August 2015

Tiananmen refugee running for parliament in Taiwan
(Saturday, 8 August 2015 )

TAIPEI (Agencies): Arguably one of China’s most outspoken political dissidents, Wu’er Kaixi, has signaled his intention to run for parliament in Taiwan at next year’s elections.

The Telegraph reported on July 25 that his key role in the 1989 protests in Tiananmen Square put him on the most wanted list. He fled to France and later to Taiwan, allegedly with the help of British and American spies...

War-mongering Abe reopens old wounds that never healed
(Saturday, 8 August 2015 )

TOKYO (AsiaNews): Old wounds have been reopened in Japan by the sudden push from the prime minister, Shinzo Abe, to do away with the nation’s much cherished Peace Constitution, which has been dubbed Japan’s most precious treasure.

“These are old wounds that have never been healed,” Father Domenico Vitali, a 50-year veteran of mission in the Land of the Rising Sun, says.

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China’s first public bishop’s ordination since 2012
(Saturday, 8 August 2015 )

HONG KONG (Agencies): Father Joseph Zhang Yinlin became the first priest to be ordained publicly as a bishop in China since 2012 on August 4.

He was ordained as the coadjutor of Anyang, Henan province, by the 90-year-old local Bishop Thomas Zhang Huaixin.

The co-ordaining bishops, like Bishop Zhang, are both recognised by the Holy See.

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Church calls for secular state in Nepal
(Saturday, 8 August 2015 )

KATHMANDU (Agencies): As Nepal continues its struggle to produce its first constitution as a republic tensions are running high between groups pushing for a theocratic state and those that want a secular state.

The Catholic News Service reported that the Catholic Church says that it believes that Nepal needs to create a secular state and wants the word inserted into the text of the constitution.

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People will display the cross not the churches
(Saturday, 8 August 2015 )

 BEIJING (Agencies): Christian people in Zhejiang are reacting to the government war on Church crosses adorning the skyline of their cities by carrying their own crosses with them wherever they go in the street in order to keep the revered Christian symbol visible in their neighbourhoods, AsiaNews reports.

A rare coalition between Catholics and Protestants has been put together in the eastern...

Olympic distaste
(Saturday, 8 August 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): Human rights advocates within China and an international association of journalists reacted with disappointment to the awarding of the Winter Olympics for 2022 to Beijing, asking what is the fascination that the International Olympic Committee has with repressive regimes.

Noting that the decision comes on the back of the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia, Reporters Without Borders said that the Olympics are...

Government-recognised certificate is a step towards ordination
(Saturday, 8 August 2015 )

BEIJING (Agencies): Seventy-nine seminarians studying at the six government-recognised major seminaries in China took a significant step towards ordination when they were conferred with their Certificate of Baccalaureate at the completion of the first cycle of their studies.

Fides reported that they will now be assigned to parishes or Church communities for a period of pastoral exposure and have the opportunity to immerse...

Sister finds peace after battle with cancer
(Saturday, 8 August 2015 )

Hong Kong (SE): Sister Maria Giovanna Magni, from the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate (PIME), died peacefully in Monza, Italy, on July 22, following a more than two-year battle with cancer.

She was born in 1945 in the town of Ferno, around 40 kilometres from Milan.

The third of five children, she joined the PIME Sisters after completing her secondary education and gaining some...

Wenzhou bishop speaks out again
(Saturday, 8 August 2015 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): For a long time silent on the issue of the demolition of crosses on churches in the Zhejiang and its provincial capital of Wenzhou, Bishop Zhu Weifang and the clergy of the diocese have now spoken out twice in one week.

On July 24 they marched to the government offices in the city and on July 27 they appealed to the Catholic people to speak out against the campaign.

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Why up the crackdown on Christians?
(Saturday, 8 August 2015 )

BANGKOK (UCAN): “The Chinese Communist Party appears to be gearing up for a major crackdown on Christianity,” Michael Sainsbury wrote from Bangkok on July 29.

He says that the cross-removal programme has not been confined to Zhejiang, but has been quietly migrating to other provinces.

But he points out that it is always important to recognise that any crackdown in China...