August 2013

Religious repression 
in Vietnam sees an 
up in boat people
(Saturday, 3 August 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): While the Holy See has reported making good headway with the Vietnamese government in forging diplomatic ties, saying that things are going forward with great respect on both sides, the former archbishop of Ho Chi Minh City, Francis Xavier Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan, warned that the Vatican hype should be taken with a grain of salt.

At the same time on the other side of the world, a sudden rush for refugee...

Embracing Vatican II in Taiyuan
(Saturday, 3 August 2013 )

TAIYUAN (SE): More than 1,000 people in the diocese of Taiyuan in China have been taking part in a special study on the Vatican II documents The Dogmatic Constitution of the Church, The Constitution of the Church in the Modern World and The Decree on Ecumenism.

Bishop Paul Meng Ningyou said at a July 13 gathering that he wants his diocese to embrace the spirit of the Second Vatican Council in order to help people to give a...

Church calls young people together for summer camps
(Saturday, 3 August 2013 )

Shijiazhuang (SE): As schools and universities in China move into the summer vacation, the Church is moving into summer camp mode, which has become a traditional way of giving young people and students an opportunity to experience aspects of their faith together in an environment that offers community reflection as well as guidance.

Fides reported that Bishop Liang Jiansen, from Jiangmen in the province of Guangdong,...

Sisters of the Precious Blood hold chapter
(Saturday, 3 August 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): Thirty-six delegates came together for the 23rd General Chapter of the local Hong Kong diocesan congregation of the Sisters of the Precious Blood and were scheduled to elect a new leadership team on July 31.

Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan were all represented at the chapter, which began with a retreat guided by Father Augustine Tang sj between July 21 and 28 at the congregation’s generalate in Fanling in...

Landslides and weather hamper rescue efforts after earthquake
(Saturday, 3 August 2013 )

Lanzhou (Agencies): At least 89 people were killed and 800 others injured on the morning of July 22 when a magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck near the city of Dingxi, Gansu province in northwestern China.

The earthquake bureau reported that over 1,200 buildings collapsed and more than 21,000 severely damaged in and around the city. 

The mayor, Tang Xiaoming, told CCTV...

Eighty-six new catechists
 added to the pool
(Saturday, 3 August 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): The graduation of the 49th class from the Diocesan Catechetical Centre on July 14 added 86 new catechists to the pool of volunteers who accompany people during their preparation for baptism in the diocese.

The centre has been training catechists to work in parishes and schools in Hong Kong for the past 50 years and to date a total of 4,472 people have graduated from what is now a two-year course....

There must be true dialogue on 
Hong Kong’s political polarisation
(Saturday, 3 August 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): “The Church has no intention of making an intervention into the political affairs of Hong Kong,” Father Michael Yeung Ming-cheung said at a press conference held at the Diocese Centre on July 25 on a statement from the diocese on An Urgent Call for Earnest Dialogue and Responsible Action.

The diocese published the statement on universal suffrage and civil disobedience in response to the...