July 2016

Book Fair turns a lens on history of local Church
(Saturday, 30 July 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): Visitors to the Hong Kong Book Fair this year were treated to a brief review of the history of the Church in Hong Kong through a photography exhibition marking the 175th anniversary of the foundation of the diocese which was on display above the Catholic booth.

The Book Fair, which is one of the largest in the world, was held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai from July 20 to July...

Eucharistic Congress a first for Pakistan
(Saturday, 30 July 2016 )

ISLAMABAD (AsiaNews): Pakistan held its first Eucharistic Congress in Islamabad during July, ending in an appeal to Catholics who have fallen away from their Church to come home.

“People say that prayer counts most, whatever Church you attend,” Father Yousaf Amanat, from the host parish, said. “Protestant pastors are attracting many Catholics. We hope to counter this trend through greater awareness....

A Marathon of God’s Word
(Saturday, 30 July 2016 )

SHIJIAZHUANG (SE): The parish of Beitang in Guizhou province, China, launched a Marathon of God’s Word under the theme One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God on July 17.

The marathon will last for one year and catechists distributed leaflets containing prayers and the details of a programme for daily bible reading.

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Saying no to everyday police torture
(Saturday, 30 July 2016 )

KANDY (SE): The Human Rights Office–Kandy launched a signature campaign on International Torture Day calling on the Sri Lankan government to prosecute perpetrators of torture.

To mark the day, which fell on June 24 this year, religious leaders and civic society administrators gathered to showcase the importance of saying no to torture at St. George E. de Silva Park in the heart of Kandy.

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Bringing World Youth Day home
(Saturday, 30 July 2016 )

The 31st World Youth Day is being held during the Jubilee of Mercy. It is taking place in Poland, the home of Pope John Paul II, the founder of the international Catholic festival.

This Sunday the closing Mass of the international Catholic gathering is being celebrated by Pope Francis, who is inviting people to renew the promises of their baptism and don a white robe on which is...

Sinicisation becoming a control mechanism for Church
(Saturday, 30 July 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): Authorities in China are cranking up their propaganda machine to churn out more material on what has up until now remained a vaguely defined and described concept of the Sinicisation of religion.

Efforts to increase the influence of the ruling Communist Party in Han-Chinese society are reflected quite clearly in a campaign thought to be aimed specifically at the Catholic Church, even though talks with the...

Strict party line
(Saturday, 30 July 2016 )

BEIJING (AsiaNews): New directives under which executives can be charged for mismanagement, corruption, negligence or breach of austerity regulations were issued on July 18 by the Chinese Communist Party.

In the future, officials may be punished for bad or poor leadership and lack of loyalty to the party. The directives, which are adequately vague to apply to pretty well any objectionable individual, apply to all levels of...

World Youth Day remembers those who could not get there
(Saturday, 30 July 2016 )

ROME (SE): “We pray and appeal for young Christians who could not go to Poland. We want to show that we care about other young people who could not come to Poland because of war, persecution, hunger or other problems,” Ursula Adamowicz, the coordinator the City of Mercy booth at World Youth Day in Poland, said.

The Warsaw-based City of Mercy is sponsored by the Centre for Thought of John Paul II, which is...

Pope’s message to Youth Day
(Saturday, 30 July 2016 )

VATICAN (SE): In greeting the estimated two million delegates to the 31st World Youth Day as they were gathering in Poland, Pope Francis said he is praying that their trip may be safe and that the hopes and expectations that they bring with them will be fulfilled.

“Dear young people from throughout Europe, Africa, America, Asia and Oceania! I bless your countries,” Pope Francis said in his greeting, adding that...

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 30 July 2016 )

Papal household prefect not welcome home

VATICAN (CWN): Branded with the Mark of Cain for his criticism of recent statements on the indissolubility of marriage from the German bishops, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, the prefect of the papal household and personal secretary to the former bishop of Rome, Pope Benedict XVI, told Schwäbischen Zeitung that he does not think he will be welcome...