March 2016

For God and country
(Saturday, 5 March 2016 )

WASHINGTON (SE): Borrowing the words of the patron saint of the legal profession, St. Thomas More, Father Paul Scalia said of his father, Antonin Scalia, a former associate justice of the Supreme Court in the United States of America, “I die the king’s good servant, but God’s first.”

Speaking at his funeral Mass at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington on February 20, Father...

Bishops’ policy on sex abuse
(Saturday, 5 March 2016 )

MANILA (SE): The bishops of The Philippines have assured the public of their cooperation with civil authorities on cases of sexual abuse by priests.

In a pastoral letter entitled Pastoral Exhortation on the Pastoral Care and Protection of Minors, published on February 6, they said they are determined to make sure the Church is always a safe environment for all people, especially children.

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Pushing more Church people underground
(Saturday, 5 March 2016 )

BEIJING (UCAN): The Communist Party of China has begun carrying out its threat to assign certificates detailing the secular name, religious name and national ID card number to Buddhist monks across the country; but with one new twist—a unique faith number is also being added.

By the end of this year, authorities will require the same of both Catholic and Taoist priests, state-run broadcaster CCTV and the party...

Sri Lankan breakthrough on missing persons
(Saturday, 5 March 2016 )

COLOMBO (AsiaNews): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sri Lanka and a delegation from the International Committee of the Red Cross met on February 15 to discuss the latest government report on Needs of the Families of Missing Persons in Sri Lanka: Living with Uncertainty.

The meeting was chaired by the deputy foreign minister, Harsha de Silva, who reiterated that the government of the current president, Sirisena,...

Taking the journal out of journalism
(Saturday, 5 March 2016 )

BEIJING (SE): The president of China, Xi Jinping, seemed to be intent on taking the journal out of journalism, when he addressed a symposium after a visit to the nation’s three leading news providers, the People’s Daily, Xinhua News Agency and China Central Television (CCTV), on February 19.

During his talk he stressed the importance of redefining journalism away from reporting on what is...

Iraqi diocese finished
(Saturday, 5 March 2016 )

JERUSALEM (SE): “We are in great danger, our diocese is at an end,” the Syrian Catholic bishop of Mosul in Iraq, Archbishop Youhanna Boutros, told a preparation symposium for the World Day of the Sick in Jerusalem on February 16.

“The Islamic State no longer recognises any dignity of the human being, because for them, the value of life is zero, comparable to that of a cow or a pack of cigarettes,”...

Shaking the ground against violence
(Saturday, 5 March 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): More than 1,000 people from migrant rights and student groups called for an end to all forms of violence against women at the One Billion Rising campaign held at Edinburgh Place, Central, on February 21.

The campaign aims to have one billion women worldwide dancing in the street on or around Valentine’s Day in a call for fair and just treatment of women.

It is...

Church refuge torched in Mindanao
(Saturday, 5 March 2016 )

MANILA (UCAN): At least five people, including two children, were hurt after unidentified men torched a Church-run evacuation centre in the southern Philippine city of Davao early on February 24.

“At least three men poured gasoline on the tent before lighting it,” Piya Macliing Malayao, the secretary-general of the tribal group, Katribu, said.

Malayao said some 700...

Keep your nose close to the ground
(Saturday, 5 March 2016 )

VATICAN (SE): Charity is born out of the heart, not obligation or any sense of superiority, the international president of Caritas, Luis Cardinal Tagle, told a symposium marking the 10th anniversary of the publication of the encyclical penned by Pope Benedict XVI, God is Love (Deus Caritas Est), held at the Vatican at the Pope Paul VI Hall on February 25.

“So on the one hand, we are invited to rediscover the...

Cyclone leaves more questions than how to clean up
(Saturday, 5 March 2016 )

SUVA (SE): It may be the Year of the Jubilee of Mercy, but Father Johnny McEvoy says from Suva, Fiji, in the days following February 20 and 21, when Tropical Cyclone Winston devastated the tropical Pacific paradise of around 900,000 people, that the storm had no mercy on the tiny island nation.

“The nation is numb, shell shocked and overwhelmed, so are we,” the Columban priest says in a letter dated February 25...