August 2017

Simbahang kumikilala sa pagka-Diyos ni Hesus!
(Saturday, 26 August 2017 )

Noong panahong iyon, duma-ting si Hesus sa lupaing Cesarea ng Filipos. ‘Tinanong niya ang kanyang mga alagad, “Sino raw ang Anak ng Tao, ayon sa mga tao?” At sumagot sila, “Ang sabi po ng ilan ay si Juan Bautista kayo. 
Sabi naman ng iba, si Elias kayo. At may nagsasabi pang si Jeremias kayo o isa sa mga propeta.” Kayo naman, ano ang sabi ninyo? Sino ako?” tanong niya sa kanila. Sumagot si Simon Pedro, “Kayo...

The unequal funerals
(Saturday, 26 August 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): A rushed and hidden burial for the bishop of Urumqi in China’s volatile Xinjiang province and an expansive public ceremony for the bishop of Taiyuan in Shanxi province tell the story of two unequal funerals carried out during August that reflect the difference in attitude of the state authorities towards the official and unofficial Church communities.
Bishop Paul Xie Tingzhe died in Urumqi on August 13. His death was quickly followed on the next day...

Censor’s knife cuts deep into academe
(Saturday, 26 August 2017 )

CAMBRIDGE (SE): “We can confirm that we received an instruction from a Chinese import agency to block individual articles from The China Quarterly within China. We complied with this initial request to remove individual articles, to ensure that other academic and educational materials we publish remain available to researchers and educators in this market,” a press release from Cambridge University Press published on August 18 says.
The press release...

A chapter closes but the dawn of resurrection awaits
(Saturday, 26 August 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The 24th general chapter of the Sisters of the Precious Blood closed on August 8 with a thanksgiving Mass celebrated by Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung to thank God for his guidance and blessings.
After 10 days of discussion and sharing, the 30 delegates left with the confidence that they had found new direction in the challenge of evangelisation faced by the only locally founded religious congregation for women in Hong Kong.
The chapter...

Uyghur people kicked out of Egypt have vanished
(Saturday, 26 August 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): At least 12 Uyghur students in Egypt were arrested and deported back to China last month in a demonstration of how far-reaching China’s arm is when it comes to keeping a grip on the beleaguered Muslim minority.
Since July, it has been reported that 150 Uyghur students in Egypt were rounded up and told there were some irregularities with their residency papers.
The students were studying religious education at Al-Azhar University...

Uyghurs’ phones targeted by police
(Saturday, 26 August 2017 )

BEIJING (AsiaNews): Since mid-July, Muslim people of Uyghur background in Xinjiang have been required by the Chinese government to install an application ostensibly designed to monitor terrorism, but it is claimed by AsiaNews to monitor telephone communications.
Anyone who refuses to install the spyware app becomes liable to 10 days in prison.
On July 13, the local authorities ordered the Uyghur people to download Jing Wang (Clean...

Colonisation by language
(Saturday, 26 August 2017 )

URUMQI (SE): The use of the Uyghur language in schools in the Xinjiang region of China has been banned by the government and an official announcement says that those violating the order will face severe punishment.
The ban is being seen as one of the strongest repressive measures yet imposed by Beijing to try and assimilate ethnic Muslim Uyghurs.
The Education Department in Hotan (Hetian) prefecture has outlawed the use of the Uyghur language in schools...

Confessional seal challenged
(Saturday, 26 August 2017 )

SYDNEY (SE): The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has recommended that Australian states and territories introduce legislation to overrule the long held sacred nature of the seal of the confessional.
If carried out in the six states and two territories the legislation would demand that priests from across the country comply with a mandatory reporting to police requirement in the event of anyone confessing to child sexual abuse.

Love our neighbour
(Saturday, 26 August 2017 )

In a recent homily, the priest spoke briefly about the number of Christians in the world under persecution of one kind or another, from the extremely violent in the Middle East to the more subtle forms of social, land and business exclusion witnessed in western countries or motivated by racism, as in the Indonesian province of Papua.
There are many forms of religious persecution and they exist in most places. This has prompted Pope Francis to comment that...

Japan’s religious call for world peace
(Saturday, 26 August 2017 )

KYOTO (UCAN): Religious leaders have met in Japan to pray for peace in the world and as a response to Pope Francis asking them to foster dialogue, friendship and peace.
Representatives of Buddhism, Shintoism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Zoroastrianism came together in Japan at an interfaith Interreligious Gathering of Prayer for World Peace held from August 3 to 4 at Mount Hiei near Kyoto.
The prayer meeting has been held annually since...