June 2015

China tightens grip on civil society groups
(Saturday, 27 June 2015 )

Beijing (AsiaNews): Guo Bin and Yang Zhanqing, two advocates linked to the Beijing Yirenping Centre, were taken into custody by police in for Guangdong “illegal business activities,” said Lu Jun, the founder of the non-government organisation (NGO).

What lies behind the charges is unknown, however some believe they were targeted because of their international visibility.


Aung San Suu Kyi says Rohingya issue needs careful handlin
(Saturday, 27 June 2015 )

Washington (UCAN): “The protection of rights of minorities is an issue which should be addressed very, very carefully and as quickly and effectively as possible, and I’m not sure the government is doing enough about it,” said Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s opposition leader, according to a report from AFP.

The Nobel peace prize laureate, who endured decades of house arrest under the military junta, has...

China tightens access to information in Tibetan monasteries
(Saturday, 27 June 2015 )

Beijing (UCAN): Chinese authorities in Tibet have completed the installation of televisions in every one of Tibet’s nearly 1,800 Buddhist monasteries as Beijing steps up efforts to control information in the restive Himalayan region.

The undertaking took place over the past three-and-a-half years reported the state-run Tibet Daily on June 18, and required monks and nuns to carry television sets on their backs or on...

Help sought in finding missing El Camino de Santiago pilgrim
(Saturday, 27 June 2015 )

Hong Kong (SE): Hong Kong-born, Denise Thiem, from the United States of America (US), went missing in April while on pilgrimage on the El Camino de Santiago (also known as El Camino de Compostela), in northern Spain, reported her Hong Kong-based cousin, Desiree Yao told the Sunday Examiner.

She has not been seen since attending Easter Mass on April 5 in the town of Astorga in the province of Léon, and watching the...

Pope’s prayers from Laudato Si’
(Saturday, 27 June 2015 )

A prayer for our earth

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.


You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.


Pour out upon us the power of your love,that we may protect life and beauty.


To sacrifice and 
to be sacrificed
(Saturday, 27 June 2015 )

Hong Kong (SE): Reverend Carlos Cheung Sam-yui of the Salesians of Don Bosco was ordained a priest by John Cardinal Tong Hon, the bishop of Hong Kong, on June 20 at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Caine Road. 

Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, former Bishop of Hong Kong, Auxiliary Bishop Stephen Li Bun-sang and Auxiliary Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, together with over 80 priests including many Salesian confr...

Twelve Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 20 June 2015 )

Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).

Job 38:1, 8-11; 
2 Corinthians 5:14-17; 
Mark 4:35-41.

Mass of the day (green).


Post-earthquake Nepal wary of child-trafficking threat
(Saturday, 20 June 2015 )

Kathmandu (UCAN): In the aftermath of the magnitude 7.8 and 7.3 earthquakes that struck Nepal on April 25 and May 12, authorities have been wary of the scourge of child-trafficking.

“Child trafficking is particularly prominent during time of disasters. And unfortunately, the districts hit by the earthquake belong to the remote, rural and poor communities and the children from there are an easy target now,” said...

Young people in China today
(Saturday, 20 June 2015 )


What are the young people in mainland China like today and what values do they cherish? These questions are frequently asked by those seeking to understand the present and the future of the People’s Republic of China. There are quite a large number of inquiries and publications that deal with this topic. All agree that Chinese...

Old wine in new skins!
(Saturday, 20 June 2015 )

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results,” goes a quote sometimes attributed to Albert Einstein. Certainly the Hong Kong government’s attempts to push its political reform package for the election of the chief executive has appeared to be an exercise in precisely this. It has put forward the same, restrictive framework again and again—albeit using different voices, faces and settings, be they...