January 2013

Delhi rape an attack on life itself
(Saturday, 19 January 2013 )

MUMBAI (AsiaNews): “It is not only a terrible act of violence, but an attack on life itself,” Pascoal Carvalho, a physician and member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, said of the gang rape in New Delhi, India, of a 23-year-old woman on December 16 last year.

On December 29, the victim was admitted to the Mount Elizabeth Hospital, a specialised facility in Singapore, where doctors hoped to stabilise...

Shed no crocodile tears over
New Delhi rape please
(Saturday, 19 January 2013 )

New Delhi’s young gang rape victim has paid the ultimate price for being a woman in India.

A few days after her funeral, people will return to their daily routine and the horror of violence against women will recede from memory. But it will not be long before we hear of another rape.

Yes, we need tougher rape laws, more security for women and speedy justice in the...

Catholic agencies disappointed with Doha Climate Change Talks
(Saturday, 19 January 2013 )

DOHA (SE): While the United Nations (UN) Climate Talks COP 18 (Climate Change Parties) concluded in Doha, Qatar, on December 7, had been billed as a way to move towards a safer and more equitable world, the climate policy officer from an international alliance of Catholic development agencies (CIDSE), Emilie Johann, reported that they did little more than cling   to the track towards a new global climate deal by 2015.

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Twelve Church workers die violently in 2012
(Saturday, 19 January 2013 )

ROME (SE): “They lived their faith with humility and courage, without fanfare, often in contexts of extreme poverty,” Vatican Radio said on December 31 last year in announcing that 12 Church workers, 10 of whom were priests, one a religious and one a lay person, were killed in 2012. 

Presenter, Emer McCarthy, said that for the fourth consecutive year, the place most affected, with an extremely...

How religions spread themselves around
(Saturday, 19 January 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): Over eight in 10 people identify with a religious group, according to a study done by Pew Research Centre’s Forum on Religion and Public Life on the demographics of religious affiliation over 230 countries and territories.

This equates to approximately 5.8 billion people who express some sort of religious affiliation around the globe, or 80 per cent of the world’s 2010 population....

The Year of Faith and Christian Unity
(Saturday, 19 January 2013 )

One of the principal aims of the Year of Faith is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. A milestone of the Catholic Church in modern times, it brought tremendous dynamism to the ecumenical movement in the Church while the conciliar document, Decree on Ecumenism (Unitatis Redintegratio), showed the pathway to promoting this work. 

January 18 to 25 of each year is...

Is new Korean president out of step with the Church?
(Saturday, 19 January 2013 )

SEOUL (SE): Many hearts in the Catholic Church sank when the news broke on December 19 last year that Juliana Park Geun-hye had won the election to become the next president of the Republic of Korea, UCA News reported.

The Hong Kong-based news agency said that with few exceptions, she holds views that are diametrically opposed to the mainstream Catholic community on burning issues such as the death penalty,...

Vietnam tightens screws on religious practice
(Saturday, 19 January 2013 )

HANOI (AsiaNews): Christians and Buddhists in Vietnam say they are concerned about the implications of a new decree issued by the government in Hanoi on January 1 this year circumscribing freedom of religious worship.

Known as Decree 92, it introduces new restrictions on freedom of worship in the country and seems to be following the Chinese model for future decision-making in matters of faith expression and...

Vatican and Taiwan tie up education deal
(Saturday, 19 January 2013 )

VATICAN (Agencies): An exchange of notes between the Vatican and Taipei took place on December 17 with the secretary of state for the Vatican and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan tying up of an agreement between the Congregation for Catholic Education of the Holy See and the Ministry of Education of the Republic of China on collaboration in the field of higher education and on the recognition of studies, qualifications, diplomas and degrees, the...

Church in China opens doors at Christmas
(Saturday, 19 January 2013 )

SHIJIAZHUANG (Agencies): The solemn Christmas celebrations of the Catholic community in China was characterised by three themes; love of neighbour, witness to faith and the life and development of faith, Fides reported.

You and I together was the theme of the Eighth Christmas Charitable Evening organised by Jinde Charity in Shijiazhuang, attended by around 400 volunteers and benefactors who have been involved with...