February 2014

Nearly nine in 10 Bangladeshi women suffer abuse
(Saturday, 8 February 2014 )

DHAKA (UCAN): About 87 per cent of Bangladeshi women have been victims of various forms of domestic violence in their lifetime, results from a recently published government-sponsored survey indicate. Conducted by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, the first ever national census on women and violence was completed in late December 2012 and released in early January this year.

Of a total of 12,600 women surveyed, 65 per...

Pope makes the cover of Rolling Stone magazine
(Saturday, 8 February 2014 )

Rome (Agencies): First, Pope Francis was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year, now he’s on the cover of the February edition of Rolling Stone, the iconic publication dedicated to music and youth culture, giving him a real pop star cred. 

The title of the cover story, Pope Francis: The Times They Are a-Changin’, references the iconic Bob Dylan song, while the author, Mark Binelli, emphasises how...

Prayer to St. Jerome of China and Asia
(Saturday, 8 February 2014 )

Blessed Gabriel Maria Allegra, you were filled with the Holy Spirit. You deeply loved the Son of God, the word made flesh and his Immaculate Mother, and you brought the gospel of salvation to the Chinese people.

Through your intercession, may the Lord Jesus grant us the gifts of humility and pure faith, so that we earnestly yearn for the nourishment by God’s word and allow every moment of our lives be guided by the...

Asian patron of the biblical apostolate celebrated
(Saturday, 8 February 2014 )

HONG KONG (SE): The first anniversary of the beatification of Father Gabriel Allegra, a Franciscan missionary in Hong Kong who was the inspiration behind the production of the first Chinese Catholic Bible, was marked with a Mass celebrated by John Cardinal Tong Hon at St. Bonaventure’s parish on January 26.

The anniversary was also celebrated at a seminar marking the end of the Year of Faith held...

Cooperation is the road to Christian unity
(Saturday, 8 February 2014 )

VATICAN (SE): A group in Canada, which was charged with the responsibility of preparing prayers and resource materials for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, chose, Has Christ been divided? as the theme for this year’s celebration.

The week of prayer, which was celebrated internationally, ran from January 18 to 25 this year and was marked in Hong Kong with an ecumenical liturgy celebrated in St. John’s...