January 2017

Death Notice
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )


HONG KONG (SE): A former missionary to Hong Kong, Maryknoll Sister Mary Edna Brophy, died on 13 January 2017 at the Maryknoll Sisters Centre in New York, the United States of America (US). She was 90-years-old and a Maryknoll sister for 60 years.

Born in Blackie in...

Release of new religious regulations expected soon
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Wang Zuo’an, the director of the State Administration of Religious Affairs, has disclosed that the newly amended regulations on religion will be released in the near future and part of the deal is that the his office plans to pay great attention to their enforcement.

The national meeting for religious directors across China was held in Beijing from January 9 to 10, during which the Wang delivered...

Party member fired for criticising Mao cult
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

SHIJIAZHUANG (AsiaNews): Zuo Chunhe, a senior Member of the Chinese Communist Party and deputy director of the Culture and News Bureau of Shijiazhuang, was dismissed from his job by the official censors for criticising the great helmsman of modern China, Mao Zedong, and for showing disrespect for his personality cult.

Zuo posted a comment on Weibo calling Mao a devil and branding the annual commemorations of his birthday...

Reformation is a source of reform and pain
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): “The Reformation was a process of both renewal and division amongst Christians in Europe,” the leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion, Archbishop Justin Welby, says in a statement for the global Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

In a joint statement issued along with Archbishop John Sentamu, from York, the archbishop of Canterbury says that the great blessings that came out of the...

Renewal calls for simplicity
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

At the beginning of the Year of the Rooster, everything takes on a new and fresh look. We wish all our readers good health and may your days be filled with God’s grace.

While it is customary to say that the New Year is a time of renewal, the warm winter prior to 2017 being ushered in followed by the heavy smog from the northern part of China reflect a...

The Year of the Smog
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Northern and northeastern China welcomed 2017 as the Year of the Smog, experiencing heavy pollution in 61 cities. However, this is not a surprising event, as it is in keeping with the predictions of a study by the World Health Organisation that shows China home to the deadliest outdoor air pollution in the world.

The China Meteorological Administration issued an orange alert prior to New Year’s Eve...

Taiwan president makes pledge to the pope
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

TAIPEI (SE): “As Your Holiness states in the Message for World Day of Peace, women are often leaders in nonviolent action,” the first female head of state in the ethnic Chinese world, Tsai Ing-wen, from Taiwan, says in a letter to Pope Francis dated January 5.

Tsai tells the pope that she is devoted to enhancing the wellbeing of the people of her domain and, significantly, creating a new era for cross-strait...

Muslims support blasphemy case against fellow Muslim
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

JAKARTA (UCAN): Muslim human rights advocates in Jakarta, Indonesia, have joined growing calls to have hardline Muslim cleric, Rizieq Syihab, charged with blasphemy for insulting Christianity.

Rizieq is the leader of the Islamic Defenders Front and is being accused of mocking Christians during a sermon on Christmas Day in which he is reported to have said, “If God gave birth, then who would be the midwife?”...

Pope’s greeting for Lunar New Year
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

VATICAN (SE): “In the Far East and in various parts of world, millions of men and women are preparing to celebrate the lunar New Year on January 28. My cordial greeting to all their families, with the hope that they increasingly become a school where of respect for each other, to communicate and to care for each other unselfishly. May the joy of love spread within families and radiate throughout society,” Pope Francis said at his midday talk in St....

Honouring the Sto. Niño at Choi Hung
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): At a Sinulog Festival held at Holy Family parish in Choi Hung on January 15, people said they felt blessed to have the opportunity to pay their respects to the Sto. Niño.

The annual festival organised by the Sto. Niño Crusaders Group is now in its fourth year and attracted entries from 10 groups in the parish that began the day with a parade from the basketball court in the parish compound to...