August 2013

Can a cigar-smoking overweight literary scribbler become a saint?
(Saturday, 31 August 2013 )

MINNEAPOLIS (SE): Can an overweight literary scribbler like British journalist and apologist Gilbert Keith (G.K.) Chesterton, often characterised with a pen in one hand and walking cane in the other while perennially chewing on a cigar, become a canonised saint in the Catholic Church?

While it remains to be seen, at least Dale Ahlquist, the president of the American Chesterton Society thinks it would be a great inspiration...

Pope calls for grammar of simplicity
(Saturday, 31 August 2013 )

RIO DE JANEIRO (SE): Pope Francis put in a big plug for a grammar of simplicity to become the hallmark of a Church that projects warmth and meets people where they are at, during his visit to World Youth Day held from July 23 to 28 in Rio De Janeiro in Brazil.

He called it the raw power of primitive Christianity and urged the young people present at the international Catholic gathering to rediscover that sense of...

The kingdom of World Youth Day
(Saturday, 31 August 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): During the summer of this year, Brother Samuel Chow and Brother Luis Lorenzo, from the Legionaries of Christ, had the joy and the blessing of accompanying young people from Hong Kong to World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

At a reflection day held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on August 17 they recalled the many jam-packed days of touring, sightseeing and praying in churches both in...

Core values of Catholic schools
(Saturday, 31 August 2013 )

Over the past academic year, the education sector in Hong Kong has handled many thorny issues, including class size reduction and school closures, stress on teachers, the impact of the direct-subsidy-scheme, the introduction of national education and the schooling of Shenzhen-Hong Kong cross-border students.

What is worrying on the education scene is that campuses have recently been impacted upon by politicised events in...

Curia reform tipped to decentralise Church decision-making
(Saturday, 31 August 2013 )

VATICAN (Agencies): Reforms at the Vatican should give the Roman Curia a more international face, but should not concentrate on meeting geographical quotas, Oswald Cardinal Gracias, one of the eight appointed by Pope Francis to advise on Curia reforms, explained to the Catholic Register in Toronto, Canada, on August 19.

The archbishop of Bombay said that the eight cardinals have been conferring with each other and each...

Court rejects appeal over use of Allah for God
(Saturday, 31 August 2013 )

KUALA LUMPUR (SE): Archbishop Tan Sri Murphy Pakiam was warned that massive demonstrations would face him as he turned up to the Court of Appeals in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on August 22 to defend the right of the Catholic Church to continue its 300-year practice of using the word Allah to refer to God in some languages in common use in the country.

The Church is arguing that the word for God is not the property of the...

Government recruits over 20,000 lawyers
(Saturday, 31 August 2013 )

BEIJING (SE): The Chinese publication, Xinhua, quoted the vice minister for justice, Zhao Dacheng, as saying on August 11 that 23,500 lawyers had been recruited as legal advisers for all levels of government in China.

He described their work as facilitating the construction of a law-based governance process.

Zhao made the remarks at a symposium held in Beijing on Lawyers serving...

Bishop Jin’s ashes scattered to four winds
(Saturday, 31 August 2013 )

SHANGHAI (SE): A large photograph of the late Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian sj and the shiny black urn containing the ashes of his mortal remains were carried at the head of a procession of around 100 people, led by two acolytes carrying candles to a launch in Wusong Port in Shanghai on August 19.

After boarding, the launch moved to the meeting point of the Huangpu and Yangtze Rivers, where the ashes of the much loved leader...

Christian stewardship vital for China
(Saturday, 31 August 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): “Having been involved with China long enough to remember when ordinary citizens needed ration cards to purchase basic necessities, I can also recall my shock and surprise when I first saw advertisements for a new weight loss programme plastered on the side of a bus in a prosperous southern Chinese city,” Brent Fulton writes in the August 10 edition of China Source.

Fulton marvels that within 30...

Massive funeral for popular pastor
(Saturday, 31 August 2013 )

GUANGZHOU (AsiaNews): At least 30,000 people attended the funeral of Pastor Samuel Lamb on August 16 in Guangdong province, mainland China.

Pastor Lamb, whose real name was Lin Xiangao, is recognised as one of the pillars of the underground Protestant Church movement.

People queued for hours under the constant gaze of the police at the Yinhe morgue, Tianhe District, to pay their...