February 2013

Controversial stalwart of communist era Church in Poland dead at 83
(Saturday, 2 February 2013 )


VATICAN CITY (CNS): Jozef Cardinal Glemp, the former bishop of Warsaw, who was primate of the Catholic Church in Poland during the final years of communism and during the restoration of democracy, died on January 23 at the age of 83 in a Warsaw hospital, Vatican Radio reported. He had undergone surgery almost a year ago as part of his treatment for lung cancer. 

In a telegramme released by the Vatican on...

Voice of the people is the voice of the Church
(Saturday, 2 February 2013 )


The fight for the hearts and minds of the people may have become a bit of a cliché in today’s political world, but it is not a bad description of the year-long battle that the Church in Asia’s only majority Catholic country has been involved in as it unsuccessfully pitted itself against the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of the president of The Philippines, Noynoy Aquino.


Turkish court sentences driver for 2010 murder of apostolic vicar
(Saturday, 2 February 2013 )


VATICAN CITY (CNS): A Turkish court sentenced Murat Altun to 15 years in prison for the 2010 murder of the apostolic vicar of Anatolia, Bishop Luigi Padovese. 

Altun, now 29-years-old, was the bishop’s driver. He was arrested and confessed almost immediately after the murder, although in the months after his arrest he gave several different explanations of why he stabbed and almost decapitated the...

India’s bishops call for new laws to ensure safety of women
(Saturday, 2 February 2013 )


THRISSUR (Agencies): In the wake of the national outcry over the gang rape and death of a medical student and reports of rapes from across the country, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India called for “comprehensive laws and effective measures to ensure the security and safety of women,” according to Catholic News Service. 

In a January 23 statement, the bishops said, “...

Parish built thanks to Muslim generosity
(Saturday, 2 February 2013 )


FAILSALABAD (Agencies): The parish of Arooj-e-Mariam founded thanks to the good will and assistance with funding from local Muslims in Faisalabad, Pakistan, celebrated its 25th anniversary on December 21 last year.

In order to mark the occasion, parishioners have passed around the hat and have built a small grotto as a meeting place for prayer.

The first priest to be...

Babies for sale reflect problem of one-child families
(Saturday, 2 February 2013 )


BEIJING (AsiaNews): The recent arrest of Wang Yiping, the head of a village family planning committee in Anxi county, Fujian province, for selling babies is one of the sad consequences of the One Child Policy in China, AsiaNews reported on January 4.

Wang is being accused of selling a baby to a couple who are believed to have on sold it to another client.

The baby boy...

State washes its hands of children’s tragic deaths
(Saturday, 2 February 2013 )


HONG KONG (UCAN): The posting of a notice on rubbish collection units in Bijie, Guizhou province, reading, Humans and animals are forbidden to enter. The consequences of violating this order are your own responsibility, in the wake of the deaths of five homeless children from carbon monoxide poising seems a bit heartless.

The children were taking shelter from the bitter cold in the rubbish collection unit and...

Seminary closures reflect drop in vocation numbers
(Saturday, 2 February 2013 )


JINAN (UCAN): Around a third of China’s 12 government-recognised regional seminaries have suspended operations in recent years for reasons as varied as lack of students to difficulties in finding trained staff.

In early January this year, local bishops and diocesan representatives in northern Shanxi province agreed to temporarily close Montecorvino Major Seminary for two years (Sunday Examiner, January...

Taiwan’s bishops take practical lessons in media communications
(Saturday, 2 February 2013 )


Taipei (AsiaNews): The bishops of Taiwan and the spokespersons of each diocese recently concluded a January 14 to 16 workshop on how to respond during interviews and how to better communicate through mass media.

Participants included Archbishop John Hung Shan-chuan, from Taipei; Archbishop Peter Liu Cheng-chung, from Kaohsiung; Bishop John Baptist Lee Keh-mien, from Hsinchu; Bishop Martin Su Yao-wen, from...

Focus on the God we have in common say young Christian people
(Saturday, 2 February 2013 )


Hong Kong (UCAN): More than 30 young people from different Christian denominations came together at the Diocesan Retreat House from January 11 to 13 for  a gathering organised by the Catholic Diocesan Youth Commission, to share their thoughts on the subject of ecumenism and express their solidarity.

The retreat was held ahead of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and was open to young people from...