August 2012

Catholic education in Israeli-occupied Palestine is a liberating dynamic
(Saturday, 4 August 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): “Most people I meet overseas imagine Palestine as a bombed out wreck,” De La Salle Brother Peter Bray, the vice chancellor of the only Catholic university in the occupied state of Palestine, told the Sunday Examiner during a stopover in Hong Kong in February this year.

“But nothing could be further from the truth,” the New Zealand brother continued. “It is a beautiful...

What makes education valid?
(Saturday, 4 August 2012 )

CONTROVERSY OVER THE National and Moral Education Curriculum promulgated by the Hong Kong government reached its crescendo on July 29 with a mass rally in Victoria Park and a march to the Central Government Offices, with people representing teachers’ unions, political parties, educationalists, students and parents taking part.

The two most common criticisms hurled at the programme are that it is little more...

Vacations are not holidays from environmental protection
(Saturday, 4 August 2012 )

VATICAN (SE): Going on vacation must not be an occasion to relax your commitment to saving energy and protecting the environment, the Vatican says in its message for World Tourism Day, which is to be observed this year on September 27.

The annual message is devoted to the theme of sustainable energy. It argues that “tourism not only contributes to global warming: it is also a victim of it.”

Glorifying God in our bodies not just an Olympic dream
(Saturday, 4 August 2012 )

LONDON (Agencies): In the run up to the Olympic Games scheduled to be held in London, England, from July 27 to August 12, the bishops of Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales were calling on people to aim for a more balanced and environmentally sensitive lifestyle.

Over 400,000 leaflets have been distributed to parishes in England and Wales inviting people to celebrate the incredible wonder and dignity of their...

Fake Panchen Lama equates being religious with promoting stability
(Saturday, 4 August 2012 )

DHARAMSHALA (SE): A pointed remark made by Norbu, the man appointed by Beijing as the 11th Panchen Lama, during a rare visit to Tibet equated a religious person with one who promotes stability in society.

China’s official news agency, Xinhua, reported on July 25 that Norbu said during a meeting with government officials and senior cadres in Lhasa that Tibetans who do not protect social stability are unfit to...

Foreign investment not just about money Africans tell China
(Saturday, 4 August 2012 )

BEIJING (Agencies): Heads of government and environmental groups are pressing China to prioritise sustainable development in its trade with countries in Africa, while at the same time looking at their own need to be more aggressive in their negotiations with Beijing, the Voice of America reported on July 23.

The report says that officials in Beijing have responded by saying that they are increasingly recognising and...

Korean rights advocate says he was abused in China
(Saturday, 4 August 2012 )

SEOUL (UCAN): Kim Young-hwan, a campaigner for human rights in The Democratic People’s Republic of (North) Korea, said on July 25 that he was physically abused by state security agents during almost four months of detention in China.

Speaking publicly for the first time about his ordeal following his arrest on March 29 in northeastern China, Kim told a press conference in Seoul that his captors tried to force...

Our brains don’t need washing the people say
(Saturday, 4 August 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE) : Around 90,000 people are estimated to have joined a rally on July 29 calling on the government of Hong Kong to scrap plans to introduce a National and Moral Education Curriculum, scheduled to begin operation in some schools in September.

People carried babies in their arms or wheeled them in prams, others walked the distance to the Central Government Offices with toddlers trotting along with them,...

Salesian set for final profession
(Saturday, 4 August 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): In the Salesian world, August 16 is the birthday of the congregation’s founder, St. John Bosco. On that day this year, at 5:00pm in the parish of Mary Help of Christians (inside Tang King Po School), Carlos Cheung SDB will make his perpetual profession.

The Eucharist will be presided over by the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, and the provincial of the Salesians will receive the...

Priests who resisted illicit ordination in hot water
(Saturday, 4 August 2012 )

HONG KONG (UCAN) : Seven priests who resisted supporting the illicit ordination on July 6 of Father Joseph Yue Fusheng as the bishop of Harbin in China are now in hot water with government authorities for their no show at the ceremony or the critical words they uttered prior to the event, local Church sources report.

People say that the seven priests who are being disciplined by the government have been told they...