March 2017

Letter from bishop of Hong Kong to chief-executive elect
(Saturday, 1 April 2017 )

 28 March 2017

Mrs. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor
The Chief Executive-Elect
of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Dear Mrs. Lam,

May the Lord’s peace and joy be with you.

Congratulations on winning the Chief Executive Election of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR). I would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to you. Also, I was delighted that the other candidates have expressed their continuous care and...

Migrant workers move for self-empowerment
(Saturday, 1 April 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Domestic Workers Empowerment Project held at the campus of the University of Hong Kong entered its third phase in March this year with a greater diversification of subjects included in the syllabus.

An orientation class, together with an empowerment session were held at Meng Wah Complex at the university on March 19.

Michael Manio, from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong, who leads the project, explained that the third phase of the...

Japan called to pay for past forced abortions
(Saturday, 1 April 2017 )

TOKYO (AsiaNews): The Japan Federation of Bar Associations issued a written statement on February 25 challenging the government in Tokyo to conduct a full investigation into the effects of the now defunct Eugenic Protection Act, which prescribed abortions and sterilisation for people with certain disabilities and hereditary illnesses.

Adopted in 1948, the purpose of the Eugenic Protection Act was to prevent the birth of imperfect children.

The legal federation is asking the...

Japan called to pay for past forced abortions
(Saturday, 1 April 2017 )

TOKYO (AsiaNews): The Japan Federation of Bar Associations issued a written statement on February 25 challenging the government in Tokyo to conduct a full investigation into the effects of the now defunct Eugenic Protection Act, which prescribed abortions and sterilisation for people with certain disabilities and hereditary illnesses.

Adopted in 1948, the purpose of the Eugenic Protection Act was to prevent the birth of imperfect children.

The legal federation is asking the...

Put downs in Pakistan census
(Saturday, 1 April 2017 )

LAHORE (AsiaNews): Christians and Sikh religious leaders have issued an appeal to the Pakistani government to ensure that the first census in 19 years is accurate and complete.

Some prominent minority group leaders point to errors in the census’ religious and demographic categories.

There is no separate entry for Sikhs, Baha’is and Parsees, and Sikh leaders are organising demonstrations and protests in several districts.

Although recognised, Christians are...

Ninety years for Pyongyang diocese
(Saturday, 1 April 2017 )

SEOUL (UCAN): The 90th anniversary of the foundation of the diocese of Pyongyang in North Korea was marked on March 18 at a Mass celebrated in Seoul’s Myeongdong cathedral in the presence of some 500 people who had lived in the northern city prior to the division of the country by the war that ran from 1950 to 1953.

The archbishop of Seoul, who is also the apostolic administrator of Pyongyang, Andrew Cardinal Yeom Soo-jung, said, “Let’s pray for the faithful who are...

Rule of fear masquerades as society welfare
(Saturday, 1 April 2017 )

MANILA (SE): On 24 June 2006, the day that the Philippine congress removed the death penalty from its law books, the lights of the Colosseum in Rome burned brightly.

The shell is a sacred site in the Eternal City, standing as a reminder of the brutality of a bygone age, when it was an execution ground for the unwanted and a venue for the blood sport of the Roman Empire.

Today, whenever any country in the world removes the death penalty from its law books, the citizens of Rome...

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 1 April 2017 )

Knife attack during Mass
KUWAIT (SE): A man armed with a long kitchen knife disrupted Mass at the cathedral in Kuwait City on March 19, local media reported.

He entered the sanctuary, asked to see the pope and attempted to grab a microphone. Police were present and ushers escorted the man from the church.

A...

Look for rebirth in original ideals pope counsels European Union
(Saturday, 1 April 2017 )

ROME (SE): “It is a way of life, a way of understanding man based on his transcendence and inalienable dignity, as something more than simply a sum of rights to defend or claims to advance,” Pope Francis said in addressing representatives of all 27 members of the European Union on the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome which led to the establishment of the Union on 1 November 1993.
 
Speaking to the illustrious gathering at the...
Trampled rights in Tibet
(Saturday, 1 April 2017 )

MADRID (UCAN): Fifty-eight years ago, a large Tibetan protest against the Chinese government broke out in Lhasa, Tibet, on March 10, which eventually led to the political and spiritual leader of the country, the Dalai Lama, some government officials and tens of thousands of Tibetans fleeing to neighbouring India, Nepal, Bhutan and other countries.

On March 10 this year, exiled Tibetans around the world held a variety of activities to mark the anniversary and called on the Chinese...