October 2016

Constitution versus religious regulations
(Saturday, 8 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (AsiaNews): China is poised to promulgate a new set of Regulations on Religious Activities on October 7, which seek to control every facet of the lives of religious communities from personnel to places of worship, and from statues to buildings.

The regulations also make specific reference to terrorist activities and separatist movements, with the big demand being that there are to be no ties with foreign...

Permanent deaconate has long way to go in China
(Saturday, 8 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (AsiaNews): For what is believed to have been the first time the Church in China has begun a discussion on the possibility of establishing the permanent deaconate.

While the permanent deaconate has grown in Hong Kong and is open to both married and single men, a September 6 to 9 gathering of the Council of Chinese Bishops was the first occasion on which it has been formally discussed in China.

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Consipiracies and old churches
(Saturday, 8 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Construction work surrounding the church in the parish of St. Francis Xavier in central Shanghai has caused damage to the 164-year-old structure causing cracking in the walls, repairs to which have rendered the building only partly usable at various times and disrupting normal activities.

Some parishioners also believe that the construction companies have caused deliberate damage to the former cathedral...

A night to remember
(Saturday, 8 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): At a Mass celebrated by Father Stephen Chan Mun-hung on September 28 to mark the second anniversary of the beginning of the 79-day sit-in variously dubbed Occupy Central and the Umbrella Movement, long time politician, Martin Lee Chu-ming, commented, “In all of my 22 years in politics, I have never seen people who do not have any experience in politics elected to the Legislative Council (LegCo).”

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History repeats itself
(Saturday, 8 October 2016 )

A national day celebration calls for a collective expression of the spirit of the nation and gratitude for the people, while remembering significant events of the past that contributed to making the nation what it is today.

Hong Kong recently marked two significant dates; the anniversary of the declaration of the People’s Republic of China, proclaimed by Mao Zedong on 1...

Thailand moves to silence reporting
(Saturday, 8 October 2016 )

BANGKOK (SE): Amnesty International claims that one more human rights advocate has been unjustly targeted in Thailand. It describes a guilty verdict against Andy Hall, a British migrant rights worker, by a court in Bangkok on September 20 as an appalling trial that should never have happened.

Champa Patel, from Amnesty, said, “Thailand needs to take seriously its obligation to protect human rights activists rather...

Manipulated income level means industry can pay little
(Saturday, 8 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): Migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong are again disappointed at the 2.4 per cent increase in their monthly  minimum allowable wage granted by a government board that operates in a silence protected from public scrutiny.

In refusing to grant the increase from $4,210 to $5,000 as requested by the workers, the board cited the short term economic outlook for the city, as well as the balance between the...

India shoots to kill at border
(Saturday, 8 October 2016 )

DHAKA (UCAN): Despite repeated promises by the government in India not to shoot people wandering into the country from across the border with Bangladesh, some 28 have been shot dead so far this year by the Indian Border Security Force, Ain-O-Salish Kendra, a Dhaka-based rights group, reported on September 28.

Over the last three years the casualties have numbered 26, 33 and 46.

In...

Vatican peace push to Colombia
(Saturday, 8 October 2016 )

BOGOTA (SE): Pope Francis is continuing his push for world peace. Following on from his World Day of Prayer for Peace at Assisi and the appearance of his secretary of state, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, at the United Nations to address 193 representatives of countries on Vatican diplomacy for peace, he dispatched the cardinal to Bogota, Colombia, as a go between in the 52-year-old conflict between the government and the Colombia People’s Army.

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Shoot the messenger
(Saturday, 8 October 2016 )

MANILA (SE): “If Germany had Hitler, The Philippines would have…,” the president of the nation told a crowd in his heartland of Davao City on September 30 as he turned the finger of his hand poignantly towards himself.

Speaking upon his return from a state visit to Vietnam, Duterte sparked an immediate outcry from representatives of survivors’ groups from the Adolf Hitler extermination camps and...