November 2012

Tight lid on Bishop Su after 15 years prison
(Saturday, 3 November 2012 )


ROME (AsiaNews): For 15 years the bishop of the unofficial Catholic community in Baoding, Hebei province, Bishop James Su Zhimin, has been held in police custody at an unknown location without any contact with the outside world.

On the 15th anniversary of his disappearance on 8 October 1997, his family made yet another request to the police for information about him. However, their enquiries were met with the...

Bishop Ma chalks up 100 days out of public eye
(Saturday, 3 November 2012 )


SHANGHAI (AsiaNews): After chalking up 100 days of forced rest and recreation, Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daquin has published segments from his dairy, penned during his virtual confinement at Sheshan Seminary, since he publicly quit his post in the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association when he was ordained a bishop in Shanghai on July 7.

He writes in a lighthearted manner on his blog, which he posted on October 16...

Mainland welcomes Year of Faith
(Saturday, 3 November 2012 )


BEIJING (SE): The opening of the Year of Faith in Catholic communities on the mainland has been marked with reflections on the martyrs of the past and the work done by missionaries in the founding of the Church in the country.

The diocese of Taiyuan marked the occasion with a Mass attended by over 2,000 people celebrated by Bishop Paulo Meng Ningyou and about 50 concelebrants on October 14, Fides reported....

Cardinal Filoni in heartfelt appeal for dialogue
(Saturday, 3 November 2012 )


HONG KONG (SE): The prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples and former head of the Vatican China study mission in Hong Kong, Fernando Cardinal Filoni, has broken a silence on China that he has kept almost completely intact since Hong Kong-born Archbishop Savio Tai-fai became secretary to the congregation nearly two years ago.

In a 2,500-word letter, published on October 22 in English,...

Maryknoll Sisters celebrate the living heritage of 100 years of mission
(Saturday, 3 November 2012 )


HONG KONG (SE): “Thank you for believing in us and thank you to those who have picked up the mantle and run with it,” said Sister Sue Glass in welcoming people to a Mass celebrated at St. Teresa’s in Kowloon to mark the centennial of the Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic.

Recognising its beginnings as 6 January 1912, when the sisters became an affiliate of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers,...