May 2016

Unsung hero feted at golden jublilee
(Saturday, 21 May 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): Father Giosuè Bonzi, of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, celebrated the 50th anniversary of his priesthood at Mother of Good Counsel parish, San Po Kong, on May 7.

Father Bonzi, who founded the Fu Hong Society, dedicated to the service of mentally-disadvantaged people, also received 2016 THE ONE International Humanitarian Award from Rotary Club District 3450 on May 5. Chan cheuk-ming, a...

Draft code lacks penalty system commission says
(Saturday, 21 May 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): With the Labour Department of Hong Kong submitting a Draft Code of Practice for Employment Agencies for public consultation, the Hong Kong Catholic Commission for Labour Affairs believes there should still be a penalty system for substandard service, even though the code is not legally binding.

Law Pui-shan, policy research officer of the commission, said that although the code of practice listed in black...

Three new priests for Wenzhou diocese
(Saturday, 21 May 2016 )

Wenzhou (AsiaNews): More that 4,000 people attended the ordination of three new priests for the Wenzhou diocese, Zhejiang, on April 30. Reverend Cai Zhengyou, Reverend Lin Yi and Reverend Song Shanxun, were ordained by the former bishop, Bishop Zhu Weifang at an ordination Mass concelebrated with Father Ma Xianshi, the vicar general, and Father Lin Shenli together with at least 35 other priests.

The 90-year-old Bishop Zhu...

Still seeking answers to priest’s death
(Saturday, 21 May 2016 )

Hong Kong (UCAN): At a May 7 prayer service at St. Vincent’s chapel, Wong Tai Sin, people prayed for answers to the mysterious death last November of Father Pedro Yu Heping of the unofficial Church community in China.

Also known as Wei Heping, Father Yu was found dead on November 8 in the Fen River, a tributary of the Yellow River that flows through Shanxi province.

His...

Two-year old shot in job dispute in Pakistan
(Saturday, 21 May 2016 )

Faisalabad (SE): A Muslim landowner in Nazimabad, Pakistan allegedly shot and killed a two-year-old Christian boy according to a May 11 report the Fides news agency.

A dispute arose when the child’s father, Samsoon Masih, refused to do further work at the home of Haji Rasheed, without first getting paid for painting his house.

Fides reported that Rasheed and his...

Indonesia set to host two major youth events
(Saturday, 21 May 2016 )

VAtican (UCAN): “We hope by having those two big events, we would like to expose that … Catholics are part of the Indonesian people,” Antonius Agus Sriyono, Indonesia’s ambassador to the Holy See said, as the country gears up to host  Indonesian Youth Day, from October 1 to 6 in Manado, and Asian Youth Day from 30 July 30 to 6 August 2017, in Yogyakarta, Vatican Radio reported.

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Vatican bank publishes 2015 annual report
(Saturday, 21 May 2016 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR)—informally called the Vatican bank— released its annual report for the 2015 fiscal year on May 12, presenting the document during a round-table event with Vatican Radio and L’Osservatore Romano.

The bank reported a net profit in 2015 of $142.5 million ($16.1 million) compared to...

Pharmaceutical firm bans drug sales for lethal injections
(Saturday, 21 May 2016 )

WASHINGTON (CNS): “Pfizer makes its products to enhance and save the lives of the patients we serve. Consistent with these values, Pfizer strongly objects to the use of its products as lethal injections for capital punishment,” said a March 28 statement by the big pharmaceutical company, made public on May 13.

Karen Clifton, executive director of the Catholic Mobilising Network to End the Use of the Death...

To be in communion and have freedom
(Saturday, 21 May 2016 )

Every year on May 24 the Church celebrates the feast of Our Lady Help of Christians. It was also declared “a day of prayer for the Church in China” by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI in his 2007 letter to China’s Catholics. 

Over the past decades, the Church in China has been confronted with many challenges and internal tensions. The pope extended an invitation to...

Encounter and dialogue leads to peace nuncio to United Nations says
(Saturday, 21 May 2016 )

UNITED NATIONS (CNS): The Vatican’s permanent observer to the United Nations (UN), Archbishop Bernardito Auza, called on the world to reaffirm its resolve to overcome violent extremism, terrorism, intolerance and religious hatred through encounter and dialogue.

Speaking during a May 6 programme on interfaith harmony at the headquarters of the UN in New York, Archbishop Auza, said that the example of Pope Francis...