October 2017

Violence and religion
(Saturday, 28 October 2017 )

A growing belief around the world that everyone would be better off without religion because of its connection with violence is at least a salutary wake up call to all religions to look at the impact of their words and actions, and self-presentation.
 
Currently, there are many events going on in the world that contribute to the popular belief that there is a connection between adherence to a religious faith and violence.
 
The persecution of the Rohingya...

A Judas kiss for an adoring public
(Saturday, 28 October 2017 )

MANILA (SE): The Philippine middle class may well give its tick of approval to the president of the Republic of The Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, for his war on what it regards as a blight on the national landscape; the poor of the shanty settlements.
 
However, it does not seem to be so forgiving when it comes to scandals linking his son to drug lords, allegations of hidden wealth and secrecy over the required reports of assets and liabilities for government officials....

City ruined but terrorism lives
(Saturday, 28 October 2017 )

MARAWI (UCAN): The news that the five-month siege of Marawi City on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao has finally been declared over has been welcomed widely by people affected by the on-going violence, with Bishop Edwin de la Peña calling it a signal to start rebuilding of the predominantly Muslim city.
 
“Thank God,” the bishop said. “We can now return to peace and order in the city, in the entire Mindanao, and the whole country. Praise be...

The pope’s a nice guy but…
(Saturday, 28 October 2017 )

BEIJING (AsiaNews): The director of the State Administration of Religious Affairs in Beijing, Wang Zuo’an, sent a written reply to an inquiry from a Hong Kong commercial radio station affirming that the process of Sinicisation of religion espoused by the general secretary of the Communist Party of China, Xi Jinping, in his epic address to the Nineteenth National Congress of the Party on October 18, is here to stay.
 
However, in his response to the radio station on...

A foreigner with a Chinese heart
(Saturday, 28 October 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): c was by far the most far-sighted of the modern day advocates of the need for the local Church in China to express the faith and the word of God within the cultural symbols and language of the local culture.
 
As the first apostolic delegate to China, he was a man well ahead of his time in terms of developing the Church that was then known as a foreign mission, and the tremendous contribution that he made to the maturing of the Church in China is now...

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 28 October 2017 )

 
Fifty years of Catholic-Methodist dialogue
VATICAN (AsiaNews): A half a century of formal Methodist-Catholic dialogue was celebrated on October 19 when Pope Francis met with leaders of the World Methodist Council at the Vatican as a sign of the desire of the two Churches to end the rupture that has seen siblings separated for so long.
 
“As we look to the future, beyond the past 50 years, one thing is certain: we cannot grow in...

Kuala Lumpur deports Uyghurs
(Saturday, 28 October 2017 )

KUALA LUMPUR (AsiaNews): The deputy prime minister of Malaysia, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, reported that the sharing of biometric information with China since 2011 enabled the arrest of 29 Uyghur people accused of being involved with the Islamic State and their deportation back to China on September 29.
 
Malaysia has been a popular refuge from Xinjiang province for China’s Uyghur minority seeking to escape the strict regime being imposed upon them. Some have been accused of...

Funding from Saudi and distorted Islam springboard for Marawi siege
(Saturday, 28 October 2017 )

On May 23 this year, Marawi City in the southern Philippines was put under siege by a Muslim jihadi group known as the Maute that has pledged its loyalty to the rebellion of the Islamic State.
 
Over 1,000 people have died in the subsequent five months, the vast majority of them Muslims from Marawi.
 
The complete population of the majority Muslim city has fled and the Maute wrote on a jihadist website, “If you can’t reach Syria...

The faith of the religious media
(Saturday, 28 October 2017 )

TAIPEI (AsiaNews): Presenting the Golden Ball Award in memory of her old teacher and friend, Father Jerry Martinson, who made his name famous across China and Taiwan for his comparing role on the Catholic television network, the Kuangchi Programme Service, as Uncle Jerry, Louise Tsuei quoted him as often saying, “Working in the media is like an act of faith, because, since we cannot see the public, we must firmly believe in what we are doing.”
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Religion and science mix like gin and tonic
(Saturday, 28 October 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Some students, even young teenagers, have made the decision that they must make a choice between believing in science or religion.
Some even give up their religious belief in favour of science. 
 
This is a pity, as the relationship between religion and science does not present a problem. Science itself does not contradict religious belief and scientists with faith assure us that it is as a natural a mix as gin and tonic.
 
The...