November 2016

Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time
(Saturday, 12 November 2016 )



Migrant recruitment agencies a pampered racket
(Saturday, 12 November 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): “If you will let us look for your new employer, we will charge at least $8,000,” a migrant worker pretending that she had been recently terminated was told by a member of the staff at an employment agency in Mong Kok on March 3.

Their conversation is just one among 10 secretly recorded by the Progressive Labour Union of Domestic Workers in Hong Kong and Rights Exposure that is included a newly-...

A bit of teen prayer at Rosary
(Saturday, 12 November 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): Every Saturday night at Rosary parish in Tsim Sha Tsui is LifeTeen night, a couple of hours for the English-speaking teenagers to be together, discuss life and faith, enjoy each other’s company and receive a bit of guidance from their dedicated leaders, Ruel Trinidad and Deidre Chavez.

But every now and then the format of the evening changes and on October 29 the regular crowd settled in for what...

New history of Vatican II
(Saturday, 12 November 2016 )

VATICAN (SE): L’Osservatore Romano is promoting Storia del Concilio Ecumenico Vaticano II, a new history of the Second Vatican Council written by Piero Doria, an historian who works for the Vatican Secret Archives.

The newspaper praised the book, as well as its preface, written by Archbishop Marcello Semeraro, from Albano.

Archbishop Semeraro is the secretary of...

Protestant rumblings over Election Committee
(Saturday, 12 November 2016 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): The increasing bickering and polarisation in Hong Kong politics has spread into the Churches, where some criticism over their selection procedures for representatives on the Election Committee that chooses a chief executive has been expressed.

In late October, the Catholic Church was questioned over its criteria for affirming membership of the Church and in late October Protestant Churches came under fire...

Japanese bishops call for end to nuclear power
(Saturday, 12 November 2016 )

TOKYO (SE): During October, the Japanese bishops published a 290-page technical, ethical and theological call for the abolition of nuclear power generation.

Under the title of the Abolition of Nuclear Power: An Appeal from the Catholic Church in Japan, it was prepared by an editorial committee from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan headed by Father Ichiro Mitsunobu sj.


Cathedral in Harbin is architectural heritage
(Saturday, 12 November 2016 )

BEIJING (AsiaNews): The Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sophia in Harbin has been included in the first edition of the 20th century Chinese architectural heritage list along with 97 other sites.

The China Cultural Relic Association and the Architectural Society of China issued the list on September 29, the Heilongjiang Daily reported. Other landmarks include the Great Hall of the People, the Shanghai Park Hotel and the...

Sharia in Aceh discriminates
(Saturday, 12 November 2016 )

JAKARTA (UCAN): Aceh in Indonesia is one of only two places in Asia where Sharia-based bylaws are enforced, but complaints say that they are discriminating, with punishments only being handed out to the poor and weak, while officials or wealthy business people are never being seen to be punished.

The Islamic criminal code took effect on October 23 last year in the predominantly Muslim province. It stipulates a range of...

Korean and French Churches cement ties
(Saturday, 12 November 2016 )

SEOUL (UCAN): An official delegation representing the French Catholic Bishops’ Conference visited South Korea from October 14 to 23 to pay homage to various holy places, including Galmaemot and Saenamteo, where nine French missionaries were beheaded during the 1866 Byeongin Persecution.

A total of 66 people, including Jean-Pierre Cardinal Ricard, from Bordeaux, and five other bishops made the trip to strengthen...

A Mass of hope in Iraq
(Saturday, 12 November 2016 )

ERBIL (AsiaNews): Even a thick layer of soot covering the walls of the church was not enough to obliterate graffiti proclaiming Islamic State scrawled across the remains of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Qaraqosh, Iraq, from sight, as Archbishop Petros Mouche prepared to offer the first Mass in the remains of the once stately building in two years on October 30.

Amidst tiles that have crumbled from the heat...