September 2015

Malaysian decision challenges Indonesia on death penalty
(Saturday, 5 September 2015 )

Atambua  (UCAN): The Kota Bharu High Court in Malaysia acquitted an Indonesian migrant worker, Wilfrida Soik, of murder charges on the grounds of mental illness on August 25.

The Catholic woman was freed from death row and ordered to be treated in a psychiatric hospital until deemed eligible for a complete pardon from the sultan of the Malaysian state of Kelantan.

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Christian principles 
manipulated in business
(Saturday, 5 September 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): A discussion on the age-old question of how Christians should involve themselves in business has been under discussion in Hong Kong in recent times.

China Source notes on August 26 that although experienced business leaders in the mainland have remarked that there is at least an expectation that Christians should do business differently, the question of what this means in concrete terms still remains an...

As large in death as in life
(Saturday, 5 September 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): De La Salle Brother Mark Blake, a well-remembered member of the staff at La Salle College in Kowloon from the early 1980s to the mid-1990s, died peacefully on August 5 at the congregation’s nursing home, Miguel House, in Castledown, Ireland.

Born in Ireland on 16 March 1931, he was one of a family of 12 and in 1945 he followed his older brother, Lawrence, into the De La Salle Brothers. He then went on...

Two lawyers detained after challenging cross removals
(Saturday, 5 September 2015 )

Hong Kong (UCAN): Police in the city of Wenzhou in Zhejiang province detained a lawyer, Zhang Kai, together with his intern assistant, Liu Peng, on August 25, after he issued a legal challenge against the Zhejiang authorities amidst a campaign that has seen more than 1,200 crosses removed from Church buildings since the end of 2013.

Police also seized copies of the Church agreements, case files and his computer, a Wenzhou-...

Wah Yan old boy ordained for Jesuits
(Saturday, 5 September 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): Reverend Clement Tsui Lap-yan was ordained a priest for the Society of Jesus at St. Ignatius Chapel in Wah Yan College, Kowloon, by the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, on August 22. 

Two auxiliaries in the diocese, Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung and Bishop Stephen Lee Bun-sang, joined the Jesuit provincial of the Chinese Province, Father John Lee Wa; and the local superior, Father...

Interreligious prayer at scene of Bangkok tragedy
(Saturday, 5 September 2015 )

BANGKOK (Agencies): An interreligious prayer service outside the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, Thailand, on August 21, was attended by 800 people to honour the memory of the 20 people who died in the explosion at the Hindu holy place on August 17 and to pray for their loved ones and scores of injured.

Each of the victims was mentioned by name, including those from Hong Kong who died in the senseless violence.

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