February 2013

Massive document find gives new insight into Asian Jews
(Saturday, 9 February 2013 )

Jerusalem (Agencies): The National Library of Israel in Jerusalem unveiled a collection of manuscripts from dry caves in northeastern Afghanistan, once at the fringes of the ancient Persian empire and now considered a Taliban stronghold, after purchasing it from private dealers.

The find has provided the first physical evidence of a Jewish community living in the region around 1,000 years ago, according to a January...

Former bishop of Los Angeles relieved of duties for failing to protect children
(Saturday, 9 February 2013 )

LOS ANGELES (CNS): The former archbishop of Los Angeles in the United States of America, Roger Cardinal Mahony, was relieved of all duties on January 31 because of his failure to protect children from clerical sex abuse in the past.

Archbishop José Gomez made the announcement on the same day the archdiocese released 12,000 pages of personnel files of clergy who were the subject of a 2007 global abuse...

Assaults on Armenian women in Istanbul unsettle Christians and Muslims
(Saturday, 9 February 2013 )

ISTANBUL (CNS): Since December, there have been four attacks on Armenian Christians Samatya, a once-flourishing Christian Armenian and Greek neighborhood in Istanbul, Turkey, bordering the Marmara Sea.

The area today is mostly inhabited by Muslims who make up the vast majority of Turkey’s population of 75 million.

Turkish media reported that three of the victims were...

New Chaldean Catholic Patriarch wants Christians to stay in Iraq
(Saturday, 9 February 2013 )

ROME (CWNews.com): Archbishop Louis Sako, who has been in the Chaldean Catholic archdiocese of Kirkuk, Iraq, since 2003, has been elected the new Patriarch of Babylon and worldwide leader of the Chaldean Catholic Church.

It was reported on February 1 that the 64-year-old Iraqi bishop was elected by the Synod of the Chaldean Church at a meeting in Rome and Pope Benedict XVI quickly granted his request for full...

Two Asian cardinals in new Vatican assignments
(Saturday, 9 February 2013 )

VATICAN (Agencies): Two Asian cardinals have been included in the latest list of Vatican appointments by Pope Benedict XVI.

The continent’s rising star, Luis Cardinal Tagle, from Manila in The Philippines, has been appointed as a member of the Pontifical Council for the Family and the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples.

New...

The call of the moon
(Saturday, 9 February 2013 )

The moon is a powerful influence on our world. It commands the mighty oceans to rise and calls them to withdraw, as well as being a source of light to those who venture out at night and providing guidance to ships that bob on the high seas.

It is also a subject of wonder for poets, a mellow gift to young lovers and a bedeviled curiosity for scientists.

While the sun may...

Christian cooperation key to proclaiming the gospel pope says
(Saturday, 9 February 2013 )

ROME (CNS): “Unity is in itself a privileged means—almost a requirement—for proclaiming the faith in an increasingly credible way to those who do not yet know the saviour or who, having received the proclamation of the gospel, have almost forgotten this precious gift,” Pope Benedict XVI said at the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on January 25. 

Addressing Catholic,...

Protest over failure to pay for land turns violent
(Saturday, 9 February 2013 )

Leshan (UCAN): Two people were hospitalised after a dispute between parishioners of Leshan diocese and a local construction firm over land payments turned violent on January 28. One of the injured, a woman in her 60s, is said to be in critical condition,

About 100 protesters gathered outside a construction site on the afternoon of January 28 and the morning of January 29 to demand that the Renshou Sanyou Company pay...

Holy See-Beijing diplomacy not likely in near future
(Saturday, 9 February 2013 )

TAIPEI (SE): Tou Chou-shen, a former ambassador to the Vatican from Taiwan between 2004 and 2008, said that he believes that a high level dialogue between the Holy See and Beijing may be in the too hard basket at present and diplomatic relations out of the question.

CNA reported the Taiwanese diplomat as saying at a launch of his book on the status of the Vatican in the diplomatic world, on January 16, that for...

Will the iron fist of Seoul lighten up?
(Saturday, 9 February 2013 )

SEOUL (AsiaNews): Crossing the street between Seoul Plaza and Deogsu-gung Palace in the heart of the bustling capital of South Korea, puts you in a small village beside Daehanmun, the main gate of the Blue House, or presidential palace.

This temporary village is made up of three tents housing 10 villagers, which are engaged in a sit-in to draw attention to the plight of the marginalised in the communities of modern...