June 2017

The whereabouts of Wenzhou bishop remain a mystery
(Saturday, 17 June 2017 )

WENZHOU (SE): Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin is still being held at an unknown location after he was told to report to police in the city of Wenzhou on May 18.
This is regarded as an extraordinarily long detention by parishioners in Wenzhou.
However, in a message sent to AsiaNews one said that the bishop has been a positive influence in recent moves to heal the divide between the official and unofficial communities in Wenzhou,...
Drive against plastic ocean
(Saturday, 17 June 2017 )

New York (SE): China has teamed up with The Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand to turn the tide against plastic waste dumped in oceans.
The four nations are considered to be the worst offenders in  the polluting of the oceans with plastic, but the four promised to cooperate in starting to clean up their act.
At a United Nations summit in New York on June 9, the secretary general, Antonio Guterres, said that if nothing is...
Golden anniversary for Charismatic Renewal
(Saturday, 17 June 2017 )

ROME (SE): Some 50,000 people gathered in Rome around the feast of Pentecost from May 31 to June 4 to celebrate the golden anniversary of the worldwide Charismatic Renewal Movement.
The five-day event was book-ended by Pope Francis, who attended a general audience on the first day and celebrated the final Mass in St. Peter’s Square on Pentecost Sunday.
The programme included a series of workshops and symposiums around Rome...
A call for Catholic Citizens
(Saturday, 17 June 2017 )

There is no shortage of talk about a shortage of religious vocations in our Church.
But as a Church, we believe that God’s grace is abundant. We also believe the making of a vocation is not a human activity, but one of God. But as it is the Holy Spirit who inspires, it would be churlish to believe that the Spirit is somehow letting the side down by withholding supply.
This is expressed when we pray for the...
Commissioned to protect life
(Saturday, 17 June 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): At a Mass celebrated at the cathedral on May 31 to mark Pro-Life Day, the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, challenged all organisations in the diocese to be promoters of life.
It is the first time that the diocese has formally marked Pro-Life Day. In his message, which was published at the end of April, the cardinal stressed that human life should be protected from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death.
A demon typo in textbook
(Saturday, 17 June 2017 )

AHMEDABAD (SE): A high school textbook published in Hindi by the Gujarat State School Board for School Books for use in public schools in the state of West India, mentions and defines Jesus Christ as a devil
Fides reported that when Christians complained about the publication, the state education minister only said, “The mistake will soon be resolved.”
Chapter 16 of the book, entitled The relationship between a guru...
Cholera in Yemen
(Saturday, 17 June 2017 )

SANA’A (AsiaNews): A cholera epidemic that has hit Yemen resulting in at least 789 deaths and over 100,000 suspected cases of contagion has added to the woes of a country torn apart by a civil war.
Tarik Jasarevic, from the World Health Organisation, said, “There are 101,820 possible cases and 789 deaths reported to date in 19 different provinces.” It is estimated that up to 250,000 people are at risk of being infected within the next six...
Unusual move for unusual times
(Saturday, 17 June 2017 )

SHANGHAI (SE): Deacon today and priest tomorrow was the story for four seminarians from Shanghai on June 6 and 7.
Shanghai has been without the services of an active bishop since the newly ordained Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin was placed under house arrest in July 2012.
And it has been without a seminary since Sheshan was closed shortly afterwards, relying on the cooperation of neighbouring dioceses and bishops for the formation of...
Chapel in Pakistani university
(Saturday, 17 June 2017 )

FAISALABAD (UCAN): The University of Agriculture Faisalabad has become the first government educational institute in the country to open a chapel on campus for its Christian students and staff.
A large banner at the entrance to the area is emblazoned with a picture of the local bishop, as well as St. Peter’s Catholic church. A script reads, “Let us make a house for the Lord.”
While most Pakistani universities...
Churches only safe for foreigners
(Saturday, 17 June 2017 )

CAIRO (SE): Christians in Egypt are being advised to stay away from churches and monasteries in order to protect themselves.
The minister for the Interior, Magdi Abdel Ghaffar, said on June 8 the government has put high security in place to protect the civilian population, but churches and monasteries are regarded as high risk areas and prime targets of terrorists.
Ghaffar was reported as saying that churches and monasteries will...