April 2016

Casinos and bank heists
(Saturday, 9 April 2016 )

MANILA (Agencies): The casino industry in The Philippines is growing at an alarming rate, as it encourages the activities that corrupt politicians can easily profit from; money laundering, drug running and prostitution—all of which assuredly are more fun in The Philippines.

The Philippine bishops have released a statement in the wake of a US$81 million ($627 million) bank heist that saw the money spirited away from...

German president visits Xi’an
(Saturday, 9 April 2016 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Bishop Anthony Dang Mingyan believes that a visit from the German president, Joachim Gauck, to the cathedral in Xi’an on Holy Thursday (March 24) should help the development of the charitable outreach of the Church in his diocese.

Bishop Dang said he introduced the German president to the diocese’s charity works and described the general situation of Shaanxi province during his 50-minute visit...

Kidnapped priest still alive
(Saturday, 9 April 2016 )

SANAA (AsiaNews): Despite rumours that spread prior to Easter that Father Tom Uzhunnalil, who was kidnapped during the bloody attack on the Missionaries of Charity compound in Aden, Yemen, on March 4, was to be crucified on Good Friday and had been tortured, Bishop Paul Hinder believes that he is alive and well.

The apostolic vicar of Southern Arabia said that photographs were not convincing and other reports cannot be...

The Jubilee of Mercy and the sacrament of reconciliation
(Saturday, 9 April 2016 )

No one is more qualified than Pope Francis himself to explain the true meaning and aim of the Jubilee of Mercy.  Let us, therefore, listen to what he said about the Jubilee on several occasions: 

Unlike all the previous Jubilees when people could gain the Plenary Indulgence only by entering the Holy Door in Rome,  this time the Jubilee Grace will be given also to...

Scavengers of misfortune
(Saturday, 9 April 2016 )

TACLOBAN (SE): While reports abound about shoddy reconstruction work being done by government agencies and the snail’s pace progress of its rehousing projects, a major fact that has been swept under the carpet, or maybe under the water, is the actual number of people who died during Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013.

A small group supported by the mayor of Tacloban, Leyte, Alfred Romualdez, that has been combing the...

Protecting atheists part of religious freedom
(Saturday, 9 April 2016 )

CLIFTON (CWN): Bishop Declan Lang said in an article in the Universe on March 8 that the Catholic community in England and Wales has a role to play in ensuring that the government maintains this position and continues to speak out when people are imprisoned, tortured or killed on account of their atheism.

Bishop Lang cited the case of one person who was killed two years ago because he had taken an atheistic position...

Roxas is no Yolanda hero
(Saturday, 9 April 2016 )

MANILA (Agencies): Mar Roxas may be the candidate for the presidential election anointed by the current incumbent, Noynoy Aquino, but Father Edwin Gariguez says that he is no hero of Yolanda.

Reacting strongly against a comic book being distributed as part of his campaign, Father Gariguez told CBCP News that Roxas certainly is not the hero that he makes himself out to be in the propaganda.


Indonesia accused of slow genocide in Papua
(Saturday, 9 April 2016 )

BRISBANE (SE): A report from a fact-finding commission of the Justice and Peace Commission from Brisbane, Australia, has concluded that there is a slow motion genocide occurring in the Indonesian province of Papua.

It accuses Indonesia of wanting to replace the Christian religion of the indigenous Papuan population with Islam.

Brisbane’s diocesan weekly, The ...

Dhaka rejects bid to become secular state
(Saturday, 9 April 2016 )

DHAKA (AsiaNews): The Bangladeshi High Court rejected a petition calling for the abolition of Islam as the state religion on March 29.

In its ruling, the court pointed to a procedural problem, saying that those who filed the petition do not have the constitutional right to do so.

The decision was greeted with joy by hundreds of Muslims who marched through the streets of Dhaka to...

Paris Foreign Mission boss to be a bishop
(Saturday, 9 April 2016 )

PARIS (AsiaNews): The superior general of the Paris Foreign Mission Society, Father Georges Colomb, was appointed bishop of La Rochelle, France, on March 9.

He is scheduled to be ordained on May 5.

Born on 15 June 1953 in Saint-Anthème, Father Colomb studied economics and worked as a post office inspector in Lyon and Nanterre....