August 2013

LANGUAGE AND MULTICULTURALISM
(Saturday, 24 August 2013 )

ALTHOUGH HONG KONG prides itself on being a World City with its ethnic mix and floating international business community, it has been slow to realise that young people from minority groups need to speak the majority language for social mobility.

This is an indication that neither the British colonial authorities nor the government of the special administrative region have had the political will to create a truly...

Beware the vanity of consumerism
(Saturday, 24 August 2013 )

ROME (AsiaNews): Pope Francis challenged young people attending World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro from July 23 to 28 to confront the vanity of consumerism.

He called the bottom line, “Confronting daily vanities, the poison of the void that creeps into our society based on profit and possession that deceives young people with consumerism.”

The pope said that young people...

Mission of the Church is to propose not impose
(Saturday, 24 August 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): “Missionary spirit is not only about geographical territories, but about peoples, cultures and individuals, because the boundaries of faith do not only cross places and human traditions, but the heart of each man and each woman,” Pope Francis writes in his message for the first World Mission Day of his pontificate.

Although World Mission Day this year falls on October 20, the second last Sunday...

Pastor arrested
in Urumqi
(Saturday, 24 August 2013 )

URUMQI (AsiaNews): Police in the northern province of Xinjiang have arrested the pastor of Muen church, Tan Wen, confiscating bibles and other religious books from a Christian gathering in the city of Urumqi.

The community was gathering to pray on August 4.

They also threatened local Christians, saying that there would be serious consequences if they continue to meet to pray....

Legal reform comes slowly
(Saturday, 24 August 2013 )

NEW YORK (SE): Human Rights Watch pinpointed political control of the legal system in China and lack of respect for the independence of lawyers as the major problems with the rule of law in China.

Sophie Richardson, the China director at the the New York-based rights watchdog, said on July 25, “Unless political control of legal institutions is phased out, the role of independent lawyers is respected and major...

Sri Lankan military shoots to kill inside church
(Saturday, 24 August 2013 )

COLOMBO (AsiaNews): The people of Weliweriya are still in shock after soldiers attacked young people who were calling on the government to provide clean drinking water and stop pollution.

During the standoff, soldiers fired on the Church of St Anthony. Some of them even aimed their machine guns at the upper torso of the mother superior of the local convent in an attempt to get her to surrender protest organisers....

Former principal of La Salle mourned
(Saturday, 24 August 2013 )

The De La Salle Brothers of Hong Kong mourn the death of Brother Alphonsus Chee, who passed away peacefully in Queen Elizabeth Hospital on the 3 August 2013.

He had been suffering from leukaemia for some time and this condition required quite frequent hospitalisation.

Brother Alphonsus was born on the 12 August 1928 in Ipoh, Malaysia, and took his final vows as a De La Salle...

Chinese media fair on pope
(Saturday, 24 August 2013 )

ROME (Agencies): The treatment of Pope Francis during the first months of his pontificate by the Chinese media was described as honest and objective, by the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon.

He told Gerard O’Connell from the Vatican Insider on August 10 that while this may seem a little unusual, he is of the opinion that reporting to date has been neutral.

He said...

Human rights confab between United States and China
(Saturday, 24 August 2013 )

KUNMING (SE): The United States of America (US) and officials from the Chinese government sat down to discuss the sensitive topic of human rights during talks beginning on July 23 in Kunming, the capital of the southwestern province of Yunnan.

Washington and Beijing agreed earlier in July to hold the two-day US-China Human Rights Dialogue on Chinese soil.

Voice of America reported...

Final profession for Canossian sister
(Saturday, 24 August 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): A long pilgrimage that began 16 years ago at World Youth Day in Paris in 1997 reached a significant milestone in the historical chapel at the Canossian Daughters of Charity Sacred Heart School in Caine Road, Central, on August 4.

Sister Noel Ting, knelt before the provincial superior of the Canossians, Sister Cynthia Chan, to make her final profession as a member of the congregation, taking the three vows...