January 2017

Philippine Church calls for support for flood victims
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

MANILA (UCAN): The Church in The Philippines is calling on all parishes to pool their resources to offer assistance to the victims of severe flooding caused by torrential monsoon rains in the southern part of the country in mid-January.

Eleven people, including eight children, have been reported to have died in the surging waters, while thousands of families were forced to flee their homes as heavy rains hit several parts...

Fast and pray for peace
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

YANGON (SE): “Sincerely there is no happiness in many parts of this country,” the archbishop of Yangon, Charles Cardinal Bo, said of his land of the Union of Myanmar in his message for the beginning of 2017.

“War goes on in many parts. For more than 200,000 internally displaced people in the camps, there is NO Happy New Year,” he stated in a sad reflection on the state of the nation.

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Duterte’s politics of shame
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

MANILA (SE): The same man who said, “I wanted to call out, ‘Pope, you (expletive deleted) go home. Don’t come here anymore’,” on 30 November 2015 has now penned a letter to Pope Francis expressing the profound depth of his respect for the bishop of Rome.

The president of The Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, says in a letter to Pope Francis, “Your Holiness, with profound respect I have the...

Vatican reassures Taiwan
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

TAIPEI (UCAN): The president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, met with Oscar Andres Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga, the coordinator of the nine-member Council of Cardinal Advisers to Pope Francis during her recent visit to four Central American nations.

On the second day of her tour in Honduras, Tsai attended a Mass at the Basilica of Suyapa in Tegucigalpa and received a blessing from Cardinal Maradiaga.

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Pope’s best wishes to Trump
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

VATICAN (SE): In a congratulatory message to the new president of the United States of America (US), Donald Trump, Pope Francis said, “Upon your inauguration as the 45th president of the US, I offer you my cordial good wishes and the assurance of my prayers that Almighty God will grant you wisdom and strength in the exercise of your high office.”

Pope Francis continued, “At a time when our human family is...

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

The Devil is real

ROME (SE): Archbishp Erio Castellucci told the daily Il Resto del Carlino after attending an exorcism on January 9 that people who do not believe in the existence of the devil are mistaken.

The Italian archbishop said that he had...

Conflicting conversations in the Church in China
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): “If you had asked me one year ago about the chances of a deal (between the Vatican and Beijing), I would have said remote to nil,” Ian Johnson, the author of Wild Grass, a reflection on civil society and grassroots protest in China, said in a blog posted on SupChina on January 6.

He then notes that in the second half of last year he began to see signs of warming ties, but these...

Good health comes with determination
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): A family health carnival was held on December 27 to mark the conclusion of a campaign run by Caritas called the Be Healthy, So Easy: Family Education Project.

Over 300 people took part in the day to celebrate the campaign that was jointly organised by Caritas and the School of Public Health of the University of Hong Kong, with backing from the Charities Trust of the Hong Kong Jockey Club and Family...

Ecumenism is needed
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

LAHORE (AsiaNews): “Unity must be a visible thing in Pakistan. Instead of meeting only when a church is attacked or in crisis situations, we should meet in times of peace,” Father Inayat Bernard, from St. Mary’s Seminary, said in the run up to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

He said, “Church leaders still have many reservations about other denominations and not everyone feels comfortable in...

The 12 sins of division in Christian Churches
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The 12 sins at the base of the divisions that fracture the visible body of Christ by splitting the Christian Church into hundreds of denominations in the world were documented on large blocks and assembled as a wall before the altar at a small gathering of around 60 people expressing the desire to see Christians worldwide work to overcome the abuse of power, the isolationist complex, pride, intolerance, hate and contempt, as well as discrimination...