September 2017

Pagwawasto sa nawawala ng landas!
(Saturday, 9 September 2017 )

Ang tunay na Kristiyanong pamumuhay ay hindi lamang sa pagtanggap, pag-intindi at pagmamahal sa mga kapatid natin sa pananampalataya, kundi, tayo bilang kabilang ng ating simbahan ay may responsibilidad sa bawat isa sa atin. 
Hindi maiwasan na ating pamumuhay, sa komunidad na may mga banggaan, hindi pagkakaintindihan. Ito ay bahagi sa ating pamumuhay.
Sinabi ni Hesus sa ating ebanghelyo, “Kung ang kapatid mo ay nagkasala sa...

Calling out Duterte for what he is—tyrant
(Saturday, 9 September 2017 )

MANILA (SE): The Philippines celebrated National Heroes Day on August 27, a day on which people are encouraged to make themselves familiar with the history of those who whose acts of courage enabled the country to grow as a nation and whose lives and deaths hold particular significance in the development of cultural values.
The life of a 17-year-old student, Kian delos Santos, may have passed unnoticed until August 16 when he became an innocent victim of what is now being...

Kazakh students detained in Xinjiang
(Saturday, 9 September 2017 )

HOTAN (UCAN): Authorities in China’s Xinjiang region are thought to be detaining ethnic minority Kazakhs for wearing Islamic clothing and praying, a practice forbidden by the Communist Party on university campuses.
Radio Free Asia reported Kazakh sources as estimating that more than 20 Kazakhs have gone missing—believed detained—and details are only available on a few of them.
Two people, 21-year-old Saltanati Murat, a student...

Asian Youth Day is a call to intercultural living
(Saturday, 9 September 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The priest who led the Hong Kong delegation to Asian Youth Day in Indonesia, Father Anthonius Reynolds Balubun, said he hopes that the experience for the young people who made the journey will enable them to better accept different cultures after their return home.
Father Balubun, an Indonesian who has been in Hong Kong for nine years, told the Kung Kao Po before the Asian Youth Day that he hoped he can help young people to know more about...

Death Notice - Sister Cara Perego
(Saturday, 9 September 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Canossian Sister Carla Perego (白寧靄修女) died on the evening of August 28 at the age of 89 after 64 years of missionary life.
In May, Sister Perego suffered a minor stroke and was transferred to Villa Bakhita for better care. However, on August 22 she suffered a double stroke and was admitted to Canossa Hospital as her condition rapidly deteriorated. 
Born in Vimercate, Italy, on 1 April 1928 to a Catholic family, she...

Church demolition sparks fireworks in Shanxi
(Saturday, 9 September 2017 )

CHANGZHI (SE): Dozens of people turned out on August 29 in an effort to stop the demolition of a church in Wangcun, a few kilometres from Changzhi, in southeastern Shanxi province.
AsiaNews reported that people cried out, “Jesus save me!” and “Mother Mary, have pity on us!” as they tried to obstruct a bulldozer and the police who were trying to protect it as it carried its destructive mission.
Later in the day, hundreds...

Employed but living in the street
(Saturday, 9 September 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Having a job in Hong Kong is no guarantee of any stability in life, as a significant number of people who are employed do not earn enough to rent shelter.
This is perhaps the most visual manifestation of the disparity in the distribution of wealth in the city, which new statistics show is still widening.
The numbers of the employed homeless is increasing, because the money they earn is just enough for food and other basics, with...

Same-sex marriage a sticky issue for Church
(Saturday, 9 September 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Several countries in the world today are currently involved in a public debate over same-sex marriage and, although in Asia the issue has not reached the crescendo of the United States of America, Europe, Ireland or Australia at this point, the time will surely come.
Already the issue has raised its head in Taiwan and the government has run a somewhat controversial straw vote through the post and social media which, predictably, showed strong support for a...

A good time for parents to learn a bit
(Saturday, 9 September 2017 )

The return from summer vacation to school for the beginning of a new academic year can be tough for students and the excitement of the beginning of autumn, which symbolises new life, can take a while to grab them.
But students are coming back to an education system that has had a tough year, as since this time one year ago, around 60 students in Hong Kong schools have committed suicide.
When a student takes their own life, what lies...

Bans on children attending Church
(Saturday, 9 September 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): The Communist Party is continuing to tighten its grip on the practice of religion with at least four regional governments across China issuing notices in late August restricting children from joining Christian groups or attending religious activities.
The bans include turning children away from Churches even if they come with their parents or teachers. Additionally, they include a promise that officials will actively investigate both government approved...