June 2013

Educating racism
(Saturday, 22 June 2013 )

The exhibition of hooliganism displayed during a soccer match listed as an international friendly between Hong Kong and The Philippines on June 5 comes as a disappointment to most people, especially Filipinos in the city, as they belong to a minority group and have been the butt of much taunting and derogatory remarks over the years.

It is a disappointment, as most people in Hong Kong, despite what their true feelings...

Catholic woman confronted London’s street murder suspects
(Saturday, 22 June 2013 )

LONDON (Agencies): A mother of two who calmly confronted the Woolwich attackers on May 22 has attributed her courage to her Catholic faith.

Ingrid Loyau-Kennet told London’s Daily Telegraph that she is a practicing Catholic.

“I live my life as a Christian. I believe in thinking about others and loving thy neighbour. We all have a duty to look after each other. A whole...

Call for Church to give some breathing space to Holy Spirit
(Saturday, 22 June 2013 )

MIAMI (CNS): Although the Second Vatican Council called on the Catholic Church to mirror the life of the Trinity, the Church is still far from being converted to that vision, a leading theologian, Father Ormond Rush, from Townsville, Australia, said on June 8. 

“The major issue is that the Holy Spirit is given very little institutional breathing room,” he said in a plenary address to the annual convention...

Death for remaining Christian in Indian village
(Saturday, 22 June 2013 )

MUMBAI (AsiaNews): A 35-year-old Christian man was beheaded for refusing to convert to Hinduism. Indian media covering the story revealed that the man, Tapas Bin, was killed by his own father-in-law in the village of Teliamura (West Tripura District), in the north-eastern part of the country, where his head was found in a stream at the end of May.

Police reported that Bin married Jentuly, the daughter of 55-year-old...

Vatican official celebrates Mass in Beijing
(Saturday, 22 June 2013 )

ROME (Agencies): A Mass was celebrated at St. Joseph’s Cathedral on May 12 in Beijing, China, by the German secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Archbishop Josef Clemens, at the invitation of the German Catholic Community of St. Joseph Freinademetz.

Archbishop Clemens also administered the sacrament of confirmation to 23 children at what is commonly referred to as the East Church in the Chinese capital...

Myanmar’s bishops issue rare statement on religious rights
(Saturday, 22 June 2013 )

Mandalay (UCAN): Following recent anti-Muslim violence in Meikhtila and Lashio, Church leaders in the Union Myanmar issued a rare public statement on June urging the government to protect, promote and fulfill the religious rights of all, especially minority communities.

They also called on the government to deal with religious hardliners stoking the violence.  

“We aim...

North Korea’s hidden Catholics
(Saturday, 22 June 2013 )

ROME (UCAN): “We suspect that after the long period of persecution there are still about 10,000 people who will remember in their hearts their Catholic faith,” Father Lee Eun-hyung, the general secretary of the Committee for the Reconciliation of the Korean People, was quoted as saying in a UCA News report sourced from the Vatican Insider on June 13.

However, he explained, “I find it difficult to...

Celebrating first communion at Rosaryhill parish
(Saturday, 22 June 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): Twelve children made their first communion on May 19 during a Mass celebrated by Father Emiliano Perez op at Rosaryhill School chapel on Stubbs Road.

Beijing cuts Pyongyang’s bank transfer account
(Saturday, 22 June 2013 )

SEOUL (AsiaNews): The Bank of China has closed the account of a North Korean lender, who has been accused by the United States of America of helping to finance the controversial nuclear weapons programme being promoted by Pyongyang.

The government-owned Chinese banking giant notified the Foreign Trade Bank, the main foreign exchange bank in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, of the closure, adding that all...

Hong Kong’s ravenous appetite 
for Chinese politics
(Saturday, 22 June 2013 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Long considered a bastion of free speech, Hong Kong has seen a rapid growth in the number of political magazines on the shelves of news agencies in recent years.

Currently, stalls stock around 20 different titles, many focussing on mainland China; five years ago, there were only five.

The expansion points to a growing hunger for commentary on the state of affairs...