May 2016

Pragmatic good shepherd of Anyang dead at 91
(Saturday, 14 May 2016 )

Anyang (SE): The diocese of Anyang, Weihui, Henan province, announced the death of Bishop Thomas Zhang Huaixin on May 8, according to a report on AsiaNews on May 9. He was 91-years-old. 

His coadjutor, Bishop Joseph Zhang Yinlin, who was ordained on 4 August 2015 and who is also the first Chinese bishop since 2012 to have the nod from both the Vatican and China, succeeds Bishop Zhang.

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Tallest church in China consecrated
(Saturday, 14 May 2016 )

Xiaohengtang  (UCAN): Some 6,000 people crammed into Our Lady Help of Christians, in Xiaohengtang, Kunshan City, eastern Jiangsu, as they observed the consecration of the tallest church in China for the diocese of Suzhou on May 2. 

The ceremony was concelebrated by Bishop Joseph Xu Honggen, from Suzhou, together with Bishop Paul Meng Ningyou , from Taiyuan, Shanxi, and 50 priests from local and neighbouring...

Cold consolation for the buried
(Saturday, 14 May 2016 )

Zhumadian (AsiaNews): Less than two weeks after Ding Cuimei, wife of a Protestant pastor, Li Jiangong, died after being buried alive by bulldozers on April 14, authorities in Zhumadian, Henan, ruled that the land on which their demolished Beitou Church building once stood belongs to them (Sunday Examiner, May 1). 

A report was issued on April 25 that designates the site for religious use. 

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Pakistan postage stamp honours Christian leader
(Saturday, 14 May 2016 )

Islamabad (AsiaNews): Dewan Bahadur S.P. Singha, a Christian leader who, as a member of the Punjab Assembly, supported the partition of British India and the creation of Pakistan in 1947, has been honoured with a commemorative postage stamp issued by the Pakistan Post Office.

Christian and Muslim leaders welcomed the initiative, calling it an important step toward recognising the role played by minorities in nation...

I have a dream pope tells struggling Europe
(Saturday, 14 May 2016 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): “I dream of a Europe where being a migrant is not a crime, but a summons to greater commitment” to help those in need Pope Francis said as he received the prestigious Charlemagne Prize on May 6 in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican.

Evoking United States of America civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr., he told Europe’s heads-of-state and top-level representatives that, “I...

The support of the Joy of Love
(Saturday, 14 May 2016 )

Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation, The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia) is a great charter on modern marriage and family. The family is a place to experience love and this love should bring endless joy to each person. However, the realities we have seen are much different from this.

The best moments to experience familial love are the times of interaction...

Cardinal hails u-turn in child refugee policy
(Saturday, 14 May 2016 )

MANCHESTER (CNS): Vincent Cardinal Nichols, from Westminster, the United Kingdom (UK), welcomed a U-turn by the British government over the resettlement of child refugees.

“I am very happy that the government is extending an offer of sanctuary to a greater number of children fleeing conflict, while continuing to combat the evils of human trafficking,” said the cardinal in a statement in response to a May 4...

Uptick in Asians visiting the Holy Land
(Saturday, 14 May 2016 )

Jerusalem (UCAN): An increasing number of Asians, especially Indonesians, are taking part in official pilgrimages to Holy Land’s shrines, according to the Franciscan Pilgrims Office of the Custody of the Holy Land.

The Italian news agency SIR reported that in 2015, more pilgrims came from Asia (59,668 people in 1,729 groups) than from North America (53,110), although the United States of America led the list...

Pastor to North Koreans axed to death
(Saturday, 14 May 2016 )

Seoul (AsiaNews): A Prostestant pastor, Han Chung-ryeol was found dead on April 30 in Changbai, on the Chinese side of a mountain range that marks the border with North Korea. He had wounds from an axe blow to the head and several stab wounds to the abdomen.

A Korean Catholic source called the brutal death “a very worrying sign. The pastor knew and helped many refugees from the north and had relations with local...

Thousands protest against new coal-fired power plant
(Saturday, 14 May 2016 )

MANILA (Agencies): Around 10,000 people from various Church groups, concerned citizens, and civil society organisations marched in Batangas City, The Philippines, on May 4 to call for a moratorium on new coal plants in the country.

Led by Archbishop Ramon Arguelles, from Lipa, the demonstrators demanded that the next administration cancel all proposed coal-fired projects and shift to renewable energy, according to a report...