August 2017

Chinese art in a Canadian parish
(Saturday, 2 September 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The work of two Catholic artists from Hong Kong was featured along with 70 portraits of the Chinese Martyrs put together by Jackie Lau Yuen-ting at the parish of the Chinese Martyrs in Toronto, Canada, from July 8 to 16.
 
Displayed together with artwork by religious and lay people to mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the parish, over 200 exhibits, including paintings, calligraphy and sculptures, as well as religious architectural images were...

Chinese translation of St. Faustina’s life
(Saturday, 2 September 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Lam Kit-ping has translated the biography of St. Faustina Kowalska of Poland into Chinese in the hope of spreading her message of mercy throughout mainland China.
 
Lam lives in Hong Kong and is a member of the Secular Institute Ancelle Mater Misericodiae. She worked on the translation in conjunction with people in Taiwan.
 
She said that she was moved by the biographies of Pope John Paul II and St. Faustina and since then has made annual...

Restrictions in Xinjiang tighten
(Saturday, 2 September 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Persecution in the Xinjiang area of China of the tiny group of Muslim Kyrgyz people has reached a new level with re-education centres being opened for those who violate religious laws.
 
Radio Free Asia reported on August 23 that the small group is facing similar restrictions as the majority Uyghur people.
 
The Kyrgyz are a Turkic people who make up less than one per cent of the estimated 21.8 million people in Xinjiang and are...

Liturgical reform is here to stay
(Saturday, 2 September 2017 )

ROME (SE): Pope Francis told a gathering of liturgists attending the Italian National Liturgical Week in Rome on August 24 that the liturgical reform is here to stay.
He explained that continuing the work of reform of the liturgy is a forward moving exercise and can never be a retreat back into rethinking what has gone before by reviewing choices.
 
Vatican Radio reported the pope as saying that liturgical reform was not something that grew overnight, but was...

A choppy relationship with nature
(Saturday, 2 September 2017 )

Hong Kong and Macau were hit by two typhoons within five days towards the end of August. Mid-week, Typhoon Hato struck during the early hours of the morning of August 23 closing down the two cities for most of the day and leaving a trail of damage as it went.
 
In both places there were injuries, but in Macau 10 people died leaving residents in deep shock and angry at officials for failing to make proper preparations for the storm.
 
Then...

Birthday as a hostage
(Saturday, 2 September 2017 )

MANILA (SE): The fate of Father Chito Soganub, who along with several dozen others from his parish and teachers and students from a nearby school, was kidnapped in the first move of the Maute Group in taking over the city of Marawi in the southern Philippines on May 23, is still unknown.
 
It was reported on August 25 that the resistance group had been forced out of the mosque in which they had been holed up, but had only retreated to strongholds near the mosque and the...

Embrace the divorced and remarried
(Saturday, 2 September 2017 )

PARIS (SE): On the day that Emmanuel Macron was elected as the new president of France, a meeting of a different kind took place in the diocese of Le Havre, far from Paris in the northwest of the country.
 
Bishop Jean-Luc Brunin had sent out invitations to people who have been through the experience of a separation or a divorce, as well as to those who are divorced and remarried to come to a gathering on May 7 for a day of sharing and fellowship.
 
Twenty-...

Call for mutual support after typhoon
(Saturday, 2 September 2017 )

MACAU (SE): In the aftermath of Typhoon Hato which ravaged Hong Kong on August 23 and inflicted worse damage on neighbouring Macau, Bishop Stephen Lee Bun-sung has opened the arms of his diocese in the former Portuguese colony to those who are affected and the Church has begun distributing some relief to those in need.
 
Bishop Lee said that as a Hong Kong person he has experienced typhoons before, but the recent one in Macau is by far the worst that he has ever seen....

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 2 September 2017 )

Peace keepers with blind eyes
BANGUI (SE): The leading Muslim cleric in the Central African Republic has backed up a  charge by Bishop Juan-José Aguirre Muñoz that United Nations (UN) peacekeeping troops turned a blind eye to the massacre of civilians by Islamist Séléka militants.
 
The bishop claims that Séléka forces massacred 50 civilians in the village of Gambo on August 4 and 5, because UN troops...

Pork Barrel first the poor can wait
(Saturday, 2 September 2017 )

MANILA (UCAN): Faced with the high costs of the siege and martial law in Mindanao coupled with the billions of pesos eaten up by the slaughter campaign disguised as a war on drugs, the poor of The Philippines are being dealt a further blow with a radical slashing of social service budgets.
 
Instead, billions of pesos are being transferred to budgets for the most indefinable and least transparent area of state expenditure; security.
 
The budget secretary,...