January 2017

Flocking for a miracle
(Saturday, 21 January 2017 )

MANILA (SE): Around one-and-a-half-million people joined the procession of the Black Nazarene through the streets of Manila on January 9 to mark the 411th year of the arrival of the famous statue in The Philippines from Mexico.

The day, which began with midnight Mass offered by the archbishop of Manila, Luis Cardinal Tagle, at the Quirino Grandstand, was anticipated to involve up to 18 million people at its various...

Africa poses some curly questions on communion
(Saturday, 21 January 2017 )

DURBAN (SE): Divorce and communion may be a hot topic in Europe and the United States of America, but the archbishop of Durban in South Africa, Wilfred Cardinal Napier, is saying that in his land the big issue to be faced is not communion for the divorced and remarried, but combining it with polygamy.

On January 13, the bishops of Malta declared in new guidelines for the implementation of The Joy of Love (Amoris...

Vatican tried to stop Armenian genocide
(Saturday, 21 January 2017 )

VATICAN (CWN): A new book based on research in the Vatican’s secret archives shows that the apostolic delegate to Turkey, Archbishop Angelo Mario Dolci, took extraordinary measures to stop the genocidal campaign against Armenians in the early 20th century.

While acting as apostolic delegate in Constantinople, the archbishop wrote to Turkish authorities in 1915 arguing against the genocide, researcher, Valentina...

Peace is process not agreement
(Saturday, 21 January 2017 )

CAGAYAN DE ORO (SE): The long stalled peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Communist Party of The Philippines got off the ground in Oslo, Norway, on August 22 last year in a flurry of excitement, which soured as quickly as it was generated by October 8 in their second round.

Nevertheless, the Ecumenical Peace Platform has called on both parties not to give up, but to look at peace-...

Blessing of the legal profession
(Saturday, 21 January 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Around 100 people from the legal profession gathered for a celebration of the opening of the Legal Year on January 9 at St. John’s Cathedral at which they prayed for justice and the rule of law.

Presided over by Archbishop Paul Kwong and John Cardinal Tong Hon, the ceremony was arranged for the same day on which local judicial officers mark the beginning of the legal year at City Hall.

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No party criticism please
(Saturday, 21 January 2017 )

BEIJING (AsiaNews): The prestigious Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, considered one of the most liberal hollows of expression in China, has issued directives forbidding the faculty to utter any critical word against the constitution or any of the leaders in the Chinese Communist Party in the classroom.

On January 11, the office of the rector decreed 10 topics that teachers will not be allowed to mention in the...

New Year with Xi Jinping
(Saturday, 21 January 2017 )

BEIJING (SE): Standing before a mural of the Great Wall for his end of year address on December 31, the president of China, Xi Jinping, said his administration had resolutely defended its territorial sovereignty and maritime rights during the past year.

“If anyone makes this an issue of question, the Chinese people will never agree!” he said in a noticeably higher pitch than the rest of his 10-minute address....

A great disaster of an unnatural kind
(Saturday, 21 January 2017 )

The Four Books by Chinese writer, Yan Lianke, winner of the Franz Kafka Prize, was published in Hong Kong by Mingpao Press in 2010. The book, like many of the author’s titles, is banned on the mainland.

Yan dedicated it to “that history that is...

Chinese bishop afforded state funeral
(Saturday, 21 January 2017 )

BEIJING (SE): An outspoken supporter of the Communist Party, the 98-year-old Bishop Anthony Tu Shihua, from the diocese of Puqi in Hebei province, who died on January 4, was afforded the honour of a state funeral at Babaoshan Revolutionary Cemetery in Beijing on January 10.

The cemetery is the premier resting place for the highest-ranking revolutionary heroes, government officials and individuals who are deemed to have...

Honour your parents and grandparents
(Saturday, 14 January 2017 )

It is widely recognised that the Ten Commandments are organised into two groups: The first through to the third can be broadly categorised as “You shall love the Lord, your God, with your whole heart” and the fourth through to the 10th as “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.”

While it would be somewhat unfair to think of the commandments as being ranked by importance, it is certainly noteworthy that...