July 2015

When ancient Chinese stories meet Laudato Si’
(Saturday, 25 July 2015 )

What better way to cool our brain in the summer heat than to read some stories from Chinese mythology? 


The 10 suns and archer Yi 

In the Classic of Mountains and Seas, one of the oldest sources of myths in Chinese culture, it was recorded that Di Jun (Lord Superior) had 10 sons. They were the 10 suns. They lived in Scald Valley in the east. ...

The environment is your friend
(Saturday, 25 July 2015 )

On June 18, Pope Francis released his encyclical Laudato Si’: On care for our common home. It is a watershed document in the same sense as the famed, Of things new (Rerum Novarum), by Pope Leo XIII, when he became the first pope to address the condition of labour in 1891.

Laudato Si’ is the first papal document to comprehensively address the pressing duty of human beings towards the entire creation, including...

Terrorised for seven years in place of husband
(Saturday, 25 July 2015 )

KANDY (SE): Anthony Chandra, a political prisoner who had languished in jails for seven years was released from the Kandy Bogambarap Pallekelle Prison, Sri Lanka, on May 11, when the Kandy High Court dismissed all five charges of terrorism that had been filed against her by the Terrorist Investigation Department.

Officers from the department take all rumours of terrorism seriously, except those committed by their own...

China defends its mass arrest of lawyers
(Saturday, 25 July 2015 )

BEIJING (UCAN): The Justice Ministry in Beijing defended the ongoing detention and arrest of at least 205 human rights lawyers, saying their advocacy had stepped beyond legal boundaries.

The crackdown on the lawyers began on July 10 with a raid on the offices of three law firms. Among those arrested, 11 were prosecuted and placed under house arrest, while another 15 disappeared. A further 179 were released after a brief...

Priests point to inequalities in Papua
(Saturday, 25 July 2015 )

Jakarta (UCAN): “We see injustices in the fields of economy, social, culture and politics in the land of Papua. We are concerned about various acts of violence happening in the Bird of Paradise Land,” said a statement from at least 75 priests from five dioceses in the West Papua region of Indonesia.

Issued following a June 30 to July 5 meeting in Jayapura, Papua province, the statement says, “Violence is...

India gives parity to Christians in divorce
(Saturday, 25 July 2015 )

 NEW DEHlI (UCAN): A decision of the Supreme Court of India on July 14 has amended an old provision applying to Christians that has existed in its divorce law since the British passed special legislation for Indian Christians in 1869.

Although the law was amended in 2001, it still required a two-year separation period for Christians as compared with only one year for other groups.

Human rights exhibit provokes demand for more
(Saturday, 25 July 2015 )

 WAHAKOTTE (SE) : An interactive Human Rights Exhibition was staged under the theme, Say No to Torture, at St. Anthony’s Shrine Wahakotte in the Central Province of Sri Lanka by the Human Rights Office-Kandy from June 20 to 21.

The exhibition was timed to coincide with the International Day in Support of the Victims of Torture, which this year ran under the theme, Justice and Dignity for All...

Template for a life of integrity and loyalty
(Saturday, 25 July 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): We need no more than the words from the prophet, Micah, “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to love mercy and walk humbly with your God,” to describe the life of the late Rogerio Hyndman Lobo, his son-in-law, Kenneth Morrison, reflected at a memorial Mass offered by John Cardinal Tong Hon to celebrate his life at a packed Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on July 11.


Two Salesian Sisters to celebrate golden milestone
(Saturday, 25 July 2015 )

 Hong Kong (SE): Two Salesian Sisters (Daughters of Mary Help of Christians), Sister Cecilia Liu Fung-kuen and Sister Rose Yick Yuen-yin, will be marking the golden jubilees of their religious professions on August 5 at 4.00pm in St. Bonaventure Church, Tsz Wan Shan, at a Mass to be celebrated by Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, the former bishop of Hong Kong.

Sister Liu worked at schools sponsored by...

Farewell to first Chinese Good Shepherd sister
(Saturday, 25 July 2015 )

Hong Kong (SE): Sister Therese Yang, the first Chinese to join congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, returned to the Lord on July 8 at the age of 96.

She entered the Good Shepherd convent in Shanghai. After the communist takeover in 1949, she was sent to Cebu, The Philippines, then was subsequently assigned to Hong Kong were she undertook administrative duties. Her western-style cooking was the delight...