July 2013

He dared to accompany people in the desert
(Saturday, 6 July 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): Father Lancelote Miguel Rodrigues, whose memory will live long in the hearts of the tens of thousands of refugees who sought a safe haven in Macau from the end of World War II up until the 1980s, died at the age of 89 in Kiang Wu Hospital in the former Portuguese colony on June 17.

Although he may be just another name to members of Generations X and Y, who were born after 1980, to the older ones who can...

Korea honours the Leper Dentist
(Saturday, 6 July 2013 )

SEOUL (AsiaNews): The archdiocese of Seoul joined other groups and people in South Korea in honouring Kang Dae-gun, better known to the nation as the Leper Dentist, who is renowned for treating more than 15,000 people suffering from Hansen’s Disease for free during his 33 years of practice.

Kang, who is a parishioner in the archdiocese of Seoul, always refused honours and awards that were offered to him, but on the...

China acknowledges historical importance of Catholic buildings
(Saturday, 6 July 2013 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Dilapidated window frames punctuate the bare walls of the vast cruciform church in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province.

But the roof on this elegant structure that once sheltered people at prayer disappeared years ago and much of the remaining structure has been left to ruin.

Little work has been done on the Church of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal since the henchmen of...

Sign of peace rises high above the Demilitarised Zone
(Saturday, 6 July 2013 )

SEOUL (AsiaNews): A new cathedral dedicated to forgiveness and atonement was scheduled to be opened and blessed on June 25 on the Demilitarised Zone, which stands as a dividing line between the brothers, sisters and cousins of the Korean people.

The opening of the new cathedral will mark the 60th anniversary of the drawing up of the armistice that ended what is known as the Korean War in 1953, which has so tragically...

Ecumenical choir presents the Messiah in cathedral
(Saturday, 6 July 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): A combined choir from the Anglican Church, the Hong Kong Council of the Church of Christ and the Catholic diocese put on a masterly performance of the Messiah at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on the evening on June 28.

The 130-strong choir was made up of parishioners from the Hop Yat Church of the Church of Christ in China, St. John’s Anglican Cathedral and the Diocesan Choir from the...

A thanksgiving prayer for 60 years of care offered through Caritas
(Saturday, 6 July 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): “We dedicate this Mass to thank God for all the graces he has bestowed upon Caritas Hong Kong over the past 60 years,” the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, said at a Mass celebrated in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on June 30 to mark 60 years of outreach by Caritas in the city.

“But we also pray for his continuous blessings, so that we can be united to face new...