February 2016

Naming the Dalai Lama is not China’s business
(Saturday, 27 February 2016 )

BEIJING (UCAN): Lobsang Sangay, the exiled political leader of Tibet’s government in exile, likened an announcement that Beijing would appoint the successor to the Dalai Lama as equivalent to Cuba’s one-time dictator, Fidel Castro, appointing the next pope.

Sangay’s comment follows insistence by the Communist Party of China that it alone will decide who is the reincarnation of the ailing 80-year-old...

Bibles galore
(Saturday, 27 February 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): China remains by far the largest bible factory in the world, with latest statistics released by the Amity Printing Company showing that over 12 million copies were churned off the presses in China during 2015, the majority for export, the China Christian Daily reported on January 21.

Amity Printing Company is by far the world’s largest producer of bibles, with over 142 million published since...

To the least the last and the lost…
(Saturday, 27 February 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE):  Caritas-Hong Kong hosted a spring reception at the Caritas Community Hall on the afternoon of February 19 for people who give significant structural support to the huge network of specialised services and educational facilities for those with special needs that it runs.

In gratitude to those who contribute to cherishing the last, the lost and the least in society, a traditional welcome was given by...

Next Eucharistic Congress in Budapest
(Saturday, 27 February 2016 )

CEBU (Agencies): Pope Francis announced on January 31, the last day of the Eucharistic Congress in Cebu, The Philippines, that the next gathering will be hosted by Budapest in Hungary in 2020.

The pope made the announcement in a taped video shown to the hundreds of thousands of people gathered for the closing Mass of the congress at the South Road Properties in Cebu City, CBCP News reported.

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Coming up trumps
(Saturday, 27 February 2016 )

The visit of Pope Francis to Ciudad Juárez to stand with people fleeing violence and poverty and gaze through the wire fence from the Mexican side of the border into the United States of America (US) has got right up the nose of the flamboyant American presidential candidate, Donald Trump.

Trump was quoted on February 11 as describing the pope as a highly political person who does not understand the dangerous implications...

All in the spirit of sport
(Saturday, 27 February 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): A taekwondo exhibition put on by Elena Lomboy and Sharon Villanueva at the annual SportsFest organised by the Simbayanan-KAMMPI on February 10 at the Young Christian Workers Wu Kai Sha Youth Village, not only showed off their martial arts skills, but the true spirit of sportsmanship promoted by the organisers.

Lomboy, the muse from St. Francis parish, faced off against Sharon Villanueva in a demonstration...

Legalising enforced disappearances
(Saturday, 27 February 2016 )

SARAJEVO (SE): China has amended the Lawyers Law, the Criminal Law and the National Security Law to extend government scope for official intervention in cases involving the activities of lawyers involved in pursuing cases involving human rights violations, Legjla Hodzic, from the International Commission on Missing Persons in Sarajevo, Bosnia, says in a report titled, Enforced Disappearances in China, released on February 12.

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Fast against terrorism
(Saturday, 27 February 2016 )

LAHORE (AsiaNews): Human rights advocates from different religious backgrounds began a hunger strike on February 12 in protest against government inability to counter Islamic terrorism.

“2016 has just begun and already we have witnessed major terrorist attacks,” Samson Salamat, who heads the Christian Rwadari Tehreek (Movement for Tolerance), said.

“The government...

Increased militarisation will mean more comfort women
(Saturday, 27 February 2016 )

MANILA (UCAN): Eighty-five-year-old Narcisa Claveria has spent two decades fighting for justice over horrors she suffered as a teenage sex slave for Japanese troops during the Second World War.

Now the feisty grandmother has begun a new battle; fighting the Philippine president, Noynoy Aquino, over his move to forge stronger links between the military and Japan, in addition to a new deal to host eight new United States of...

Cardinal’s questions for Duterte
(Saturday, 27 February 2016 )

DAVAO CITY (SE): Presidential hopeful, Rodrigo Duterte, was sent a please explain message from Orlando Cardinal Quevedo on February 12 after he failed to show up to explain his position to the Friends of Peace on the Bangsamoro Peace Process.

The administrator of Davao City, Jaime Quitain, tendered his apologies due to a migraine headache and Cardinal Quevedo sent him a message asking him to answer two questions during his...