September 2016

Courtyard of the Gentiles looks at society and economy
(Saturday, 1 October 2016 )

ROME (SE): “The theme chosen for the conference is intended to stimulate reflection on a key question in current political and academic debate, and about which public opinion is increasingly sensitive: the relationship between economics and society, and the need to define new, more humane and inclusive economic models,” the organisers of the Courtyard of the Gentiles told the Holy See Press Office on September 12.


Move to oust bishop in Guam
(Saturday, 1 October 2016 )

VATICAN (CNS):  Hong Kong-born Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai has asked the Vatican  to remove Archbishop Anthony Apuron from his archdiocese of Agaña in Guam, following his refusal to resign in the face of mounting evidence of sexual abuse.

Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Hon, the secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, as apostolic administrator of the archdiocese in June, while...

Clash of anti-discrimination and religious liberty
(Saturday, 1 October 2016 )

WASHINGTON (SE): The United States of America Commission on Civil Rights released its long awaited report on Peaceful Coexistence on September 8, which examines various legal and constitutional issues that arise when there is conflict between anti-discrimination laws and religious liberty.

Religion News Service reported that there was a huge chasm between the opinions of two commissioners who came down...

Trusting in the tried and failed
(Saturday, 1 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): While in one breath, the president of The Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, proclaimed his war on drugs is succeeding, he wisely never answered the question, “Succeeding at what?”

If his criteria is the height of the pile of dead bodies of the predominately poor that he has had liquidated, then he has some cause to celebrate. If it is the number of pushers or users who have surrendered (although...

Not quite the heroes
(Saturday, 1 October 2016 )

HO CHI MINH (AsiaNews): About a hundred former soldiers of the Republic of Vietnam were welcomed on September 13 at the House of Peace and Justice run by the Redemptorists in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, for a day of free medical services.

Organised in collaboration with local Buddhist monks, the initiative began some years ago. This year, the priests have provided the service on 11 such days.


Around the Traps
(Saturday, 1 October 2016 )

No saints’ names on hospitals

HAMMOND (CWN): The Franciscan Alliance hospital system in the mid-west of the United States of America has announced that it will remove references to saints from the names of its hospitals.


Under mobile phone arrest
(Saturday, 1 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin, who as the coadjutor to the late Bishop Vincent Zhu Weifang, from Wenzhou, automatically takes his place as the local ordinary, is effectively being held by the authorities under mobile phone arrest.

Bishop Shao, who belongs to the unofficial Church community in Wenzhou, was in effect blocked by the government from taking over the diocese as the bishop when the Chinese Catholic...

Swapping drug addiction for blood addiction
(Saturday, 1 October 2016 )

ARAKAN (SE): Father Peter Geremia, the Italian priest who came into the news as the offsider of the murdered Father Fausto Tentorio in Arakan, North Cotabato, in 2011, says that he had been told by a Filipino priest that the current president, Rodrigo Duterte, knows the heart of the ordinary people and knows that they want to oppose the drug syndicates, the murders, rapes, holdups and the system of corruption of the police and judiciary, as well as that in every...

Execution seems okay by president
(Saturday, 1 October 2016 )

JAKARTA (SE): Following his debut appearance at the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit held in Vientiane, Laos, on September 5 and 6, the president of The Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, made his first visit as head of state to Indonesia.

Prior to his departure, hopes had been high that he would speak to the Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, about a possible permanent stay of execution for the convicted...

A million roses for the world
(Saturday, 1 October 2016 )

MANILA (SE): Running under the theme of A nation at prayer is a nation at peace, the bishops of The Philippines have launched a prayer crusade called A Million Roses for the World: Filipinos at prayer for the nation, in an attempt to heal what they describe as their wounded nation torn by socio-political issues.

The bishops describe The Philippines as being a land divided by opposing, bickering, quarrelling...