July 2015

Sister Nirmala Joshi successor to Mother Teresa dies
(Saturday, 4 July 2015 )

Kolkata (Agencies): Sister Nirmala Joshi, who succeeded Blessed Mother Teresa as the head of Missionaries of Charity, died on June 23 in Kolkata, India, UCANews reported. She was 81-years-old.

She was elected as superior-general of the congregation in March 1997 at the age of 63, six months before Mother Teresa died, and served two six-year terms, but declined a third in 2009 but declined because of health concerns. The...

Rohingya stripped of voting rights ahead of key Myanmar election
(Saturday, 4 July 2015 )

Mandalay  (Agencies): “Former white-card holders don’t have a right to vote in the upcoming general election according to the law despite being able to vote in the 2010 election,” said Thurein Htut, the officer in-charge of the election commission in Rakhine state, Myanmar, on June 24.

UCANews reported that the Myanmese government revoked the white cards in February and set a deadline of May 31 for...

New encyclical welcomed in Pakistan
(Saturday, 4 July 2015 )

Hong Kong (SE): In a statement issued on June 20 Bishop Joseph Arshad from Faisalabad, the chairperson of the National Commission for Justice and Peace of the Pakistan Catholic Bishops’ Conference, conveyed his joy and gratitude to Pope Francis for his newly-issued encyclical, Laudato Si’: (Praised be) Caring for Our Common Home, which was released on June 18.

The bishop said in the statement that the Catholic...

Pauline family marks a hundred years of evangelising through media
(Saturday, 4 July 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): The communities of the Daughters of Saint Paul in Hong Kong and Macau celebrated their centenary and renewed their commitment to evangelising through all forms of media at a Mass concelebrated by John Cardinal Tong Hon, the bishop of Hong Kong, with Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun and other priests of the diocese at St. Benedict Church, Shatin, on June 21. 

Over 200 people, including members of the Pauline...

Cyberspace evangelisers dance with digital media to spread the gospel
(Saturday, 4 July 2015 )

Hong Kong (SE): “Digital media improves our pastoral work for Catholics and strengthens our active presence in the world to announce Jesus’ message of communication and communion,” said John Cardinal Tong Hon, the bishop of Hong Kong, as he addressed the delegates to the International Conference for e-Evangelisation (ICeE) during its opening session on June 26 at the Catholic Diocese Centre, Caine Road, Hong Kong. 

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Cardinal Tong welcomes Laudato Si’
(Saturday, 4 July 2015 )

Hong Kong (SE): “Pope Francis has such an all embracing spirit,” John Cardinal Tong Hon, the bishop of Hong Kong, told the Sunday Examiner on June 29. 

Commenting on the newly-published encyclical, Laudato Si’, on the environment and human ecology, he noted, “The Holy Father has invited all peoples to be a part of the solution to the challenges that face the world today.”

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