August 2017

The censorship polemic
(Saturday, 2 September 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): After the Cambridge University Press confirmed publicly that it had received an instruction from a Chinese import agency to block individual articles from The China Quarterly within China, it said on August 18 that it would comply for the sake of being able to make the bulk of its material available (Sunday Examiner, August 27), but would not change its editorial line to appease China.
But on August 22, the publisher withdrew its promise...

Police blamed over stoush with refugees
(Saturday, 2 September 2017 )

ROME (CNS): Violence erupted in Rome when police attempted to clear around 100 mostly Eritreans and Ethiopians with official refugee status from a square near the main Roma Termini railway station on August 24.
Police claim they were forced to use water cannons after people started throwing things at them and hitting them with sticks.
On August 19, some 800 refugees had been evicted from an abandoned building nearby, where they had be sheltering since...

The mercy people of Thailand
(Saturday, 2 September 2017 )

VATICAN (SE): “Oh you’re looking for the mercy people,” was the response an Italian doctor, Sandro Calvani, got when he asked his associates in Thailand where he could meet Catholic people. 
Calvani, a lifetime worker with the World Health Organisation, told a gathering at the Vatican that Catholics in Thailand are often known as the mercy people, as local people see them as putting mercy at the centre of their lives. “That’s how they...

Innocent children fall to the guilty guns of justice
(Saturday, 2 September 2017 )

The president of The Philippines is touting the success of his campaign against suspected drug dealers and drug users, but the killing of a 17-year-old grade 11 student, Kian Loyd delos Santos, in an anti-drug operation in mid-August, during which as many as 94 people were shot dead by police, is just one too many.
The police claim that all the dead, including the boy, resisted arrest and fought back. However, eyewitnesses tell a different story and CCTV...

The scriptures are meant to bite
(Saturday, 2 September 2017 )

When I was a lad, we had a family bible. There were pages in the back where my mother entered dates of births, baptisms and confirmations. There were pictures. Though it was obviously a book—in fact that’s what the word bible means—I have no recollection that I or anyone else in the family ever read it.
We were good Catholics, but bible reading was something Protestants did.
It is not that we had absolutely no idea of...

Marawi residents call for control of their city
(Saturday, 2 September 2017 )

MANILA (SE): People who have been forced to flee the besieged city of Marawi took to the streets of Manila at the end of August in protest against the imposition of martial law in their island of Mindanao and demanded that the national government pull its head out of their governance affairs.
Muslim Mindanao has long been pushing for the right of self-determination and the people want to have the last say in how the rehabilitation of their mostly destroyed city is managed...

The good the ugly and the uglier
(Saturday, 2 September 2017 )

MANILA (SE): After a week when over 90 people died in the ongoing purge of the poor orchestrated by the president of The Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, many more people began questioning the true intention of his so-called war on drugs.
“But if it has done nothing else, it has shown every Filipino up for what they are,” lay missionary, John Ding, told the Sunday Examiner on August 18, two days after a 17-year-old student, Kian delos Santos, was shot in...

Asian face for Asian Youth Day
(Saturday, 2 September 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Young people from the Hong Kong that had travelled to Indonesia for the Seventh Asian Youth Day in Yogyakarta, which ran from July 30 to August 6, reflected that the experience was a great introduction for them to the wide variety of cultures hosted by the Asian continent and the importance of loving God’s creation.
They said they hope they can bring the spirit of Asian Youth Day into their daily lives, especially in the areas of environmental...

Twenty first week in ordinary time
(Saturday, 26 August 2017 )

Mass of the Sunday (green), Gloria, Creed, Preface of Sundays in Ordinary Time. 
Readings: Isaiah 22:19-23; Romans 11:33-36; Matthew 16:13-20.
Mass  of the memorial (white). 
Readings: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5, 8b-10; Matthew 23:13-22. 

Discovery that changes your name and life
(Saturday, 26 August 2017 )

One day, near the city of Philippi, Jesus addresses two questions to the apostles. “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” and “Who do you say I am?”
The admiration of men for Jesus as one of the greatest teachers of all times cannot be denied. But a true disciple is one who has understood that he is unique. It is at this point that Peter speaks in the name of all and shows he has understood everything. He says to him, “You are...