May 2015

Uyghur shops ordered to stock alcohol and cigarettes
(Friday, 8 May 2015 )

 Laskuy (Agencies): Shop owners and restaurateurs in the village of Aktash, Laskuy township, Hotan (Hetian), in China’s restive Xinjiang region, have been ordered by authorities to sell alcohol and cigarettes or face closure, despite a potential public backlash in the mainly Muslim Uyghur area, Radio Free Asia reported an official source as saying.

Authorities in Hotan county issued an...

Aid supplies to Nepal slow to reach those in need
(Friday, 8 May 2015 )

Kathmandu (UCAN): More than two weeks after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shattered Nepal, killing more than 7,300 people and injuring over 14,000 more as at the time of going to press. Supplies for aid and relief remain slow moving with Caritas saying it is facing shortages in spite of a large outpouring of donations.

Father Pius Perumana, director of Caritas Nepal, said that supplies from different agencies, including...

Macau concert in honour of Matteo Ricci
(Friday, 8 May 2015 )

Macau (SE): Hundreds of people, packed the Seminário de São José (St. Joseph Seminary) in Macau, for the Missa in honorem Matthaei Ricci, a Mass concerto in honour of Jesuit Father Matteo Ricci on April 26.

Those in attendance included Bishop José Lai Hung-seng, the bishop of Macau, priests, religious sisters, missionaries and lay people. 

The Mass...

Salvation history presented in Cantonese opera
(Friday, 8 May 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE):  A Chinese opera presenting the history of salvation was staged by Bonfire, a group of laypeople, at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts from April 17 to 19. The work was a blend of Cantonese opera, drama and modern stage technology.

Before the first show on April 17, John Cardinal Tong Hon, the bishop of Hong Kong, commended Bonfire for gathering a group of devoted, faithful professional artists...

Challenge is to stop abusing the garden entrusted to us pope says
(Friday, 8 May 2015 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): In a live video address at the opening ceremony of Expo 2015 (the Universal Exhibition) in Milan, Italy, Pope Francis introduced himself as the bishop of Rome and said, “I would like to make myself the spokesman for all our brothers and sisters, Christians and also non-Christians, as children whom God loves and for whom He gave His life: He broke the bread, which is the flesh of his Son become Man; He taught us to ask God the Father,...

Pray for my intention pope asks newly weds
(Friday, 8 May 2015 )

Hong Kong newly-weds, Alina Cheung Hiu-yan and Wilson Chan Yau-ki, during their audience with Pope Francis on 23 April at the Vatican. Responding to their question about when he would visit Hong Kong, the pope asked them to pray for the intention of papal visit to China.

Get embroiled in politics pope says
(Friday, 8 May 2015 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): “The Church is…not a political party,” but Catholics must get involved and “embroiled” in politics, said Pope Francis on April 30, because it is one of the “highest forms of charity” since it seeks the common good.

“Do I as a Catholic watch from my balcony?” the pope asked. “No, you can’t watch from the balcony. Get right in there!...