July 2016

Making children scapegoats for criminals
(Saturday, 23 July 2016 )

OLONGAPO (SE): Two bills have been filed in the lower house of the Philippine congress by the speaker, Feliciano Belmonte, one proposing a change in the law to make children possibly as young as nine- or 12-years-old criminally responsible and the other to reintroduce the death penalty.

“This is draconian and repressive for children and not worthy of the administration of Rodrigo Duterte or the Philippine people,...

Museum glorifies a hanging judge
(Saturday, 23 July 2016 )

BEIJING (AsiaNews): Village authorities in Dingan, Guangxi, plan to celebrate the expulsion of foreign Catholics from their area in 1856 with a museum celebrating the role played by a magistrate from the Qing era, Zhang Mingfeng, in sentencing a priest from the Paris Foreign Mission Society, St. Auguste Chapdelaine, to death.

The opening of the museum includes a poetry contest and the new facility boasts a six metre-tall...

Screws tightened on House Church
(Saturday, 23 July 2016 )

BEIJING (AsiaNews): An intimidation campaign has been launched against a House Church in Guizhou province, with local authorities threatening to sue its members and bar their children from tertiary education.

The United States of America-based ChinaAid said in a press release on July 16 that people attending the Huaqiu Church were told that if they didn’t stop bringing their children to Church, they would not be...

Around the traps
(Saturday, 23 July 2016 )


Vietnam moves to seize monastery land

HANOI (AsiaNews): Police raided the monastery of Thien An in Hue province on June 26 as part of a series of...

Bishops’ language doesn’t talk
(Saturday, 23 July 2016 )

MANILA (SE): The bishops of The Philippines began their 113th plenary meeting at the Pius XII Centre in Pasay City on July 9 comparing themselves with the biblical voice crying in the wilderness and Archbishop Socrates Villegas lamenting that bishops’ language no longer talks to the people, saying they find it archaic.

In his opening address, the president of the bishops’ conference said, “We will teach,...

Human rights are not novelties
(Saturday, 23 July 2016 )

NEW YORK (SE): Human dignity and human rights are getting a tough time today, the permanent observer from the Holy See to the United Nations (UN), Archbishop Bernardito Auza, said at a debate on the nature of a human right marking the 70th anniversary of the formation of the UN and the 50th anniversary of the formation of human rights covenants at the organisation’s headquarters in New York in the United States of America on July 13.

Struggle of urban Christian families in mainland
(Saturday, 23 July 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): The results of an in-depth study into the pressures facing young Christian families in urban China contrasts the Confucian notion of love, which it describes as flowing from the authority of elders, and the Christian concept, as seen in the extraordinary sacrifice of Christ himself.

Published in the most recent issue of ChinaSource Quarterly, Brent Fulton says that this contrast is a key point in the...

Marcos not even close to being a hero
(Saturday, 23 July 2016 )

MANILA (UCAN): The Running Priest was back on the streets of Manila on July 17 calling on the newly-elected president, Rodrigo Duterte, to renege on his plan to allow the martial law dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, to be interred in the nation’s Heroes Cemetery.

Franciscan Father Robert Reyes said Filipinos should rise up, come out and not be afraid to stand for the truth and oppose the plan.


Drug purge success or sham?
(Saturday, 23 July 2016 )

MANILA (SE): “The fight against crime is apparently becoming a looming state-sanctioned cover for a policy of summary executions and extrajudicial killings,” Leila de Lima, a former secretary for justice and currently member of the senate, wrote in filing a resolution on July 13 seeking a congressional investigation into the mass murder of civilians. 

Under the current president, Rodrigo Duterte, around...

A nation is mute as door opens to genocide
(Saturday, 23 July 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): “This morning my neighbours were shot. A father and a son. I know they used cocaine, but they were good people and helped me on many occasions. It was brutal and horrible. The shouting and cursing—then the gunshots. They look sickening,” a report from Zamboanga del Sur received on July 12 says.

This is the product of the national war on drugs instigated by the newly-elected president of...