July 2017

Four types of ground in the same heart
(Saturday, 15 July 2017 )

In the parable of the sower, we notice the large quantities of seed wasted in a barren land. The insistence on waste: failure and disappointment is an important element in this parable.
 
It reflects the reality of the world in which evil appears much stronger, more efficient than good. Note also its progressive, relentless dominance: the seed does not sprout, that which sprouts does not grow, that which grows is suffocated.
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Share wealth or fail in your charter pope tells G20
(Saturday, 15 July 2017 )

HAMBURG (SE): In a message sent to the heads of state gathering in Hamburg for the G20 meeting on July 7, Pope Francis appealed for an absolute priority to be given to the poorest people in the worldwide community.
 
In a message addressed to the chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, as the host of the meeting, Pope Francis says that he wants to encourage the heads of wealthy states to “give absolute priority to the poor, refugees, those suffering, the...
We don’t want to be nuked
(Saturday, 15 July 2017 )

NEW YORK (SE): A total of 122 countries voted in favour of a motion put before the United Nations in New York on July 8 to ban nuclear weapons as an acceptable method of self-defence, while the Netherlands voted against the motion and Singapore abstained.
 
But while the vote was carried by an overwhelming majority of countries the big players in the nuclear game, the United States of America (US), France and Britain had voiced their opposition to the motion...
Hong Kong plays up the terror threat
(Saturday, 15 July 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): On June 28, the day prior to the arrival of the president of China, Xi Jinping, in Hong Kong to mark the 20th anniversary of the handover of the British colony to Chinese sovereignty on July 1, police were busily filling the tanks of the two-ton barricades lining streets around sensitive spots with water.
 
Bricked paving along footpaths was glued in place and windows in the Grand Hyatt Hotel where the president was to stay in Wan Chai were...
Unsung at home honoured in his adopted land
(Saturday, 15 July 2017 )

CHANGZHI (SE): A report from the Japanese Imperial Army released in 1938 saying that Franciscan Father Aemilianus van Heel had committed suicide in Changzhi, a remote town in the interior of Shanxi province in China, left his family and friends in the Netherlands stunned, confused and shamed into silence.
 
Although unsung at home, in China, Father van Heel is remembered as a hero and on June 17 a 3.1-metre high gravestone was unveiled at his burial place...
China tightens screws on Muslims
(Saturday, 15 July 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Muslims from the predominantly Uyghur populated region of Xinjiang in China are being detained by the hundreds upon return from pilgrimages overseas.
 
Radio Free Asia reports that local courts in the northwestern region are being told to deal with anyone engaging in any form of illegal religious activity.
 
The United States of America-funded broadcasting station quoted a human rights lawyer as saying,...
Laity are at the heart of spreading God’s word
(Saturday, 15 July 2017 )

BEIJING (SE): Prompted by an observation from Father John Baptist Zhang at a gathering of the Union of Major Superiors of Religious Women’s Institutes in mainland China held in Beijing from June 21 to 25, the 51 superiors, representing 19 congregations, together with 17 priests and some 20 members of the laity agreed that the time is ripe for a greater missionary mobilisation with a much heavier involvement of lay people.
 
In a keynote talk, Father...
Pax Christi charged with anti-Semitism in Europe
(Saturday, 15 July 2017 )

JERUSALEM (SE): The president of the Austrian branch of the worldwide Catholic peace movement, Pax Christi, Bishop Manfred Scheuer, has resigned from his position in protest against what he described as anti-Semitic leanings in the movement.
 
The Jerusalem Post reported on July 5 that the bishop of Linz parted ways with Pax Christi because of its criticism of policies coming out of Jerusalem, which he believes are tinged with an anti-Semitic attitude...
The Euthanasia Deception
(Saturday, 15 July 2017 )

THE HAGUE (SE): Every five years, the Netherlands publishes statistics on how people die and in the most recent years special attention has been paid to documenting assisted deaths.
 
Figures from the 2011 to 2015 period have just been released and show that in the year 2015 there were 7,245 assisted deaths, 6,672 of which are considered to be deaths from euthanasia, 150 assisted suicides and 431 termination of lives without the request of either the patient...
Indonesian community celebrates 29th birthday
(Saturday, 15 July 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Sacred Heart of Jesus Indonesian Catholic Community celebrated its 29 anniversary with a Mass celebrated by John Cardinal Tong Hon on July 2, marking the years of the Indonesian community’s journeying in Hong Kong.
 
The chaplain to the Indonesian community, Father Heribertus Hadiarto, together with Father Nicolas De Francqueville and Father Wa Wan joined Cardinal Tong in celebrating the Mass at Christ the King Chapel in Causeway Bay...