October 2017

Inspired by the pope
(Saturday, 28 October 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): A young photographer, Tu Chun, found the appeal of the ancient and picturesque Chinese World Heritage City of Hangzhou the ideal spot to illustrate the life of immigrants.
Tu produced a series of photographs over two years of expatriate families living in Hangzhou and entered it in the in the people category of the 2017 International Photography Awards-China. He took the bronze medal in October.
He considered the subject matter to...

Oppose immigration and you are out
(Saturday, 28 October 2017 )

GNIEZNO (SE): “If I hear that there is any kind of demonstration against refugees at Gnieznoand (West Poland) that my priests are thinking of taking part in, I will only have one very brief response. Any priest who joins will be suspended,” the primate of Poland, Archbishop Wojciech Polak, said in a message intended for all the priests of his diocese after a controversial rosary crusade.
In what La Croix described as reacting with unprecedented...

Cardinal Vidal mourned
(Saturday, 28 October 2017 )

CEBU (SE): Ricardo Tito Cardinal Jamin Vidal, the longtime archbishop of the biggest archdiocese in The Philippines, died at the age of 86 in Perpetual Succour Hospital in Cebu due to infection leading to septic shock at 7.26am on October 18.
In a tribute to the late cardinal, the president of the bishops’ conference, Archbishop Socrates Villegas, said, “Cardinal Vidal cannot die. He who has always shared in the dying and rising of the Lord daily in his...

Only before his mother could Endo break his silence
(Saturday, 21 October 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): “Without knowing something of the background to the story, the much talked about novel and movie, Silence, by (Japanese author) Endo Shusaku, is extremely difficult to understand,” Ayako Fukushima, from  the University of Fukuoka, told a gathering of around 50 people at the Diocese Centre on September 9.
“But without understanding something of his relationship with his mother it is equally difficult,” she continued....

Fifty-year-old encyclical reflects how little has been achieved
(Saturday, 21 October 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): A forum organised by the Justice and Peace Commission at Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish in Wanchai on September 29 to mark the 50th anniversary of the release of the landmark encyclical, The Progress of Peoples (Populorum Progressio), heard there is still a long way to go in bringing the development of humankind to an inclusive fulfillment.
Penned by Pope Paul VI in 1967, the encyclical names income inequality as the huge problem in society and 50...

May it be done on earth as it is in heaven
(Saturday, 21 October 2017 )

The Korean Church is celebrating 230 years of history. We are talking here about the history of a Church that started in a very particular manner.
To learn or hear that the Christian faith was introduced in one place thanks to the efforts of zealous and tireless missionaries, that is a common story.
But the Catholic faith came to be known in Korea thanks to courageous lay people who learned about it and devoted themselves to proclaiming...

European Union recognises Church courts
(Saturday, 28 October 2017 )

BUDAPEST (SE): The European Union has upheld the right of ecclesiastical courts to maintain their independence in making decisions regarding ecclesiastical law.
In the case of Nagy versus Hungary on September 24, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights ruled against a pastor from the Reformed Church of Hungary who had been dismissed from his stipendiary over comments he had made to local media.
He had sued in the lower court for lost...

Tough times today may herald tougher times to come
(Saturday, 21 October 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): China convened its 19th National Congress of the Communist Party on October 18.
Regarded as a major high profile gathering every five years, this time round it is expected that the president, Xi Jinping, will be endorsed for a second term in the top job of the Communist Party.
But this may not be welcome news for religious minorities on the mainland, as to say it has been a tough year for them would be a gross understatement.

Words don’t come easy
(Saturday, 21 October 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons was announced as the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Peace for 2017 by the Nobel Committee in Oslo on October 6.
What grew out of a small group of people in Melbourne, Australia, some 10 years ago, has now mushroomed into a coalition of non-government organisations in over 100 countries.
But as well as being the first time that the Land DownUnder has even had a sniff of Nobel Peace...

Marawi cathedral can be a sign of hope
(Saturday, 21 October 2017 )

MANILA (UCAN): Caritas Philippines has launched an appeal for the restoration of the destroyed St. Mary’s Cathedral in Marawi, which was the first building to be attacked by the Maute Group when its militia took over the city on May 23 this year.
Father Edwin Gariguez, the secretary of Caritas in Manila, is placing a high importance on the restoration of the cathedral, as it is an important Catholic symbol in the predominately Muslim city on the southern island of...