May 2015

Abuse of criminal suspects widespread in China says rights group
(Saturday, 23 May 2015 )

Hong Kong (SE): In a report titled, Tiger Chairs and Cell Bosses: Police Torture of Criminal Suspects in China, the New York-based Human Rights Watch detailed the Chinese government’s failure to deal with abusive interrogations of criminal suspects by the police, Agence France Presse reported.

While China has been saying that it has introduced reforms to its Criminal Procedure Law to address issue of forced...

University in China bans Muslim headscarf
(Saturday, 23 May 2015 )

Xian (UCAN): Shaanxi Normal University in Xian, central China, has sparked controversy after issuing a rare order banning female students from wearing headscarves on campus.

The university, which is located in a city with a large Muslim population, reportedly told nine women to remove their veils in April while one male student was reportedly accused of illegally preaching after he was caught reading the Qur’an in a...

We exist for the poor
(Saturday, 23 May 2015 )

“l want nuns full of love and covered with my charity of the Cross. I want victims of love who would be so united to me as to radiate me

love on souls” - Jesus' words to Blessed Teresa of...

Christian leaders in Zhejiang hit back over proposed cross restrictions
(Saturday, 23 May 2015 )

Hong Kong (UCAN): Catholic and Protestant leaders in Zhejiang province, China, have criticised a draft legislation by that seeks to impose a ban on rooftop crosses while claiming to “protect freedom of religious belief.” 

The proposed legislation would add weight to a now 18-month campaign has seen authorities forcibly remove at least 470 crosses and destroy more than 35 churches, often resulting in...

Philippine cardinal first Asian elected to head Caritas
(Saturday, 23 May 2015 )


Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle from Manila, The Philippines, became the first Asian chosen to head Caritas Internationalis after he was elected during the confederation’s 20th general assembly in Rome, Italy on May 14. He succeeds Oscar Rodriguez Cardinal Maradiaga from Honduras, who has served two terms. Click ...

Two Palestinians among four canonised by pope
(Saturday, 23 May 2015 )

Vatican (SE): Only four days after Vatican and Palestinian representatives reached an accord on the text of a formal Comprehensive Agreement (see page 4), more than 40 thousand people gathered in St. Peter’s Square on May 17 as Pope Francis canonised 19th century Palestinian religious sisters, St. Marie-Alphonsine, founder of the Dominican Sisters of the Holy Rosary of Jerusalem and St. Mary of Jesus Crucified, a mystic and member of the Discalced Carmelites...

A different way of being near
(Saturday, 16 May 2015 )

The ascension of the Lord is the moment of handing over the announcement of the gospel to the disciples. Having concluded his physical presence with the disciples he will be near them, from now on, in a different way. 

 It is surprising that the good news should be announced “to every creature.” The expression contains an invitation to contemplate a salvation that...

Ascension of the Lord
(Saturday, 16 May 2015 )

Mass of the solemnity, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Ascension (white).
Acts 1:1-11; 

Ephesians 4:1-13; 
Mark 16:15-20.

Mass of the day, Easter preface (white).


Court orders French town to remove of statue of St. John Paul II
(Saturday, 16 May 2015 )

VATICAN (CNS): The administrative court of Rennes, France, told authorities in the town of Ploermel to remove its statue of St. John Paul II. 

The court took issue with the public display of the statue under a cross in a public square claiming violated the separation of Church and state, as well as the constitutional principal of laicité—noninterference of government in religious matters and of religious...

Pope greets participants in Italy’s March for Life
(Saturday, 16 May 2015 )

Vatican (SE): Some 40,000 people from Italy and around the world took part in Italy’s fifth annual March for Life through the heart of Rome’s historic centre on May 10. This year’s march took place on Mother’s Day, reported Vatican Radio.

During his Regina Coeli address, Pope Francis greeted participants saying, “It is important to work together to defend and promote life.”