September 2012

Rejoicing at release of Catholic girl in Pakistan
(Saturday, 15 September 2012 )

ROME (AsiaNews): “I am very happy for my daughter’s liberation,” Misrek Masih, the father of an 11-year-old Catholic girl who is suffering from Down’s Syndrome and has been detained by police on charges of blasphemy for desecration of an Islamic holy book, said when she was released on bail on September 7.

“I am grateful from the bottom of my heart,” he continued, expressing his...

Beatification for the translator of the first Chinese Catholic bible
(Saturday, 15 September 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): Father Gabriele Maria Allegra, a Sicilian Franciscan who devoted 40 years of his life to making a complete translation of the bible into Chinese, will be beatified in the cathedral church of Acireale in Sicily on September 29.

He will be known as Saint Jerome of China. The beatification comes some 10 years after Pope John Paul II recognised that a miracle had taken place through his intercession in...

Rare documents from Ricci and beyond launched on new website
(Saturday, 15 September 2012 )

BOSTON (SE): Boston College in the United States of America launched a new website, Beyond Ricci, on August 20, which provides access to books containing historical narratives, maps, correspondence and musical compositions depicting life in China during the era of early east-west exchange, which was initiated by the Jesuits.

Published in five languages, the website can be found at...

Jiangyin welcomes 294 new people to Church
(Saturday, 15 September 2012 )

NANJING (SE): In the first eight months of 2012, the parish of Jiangyin of the diocese of Nanjing, China, welcomed 294 new members to its community after a long journey of preparation.

Faith Press reported that more than 400 catechumens are taking part in the parish catechumenate programme and 294 of them have so far received the sacrament of baptism.

A spokesperson for the...

Maryknoll mourns two old Hong Kong hands
(Saturday, 15 September 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers are mourning the deaths of two of their members who spent time working in Hong Kong.

A former superior of the congregation in Hong Kong, Father José Angel Arámburu, died at St. Teresa’s Residence in Maryknoll, New York, in the United States of America (US), on August 18, and Father Thomas Danaher, who passed away at the Phelps Memorial Hospital,...

How will the LegCo stand on national education?
(Saturday, 15 September 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): Candidates in geographical constituencies running for the Legislative Council (LegCo) in the September 9 election who replied to a survey carried out by the Parents Concern Group on National Education in mid-August, showed a distinct preference as a group for the withdrawal of the government demand for National and Moral Education.

About two-thirds of these candidates answered the question, “I...

No national education in Catholic schools
(Saturday, 15 September 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): The diocese of Hong Kong says that its schools will not introduce National and Moral Education in the wake of an announcement by the chief executive of Hong Kong, Leung Chun-ying, at 7.00pm on September 8 that his administration would shelve the controversial subject for the time being.

Father Stephen Chan, from the Justice and Peace Commission, pointed out that the programme is not scrapped, only...

Cardinal Shan remembered as a moral legacy to Taiwan
(Saturday, 8 September 2012 )

KAOHSIUNG (AsiaNews): “There are people who push you to look ahead, to be positive and proactive, not to surrender to obstacles. Shan Kuo-hsi was one of these people,” Archbishop Hong Shanchuan said at a Mass for the late cardinal and former archbishop of Kaohsiung in Taiwan on August 23 at Holy Family parish.

Paul Cardinal Shan Kuo-hsi died on August 22 at the age of 88 after a long battle with cancer...

Keeping young people faithful in a faith desert
(Saturday, 8 September 2012 )

Walking is a test of
perseverance and faith


A group of 56 people, representing a full range of ages, walked for 12 days in the middle of July from Chengdu to Chongqing, in the Sichuan area of southwestern China, covering a total distance of 360 kilometres.

This is the fifth summer pilgrim walk the group has undertaken.

Voting helps society to be healthy
(Saturday, 8 September 2012 )

This Sunday is polling day for the Hong Kong Legislative Council (LegCo). Historically, Hong Kong has made a contribution to democracy in China. However, it still does not elect its own chief executive or all the members of the LegCo.

Nevertheless, Christians do have a responsibility to make their contribution towards the governance of society and the welfare of coming generations by voting.