January 2017

Prioritising marriage and family life
(Saturday, 7 January 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The diocese of Hong Kong is putting marriage and family high on its pastoral priority list for this year and has scheduled a series of formation activities that are set to be launched by the Diocesan Pastoral Commission for Marriage and the Family.

In his Advent message for last Christmas published on November 20, John Cardinal Tong Hon declared that the pastoral priority for the diocese this year will be Care for marriage, family and life:...

Protection order is serious
(Saturday, 7 January 2017 )

KARACHI (UCAN): It has been two years since the Supreme Court in Pakistan ordered the state to protect the rights of ethnic and religious minorities, but the response from the government has been lacklustre and Church leaders have expressed concern.

The court ruling on 19 June 2014 ordered the federal government to create a national council for the rights of minorities and provincial governments to set up task forces for...

Journalists behind bars on mainland
(Saturday, 7 January 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): At least 38 journalists are currently behind bars in China amid an ongoing crackdown on the media during 2016, a report from the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists claims.

The list includes citizen journalists and bloggers. While the figure is down from the 45 of last year, the committee notes that the slight decrease does not mean that press freedom in China is improving.

Death Notice
(Saturday, 7 January 2017 )


HONG KONG (SE): With deep sorrow the Precious Blood Sisters announce the death of Sister Philomena Lui, who passed away peacefully on 25 December 2016 at the age of 84, after 64 years of religious life.

A funeral Mass was offered at 9:30am on Saturday, December 31, at St...

Religious repression both violent and polite
(Saturday, 7 January 2017 )

VATICAN (AsiaNews): “Freedom of religion or belief is the litmus test for respect of all other human rights and fundamental freedoms, since it is their synthesis and keystone,” the under-secretary for the Relations with States for the Holy See, Monsignor Antoine Camilleri, said at the Conference on Combating Intolerance and Discriminations of Christians held at the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Vienna in early December....

Public airing of China’s view
(Saturday, 7 January 2017 )

ROME (AsiaNews): Coming from 31 provinces and autonomous regions of China, 365 representatives attended the Ninth Congress of Catholic Representatives at the Tian Tai Beijing Hotel from December 27 to 29.

At the last congress in December 2010, the Vatican had asked the bishops to avoid making gestures... that contradict communion with the pope, but the presence of illicitly ordained bishops on the altar at concelebrated...

The gaze of two faces
(Saturday, 7 January 2017 )

THE TITLE OF the recently released apostolic letter of Pope Francis, Mercy and Misery, has a close connection with the quotation from St. Augustine about the encounter of Jesus with a sinner, “… the two of them alone remained: mercy with misery.”

In the encounter, which is filled with profound meaning, the Merciful Lord and the miserable adulterer gaze at...

The right man for an impossible job
(Saturday, 7 January 2017 )

GENEVA (SE): Before Donald Trump formally becomes the president of the United States of America, another major shift on the global stage is due to take place.

On the first day of the New Year, António Guterres, a much respected politician from Portugal became the new secretary general of United Nations (UN), to replace Ban Ki-moon from South Korea, who has held the post for the past 10 years.

Carollers beaten up
(Saturday, 7 January 2017 )

BANSWARA (AsiaNews): A group from Ss. Peter and Paul parish in the village of Tikariya, near the city of Banswara in India, was savagely beaten and accused of carrying out forced conversions  as a result of carol singing sessions held in private homes on December 14.

Father Stephen Rawat said, “I have no enemies, I was beaten because of my Christian faith.”


Around the Traps
(Saturday, 7 January 2017 )

Christmas explosion in Midsayap

MANILA (SE): An explosion outside the Shrine of Sto. Niño in the township of Midsayap in North Cotabato at 9.20pm on Christmas Eve left 12 people wounded, including one police officer, CBCP News reported.