July 2017

Myanmar shuns United Nations mission
(Saturday, 22 July 2017 )

MANDALAY (UCAN): Naypyidaw has denied visas to three members of a United Nations (UN) fact finding mission charged with an investigation into human rights violations against the Muslim Rohingya minority people by security forces in the Union of Myanmar.
 
Bishop Alexander Pyone Cho, from of Pyay in the troubled Rakhine State, said that when he read the news it was hard for him to believe it.
 
“Aung San Suu Kyi appears to face a tough challenge between...

Missionaries honoured in Taiwan
(Saturday, 22 July 2017 )

TAIPEI (UCAN): Taiwan has granted citizenship to two missionaries from the United States of America, Father Alan Doyle and Sister Mary Paul Watts, in recognition of their contribution to society.
 
“I am a genuine Taiwanese,” 80-year-old Father Doyle said on July 9 as he received his identity card.
 
Father Doyle has lived in Taiwan for 53 years and worked in the area of the preservation and development of the Hoklo language, often referred to as...

A mixed bag for Church summer camps
(Saturday, 22 July 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Summer camps for children are a regular feature of parish life in many parts of the world and have been a popular way in China of helping children to get to know each other and enjoy each other’s company, as well as introducing them more deeply to their faith.
 
But this year, the experience was a mixed bag, with some parishes reporting that the government had closed their camps down and others had been able to go ahead more or less behind closed...

No to labelling Muslims
(Saturday, 22 July 2017 )

MANILA (UCAN): Human rights and religious groups have voiced opposition to a proposal from the Philippine National Police to issue identification cards to Muslims in The Philippines as a measure to root out extremists in the southern regions of the country.
 
Sister Famita Somogod, from the Rural Missionaries of The Philippines, called it discriminatory, adding that it highlights religion as being an issue in the current conflict that Mindanao is experiencing, which it is...

The time is near
(Saturday, 22 July 2017 )

The quietly spoken, mild mannered bishop of Hong Kong is due to step down from his position when he turns 78 on July 31. For reasons best known to minds across the world in the Vatican, when he tendered his resignation as required prior to his 75th birthday, his offer was rejected and his term extended for a further three years, but with the rider it would not be extended again.
 
However, the eight years John Cardinal Tong Hon spent as the leader of the Church in Hong Kong...

A trademark sari
(Saturday, 22 July 2017 )

NEW DELHI (AsiaNews): The while cotton sari edged with the blue stripe which has become the trademark of the Missionaries of Charity is now a legally registered trademark with the intellectual properties held by the congregation.
 
A common sight around Kolkata since the congregation was founded by Mother Teresa in 1950, it is now known around the world as the sisters have spread their presence to all corners of the globe.
 
The Trade Marks Registry of India...

Singing in Spanish for World Youth Day
(Saturday, 22 July 2017 )

PANAMA CITY (SE): For anyone thinking of attending World Youth Day in 2019 in the Central American country of Panama and wondering what language they need to brush up on before arriving in January of that year the best one to pick would be Spanish.
 
Although many events are held within national groups at the worldwide Catholic youth gathering, the official language for the public events will be in the common Spanish tongue of the country, but if you don’t think you...

A silver jubilee for Church in Mongolia
(Saturday, 22 July 2017 )

ULAANBAATAR (SE): A celebration held on July 9 in the cathedral of Ss. Peter and Paul in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, marked the 25th anniversary of the presence of the Catholic Church in the country and 25 years since diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Mongolia were tied.
 
Bishop Wenceslao Padilla, the apostolic prefect of Mongolia, expressed his gratitude to God and to all who have given assistance and support during the first 25 years of the...

Kidnapped priest believed still alive
(Saturday, 22 July 2017 )

NEW DELHI (UCAN): Father Thomas Uzhunnalil, the Indian Salesian who was kidnapped from the compound of a home for senior citizens run by the Missionaries of Charity in Aden, Yemen, on March 4 last year, is believed to still be alive.
 
The minister for foreign affairs and deputy prime minister from Yemen, Abdulmalik Abduljalil Al-Mekhlafi, told his Indian counterpart, Sushma Swaraj, during a visit to New Delhi on July 10 that he believes he is still alive and that his...

Holiday from complaints
(Saturday, 22 July 2017 )

VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis is taking a bit of a summer break, but instead of going off to the traditional summer resort of popes at Castel Gandolfo outside Rome, he is taking a break from listening to complaints while remaining at home.
 
On July 14, he stuck a notice on the door of his apartment in Santa Maria saying that all complaining is banned until further notice.
 
The sign goes on to to explain, “Offenders are subjected to a syndrome of...