April 2016

Hong Kong pastor put on trial in Shenzhen
(Saturday, 16 April 2016 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): A pastor from Hong Kong, Reverend Ng Wah, is reported to have been prosecuted on the mainland for printing Christian books and raising money to support the apostolate of his Church.

Constant Kim, a friend and member of the Christian Church of Chinese Ministry that Reverend Ng had set up, said on April 6 that he disappeared in July last year and was arrested on the mainland.

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Netherlands honours a courageous son
(Saturday, 16 April 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): In honour of the Dutch Bishop Frans Schraven, who was murdered along with eight companions by the Japanese military in China on 9 October 1937 for refusing to allow female refugees in his care to be used as comfort women, Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-fai has been invited to bless a commemorative path on June 26 that has been built in his honour.

The Schraven Path is an attractive 10-kilometre-long hiking trail beginning at the Rozenhof Guesthouse in Lottum and passing...

Duterte uses pope’s reply to intrigue
(Saturday, 16 April 2016 )

VATICAN (CWN): The expletive babbling mayor of Davao City and presidential candidate, Rodrigo Duterte, sent an apology to Pope Francis for his unpublishable tirade against him for holding up traffic when he visited Manila in January last year.

And to his apparent delight, he has received a response from Archbishop Angelo Becciu, the under-secretary of state at the Vatican, which says the pope appreciates the sentiments of his apology....

Cemetery gate a dead end for taxis
(Saturday, 16 April 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): Taxi drivers held a short rally at the gates of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception during the 9.30am Mass on April 10 asking for permission to take their clients inside the Holy Cross Cemetery in the Cape Collision area of Chai Wan.

Currently the front gate to the cemetery is a dead end for taxi drivers, which leaves their clients a long walk to reach graves in various parts of the area....

Persecution of House Churches and the Uyghur deepens
(Saturday, 16 April 2016 )

BEIJING (UCAN): The Supreme Court of China has reported a huge reduction in state security trials, which typically apply to political and religious detainees, but analysis from the United States of America (US)-based China advocacy group, the Dui Hua Foundation, say there is evidence of a significant rise in cases involving cults and terrorism, which suggests the persecution of unofficial, or House Churches, as well as the Uyghur Muslim community may be worsening...

Pastor released but not freed
(Saturday, 16 April 2016 )

HANGZHOU (Agencies): Reverend Yuese, who opposed the removal of crosses from Church buildings in China, was released on April 5 from detention by the authorities in Zhejiang after three months behind bars.

AsiaNews reported that Reverend Gu, also known as Joseph Gu, is in charge of the Chongyi Church, the largest Protestant congregation in the country with about 10,000 members.

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Appeal for pro-life vote
(Saturday, 16 April 2016 )

MANILA (SE): The Church in The Philippines has issued an all-out call to people to vote pro-life in the upcoming May 9 election.

In a strong letter dated March 31, the president of the bishops’ conference, Archbishop Socrates Villegas, says that it is a grave sin to vote for a candidate who opposes the Lord’s teachings on the sacredness of human life from conception to natural death.

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Priest named in damages suit by Korean Navy
(Saturday, 16 April 2016 )

SEOUL (SE): Father Pat Cunningham has been named in a suit filed with the Seoul Central Court by the Korean Navy on March 28 seeking compensation for damages and delay to construction work on the controversial Jeju Naval Base.

The Columban missionary, who has been deeply involved in opposition to the base, is named along with villagers and rights advocates, as well as the Gangjeong Village Association and five other groups...

Challenging the Just War Theory
(Saturday, 16 April 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): Can war ever be justified is an age-old question that has been debated many times, but increasingly so in the modern era as the nature of war has changed rapidly and dramatically.

A conference on peace and Catholic teaching held at the Vatican from April 11 to 13 set out to change the conversation from justifying war to pro-actively working for peace, and to develop a coherent articulation of making peace...

Vatican makes diplomatic reshuffle in Taiwan
(Saturday, 16 April 2016 )

TAIPEI (UCAN): After eight years as the chargé d’affaires at the Vatican embassy in Taiwan, Monsignor Paul Russell is leaving as an archbishop-designate.

As a gesture of appreciation from the government, the foreign minister, David Lin, conferred on him the Order of the Brilliant Star with Grand Cordon, one of the highest decorations, on April 8.

After ordination as a...