August 2015

Anglican archbishop wades into cross removal saga
(Saturday, 15 August 2015 )

 HONG KONG (UCAN): Archbishop Paul Kwong, from the Anglican diocese of Hong Kong, says he will call on the central government in Beijing to put a halt to the cross-removal campaign in Zhejiang.

The archbishop told the Chinese-language diocesan weekly, The Echo, that he felt sad and sorry over news reports about physical clashes and the burning of crosses that have accompanied the campaign....

When is a cult not a cult?
(Saturday, 15 August 2015 )

 HONG KONG (UCAN): As Chinese authorities accelerate their campaign against religious cults in the wake of the murder by five members of an extremist religious cult, called the Church of Almighty God, of a woman in a McDonalds outlet in May last year, Christian groups warn that House Churches have increasingly been targeted.

Dozens of House Churches have been forcibly closed this year and people...

Carrying the cross in solidarity 
with Christians in China
(Saturday, 15 August 2015 )

 HONG KONG (SE): As the steel and concrete crosses continue to be tumbled from churches and religious buildings in Zhejiang province, a group of around 50 people from both Protestant and Catholic Churches carried individual homemade crosses aloft at a gathering in front of the Chinese Government Liaison Office in Hong Kong on August 2.

Members of the group said they were standing in solidarity with...

From a carpenter’s son the bread from heaven
(Saturday, 8 August 2015 )

In the last part of last Sunday’s passage, we heard Jesus declare, “I am the bread of life.” He is the bread as the wisdom of God. Anyone who assimilates his proposal will satisfy the hunger and thirst for happiness and love (John 6:35).

Faced with this unprecedented demand, the Jews react in the strongest possible terms.


Nineteenth Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 8 August 2015 )

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

1 King 19:4-8; 
Ephesians 4:30—5:2; 
John 6:41-51.

Mass of the feast, Gloria, preface of the martyrs (...

International award for Patriarch of Babylon
(Saturday, 8 August 2015 )

VATICAN (Agencies): The work of the Chaldean patriarch of Babylon, Archbishop Louis Sako, in promoting tradition and the environment, as well as defending human rights and the cultural and religious identity of small communities and ethnic groups, was recognised with the presentation of the international La Traglia–Ethnic Groups and Communities Award.

The award was presented in the Italian city of Jelsi on July 27,...

Myths and pitfalls of the
same-sex marriage debate
(Saturday, 8 August 2015 )

 SYDNEY (SE): “At a time when so many people are so confused about marriage, when many are afraid or uninspired to marry at all, or find sustaining a marriage difficult, or grow up without ever knowing a stable marriage-based family, this would be the worst time for Christians to be silent about marriage,” Archbishop Anthony Fisher told some 500 people at an address entitled, Same-Sex Marriage: Evolution or deconstruction of...

Eastern Asia sees drastic drop in vocations
(Saturday, 8 August 2015 )

The Church in eastern Asia is facing a drop in vocations, turning religious congregations and mission societies into an aging group.

In China, religious life remains a sensitive topic to discuss and research. Foreign missionaries were expelled in the 1950s and when religious activity was revived in the 1970s, virtually no religious congregations still existed on the mainland.


Around the Traps
(Saturday, 8 August 2015 )

Media priest made bishop

WASHINGTON (CNS): Father Brian Barron, who will be known for his entertaining and probing presentations on faith life in the modern world to at least the English-speaking group from Hong Kong that attended World Youth Day in Madrid, has been appointed an auxiliary bishop in Los Angeles in the United States of America.

From the archdiocese of Chicago, he is best...

The topic is marriage
(Saturday, 8 August 2015 )

 The most politicised success of the pro-same-sex marriage lobby has arguably been in Ireland, where just over 60 per cent of the registered population turned out to give a 62.1 per cent yes vote to changing its constitutional definition on May 22 this year.

Although this equates to only 36 per cent of the total number of registered voters, it is being hailed as an important step forward....