May 2013

Beijing says national rights review is state secret
(Saturday, 4 May 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): China’s is due to face a review of its human rights record at the United Nations in Geneva on October 22 this year, but Radio Free Asia reported on April 3 that preparations of the report to be submitted by Beijing to the hearing are being conducted behind closed doors.

It adds that there has been a nationwide crackdown on people who have tried to take part in the preparation process....

Has Peace on Earth run dry in half a century?
(Saturday, 4 May 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): There have been two papal encyclicals that have earned the title of watershed. The first was Rerum Novarum (Of Things New), by Pope Leo XIII, which broke ground in the labour market and challenged elitism in societies. It was touted as a platform of Catholic social action.

The second, which marks its 50th anniversary this year, is Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth).

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Optimism for the Church in Taiwan
(Saturday, 4 May 2013 )

TAIPEI (Agencies): “Taiwan expresses its closeness to Pope Francis and the universal Church, as well as committing itself to its continuing mission of evangelisation,” Joao Cardinal Braz de Aviz, the prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, said at a Mass of thanksgiving for the election of the new pope in Taipei on April 14.

Held at a packed church...

A birthday wish to a pope who gave the Chinese people so much
(Saturday, 4 May 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Chinese Catholic Bible Association paid its respects to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on April 16, the occasion of his 86th birthday, recalling that his eight years of papacy has left the Church with a rich body of teaching, as well as the shining example of his own humility and steadfast love.

“We appreciate the fact that he will continue to accompany the Church on her way through prayer and...

End of an era as Shanghai’s controversial bishop mourned
(Saturday, 4 May 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): The controversial bishop from Shanghai, who described himself as both a serpent and a dove, died of cancer in hospital on April 27.

Arguably the most influential member of the Catholic hierarchy in China, Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian was 96-years-old and had been hospitalised for several months prior to his death.

In his forward to Bishop Jin’s memoirs,...