October 2016

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...

Rights with characteristics?
(Saturday, 29 October 2016 )

“EVERYONE HAS THE right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance,” Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says.

Article 19 continues, “Everyone has the right to...

Rights with characteristics?
(Saturday, 29 October 2016 )

“EVERYONE HAS THE right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance,” Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says.

Article 19 continues, “Everyone has the right to...

Flare up over demolished Church property
(Saturday, 29 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): A group of around 40 people from the Anhui and Henan gathered to demand compensation on October 18 from the government after a building which they claim belongs to the Church in Tianjin City was demolished by the authorities without notice.

The two-day protest began when Father Ma Yantao, the manager of diocesan properties in Tianjin, informed Bishop Joseph Zhang Yinlin that the 973-square metre property on...

Around the traps
(Saturday, 29 October 2016 )

Excommunicate Mugabe

HARARE (SE): Pastor Phillip Mugadza petitioned Pope Francis on October 12 to excommunicate the president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, for running down the country’s economy and exposing the country’s citizens to poverty.

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Marian fiesta at Cheung Chau
(Saturday, 29 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): A procession in honour of the Holy Cross and Our Lady of Fatima organised by Our Lady of Fatima parish in Cheung Chau and the ad hoc committee of the Jubilee of Mercy was held on October 9. 

Led by John Cardinal Tong Hon and Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing, the aim of the day was to pray for the Cheung Chau community, Hong Kong and China.

It is one of the Mission...

International court mulls prosecuting Duterte
(Saturday, 29 October 2016 )

BANGKOK (SE): The International Criminal Court in The Hague has bluntly warned the Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, that he could face prosecution over extrajudicial killings in his deadly crackdown on drugs, Fairfax Media reports.

The chief prosecutor of the international court, Fatou Bensouda, said she is deeply concerned about the thousands of alleged killings in The Philippines and statements by high...

Salute to a shepherd
(Saturday, 29 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): A surprise celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of the arrival in Hong Kong of Good Shepherd Sister Felicitas Nisperos was held at the annual KAMMPI festival in San Po Kong on October 11, as Connie Padilla, the former president, gave a rundown on the past half century of her life.

Inviting her to the stage with Father Rudolfo Jacobe, Padilla unfurled a pink, congratulatory floral banner in honour of the...