June 2017

Ignoring the weak at own peril
(Saturday, 10 June 2017 )

The manner in which the government treats the most vulnerable in the workforce should be a matter of concern for the whole of society, as it is a strong indication of how it is prepared to treat everyone.
A society that does not take independent steps to protect the weakest sections of its workforce can destroy its ability to protect itself.
In this context the results of a study on the accommodation standards of...
The Cross is Red
(Saturday, 10 June 2017 )

ROME (SE): A culture, especially one as old as China’s is not quickly replaced and certainly not by a flimsy ideology, Richard Madsen, from the University of San Diego in the United States of America, explained at the introduction of a symposium in Rome under the title, The Cross is Red.
Setting a slightly optimistic tone for the event sponsored by the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions on the World Day of Prayer for China, May 24, Madsen...
Power cut for refusing surveillance cameras
(Saturday, 10 June 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Two parishes in the coastal province of Zhejiang in China discovered that the electricity to the Church compound had been cut off after they had refused to install security cameras.
Suddenly, it appears the two buildings have become fire hazards, as immediately after their refusal they were issued with a notice from the fire department saying that the buildings are dangerous when full of people.
China Aid reported...
Sri Lanka called to act on forced disappearances
(Saturday, 10 June 2017 )

COLOMBO (UCAN): Journalists in Sri Lanka are demanding that the government act quickly to pass a law that would make forced disappearances a criminal offence.
The United Nations (UN) Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances ranks Sri Lanka as the second biggest offender in this area, as for decades people have simply been disappearing without a trace.
Addressing a May 16 forum organised by the Sri Lanka Working...
Don’t demonise the Muslim
(Saturday, 10 June 2017 )

COTABATO (SE): Officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao are appealing for help as thousands of displaced people continue to arrive in evacuation sites around the besieged city of Marawi in the southern Philippines.
As of June 2, the Crisis Management Committee in the region has recorded that at least 133,700 people from Marawi have sought refuge in evacuation centres.
The director of the Columbans in The Philippines...
Filipinos linked in thought, word and deed
(Saturday, 10 June 2017 )


HONG KONG (SE): Church-based Filipino communities from around Hong Kong gathered at the parish of Notre Dame in Ma Tau Wei on May 30 to celebrate the annual Pistahan sa Nayon (Town Festival) 2017 organised by the Simbayanan-KAMMPI-Hong Kong.
Normally held as part of Philippine Independence Day celebrations on June 12, candidates for the Mutya (Pearl of the Village) contest were encouraged to dress in Maria Clara style, the fashion of the period of...
Around the Traps
(Saturday, 10 June 2017 )

Trudeau asks pope to apologise for cultural genocide
VATICAN (SE): The prime minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, met with Pope Francis on May 29 encouraging him to issue an apology on behalf of the Catholic Church for the role it played in administering the residential schools established in the 19th...
Anything was possible for Uncle Jerry
(Saturday, 10 June 2017 )

TAIPEI (SE): Uncle Jerry, a group from the team of the People’s Republic of China called out when they saw the face of Father Jerry Martinson in a shopping mall in San Diego during the Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 1984.
A well-known face across China from his long-running bilingual television series screened across both Taiwan and China, in which as Uncle Jerry he shared his insights with children learning English, had made him a celebrity in both...
Laos gets its first ever cardinal
(Saturday, 10 June 2017 )

BANGKOK (UCAN): The repressed Church in Laos is to have its first ever cardinal. Speaking at the Vatican on May 21, Pope Francis announced that Bishop Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun, the apostolic vicar of Pakse, would be elevated to the rank of cardinal at a consistory scheduled for June 28.
The tiny, minority Church is regarded as the most repressed in the Association of Southeastern Asian Nations, with the possible exception of Brunei, probably because...
A lark that almost changed the world
(Saturday, 10 June 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): It began as a lark, but it could have changed the world, Victor Gaetan wrote in the National Catholic Register on April 28 in telling the story of Maryknoll Father Laurence Murphy who, when walking in New York in 1988 with a Korean-American friend, Yeomin Yoon, just decided to drop into the office of the Permanent Mission to the United Nations (UN) of North Korea, in Father Murphy’s own words, “Just for a lark.”