October 2015

World’s bishops sign climate petition
(Saturday, 31 October 2015 )

VATICAN (SE): On the morning of October 26 an appeal by bishops across the world was made to the delegates to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP 21), which is scheduled to begin on November 30 in Paris.

Bishops representing all continental groupings of national bishops’ conferences signed the appeal.

“Representing...

Vatican’s secret meeting in Beijing
(Saturday, 31 October 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): The unpublished meeting between a delegation from the Vatican and representatives from the Chinese government that took place in Beijing on October 11, is being seen as a sign that negotiations are moving forward, as Pope Francis commented on his return flight to Rome from the United States of America on September 27.

While the makeup of the Vatican delegation is not known, a press release from the...

Inadvertent missionaries
(Saturday, 24 October 2015 )

October 25 completes Mission Week, the only celebration in the liturgical calendar that runs for a full eight days, from Sunday to Sunday.

With the major exception of Korea, where local people received the faith in China and brought it home, Churches across Asia were founded by missionaries, mostly from Europe. Stories of their heroic deeds abound and indeed they punched well above their weight, often at great cost...

Synod’s confusion puts it in real life
(Saturday, 24 October 2015 )

VATICAN (SE): Interest in a quiet week at the Synod on Family Life being held at the Vatican from October 4 to 25 was sustained with the revelation a private letter was spirited to Pope Francis containing rumblings about rigged procedures in the synod to ensure the working paper has excessive influence on the final document (Relatio Finalis).

While there was some dissention about the accuracy of the contents of the...

What do families need?
(Saturday, 24 October 2015 )

The wisecracking American baseball player and coach, Yogi Berra, once said: “If the world was perfect, it wouldn’t be.” 

This October, the world’s bishops, together with experts and 18 married couples, 17 individual auditors (among them 13 women) as well as fraternal delegates from other Churches gathered at the Vatican for the Synod on Family...

Surviving and prospering in an interfaith marriage
(Saturday, 24 October 2015 )

VATICAN (SE): “If not for my husband’s tolerance and love of Christianity and my love and understanding of where he comes from, we would never been able to celebrate our life and inter-community differences,” Penelope Bajaj, an auditor at the Synod on Family Life, said during her time at the microphone on October 10.

 Bajaj said that she and her husband, Ishwarlal Bajaj, have been married for...

All papal documents on communication online
(Saturday, 24 October 2015 )

VATICAN (AsiaNews): The Vatican presented a new online digital library geared to those interested and working in Catholic education and training centres at a press conference on September 30.

Known as the Baragli Project, the initiative makes the entire Pontifical Magesterium on communications from the first to the 21st century available online, featuring excerpts from more than 1,100 papal documents, including...

Our Asian Church
(Saturday, 24 October 2015 )

ROME (SE): “As Christians, we go to so-called mission territories, because we love all people and we want to share the great gift of Jesus and his gospel,” Luis Cardinal Tagle said in describing the context of the Asian Church at a vigil gathering marking Mission Sunday in Rome on October 16.

He described the fruit of mission as being a deeper communion, where people of different nations and languages...

Vatican and China Beijing meeting confirmed
(Saturday, 24 October 2015 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): A second round of China-Vatican talks has been held in Beijing, the Hong Kong-based Catholic news agency, UCAN, has been informed.

It reported that the meeting was held amidst a tightening of the screws on religious freedom in China, as the central government has been upping the ante on its Sinicisation of Religion in...

China pledges to eradicate poverty by 2020
(Saturday, 24 October 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): China will give its wholehearted support to the global challenge of eradicating poverty by the year 2030, as set down in the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals, pledging to lift a further 70 million of its own people above the poverty line in the coming five years.

Xinhua reported that the president, Xi Jinping, made the promise at the Global Poverty Reduction and Development...