October 2016

Bishop Shao brought home
(Saturday, 22 October 2016 )

WENZHOU (AsiaNews): Reports from China say that police took Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin, who has been on forced holiday in the northern region of Qinghai, back to home to Wenzhou on October 8.

The reports say that the bishop and his police entourage arrived at 4.30pm. His secretary and diocesan chancellor, Father Paul Jiang Sunian, who has also been exposed to the country air, was with him.

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Joy of Love in Hindi
(Saturday, 22 October 2016 )

BANGALORE (AsiaNews): A Hindi translation of the Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia) was promulgated in Bangalore on September 28 by the Bishops’ Conference of the Bishops of Latin India Rite under the title, dell’Amoris Laetitia.

At the launch, the bishops explained that it is their intention to assist people at the grassroots level to focus their attention on the development of strong Catholic...

Pakistan again baulks on blasphemy case
(Saturday, 22 October 2016 )

ISLAMABAD (AsiaNews): The long awaited appeal against the death sentence and conviction for blasphemy of Pakistani Catholic woman, Asia Bibi, was again postponed by the Supreme Court in Islamabad on October 13, when one of the three judges stepped down from the case.

The convening judge, Mian Saqib Nisar, called a halt to proceedings. Iqbal Hameed, who stepped down from the case, said, “I was a member of the bench...

Mission Sunday
(Saturday, 22 October 2016 )

THIS SUNDAY THE Church marks Mission Sunday, or the beginning of Mission Week, a celebration that extends from Sunday to Sunday. In some countries, October is dedicated as Mission Month and is four weeks of focus on the life of the Church in other lands, as well as a time of reflecting on our relationship with them and offering support to those who struggle financially.

In this sense, it is one way the Church in wealthier...

Pakistan clamp on unlicensed media
(Saturday, 22 October 2016 )

LAHORE (AsiaNews): The Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority has closed 11 unlicensed Christian television channels in a communiqué that orders them to take the necessary measures to stop their listed programmes.

They include Catholic TV, run by the archdiocese of Lahore. The director, Father Morris Jalal, claims it is the first time that a formal notification of authorities has targeted channels with Christian...

Pope’s gift from China
(Saturday, 22 October 2016 )

ROME (SE): The gift from China that Pope Francis spoke of with journalists during his return flight to Rome from Baku in Azerbaijan on October 2 is a silk print drape inscribed with ideogrammes from the historical Christian Stele of Xi’an.

It depicts the long narrative inscribed on the famous stele, which is also referred to as the Nestorian Stele, which dates back to 781 during the Tang Dynasty, and documents the...

Bon voyage to warrior for the underdog
(Saturday, 22 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): As the Maryknoll coordinator, Father John Ahearn, farewelled the iconic society house in Stanley, he also wished 86-year-old Father Thomas Peyton well in retirement, as he finally packs his bags to leave Hong Kong after 35 years working in the territory.

A man of many faces, Father Peyton has been involved in a wide variety of ministries. His face is well known in the prisons, hospitals, streets,...

A farewell to historic Maryknoll House
(Saturday, 22 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Church in Hong Kong is losing an iconic landmark.

On October 5, the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers hosted a simple barbecue for friends and clergy to bid farewell to their home at the Maryknoll Centre House in Stanley, which has fallen victim to changing times and new needs.

In welcoming guests to the spacious gardens above Stanley Bay on a soporific evening,...

Chinese bishop meets with pope
(Saturday, 22 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Pope Francis met with Bishop Joseph Xu Honggen from mainland China during a public audience at St. Peter’s Square on October 5 in the first public meeting between a pope and a bishop resident in China since the establishment of the People’s Republic in 1949.

Photographs published by L’Osservatore Romano show the bishop kissing the pope’s ring, chatting with him one-on-one...

Cooking up a storm
(Saturday, 22 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): “When you get married you need lots of patience,” celebrity chef, Vicky Munar, said in welcoming some 40 members of the CARD MRI financial literacy group to an afternoon cooking class.

“And when you are cooking you need as much patience as you do with your husband,” she quipped, stressing that producing a delicacy requires practice, trial and error, in addition to painstaking work in...