September 2012

Taiwan mourns Cardinal Shan as a great man with the common touch
(Saturday, 1 September 2012 )

TAIPEI (SE): Paul Cardinal Shan Kuo-hsi died in Gengxin Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan, of multiple organ failure at the age of 88 on August 22 after a six-year battle with lung cancer.

Mourned across the his adopted homeland of Taiwan, his picture appeared on the front page of major newspapers on the following day and tributes were paid to what the media described as a simple man of the ordinary people.

Church in Turkish Cyprus ransacked
(Saturday, 1 September 2012 )

RIMINI (SE): Churches in Turkish-occupied areas of Cyprus are being forcibly stripped and turned into warehouses and, in some cases, even museums or mosques, said Archbishop Chrysostomos II, from the Church of Cyprus, at the annual gathering of Christian Churches in Rimini, Italy, on August 20.

This is the 33rd gathering to be hosted in the city and is being attended by representatives from 120 Christian Churches....

Priests not employees of the Vatican
(Saturday, 1 September 2012 )

PORTLAND (Agencies): A judged ruled in the Oregon Federal Court, in the United States of America (US), on August 23 that the Vatican is not the employer of priests.

A district court judge, Michael Mosman, put an end to a six-year-old question as to whether or not the Vatican could be sued in cases of priests found guilty of sexual abuse.

The original case was filed by a man...

God has our interests at heart
(Saturday, 1 September 2012 )

RIMINI (SE): “God has our happiness at heart,” Pope Benedict XVI said in his welcoming message to the participants at the annual ecumenical gathering of representatives from 120 denominations at Rimini in Italy in early August.

He begins by proposing a riddle, asking if maybe it is structurally impossible for people to live up to their own human nature.


Down’s Syndrome child in prison for blasphemy
(Saturday, 1 September 2012 )

KARACHI/RIMINI (SE): The arrest and imprisonment of Rimsha Masih, a young Christian girl suffering from Down’s Syndrome for desecration of a holy book in Islamabad, Pakistan, has caused both fear among other Christians in the area and sparked a strong call from minority rights’ advocates for reason to prevail over prejudice.

Masih, who is said to be 11-years-old, was brought to the police station after being...

Bishops forced to flee in Syria
(Saturday, 1 September 2012 )

VATICAN (SE): Two bishops in Syria were forced to flee when their homes in Aleppo were ransacked.

Melkite Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart sought refuge with Father George Abu Khazen, the pastor of the Latin Rite community in a safer part of the country on August 23.

Fides reported that the Maronite bishop fled to Lebanon when the Free Syrian Army drove through the city...

China forcibly returns Myanmese refugees to hostile areas
(Saturday, 1 September 2012 )

NEW YORK (SE): In a mysterious deal worked out between the Kachin Independent Organisation (KIO) in the Union of Myanmar and authorities in the province of Yunnan, China, up to 1,000 Myanmese refugees sheltering on the Chinese side of the border from the civil war in the Kachin state have been forcibly repatriated since August 19.

The New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a press release on August 24 that a...

Asian students reflect on Internet preoccupation
(Saturday, 1 September 2012 )

TAICHUNG (AsiaNews): The Association of Chinese Catholic University Students held its annual meeting from August 10 to 15 at Providence University, in Taichung, Taiwan, on the theme, You are written in my love.

The annual meeting looks at issues of social importance, connected with the right of every Christian community on the island to make a journey of faith.

The five-day...

Labour Commission calls for set work week and time-and-a-half for overtime
(Saturday, 1 September 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Catholic Commission of Labour Affairs is calling for a 44-hour work week with all overtime put in by employees to be paid at time-and-a-half, as is the custom in many western countries.

As the result of a survey on the retail sector conducted by the commission among 208 employees in shopping malls around the city in June and July, it is suggesting that the standard should be a 44-hour week with...

Making love of country difficult to distinguish from adulation of rulers
(Saturday, 1 September 2012 )


HONG KONG (SE): The Education Bureau of Hong Kong is pushing the introduction of the controversial National and Moral Education hard, even in the face of considerable public opposition and opposition from school teachers.

As the largest school-sponsoring body in Hong Kong, the local diocese has inevitably become embroiled in the debate.

The introduction of the new...