November 2016

Low key bishop dies
(Saturday, 5 November 2016 )

HONG KONG (AsiaNews): Bishop Francis Tong Hui, from the northern area of Shaanxi province, died of illness in his sleep on October 27 at the age of 84.

The former bishop of Yan’an, who had been ill for some years, would have celebrated the 60th anniversary of his ordination as a priest on December 23. He was born in Lintong, Shaanxi.

After becoming a priest in the difficult...

Venezuela wants Vatican peace broker back
(Saturday, 5 November 2016 )

CARACAS (SE): Following the disappointment of seeing a peace process hammered out between the government of Venezuela and the rebel forces brokered by the Vatican overturned in a national referendum, both the government and the opposition has agreed to have another try at peace.

Both parties have agreed to engage in talks aimed at resolving the country’s political crisis, with a Vatican representative acting as...

Know your culture to stretch your money
(Saturday, 5 November 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): CARD MRI Hong Kong continues to add to its impressive list of achievements in the area of enhancing the understanding of money matters among the vast migrant worker community in the city.

At a simple graduation ceremony held at the Diocese Centre in the Mid-Levels on October 23 certificates were presented to a further 190 people who had completed the basic financial literacy course, as well as to some who...

Beware scams with collars
(Saturday, 5 November 2016 )

BEIJING (AsiaNews): The exponential growth of the Internet in China has made it easier for charities to solicit donations for their work, but also opened the door wider for bogus charity scams, including some from men wearing collars and soutanes.

The World Bank estimates that this year alone at least 721 million people in China (52.2 per cent) will use the Internet, making it an attractive and cost-effective media for...

Police brutality in defence of nothing
(Saturday, 5 November 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): What began and was about to end as a peaceful rally on October 19 by indigenous people outside the embassy of the United States of America (US) in Manila, The Philippines, exploded into disarray as police fired teargas and repeatedly rammed the crowd with a large van.

Police have failed to give a coherent reason for the attack, as the people’s call for an end to US military presence in the country was...

In the crosshairs at the crossroads
(Saturday, 5 November 2016 )

COLOMBO (UCAN): Banners appeared in the streets of Colombo, Sri Lanka, reading Are bullets the only gift the government has for Tamils? and Such killings destroy reconciliation after two Tamil students from Jaffna University found themselves caught in the crosshairs of police guns at the crossroads at Kulappidi Junction on October 20.

Five police were arrested and remanded until November 4.

Vatican and Vietnam continue meetings
(Saturday, 5 November 2016 )

VATICAN (SE): A delegation from the Holy See, headed by the undersecretary of state, Archbishop Antoine Camilleri, met with a delegation from Vietnam, led by Bui Thanh Son, the permanent deputy minister of foreign affairs, at the Vatican from October 24 to 26 with a view to establishing full diplomatic relations.

High on the agenda for the Vatican was the question of religious freedom, particularly in the context of the...

China survives on United Nations rights council
(Saturday, 5 November 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): “Voting to put China on the council again would be like picking a fox to guard the henhouse, while still wiping the feathers away from his mouth after his last meal,” Yang Jianli, wrote in the Washington Post on October 24 in an op-ed piece calling on the United Nations (UN) not to reelect China to the Human Rights Council.

The UN General Assembly was set to choose new members for the...