October 2016

Vatican calls for sporting chance for all
(Saturday, 29 October 2016 )

VATICAN (SE): Representatives from sporting bodies the world over—athletes at all levels and ages—along with coaches, franchise owners, managers, corporate sponsors and experts in fields ranging from sports medicine and psychology to training, discipline, education and formation, gathered at the Vatican on October 7 to discuss the contribution of sport to humanity with leaders from the world’s great religious.

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Maintaining a silence to kill
(Saturday, 29 October 2016 )

In the world today where violence and the violation of human rights are marked with a reluctance to take a stand against evil, not to report child abuse, not to oppose torture and not to oppose murder is a failure to confront criminal behaviour.

It is an indication of a culture of silence that could well be considered complicit in heinous crimes.

The silence that is born of...

The Caritas Bazaar A Hong Kong event
(Saturday, 29 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): In most areas of life there are winners and losers, but in the Caritas Bazaar Season, which officially opens in Victoria Park on November 6, there will be no losers.

People are familiar with the one-liner in television competitions, “And the winner is…!” But at the Caritas Bazaar everyone wins when they get involved.

Caritas is one of the biggest...

New bishops in China
(Saturday, 29 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (AsiaNews): November 10 has been set as the date for the ordination of Father Peter Ding Lingbin as the new bishop of Changzhi, in Shanxi province, China. The ceremony is scheduled to take place at the Cathedral of Ss. Peter and Paul.

While the date and place have been set at relatively short notice, Father Ding received his approval for ordination from the Vatican some two years ago. 

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Upholding Catholic values of education
(Saturday, 29 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Catholic Education Office held a Mass on September 9 for kindergarten, primary and secondary school principals, as the new school term got underway.

The celebrant, Father Dominic Chan Chi-ming, encouraged teachers to help students face their trials with perseverance and wisdom.

During the Mass at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception on Caine Road, people...

Worker safety clashes with employer interest
(Saturday, 29 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): Following the deaths of several domestic workers falling from high rise apartment buildings while cleaning the outside of windows, the Philippine Consulate General to Hong Kong sought to place a clause in all contracts signed by its nationals in the future banning the task.

After initially announcing a date for the inclusion of such a clause, it backed off and on October 17 held meetings with the Hong Kong...

Parish swamped by typhoons in Taiwan
(Saturday, 29 October 2016 )

TAIPEI (UCAN): The parish of St. Stephen in Taitung City, Taiwan, as had its fair share of battering from the skies this year. When Super Typhoon Nepartak hit the island in July, it badly damaged its roof, leaving its floor looking like a 40 centimetre-deep pool.

With barely time to finish the mopping and cleaning up operations, the little community was hit again in September 19 by Typhoon Megi and just one month later was...

Paralleling religion and terrorism
(Saturday, 29 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): The Chinese government has tightened the screws on religious freedom in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region with new regulations providing for parents and guardians to be reported if they force children to take part in religious activities.

The new regulations in the Muslim-majority state were passed by the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Regional People’s Congress on September 29 and will come into...

A winding path to Maryknoll
(Saturday, 29 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): Sister Anastasia Lindawati made her final profession as a Maryknoll Sister at St. Teresa’s in Kowloon on the afternoon of October 1.

It was an exciting day for the young sister from Indonesia, as her two sisters and her mother were able to make the trip from their home to be with her for the big occasion.

Sister Lindawati was born Jombang. Blessed with two...

New leadership for the Jesuits
(Saturday, 29 October 2016 )

ROME (SE): Father Arturo Sosa Abascal was elected as the general of the Society of Jesus by a general congregation in Rome on October 14, becoming the 30th successor of the society’s founding leader, St. Ignatius Loyola, in 1534.

Vatican Radio described the new Jesuit general as being serene, although he said that he was surprised by his election. Rather, Father Sosa described himself as grateful and ready to...