November 2012

Good things behind bars
(Saturday, 10 November 2012 )


HONG KONG (SE): Life behind prison bars is a mystery to many people, as they have never sat on either side of the grills that separate the free from the confined.

However, the thousands who have done time and the many more thousands from their families who visit or correspond with them know of a grim reality of darkness and soul searching that seldom sees the light of day.


Health care and family trust
(Saturday, 10 November 2012 )


Widespread discussions on whether children should be vaccinated against Human Papillomavirus, commonly known as HPV, have drawn some attention in Hong Kong.

As HPV infection can lead to cervical cancer, which is one of the most common forms of the disease and has a high fatality rate among women in Hong Kong, so it is not surprising that the process of HPV vaccination has come to the fore in public health...

Bad year for religious freedom in Asia
(Saturday, 10 November 2012 )


ROME (UCAN): A new report released on October 17 in Rome by Aid to the Church in Need on the religious freedom of minority groups in Asia says that persecution of Christians has continued or worsened in many countries in Asia during the past 12 months.

The report singles out Pakistan as having had a terrible year following the killing of two top politicians, a Muslim, Salman Taseer, and a Catholic, Shahbaz...

Dialogue and culture are top priority Cardinal Tong insists
(Saturday, 10 November 2012 )


HONG KONG (SE): The appeal from the prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, Fernando Cardinal Filoni, to the authorities in Beijing to reopen a dialogue with the Holy See highlights an extremely important issue, the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, told Vatican Insider on October 28 in Rome.

Cardinal Tong said that it is necessary to continue pushing dialogue. “In...

Don’t hold your breath waiting for a reply from Beijing
(Saturday, 10 November 2012 )


HONG KONG (UCAN): A bishop and some priests from mainland China have told Fernando Cardinal Filoni not to hold his breath waiting for a reply to his impassioned appeal to Beijing to open a dialogue with the Vatican.

The bishop, who did not wish to be named, told UCA News, “The government will not make any response, because its top priority is to maintain stability on the eve of the National Congress of...

Synod says Chinese bishop was there in spirit
(Saturday, 10 November 2012 )


VATICAN (SE): The Synod of Bishops has assured its lone voice from China that his spiritual presence was felt at the gathering despite his physical absence.

Bishop Lucas Li Jingfeng, from Fengxiang, wrote a letter that was read out to the synod, in which he presented the Church in China as a model of fidelity and devotion despite 50 years of persecution, contrasting it with the tepidness of Catholic people in...

Resurrecting a key player in 
Chinese Rites Controversy
(Saturday, 10 November 2012 )


CASTORANO (AsiaNews): A conference was held to study the role played by Father Carlo Orazi, one of the key figures in the Chinese Rites Controversy of the early 18th century, in Castorano, Italy, from October 26 to 27.

Father Orazi was a Franciscan, who was sent to China by what is known today as the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples (Propaganda Fide) in 1700. He was to remain in Beijing...

New cardinals trump Asian bishops
(Saturday, 10 November 2012 )


VATICAN (SE): The six new cardinals appointed out of season by Pope Benedict XVI during the Synod of Bishops, which concluded in Rome on October 28, have trumped the Asian bishops who were scheduled to gather for their four-yearly meeting in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, from November 16 to 25.

By scheduling the elevation of the new cardinals, two of whom are from Asia, for November 24, plans for the gathering...

Lay Dominicans welcome new members
(Saturday, 10 November 2012 )
Indian prime minister insults the nation
(Saturday, 10 November 2012 )


HONG KONG (SE): “The mindless atmosphere of negativity and pessimism that is sought to be created over the issue of corruption can do us no good,” said the prime minister of India, Manmohan Singh, on October 10, in condemning a widespread protest movement running under the theme of India Against Corruption.

Singh’s outburst has prompted people to question exactly what good he expects...