June 2015

New Catholic church opens in United Arab Emirates
(Saturday, 20 June 2015 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pietro Cardinal Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, travelled to the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Abu Dhabi, to celebrate the inaugural Mass at St. Paul’s Catholic Church on June 12. The new church was built on land granted by the municipality.

The Mass was concelebrated with Bishop Paul Hinder, apostolic vicar of Southern Arabia, and Bishop Camillo Ballin, apostolic vicar of...

Pope approves tribunal to deal with bishops who fail to act on abuse cases
(Saturday, 20 June 2015 )

Vatican (Agencies): Following a recommendation from the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors—which includes victims of paedophile priests among its lay members, Pope Francis has approved the creation of an internal Church tribunal empowered to punish bishops who cover up sex abuse by priests, the Vatican said on June 3, according to a report by AFP.

The announcement came at the end of a series of...

Partial curfew targets women in Aceh
(Saturday, 20 June 2015 )

Banda Aceh (UCAN): “Our aim is to provide protection to female employees, especially those who work in areas such as cafes, restaurants, Internet cafes and tourist attractions,” Illiza Sa’aduddin Djamal, the mayor of Banda Aceh, Indonesia, told AFP.

Earlier in June, Internet cafes, tourist sites, sports facilities and entertainment venues were instructed by the municipal government to refuse service to...

Papuan groups call on Indonesian president to keep his promises
(Saturday, 20 June 2015 )

Jakarta (UCAN): Rights advocates and religious leaders in Papua, Indonesia, said that arbitrary arrests of peaceful demonstrators and severe restrictions on the freedom of expression continue despite recent fence-mending visits to the region by the president, Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo.

Widodo has visited Papua twice since taking office. The last time was in May, when he freed five political prisoners convicted of...

Indian cardinal receives extortion and death threats
(Saturday, 20 June 2015 )

Ranchi (UCAN): Telesphore Cardinal Toppo, the archbishop of Ranchi, Jharkhand state, India, received a threatening letter in the second week of June purportedly from the People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI), which is a breakaway faction of the Communist Party of India.

“You have made moolah (money) by spreading religion, which is why you should give some cut to the organisation,” the letter said,...

Pakistan expels aid group Save the Children
(Saturday, 20 June 2015 )

Islamabad (UCAN): The non-government organisation (NGO), Save The Children, was suddenly shut down by Pakistani authorities on June 12. Officials went to the group’s Islamabad office to notify the staff and seal off the office. 

“We strongly object to this action and are raising our serious concerns at the highest levels,” Save The Children said in a statement.


Hong Kong-born Jesuit builder of bridges crosses to the eternal
(Saturday, 20 June 2015 )

Hong Kong (SE): Hong Kong-born Jesuit Father Lucas Chan Yiu-sing died unexpectedly on May 19 after collapsing at Marquette Hall, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the United States of America (US), where he had been an assistant professor of theology. He was 46-years-old.

Born on 7 June 1968, Father Chan was born to a Catholic family and was a parishioner of St. Vincent’s parish, Wong Tai Sin, where he was...

First communion at Rosaryhill
(Saturday, 20 June 2015 )

Hong Kong (SE): Seven children made their first communion on May 17 during a Mass celebrated by Father Emiliano Perez op, at Rosaryhill School chapel, Stubbs Road.

Diocese welcomes new permanent deacons
(Saturday, 20 June 2015 )

Hong Kong (SE): Reverend Charles Chu Nien-tsu, Reverend Alex Kwok Chi-keung, Reverend Anthony Sin Yiu-fat and Reverend Peter Wong King-sing (Sunday Examiner, June 14) were ordained to the permanent diaconate for the diocese of Hong Kong at a Mass concelebrated by the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, with Auxiliary Bishop Stephen Lee Bun-sang and some priests of the diocese, on the afternoon of June 13 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception,...

We cannot betray our dignity and identity for what is false says Cardinal Zen
(Saturday, 20 June 2015 )

 Hong Kong (SE): As Hong Kong geared up for the June 17 debate in the Legislative Council on the contentious electoral reform package backed by Beijing, the Justice and Peace Commission of the Diocese of Hong Kong organised a Way of the Cross for democracy through the streets of the city on June 13. 

It processed from Causeway Bay to government headquarters in Admiralty led by former bishop of...