June 2013

Intolerance in the name of tolerance must be condemned says bishop
(Saturday, 8 June 2013 )

GENEVA (CNS): “Intolerance in the name of tolerance must be named for what it is and publically condemned,” Bishop Mario Toso told the High-Level Conference on Tolerance and Non-Discrimination held in Tirana, Albania, from May 21 to 22, hosed by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

The secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace pointed out that “to deny religiously...

Pope Francis plans to complete encyclical on faith
(Saturday, 8 June 2013 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Continuing a papal tradition of finishing a predecessor’s work in progress, Pope Francis intends to complete an encyclical on the virtue of faith begun during the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI. 

“I can confirm that the plan for an encyclical on faith, begun by Benedict XVI, has been taken up by the new pope,” Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesperson, said in a May 24...

Belgian court condemns 2010 cathedral raid
(Saturday, 8 June 2013 )

OXFORD (CNS): The Belgian Catholic Bishops’ Conference has welcomed judicial condemnation of a 24 June 2010 police raid on the cathedral and residence of Godfried Cardinal Danneels, from Mechelen-Brussels. 

On May 28, Belgium’s Court of Cassation condemned the raid, which occurred during a bishops’ plenary meeting.

The bishops were held all day as police...

A call to 
(Saturday, 8 June 2013 )

On June 4 this year, people again flocked to Victoria Park in Hong Kong to burn a candle for those who died during the massacre that took place in Tiananmen Square on that day in 1989.

On the surface, the annual memorial may seem like a simple ritual in memory of those who died combined with a call to the authorities in Beijing to vindicate their memories as patriotic citizens and not enemies of the state.

Crackdown on arousing Tiananmen memories
(Saturday, 8 June 2013 )

BEIJING (AsiaNews): A crackdown against human rights advocates was launched in Beijing during the run up to the June 4 anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre.

The authorities carried out raids across the country keeping a gag on known dissidents and preventing any demonstrations in memory of the hundreds and probably thousands who were killed when the army rolled tanks into the square 24 years ago on 4 June 1989....

Church losing grip on choice of bishops for China
(Saturday, 8 June 2013 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Church observers in China have reacted strongly to a revision of the regulations surrounding the election of bishops, which they say grants the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China, a virtual government body which is not recognised by the Holy See, overarching control over who can be put forward for consideration as the head of a diocese.

The revised process, which was passed in April...

Peace deal struck with Kachin freedom fighters in Myamar
(Saturday, 8 June 2013 )

Myitkyina  (Agencies): A tentative peace deal appears to have been struck between the government of the Union of Myanmar and ethnic minority Kachin freedom fighters, according to Agence France Press.

Representatives of the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) and the government of president, Thein Sein, met for three days in Myitkyina, the Kachin state capital, and signed a seven-point plan on May 29 aimed at ending...

Hindus and Muslims donate to new Catholic church
(Saturday, 8 June 2013 )

DHAKA (AsiaNews): A fundraiser held on May 25 by Father Boniface Subrata Tolentino, the parish priest of Mathbari in the Dazipu district of Dhaka, Bangladesh, for the construction of a new church, was also attended by Hindus and Muslims who opened their wallets, donating a significant amount of taka the cause.

“Some non-Christian brothers and...

Caritas acknowledges its supporters
(Saturday, 8 June 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): Caritas closed its funding campaign for 2012 and 2013 at a ceremony of thanksgiving held in the Caritas Community Hall in Caine Road on the evening of May 31.

The director of Caritas, Father Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, told the Sunday Examiner that the ceremony simply signifies the end of one fundraising year and the beginning of another.

“But it provides an...

Muslims alarmed over pork labelled as beef
(Saturday, 8 June 2013 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Muslims in Hong Kong have expressed alarm following a report aired by Cable Television at the end of May revealing that beef balls sold in some markets and grocery stores are actually made out of pork.

The humble beef ball is a common ingredient found in many cheap dishes, such as noodle soups, and is popular among the 150,000 Indonesian migrant workers in the city.