July 2016

The killing fields and traumatised people
(Saturday, 16 July 2016 )

MANILA (SE): “Three people died today. They were shot. Brutally killed. We don’t know why. We are scared. It is so dangerous,” a note received on July 6 from Pagadian in Zamboanga del Sur reads.

The note goes on to describe the fear of going to sleep at night, of walking in the street and the memory of the mutilated, defaced and bloodied bodies.

The side of public...

Caring for men and women who work the boats
(Saturday, 16 July 2016 )

TOKYO (AsiaNews): In marking Seafarers Sunday on July 10, Bishop Michael Gorō Matsuura, the president of the Catholic Commission of Japan for Migrants, Refugees and People on the Move, said that today, it is not always the threats of nature that jeopardise their lives.

“Although the sea is becoming even more dangerous, because of nuclear test sites and dumping of...

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 16 July 2016 )


Call to prayer from global cultural monument

ISTANBUL (CWN): For the first time in 85 years the Muslim call to prayer was heard from the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. The building was completed in 537 as the basilica of the Patriarch of Constantinople,...

Where baptism could have been fatal
(Saturday, 16 July 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE):  Becoming a Catholic did not come easily for Mario Joseph, whose baptismal name is Mario, the male version of Maria (our Mother Mary), whom he loves dearly. The Joseph, he says stands for St. Joseph. His real name is Sulaiman Ibinu Ahmad.

He was physically and mentally tortured by his family after he was baptised. He remembers how his family discovered him at a Catholic retreat centre and his father...

Good Muslims obstacle to Islamic State
(Saturday, 16 July 2016 )

Dhaka and Baghdad (Agencies): Christian leaders in Bangladesh condemned the July 7 terrorist attack on the country’s largest Eid al-Fitr prayer gathering in Kishoreganj, UCA News reported.

Four people were killed and 30 injured when a group of Islamic extremists threw bombs and shot at police outside the venue where around 300,000 people had gathered to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. ...

Labour contracting must go
(Saturday, 16 July 2016 )

MANILA (UCAN): As a new broom has come into Malacañang on the promise of defending the rights of the poor of The Philippines, Bishop Broderick Pabillo challenged the labour sector to put in a call for an end to temporary labour contracting, which is seen as being responsible for an up in the poverty level.

“Filipino workers must come together and set aside political ideology to ensure oneness of our voice and...

Young Christian singer impresses with Eid song
(Saturday, 16 July 2016 )

Lahore (UCAN): As Muslims around the world celebrated Eid al-Fitr, a young Pakistani Christian, Ammon Alishah, made waves in the country with his special Eid song.

The song, Eid ke nazare (Scenes of Eid) was composed by Alishah’s father, a pastor. The video, now on YouTube, was filmed in Karachi and Sukkur. 

“This is my first official song and I wanted to...

Live pyrotechnics display prelude to testy negotiations
(Saturday, 16 July 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): As the secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, was talking diplomatically with the leaders of the Chinese government in Beijing, Dai Bingguo, a former state councillor and top diplomat in Washington DC, was talking undiplomatically about a ruling the Permanent Court of Arbitration was about to deliver on territorial rights in the South China Sea.

A ruling on a case filed by the Republic of The...

Court rules in favour of Philippines
(Saturday, 16 July 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled in favour of a case filed by The Philippines over territorial rights in the West Philippine Sea on July 12, saying that there is no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to resources within the sea areas falling within its Nine Dash Line.

The court added that none of the features claimed by China is capable of generating an exclusive economic...

Christian relics found in Mongolia
(Saturday, 16 July 2016 )

HOHHOT (SE): During renovation worker on an old house near the Tongshunjie Church in Hohhot, Mongolia, two one century-old monuments were uncovered.

China Source reported on June 5 that one is a commemoration of a Swedish missionary, Anna Karlsson. Her name is carved on the stone in English. The other monument is inscribed with Chinese names, which probably belong to the early Chinese Christians in the region....