December 2012

Is Weibo really for the people?
(Saturday, 8 December 2012 )


HONG KONG (Agencies): While the popular Chinese microblog, Weibo, has been used by people to express religious beliefs and to voice criticisms, even of some local governments, the fact that it is allowed to exist means that the government is using it, probably to monitor the behaviour of local government officials, Forum 18 News Service reported on November 26.

Nevertheless, it notes that freedom of religion...

Indigenous bible helps restore cultural identity in Taiwan
(Saturday, 8 December 2012 )

TAIPEI (UCAN): The Tsou indigenous people of central Taiwan number only around 7,000, but a significant number of them are Catholic and this Christmas, they are looking forward to receiving a special gift from Father Anton Weber, who will present them with a copy of the New Testament in their own Tsou language.

The German priest from the Divine Word Mission Society ministered among the people in Alishan, a village...

Where does your bible come from?
(Saturday, 8 December 2012 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Did you ever wonder where your bible is printed? Just out of interest, it may be worth having a look to see if it was done in China, as Greg Clarke, from the Bible Society of Australia, told a visiting delegation of the Chinese State Administration for Religious Affairs that most copies in Australian come from China.

When the Communist Party began its National Congress in Beijing on November 8,...

Formation for marriage is long term
(Saturday, 8 December 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): “The family and the formation of young people play an important role for the eventual bride and groom who will be living the Christian married life,” John Cardinal Tong Hon told the 46th assembly of the Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory Council on November 26.

The bishop of Hong Kong stressed, “The formation of marriage can be said to begin at birth.” The director of the...

Article 23 is back on the agenda
(Saturday, 8 December 2012 )

HONG KONG (Agencies): Lina Chan Lai-ngor, the executive secretary of the Hong Kong Justice and Peace Commission, says that she is not surprised that the central government in China appears impatient to impose Article 23 of the Basic Law, an anti-subversion and security law, on Hong Kong.

Chan said that she thinks the sudden up in charges being laid in Hong Kong against people involved in incidents at demonstrations...

A night with the voices of angels
(Saturday, 8 December 2012 )


HONG KONG (SE): The Celtic Connections Chamber Choir treated an almost full house to an evening featuring the voices of angels and instrumentals at St. John’s Cathedral on the evening of November 27, fulfilling its long held ambition to present itself in a church.

Made up mostly of Irish people residing in Hong Kong with the addition of some highly talented people with a profound interest in Celtic...

Holy See lauds recognition of Palestine but calls for all out push for peace
(Saturday, 8 December 2012 )

AMMAN (SE): The Holy See has expressed its support for Palestinian statehood and applauded the overwhelming November 29 decision of the United Nations (UN) to grant the troubled territory the status of a non-member official observer state.

Vatican Radio reported on November 30, “The Holy See has followed actively the steps which have led to this important decision, while striving to remain neutral between the...