August 2012

Cardinal calls on United Kingdom to observe day of prayer for China
(Saturday, 11 August 2012 )

SWANWICK (SE): A three-day conference attended by over 300 people at Hayes Conference Centre in Derbyshire, England, on A new world order: China today and our response, ended with a call from Keith Cardinal O’Brien to have May 24 marked all over the United Kingdom as a day of prayer for the Church in China on July 23.

The feast of Our Lady Help of Christians, as well as Our Lady of Sheshan, is celebrated on...

Hong Kong women have longest life expectancy
(Saturday, 11 August 2012 )

HONG KONG (Agencies) : Women in Hong Kong can expect to live longer than anyone else in the world, figures from a census taken in the special administrative region last year show.

The average life expectancy for a woman Hong Kong rose to 86.7 years, up from 84.6 a decade ago.

The previous record holders, the women of Japan, lose their ascendancy in top spot with the life...

Maybe new music but still the same dance
(Saturday, 11 August 2012 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): An update on rules and regulations covering the operation of bishops in China issued by the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association in late June are not much more than a reiteration of the current situation and only attracted attention in the wake of the dramatic announcement by Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin at his ordination Mass in Shanghai on July 7 that he would quit his position in the Patriotic Association, according to some bishops who...

No fasting during Ramadan
(Saturday, 11 August 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Chinese government has placed restrictions on the observance of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in the northern province of Xinjiang, home to the majority of the Muslim Uighur minority, Al Jazeera reported on August 2.

Although Uyghur leaders have warned the move is a recipe for further violence in the area, party leaders are being urged to broaden the restrictions on this sacred religious...

The cloud over Hiroshima today foreshadows hope not destruction
(Saturday, 11 August 2012 )

HIROSHIMA (SE): “On this day in 1945, someone climbed not to a holy mountain, but to the cockpit of a plane… On August 6 an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Here we have a new voice booming from heaven. Here too there was brightness… Here too is cloud… Truly under this new cloud we are right to be afraid,” reads an ecumenical liturgy developed in New Zealand commemorating the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on...

Vatican stresses role of the young in building peace and justice at end of Ramadan
(Saturday, 11 August 2012 )

 VATICAN CITY (SE): A message to the Muslim community of the world to mark the feast of Id al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan scheduled for August 18 this year, stresses the need for education in the areas of justice and peace among all young people, which it says are values inseparable from truth and freedom.

“We rejoice with you at this privileged time which gives you the opportunity to deepen obedience to God, by fasting...

Eighteenth Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 4 August 2012 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).
Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15; 
Ephesians 4:17, 20-24; 
John 6:24-35.

Mass of the feast, Gloria, preface of the feast (white).

Living faith is 
living charity
(Saturday, 4 August 2012 )

When Jesus speaks of himself as the bread of life, he is offering an open invitation to people to believe in him, as we can only recognise what is the true bread of life through the eyes of faith.

In the gospel reading from
St. John, Jesus describes himself as bread from heaven, but not just bread for the body, but bread that will nourish and sustain life forever.


Indian police name bishop in murder case
(Saturday, 4 August 2012 )

KERELA (UCAN): Kottayam archdiocese announced on July 24 that it is to take legal action against India’s top law enforcement agency after it implicated a retired archbishop in the murder of a religious sister 20 years ago.

A spokesperson for the archdiocese said it would file a criminal case against the Central Bureau of Investigation and the media for defaming “our most respected leader and the...

Human rights advocates now showing a new brashness
(Saturday, 4 August 2012 )

BEIJING (AsiaNews) : The desire for democracy and human rights for all is increasingly taking hold in China, where dissidents and rights advocates seem to be losing their fear of asking publicly for transparency in cases of abuse and no longer seek to hide their comrades to protect them from the vengeance of the government.

However, their boldness is being largely rewarded with another wave of repression and...