September 2012

Muslims show their hurt and frustration at prayer rally
(Saturday, 29 September 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): Around 3,000 people from the Muslim community in Hong Kong gathered in Chater Garden on September 23 to express their hurt and frustration over the mocking of the prophet, Muhammad, by the movie produced in the United States of America (US), The Innocence of Muslims.

Organised by the community from the Kowloon Mosque, the peaceful gathering, which organisers estimate reached 5,000 people at its peak...

The bible in Chinese is 
more than a book
(Saturday, 29 September 2012 )

From its beginning, the Church has had the tradition of proclaiming saints and blesseds. It is a declaration by the Holy See that the person lived a life of noble virtue and can be looked up to as an exemplary model of the Christian life.

Father Gabriele Allegra, a Sicilian Franciscan, became the first person, who lived a significant part of his life in Hong Kong, to be beatified on September 29.

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New overseer of religious affairs
(Saturday, 29 September 2012 )

BEIJING (UCAN): The Central Committee of the Communist Party named 56-year-old Ling Jihua the new head of the United Front Work Department in Beijing, China, on September 1.

His appointment is of particular interest for the Catholic Church, as part of the brief of the United Front is to oversee religious affairs on the mainland.

A close ally of the president, Hu Jintao, Ling...

The working document for 
October synod on new evangelisation released
(Saturday, 29 September 2012 )

VATICAN (SE): “The Synod fathers will reflect on the transmission of Christian faith, one of the great challenges facing the Church in the context of the new evangelisation,” Archbishop Nikola Eterovic and Bishop Fortunato Frezza, the secretary general and under secretary of the synod, said at a press conference at the Vatican to present the working document on June 19.

The 13th Ordinary Assembly of the...

Inspirer of House Churches dies
(Saturday, 29 September 2012 )

BEIJING (SE): A man recognised as one of the most significant leaders in the House Church movement in China, Sun Yi-yin, also known Freddie Sun, died of cancer at the age of 76, BosNewsLife reported on August 23.

Bon Finley, the founder of the Christian Aid Mission in the United States of America, described the university professor as a devoted Christian who leaves behind 154 bible institutes and missionary training...

Call for United Nations investigation of Li’s suicide
(Saturday, 29 September 2012 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): A dozen civil society groups, together with former and current legislators in Hong Kong appealed for a United Nations (UN) special rapporteur to be appointed to investigate what they termed the suspicious circumstances surrounding the official finding of suicide as the cause of death of mainland labour rights advocate, Li Wangyang.

The groups made their call during a press conference held in Hong...

Bishop pushes the Year of Faith in China
(Saturday, 29 September 2012 )

FENGXIANG (Agencies): The 90-year-old Bishop Lucas Li Jingfeng, from Fengxian in Shaanxi province, published a pastoral letter entitled, Reflection on the Year of Faith, on August 15, the solemnity of the Assumption of Mary.

Fides reports that the bishop makes 22 points to help people to prepare for the year with suggestions laid out in an extremely detailed manner.

He...

Beijing wants standard practices in charity work
(Saturday, 29 September 2012 )

WUHAN (UCAN): The State Administration for Religious Affairs in China launched the first nationwide Week of Religious Charity on September 17.

This comes as a follow up to a document released by the government in February encouraging religious groups to be involved in charitable activities.

The weeklong campaign running from September 17 to 23 was opened in the capital of...

Unscrupulous developers suspected of church arson
(Saturday, 29 September 2012 )

Xiantao (UCAN): Members of the Catholic congregation in a small city in Hubei province, central China, report that their church was burned down in mid-September and they believe the fire may have been deliberately set.

The church was the only building left in Caibang village, near the city of Xiantao, after local Catholics held firm when developers paid off locals last year to move out and make way for new...

Faithful to the end
(Saturday, 29 September 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): On 9 October 1947, a young Father Michele Pagani, from the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME), boarded a ship in Italy bound for Hong Kong.

Born in Lurago Marinone, Como, on 20 August 1920, he was ordained a priest on 18 December 1943, after studies at the Little House of the Divine Providence, in Turin, which was founded by St. Luigi Orione (1872 to 1940), and taking out a...