October 2016

Bringing former enemies together in Sri Lanka
(Saturday, 8 October 2016 )

COLOMBO (UCAN): In a move to encourage reconciliation in post war Sri Lanka, Caritas has set up 40 Caritas Village Peace Committees in 13 dioceses that span Tamil, Sinhalese and Muslim communities.

Yasmin Kanista, a Sinhalese, joined her local committee in Mullaitivu on the northeastern coast and began assisting people in getting death certificates, which the government has been reluctant to issue, partly to limit...

Emerging patterns from Duterte’s erratic rhetoric
(Saturday, 8 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): Despite the highly confusing and seemingly contradictory statements on foreign policy articulated by the president of The Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, some patterns are beginning to emerge.

His belligerence towards the nation’s longtime ally, the United States of America (US), and softer approach towards China—despite the latter’s flat refusal to recognise Manila’s claim to the...

Selective indifference to human tragedy
(Saturday, 8 October 2016 )

ROME (SE): The selective indifference of sympathy was lamented by the bishop of Cotabato in the southern Philippines, Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, in speaking to religious leaders at the World Day of Prayer for Peace in Assisi on September 19.

He said that he wonders why the world proclaims such shock when a terrorist attack takes place in Europe or the United States of America, but mangled bodies of his own country people...

What’s in the Vatican negotiations for China?
(Saturday, 8 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): The ongoing negotiations between the Vatican and Beijing over finding mutually acceptable ways in the contentious area of appointing bishops in China and harmonising relations between the official and unofficial Church communities have attracted great interest in the Church both in and outside China, with at least one forum held in Hong Kong on September 25 calling for more transparency from the two tight-lipped bodies.


Around the traps
(Saturday, 8 October 2016 )


Angel becomes blessed

VATICAN (CWN): A German priest known as the Angel of Dachau was beatified as a martyr in Würzburg, Germany, on September 24.

Father Engelmar Unzeitig (1911 to 1945) was ordained in 1939. Assigned...

Dalai Lama is public enemy number one
(Saturday, 8 October 2016 )

LHASA (AsiaNews): The Dalai Lama was declared public enemy number one by Wu Yingjie,  the Communist Party secretary in Tibet.

He told the Tibet Daily, “First, we must deepen the struggle against the Dalai Lama clique, make it the highest priority in carrying out our ethnic affairs and long-term mission of strengthening ethnic unity. The party must thoroughly expose the reactionary nature of the 14th Dalai...

Can a closed window let in fresh air?
(Saturday, 8 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): A forum at St. Patrick’s parish in Lok Fu on September 25 to discuss the ongoing negotiations between the Vatican and Beijing wondered if it is realistic to expect a closed window to let in fresh air.

In the face of moves from the president of China, Xi Jinping, to introduce tighter controls on religion and add Chinese characteristics to theology, Ying Fuk-tsang, from the Divinity School of Chung Chi...