July 2015

Fugitive priest from China dies
(Saturday, 25 July 2015 )

BOISE (CNS): Father Matthew Pu fled China in 1949, just as the People’s Republic was becoming a reality. He ended up spending the bulk of his life in the diocese of Boise, Idaho, in the United States of America.

On July 11, at the age of 87, he died at the hospice where he had been receiving care after being discharged from hospital.

Bishop Peter Christensen was the main...

Chinese authorities confiscate Christian Council’s official seal
(Saturday, 25 July 2015 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Provincial authorities in Zhejiang confiscated the official seal of the local Christian Council after it issued a statement demanding an end to a government campaign which has seen the removal of over 1,200 crosses from Church buildings.

The open letter demanded that the provincial government “stop immediately such ridiculous acts that split the party and the people.”

Police fire on Tibetans demanding 
body of spiritual leader
(Saturday, 25 July 2015 )

NYAGCHUKA (Agencies): Police in China opened fire on protesters outside the government offices in Nyagchuka demanding the return of the body of a Tibetan spiritual leader, 65-year-old Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, on July 13, following his death under suspicious circumstances at the Mianyang Prison on July 12.

However, it was learned on July 16 that the authorities cremated the remains of the Tibetan monk in Dazhou, in the...

Become ministers of compassion
(Saturday, 18 July 2015 )

The gospel today begins with the return of the apostles from their mission, and Jesus’ invitation to them to rest for a while. “Jesus and the twelve are alone” on a boat, in silence, slowly moving away on the lake.

Service to the community requires much effort and great generosity. However, there is a need for caution, because it can easily turn into frenzied activity, often...

Sixteenth Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 18 July 2015 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).
Jeremiah 23:1-6; 

Ephesians 2:13-18; 
Mark 6:30-34.

Mass of the day (green).


July’s Black Friday for lawyers in China
(Saturday, 18 July 2015 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): In a ratcheted up attack on its critics, Beijing has been detaining, or interrogating more than 100 human rights lawyers, their staff and rights advocates since July 10.

Others have simple been made to disappear.

Dubbed a Black Friday for Chinese human rights lawyers, the crackdown began with Beijing lawyer, Wang Yu, being forcibly taken from his home before dawn...

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 18 July 2015 )

Franciscan priest released from captivity

Damascus (AsiaNews): The Custos of the Holy Land announced that Franciscan Father Dhiya Azziz, from Mosul, Iraq, has been released by his captors. The priest who has been working in Syria had been missing since July 4.

In a posting on its website on July 10, the Custos said that it had received no news of Father Azziz since the late...

Japan must remember the truth of war
(Saturday, 18 July 2015 )

TOKYO (SE): In a world that increasingly seems to take the build-up of military might as the default response to territorial threats and other sources of tension, the bishops of Japan are asking what is happening to memories of past warfare atrocities and horrific suffering.

As the 70th anniversary of the conclusion of World War II approaches, they say that more than ever it is important that the true history of the years...

Reading our way into growth
(Saturday, 18 July 2015 )

THE ANNUAL HONG Kong Book Fair is an occasion when many Catholic books are on display and readily available, but unfortunately, a lot of people remain indifferent towards books, only buying ones that help their children. There appears to be considerable room for improvement in the reading on faith-formation department.

What sort of role does reading play in the process of faith-growth? Although many people may...

Kenya will resist attempts to legalise same-sex marriage
(Saturday, 18 July 2015 )

NAIROBI (CNS): According to media reports, Kenyan deputy president, William Ruto, who is on trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague over allegations that he organised tribal violence during the 2007 elections,  told a Church congregation on July 5 that Kenya would resist any attempts to make the country legalise gay...