August 2015

Chinese media recognises pope’s prayer for Tianjin
(Saturday, 29 August 2015 )

 VATICAN (Agencies): Chinese state media gave what was described as broadly favourable coverage to Pope Francis for the concern he expressed for the victims of the explosion in a chemical warehouse in Tianjin at his angelus greeting on August 16.

The explosion, which occurred on August 12, has seen over 100 people die and at least 700 others injured.


Pope proclaims day of prayer for creation
(Saturday, 29 August 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): The ecological crisis calls us to make our Christian encounter with Christ evident in our relationship with the material world, Pope Francis says in a letter dedicating September 1 as the World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation.

In the letter sent to Peter Cardinal Turkson, the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and Kurt Cardinal Koch, the president of the Pontifical Council for...

At times God asks for too much
(Saturday, 22 August 2015 )

We are at the end of Jesus’ discourse in the synagogue at Capernaum. The Jews, who had sought him as a miracle worker, are faced with a staggering dilemma: could they eat of him as bread which came down from heaven. 

 The proposal can be accepted or rejected, but not negotiated, modified, made more acceptable by the cancellation of some of its demands. 

Twenty-first Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 22 August 2015 )

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

Joshua 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b;
Ephesians 5:21-32; 

John 6:60-69.

Mass of the feast, preface of the Apostles (red).
Readings: ...

Hiroshima and Nagasaki hold
lessons for war and peace
(Saturday, 22 August 2015 )

 NIIGATA (SE): The remembrance of the dropping of the two atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 should have as much to teach us about times of peace as times of war.

On August 5, the evening prior to the anniversary of the first atomic attack, the Peace Cathedral in Hiroshima played host to what Bishop Tarcisius Isao Kikuchi described as one of the most significant...

Timor Leste signs concordat with the Vatican
(Saturday, 22 August 2015 )

 DILI (UCAN): The newest nation in Asia and the country with the highest percentage Catholic population in the world, Timor Leste, signed a concordat with the Vatican on August 15.

The date also marked the 500th anniversary of the coming of the Catholic faith to the tiny nation with the arrival of the Portuguese in 1615.

Former health minister and now prime...

Around The Traps
(Saturday, 22 August 2015 )

Thailand puts limits on surrogacy

BANGKOK ( Thailand has passed a law banning commercial surrogacy and the sale of human sperm cells and eggs. It came into effect on July 30.

The law follows a number of controversial surrogacy cases involving foreigners, including an Australian couple’s refusal to accept a baby with Down’s Syndrome and a Thai woman’s decision...

A cross too far
(Saturday, 22 August 2015 )

 A church without a cross is a bit like a government office without a coat of arms. Both symbols are powerful and reflect a strong identity.

The cross symbolises a call to the selfless love Christ showed and the coat of arms the promise of law and order in society.

An attack on either is an assault on the core identity of those who revere them.

Abe postures to
home crowd
(Saturday, 22 August 2015 )

TOKYO (SE): A small plaque in Manila’s Immaculate Conception Cathedral acknowledges the gift of a shipload of concrete that was received in the immediate aftermath of World War II as a gesture of reconciliation from the governor of Wakayama province in Japan, acknowledging the damage his country did to The Philippines during its occupation of the Pearl of the Orient Seas.

But 70 years on from that concrete gesture,...

Russia opens cultural exchange centre at Orthodox church in Wuhan
(Saturday, 22 August 2015 )

MOSCOW (AsiaNews): The House of Russian-Chinese Cultural Exchange was opened in Wuhan, China, on August 8 at a ceremony led by the presidential envoy to the Volga Federal District, Mikhail Babich.

Russian authorities revealed that the house is located within the grounds of the Orthodox Church, which is dedicated to the prince and saint, Alexander Nevsky.

The church was erected in...