October 2015

Trumpet all Nobel Laureates
(Saturday, 17 October 2015 )

The awarding of a Nobel Prize for Medicine to a Chinese research doctor, Tu Youyou, has captured the imagination of the country and in some ways turned her into of a cult hero.

The home she used to live in has sky-rocketed in value and the high school she attended over 50 years ago has become a centre of attention.

While there were rumblings that Tu...

Pope prays for victims of Turkish bombing
(Saturday, 17 October 2015 )

VATICAN (AsiaNews): Pope Francis expressed his great sorrow for the victims of what he described as the terrible massacre in Ankara, Turkey, when two bombs were detonated in the midst of a peaceful rally on October 10.

He called on everyone gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his weekly midday prayer on October 11 to pray in silence for the dead, the wounded and bereaved families.


Summit on religion mooted
(Saturday, 17 October 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Communist Party of China is sending signals that it will intensify its control over the Catholic Church and other religions at a summit on religion that is expected to be held towards the end of this year.

It will be the first such gathering to take place since the current president, Xi Jinping, came to power in 2012.

UCAN reported that on October...

Walking for respect and understanding
(Saturday, 17 October 2015 )

KUALA LUMPUR (AsiaNews): “Unity will always be the focus as we grow together as Malaysians. We each have our own religions and our religion is our own way to God, and we need to respect each other’s journey,” Father Simon LaBrooy, the parish priest at the Church of the Divine Mercy in Selangor, Malaysia, said.

His parish has organised a walk to promote understanding and respect among people,...

Sexual violence bred from wartime violence in Sri Lanka
(Saturday, 17 October 2015 )

COLOMBO (UCAN): The authorities in Sri Lanka are being put under more pressure to act on sexual violence against women and children from all quarters of society with the kidnap of a five-year-old girl in the western part of the island nation on September 11.

On September 18, Mothers and Daughters of Lanka demonstrated in the capital city of Colombo demanding that the authorities implement laws to stop sexual...

Chinese bishops seeking support for reconciliation
(Saturday, 17 October 2015 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Three members of the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China, a body that is not recognised by the Holy See, were in the United States of America (US) during the same week that Pope Francis and the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, were visiting the country.

The president of the conference, Bishop Joseph Ma Yinglin, and his two vice-presidents, Bishop John Baptist Yang Xiaoting and...

Former chief executive faces corruption charges
(Saturday, 17 October 2015 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): The former chief executive of Hong Kong, Donald Tsang Yan-kuen, is now the highest ranking official in the special administrative region to be charged with and prosecuted for misconduct in public office.

Tsang appeared at the Eastern Magistrates Courts on October 5 to hear two charges laid against him by the Independent Commission Against Corruption.


Catholic Climate Petition
(Saturday, 17 October 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Catholic Climate Movement is collecting signatures from concerned people to petition world political leaders and representatives of various bodies at the upcoming United Nations Framework Conference on Climate Change 21 to be held in Paris from November 30 to December 11 to come to a an ambitious and binding agreement.

The petition has the endorsement of Pope Francis 

People’s Pilgrimage in Hong Kong
(Saturday, 17 October 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): In what is being billed as a first for Hong Kong, the need for action on the environment has become an issue that is embraced by all faiths.

Over 250 people from the Buddhist, Jewish, Islamic, Baha’i, Sikh, Christian, Brahma Kumari and Hindu faiths gathered to walk for climate action in Lantau on September 28.

Organised by the Hong Kong Interfaith...

Twenty-eighth Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 10 October 2015 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).
 Wisdom 7:7-11; Hebrew 4:12-13; Mark 10:17-30.