October 2013

Relic of St. Francis Xavier in Australia
(Saturday, 5 October 2013 )

 ROME (AsiaNews): A relic of 16th century Jesuit missionary, St. Francis Xavier, has arrived in Australia for a three-month tour that is expected to draw tens of thousands of people.

“St. Francis has always held a special place in the hearts of Australian Catholics,” Bishop Peter Comensoli said as the relic arrived in Sydney on September 16.

“I want to...

Christian wisdom is Asian wisdom
(Saturday, 5 October 2013 )

 Asians represent one-seventh of all Christian believers and that number is growing quickly. Naturally, those people want to understand the Asian contexts and origins of their faith, so scholars are seeking to accommodate them.

Among the theologians of Christianity in Asia, we find such great Catholic figures as Jesuits, Father Aloysius Pieris and Father Peter Phan, as well as Protestants like the Japanese Kosuke...

Meditating though the obsessions
of life to the kingdom of God
(Saturday, 5 October 2013 )

 HONG KONG (SE): “I took part in a retreat directed by Father Laurence Freeman, the current director of the World Community of Christian Meditation in Hong Kong,” Louis Tong told the Sunday Examiner after attending a three-day gathering from September 16 to 18 at the Harbour Plaza Hotel.

“I was inspired by some of the key messages shared by Father Freeman in his talks,” Tong went on,...

The price of social exclusion
(Saturday, 5 October 2013 )

 In the past two weeks the world has witnessed three major explosions of violence. In Pakistan, bombs went off inside the Church of All Saints in Peshawar, leaving over 80 people dead and more injured—some critically.

In Kenya, armed men ran riot in the plush Westfield Shopping Mall in Nairobi, leaving a still unknown number dead, with the list of injured not yet complete.

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Nairobi mall attack attempt to split Christians and Muslims
(Saturday, 5 October 2013 )

NAIROBI (SE): Religious leaders from the Interreligious Council in Kenya said on September 23 that the attack on the up market Westfield Mall in Nairobi is a straight out attempt to sow seeds of discord between Christians and Muslims.

Fides quoted the secretary general of the Supreme Council of Muslims in Kenya, Adan Wachu, as saying, “We, religious leaders, are engaged in a robust dialogue to ensure that these...

Peshawar bombing politics at its worst
(Saturday, 5 October 2013 )

ISLAMABAD (SE): “This is the politics of convenience,” the president of the National Justice and Peace Commission of Pakistan, Peter Jacobs, said of the violent attack on All Saints church in Peshawar on September 22.

“I deplore this violent attack on minority Christians. It violates Islamic principles. It violates human dignity. It is completely unacceptable. Violence is not the way to peace. Peace is...

Churches encouraged 
to develop independence
(Saturday, 5 October 2013 )

BEIJING (SE): At a high level meeting in Beijing held on September 9, Yu Zhengsheng, a top political adviser to the Chinese government, met with delegates to the Ninth National Chinese Christian Congress to congratulate them on electing a new leadership team, Xinhua reported.

The congress is regarded by Beijing as the top religious authority in the country.

Yu, who is the...

Australia embraces Mongolia for World Mission Sunday
(Saturday, 5 October 2013 )

BRISBANE (AsiaNews): The Church in Australia has chosen the young Catholic community in Mongolia as the theme of its appeal for World Mission Sunday this year, which falls on October 20, the second last Sunday in October.

Any offerings, prayers or volunteer work will go to help the young Asian Church, which was only established 20 years ago with less than 500 Catholics.

Bishop...

Seminary in Xingtai has record intake
(Saturday, 5 October 2013 )

XINGTAI (SE): Father Zhang Jican, the rector of the seminary in Xingtai in Hebei province of mainland China, has set his sights on developing a spirituality centred on the Eucharist and the sacrament of reconciliation among his students preparing of priesthood.

He told the 70 seminarians enrolled at the institute at the opening of the new academic year on September 1 that the two sacraments would become the focus of life...

Three ordained to the priesthood in Lanzhou
(Saturday, 5 October 2013 )

LANZHOU (SE): “We have three new priests under the cross of Christ,” Bishop Joseph Han Zhihai, from Lanzhou, in the province of Gansu in mainland China, said in welcoming the newly-ordained on September 15.

Bishop Han ordained three deacons to the priesthood from the major seminary in Xi’an. Fides reported that over 1,800 people attended the ordination ceremony in the cathedral at Lanzhou at a Mass...