June 2013

Determination is important in attaining success students hear
(Saturday, 15 June 2013 )

Hong Kong (SE): St. Joseph’s Anglo-Chinese School held its annual speech day on the afternoon of May 31 in the school hall at its campus on Clear Water Bay Road, Kowloon. 

After a prayer and proclamation of the gospel by Father Doimo Dino, from the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, the school supervisor, Irving Koo Yee-yin, made his opening remarks, which were followed by a report on the year from the...

Which is greater? Law or party?
(Saturday, 15 June 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): Internet search engines do at least reveal the hot topics of the day and, if allowed to run free, give much information on current thinking among the populace.

But Peter Ford writes from Beijing in The Christian Science Monitor on May 24 that it does come as a bit of a surprise when the hot topic of the day turns out to be the national constitution.

Ford explains...

Japan a leader in Asian Church in dealing with sexual abuse
(Saturday, 15 June 2013 )

TOKYO (UCAN): When the Catholic Church in Japan admitted instances of sexual abuse in 2002 and later issued guidelines to bishops on how to address the problem, it broke a silence which continued to be maintained in many countries in Asia and further afield.

A decade later, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan is again set to lead Asia on transparency in addressing sexual abuse—even though some would say...

Textbook discrimination in Pakistan
(Saturday, 15 June 2013 )

PESHAWAR (SE): “As many as 55 chapters in 22 course books used in Sindh and Punjab were found to contain discriminatory material against minorities, according to a study conducted by the National Commission for Justice and Peace,” the Express Tribune reported on May 26.

It said that the discriminatory material is mostly found in textbooks used in grades one to 10 from the 2012 to 2013 academic year....

Clampdown on law firms in China
(Saturday, 15 June 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): A number of lawyers in China, estimated to be in the dozens, who have taken on human rights briefs, are still waiting for their licences to practice law to be reviewed, Radio Free Asia reported on June 6.

Legal procedure in China requires all lawyers to undergo a review of their licences each year. 

The deadline for completion is May 31, but one week past the...

Praying that Tiananmen may be looked on in a new light
(Saturday, 15 June 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): The light of day began to fade on the people gathering for a prayer service, organised by the Franciscan Justice and Peace Team and the Union of Hong Kong Catholic Organisations in Support of the Patriotic and Democratic Movement in China, at the performance space near the kiosk in Victoria Park in the early evening of the June 4 anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre.

But as the light of the candles...

Tenth Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 8 June 2013 )

Mass of the day, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Eucharist (green). 
1 Kings 17:17-24; 
Galatians 1:11-19; 
Luke 7:11-17.

Mass of the day, (green). 

Get up and walk
(Saturday, 8 June 2013 )

We have all heard the phrase a fair weather Catholic. This is usually a derogatory term aimed at people who are faithful to the Church when things are going well, who think well of God when life is
bubbling along, but as soon as something goes wrong, as soon as suffering comes into their lives or plans do not work out in the anticipated manner, suddenly the Church is forgotten about and God somehow becomes the enemy.

Many faces of Chinese power 
on the world stage
(Saturday, 8 June 2013 )

Just over half a century ago a belligerent China and an ill-prepared India engaged in a border war. From the Indian perspective, the 1962 conflict revealed China’s treachery a year on from the euphoria of the visit of the Chinese premier at the time, Chou Enlai, and the apparent brotherly relations that were meant to follow.

The Chinese claimed the Indians provoked them. Goaded by the opposition, a desperate Indian...

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 8 June 2013 )

Death penalty initiatives in Papua New Guinea criticised

Sydney (CathNews): Caritas Australia condemned recent actions in the parliament of Papua New Guinea that could revive the use of the death penalty, 

In a May 30 media statement, the agency’s chief executive officer, Jack de Groot, said the death penalty would equate to state-sponsored violence....