August 2015

Two women guarding the cross drowned in typhoon
(Saturday, 22 August 2015 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): The ongoing government cross-removal campaign in Zhejiang claimed two victims in an unexpected manner, when two elderly women keeping guard on the cross of their local church were swept away in flash floods caused by Typhoon Soudelor on August 8.

Seventy-seven-year-old Huang Yusong and 81-year-old and Zhou Yanxiang died when flash floods engulfed the Yangmei Protestant Church in Wenzhou. The women had...

Beijing says it will pick the next Dalai Lama
(Saturday, 22 August 2015 )

BEIJING (AsiaNews): The Standing Committee of the Politburo of the Communist Party met in the Chinese capital on July 30 in a closed-door conclave to discuss what it calls the Tibetan issue, or the successor of the Dalai Lama, as part of the measures needed to stabilise the province and counter separatism.

Although the Communist Party officially describes itself as atheistic and materialistic, “The authority of the...

Church outreach to Tianjin victims
(Saturday, 22 August 2015 )

 ROME (SE): “My thoughts at this time go to the people of the city of Tianjin, where some explosions in the industrial section have caused many deaths, injuries and extensive damage,” Pope Francis said at his weekly angelus greeting in St. Peter’s Square on August 16.

“I assure you,” the pope said, “that my prayers go to those who lost life and all those who are...

Islam to present declaration on climate change
(Saturday, 22 August 2015 )

ISTANBUL (SE): Islam is set to add its voice to those of other religions and civic groups in calling for a decisive result from the United Nations (UN) Framework Convention for Climate Change set to be held in Paris from November 30 to December 11 this year.

The Islamic Climate Change Declaration was set to be presented at the Istanbul Bilgi University in the Turkish capital of Istanbul on August 18.

Green awareness across the seas
(Saturday, 22 August 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Baptist University of Hong Kong marked the conclusion of an ambitious eight-week e-learning project connecting students and teachers in the European Union with their counterparts in Hong Kong at a ceremony attended by over 100 people at its Kowloon campus on July 18.

Doris Lee said in a press release that the pilot programme successfully brought students from two disparate parts of the world together to...

Illicit bishops ordain priests
(Saturday, 22 August 2015 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Two priests, whose illicit ordinations as bishops in China prompted the Vatican to declare that they had incurred automatic excommunication and should refrain from functioning as bishops, have ordained deacons as priests in separate ceremonies over the past two months.

Father Joseph Yue Fusheng, from Heilongjiang, was ordained as a bishop without the approval of the Holy See in 2012. The Vatican said that...

Bishop of Hong Kong appeals 
against cross removals
(Saturday, 22 August 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): The bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, has issued an urgent appeal to the Communist Party executive in Beijing, calling for a halt to the ongoing cross-removal campaign in Zhejiang province.

In a statement entitled The sufferings of the cross, Cardinal Tong said on August 12, “I sincerely and urgently appealed to the central government to contact the Zhejiang provincial government and...

And the word became Eucharistic bread
(Saturday, 15 August 2015 )

Today’s gospel takes up the last verse of last Sunday’s. It is an important verse, because it marks the passage in the speech of Jesus, from the bread of heaven, understood as word, as the wisdom of God, to the theme of the Eucharist.

Eucharist—that really makes Christ present—does not replace faith in his gospel. This is fundamental and indispensable. ...

Twentieth Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 15 August 2015 )

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

Proverbs 9:1-6; 
Ephesians 5:15-20; 
John 6:51-58.

Mass of the day (green).

Church in drowning Myanmar cries for help
(Saturday, 15 August 2015 )

YANGON (AsiaNews): “We appeal to all good hearted people to come forward to support our brothers and sisters with emergency food, medical assistance, hygiene kits, bedding, basic clothing and shelter,” the archbishop of Yangon in the Union of Myanmar, Charles Cardinal Bo, said in an appeal to the world in the wake of disastrous floods that have hit the country.

In his appeal dated August 8 and titled, A wounded...