from the bishops of Japan for a world free from the fear of radioactivity, during a ceremony at the city’s peace park to mark the 1945 attack.

He called on the government in Tokyo to move away from the use of nuclear fuel for the production of power and instead...

China’s priests critical of Beijing response to United States report
(Saturday, 18 August 2012 )

HONG KONG (UCAN) : Several priests have spoken out against comments made by the Foreign Ministry in Beijing on August 2 dismissing a claim made in the 2011 Report on Religious Freedom from the State Department of the United States of America (US) that the state of religious freedom in China is going backwards.

The State Department report, released on July 30, identified eight countries of particular concern,...

Korean police disrupt Mass on troubled Jeju island
(Saturday, 18 August 2012 )

JEJU (SE): The all out confrontation between the Korean government and the people of what is known as the Island of World Peace over the construction of a giant naval base went up a notch on August 8 when the local diocese demanded an apology from riot police for knocking a priest to the ground while he was celebrating Mass and treading on the Eucharist.

UCA News reported that about 20 riot police disrupted a Mass...

Orissa court reopens murder case previously dismissed by police
(Saturday, 18 August 2012 )

MUMBAI (AsiaNews): Following the killing of a Protestant minister, Michael Nayak, on 20 July 2011, in Kandhamal, India, by a group of extremists professing to be Hindu, police dismissed the case as accidental death.

However, it was reported on August 8, just one year on, that a court reopened the case and issued orders for the suspects in the killing to be apprehended.


Another advocate for human rights indicted for subversion
(Saturday, 18 August 2012 )

 HONG KONG (UCAN): Police have arrested and charged Zhu Chengzhi, a friend and supporter of deceased labour unionist, Li Wangyang, with inciting subversion of state power, according to a report from the Chinese Human Rights Defenders.

The Hong Kong-based human rights agency announced on August 9 that it has received a copy of the indictment against Zhu Chengzhi, issued by the Shaoyang City Public Security Bureau, on July 25.


Farewell to longtime missionary to Hong Kong Church
(Saturday, 18 August 2012 )

Hong Kong (SE): On the afternoon of August 8, Father Antonio Garaventa returned to our heavenly Father to receive his eternal reward.

The Italian priest from the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME) was 84 years old.

On May 15, after 58 years working for the Church in Hong Kong, ill health forced him to return to Italy when he took a turn for the worse after an...

Stay and pray an hour in solidarity with the people of Myanmar
(Saturday, 18 August 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): “We are here to do what is possible in support of real peace,” Father Franco Mella told a group of around 40 people who gathered at the Star Ferry in Tsim Sha Tsui to stay and watch for one hour with the people of the Union of Myanmar on the 23rd anniversary of what the world knows today as the 8888 (8 August ’88) Uprising.

“On this day in 1988, students went out into the...