February 2017

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 11 February 2017 )

 

Hamel Square

PARIS (SE): The town square in the Ermont district of Paris has been named after Father Jacques Hamel, who was brutally murdered as he was celebrating Mass on July 26 last year by men claiming to be representatives from the Islamic State...

Merciless government can’t beg for mercy
(Saturday, 11 February 2017 )

MANILA (SE): A Filipino migrant worker, Jakatia Pawa, was hanged in Kuwait on January 25 after being found guilty of murdering the 22-year-old daughter of her employer.

Pawa had maintained her innocence right through her long ordeal, saying that she had no motive whatsoever for killing the woman.

“It is sad and depressing news. A life was lost. A dream was shattered. Whatever...

Mob acquitted of attack on Christian village
(Saturday, 11 February 2017 )

LAHORE (UCAN): An anti-terrorism court acquitted 106 people accused of being involved in a 2013 arson attack on the Christian village of Joseph Colony, Lahore, Pakistan.

On 9 March 2013, thousands of people armed with sticks and stones stormed Joseph Colony and set about 150 houses ablaze over allegations of blasphemy against Sawan Masih, a Christian.

Hundreds of homes, shops,...

Mob acquitted of attack on Christian village
(Saturday, 11 February 2017 )

LAHORE (UCAN): An anti-terrorism court acquitted 106 people accused of being involved in a 2013 arson attack on the Christian village of Joseph Colony, Lahore, Pakistan.

On 9 March 2013, thousands of people armed with sticks and stones stormed Joseph Colony and set about 150 houses ablaze over allegations of blasphemy against Sawan Masih, a Christian.

Hundreds of homes, shops,...

Centenary of Marian apparition marked
(Saturday, 11 February 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): A statue of Our Lady of Fatima that was blessed by Pope Francis on January 11 this year was the guest of honour at a celebration held at St. Joseph’s in Central of the centenary of her appearance at Fatima, Portugal, in 1917.

The gathering was reminded of the importance of reflecting on their lives and the need for conversion, which is the central message of the Marian apparition in the Portuguese...

Backdoor smuggling hole for China
(Saturday, 11 February 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Conservationists have welcomed a move against the ivory and shark fin trades by China, but are worried that the different regulations in force in Hong Kong will leave a few loopholes for the trade to flourish in the special administrative region.

The State Council announced in Beijing on December 29 that China would stop all sales of ivory and its products by the end of 2017.

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Mercy and forgiveness
(Saturday, 11 February 2017 )

For nearly the whole of 2016, the Catholic Church throughout the world celebrated the Jubilee of Mercy instituted by Pope Francis in 2015 to promote the spirit of universal pardon in the world and remission of sins among the faithful.

Every diocese of the Catholic Church organised its series of celebrations and activities for the entire year under the theme of mercy. The main doors...

Farmworkers trafficked around The Philippines
(Saturday, 11 February 2017 )

MANILA (UCAN): The Rural Missionaries of The Philippines reported on January 23 that the southern region of Mindanao has become a hotbed of trafficking in farm labour.

While migrant workers have often been the target of trafficking rings, it seems that staying home is no protection from the lassoes of those that buy and sell people for a living.

A spokesperson for Rural...

Epitome of fake news
(Saturday, 11 February 2017 )

WASHINGTON (SE): Fake news reached a new crescendo when a counsellor to the president of the United States of America, Kellyanne Conway, told Chris Matthews from MSNBC on February 2 about the Bowling Green Massacre, which she described as having been masterminded by two Iraqi refugees.

Conway pointed out that this event had never been reported. “Most people don’t know that because it didn’t get...

New chief executive waits for the nod
(Saturday, 11 February 2017 )

BANGKOK (SE): Over the past few years it has been becoming increasingly apparent that the intensified programme of crushing dissent by the president of China, Xi Jinping, has penetrated the border with Hong Kong and spread its invasive tentacles into the society of the special administrative region.

Bangkok-based China watcher, Michael Sainsbury, recalls in an article posted on UCAN that almost immediately after his...