November 2015

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(Saturday, 21 November 2015 )

NEW YORK (CNS): Despite its brevity, In Our Time (Nostra Aetate), or the Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions of the Second Vatican Council marks a starting point for dialogue among Christians, Muslims and Jews that must be continued into the future.

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Freedom of speech on same-sex marriage
(Saturday, 21 November 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): In multi-cultural Sydney, Australia’s attorney general, George Brandis, told a Religious Roundtable on November 5 that there are inconsistent attitudes towards religious tolerance and freedom in the Land Down Under.

Speaking to a mixed interfaith group, the attorney general said, “Religious freedom is every bit as important as political freedom.”

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Get military off indigenous land
(Saturday, 21 November 2015 )

MANILA (SE): In the wake of a series of murders and executions of leaders of tribal communities in the southern island of Mindanao in The Philippines by the military and military created paramilitary forces, Luis Cardinal Tagle has called for the creation of peace zones on land belonging to indigenous peoples.

The cardinal wants a complete withdrawal of all government forces, as well as the forces of the Communist...

Love and forgiveness in the family
(Saturday, 21 November 2015 )

THE FAMILY IS where we learn the value of forgiveness. At the closing of the Synod on Family Life, Pope Francis said that forgiving, or seeking forgiveness, not only helps families bind together and grow, but also contributes towards the development of a more humane society.

The bishops at the synod reiterated family values and emphasised the need to help those whose marriage relationships have fallen apart to remain part of Church...

Disaster recovery must be linked with development
(Saturday, 21 November 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): Recovery from climactic disasters such as the devastating typhoons experienced in The Philippines in recent years and rehabilitation activities must be directly linked with economic development to have any lasting impact.

A summit held in Cebu on November 7, the eve of the second anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), declared that for recovery to be long term it must assure adaptation to new...

Jubilee Year of Mercy begins on December 8
(Saturday, 21 November 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): In preparation for the Jubilee Year of Divine Mercy, which will be launched in Hong Kong on December 8, the preparation committee gave a series of briefings between October 30 and November 1 on the objectives and the make up of the planned activities for the coming year.

The year was described as being a time to consciously make an extra effort to live out the meaning of mercy in action.

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China watcher to receive Matteo Ricci Award
(Saturday, 21 November 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): Father Angelo Lazzarotto, from the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME), is to be awarded the 2014 to 2015 Matteo Ricci International Award by the Council of the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, Italy.

The award will be presented at a ceremony at the Pius XII Hall in the Vatican on November 25. 

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Protecting right to be born and cared fo
(Saturday, 21 November 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Birthright Society submitted a representation to the Equal Opportunities Commission on September 29 last year during the period of the proposed Discrimination Law Review Public Consultation pointing out what it sees as being a contradiction in the proposed Disability Discrimination Ordinance.

The chairperson of the Birthright Society, Peter Au Yung Kar-kit, explained that he believes there is an...

Human trafficking alert
(Saturday, 21 November 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Philippine embassy in Beijing issued an advisory notice on November 1 warning Filipinos, especially migrant workers, to beware of people offering jobs in mainland China.

It especially warns against jobs in the domestic sector, as nannies or as private tutors in the mainland, pointing out that such employment is illegal and can lead to much trouble, and even prosecution by the authorities....

A piecemeal war erupts in Paris
(Saturday, 21 November 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): “This is one piece,” Pope Francis told TV2000 on November 14, the day after horrific terrorist attacks were perpetrated against the people of France in Paris.

He said that he has spoken often about a third world war that will be fought piecemeal and he believes that this is but one more piece in the brutal...