December 2015

Multi-cultural learning environment on display
(Saturday, 19 December 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): Caritas Wu Cheung-chung Secondary School in Pokfulam held its annual open day on November 21, giving a glimpse of what students and staff say is a really happy campus.

A highlight of the day was the staging of the fourth Wu Cheung-chung Cup, which brought out the competitive spirit and school pride in students from a number of primary schools around Hong Kong.

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Wenzhou celebrates landmark ordinations
(Saturday, 19 December 2015 )

WENZHOU (SE): The ordination of three seminarians as deacons on December 5 in Wenzhou took on added significance, as all three had all been studying at the Sheshan Seminary in Shanghai when pressure from local government authorities forced classes to be suspended in 2012.

The seminary has remained closed ever since, as have two minor seminaries in the city.

However, in 2014...

The Holy Door is open
(Saturday, 19 December 2015 )

In China

The Jubilee Year of Mercy has been taken up with enthusiasm in the Church in China. 

Several bishops have addressed the subject in pastoral letters to their people and in individual communities there has been an up in the number of pilgrimages and prayer gatherings to reflect on...

Shopping green and shopping smart
(Saturday, 19 December 2015 )

With Christmas in the air, the old topic of frenzied seasonal shopping is back on the script. The time to be jolly has become a retailers’ delight over recent decades, with delusional specials on offer and all sorts of goodies on display especially designed to make it a special time for loved ones—to say nothing of clients and prospective customers.

Although there are few signs the retail addiction is abating, cautionary...

Ordination a reminder of dignity of hearing-impaired
(Saturday, 19 December 2015 )

SEOUL (SE): The ordination of a hearing-impaired Franciscan to the priesthood in Singapore on November 8, draws attention to a group in the Catholic Church that is often overlooked and mostly not understood.

Fifty-eight-year-old Father Rowland Yeo told UCAN, “We witness by our lives as lesser brothers, recognising that everyone is our brother and sister… and serving together with humility and...

Islamic State rumoured to be in Mindanao
(Saturday, 19 December 2015 )

COTABATO (UCAN): One of the top Muslim religious leaders in The Philippines has voiced concern over reports pointing to a growing presence of the group calling itself the Islamic State in the southern Philippine region of Mindanao.

“This is alarming, very disturbing,” Sheikh Abdulrahman Udasan, the grand mufti of the Darul Ifta of The Philippines, said on December 2.

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Where is all the land going?
(Saturday, 19 December 2015 )

MANILA (UCAN): Farmers have decried what they are calling the plunder of the land they till through “unbridled expansion of corporate agricultural plantations” in the southern region of Mindanao.

“There will be no more land in Mindanao even for cemeteries if plantations are allowed to expand,” Ranmil Echanis, the secretary-general of the Union of Agricultural Farmworkers, said.

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Pastoral centre for migrants smiles with a new face
(Saturday, 19 December 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Filipinos put its newly renovated face on display for the first time on December 5 at a blessing ceremony and Mass celebrated by Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, together with the chaplain to Filipinos, Father Jay Flandez; and the chaplain to Indonesians, Father Heribertus Hadiarto; together with Father Jun Jacobe, Father Darwin Bayaca and Father Helmuth Peter.

It...

Riyadh plans mass execution
(Saturday, 19 December 2015 )

RIYADH (AsiaNews): Human rights organisations say that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is planning a mass execution of dozens of people in a single day.

The British Broadcasting Corporation reported the Saudi newspaper, Okaz, as saying on November 27 that at least 55 people will be executed for crimes of terrorism. The website of the newspaper, al-Riyadh, also published an article—later...

Nepal mourns its first bishop
(Saturday, 19 December 2015 )

Kathmandu (UCAN): The first bishop in Nepal, Bishop Anthony Francis Sharma, died on December 8 following a battle with brain cancer.

The Apostolic Vicariate of Nepal reported that he had been undergoing treatment at Neuro Hospital in Kathmandu. He was 78-years-old.

Bishop Sharma oversaw the growth of the Catholic Church through the nation’s recent tumultuous decades....